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 2018. Please revisit this page as we continue to update.


Dr.Paula Crider

Concert & SYMPHONIC Band, Professional Development WORKSHOP

crider-paulaFollowing a distinguished thirty-three year teaching career, Professor Crider continues to work with young musicians, and has served as guest conductor, lecturer and adjudicator in twenty-nine states, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Australia. She is Past President of the National Band Association and has been a member of NBA since 1969. Prior to her seventeen years of service on the faculty of the University of Texas, Ms. Crider enjoyed 16 years of public school teaching. She has taught at all levels, and holds the distinction of having been the first female in the State of Texas to serve as Director of Bands at a class 5-A high school. Her Crockett High School Bands in Austin, Texas earned numerous awards and honors, performed for national conventions, and were twice named Texas State Class 5A Marching Band Champions. Her band’s performance at the Second Biennial NBA Convention in Knoxville, Tennessee remains a most memorable event in her musical career. Professor Crider retired from The University of Texas in 1999, where she served as director of the renowned University of Texas Longhorn Band. While at the university she taught conducting, brass techniques, and marching band methods; supervised student teachers; and conducted the Symphony Band. Honors and awards include the ‘Eyes of Texas’ awards for teaching excellence, the Tau Beta Sigma/Kappa Kappa Psi “Outstanding Service to Music” award, the Sudler ‘Legion of Merit’ and the Texas Bandmaster’s ‘Meritorious Achievement’ Award. She is a member of the prestigious American Bandmaster’s Association, and is the third woman to have been so honored.


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. john cody birdwell

CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND

is Director of Bands at the University of Kentucky, where he conducts the University of Kentucky Wind Symphony, directs graduate programs in wind-band conducting, teaches graduate courses in instrumental conducting, history and literature, and supervises the administration of the University of Kentucky band program in the School of Music. Prior to his appointment, he served as Director of Bands at Texas Tech University, Director of Bands at Utah State University, Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Illinois, and Director of Bands at Northern Michigan University.  His ensembles have toured extensively throughout the United States, China, and Great Britain, and the University of Kentucky Wind Symphony was selected to perform at the 2013 National Convention of the College Band Directors National Association. Ensembles under his direction have also performed at numerous CBDNA national and division Conferences, and have also performed for the Kentucky Music Educator’s Association, Texas Music Educators Convention, Texas Bandmaster’s Association Convention, and the Utah Music Educators Association.  He has collaborated with and premiered works by a variety of celebrated artists, conductors, and composers including Arturo Sandoval, Michael Colgrass, Luis Serrano Alarcon, Tim Reynish, Frederick Fennell, Dan Welcher, Donald Grantham, John Mackey, Anthony Barfield, Bob Mintzer, Mike Mower, and Adam Gorb.  Several compact discs, including the University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble “Distilled in Kentucky – Premieres from the Bluegrass State”, and “GO! – The Music of Bob Mintzer”, along with the Texas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble “LIVE!” and “Diversions” have received acclaim from composers and conductors throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.  Dr. Birdwell is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and holds degrees from The University of North Texas and West Texas A&M University.  He serves as President-Elect President of the College Band Directors National Association Southern Division, and holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Kentucky Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Phi Beta Mu, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha. He is active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and abroad.


MARCELLUS BROWN

CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND

Image of Browncame to Boise State University in the Fall of 1989 as Director of Band Organizations and Professor of Trumpet. He is presently Director of the University Symphonic Winds and the Treasure Valley Concert Band. The University Symphonic Winds has been recognized as one of the outstanding concert groups in the Northwest and has been selected to perform at numerous state and regional clinics and conventions. Professor Brown is also the founder of the Idaho Youth Wind Symphony and conductor of the Idaho Youth Wind Symphony Senior Ensemble.  A native of Detroit, Michigan, he is completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Illinois. He holds a Masters of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance and Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Michigan. Mr. Brown is an active soloist and performer on trumpet, playing in the University Faculty Brass Quintet and Duo Les Bois, a Trumpet and Organ Duo as well as playing with the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also served as a member of the Quad City Symphony of Davenport, Iowa and has soloed with numerous high school bands and orchestras in the Midwest.  He has done extensive work as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the mid-western states and has also served in this capacity in the states of Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Alaska. He has appeared as a guest conductor at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois and has taught advanced conducting for the VanderCook School of Music Summer Session.


WILLIAM BRENT

CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Bill Brent’s fascination with music began early. He started playing the piano at age six and trombone in fifth grade at age 10. He knew from his early days in high school that he wanted to major in music and decided on music education during his senior year, earning a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Texas in 1974 and a Master of Music in conducting in 1981. His first band director jobs were in the Austin Independent School District at Pearce Middle School and McCallum High School, where the marching band twice placed in the top 5 in the AAAAA state marching contest and the concert band was named in the top 10. After earning his master’s degree, he joined the staff at Nicholls State and  went on to become Director of Bands at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he served for 30 years as Director of Bands and Director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) before his retirement in 2016. He now remains on staff as director of operations and special projects for the School. In 2017, NSA honoured Bill Brent as the inaugural inductee in the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear CAPA Hall of Fame in recognition of his service to the School and the University. The distinction is one of many accomplishments in Brent’s long career as a music educator and mentor, during which time he built one of the best marching band programs in the nation and served as conductor of the NSU Wind Symphony. In 2011, the band was a finalist for the Sudler Trophy, an award that recognizes collegiate marching bands of particular excellence that have made outstanding contributions to the American way of life. In 2008, the Spirit of Northwestern Demon Marching Band was named one of the top eight in the country by the website collegeotr.com. That year, Brent received the Outstanding Bandmaster Award for Louisiana from the Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. In 2007, he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.  In 2011, he was named an honorary alumnus of Northwestern State and the NSU Band Hall was formally named for him. Bill Brent is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the Texas and Louisiana Music Educators Associations, the Texas Bandmasters Association, Phil Beta Mu and the Music Educators National Conference.


dr. alexander cannon

CONCERT band

is a brass performer and educator based in Vancouver, BC. While a student at the University of British Columbia, he was twice a recipient of the university’s highly competitive University Graduate Fellowship, repeatedly performed as a soloist with university ensembles at home and abroad, and as a member of Cascades Brass won first place at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. He has studied at the Pierre Monteux School, Lake Placid Institute, National Youth Orchestra of Canada and The Centre for Advanced Studies at Chosen Vale, and has performed with the Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as principal trumpet of Vancouver New Music, and as guest principal trumpet with numerous regional orchestras and chamber ensembles. Dr. Cannon is currently on faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music and St. James Music Academy, and enjoys an active schedule as a freelance performer, private instructor, clinician, brass arranger, and conductor.


captain matthew clarke, CD

CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND

joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a Primary Reservist in 1994 and then accepted a position in the Regular Force on euphonium in 1997. As the Director of Music of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band, he is currently in his second command appointment after a successful and rewarding tour with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy from 2011-2016. His artistic vision, coupled with his passion for the development of ensemble sound and deep regard for the military music tradition has inspired many significant collaborations within the communities that he serves. He is in high demand as a musician and has served as a guest conductor for several ensembles including, most notably, “The Presidents Own”, United States Marine Band, the Victoria Symphony, and the University of Victoria Wind Ensemble. His keen sense of professional development has led to the production of several highly successful recordings and the creation of new and exciting wind ensemble music with outstanding Canadian composers like Robert Buckley and Ian MacDougall. He also believes in youth development and has volunteered his time with Cadet Honour Bands, community and school ensembles, and sat on the board of directors for the Youth Mentorship Program sponsored by the Esquimalt Community Arts Council. He has served as a clinician and adjudicator for several key music festivals and sat on the 2015 and 2016 selection board for the “Sing Me a Song” program sponsored by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Captain Clark studied conducting and wind ensemble repertoire principally with Dr. Gillian MacKay. In 2017 he was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and is honoured to be only one of six Canadians within the organisation. He also received the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Commendation for his outstanding service to military music, The Commander Land Force Central Area (now the 4th Canadian Division – Ontario) Commendation and the Spirit of Military Families Award. Before his posting to Winnipeg, Captain Clark proudly served in Edmonton, AB with The Royal Canadian Artillery Band; in Ottawa ON with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard and the Directorate of History and Heritage – Music; in Borden ON with the Canadian Forces Logistics Training Center Music Division; and in Victoria BC with the Naden Band. An equally gifted euphonium soloist, Captain Clark has recorded on the Arktos Label and has been featured on CBC Radio and in the British Bandsman, the longest-running international publication of brass bands.


morna edmundson

CONCERT & CHAMBER CHOIR

is one of Canada’s best-known choral conductors, with special interests in the areas of tone colour, language, and interpretation. As a conductor, singer, and administrator, her professional music career spans over 25 years, including eight years as a professional singer in the Vancouver Chamber Choir. She is best known for her 22 years as Co-Founder, Co-Conductor and Artistic Director of Elektra’s Women’s Choir, with which she has received numerous honours and awards. Her career as a choral musician has followed her passion for a cappella singing, contemporary music, early music, and integrating the beauty of folksong traditions into choral repertoire. For 14 years she shared her love of quality repertoire in her role as Associate Director of Coastal Sound Music Academy, where she was Music Director of the Youth Chamber Choir. She has adjudicated in North America and Asia, conducted honour choirs in several states, co-directed the ACDA National Women’s Honour Choir, gives frequent workshops with choirs of all ages and lectures on her work at local, national, and international meetings of choral professionals. She served on the Board of the Directors of the International Federation for Choral Music, and in 2000 received the Healey Willan Award for outstanding service to the BC Choral Federation, an organization she serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Council. In 2009 she received the BC Community Achievement Award, in recognition of her gifted organizational talent, leadership by example, and encouragement of others to pursue their musical and choral goals. She is also an accomplished arts administrator and cultural leader, serving as Administrative Director of Festival Vancouver, Co-Chair of the Arts Festivals Association of Metro Vancouver, President of the Coastal Sound International Choral Festival, formal and informal mentor to other conductors and administrator. She served as Executive Director of the World of Children’s Choirs 2001 festival and symposium, and Assistant Director of the 1993 World Symposium on Choral Music in Vancouver. Ms. Edmundson holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, a Diploma in Choir Pedagogy from the Stockholm Conservatory and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Western Washington University.


DR. ELROY FRIESEN

CONCERT & CHAMBER CHOIR, pROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

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 has recently been Artistic Director of Canzona, Winnipeg’s professional Baroque choral ensemble, and he 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 broadcasted 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. Elroy is a co-founder of fikamusik (an intensive professional choral conducting program), the founder and past Artistic Director of Prairie Voices, and has recently appeared as guest conductor with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe.


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.


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. gRAEME LANGAGER

CONCERT & CHAMBER CHOIR

is Director of Choral Activities at the University of British Columbia School of Music. He held similar positions at the University of Arkansas and at Cuesta College in California. A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Dr. Langager received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from California State University, Long Beach. He studied conducting under Earl Rivers, Stephen Coker, Lynn Bielfelt and Marc Hafso and received additional training from Helmut Rilling, Anton Armstrong, Thomas Davies, John Alexander and Robert Page. Dr. Langager has taught across the United States – in California, Ohio, North Carolina and Arkansas – at high school, college and university levels. He is sought after as a clinician and guest conductor and is an active composer and arranger. He has served on the national board of the National Collegiate Choral Organization and on the boards of the Arkansas and California Chapters of the American Choral Directors Association. Dr. Langager’s choirs have been invited to perform at ACDA, MENC, All-State and IAJE conferences. His choirs have performed throughout Europe and the United States including such prestigious venues as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Stefansdom in Vienna, Notre Dame in Paris, St. Nicholas in Prague and St. Stephen’s in Budapest. Dr. Langager is currently in his fifth season with Vancouver’s award-winning Phoenix Chamber Choir, having joined as Artistic Director in the Fall of 2012.


 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 and a Lead Writer of the Manitoba Grade 9 – 12 Music Curriculum.


MICHAEL NAKASONE

CONCERT & symphonic band, orchestra

served as Director of Bands at Pearl City, Hawaii, High School for 25 of his 34 years of teaching, having received his bachelor’s and master’s of music education degrees from the University of Hawaii. In 1992 the band was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Flag of Honor in recognition of excellence in concert band performance.  In 1995 he received the John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor award and was chosen as Hawaii’s State Teacher of the Year in 1996. That same year he received the United States Collegiate Wind Bands Citation of Honor Award, and in 1998 the Hawaii Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.  The Pearl City Band performed at numerous conventions of musicians and music educators, as well as the Tournament of Roses Parade, The Blue-Gray All-Star Football Game; The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Tokyo Ginza Parade.  In 2004, Nakasone retired from his position as the band director of the Pearl City Marching Band and 37 years with the Hawaii Department of Education to become the band director of the  Royal Hawaiian Band from which he retired in 2010.   He is the only bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band to have had the distinction of being inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He also serves as a conductor with the Hawaii Youth Symphony.  In June 2012, he became band director at Pinahou School, from which he retired in 2016.  In his own words, Michael Nakasone states that he can help students realize the importance of contributing to the community while experiencing the pure please of knowing they have brought joy to those who hear the music. “As a teacher, I am always looking for ways to improve and to include more students in music.  When I give my best, my students return their bests.  Success breeds success.”


DR. REBECCA pHILLIPS

CONCERT & symphonic band

is Director of Bands at Colorado State University where she conducts the CSU Wind Symphony and guides all aspects of the band and graduate wind conducting program. Prior to this appointment, she was Associate Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, and Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina. Shes has served as a guest-conductor, clinician, and performer throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Most recently, she was invited to conduct chamber wind performances with members of the Prague National Symphony and the Stratus Symphony in the inaugural “2017 American Spring Festival” in Prague, The Czech Republic. In May 2018, she will conduct members of the Des Moines Symphony in a chamber winds concert at the Iowa Bandmasters Association Annual Conference. Dr. Phillips regularly conducts collegiate honor bands and all-state bands across the United States and she has been a rehearsal clinician at the Midwest Clinic. Ensembles under her direction have been featured at the 2012 College Band Director’s National Association Southern Division Conference (CBDNA), the 2010 Society of Composers International Conference, and the 2008 North American Saxophone Alliance International Convention. In 2019, the Colorado State University Wind Symphony will be featured at the American Bandmasters Association National Convention.  She believes in treasuring the traditional wind music of the past as well as promoting cutting edge works of today’s finest composers, including conducting the world premiere of James David’s Big Four On the River, John Fitz Rogers’ Narragansett,  Robert Bradshaw’s Las Apariencias Enganan and Brett Dietz’s Crop Circles.  As a trombonist, her performances can be found on several internationally distributed recordings. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own), the Tallahassee Symphony, and the Tampa Bay Opera Orchestra. She has also performed internationally in England, Mexico, the Caribbean, Russia, and Sweden, and has toured as a trombonist with Johnny Mathis and Barry Manilow.  Dr. Phillips earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The Florida State University, Master of Music degrees in conducting and trombone performance from the University of South Florida, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at Louisiana State University. She served as a secondary school band director for seven years in Florida, including Director of Bands at Howard W. Blake Performing Arts High School in Tampa, Florida where she developed an award-winning concert band program. Dr. Phillips holds memberships in the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, and in 2014 she was elected into the American Bandmasters Association.


SUSAN QUINN

CONCERT & CHAMBER CHOIR, MASSED CHOIRS

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. TIMOTHY SHANTZ

CONCERT & CHAMBER CHOIR, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

is Chorusmaster for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, artistic director of Spiritus Chamber Choir, founding director of Luminous Voices and continues to garner critical praise for his work as a conductor with both choral and instrumental ensembles, a collaborator and a tenor soloist. As a conductor, he is recognized for his work in early-music, contemporary works, as well as virtuoso unaccompanied choral music to large choral-orchestral masterpieces. Under his direction, Spiritus Chamber Choir earned the Healey Willan Grand Prize from the Canada Council in 2013 and toured internationally, earning second prize at the Fleischmann International Choral Competition in Cork, Ireland as well as second prize at the Florilège Vocal de Tours in France. This summer he will conduct the National Youth Choir in Ottawa. His preparation of choruses for major orchestral works has been equally successful, collaborating with conductors Christoph König, Matthew Halls, Paul Hillier, Nicholas McGegan, Roberto Minczuk, John Morris Russell, Yoav Talmi, Jean-Marie Zeitouni and more. Shantz has several recordings to his name including, Zachary Wadsworth’s The Far West released in May 2016. Mendelssohn’s Te Deum, released in Spring 2015 by Luminous Voices was named Outstanding Choral Recording from Choral Canada in 2016. Other recordings include James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words (Spring 2014) with Spiritus Chamber Choir and future releases planned from the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus and Luminous Voices. Performance highlights as a tenor include Händel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall, soloist and ensemble singer at the Carmel Bach Festival since 2008 and twice with the Lucerne Festival Academy under Pierre Boulez. Timothy Shantz holds a Doctor of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.


DR. MARK WALKER

CONCERT &SYMPHONIC BAND

is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Troy University, Alabama, where he works with the “Sound of the South” Marching Band, teaches applied low brass, is conductor of the Campus Band and 1:00 Concert Band, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, marching band techniques, evaluation, and music education. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Walker is Coordinator of Graduate Music Education, Executive Director of the Middle School Southeastern US Band Clinic and Honor Bands, on the Board of the Southeastern US States Band Clinic, and Director of the “Sound of the South” Summer Music Camp and Director’s Clinic. A published author, his articles appear in state and national music education publications. Dr. Walker received his master’s and doctorate degrees in music education from the University of Illinois and is the recipient of the university’s prestigious A.A. Harding Award. As a performer, he can be heard on the Grammy Award nominated compact disc Euphoniums Unlimited on the Mark Records label and has performed as featured soloist with bands and symphony orchestras. Bands and students under Dr. Walker’s direction have received many honors in Texas, where he taught middle school and high school band. In addition, Dr. Walker has appeared as conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the southern States. His research interests include music perception, rehearsal techniques and music performance and understanding. His past and present professional affiliations include CBDNA, National Band Association, Music Educators National Conference, Alabama Music Education Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Delta Kappa, Tau Beta Sigma, Sigma Alpha Iota, Texas Bandmasters Association, and World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.


KEVIN WILLMS

CONCERT & JAZZ BAND

has been teaching students from grade 7 through 12 in the public education system in Calgary for the last 28 years and is very active and in demand as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator. Throughout this time, his concert bands and jazz ensembles have received recognition internationally for their quality and unity of sound, musicianship, expression, commitment to excellence and quality repertoire. As a result of numerous residency projects, mentorship programs, and his work alongside musicians from across the globe. He has used this vast knowledge and content base along with the philosophical, psychological, and educational tenets of Music Mentors International, where he is Senior Advisor of Jazz, to inform his personal body of work. 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. Mr. Willms is the Founding President of CADME (The Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education) in support of school music in Calgary. The organization’s activities include presenting world class guest artists to students, providing funding for enrichment to school music programs, supplying equipment where needed, and supporting initiatives to enhance teacher professional development and training. He is also the 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.