Mrs. Natalie C. DeJong
Natalie DeJong holds a Master of Music degree from Rutgers University. She began her musical studies at the University of Calgary and then pursued further studies at the Vancouver Academy of Music. She has attended trumpet and brass workshops at the Banff Centre, and in Quebec, Chicago, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Sweden.
Natalie has performed in a wide variety of ensembles, including Altius Brass, The Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble big band, the Prime Time Big Band, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass in Pennsylvania and China, and has played the natural “baroque” trumpet with early music groups Musica Raritana (New Jersey), Concert Royale (New York City), and the Swedish Baroque Orchestra (Stockholm). Natalie also performed as principal trumpet with the Philadelphia Camerata National Symphony on a month-long tour throughout China.
Natalie has taught trumpet and music history at the University of Saskatchewan, and currently teaches trumpet at the Mount Royal University Conservatory. She is also a regular guest instructor, working with music students at Calgary schools and at summer music workshops. Having trained as a Suzuki trumpet teacher in Sweden, Natalie returned to Canada and opened the first official Suzuki trumpet program in North or South America at Mount Royal Conservatory in 2014. She is thrilled to be teaching young children with the Suzuki Method, and serving as a member of the International Suzuki Trumpet Committee.