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  2019.



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 & symphonic BAND

is a faculty member in the Brandon University School of Music where she conducts the Symphonic Band and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and conducting. Committed to excellence in music education, she taught band and general elementary music before pursuing graduate studies. In addition to designing professional development sessions for music educators, she has presented at provincial music education conferences, the College Band Directors National Association regional conference and the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Her work as a solo and ensemble adjudicator and clinician for concert and jazz ensembles has taken her across Canada and the United States. She serves as guest conductor of university, community, and military ensembles, as conductor at the International and Rushmore Music Camps, and as facilitator of conducting symposia. She has conducted junior high and high school regional, provincial, and state honor bands and will be the conductor of the 2018 National Youth Band of Canada. Each August she hosts Avenues: Exploring Band and Jazz Methods, a summer professional development workshop at Brandon University. She is Faculty Advisor for the Brandon University Student Music Educators Association (BUSMEA) which hosts the annual Da Capo professional development conference. She was awarded Brandon University Alumni Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the Manitoba Band Association’s Award of Distinction. She is honored to be a Teaching Affiliate with Brandon University’s Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology and an Educational Clinician with the Conn-Selmer Division of Education. Dr. McCallum holds Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from Brandon University, a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the University of North Dakota and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas, where she served as a Doctoral Conducting Associate and Teaching Fellow in the Wind Studies Department with Eugene Migliaro Corporon. She completed her cognate studies in Music Education with Deborah Rohwer and Darhyl Ramsey. She was Lead Writer of the Manitoba Grade 9-12 Music Curriculum Framework, has published in Canadian Winds, and is a regular contributor to the publication and recording series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band and Teaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Band. She is a former President of the Manitoba Band Association and Canadian Band Association.

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retired with over 30 years experience as a music educator with School District 73 in Kamloops. A professional trombonist, he played with the Kamloops Symphony for 26 years and continues to enjoy music making with a number of Kamloops and area groups. He served as the guest director of the Salmon Arm Reading Band and the Cariboo Music Retreat Concert Band and is conductor of the Kamloops Brandenburg Orchestra and the Kamloops Community Concert Band. He is a published author of inspirational music teaching articles, such as “Everything You Need To Know You Can Learn Through Music.” Previous festivals as an adjudicator include the Penticton Festival of the Arts, Shuswap Music Festival and Arts in the High Country Festival.

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has her M. Mus. in Choral Conducting from McGill University. A native of Montreal, she directed numerous choirs there from 1988-2010, including the Vanier College Choirs and the McGill Conservatory Choirs. She married and moved to Calgary in 2010, where she directed the choirs at William Aberhart High School, as well as Westwinds Green Choir, Savridi Singers and taught Music and French with the Calgary Board of Education. She is in demand as an adjudicator and presenter and was the guest conductor for the 10th Anniversary of the CBC-McGill Youth Gala. Now living in Victoria, British Columbia, she directs the Voices-in-Motion Choir, an intergenerational choir for those with Alzheimer’s. In addition to being a choral conductor, Erica is a published arranger and composer. She and her husband, Rick, write children’s books together (A Song with Every Story). Erica incorporates both original songs and classical music into children’s stories.



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.

Douglas Macaulay

Woodwind, brass and saxophone INTENSIVES

Doug promo pic betteris 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

Percussion intensives

martin fisk 4221Martin 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.