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, Susan Quinn, Dr. Alexander Cannon, Michael Perkins and more.
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DR. MICHAEL BURCH-PESSES
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, the equivalent of “Teacher of the Year” award, and the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association. 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. The Oregon Symphonic Band is composed primarily of musicians from the Portland/ Vancouver area. Men and women of many professions are represented in the ensemble, which performs three-concert series annually and has appeared in concert at numerous state, regional, and international music conferences, including the All-Northwest MENC conference, the Western International Band Clinic, and the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago. In 2007 the John Philip Sousa Foundation awarded the band the Sudler Silver Scroll, recognizing them as one of the outstanding community bands in the nation. Dr. Burch-Pesses is the author of “Canadian Band Music: A Qualitative Guide to Canadian Composers and Their Works for Band,” published by Meredith Music Publications; and is a contributor to the “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band” series. 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.
received his Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from the University of British Columbia and received his Masters in Education with an emphasis in conducting from the University of Victoria. Rob has performed on trumpet with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra (principal and 2nd), the Vancouver Symphony, the CBC Chamber Orchestra, the Symphonie Canadiana (principal and 2nd), the Mississauga Symphony (principal), the Victoria Symphony (principal) and the Okanagan Symphony (principal). He was a founding member of A Touch of Brass quintet with whom he toured extensively. Rob continues to perform on both trumpet and piano throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has been a music instructor at the Langley Fine Arts School since its inception more than 30 years ago where he created a unique music curriculum with an emphasis on chamber music, ear training, theory and composition. Rob has also taught the Senior Wind Ensemble, Senior Jazz Band and the Langley Fine Arts Orchestra. These large ensembles have been the recipients of numerous awards and international invitations. Rob was awarded the Professional Music Educator Award (Secondary) by the British Columbia Music Educators’ Association in 2014. His passion for working with musicians, both young and old, has afforded him opportunities to work as an adjudicator, clinician and as conductor of the Fraser Valley Wind Ensemble (formerly the Kwantlen Alumni Wind Ensemble). He founded the Langley District Honour Orchestra and Kwantlen Strings. His conducting has been recognized and endorsed by the likes of Bramwell Tovey, Dr. Dale Lonis, Dr. Wayne Jeffrey and Dr. Jim Sparks to name a few.
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DR. WENDY ZANDER MCCALLUM
is a Professor 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, McCallum 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, 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 was the conductor of the 2018 National Youth Band of Canada. McCallum has worked to create professional opportunities for students and music educators in the areas of performance and music education. For fifteen years McCallum hosted Avenues: Exploring Band and Jazz Methods, an annual summer professional development workshop at Brandon University. She is Faculty Advisor for the Brandon University Student Music Educators Association (BUSMEA), the organization that hosts the annual Da Capo professional development conference. The Brandon University Symphonic Band, with McCallum as conductor, performed as the featured ensemble at the 2009 Atlantic Band Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia and the 2013 Con Brio Music Festival in Whistler, British Columbia. McCallum was awarded Brandon University Alumni Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the Manitoba Band Association’s Award of Distinction and the Canadian Band Association’s National Band Award. She is a Teaching Affiliate with Brandon University’s Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology and an Educational Clinician with the Conn-Selmer Division of Education. McCallum holds the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from Brandon University and completed a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting at the University of North Dakota with Gordon Brock and James Popejoy. She received her 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. McCallum worked as 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 former President of the Manitoba Band Association and Canadian Band Association. McCallum, active as a conductor and clinician, investigates areas related to teaching and learning, conducting, and instrumental literature as curriculum in the music classroom.
is a professional classical and jazz trumpeter, composer, clinician, and adjudicator who spent over 40 years as an internationally award-winning music educator with experience in both the public and private school systems in B.C. He is a past coordinator of the Vancouver Kiwanis Jazz Festival, the B.C. Interior Jazz Festival and was involved in founding/directing multiple groups including the original funk band, The Mammals, from Kelowna; the Sea’T’Sky Big Band, in Squamish; the Nicola Valley Brass Quintet, in the Thompson-Okanagan; the Playmor Junction Big Band, in Nelson; and the Night Owl Orchestra, Central Okanagan. As a freelance trumpet/flugelhorn player, clinician and adjudicator, Michael works with the Okanagan Symphony, the Kamloops Symphony, the Michael Garding Big Band, Symphonic Rock Revolution, Perkins/Landsberg Duo, the Clinton Swanson R&B Band and the Justin Glibbery Quartet. He has also served as Music Director for musical theatre, the 100th Centenary celebration for Kelowna and the BC Summer Games and enjoys every opportunity he gets in the recording studio, just recently releasing a new compilation CD, “Michael * Perkins * Reflections”. Michael has performed throughout Europe and North America and has worked with such artists as Cleo Laine/John Dankworth, Holly Cole, Laila Biali, Jann Arden, Mike Murphy, Dee Daniels, Dianne Shuur and the great Greg Yasinitski. Michael’s other passions include downhill skiing, motorcycles, and is discovering his talent for visual art.
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is widely regarded as a leader in music education in Canada. Her exceptional
contributions to music education have earned her numerous accolades, including the Governor
General’s Medal for outstanding contributions to compatriots, community and Canada, the British
Columbia Music Educators Association Professional Educator Award, the Leslie Bell Memorial Award, the
Arts Council Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rotary Club Citizenship Award and the British Columbia
Choral Federations’ Willan Award. For more than twenty years Sandra led Die Meistersingers to widespread acclaim and recognition. The Meistersingers served as musical ambassadors for their community. Highlights include performing and earning top honours at the Vienna International Festival of Youth and Music, ISME (Helsinki), NAfME (New Orleans), Kathaumiwx, CMEA (Kingston) and a performance for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II at the opening of the University of Northern British Columbia. Sandra is noted for her work in the area of curriculum and instruction. This has led to her serving on the faculty for the BCCFs Choral da Capo conducting course for many years, curriculum development for the BC Ministry of Education and serving on the executive of the BCMEA. Her passion for music education and her ability to inspire young musicians have made her a sought-after clinician and adjudicator. She has conducted numerous workshops, honour choirs, and masterclasses in
North America, Europe and China, sharing her expertise with aspiring musicians and choral directors. Her leadership as a school principal, choral conductor and mentor has had a significant impact on thousands of lives. Sandra holds a Bachelor of Education (Simon Fraser University), a Master of Science (University of Oregon) and studied Choral Conducting at Westminster Choir College.
Sandra believes that being part of a singing community can bring a lifetime of joy.
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has one goal in life, and that is to truly make a difference in the lives of the singers she works with. She firmly believes that through music one does not only have the opportunity to teach music literacy and musicianship skills, but those life skills and qualities that are universally important. Those of love, compassion, humanity, respect, discipline, passion and joy! She regularly serves as an adjudicator at music festivals & clinician for conductor and Choral workshops, and has taught vocal, choral and leadership workshops on several trips to both Taiwan and South Africa. She has been on the faculty for the BCCF Choral Conducting Course since 2006, and in 2015 received the Willan award for outstanding service to the BC Choral Federation. Born and raised in South Africa, Sarona is a graduate of the Teachers’ Training College in Pretoria where she majored in Math, Languages, Psychology and Remedial Education, and specialized in Classroom Music, Voice, Choral Conducting and Drama. Her formal voice training culminated in postgraduate work at the Conservatory of Music at North-West University in Potchefstroom. Her early singing career included memberships in children’s and youth choirs, as well as completion of theory and practical exams in voice, piano and clarinet through the University of South Africa Conservatory. Following ten successful years of teaching Music and conducting Choirs at Elementary and Secondary School levels, as well as directing Musicals and plays, Sarona immigrated to Canada with her husband and two children. In 1997 she founded the White Rock Children’s Choir, which had Choirs at several levels under her artistic direction for 20 years. Over the past 10 years Sarona organized two Children’s Choir Festivals celebrating diversity and World Music, and also founded and conducted the Cantrix Women’s ensemble. Sarona has taught in both the public and private school systems here in Canada, where she directed both elementary and high School choirs and musicals, and has been a guest conductor for several honour Choirs. Sarona is a certified Instructor training for SongShine – a program designed around the science of neuroplasticity that provides music based vocal therapy for people whose voices are affected by Parkinson’s, stroke, neurological disorders, and aging. She recently moved to Gibsons, on the Sunshine Coast, where she directs the INSPIRITO VOCAL ENSEMBLE, teaches voice at her private studio, and leads SongShine classes.
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works as a Conductor, Composer, Arranger, Educator, and Producer. He is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician at music festivals throughout Canada and the U.S., from the North Vancouver schools’ band and strings festival to the Southern Alberta Band Festival and the Pearl City Band Festival in Hawaii. As a guest conductor, he has directed Vancouver’s Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the UBC Summer Music Institute Senior Band, the Southeastern United States (SEUS) High School and Middle School Honor Bands, the Troy University (Alabama) Symphonic Band and many schools and community bands throughout BC and Alberta. He has also been a guest lecturer in Music Education at UBC and several music educational conferences. He has composed for a wide variety of genre including band, orchestra, film, and dozens of theatrical scores (a recipient of the Jesse Richardson award for outstanding Theatrical Composition). He is an independent record producer, music consultant for the film and television industry and has worked as Music Director for CBC Television and Radio, the Pacific Music Industry Association, The Cambie Street Brass Band, the Vancouver Community College Wind Ensemble, Theatre Under the Stars, and the Vancouver Firefighters Band. He is the co-founder, Artistic and Managing Director of Con Brio Festivals where, since 2000, he has produced the respected Whistler and Sun Peaks Music Festivals. As a volunteer, Doug has taught instrumental music and band to visually impaired youth in a program he founded for the CNIB and volunteers as a board member and consultant with a variety of music and arts organizations. Doug continues to support local artists serving as Executive Producer for Malcolm Aiken’s debut CD Paper Star, as Associate Producer for Robert Buckley’s album of Wind Band works and is a co-founder and producer for the Marcus Mosely Chorale. In his community, Doug was instrumental in the creation of the unique and visionary “Community Music Hall” – a dedicated large ensemble rehearsal space within the new West Vancouver Community Centre. The facility provides space to many community music ensembles and is home to the West Vancouver Youth Band, for which Doug has been Principal Conductor and Program Director since 1993. During that time, the WVYB
has grown from 39 musicians in three ensembles to nearly 200 in five ensembles.
accomplished percussionist and dedicated teacher, was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, and holds a music degree from the University of British Columbia. Under the tutelage of renowned 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 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 the 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 Con Brio Sun Peaks Music Festival and the UBC Summer Music Institute and has led workshops for all ages in classrooms throughout the Lower Mainland.