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, Dr. Larry Blocher, Dr. Martin Berinbaum, Dr. David Branter and more.

Here are some of the people students and directors will work with at Con Brio Whistler 2019. Please revisit this page as we continue to update.


Dr. DALE Lonis

Concert & SYMPHONIC Band, Orchestra, Professional Development

has spent a lifetime leading others by conducting, coaching and teaching. Building on his considerable talents as a performing musician and athlete, he became a highly successful public school music teacher, coach, university professor, and international symphonic conductor. He then pursued his passion for the psychology of learning and musical practice earning a Doctoral Degree with extensive research in how humans learn and perceive the world around them.  Dr. Lonis uses humor, high-energy delivery, and passion to share his values, knowledge and skills in the pursuit of beauty, excellence and highest levels of achievement. His extensive research in the psychology of learning, trust building and the development of the elements of success in individuals are the basis of his work as a leader, consultant and personal coach. These endeavors have enabled him to actively pursue the training and mentoring of leaders and identifying the greatness in each person to maximize their success. With Ardith Haley, he is the co-founder and program leader of the highly rigorous Distance Learning Master’s Degree in Curriculum Studies with a Music Emphasis at Acadia University having just started its fifth cohort of 20 students making it the largest and most successful program in Canada. In January Ardith and Dale will launch the first cohort of the Distance Learning Master’s Degree in International Music Pedagogies at Western Australia University.  Dr. Lonis continues to conduct, consult and teach throughout North and South America, Israel, and Asia. He shares his considerable musical talents combined with extensive research and practical study with noted 20th century pedagogical icons and conductors to bring a unique perspective to each presentation he creates. These experiences include personal study with Benjamin Bloom, Charles Leonhard, and Bennett Reimer combined with hundreds of hours of rehearsal observation with the world’s top professional conductors including Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Kurt Masur, and numerous others. His passion for the pursuit of excellence and the success of everyone with whom he works has been noted as one of his greatest qualities and has led to hundreds of stunning musical performances.


DR. MICHAEL BURCH-PESSES

CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND

Burch-Pessesis 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, and in 2015 Pacific University nominated him to the Carnegie Foundation as Professor of the Year. 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 composed primarily of musicians from the Portland/Vancouver area. 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.


DR. JASON caslor

CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND

is assistant professor of music and associate director of bands and orchestras at Arizona State University (ASU). In addition to directing the Wind Ensemble and Philharmonia, he also mentors graduate conducting students, and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting courses.  From 2010-2015, Caslor served as assistant professor of instrumental conducting at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada where he conducted the wind ensemble and oversaw the undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting programs. Prior to that, he spent three seasons as resident conductor with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO). During his tenure with the TBSO, he conducted more than 75 concerts (including a CBC Radio national broadcast) and recorded a full-length, internationally distributed CD with Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli. Recipient of an “Excellence in Teaching Award” from Memorial University’s Students’ Union in 2012, Caslor also spent several years teaching in the public school system as an instrumental and choral instructor.  In addition to numerous regional engagements, Caslor conducted the 2016 National Youth Band of Canada and has presented his research at the 2016 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the 2015 WASBE International Conference, and the 2013 CBDNA National Conference. Upcoming opportunites include conducting the 2018 South Dakota All State Band, the 2018 South Dakota Intercollegiate Band, the 2017 Alberta Wind Symphony, and the 2018 Ontario Provincial Honor Band. Caslor’s current research interests include developing a user-friendly iPad application that will allow for the transmission of high quality audio over the internet for the purposes of internet-based rehearsals/clinics and spontaneous improvisation as it pertains to both conducting pedagogy and large ensembles.  Dr. Caslor completed his doctorate in conducting at Arizona State University. Prior to earning a master’s in conducting from the University of Manitoba, he earned dual bachelor’s in music and education from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.


DR. JONATHAN GIRARD

CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND, ORCHESTRA

is Interim Chair – Brass and Percussion, Director of the Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Professor – Conducting & Ensembles, at the University of British Columbia. He most recently served as cover conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and is currently assistant conductor of The Ohio Light Opera. Previously, he was as a Visiting Artist Conductor from 2010-2011 at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music, where he conducted the symphony orchestra performances. At the Eastman School of Music Dr. Girard studied conducting with Neil Varon and was the assistant conductor of the Eastman Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Philharmonia, and the Eastman Opera Theatre. A champion of new music, he conducted numerous world premieres at Eastman with Ossia New Music including a North American premiere of Richard Ayres NONcerto for Trumpet and Orchestra. He has held positions as music director of the New Eastman Outreach Orchestra and Waltham Philharmonic (MA), associate conductor of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra (MA), principal guest conductor of the Boston Orpheus Ensemble and assistant conductor of the Portland (ME) Opera Repertory Theatre. Dr. Girard has conducted many prestigious ensembles, including the American Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish Academy Symphony Orchestra, Alea III, the Brown University Symphony Orchestra, the Boston University Symphony Orchestras, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Also an organist and saxophonist, he has held distinguished organist positions in Boston, MA and Rochester, NY. A proponent of contemporary music, he performed several world premieres of saxophone music and became the first saxophonist ever to perform with the Emerson String Quartet. Dr. Girard received his D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music in 2012. He also holds music degrees from Boston University and The Hartt School of Music.


CATHERINE GLAZER-CLIMIE

CONCERT & cHAMBER cHOIR

Founder/Artistic Director of the Cantaré Children’s Choir Program, is no stranger to the choral community. For more than thirty years she has nurtured singers. Choirs under her direction have won awards at the local, provincial and national level and regularly perform with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Calgary Opera, and are frequently heard on radio and television. In addition, her choirs have been invited to perform at many prestigious events: ACCC Podium; Organization of American Kodály Educators; Choral Music Experience International Symposium; Alberta Music Conference; Alberta Choral Federation; Kodály Society of Canada National Conference; and the Alberta Kodály Association Conference. Ms Glaser-Climie’s choirs have received invitations to prestigious events in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. Having earned a Bachelor of Music [Voice] and a Diploma FA [Kodály] from the University of Calgary, Ms. Glaser-Climie utilizes extensive experience in choral conducting and Kodály pedagogy. She has pursued advanced studies in voice, piano, organ, flute, choral conducting and Kodály pedagogy. She is able to combine her own extensive musical experience with a remarkable ability to train and motivate others, based on a genuine affection and respect for each singer. A deep conviction that ordinary children can achieve extraordinary heights guides her singers in the pursuit of excellence, resulting not only in the nurture of musical development, but also unprecedented personal growth, which instills confidence, poise and determination. In recognition of Ms. Glaser-Climie’s significant contribution to the choral community, she was awarded the “ConSpirito Award” in 2006 by the Alberta Choral Federation and honored by the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors. In great demand to share her expertise with all levels and ages, and known for her captivating warmth and enthusiasm, invitations to appear as adjudicator, lecturer and clinician have taken Ms. Glaser-Climie across the country. She is an active member of many choral and music education associations, and has served as a board member at the local, provincial and national level.


ardith haley

CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND

was awarded the 2013 Canadian Music Educators’ Association Jubilate Award of Merit for significant contributions to music education in Canada. As a passionate and creative educator, she has dedicated her life to creating authentic learning environments and assisting others in becoming more effective in their personal and professional practice. For the past eight years she has held the position of Arts Education Consultant with the province of Nova Scotia, where she is responsible for the delivery of education programs in dance, drama, music, and visual arts.  Her knowledge and mastery of best practice in curriculum and instruction, current pedagogy and assessment models as well as the psychology of success has guided the development and implementation of innovative and exciting new arts curricula for Nova Scotia’s schools. The models she has created have attracted national and international attention and are currently being used as a guide by Singapore’s Ministry of Education in its quest to implement music and arts pedagogies that nurture 21st century competencies. She is leading the professional development of teachers as they move to a more student-centric orientation and develop strategies to facilitate creativity in the learning opportunities they offer their students.  She is a highly respected personal performance coach and advisor using her passion and experience as a successful public school teacher, university professor, and education consultant to inform her practice and that of those with whom she works. She is also the co-founder and program leader of the Distance Learning Masters Degree in Curriculum Studies with a focus on Music Education at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.  Ms. Haley earned her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Education degrees at Acadia University where, in addition to coordinating the new masters program, she conducts the Symphonic Band, teaches music education courses, and is the Director of the Summer Music Academy.


dr. wayne jeffrey

CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND, ORCHESTRA

Following his retirement as Director of Ensembles at the Kwantlen University College Department of Music in Vancouver, Dr. Jeffrey teaches Conducting courses and Orchestral Literature Survey at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and appears frequently as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator at festivals throughout North America and Europe. He previously held positions at the Universities of Western Ontario, Toronto and Cincinnati where he was the Music Director of the Wind Symphony and Conducting Instructor in each school. 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 on 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 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.


dr. gerald king

CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND, ORCHESTRA

is Professor of Music, Head of Music Education, Graduate Wind Conducting, and conductor of the Wind Symphony at the University of Victoria, where he served as Director of the School of Music from 2004-2012. With his leadership and guidance, the UVIC School of Music became Canada’s first and only All-Steinway School. Internationally recognized as one of Canada’s most respected conductors, adjudicators, educators and keynote speakers, Dr. King is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Order of the Phoenix by the Western International Band Clinic; election into Phi Beta Mu and the American Bandmasters Association (2003); and the British Columbia Music Educators’ Honorary Life Award “in recognition of a lifetime of commitment of time, talent, and energies to music education”. In September 2015 he was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy “for fostering tremendous goodwill towards the band, heightened morale and esprit de corps, and providing an exceptional liaison between the military and the public.” Although primarily recognized as a conductor of Wind Bands, he is equally comfortable conducting Orchestras and Choirs and is a former student of, Maestro Kazuyoshi Akiyama, with whom he studied the Saito Conducting Technique. His professional career has taken him worldwide, where his conducting appearances with regional, national, international honor and professional ensembles have been praised for performance quality, artistry, and creativity. He is a champion of new music, premiering over 30 compositions, and has worked with over 50 guest artists. In addition to conducting, Dr. King has many years of performing experience as a professional clarinetist with numerous ensembles, including the La Scala Opera of Milan, Italy during their Canadian tour. Most recently, he performed with the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia on their concert tour of Europe. He is also widely recognized as an expert for his ability to link theory and practice in the field of teaching and learning. Among his many recordings and publications is a chapter in the book, Creativity and Music Education written by 17 authors from the United States, Canada, Israel, Australia, Great Britain, Spain, and Scotland that includes a forward by noted author on Creativity, Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi. He has also completed a well-received DVD—The Craft of Conducting and is in great demand as a conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and keynote speaker. Over the past 25 years he has worked with over 10,000 ensembles and soloists representing more than 500,000 musicians.


DR. WENDY MCCALLUM

CONCERT & sYMPHONIC bAND

conducts the Symphonic Band and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting courses as well as instrumental music methods at Brandon University, Manitoba, where she is the faculty advisor of the Brandon University Student Music Educators Association and administrates Avenues: Exploring Band and Jazz Methods, an annual professional development opportunity for music educators. In 2012 she was awarded Brandon University Alumni Association’s Excellent in Teaching Award as well as the Manitoba Band Association’s Award of Distinction. She holds Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from Brandon University and completed her Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting at the University of North Dakota. 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. Committed to excellence in public school music education, she taught band and general elementary music before returning to graduate school. While completing her graduate studies, she served as artistic director and conductor of the chamber ensemble Harmoniemusik in Frisco, Texas. She has served as conductor of the Long & McQuade All-Star Wind Ensemble in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as guest conductor of the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble and Ohio University’s “Under the Elms” concert series, and as conductor of ensembles at the International and Rushmore Music Camps and Colorado Mesa University’s “Best of the West” festival. 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 Con Brio Whistler Music Festival in 2013. She has conducted junior high and high school regional, provincial, and state honor bands, presented at provincial music education conferences, and has worked as a solo and ensemble adjudicator and clinician for concert and jazz ensembles in Canada and the United States. She is a regular contributor to the publication and recording series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band and Teaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Band, a Past-President of the Manitoba Band Association, President of the Canadian Band Association d a Lead Writer of the Manitoba Grade 9 – 12 Music Curriculum.


SANDRA MEISTER

CONCERT & CHAMBER CHOIR

remains at the forefront of music education in Canada. Her unique ability to inspire and encourage young musicians keeps her in great demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor throughout North America. Most recently, Sandra presented a session at an International Forum in Beijing on Music Education in Coquitlam Schools, where she was formerly Principal of Walton Elementary School. For twenty years, Sandra led Die Meistersinger Children’s Choir as they captured many top awards in international festivals and represented Canada at the International Society for Music Education in Helsinki, Finland, the International Festival of Youth and Music in Vienna, Austria and the highly successful World of Children’s Choirs 2001. Sandra is the recipient of many awards including the Governor General’s Award for outstanding service to arts and culture in Canada, the Prince George Rotary Citizenship Award and the BC Music Educators’ Association Professional Educator Award. Sandra serves as a faculty member of the British Columbia Choral Federation’s Choral Directorship Program and holds degrees from Simon Fraser University and the University of Oregon.


DR. charles a. maguire

CONCERT & sYMPHONIC bAND

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.


DR. GERARD MORRIS

CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND

is Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Puget Sound. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Western Michigan University, a Master of Music Education degree from University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Doctor of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University. As a member of the Puget Sound faculty, Dr. Morris serves as winds and percussion department chair and conducts the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and both the opera and musical theatre orchestras. In addition, he teaches courses in conducting and music education, and coaches chamber ensembles performing wind repertory. His professional conducting credits include appearances at The Midwest Clinic, Colorado Music Festival at Chautauqua, and Steamboat Strings Music in the Mountains Summer Music Festival. He has conducted the Lake Union Civic Orchestra, Octava Chamber Orchestra, Chicago’s Sonic Inertia Performance Group, Tacoma Concert Band, Puget Brass, Boulder Brass, Illinois Brass Band, and Northwestern University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and Saxophone Ensemble. Dedicated to public school music education, Morris has extensive experience teaching junior and senior high school. His success has earned both national and international invitations to appear as a guest conductor and clinician for numerous public schools, honor ensembles, and festivals throughout the US and Canada. In service to his passion as a conductor and teacher, Morris hosts the Puget Sound Conductors Institute; an annual four-day workshop bringing together public school music teachers to hone conducting technique, deepen pedagogical knowledge, and strengthen professional relationships within the community. In addition, he currently serves as conductor of the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE). His conducting and teaching are informed by years of professional performing experience as principal euphonium with Boulder Brass and United States Marine Corps Band, Hawai’i. With these organizations he toured the United States, Australia, and Costa Rica as both an ensemble member and soloist.


SUSAN QUINN

CONCERT & CHAMBER CHOIR

taught music and directed the award-winning choral ensembles for nearly 30 years at Holy Heart High School in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and is currently on the School of Music Faculty at Memorial University. She received her early musical education from the Sisters of Mercy and was once herself a student at Holy Heart, where her musical experiences included singing in the choir and playing in the school orchestra.  She has degrees in Music and Music Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland, with a major in violin,  a Master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Maine, and has studied conducting under artists such as Wayne Riddell, Robert Cooper, James Croft, John Haberlen and Dennis Cox.  She has presented and published with the Canadian Music Educators Association as a recognized expert in choral intonation,  is in demand across Canada as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor, and locally as a Suzuki violin instructor and vocal coach in musical theatre.  She is also founder and conductor of the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble, one of the province’s most accomplished amateur choirs. She is a recipient of the Award for Teaching Excellence from the Prime Minister of Canada, and the Memorial University Arts in Education Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. Among her choirs’ accomplishments are first prize at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, the gold medal at the International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, several national choral awards, a YTV Achievement Award, and five compact discs.


DR. JAMES SPARKS

CONCERT AND 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.


DR. ROBERT TAYLOR

CONCERT & sYMPHONIC bAND

Robert Taylor Director of Bands at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, where he  conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and teaches instrumental conducting. Prior to his appointment at UBC, Dr. Taylor served as Director of Bands at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, and Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Eureka High School in northern California. He received the Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Trumpet and Music Education from Humboldt State University.  Research has been published in GIA’s Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series and featured in presentations at several regional and national music conferences. As a passionate advocate of music in the schools, Dr. Taylor has adjudicated numerous music festivals and is in high demand as a rehearsal clinician and guest conductor throughout North America. Past engagements include collaborations with a wide range of international artists — from Allen Vizzutti, Gail Williams, and Ingrid Jensen, to Manhattan Transfer and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — as well as frequent appearances with young musicians as principal conductor of the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble and guest conductor of the CODA/ASTA Honor Orchestra, Humboldt Youth Academy Orchestra, and numerous honour groups.


CARRIE TENNANT

Concert & Chamber Choir

is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Vancouver Youth Choir. Carrie began her career as a high school choir teacher, and built a nationally-recognized choral program at Maple Ridge Secondary before deciding to pursue graduate studies in choral conducting in 2009. From 2009-2012 she directed the Vancouver Chor Leoni MYVoice Choir and the Sarah McLachlan Youth Choir. In 2012, Carrie worked as the assistant conductor to Diane Loomer, and in January 2013, succeeded Diane as Artistic Director of EnChor. From 2007-2016 Carrie was the conductor of the award-winning Coastal Sound Youth Choir. Under her direction, Coastal Sound was awarded first place in the youth choir category at the 2013 National Competition for Amateur Choirs. They have been featured at a number of conferences and events, including the 2013 Chorus America conference and Choral Canada’s Podium 2016 conference. Also in 2016, Coastal Sound’s popular Indiekor shows were recognized with Choral Canada’s National Award for Innovation. Currently, on top of her work with VYC, Carrie is an Affiliate Conductor with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and a frequent clinician, adjudicator and retreat facilitator across Canada. A passionate advocate for building and sustaining community among BC choirs and conductors, she helped found the “BC Choral Mentorship Project” in 2010, a collective that brings together expert speakers/conductors from across North America with local choral directors for master classes, discussion groups and lectures. In 2008, Carrie was the recipient of the BCCF Youth Achievement Award for distinguished support of choral music in British Columbia.


KEVIN WILLMS

Concert & Symphonic Band, Jazz Band

has been teaching students from grade 7 through 12 in the public education system in Calgary for the last 28 years. Throughout this time, his concert bands and jazz ensembles received recognition internationally for their quality and unity of sound, musicianship, expression, commitment to excellence and quality repertoire.  He is currently  Senior Advisor of Jazz for Music Mentors International. As a result of numerous residency projects, mentorship programs, and his work alongside musicians from across the globe, he is affiliated and associated with a large number of luminary musicians and educators representing Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York), the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (New York), the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (New York), the Count Basie Orchestra, the Big Phat Band (Los Angeles), and numerous others.  He  has received numerous awards for teaching, musical achievement, and educational leadership, including the Tommy Banks Award for his contribution to Jazz Education. He is a contributing research author for “Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz – Vol. 2”. He is very proud of the many students who have gone on to successful careers in music but is particularly pleased with the large number of students who continue to perform in amateur community ensembles. In addition to his work with MMI, Kevin is the Founding President of CADME (The Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education), which raised more than a million dollars  last year in support of school music in Calgary and Artistic Director for the Westwinds Music Society, one of the largest Adult Community music organizations in North America with almost 400 members who learn, perform and have fun in five concert bands, five jazz ensembles and four choirs.  He is also very active and in demand as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator.