Adjudicators

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 Dr. Dale Lonis, Dr. Peter Loel Boonshaft, Richard Saucedo, Dr. Gordon Brock, Dr. Robert Taylor, Dr. Jonathan Girard, Dr. Charles Maguire, Dr. Wendy McCallum, Captain Matthew Clark, Dr. Graeme Langager, Richard Nace, Catherine Glaser-Clime, Morna Edmundson, Rejean Marois, Bob Rebagliati, Fred Stride, Dr. Marc Dickman, Dr. Gerard Morris, Dr. Adam Con, Michael Nakasone, Grant Okamura, Dr. Fraser Linklater, Peter Stigings, Dr. Glenn Price, Martin Berinbaum, Dr. David Branter, Dr. Jason Caslor and more.

Here are the people students and directors will be working with at Con Brio Whistler 2023. Please revisit this page as we continue to update.


CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND

DR. PETER LOEL BOONSHAFT

Called one of the most exciting and exhilarating voices in music education today, Peter Loel Boonshaft has been invited to speak or conduct in every state in the nation and around the world.  Dr. Boonshaft is the author of the critically acclaimed best-selling books Teaching Music with Passion, Teaching Music with Purpose, and Teaching Music with Promise, as well as his first book for teachers of other disciplines, Teaching with Passion, Purpose and Promise.  He is also co-author of Alfred Music Publishing’s beginning method book series, Sound Innovations for Band and Sound Innovations for Strings.  Honored by the National Association for Music Education and Music For All as the first recipient of the “George M. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education,” he is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is Professor of Music and Director of Bands.


DR. STEVEN CAPALDO

distinguished himself as one of the most respected music educators, wind conductors and conductor educators in Australia, earning academic and musical recognition internationally.  He is currently  Associate Professor of Music Education & Conducting and Wind Symphony Conductor at the University of Victoria, Canada. He previously held positions in Music Education at the University of Wollongong (Australia) and the University of Victoria, and was Conductor of the Sydney University Wind Orchestra and the UNSW Wind Symphony. An active writer, Dr. Capaldo composes, arranges and transcribes music for wind orchestras, symphony orchestras, festivals and concerts and his works have been performed by groups in Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States, and recorded on Klavier records (US).  An Assistant Producer for eight Klavier Records CD, Dr. Capaldo became a full voting member for the US Grammy Awards in 2010 and was Chair of the Australian Jury Panel for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.  He is highly-active and in-demand as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator having worked at local, state/provincial, national and international levels including MusicFest and Chief Conductor of the British Columbia Honour Wind Ensemble. Committed to providing professional learning opportunities for music educators and conductors, Dr. Capaldo has been a conducting clinician at the 2017 Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference, the Chief Conducting Clinician for the 2017 Qld ABODA Conducting Camp and an Associate Instructor for the 2016, 2017 & 2018 NSW ABODA Conducting Camps. In 2018, Dr. Capaldo conducted a Qld State Honours Ensemble and presented at the Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference.


DR. JASON CASLOR

was appointed Associate Director of Bands and Orchestras at Arizona State University in 2015. In addition to directing various instrumental ensembles, he also mentors graduate conducting students, and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting courses.  Prior to this he served as Assistant Professor of Instrumental Conducting at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland where he conducted the Wind Ensemble and oversaw the undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting programs. Prior to that, Jason spent three seasons as Resident Conductor with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO). During his tenure with the TBSO, he conducted over 75 concerts (including a CBC Radio national broadcast), designed and implemented numerous education and outreach initiatives, was instrumental in helping secure numerous local, provincial, and national grants, and recorded a full-length, internationally distributed CD with Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli. Recipient of an “Excellence in Teaching Award” from the Memorial University of Newfoundland Students’ Union in 2012, Caslor also spent several years teaching in the public school system as an instrumental and choral instructor. His commitment to conductor training stemmed from being a faculty member with the annual Canadian Wind Conductors Development Program from 2005-2011. He is active as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor for festivals, honor bands, and music camps. Dr. Caslor’s current research interests include improving the ways musicians can collaborate via the Internet, improvisation as it pertains to both conducting pedagogy and large ensembles, and incorporating United Sound, a school-based instrumental music club for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their typical peers, at the collegiate level. In addition to numerous regional engagements, he has presented his research at the College Band Directors National Association National Conference, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.  Dr. Caslor completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts (Conducting) at Arizona State University, earned a Master of Music (Conducting) degree from the University of Manitoba and his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Saskatchewan.


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.


DR. CHARLES A. MAGUIRE

received a B.M.E. from Troy State University in 1998, where he studied under Dr. John M. Long, Ralph Ford and Robert W. Smith and holds a Master of Music in Wind Conducting program from the University of Alabama, where he served as the assistant conductor of the University Wind Ensemble.  During his teaching tenure, Maguire served as a CMENC clinician, presenting clinics on “How To Teach In Less Than Ideal Situations”. Maguire was named to “Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers” five consecutive years. Maguire earned distinction as he led the Goshen High School band to Superior ratings at State Contest for the first time in fourteen years. In 2000 Maguire founded the “Pride of Pleasure Island” Marching Band and the Gulf Shores Symphonic Winds, with which he conducted a total of fourteen concerts to over 5,000 guests. Among the students, 10 were selected for the Alabama All-State Band Festival, 28 attended honor bands across the state, and 128 received superior ratings at the district-level solo and ensemble festival. In three years, the band grew from 19 students to over 300.  He is the founding artistic director of The Desert Winds which was established in the fall of 2009.  In the vocal arena, he has held lead roles in college musical theater productions and has performed with community choral programs. He has maintained his principal instruments, the flute and piccolo, in community musicals and most recently, the UNLV Wind Orchestra. His music affiliations include The National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, National Education Association, Alabama Education Association, Music Educators National Conference, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity. Maguire is near completion of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from UNLV.


JACQUIE DAWSON

Assistant Professor and Director of Bands at the University of Manitoba is noted for her unique ability to create an inspiring ensemble experience and sculpt an impressive wind band sound, and has had a marked impact on the wind band community in Manitoba for two decades. She is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator across Canada. Guest conducting engagements have included the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival, Alberta Band Association Wind Symphony, the Manitoba Junior and Intermediate Honour Bands, the PEI Provincial Honors Band, and the International Music Camp. She has been published in the Canadian Music Educator Journal and the Canadian Winds Journal, and has presented at numerous conferences across Canada including the Canadian Music Educators’ Association National Conference. Her research interests are in community music, the relationship between music education and the cultivation of community, as well as inclusion in instrumental music education. She holds a B. Music and B. Music Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a M. Music Conducting from the University of Manitoba.


DR. GILLIAN MACKAY

is Professor of Music of the University of Toronto, where she conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches conducting. Gillian has an active professional career as a conductor, adjudicator, clinician and trumpeter. She has conducted honour ensembles throughout Canada and the United States, and is Associate Conductor of the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. Dr. MacKay has adjudicated Canadian band festivals at local, provincial, and national levels in Canada. She has conducted honour bands and judged competitions in the US, Singapore, Thailand, and Korea.  Dr. MacKay enjoys presenting clinics and workshops at provincial and state conferences in Canada and the United States, and is known for her work on the relationship between conducting and mime. Currently, she is investigating the application of the Michael Chekhov acting technique to movement and meaning in conducting. Recognized as a conducting pedagogue, Gillian leads the University of Toronto Wind Conducting Symposium each July, and has been the guest instructor at other symposia in Canada and the United States. Dr. MacKay holds degrees and diplomas from the University of Lethbridge, McGill University, the University of Calgary, and Northwestern University.


JAZZ BAND

PATRICK BOWEN

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has been the Director of the World Jazz Studies program at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts since 2001, where his jazz bands have been 12-time finalists at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival; won ‘Best in State’ at every Reno Jazz Festival in attendance; won 15 Downbeat Awards; and have been invited to perform at events including the Midwest Clinic Conference, Brandon Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and the Jazz Education Network Conference. The school is the recipient of twelve Grammy Awards, an honor unparalleled by any other high school in the nation. Patrick has also been the Percussion Instructor at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts since 1994, where the Percussion Ensemble or soloists have won the Nevada All State Command Performance several times.  He is presently the Principal Percussionist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and performed in a two-year run as a percussionist in “Showstoppers” at Wynn Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. He played in the Sinatra 100: An All-Star GRAMMY Concert with stars such as Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Garth Brooks, Harry Connick, Jr., Seth MacFarlane, and Usher to commemorate Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday. He has been a guest soloist with the Hartt Symphony, Henderson Civic Orchestra, and UNLV Percussion Ensemble. He has also played with Elton John, Clint Black, Sheila E, Wynona Judd, Lionel Richie, Dudley Moore, Boys II Men, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Oleta Adams, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, Don Henley, Tim McGraw, Brian McKnight, Andrea Bocelli, and David Foster.  Mr. Bowen has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the Hartt School of Music (Cum Laude), a Master’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Montana, and a Teaching Certificate from UNLV. He studied jazz under Jackie McClean, Nat Reeves, Jaki Byard, and Alexander Lepak.


MICHAEL PERKINS

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.


CONCERT & CHAMBER CHOIR 

DR. ELROY FRIESEN

Described as ‘innovative, expressive, and dynamic’ Elroy Friesen is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Manitoba where he conducts numerous choirs, and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and music education.  He is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. He is former Artistic Director of Canzona, Winnipeg’s professional Baroque choral ensemble, and actively researches Baroque performance practice.  Elroy has also published his research on the choral music of Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara and pursues his passion of study and performance of new Nordic repertoire – especially new Canadian works.  His award-winning ensembles tour nationally and internationally, and are frequently recorded and broadcast by the CBC.  They enjoy collaborating with many outstanding local and national arts organizations, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, WSO New Music Festival, Soundstreams Canada, Groundswell, Vancouver Chamber Choir, MusikBarock Ensemble, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and the Latvian Radio Choir.  Dr. Friesen studied at the University of Manitoba (B. Mus., B. Ed., M. Mus.) and at the University of Illinois (DMA) receiving numerous scholarships and grants from the Manitoba Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Foundation for Choral Music in Manitoba.  He is a co-founder of fikamusik (an intensive professional choral conducting program), founder and past Artistic Director of Prairie Voices, and has appeared as guest conductor with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.


DR. GRAEME LANGAGER

is Director of Choral Activities at the University of British Columbia School of Music. A passionate and dynamic conductor, Dr. Langager is sought-after as a clinician, adjudicator, educator and guest conductor. He has performed throughout Europe and across North America, appearing in such venues as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Stefansdom in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, St. Nicholas in Prague, St. Stephen’s in Budapest, as well as in cathedrals and concert halls in Italy, Spain, and France. His choirs have also performed at numerous choral conferences, including: NCCO (National Collegiate Choral Organization), ACDA-AR (American Choral Directors Association Conference, Arkansas), IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators), MENC/NAfME (National Association for Music Education), and the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals. Dr. Langager was born in Lethbridge, Alberta into a musical family, and has sung and played musical instruments since childhood. He has taught for more than 20 years in universities and colleges across the United States and Canada, including the University of Arkansas and Cuesta College in California. He is also active as a composer and arranger, and has been commissioned on a number of occasions. Langager received the doctoral degree in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the master of music degree from California State University, Long Beach. In 2015, both the UBC University Singers and the Phoenix Chamber Choir (under Langager’s direction) placed first in the Choral Canada National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs in numerous categories: University Choirs (UBC), Chamber Choir (Phoenix), New Music (Phoenix 1st, UBC 2nd), and Best Performance of a Canadian Composition (Gaudium Vestrum Sit Plenum composed by Graeme Langager and performed by Phoenix Chamber Choir).


FRANK LEE

is sought after as a clinician across Canada and Washington State, and is currently the choral director at Carson Graham Secondary School, where he has taught for the past five years.  He spent the previous seventeen years as the choral and instrumental director at Seycove Secondary School in North Vancouver, where his ensemble was honoured with the distinction of Youth Choir of the World at the International Choral Festival, Kathaumixw, in 2007. In 2009 his Chorale was named top choir at the Canadian National Choral Festival and had its solo debut concert in 2011 at Carnegie Hall. Last year, his vocal jazz ensemble won the Surrey International Jazz Festival and has been featured in Western Canada and Washington State.  ​Frank received his undergraduate music degree from the University of Victoria studying trombone with Ian McDougall. He recently finished his graduate studies in choral conducting, under Dr. Graeme Langager, at the University of British Columbia. Frank has served as the chair for the BCMEA Honour Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Kiwanis Vocal Jazz Festival and is currently serving on the National Musicfest Committee – choral and vocal jazz, Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival Advisory Committee and Canada West Music Festival Committee.