Louise Campbell (QC) (Vice-President, 2014–16; Board Member, 2008-12)

The first time I walked into a CNMN FORUM, I walked into a room full of peo­ple whom I knew from many dif­fer­ent times and places in my life, all of whom were pas­sion­ate about mak­ing new music. Before that moment, I didn’t think it was pos­si­ble to have all these peo­ple in the same room togeth­er. Cana­da is, after all, a very big coun­try, and, like many oth­er CNMN mem­bers, I’ve trav­elled and lived in many dif­fer­ent places. Not only is it pos­si­ble to get peo­ple from across the coun­try in the same room at the same time, CNMN was and con­tin­ues to be the orga­ni­za­tion that makes this hap­pen. From that moment on, I became a strong sup­port­er of CNMN and its man­date – Net­work­ing – which for me means devel­op­ing our com­mu­ni­ty by rein­forc­ing exist­ing rela­tion­ships and dis­cov­er­ing new ones, and Rep­re­sen­ta­tion, which for me means work­ing togeth­er to col­lec­tive­ly improve our situation. 

Hav­ing been on the board from 2008–2012, I great­ly enjoyed the oppor­tu­ni­ty to have an active role in CNMN. Dur­ing this time, I was part of the orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee for FORUM 2009 in Mon­tre­al, devel­oped and imple­ment­ed Lan­guage Facil­i­ta­tion with Stacey Brown for FORUM 2012 Van­cou­ver and FORUM 2014 Cal­gary, and chaired the Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee (2010–12). I feel that it is very impor­tant for CNMN to remain inclu­sive and open to new mem­bers. As a board mem­ber, I use my expe­ri­ence with emerg­ing musi­cians and my prac­tice of play­ing genre-cross­ing music to reach out to poten­tial new mem­bers, in addi­tion to con­tin­u­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the Lan­guage Facil­i­ta­tion Com­mit­tee to ensure ease of com­mu­ni­ca­tion in both offi­cial lan­guages at CNMN events.

Louise Camp­bell is a clar­inet­tist, music edu­ca­tor and arts advo­cate. As a per­former, Louise seeks to inter­ro­gate and renew the tra­di­tion­al con­cert for­mat while fos­ter­ing the cre­ation of new works. Her spe­cial­iza­tions include com­mis­sion­ing new works, cross-dis­ci­pli­nary cre­ation, works in situ and out­reach and audi­ence devel­op­ment. She is a found­ing mem­ber and co-artis­tic direc­tor of In Exten­sio and core mem­ber of Plumes.

Career high­lights include co-cre­at­ing R with In Exten­sio, a cross-dis­ci­pli­nary work involv­ing music, move­ment and video (2013); per­form­ing music for Hope for the Haunt­ed, a new cir­cus work direct­ed and cre­at­ed by Valerie Dean and Don Rieder (2013); writ­ing and per­form­ing music for film direc­tor Jeanette Pope (Dust, a sculptor’s jour­ney, Fes­ti­val du nou­veau ciné­ma 2011; Berson Boys, Kodak Emerg­ing Film­mak­er Pro­gram at Cannes 2009); the cre­ation of reeds, a cross-dis­ci­pli­nary site-spe­cif­ic work based on bird­song (Sound Sym­po­sium, 2010); and col­lab­o­rat­ing with writer Annie Abra­hams and direc­tor Rebec­ca Barn­sta­ple in the cre­ation of l’envoyer à mars pour y trou­ver la quié­tude (2008), an instal­la­tion involv­ing pro­ject­ed text, dance and music. As an edu­ca­tor, Louise teach­es through expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing so that stu­dents learn and under­stand through doing. She brings togeth­er her pas­sion for per­form­ing and teach­ing by devel­op­ing out­reach pro­grams that revolve around par­tic­i­pa­to­ry music making.