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.
DR. wayne jeffrey
CONCERT & symphonic BAND
most recently taught Conducting courses and Orchestral Literature Survey at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto following his retirement as Director of Ensembles at the Kwantlen University College Department of Music in Vancouver. He previously held positions at the Universities of Western Ontario, Toronto and Cincinnati where he was Music Director of the Wind Symphony and Conducting Instructor in each school. Dr. Jeffrey appears frequently as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator at festivals throughout North America and Europe. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting and music education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and has appeared as an Associate Conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble in many concerts. In Europe, he studied and performed in London, Munich, Budapest, Salzburg and Vienna. As a hornist and conductor, he has broadcast and performed in Canada and abroad and has recorded with the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Toronto Chamber Winds, the Hannaford Street Silver Band, CJRT Orchestra and the Erik Schultz Brass Quintet. Orchestral and chamber performances occur across Canada including Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Windsor, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal and Fredericton. He performs as a freelance hornist regularly with orchestras on Vancouver Island and throughout the Lower Mainland including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonia Orchestra of the North Shore. Recent guest conducting appearances include the Toronto Wind Orchestra, the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, the Surrey Youth Orchestra, Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, and the Upper Rhine Youth Symphony in Germany. During the 2007/08 season Dr. Jeffrey serves as an Artistic Director and Hornist with the Canada West Chamber Orchestra.
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.
DR. JAMES SPARKS
CONCERT & CHAMBER CHOIR
is interim 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.