Doug’s experience as an arranger, producer, conductor and award-winning composer combines with the role of which he is most proud: music educator, to create an uncompromising vision and belief in the potential and intelligence of young musicians and the importance of quality music education. Con Brio Festivals is a reflection of his years of experience in both the music industry and as a music educator. Festival experience with his own band program, and as an adjudicator at festivals throughout North America, drives the direction of Con Brio Festivals to be the very best. The goal: to continue to create opportunities for musicians, educators and music students to learn, be inspired and find true joy in music. Doug was recognized in 2013 with the BC Music Educators’ Distinguished Service Award and in 2015, he was invested as an associate member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association as the representative of Con Brio Festivals.
Sue has a lifetime of experience in the amateur music community as a choral singer, orchestra member and Music PAC President in both school and community music organizations. She has attended numerous festivals both as performer/participant and parent/chaperone, which allows a wide-ranging perspective on what constitutes a successful festival. This outlook on the musical arts and education, coupled with an exceptional organizational talent honed from a career in communications consulting and management, is what allows us to present a festival that runs like clockwork and delivers a superior experience for students and teachers alike.
“Anyone with the will to learn is a musician of the soul, deserving both encouragement and respect” – Phillipe Etter