Alana Despins

B.Mus(UVic), M.Mus (NorthWestern, Chicago)

Alana Despins joined the Victoria Symphony as Principal Horn in 2009. She has since been featured as a soloist in Mozart’s Concerto No. 2 for Horn (2013), and in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 (2012). Alana is also in demand throughout Victoria as a chamber musician. Recent highlights include a sold out performance of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, arranged for chamber ensemble, on the University of Victoria Faculty Chamber Music Series in 2014, and appearances on the Eine Kleine Summer Music Series, and the Christ Church Summer Recital Series. She is especially fond of performing with The Victoria Brass Quintet, of which she is a founding member.

In 2011, Alana was asked to join the faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and has since embraced the opportunity to share her passion of music with her students. That same year, she taught the horn studio at the University of Victoria. She has also adjudicated the brass in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival.

Before joining the Victoria Symphony, she held the position of Third Horn with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for two years. Additionally, she has participated in numerous summer festivals across North America, Europe, and Asia, including the National Repertory Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West, the International Bach Academy Festival Ensemble in Germany, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, among others.

Alana received her Master of Music from Northwestern University in Chicago, having studied with Gail Williams. She completed her Bachelor of Music, with distinction, at the University of Victoria where she studied with Kurt Kellan.