Don Waite

Conservatory Instructor

Dr. Waite has taught classical guitar at the University of Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts since 1976. He studied guitar with Gerry Frey (Elmira, Ontario) and Douglas Chapman (University of Saskatchewan) and in workshops and master classes with Pierre Augé, George Sakalariou, Ako Ito and Henri Dorigny, Jaime Valenzuela, Margarita Escarpa and John Giulart.  Don studied voice with Ben Van Der Gucht, Betty Hayes and Garnet Brooks and music theory with Ursula Patterson and Kathy Keple, completing the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) Grade 9 with Distinction and Grade 3 Harmony and History.

Don has written many “songs about science” to teach about the environment, including five 1-act musicals which have been performed throughout North America.  In addition to private guitar students he also teaches adult group guitar classes at the Conservatory and is a musician/scientist with the Regina Public School Board CREATE program. Don performs as guitarist and vocalist with the jazz duo Synchronicity, as a soloist “Singing About Science,” and conducts workshops on the use of music to teach and communicate science throughout the province. Don also is a member of the Luther College Bach Choir. 

  • BSc - Sir George Williams University
  • MSc - University of Saskatchewan
  • PhD  - University of Waterloo

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