Paul Dornian is the former President + CEO of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (2015 – 2022) and long-time Director of the Mount Royal University Conservatory (1991 – 2015). Under his leadership, the Conservatory grew to become one of Canada’s premier arts education institutions, and his vision was instrumental in building the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts and the Bella Concert Hall.
Dornian has also contributed to the Canadian cultural scene as a performer, instructor, and arts advocate. As a clarinetist, he was familiar to audiences as both a soloist and chamber musician, including nine seasons with the chamber ensemble Aubade, and was featured on CBC Radio in both capacities. In addition to his administrative roles, Dornian taught clarinet and chamber music at both the MRU Conservatory, the University of Calgary and Morningside Music Bridge for many years. He now serves as Executive Director for MMB.
An active and community-oriented leader, Dornian served as a long-time board member and as Board Chair for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, a board member for the Calgary Arts Development Authority, a member of the Honens International Piano Competition Artistic Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Prairie Regional Council for the Canadian Music Centre, a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of new Canadian music.