Neil Yorke-Slader retired in June 2016 as a Superintendent of Instruction with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board in Ottawa, Ontario. He has composed over 45 works at various levels for jazz ensemble, most of which are available through UNC Jazz Press and Burnihla Music Publishing; several are preserved by the National Library of Canada (Archives). He taught music at the elementary and secondary levels for 17 years, and is active as a jazz adjudicator and clinician throughout North America. He was a contributor to “Jazz Pedagogy, A Canadian Perspective” (available through ArtistShare). Neil Yorke-Slader is well known throughout Canada for his dedication to education and the arts. He directs the renowned Nepean All-City Jazz Band, one of Canada’s pre-eminent student jazz ensembles for the last 29 years. Neil was the recipient of the 1999 Ottawa International Jazz Festival’s “Achievement Award” and in 1991 he received the International Association of Jazz Educators Award for Contribution to Jazz Education. He is considered one of the leading Canadian authorities on the teaching of stage band fundamentals and rehearsal techniques. Neil is listed in the National Register’s 2003 “Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals.” In May 2016, he was named to the Musicfest Canada Hall of Fame.
- Location: Manotick, ON