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. 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 2018. Please revisit this page as we continue to update.
CONCERT BAND & DIRECTORS’ PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CLINIC
Following a distinguished thirty-three year teaching career, Professor Crider continues to work with young musicians, and has served as guest conductor, lecturer and adjudicator in twenty-nine states, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Australia. She is Past President of the National Band Association and has been a member of NBA since 1969. Prior to her seventeen years of service on the faculty of the University of Texas, Ms. Crider enjoyed 16 years of public school teaching. She has taught at all levels, and holds the distinction of having been the first female in the State of Texas to serve as Director of Bands at a class 5-A high school. Her Crockett High School Bands in Austin, Texas earned numerous awards and honors, performed for national conventions, and were twice named Texas State Class 5A Marching Band Champions. Her band’s performance at the Second Biennial NBA Convention in Knoxville, Tennessee remains a most memorable event in her musical career. Professor Crider retired from The University of Texas in 1999, where she served as director of the renowned University of Texas Longhorn Band. While at the university she taught conducting, brass techniques, and marching band methods; supervised student teachers; and conducted the Symphony Band. Honors and awards include the ‘Eyes of Texas’ awards for teaching excellence, the Tau Beta Sigma/Kappa Kappa Psi “Outstanding Service to Music” award, the Sudler ‘Legion of Merit’ and the Texas Bandmaster’s ‘Meritorious Achievement’ Award. She is a member of the prestigious American Bandmaster’s Association, and is the third woman to have been so honoured.
CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND
Bill Brent’s fascination with music began early. He started playing the piano at age six and trombone in fifth grade at age 10. He knew from his early days in high school that he wanted to major in music and decided on music education during his senior year, earning a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Texas in 1974 and a Master of Music in conducting in 1981. His first band director jobs were in the Austin Independent School District at Pearce Middle School and McCallum High School, where the marching band twice placed in the top 5 in the AAAAA state marching contest and the concert band was named in the top 10. After earning his master’s degree, he joined the staff at Nicholls State and went on to become Director of Bands at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he served for 30 years as Director of Bands and Director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) before his retirement in 2016. He now remains on staff as director of operations and special projects for the School. In 2017, NSA honoured Bill Brent as the inaugural inductee in the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear CAPA Hall of Fame in recognition of his service to the School and the University. The distinction is one of many accomplishments in Brent’s long career as a music educator and mentor, during which time he built one of the best marching band programs in the nation and served as conductor of the NSU Wind Symphony. In 2011, the band was a finalist for the Sudler Trophy, an award that recognizes collegiate marching bands of particular excellence that have made outstanding contributions to the American way of life. In 2008, the Spirit of Northwestern Demon Marching Band was named one of the top eight in the country by the website collegeotr.com. That year, Brent received the Outstanding Bandmaster Award for Louisiana from the Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. In 2007, he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Educators Association Hall of Fame. In 2011, he was named an honorary alumnus of Northwestern State and the NSU Band Hall was formally named for him. Bill Brent is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the Texas and Louisiana Music Educators Associations, the Texas Bandmasters Association, Phil Beta Mu and the Music Educators National Conference.
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.
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.