for the Musicians' Portrait Project.
Don Schultz was born in Calgary, Alberta. In his youth he and his family lived in Ohio where he began his formal trumpet studies, with Edwin Betts at Bowling Green Sate University. After his family returned to Calgary, he became a member of the Calgary Youth Orchestra for the duration of his high school years.
Don earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. His principal teacher was Vincent Cichowicz who served for 23 years in the trumpet section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; he also studied with Adolph Herseth then Principal Trumpet with the CSO. As a Northwestern student, Don won a position in the Chicago Civic Orchestra. While pursuing his degree studies, he was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada during the 1976, 77, 78 and 79 summer sessions where he worked with Ramon Parcells then Principal Trumpet with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
After receiving his B.Mus degree in 1980, Don was Principal Trumpet of the Regina Symphony for three seasons and Principal Trumpet of the Winnipeg Symphony for one season. He then served as a member of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for nine seasons. During that time, Don taught trumpet privately as well as at the Regina Conservatory of Music, the University of Winnipeg, and the University of Calgary. His chamber music associations included most notably The Aeolos Brass Quintet of which he was a founding member.
In 1992 Don received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Athabasca University and left the Calgary Philharmonic to pursue a career in community planning. He completed his education in community and urban planning in 1994, when he received a Master of Environmental Design from the University of Calgary.
Since 1994, Don has worked as an urban planner. His project expertise includes Inter-municipal Development Plans, Development Approvals, and Inner City Planning. During the 2000/2001 academic year, he was a Visiting Professor of Planning at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design. From 2003 to 2009, he worked as a planning consultant for Brown & Associates Planning Group and led the planning department at Sturgess Architecture. Since 2009, Don has been a senior planner at Romanesky Urban Planning and Management.
Don’s work on the Leduc County — City of Leduc Joint Sustainable Growth Study and Inter-municipal Development Plan recently received an Award of Merit from the Alberta Professional Planners Institute. Most recently Don has been invited to lecture on sustainability planning at McGill University in Montreal and Brooklyn College in New York.
Don serves on the Boards of Directors of the Foothills Brass Society, the Community Planning Association of Alberta (CPAA) and the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI). In the past he has served as a member of the Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee and the Board of Directors of the Calgary Parking Authority. Don is presently participating in the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) International program, training in sustainability planning and leadership.
Don is married to Alana Gralen ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/versionsoftruth/4992557757/in/set-72157603751747885/ ) ; they have two grown children, Laura and Patrick who both reside in Montreal, QC.