Rennie Regehr began his professional career with the Winnipeg Symphony and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. His career has taken him throughout Canada and abroad as orchestra musician, soloist and chamber musician. Following his tenure at the WSO, Mr. Regehr became the Dean of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, a position he held for 14 years. In that role he developed an internationally renowned orchestral program, training many of Canada’s finest professional musicians and solo artists. He continued to be a much sought after chamber musician and recitalist, performing in most major Canadian venues on series such as Music Toronto, Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, and The Tuckamore Festival in Newfoundland. Internationally, he has been invited to the Winnipesaukee Festival in New Hampshire and the Oberlin Summer Festival in Casalmaggiore, Italy. Highlights of his performance collaborations include artists such as Leon Fleisher and the Shanghai String Quartet. In addition to performing and teaching Mr. Regehr was an active conductor. During his tenure at the Royal Conservatory, he was the artistic director and resident conductor of the orchestras of the Glenn Gould School as well as the Young Artists Performance Academy. He led the Conservatory orchestra on a 3-week, 11-concert tour of China, and returned on numerous occasions to conduct the Zhejiang Symphony in Hangzhou. Upon joining the University of Ottawa music faculty in 2006, Mr. Regehr was the Principal Guest Conductor of the University Orchestra as well as conducting the Ottawa University’s Opera productions of Cosi fan Tutte and Don Giovanni.
As a teacher, Mr. Regehr follows a tradition of great Canadian string mentors. Himself, a student of Gerald Stanick, he continues that level of teaching and has trained some of Canadian’s outstanding violists who have gone on to study in major international graduate programs and win positions in many North American orchestras. Master classes include the Cleveland Institute, the Shanghai Conservatory, the Central Conservatory in Beijing, and Domaine Forget, and for many summers was a faculty member of the prestigious Morningside Music Bridge Program in Calgary. He was a guest faculty member of the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy, where he will be teaching and performing again this summer. He has adjudicated many competitions and festivals, including the cross-country Canadian Music Competition last year. He has held teaching positions at The Glenn Gould School, University of Toronto, and the University of British Columbia. Before retiring to Winnipeg in the summer of 2017, he was the Viola Professor at the University of Ottawa, where, In addition to teaching, he conducted the Ottawa University Orchestra as well as directing the Chamber Music Program. In 2012 he received the Canadian Viola Society's Lifetime Achievement Award.