Her reed trio, Trio Pistachio, was one of a select number of chamber groups invited to perform in the live round of the 2011 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Her composition Canine Miniatures (2006) for oboe and bassoon was chosen for performance at the 2012 International Double Reed Society Conference in Oxford, Ohio, where she performed it with oboist Roger Roe of the Indianapolis Symphony. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys running with her dog Roadie, board games, ping pong, imaginative play with her three-year-old, and working on her no longer top-secret project: tap dancing while playing the bassoon. Margaret was thrilled to have been selected to appear on Season 2 of Canada's Smartest Person in Fall 2015. You can watch her go head-to-head with a surgeon, an engineer, and a football player through the CBC Canada's Smartest Person webpage.


  • Doctor of Music in Bassoon Performance with a Doctoral Minor in Music Theory, Indiana University 
  • Master of Arts in Music Theory, University of British Columbia 
  • Master of Music in Bassoon Performance, Ithaca College 
  • Diploma in Chamber Music, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Toronto
  • Grade 10 Piano, Royal Conservatory of Music
  • ARCT Theory (Formerly Grade 5 Theory), Royal Conservatory of Music

A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Margaret Fay is a professional bassoonist and music theorist in London, Ontario. She is a frequent substitute musician with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, London Symphonia, and Niagara Symphony Orchestra, and teaches bassoon at Western University. She was a member of the National Academy Orchestra for two seasons and has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Opera Ontario. An avid chamber musician, she is a member of the Category 5 Woodwind Quintet, Double Treble Trio, Trio Pistachio, and the Reed Minders Duo. Margaret holds a Doctor of Music in Bassoon Performance with a Doctoral Minor in Music Theory from Indiana University and she is a doctoral candidate in the Music Theory PhD program at Western University. Her dissertation explores the analytical and conceptual challenges that arise when the melody is in the lowest sounding voice. Her most influential bassoon teachers include William Ludwig, Kathleen McLean, Julia Lockhart, Jesse Read, Lee Goodhew, Nadina Jackson, and Chris Palmer. She is very grateful for the scholarships she received at every stage of her training.


In addition to being on the bassoon faculty at Western University, Margaret teaches private lessons in bassoon, piano, and music theory at her home studio, Tumble Reeds Music Studio. She has conducted master classes at the University of Victoria, Kenyon College, and Western University. In the summers, she teaches bassoon at the Bobcaygeon Music Camp in Bobcaygeon, Ontario, and runs a week-long Double Reed Workshop in London, Ontario, during the last week of August. For more information on studying with Margaret, please visit her Teaching page, the Western Bassoon Studio page, or Western University's Don Wright Faculty of Music home page.