2017 Adjudicators & Clinicians

The best in their field

Selected by the respective Festival Chair, these individuals evaluate, encourage, enhance and broaden the musicality of each group and every individual participating in the national festival. These people are the foremost in their fields, and represent the highest standards of their profession, be it in a classroom setting or on a performance stage.

Mary Ann Fratia

Mary Ann Fratia

Mary Ann Fratia earned her Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Toronto and her Masters of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and studied trumpet with Ronnie Romm, Fred Mills and Stephen Chenette. She has taught instrumental and vocal music for 35 years in both Ontario and Manitoba at both the elementary and secondary levels.  Mary Ann served as a former Head of Music and was the Arts and HPE Coordinator (K-12) with the Peel DSB.  A recipient of various OSSTF, Peel DSB, Ontario Band Association and IAJE awards, and most recently, the Ontario Music Educators Association Honorary Life Membership Award, she was also just recently nominated for the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award at York University’s Faculty of Education. Mary Ann is currently the Course Director for J/I and I/S music education at York University, Sessional Lecturer for I/S Music at OISE/University of Toronto in the Masters of Teaching program , has served as a Practicum Facilitator for pre-service education students at York University and OISE/UT (K-12) has written and currently instructs various Music ABQ and AQ courses for OISE/University of Toronto.  She has also serves as an education/music consultant with TVO Kids and more recently, Kondolole Films on various elementary music/language programming as well as teaching in the Building Leadership for Change program (International Education) at OISE/UT.  She has served on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Music Education in Canada, various OMEA Conference committees and enjoys adjudicating various music festivals across the province and Canada.  She has been the director of many award-winning wind ensembles, instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles, chamber ensembles and has had numerous articles published in various music, arts and teaching provincial and national journals.

Jean Michel Malouf

Jean Michel Malouf

Jean-Michel Malouf enjoys a flourishing career as a conductor, and he is already recognized for his remarkable precision, sensitivity and natural leadership. He was conductor-in-residence of I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra where he conducted many concerts at the Maison Symphonique (Montreal) and at the National Arts Centre (Ottawa).

In recent years, he has also been invited to conduct the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), the London Symphony (Ontario, Canada), Les Violons du Roy (Montreal) and the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal. Mr Malouf has been conducting the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008 and was appointed conductor-in-residence of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in September 2015. He was officially nominated Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean.

Bill Thomas

Bill Thomas

Bill Thomas is an Associate Professor of Music, Chair of the Department of Music, and director of the Wind Symphony at York University in Toronto.

Prior to his time at York University Bill taught music for twenty-three years at the elementary and high school levels in the York Region District School Board spending most of that time as the head of the music department at Markham District High School. Bill is a graduate of the jazz program at Humber College and holds Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Toronto as well as a Master of Arts in composition from York University. He is a former Drum Corps International adjudicator and he has been an arranger for over forty marching bands and drum & bugle corps in Canada and the United States. Bill’s concert band compositions are published by Eighth Note Publications.

A past board member of the Ontario Music Educator’s Association and is much in demand as an adjudicator and clinician. His performing groups have won many accolades and awards including the Jazz Report Magazine award for High School Program of the Year. Bill is a member of the international bandmaster’s fraternity Phi Beta Mu.

 

Cynthia Johnston-Turner

Cynthia Johnston-Turner

Cynthia Johnston Turner is Director of Bands, Professor of Music, Area Chair of Conducting, and Artistic Director of Rote Hund Muzik at the Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia. Turner conducts the Hodgson Wind Ensemble, leads the MM and DMA programs in conducting, and oversees the entire band program including the 430-member Redcoat Marching Band.

Before her appointment at the Hodgson School at the University of Georgia, Cynthia was Director of Wind Ensembles at Cornell University. Earlier in her career Cynthia was a high school music educator, taught middle school beginning instrumental music in Toronto and choral music in Switzerland.

A Canadian, Cynthia completed her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees at Queens University and her Master of Music in music education and conducting at the University of Victoria. Touring with her ensembles inspired her master’s thesis on the musical and personal transformations that occur on tours, and her D.M.A. thesis at the Eastman School of Music centered on the music of William Kraft, one of this generation’s leading composers. At Eastman Cynthia was the recipient of the prestigious teaching award in conducting. She received the National Leadership in Education Award (Canada), the Excellence in Education Award (Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation), and the Marion Drysdale Leadership Award (also from OSSTF). She is also the recipient of the Donald A. Reick Memorial Award for research with wearable technologies and music pedagogy, and the American Prize for innovative programming with wind bands.

Among other recent engagements, Cynthia has guest conducted the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain, the Syracuse Symphony (“Symphoria”), the National Youth Band of Canada, Concordia Santa Fe, the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Latin American Honor Band, the National Band of Costa Rica, the National Orchestra of Heredia, and numerous state honor bands. Cynthia has been invited to present her research with teaching and technology, innovative rehearsal techniques, and service-learning and music performance at numerous conferences nationally and internationally. She is published in such journals as Music Educators Journal, Interdisciplinary Humanities, International Journal of the Humanities, Journal of the World Association of Bands and Ensembles, Fanfare Magazine, and Canadian Winds, and has recorded CDs with the Innova and Albany labels.

Cynthia has served as a board member with WASBE, and is an active member of CDBNA, Conductor’s Guild, College Music Society, Humanities Education and Research Association, the National Association for Music Education, and National Band Association.

Conn-Selmer Artist/Educational Clinician

Brendan Caldwell

Brendan Caldwell

Brendan Caldwell is Director of Wind Ensembles at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. In this role, he conducts the BW Symphonic Wind Ensemble and BW Symphonic Band. In addition, Dr. Caldwell teaches courses in conducting and leads a seminar entitled: The Buddha and Bruce Springsteen:  Consciousness and the Art of Connection. Through an artistic process deeply rooted in collaboration, Brendan regularly forms unique partnerships with ensembles, soloists, composers, and audience members with the shared goal of seeking to re-imagine the concert going experience. Past collaborations have included Dame Evelyn Glennie, George Crumb, Frank Ticheli, Bud Beyer, Marianne Ploger, Charles Rochester Young, Gro Sandvik, Velvet Brown, Graham Breedlove, Wesley Anderson, and Nancy Ambrose King. In 2006, Caldwell was awarded the prestigious “Outstanding Emerging Conductor Award” through the Minnesota Orchestra – Osmo Vanska, conductor. Brendan’s degrees have come from Louisiana State University, the University of Colorado, and the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Caldwell’s research and scholarship explore personal and musical transformation  through the spiritual practice of Mindful Listening. In 2013, Brendan released a CD containing his song-cycle that explores mindful listening entitled, Gypsy Radio and the Rock and Roll Consecration. As accompanying documents, Brendan is currently in the process of finishing two books: The Conscious Conductor and The Buddha and Bruce Springsteen.

Before arriving in Cleveland, Dr. Caldwell served as Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point from 2006 until 2014. In this role, he oversaw the wind band area and conducted the UWSP Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. At UWSP, Brendan was the curator for two initiatives: The Perception Project – a campus-wide exploration of teaching and learing through the examination of habits of perception, and The Courtyard Connections Forum – a lecture series, modeled after the TED Talks, in which audiences gathered once a semester to awaken from the illusion of separateness through presentations which discussed various areas of passion and scholarship. Through exploring seemingly disparate topics in a profound manner.

Brendan loves living in Cleveland with his wife Luda and their son Xander.

Les Sabina

Les Sabina

Saxophonist and composer Les Sabina holds degrees from the University of Toronto(Bac.Mus.), the University of Windsor (B.Ed.), the University of Miami (M.M.), andMichigan State University (Ph.D.).  He is currently Professor of Music and chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at St. Bonaventure University near Buffalo, NY.

Sabina is a former member of late drummer J.C. Heard’s Detroit-based jazz orchestra and has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Helen Merrill, Billy Eckstine, Milt Hinton, Della Reese, the Manhattan Transfer, the Temptations and many other jazz and pop acts in both Detroit and Buffalo.  He is a regular saxophonist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the BPO Jazz All-Stars.  Sabina also plays electric bass with two Western NY jazz trios, New York Standard Time, and the LTM Trio.

Sabina has over 75 big band compositions and arrangements, as well as many saxophone quartet arrangements, published by Kendor Music and Alfred Music/Belwin Jazz.  He has received many awards from ASCAP and twice won PROCAN’s Jazz ComposersCompetition. His textbook, “Jazz Arranging and Orchestration: A Concise Introduction” was published by Cengage and is in use in over 50 colleges in the USA.  Sabina also scores music for a variety of video projects, using many virtual instrument libraries in his studio.

 

 

Colleen Allen

Colleen Allen

Colleen Allen is one of Canada’s most in-demand musicians for live concerts and recording sessions. Based in Toronto, the acclaimed and versatile multi-instrumentalist has performed all over Canada, the U.S. and Europe with world class jazz and pop artists including Molly Johnson, David Clayton-Thomas, Holly Cole, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Rik Emmett, Marc Jordan, Andrew Craig and Jackie Richardson, to name a few. She works frequently with Brian Barlow’s Big Band, Cirque du Soleil, is a resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre, and a member of Manteca, Canada’s premier fusion jazz big band. She has been in the house band of the Toronto Blues Society’s Women’s Blues Revue since its inception in 1986.  Colleen is a beloved mentor and teacher of music for 15 years now at Humber College and a regular adjudicator/clinician for musicfest, and the TD jazz education festival in Picton.

Colleen’s first CD “Colleen Allen” displays her talents as instrumentalist, arranger, bandleader and producer. Her sophomore release “Flashlight” features bassist George Koller, guitarist Rob Piltch and Snarky Puppy drummer Larnell Lewis.

Brian Lillos

Brian Lillos

Brian Lillos is one of Canada’s leading jazz pedagogues.  The scope of his teaching ranges from 5th grade beginning band to Doctoral Dissertation advisement in jazz studies.  The scope of his playing ranges from clarinet with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to Bari Sax with the Tommy Banks Canadian All-Star Big Band to Be Bop Alto Sax with Barry Harris to Woodwinds with the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra.  His students have received Provincial, National, and International recognition as performers, educators, composers, and scholars.  He was Director of the Internationally acclaimed Jazz Studies Program at Humber College in Toronto from 1992 – 2001 where he has since held the position of Professor of Jazz Studies (retired 2012).

Widely published and recorded, Brian is in constant demand as a clinician, performing artist and adjudicator.

Jeff Reynolds

Jeff Reynolds

Jeffrey Reynolds teaches trumpet and conducting at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, as well as conducting the Wind Symphony.  For 5 years he was the Coordinator of the Performance Division, until 2015. He holds a Ph.D. in the philosophy of music education and a M.M. in trumpet performance. Dr. Reynolds has performed and recorded as a trumpeter with the Calgary Philharmonic, Victoria Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Hannaford Street Silver Band, the Stratford Festival Ensemble and the Orchestra of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, as well as many other orchestral, chamber and solo performances. Prior to the University of Toronto, Dr. Reynolds taught at Malaspina College and McMaster University and for several years was an instrumental specialist with the Scarborough Board of Education. Dr. Reynolds is the author of a trumpet pedagogy book in the Dummies series, Trumpet for Dummies, has recently completed the compilation of trumpet repertoire for the Royal Conservatory of Music, along with Dr. Gillian Mackay, and contributes articles to several journals. He frequently conducts workshops in southern Ontario schools, and is in demand as an adjudicator at music festivals across the country.

Steve Fralick

Steve Fralick

Steve Fralick taught Instrumental Music at the St. Catharines Collegiate for 34 years and served as the Arts Chair for 29 of those years. Ensembles from the school performed all over Canada and won several awards at Musicfest. He was also involved in many curriculum-writing projects for the DSBN and the Ontario Ministry of Educations including the latest Arts Curriculum revisions. He was a member of the OMEA board between 2000 and 2009. Steve is principal trombone in the Niagara Symphony and has performed in many shows at the Niagara Falls Casino including the World Rock Symphony Orchestra and Return to Grace.

Stewart Grant

Stewart Grant

Stewart Grant is a versatile musician who is known and respected across Canada as a composer, conductor, oboist and pedagogue .Stewart Grant was born in Fort William, Ontario, but he grew up and received his early musical training in Montreal, graduating from the Faculty of Music at McGill University and the Conservatoire de musique du Québec, where he was awarded a Premier Prix in oboe in the class of Melvin Berman. His studies also included private studies in composition and arranging with Gordon Delamont and summers at Tanglewood, at the Aspen Music School and as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, where he studied with Ray Still, principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony.

A former member of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, he has performed as oboist with organizations such as the Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras, the National Ballet, the Canadian Opera Company and the Hamilton Philharmonic. Music Director of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra in Alberta from 1978 to 1994 and winner of the 1988 Heinz Unger Award for conductors, he is presently Artistic Director of both the West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra.

In 2010, Stewart Grant was awarded the Prix de musique of the Association des orchestres de jeunes du Québec in recognition of his dedication to the cause of youth orchestras in Québec, and in 2012 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to the musical life of the West Island area of Montreal.

Donald J. McKinney

Donald J. McKinney

Donald J. McKinney is Director of Bands and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. He conducts the CU Wind Symphony, guides the graduate wind-conducting program, and oversees the university band program. Prior to his appointment at CU Boulder, Dr. McKinney was the Director of Wind Ensembles and Associate Professor at Louisiana State University. While teaching at LSU, the Wind Ensemble performed for the South Central Regional Music Conference and was invited to perform for the 2013 College Band Directors National Association Conference in Greensboro, NC.

He has held faculty positions at Interlochen Arts Academy and Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music. From 2010-2015, he was the Coordinator of Bands for Interlochen Arts Camp. In this capacity, he conducted the World Youth Wind Symphony and administered the summer band program. As a guest conductor he has appeared with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Concordia Santa Fe, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra, and numerous honor ensembles. He has also conducted in Canada and Costa Rica. On numerous occasions, his performances with the Dallas Wind Symphony have been featured on National Public Radio Performance Today.

His recording credits include projects with the Dallas Wind Symphony, University of Michigan Symphony Band, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Keystone Wind Ensemble, and the Duquesne University Wind Symphony.

Dr. McKinney holds degrees from Duquesne University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Michigan. His primary conducting teachers include Michael Haithcock, Dr. Jack Stamp, Dr. Robert Cameron, and additional study with H. Robert Reynolds and Frank Battisti.

 

 

John Phillips

John Phillips

John Phillips is the Artistic Coordinator for the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. He recently retired from The University of Western Ontario where he conducted the Symphonic Band and taught conducting and music education classes at the undergraduate and graduate level. He previously taught at the University of Toronto and York University in the departments of music and education. Additionally, Phillips coordinated the Arts curriculum review and implementation for the Ministry of Education in Ontario, and he continues to serve in his role as Senior Advisor for Music Mentors International.

In demand as a clinician and consultant, Phillips shares his unique brand of music education through workshops with State and Provincial Music Educators’ Associations, the National Association for Music Education, and as a presenter at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Throughout his career, he participated in numerous initiatives with Music For All including the National Concert Festival, the annual Summer Symposium, and the Bands of America Grand Nationals.

Phillips has adjudicated music festivals and events in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Indonesia. He regularly guest conducts honour bands across Canada and the United States. For twenty years he conducted the Wind Ensemble at the National Music Camp of Canada, and was recently a guest conductor at the International Music Camp. Phillips has served as Judge Administrator for Drum Corps International since 2000, and was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame, Class of 2015.

As a trumpeter, Phillips performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Brantford Symphony and the Forest City Brass Quintet. He spent two summers at the Banff School of Fine Arts under the leadership of the Canadian Brass, studying with Fred Mills and Ronald Romm.

 

Jacqueline Dawson

Jacqueline Dawson

Jacqueline Dawson received undergraduate degrees in music and music education from Memorial University of Newfoundland and holds a masters degree in conducting from the University of Manitoba. She has attended the Conductor’s Art Symposium at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, The Art of Wind Band Teaching at the University of Minnesota and completed the Canadian Wind Conductor’s Development Program in Winnipeg. Jacquie is currently Assistant Professor and Director of Bands at the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music where she conducts the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, coaches chamber ensembles and teaches courses in music education. She also serves as Faculty Advisor for music education student teachers. Prior to this appointment Jacquie taught in public school for twenty years, primarily at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 

Jacquie is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator across Canada. She has been a sessional instructor for the University of Manitoba Faculty of Music and Faculty of Education, been guest lecturer for music education courses and sessional conductor of the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble. Guest conducting engagements have included the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Rising Stars Manitoba Senior Honour Band, the Manitoba Intermediate Honour Band, the Manitoba Junior Honour Band, the International Music Camp, and numerous regional and divisional honour bands. Jacquie was awarded the 2003 University of Manitoba School of Music Excellence in Music Education Award, the 2013 University of Manitoba Teacher Recognition Award and the 2015 Manitoba Band Association Award of Distinction. She has been published in the Canadian Music Educator Journal and the Canadian Winds Journal. Jacquie has presented at conferences in Newfoundland and Manitoba as well as the Canadian Music Educators’ Association National Conference.
Jacquie served on the board of directors of the Manitoba Band Association from 1999 – 2005 and remains active with numerous projects. She serves on the advisory committee for the Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival, served as the Coordinator of the Fort Garry Summer Band Camp for ten years and has recently been appointed the Chairperson of the Manitoba Senior Honour Band. Jacquie is in her eighth season as Artistic Director of The Winnipeg Wind Ensemble. Under Jacquie’s leadership the group has expanded significantly in infrastructure, artistic standard and programming, and recently launched a new division of the organization, The Winnipeg Youth Wind Ensemble.

Will Kennedy

Will Kennedy

In·spi·ra·tion n. 1. Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.
2. An Agency, such as a person or work of art, that moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention. 3. Something, such as a sudden creative act or idea that is inspired.
If you have met Will Kennedy or if you have seen Will Kennedy perform, you understand that inspiration and Will Kennedy are inseparable, if not synonymous. Whether it was during his many years as a member of the fourteen time Grammy nominated group Yellowjackets, or on one of the myriad other Artist’s records or tours, Will has always been credited for being the inspirational drive in the music. His musicality and finesse are legendary amongst the “who’s who” of the jazz world and beyond.

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Jon Maharaj

Jon Maharaj

2 time JUNO winning bassist Jon Maharaj has played and / or recorded with The Tenors, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Allison Au, Dione Taylor, Amanda Tosoff and many others. He has toured North America extensively and has performed overseas everywhere from Tokyo to Monte Carlo. He is also on Faculty at Humber College in Toronto where he has been teaching since 2003.

Matthew Chalmers

Matthew Chalmers

Matthew Chalmers holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Humber college, a school he attended since he was 3 as part of the Humber College’s Community Music program. Matthew also performed at MusicFest for many years and was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including Zildjian Outstanding Young Drummer four times, the Music Industries Association of Canada (MIAC) scholarship, as well as the inaugural Lou Williamson Scholarship for Outstanding Drumset Player. In May of 2011, The Hnatyshyn Foundation awarded Matthew with the Oscar Peterson $10,000 Grand for Jazz Performance.

While continuing to play throughout Canada and US, Matthew is now an active film composer, writing for two network television shows as well as movies for the Lifetime network.

Ron DiLauro

Ron DiLauro

Adjudicator/Clinician

For close to 40 years, Ron Di Lauro has been one of Québec’s most in-demand trumpet players: from jazz to classical, from pop to world music, Throughout his career, he has accompanied renowned artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, John Scofield, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Michel Legrand, Oliver Jones and Vic Vogel, to name but a few.

As a soloist, he has performed with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal and the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Laval, and Sinfonia de Lanaudière. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, Broadway musicals, film soundtracks and in advertising jingles, as well as on over 300 recordings, most notably with Cirque du Soleil.

Music festivals and cultural organizations regularly call upon him to act as a jury member. As an Associate Professor at Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Music, and Lecturer at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, he directs Big Band, Chamber Jazz Orchestra, as well as teaching jazz trumpet.  He was the recipient of the Oscar Peterson Prize at the 2014 Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Dr. Colleen Richardson

Dr. Colleen Richardson

Adjudicator/Clinician

Dr. Colleen Richardson is Coordinator of Bands, directs the Wind Ensemble, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and instrumental music education at Western University in London, Ontario. In collaboration with Dr. Kevin Watson, she administrates the Western Young Winds program, which is a community band for students in grades six to nine, and supervises the undergraduate music education majors selected to rehearse and conduct the ensemble. Prior to her appointment at Western, Dr. Richardson was an Assistant Professor of Music Education and the Wind Ensemble Director at Converse College in South Carolina.

Besides being active as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor nationally, Dr. Richardson has guest conducted or presented her research in Ireland, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Wales, and the US. Her research focuses on wind literature, conducting pedagogy, and rehearsal techniques. Publications include articles for the Canadian Winds, and the Canadian Music Educator Journal, as well as multiple study guides for the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. Recently, Dr. Richardson produced and edited the Hunsberger DVD within GIA’s DVD set entitled Three Icons: Frank Battisti, Donald Hunsberger, and H. Robert Reynolds. Under her direction, the Western University Wind Ensemble has produced two CDs, Apparitions (Albany Records, 2011) and Explorations (Mark Records, 2016); both recordings are available through itunes and Amazon.com.

A native of Winnipeg, Dr. Richardson graduated from Brandon University (BMus Ed), the University of Calgary (Wind Conducting Diploma, MMus Conducting), and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (DMA Wind Conducting).  Her primary conducting teachers have been Rodney Winther and Glenn Price. However, she has also had opportunities to study with many other well respected composers and conductors, including: Craig Kirchhoff, Karel Husa, Warren Benson, David Maslanka, Eugene Corporon, Mallory Thompson, Robert Reynolds, and Jerry Junkin.

While in Cincinnati completing her doctorate, Dr. Richardson co-directed the Tri-State Chamber Players, as well as served as the Music Director and Conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble. Prior to her graduate studies, she taught general, choral, and instrumental music in the Canadian school system for 14 years.

 

 

Frank Lee

Frank Lee

Adjudicator/Clinician

Frank Lee is the choral director at Carson Graham Secondary School. He spent the previous seventeen years as the choral and instrumental director at Seycove Secondary School in North Vancouver.  Mr. Lee is has also been  on Faculty at Douglas College directing the Chorus. His past ensemble was honoured with the distinction of Youth Choir of the World at the International Choral Festival, Kathaumixw, in 2007. In 2009 his Chorale was named top choir at the Canadian National Choral Festival and had their solo debut concert in 2011 at Carnegie Hall. His award winning vocal jazz ensemble, Jazz in the Box, has been featured in Western Canada and Washington State.

 

Frank received his undergraduate music degree from the University of Victoria studying trombone with Ian McDougall.  He has recently finished his graduate studies in choral conducting, under Dr. Graeme Langager, at the University of British Columbia. He is sought after as a clinician across Canada and Washington State. Frank has served as the chair for the BCMEA Honour Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Kiwanis Vocal Jazz Festival and is currently on the Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival Advisory Committee.

 

Pratik Gandhi

Pratik Gandhi

Vice-Chairman Concert Band

Pratik Gandhi is a conductor, percussionist, and clinician based in Toronto. He currently serves as music director of the Rouge River Winds and of Soup Can Theatre, and resident conductor of the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble. He also recently completed a five-year tenure as assistant conductor of Symphony on the Bay.
Highlights for the 2016-17 season include serving as guest conductor for both the Mississauga Pops Concert Band and the Rose Orchestra of Brampton, as well as a celebration of Canada’s 150th with the Rouge River Winds, including a commission of a new work from composer Bill Thomas.
In frequent demand as a guest conductor and adjudicator across Southwestern Ontario, Pratik also serves as adjudicator for the concert band division of MusicFest Canada, and adjudicated concert bands at the 2017 Alberta International Band Festival in Calgary. He regularly presents workshops on repertoire, percussion pedagogy, and technology, including a recent workshop on the use of social media in the music classroom for the Ontario Music Educators’ Association.
Pratik received a B.Mus. in music education and an M.Mus. in conducting from the University of Western Ontario, where he studied conducting with Dr. Colleen Richardson, Jerome Summers and James McKay, and percussion with Dr. Jill Ball.

Kevin Hamlin

Kevin Hamlin

Adjudicator/Clinician

Recently retired as head of music at Collingwood Collegiate, Kevin Hamlin has been appointed to be Yamaha’s first Educator-in-Residence. Kevin’s near 30-year career highlighted some of the highest retention rates of most school music programs in Canada.

Arts Department Leader and Music Department Head at Collingwood Collegiate for 29 years, building one of the largest and most diverse programs in the province of Ontario.

Adjudicator, Clinician at MusicFest Canada Nationals and other Regional Festivals across the country.  In 2015 Kevin was Awarded Keith Mann Outstanding Band Director by MusicFest  Canada , along with Collingwood Arts Award. In 2016 He was awarded the Order of Collingwood.

Presenter at Ontario Music Educator’s Conference on a wide range of topics. Guest speaker at University B. Music programs, Faculties of Education, School Board workshops.

As an Effective communicator in front of audiences of any size, Kevin is Completely versed in all aspects of program development, class pedagogy, rehearsal techniques, and Festival preparation.

Chosen as Yamaha Music Canada’s first Educator-In-Residence, working across the country adjudicating band festivals, providing Board wide workshops, and individual school based clinics.

Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell

Adjudicator/Clinician

Saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist and conductor Jennifer Bell has been active on the Montréal scene since 1985. Jennifer is the co-founder of the groups Streetnix, (FIJM 1987-2017) and Altsys Jazz Orchestra, with whom she has performed hundreds of concerts throughout North America and Europe. Jennifer Bell is also a clinician and adjudicator throughout North America and has taught at the McGill Conservatory since 1985. Jennifer has received grants from the SOCAN Foundation, the conseil des arts et lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts as well as awards from the Conseil Québecois de la Musique and the Women’s Y foundation.

Saxophoniste, clarinettiste, flûtiste et chef d’orchestre Jennifer Bell est active sur la scène musicale montréalaise depuis 1985. Fondatrice des groupes Streetnix (FIJM 1987-2017) et Altsys Jazz Orchestra avec lequel elle a joué partout en amerique du nord et en europe. Jennifer Bell est également une évaluatrice et donne des causeries partout en Amérique du nord. Elle est chargée de cours au conservatoire de musique de McGill depuis 1985. Jennifer Bell s’est méritée des bourses de la fondation SOCAN, le conseil des arts et lettres du Québec et le conseil des arts du Canada, ainsi que des prix du Conseil Québecois de la musique et la fondation du Y des femmes.

 

Shawn Lafrenz

Shawn Lafrenz

Adjudicator

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Pat Labarbera

Pat Labarbera

Clinician

Before moving to Canada from the US in 1974, Pat LaBarbera toured and recorded with the Buddy Rich Big Band, of which he was a member from 1967 to 1974. Pat has performed on television shows such as Johnny Carson, Ed Sullivan, and Mike Douglas, and with many show business personalities such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Pat has performed and recorded consistently with Elvin Jones since 1975, playing major jazz festivals around the world. He has performed with other jazz artists such as Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Woody Shaw, and McCoy Tyner. Pat can be heard on the recently released Humber label The Elders are Listening, Volumes 1 & 2.
His CD, Deep in a Dream, won the 2000 Juno Award for Best Mainstream Jazz Album. His current CD, Crossing the Line, features faculty members Brian Dickinson and Neil Swainson, as well as special guests Randy Brecker and Joe LaBarbera

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Jason Logue

Jason Logue

Adjudicator

Trumpeter Jason Logue has grown to be one of Canada’s finest musicians and composers. He has performed or recorded with such jazz artists as Sam Rivers, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Dave Brubek, Phil Nimmons, Dave Grusin, Louis Belson, Kenny Wheeler, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Guido Basso, Jim McNeeley and Rob McConnell.
As a freelance trumpeter, Jason has backed up artists such as Diana Krall, John Pizzarelli, Aretha Franklin, Chantal Kreviazuk, Shirley Bassey, The Funk Brothers, Johnny Mathis, Jeff Healey, Mary Wilson, Bernadette Peters, Marie Osmond, Ben Vareen, Hal Linden, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Bobby Vinton, Little Anthony and the imperials, The Temptations, The 4 Tops, The Platters, Maureen McGovern, The Coasters, Martha Reeves, The Spinners, Frankie Valli, Fabian and Bobby Ridell.
Jason is currently on the Faculty at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario and The Universtiy of Toronto.

  • Location: Mississuaga, ON

Ted Quinlan

Ted Quinlan

Concert Artist

Ted Quinlan
An extremely versatile guitarist, Montreal-born Berklee-educated Ted Quinlan is an in-demand studio musician. Living in Toronto since the mid 1980s, Quinlan has also become a valued sideman, performing with Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Harris, Jimmy Smith and Joey DeFransesco. Quinlan’s music as a leader ranges from Pat Metheny influenced contemporary jazz to experimental free improvisation.

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  • Location: Toronto, Ontario

Terry Promane

Terry Promane

Concert Artist

Terry is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at the University Toronto, The Director of “The Jazz Camp” at the Interprovincial Music Camp (IMC) and remains busy as a freelance tenor trombone/tuba/bass trombonist. He appears with numerous Toronto based groups including The Rob McConnell Tentet, The Boss Brass, The Mike Murley Septet, The John Macleod Big Band, The Paul Read Orchestra, The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, Dave Young Sextet/Octet and Holly Cole.
As an educator, Terry is active presenting seminar and clinics with the Ontario Band Association (OBA), the Ontario Music Educators Association (OMEA) and Musicfest where Terry will conduct The Dave Young & Terry Promane Big Band.

Sponsored by: University of Toronto

Gordon Foote

Gordon Foote

Adjudicator

Gordon Foote recently accepted a position at the University of Toronto as a Professor in the Jazz Studies Program of the Faculty of Music. The most important element of this portfolio will be to direct the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra (UTJO). Previous to that, Gordon spent 26 years as a Professor in the Jazz Studies Program at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec. He served as Dean (interim), Associate Dean (Academic and Student Affairs), Chair of the Department of Performance, Director of Graduate Studies and Chair of the Jazz Area, as well as 6 years as a professor at St. FX University in Nova Scotia. Gordon is one of the pioneers of jazz education in Canada, being instrumental in the development and implementation of the first undergraduate and graduate university jazz studies programs in the country.
As a saxophonist and clinician for Conn-Selmer, Gordon has performed in Canada, Europe and the United States.Professor is in demand as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and jazz educator/performer in Canada, Musicfest Canada being a long standing event.

  • Location: Toronto, Ontario

Dennis Beck

Dennis Beck

Adjudicator

Dennis Beck earned two undergraduate degrees from Western University, and completed a graduate program in conducting from the University of Calgary. In addition to teaching experience at the junior and senior high school levels, he has been a sessional lecturer for the Faculty of Education of the University of Toronto, conducted at Alberta College Conservatory in Edmonton for several years, and played clarinet with the Edmonton Wind Sinfonia and the CBC’s Edmonton Wind Ensemble. He founded the Ontario chapter of Phi Beta Mu, the international band director’s fraternal organization, and is a member of the College Band Directors National Association.  He served as a vice-president of the Alberta Band Association, was a founding director of the Ontario Band Association and is a past-president of the OBA. For several years he was a facilitator for student leaders at the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre. His articles on music education have appeared in several professional journals, and since 2000 he has written six analyses of band compositions for different volumes of the highly regarded series of music texts, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, published by GIA in Chicago.

Recognized as an advocate for excellence in conducting, he co-founded the Unionville Wind Conductors’ Symposium 1994. In the fall of 2008, he was one of ten alumni of the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University in London, Ontario, named as the inaugural recipients of the university’s Wall of Fame honour. In 2011, the OBA recognized him with an Honourary Lifetime Membership, also that year he was named to the Advisory Board of the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.  In 2013, he was the recipient of the Canadian Band Association’s National Band Award, joining a list of 23 other Canadian musicians who had been so honoured since 1976. For twenty years he taught music, coached soloists and chamber ensembles, and conducted bands at Unionville High School’s Arts York program, in Markham. Most recently, he has been a faculty member at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University in London, Ontario, where he was conductor of the Symphonic Band and taught music education and conducting.

Andy Morris

Andy Morris

Clinician/Sponsor

As owner of Woodshed Percussion, Andy Morris has been a freelance musician in the Toronto area for over 20 years.  Because of his extensive experience in the music business, he is able to offer sound advice on choosing the right instrument for a group or individual.

Sponsored by: Woodshed Percussion

  • Location: Toronto, Ontario

Stephen Wick

Stephen Wick

Concert Artist/Clinician/Adjudicator

Stephen Wick-Musician – Ophicleide and Tuba at Anima Eterna, Director at Denis Wick Products Ltd., Teacher at The Purcell School, Trustee at Golsoncott Founda. Tuba player Stephen Wick has played with all the great London orchestras and many European orchestras. In the jazz field he has played in bands led by such greats as John Dankworth and Kenny Wheeler and has also worked with some of the top arrangers such as Nelson Riddle and Henry Mancini. Stephen also teaches at the Royal Academy of Music.

Sponsored by: Denis Wick, London

  • Location: Hamworth Poole, UK

Tova Olson

Tova Olson

Clinician/Honorband

Tova Olson studied classical and jazz piano and hand drumming while at Augustana University College. She has been involved with Kokopelli, an Edmonton-based choral organization, as singer, accompanist and percussion coach since 2004. Tova is an experienced piano teacher and is currently the worship and music coordinator and principal organist for Messiah Lutheran Church in Camrose, AB. Tova also sings with and arranges/composes music for Blue Thistle (a female vocal a capella quintet), as well as for other ensembles. She has accompanied the Ellison National Honor Choir since its inception in 2013.

  • Location: Edmonton AB

Kirk MacDonald

Kirk MacDonald

Clinician/Concert Artist

With an established reputation as one of Canada’s leading saxophonists, Kirk MacDonald cut his first record at the age of thirteen. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards, and has worked with many leading musicians in a variety of musical genres. Kirk also leads the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra (KMJO), a 19-piece all-star ensemble dedicated to performing his original compositions and featuring arrangements by leading Canadian and U.S. Writers. The KMJO released its debut recording Deep Shadows in March 2011, and in May of 2012. His latest recording Vista Obscura was released in 2014 and features jazz legend Harold Mabern and special guest saxophonist Pat LaBarbera. Kirk has been active as an educator for 27 years at leading jazz studies programs such as at the University of Toronto and McGill University. Kirk is presently a full time professor at Humber College in Toronto, where he holds a cross appointment in the Music Degree Program and the Community Music School. Kirk also acts as the Artistic Director for the “Youth Jazz Canada” project and directs the “National Youth Jazz Combo”. This project also hosts a 2 week workshop in the summer for high school and post-secondary students.

Sponsored by: Humber College

  • Location: Toronto On.

Dr. Graeme Langager

Dr. Graeme Langager

Adjudicator

Graeme Langager is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of British Columbia School of Music, and the Artistic Director of the award-winning Phoenix Chamber Choir of Vancouver, Canada. Langager is a dynamic and sensitive conductor, and is sought-after as a clinician, adjudicator, educator and guest conductor. Langager has performed throughout Europe and across North America, appearing in such venues as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Stefansdom in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York and many others, including cathedrals and concert halls in Spain, Italy, France, Austria and the Czech Republic. Langager’s choirs have also performed at numerous choral conferences, including: NCCO (National Collegiate Choral Organization),  Podium (Choral Canada National Conference), ACDA-AR (American Choral Directors Association Conference, Arkansas), IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators), MENC (now NAfME, National Association for Music Education), Montreux Jazz Festival and North Sea Jazz Festival.

 

Langager was born in Lethbridge, Canada into a musical family. He received the doctoral degree in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the master of music degree from California State University, Long Beach. Langager also holds an undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies. He has taught for more than 20 years in universities and colleges in the United States and Canada, including the University of Arkansas and Cuesta College in California. Langager is also active as a composer and arranger.

 

 

Greg Jasperse

Greg Jasperse

Adjudicator/Concert Artist/Clinician

Following eight years as a professional musician in Los Angeles, Greg Jasperse is returning to Kalamazoo as an assistant professor of vocal jazz and the new director of Gold Company and GC II at Western Michigan University. A world-renowned composer and arranger, he is sought after internationally as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor. His conducting credits include all-state jazz choirs in New York, California, Oklahoma, Indiana, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, New Hampshire, Illinois, and Iowa, as well as the British Columbia Honors Jazz Choir. 

Jasperse’s voice can be heard on numerous movie soundtracks including Epic; Oz, The Great and Powerful; The Campaign; Star Trek and Star Trek 2; National Treasure 2; SALT; The Last Airbender; and Real Steel, as well as the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s song “Monarchy of Roses” and Muse’s album The 2nd Law. Most recently he had the pleasure of singing at the 85th Annual Oscars with Adele on her song “Skyfall.” Jasperse also recently arranged, produced and music-directed “A Gallagher Family Christmas” for William H. Macy and the cast of Showtime’s “Shameless.”

Jasperse is a member of two professional vocal groups – Sixth Wave and Vertical Voices. He has also performed with a variety of artists, including Rosemary Clooney, Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Kirk Whalum, Jennifer Holiday, Jon Secada, and Gloria Estefan. He spends his summers teaching at several music camps including the New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp, the University of North Texas Vocal Jazz Camp, and Showchoir Camps of America.

 

Jasperse has released two solo piano CDs – Tournesol, a collection of contemporary jazz originals, and Crossings, a collection of improvised hymn meditations.

 

Jasperse is a graduate of University of Miami and Western Michigan University.

Michael Gilbert

Michael Gilbert

Adjudicator

Michael Gilbert is Music Director of the Eroica Ensemble and Music Director of the Music Masters Course Japan. Born in Memphis, Mr. Gilbert received early musical training from his father before moving to New York to study at the Juilliard School.
In 1970, Mr. Gilbert joined the New York Philharmonic. He played with the orchestra for thirty seasons through the tenures of Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, and Kurt Masur. During these years, the orchestra toured extensively throughout the world and made dozens of celebrated recordings. Since 2007, he has led the Eroica Ensemble, presenting an annual series of free concerts in the communities of West Tennessee.
Mr. Gilbert has also devoted much time to working with student orchestras: he has coached and conducted at summer festivals and orchestral seminars around the world This past summer, Mr. Gilbert led a workshop on the Saito Conducting Method at The University of Memphis. Micheal Gilbert is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, at Festivals across Canada, Musicfest Canada being one of his many stops.

  • Location: New York City, NY

Mike Downes

Mike Downes

Concert Artist

Mike Downes is the Bass Department Head at prestigious Humber College in Toronto. Bassist, composer, author and educator Mike Downes has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists. His bass playing has delighted audiences worldwide, including tours through western and eastern Europe, Iceland, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, the United States and throughout Canada.
Mike’s extensive discography highlights his work as a bassist, composer and arranger. He has released five recordings as a leader to critical praise. His most recent recording Ripple Effect features his trio with masterful musicians Robi Botos and Ethan Ardelli. Mike has been a (guest-concert) artist, adjudicator, clinician, and educator many times at Musicfest Canada.
Sponsored by Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.

  • Location: Toronto On.

Brian Dickinson

Brian Dickinson

Concert Artist

Now head of the keyboard department at Toronto’s Humber College, Dickinson is a graduate of the Humber Music Program and holds a Masters in Music (with distinction) degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He is the author of a respected book on ear training, entitled The Ears Have Walls (published by Advance Music of Germany). Brian Dickinson has been a fixture on the Canadian Jazz scene since the early 1980’s.he has performed and recorded with many jazz greats including Pat Labarbera, Lee Konitz, Kirk MacDonald, Kenny Wheeeler, John Abercrombie and Tom Harrell. He won a Juno Award for best jazz recording in 1991, and was also a member of the University of Toronto Faculty for twelve years.

Sponsored by: Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.

Denny Christianson

Denny Christianson

Adjudicator/Clinician/Sponsor/Concert Artist

Prior to his 2001 appointment as Humber’s Director of Music, Christianson taught at McGill University, Concordia University, the University de Montreal, John Abbott College, and Centennial Academy. His jazz portfolio is no less impressive. His credits include performance and recording sessions with jazz greats J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett, Michel Legrand, and many others.

Sponsored by: Humber College

  • Location: Etobicoke, On

George Charpentier

George Charpentier

Adjudicator

George Charpentier conducts the Saskatoon Concert Band and the Saskatoon Philharmonic Orchestra.
He received his Bachelor of Music and Certificate of Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. He holds a Diploma from the Kodaly Institute of Music Pedagogy in Hungary and a Masters Certificate in Orff Schulwerk Methodology from Jos Wuytack. He is a student of the Saito method of conducting. He has studied piano, clarinet, voice and violin. Mr. Charpentier is retired from the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, where he was the Coordinator of Arts Education and Social Studies. He has taught instrumental, choral and classroom music from Kindergarten through Grade 12, and has lectured at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Alberta. He was the Associate Conductor of the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra for many years.

  • Location: Saskatchewan. SA

Sharon Fitzsimmins

Sharon Fitzsimmins

Chair, Concert Band

Sharon Fitzsimmins, Mus. Bac, B.Ed, is a respected educator, international adjudicator, clinician and conductor. She is past president of The Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA) and was co-editor of The Recorder for 8 years, conductor at National Music Camp of Canada and examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music. She has received numerous teaching, professional development and leadership awards. In November 2006, Sharon received the highest award from the OMEA, an Honorary Life Membership. Sharon is proud to have taught for thirty years at Barrie North Collegiate where she conducted award winning bands and choirs. She has written three teacher resources and is working on a fourth. Sharon was Chair of PRIMO 11, the OMEA annual conference.

  • Location: Midhurst ON

Bob Rebagliati

Bob Rebagliati

Ajudicator / Vice Chair, Instrumental Jazz

He holds a Bachelor of Music, Teaching certificate for the University of B.C., and a Master of Music at Western Washington University. While an undergraduate, Bob was involved in performances as a clarinettist, pianist, and percussionist. His main post-graduate activity was the writing of and extensive manual for the development of the young jazz rhythm section. He has continued to write curriculum in the areas of jazz rhythm section, jazz rehearsal techniques, jazz improvisation and concert band percussion. For 33 years, in the North Vancouver School District, Mr. Rebagliati directed many award winning junior and senior high school ensembles in both concert band and jazz. In 1988, his Senior Jazz Ensemble placed first at the national festival(then called Musicfest Canada). Bob is a regular at Musicfest Canada. Since 2012 Bob has conducted the Metro Vancouver Firefighters Band.

  • Location: Mapple Ridge B.C

Dr. Gillian MacKay

Dr. Gillian MacKay

Canadian Wind Orchestra Director/ Adjudicator

Dr. Gillian MacKay holds degrees and diplomas from the  University of Lethbridge, McGill University, the University of Calgary, and Northwestern University.  Previously, she served as Instructor of Brass at Medicine Hat College, and Director of the School of Music at the University of Windsor. Gillian MacKay is an Associate Professor of Music of the University of Toronto, where she conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches conducting and trumpet.  She is also Associate Dean of Graduate Education.  An award-winning teacher, Gillian has an active professional career as a trumpeter, conductor, adjudicator, and clinician.  She has conducted honor bands throughout Canada and the United States, including the National Youth Band of Canada.  Dr. MacKay has adjudicated Canadian band festivals at local, provincial, and national levels, as well as competitions in Singapore and Thailand.

  • Location: Toronto On.

Scott Leithead

Scott Leithead

Vice Chair, Choral/Vocal Jazz

Scott Leithead is the founder and Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Kokopelli Choir Association and TIME Jazz Association. He has been invited to conduct provincial and state honour choirs on fifteen occasions and he has presented workshops in North America and beyond. Recent appearances include: conducting the Unisong Choir and the National Arts Orchestra in Ottawa on Canada Day; guest presenting at Festival 500 in NFLD; and Adjudicating the finals of the ACCC National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs.
Scott’s passion for innovative and unique choral music experiences has shaped the direction of the Kokopelli Choir Association Scott is also the Vice Chairman of Choral/Vocal Division for MusicFest Canada.

Sponsored by: Kokopelli

  • Location: Edmonton AB

 

Jim Ferris

Jim Ferris

Vice Chair, Concert Band/Orchestra

Jim Ferris from McDougall has adjudicated bands at various music festivals across the country at both regional and national levels. He is presently responsible for the sight-reading segment of MusicFest Canada’s Concert Band Division. Jim Ferris earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Western Ontario and his Master of Education degree from the University of Toronto. Following his retirement after 32 years of teaching, he was the Education Consultant for Yamaha’s Music in Educational program until he retired from that position in December 2005.  In 1999 he was awarded the Canadian Band Journals. Outstanding Directors Award and was inducted into MusicFest Canada’s Hall of Fame for his long outstanding contribution to Music Education.

  • Location: McDougall, On.

Alex Dean

Alex Dean

Vice Chair, Instrumental Jazz

Alex Dean, one of Canada’s foremost jazz saxophonists, has been a mainstay of the Canadian music scene for many years.
He has played and recorded with Bill Evans, Kenny Wheeler, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Harry Connick Jr., Phil Nimmons, the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Alex holds the tenor saxophone chair with Rob McConnell’s Grammy award winning Boss Brass and he performed on their last five albums.

Alex is a widely respected private teacher and adjudicator in Canada and the U.S.

Sponsored by: Humber College

  • Location: Toronto, Ontario

John Chalmers

John Chalmers

Chair, Choral/Vocal Jazz

 

John is a music educator who has worked with musicians of all ages, from preschool children to senior citizens. He is currently a Vice Principal at Central Peel Secondary School in Brampton, ON and is musical director at Heart Lake United Church. John is active as an adjudicator and clinician throughout North America and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Vocal Festival and part of the Executive Committee of MusicFest Canada for over 25 years. For over a decade he served as a Resource Team Member for the International Association of Jazz Educators. John has also taught at music at Humberview Secondary School, Mayfield Secondary School, Humber College and the University of Toronto Jazz Performance Program where his groups received national and international recognition, performing at conferences and festivals throughout Canada and the United States and winning nine DOWN BEAT Magazine Student Music Awards. John has received the I.A.J.E. “Outstanding Jazz Director Award” for Canada, the Jazz Report Award for “Best Secondary School Jazz Program” and was inducted into the MusicFest Canada “Hall of Fame” for outstanding service to young Canadian musicians.

Dr. Shirantha Beddage

Dr. Shirantha Beddage

Vice Chair, Instrumental Jazz

Two-time JUNO-nominated musician Shirantha Beddage is a baritone saxophonist, composer and educator from Toronto, Canada.  Currently, he serves as Head of Theory and Harmony in the Humber College Music department, where he teaches courses in Music Theory, Pedagogy, and Ensemble.  Previously, he was Director of Jazz Studies at the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music (Columbus, Georgia, USA).  He serves as a Vice-Chairman of the Instrumental Jazz Division of MusicFest Canada.

He has released three critically-acclaimed albums as a leader.  His debut album, Roots and Branches, was released in 2007 on Jazz Excursion Records.  His follow-up album, Identity (2012) was nominated for a JUNO award for Traditional Jazz Album of the year in 2013.  His newest album, Momentum (2016), featuring drummer Will Kennedy of the Yellowjackets, was nominated for Jazz Album of the Year (Solo) at the 2017 JUNO awards.

His compositional skills have garnered him accolades such as the 2013 Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival for his compositions “Baker’s Dozen” and “Winds of Change”.  In 2014, he also composed and performed incidental music for the first season of the Emmy-winning FX TV series Fargo.  Compositions from his album Momentum won him a spot as a finalist in the 2017 Canadian Songwriting Competition.

He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (D.M.A.) in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music (New York, USA), a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from William Paterson University (New Jersey, USA), and a Bachelor of Music degree from Humber College (Toronto, Canada). Shirantha is a Yamaha saxophone artist and performs on the YBS-62.

Dr. Mark Hopkins

Dr. Mark Hopkins

Vice-President, Co-Director Canadian Wind Orchestra

Currently, Dr. Hopkins is an Assistant Professor in the School of Music at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He is responsible for overseeing the Music Education area, teaching conducting, and is Director of Bands at Acadia University. Dr. Hopkins is very active as a guest conductor of professional and collegiate ensembles, having led performances across Canada and the United States, Bermuda, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and Romania.

  • Location: Wolfville NS

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