Suzanne Nelsen began her studies in Edmonton and instantly fell in love with the bassoon. She earned a bachelor's degree from McGill University and pursued further study at the Hague Conservatory in Holland, earning a UM degree. Early training included summers at the Banff Festival, National Youth Orchestra of Canada and Boris Brott Festival. In 1995, during post-graduate study at McGill, she won a position with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. During that same year she joined the faculty of McGill University, both as chamber music coach and bassoon professor. She has performed throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician and has recorded numerous CD's with the Montreal Symphony. In fall 2000, Ms. Nelsen joined the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras.