Olivia Shortt is a saxophonist of Ojibway and Irish descent from Nipissing First Nation. She studied with Dr. Wallace Halladay during her Bachelors of Music degree in Saxophone Performance, Advanced Certificate in Performance and Master’s in Music at the University of Toronto. During her studies, she was a recipient of the David and Marcia Beach Summer Study Award and studied with Jean-Marc Bouchard and Marie-Chantal Leclair in Montréal.
As a member of the University of Toronto Saxophone Quartet, they were the winners of the UofT Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition and performed Michael Colgrass’ “Urban Requiem”. Currently, she is one half of saxophone duo Stereoscope and is collaborating on new music with saxophonist Jacob Armstrong.
She was invited to be a fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival held in North Adams, MA at MASS MoCA. During her 3 weeks there she trained under members of the Bang on a Can All Stars as well as other faculty members and coaches from Eighth Blackbird and Alarm Will Sound. She performed in premieres by fellows Finola Merivale, Stephen Feighenbaum and Erik DeLuca as well as performed in recitals featuring the music of David Lang and Michael Gordon.
Her work as an administrator has her involved with organizations such as the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, the Toronto Creative Music Lab and Decoder Lab.
Olivia has performed with the Glenn Gould School Royal Conservatory Orchestra, the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble and the Toronto Wind Orchestra. She is a member of the Element Choir and has performed behind Tanya Tagaq at Massey Hall, The Polaris Prize Gala and Nathan Philips Square. She has participated in masterclasses with Timothy McAllister, Serge Bertocci, Jean-Michel Goury, and the Quasar saxophone quartet. She works as a performer, teacher and clinician in Toronto, as well as throughout Northern Ontario.