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 some of the people students and directors will work with at Con Brio Whistler 2020. Please revisit this page as we continue to update.
dr. peter loel boonshaft
CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND
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 new beginning method book series, Sound Innovations for Band and Sound Innovations for Strings. He is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is Professor of Music and Director of the Graduate Conducting Program. Dr. Boonshaft was 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,” has received official proclamations from the Governors of five states and a Certificate of Appreciation from former President Ronald Reagan, as well as performing for former President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton, and for Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. His honors also include being selected three times as a National Endowment for the Arts “Artist in Residence,” three times awarded Honorary Life Membership in the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and being selected for the Center for Scholarly Research and Academic Excellence at Hofstra University.
DR. MICHAEL BURCH-PESSES
CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND
is Director of Bands at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, and teaches courses in conducting and music education. He holds Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in conducting from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Since coming to Pacific University in 1995 he received the Junior Faculty Award (1998) and was named a Wye Fellow of the Aspen Institute (1999). In 2006 he received the S.S. Johnson Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, 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. Alexander Cannon
CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND
studied trumpet and received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of British Columbia. While a doctoral student at the UBC, he was twice a recipient of the university’s University Graduate Fellowship. Dr. Cannon has performed as a trumpet player with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver New Music, the Turning Point Ensemble, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, and the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and as a guest principal trumpet and soloist with many BC regional orchestras. In Vancouver he served as the Head of Brass at the Vancouver Academy of Music at SK Lee College, and conducted youth orchestras at the El Sistema-inspired social program at the Saint James Music Academy. In 2018 he was appointed Assistant Conductor of The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra (KWS) and continues to maintain an active schedule as a sought-after performer, conductor, educator, ensemble contractor, arranger, and adjudicator.
DR. STEvEN CAPALDO
CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND
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.
CAPTAIN MATTHEW CLARK
CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND
As the Director of Music of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band, Matthew 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. Captain Clark’s 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 National Latvian Band, the Victoria Symphony, the University of Victoria Wind Ensemble, the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble and the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble. His keen sense of professional development has led to the production of several highly successful recordings as a Commanding Officer and the commissioning of new and exciting wind ensemble music. Matthew 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 Matthew was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and is honoured to be only one of six Canadians within the organisation. Matthew 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 in 2016, Captain Clark has proudly served the Canadian Armed Forces 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.
CONCERT & CHAMBER CHOIR
is one of Canada’s best-known choral conductors with a strong reputation for excellence. Passionate since childhood about choral singing, she obtained degrees and diplomas in vocal music in Vancouver, Bellingham, and Stockholm, Sweden where her teachers included Eric Ericson. In 1987, she co-founded Elektra Women’s Choir with Diane Loomer, a treasured partnership that lasted 22 years. In 2009, Morna became Elektra’s sole Artistic Director, continuing the choir’s strong leadership role in concert presentation, commissioning, recording, and mentorship. For 14 years Morna shared her love of quality repertoire with a new generation of singers in her role as Associate Artistic Director of Coastal Sound Music Academy, where she was Music Director of the mixed-voice Youth Chamber Choir. She has adjudicated in North America and Asia, conducted honour choirs in several states, co-directed the American Choral Directors Association National Women’s Honour Choir, and gives workshops with choirs of all ages. In 2000 she was presented with 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 February 2009 Morna was a recipient of the BC Community Achievement Award, which recognized her gifted organizational talent, leadership by example, and her encouragement of others to pursue their musical and choral goals. In June 2011 Morna received a Vancouver YWCA Woman of Distinction award in recognition of her work with Elektra. Since 2013, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Chorus America, the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization that serves the choral field.
dr. Elroy Friesen
CONCERT & CHAMBER CHOIR, director of massed choirs
Described as “innovative, expressive, and dynamic,” Dr. 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. He 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. He is a co-founder of fikamusik (an intensive professional choral conducting program), the 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. He is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe.
DR. GRAEME LANGAGER
CONCERT & CHAMBER CHOIR
is Director of Choral Activities at the University of British Columbia School of Music, having previously held similar positions at the University of Arkansas and Cuesta College in California. A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Dr. Langager received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from California State University. 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 Artistic Director of Vancouver’s award-winning Phoenix Chamber Choir.
CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND
is Director of Bands at University of Hawaii West O’ahu. He is the recipient of both the Bandworld Legion of Honor and membership in the American Bandmasters’ Association in recognition of his outstanding work as Director of Bands at both Pearl City High School and the University of Hawaii. Kamei is the fourth Hawaii band director to be inducted into the American Bandmasters Association. The others include Michael Nakasone, former Pearl City High School band director, Richard Lum and Grant Okamura, both from the University of Hawaii. A graduate of Castle High School, Kamei earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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. gillian mackay
CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND
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.
DR. GERARD MORRIS
CONCERT & SYMPHONIC BAND, ORCHESTRA
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 the University of Colorado 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 U.S. 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.
CONCERT & sYMPHONIC bAND
is one of the most performed composers of wind band music today. He is also the lead author of Sound Innovations for Concert Band. A recipient of numerous awards from the American School Band Director’s Association, Phi Beta Mu and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, his compositions embody a level of expression that resonates with ensembles and audiences alike. His music is performed around the world and appears on many international concert and contest lists. Mr. Sheldon regularly accepts commissions for new works, and produces numerous publications for concert band each year. His schedule includes many appearances as guest conductor for All-State and Regional Honour Bands. He also frequently appears as a Music Education clinician, and has presented sessions and seminars at numerous colleges and universities as well as state Music Education Association conferences. He has served as a conductor and clinician throughout the United States, as well as Japan, Canada, Italy, Germany, Australia and China, and has conducted performances of his works in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, The Syndey Opera House and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Mr. Sheldon is currently Director of Concert Band Publications for Alfred Music.
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.
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.
has been a music educator and professional musician for over 40 years in both the public and private school systems. Having recently retired from teaching, Michael continues to be an active performer, clinician and adjudicator. Mr. Perkins taught secondary school and directed many award-winning performances. Michael currently performs as a freelance trumpet player, clinician and adjudicator, working recently with the Okanagan Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, Michael Garding Big Band, Bandidos Cervesas, Nicola Valley Community Band, JG Jazz Quintet, Kelowna Kiwanis Music Festival, Okanagan Concert Band Festival and the BC Interior Jazz Festival.
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 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
is Director of Bands at the UBC School of Music, where he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, and serves as Chair of the Woodwind Brass and Percussion Division. With a career in music education spanning over twenty years, previous appointments include the University of Puget Sound in the state of Washington and Eureka High School in northern California, where ensembles under his direction earned recognition by Downbeat Magazine, the Selmer Corporation, and Grammy Signature Schools. Dr. Taylor maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor. Past engagements include performances with the Vancouver Brass Project, Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Chicago-based contemporary music group, the Maverick Ensemble in addition to collaborations with a wide range of international artists and composers and jazz and pop performers. As a passionate advocate of music in the schools, Dr. Taylor is in high demand as a festival adjudicator, rehearsal clinician, and guest conductor throughout North America and internationally. His frequent appearances with young musicians include serving as principal conductor of the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble and guest conductor of numerous honour groups, such as the National Youth Band of Canada, California Orchestra Directors Association Honor Symphony, and many provincial and all-state bands across Canada and the United States. Dr. Taylor received the Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University, where he studied with Mallory Thompson, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Trumpet and Music Education from Humboldt State University. His research on wind literature, rehearsal techniques, and the use of technology in the training of nascent conductors and performing musicians has been presented in leading wind band publications and featured in presentations at regional and national music conferences, including appearances at the Midwest Clinic and College Band Directors National Association. He is a Killam Laureate, Jacob K. Javits Fellow, past executive board member of the British Columbia Music Educators Association, and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Societies, College Band Directors National Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and National Association for Music Education.