Con Brio seeks to provide an extremely positive educational experience. Only those who can deliver this experience are selected as adjudicators and workshop leaders. Previous adjudicators include Ralph Ford, Dr. Dale Lonis, Dr. Gerald King, Dr. Graeme Langager, Dr. Gerard Morris, Dr. James Sparks, Richard Nace, Lars Kaario, Sandra Meister, Dr. Wendy McCallum, Dr. Wayne Jeffrey, Bob Rebagliati, Clyde Mitchell, Peter Stigings and more.
Here are some of the people students and directors will work with at Con Brio Sun Peaks 2020. Please revisit this page as we continue to update.
DR. MICHAEL BURCH-PESSES
CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND
is Director of Bands at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, and teaches courses in conducting and music education. He holds Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in conducting from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Since coming to Pacific University in 1995 he received the Junior Faculty Award (1998) and was named a Wye Fellow of the Aspen Institute (1999). In 2006 he received the S.S. Johnson Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2015 Pacific University nominated him to the Carnegie Foundation as Professor of the Year. He is listed in “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in American Education.” He enjoyed a distinguished career as a bandmaster in the United States Navy before arriving at Pacific University, enlisting as a hornist and working his way up through the ranks to become the Navy’s senior bandmaster and Head of the Navy Music Program. During his Navy career he served as Leader of the Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland. He also served as Assistant Leader of the Navy Band in Washington, DC, and Director of the Commodores, the Navy’s official jazz ensemble. Dr. Burch-Pesses also is the Conductor and Musical Director of the award-winning Oregon Symphonic Band, Oregon’s premier adult band composed primarily of musicians from the Portland/Vancouver area. His professional affiliations include the American Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, Association of Concert Bands, Oregon Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education. He is President of the Oregon Band Directors Association, and a founding member of the Oregon chapter of Phi Beta Mu.
DR. Alexander Cannon
CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND
studied trumpet and received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of British Columbia. While a doctoral student at the UBC, he was twice a recipient of the university’s University Graduate Fellowship. Dr. Cannon has performed as a trumpet player with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver New Music, the Turning Point Ensemble, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, and the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and as a guest principal trumpet and soloist with many BC regional orchestras. In Vancouver he served as the Head of Brass at the Vancouver Academy of Music at SK Lee College, and conducted youth orchestras at the El Sistema-inspired social program at the Saint James Music Academy. In 2018 he was appointed Assistant Conductor of The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra (KWS) and continues to maintain an active schedule as a sought-after performer, conductor, educator, ensemble contractor, arranger, and adjudicator.
DR. GERALD KING
CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND
is Professor of Music at the University of Victoria, where he is Head of Music Education and Graduate Wind Conducting and conducts the UVIC Wind Symphony. With his leadership and guidance, the UVIC School of Music was designated Canada’s first and only All-Steinway School. Internationally recognized as one of Canada’s most respected conductors, adjudicators, educators and keynote speakers, he has worked nationally and internationally with over 10,000 ensembles and soloists representing more than 500,000 musicians. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Western International Band Clinic Order of the Phoenix; election to Phi Beta Mu and the American Bandmasters Association and the British Columbia Music Educators’ Honorary Life Award. His conducting appearances around the world have been praised for performance quality, artistry, and creativity. A champion of new music, he has premiered over 20 compositions, and worked with over 50 major guest artists. Primarily recognized as a conductor, he has many years of performing experience as a professional clarinetist, performing with numerous ensembles including Milan’s La Scala Opera, and is widely recognized as an expert in linking theory and practice to teaching and learning.
CONCERT & CHAMBER CHOIR
taught music and directed the award-winning choral ensembles for nearly 30 years at Holy Heart High School in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and is currently on the School of Music Faculty at Memorial University. She received her early musical education from the Sisters of Mercy and was once herself a student at Holy Heart, where her musical experiences included singing in the choir and playing in the school orchestra. She has degrees in Music and Music Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland, with a major in violin, a Master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Maine, and has studied conducting under artists such as Wayne Riddell, Robert Cooper, James Croft, John Haberlen and Dennis Cox. She has presented and published with the Canadian Music Educators Association as a recognized expert in choral intonation, is in demand across Canada as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor, and locally as a Suzuki violin instructor and vocal coach in musical theatre. She is also founder and conductor of the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble, one of the province’s most accomplished amateur choirs. She is a recipient of the Award for Teaching Excellence from the Prime Minister of Canada, and the Memorial University Arts in Education Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. Among her choirs’ accomplishments are first prize at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, the gold medal at the International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, several national choral awards, a YTV Achievement Award, and five compact discs.
DR. JAMES SPARKS
CONCERT & CHAMBER CHOIR, MASSED CHOIRS
is Director of Choral Activities at Boston University. Previously, he was adjunct professor of conducting at the University of British Columbia School of Music and Lecturer in Music Education at Simon Fraser University. He serves as senior advisor for choral music for Music Mentors International and is former Director of Choral Music at the renowned Langley Fine Arts School (LFAS) in Langley, British Columbia. With an undergraduate degree in piano and voice (University of British Columbia), a Master’s Degree in choral conducting (University of Arizona), and a PhD in philosophy (Simon Fraser University), Jim has directed choral music in school, university, and community contexts for over three decades. In his roles as researcher, conductor, and singing leader, Jim connects active research with music learning, music performance, and conducting. With support from the Canada Council, the Canadian Music Educators Association, the AIRS collaborative initiative and Simon Fraser University, he has been a guest conductor and researcher in singing with four renowned international choral conductors: Alina Orraca in Havana, Cuba (Schola Cantorum Coralina); Joseph Muyale Inzai in Nairobi, Kenya (National Boys and Girls Choir of Kenya); Anatoliy Avdievski in Kiev, Ukraine (Veriovka Choir); and Helle Hoyer in Aarhus, Denmark (Aarhus Pigakor Choir). He is the recipient of the Profession Music Educator Award from the British Columbia Music Educators Association and recipient of the Healey Willan Award from the BC Choral Federation. For his research into Cross-Cultural singing, Jim was the recipient of the Simon Fraser University President’s PhD Award (2014). He has been invited for conducting residencies recently in Sobral, Brazil; Charente-Maritime, France; and Havana, Cuba. He joined the panel of international adjudicators for the International Choral Kathaumixw in July, 2018 in Canada, and continues to be in demand as an adjudicator, lecturer, guest conductor and choral music consultant in Canada and abroad.
has been a music educator and professional musician for over 40 years in both the public and private school systems. Having recently retired from teaching, Michael continues to be an active performer, clinician and adjudicator. Mr. Perkins taught secondary school and directed many award-winning performances. Michael currently performs as a freelance trumpet player, clinician and adjudicator, working recently with the Okanagan Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, Michael Garding Big Band, Bandidos Cervesas, Nicola Valley Community Band, JG Jazz Quintet, Kelowna Kiwanis Music Festival, Okanagan Concert Band Festival and the BC Interior Jazz Festival.
Woodwind, brass and saxophone INTENSIVES
is a conductor, composer, arranger, educator and producer who is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician at music festivals throughout Canada and the U.S., most recently for the Pearl City Band Festival in Hawaii and as a guest conductor of the South Eastern United States High School & Middle School Honor Band Festival, the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Troy State University Symphonic Band. Since 1993 he has held the position of Principal Conductor and Program Director of the West Vancouver Youth Band and is Senior Band Director for the UBC Summer Music Institute. Doug has composed for a wide variety of genre including band, orchestra, film and theatrical scores and is recipient of the Jesse Richardson award for outstanding Theatrical Composition. He is an independent record producer and music consultant for the film and television industry, and has worked as Music Director for CBC Television and Radio, the Pacific Music Industry Association and numerous ensembles. Doug is a co-founder Artistic and Managing Director of Con Brio Festivals which was inducted as an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association in March with Doug as its representative. He is also co-founder and producer for the Marcus Mosely Chorale. In 2013 he was awarded the BC Music Educators Association’s Distinguished Service Award ‘in recognition of ‘a lifetime commitment of time, talent and energies to music education’.
Martin Fisk, accomplished percussionist and dedicated teacher,holds a music degree from the University of British Columbia. Under the tutelage of reknowned teacher/performers John Rudolph and Sal Ferreras, Martin refined his skills playing classical, contemporary and world music. Over the last 17 years Martin has performed across Canada and throughout the United States playing a wide variety of musical styles including orchestral, jazz, chamber, rock, theatre, klezemer, World music and musical theatre. He has enjoyed playing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Vancouver Opera Orchestra, The Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, Red Shift Music Society and Gamelan Gong Gita Asmara. Martin is also a member of the Fringe Group percussion ensemble who performed the North American premiere of a work by the late John Cage in 2007 and whose Album was nominated for ‘Best Classical Recording’ in the 2010 West Coast Musical Awards. Martin has also had the privilege to study gamelan music with the well-known orchestra, Cudamani in Bali, Indonesia. As an educator, Martin is the Assistant Director and the Percussion Instructor for the West Vancouver Youth Band and is percussion coach for the Academy Symphony Orchestra. He maintains a private teaching studio and leads student percussion ensembles on the North Shore and at the Vancouver Academy of music. He regularly teaches percussion clinics for the UBC Summer Music Institute and has led workshops for all ages in classrooms throughout the Lower Mainland. Performances include: Frank Sinatra Jr. Orchestra, Petula Clarke Orchestra, Whistler Music Festival, In Situ at the VPL with Aeriosa Dance and Vertical Orchestra, Vancouver Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Turning Point Ensemble and Gateway Theatre.