Dr Bridget Rennie-Salonen
PhD LBME PGDip BA LRSM
Flautist, Dr Bridget Rennie-Salonen lectures part-time at the University of Cape Town and at Stellenbosch University. Bridget’s PhD focused on tertiary music students’ occupational health curriculum content, implementation, and assessment. She is on the team of the international Musicians' Health Literacy Consortium, is a Research Fellow at Stellenbosch University, and is a Licensed Body Mapping Educator.
As both a researcher and practitioner in musicians' health, with expertise in somatic learning, she is interested in the interaction of the physiological, psychological, behavioural, and artistic aspects in performers. Her extensive experience as a music educator informs her research, and her ongoing performance output contributes valuable perspectives to both her research and pedagogy.
She is highly sought after as a flute teacher, and many of her students have excelled nationally and internationally, several occupying positions in South African (SA) orchestras. As the Solo Principal Flute of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, she was the recipient of the prestigious Ben & Faye Carklin Award for Artistic Excellence. Recent awards include Fiesta, Silver Ovation, Fanie Beetge Academic Prize, and Oppenheimer Memorial Trust awards. Also a well-known freelance performer, she has appeared as soloist with several SA orchestras. She is principal flute of the Cape Town Festival Orchestra, permanent guest principal with the Free State Symphony Orchestra, and is Baroque traverso flautist with the Camerata Tinta Barocca, SA’s premier early music ensemble. www.bridgetrs.com