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Biography

Mary Backun is the principal clarinetist of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and has been a member of the VO since 1986. Additionally, she is a member of Lion’s Gate Sinfonia, Orchestra of the North Shore and was a member of the National Broadcast Orchestra (formerly known as CBC) where she played clarinet and bass clarinet. Mary is also an avid wind ensemble enthusiast and she is the principal clarinet and concert master of the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble. She performed as a soloist at the International Clarinet Society conference in the summer of 2007 and has toured with the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble as the Canadian representatives to perform at the WASBE International Music Conference in Singapore in 2005. Mary has performed frequently as a musician in the pit orchestras of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet productions as well as several musical theater productions, often doubling on flute and saxophone.

In addition to her career as a professional clarinetist, Mary is on faculty as a full time music educator and director of bands at St. George’s School in Vancouver where she teaches instrumental music to 225 boys. Her career as a music educator has included the adjudication of bands and chamber groups in the wind ensemble medium. Photo Credit: Victor Deszo.



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Fit and Sizing

Barrels

FIT BRANDS
Standard Backun, Buffet, Selmer (USA, Centered Tone, 10G, Series 9), Yamaha, and most other brands
Standard Plus As above, larger bore for more free blowing feel

Selmer Paris

Selmer Paris (Not including Selmer USA, 10G, Series 9)

Yamaha CSG

Yamaha CSG I, II and III

 

Bells

FIT BRANDS
Standard Backun, Buffet, Selmer (USA, Centered Tone, 10G, Series 9), Yamaha (including CSG), and most other brands
Selmer Paris Selmer Paris (Not including Selmer USA, 10G, Series 9)

Vocalise Bb Mouthpieces

MODEL MATERIAL OPENING FACING LENGTH COMPARES TO
R Hard Rod Rubber Close Short M13/15
G Hard Rod Rubber Medium Medium 5RV/M30/BD5
H Hard Rod Rubber Open Long B40/B45
CG Proprietary Synthetic Open Long BD4/B40
Z Hard Rod Rubber Extreme Open Long BD7

Vocalise Bass Mouthpieces

MODEL MATERIAL OPENING FACING LENGTH COMPARES TO
CG
Proprietary Synthetic Open Long B46/B50

Alpha Mouthpieces

MODEL MATERIAL OPENING FACING LENGTH COMPARES TO
Bb Plastic Medium Medium 5RV Lyre
Bass Plastic Medium Medium 5RV Lyre