Paul Caron (Clarinet)
Paul Caron is originally from the St-Maurice region in Quebec’s heartland where he received his early musical training in solfege, clarinet technique and in harmony. He played clarinet in community concert bands and saxophone in dance combos before embarking on a thirty-four year career as a second language educator in the Ottawa area. As he approached retirement he returned to the clarinet and studied first with Joy Skrapek, former principal clarinet in the Ottawa Symphony, and now with Shauna McDonald, who currently holds that chair.
Paul was invited to join the Parkdale orchestra as principal clarinet in 2002. He plays with The Strings of St. John’s chamber orchestra whenever the repertoire calls for clarinets. He is a member of the Centralaires Concert Band and plays in a clarinet choir.
In addition to classical music, Paul plays tenor sax in the Trillium Dixieland Jazz Band and in the Grey Jazz Big Band. He also enjoys accompanying impromptu sing-along sessions on the piano. For relaxation he escapes to the family’s year-round cottage in the Gatineau hills with his wife where they happily entertain their two grandchildren.