Dr. Tristan De Borba
Assistant Professor (CLT)
Saxophone, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, and Musicianship





Contact Information
Office  Denton Hall Room 164
Email   tristan.deborba@acadiau.ca
Telephone   902-585-1270

Courses Taught
MUSI 1666-4666   Applied Saxophone
MUSI 2693   Playing and Hearing Music
MUSI 2700D Chamber Orchestra
MUSI 2700A Symphonic Band
MUSI 3351 Saxophone Methods


Dr. Tristan De Borba is a versatile musician who maintains an active career as a saxophonist, conductor, researcher, and teacher.

As a saxophonist, Tristan has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and pedagogue across Canada. Tristan’s most recent video recording with pianist Mary Castello of Fernande Decruck’s Sonata and William Grant Still’s Romance is now available on Youtube! Tristan has a strong interest in the music of our time. His recording of Derek Charke’s Wired and Wound alongside pianist Simon Docking can be found on the ECMA nominated recording “Live Wired” (Centrediscs, 2015). Tristan also appears as soprano saxophone soloist on the album “In the Wide Awe of Wisdom” featuring the choral music of Paul Halley (Pelagos, 2017). As an orchestral musician, Tristan has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia presenting works by Bernstein, Gershwin, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev and Ravel under the baton of conductor Bernhard Gueller.

With fellow saxophonist Dr. Nicole Strum, the Strum-De Borba Duo has performed concerts across the Canadian Maritime provinces and at the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Region 10 conference in London, Ontario and Region 9 conference in Calgary, Alberta (see them in performance here). They recently presented video performances of Christian Lauba’s Ars and Tebogo Monnakgotla’s Crossing Borders at the 2021 Scotia Festival of Music.  

Tristan is a passionate music educator. He is Assistant Professor of Music (CLT) at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where he leads a thriving saxophone class, conducts the Symphonic Band and String Ensemble and teaches courses in musicianship. Tristan has appeared as a saxophone and conducting clinician across the country including visits to the University of Lethbridge, Mount Allison University, University of Prince Edward Island, and Memorial University.

Tristan De Borba has a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from the University of Toronto. His dissertation entitled “Extended Techniques in Jorge Peixinho’s (1940-1995) Three Late Pieces for Saxophone: Sax-Blue (1982/84), Passage Intérieur (1989), and Fantasia-Impromptu (1990)” establishes Peixinho’s saxophone music as pivotal in the history and development of extended techniques for the instrument. He also earned a Master of Music degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Toronto. His principal saxophone teachers were Dr. Wallace Halladay and Dr. Julia Nolan.

2020  D.M.A. University of Toronto
2009  M.M.  University of British Columbia
2007 Mus.Bac.Perf. University of Toronto