A non-competitive festival designed for North American school wind ensembles, concert bands, orchestras, jazz bands, and choirs utilizing some basic tenets necessary to promote quality music education. These basic tenets include:
The Cantando Festival employs only adjudicators and clinicians of the highest stature, those that have achieved success in their fields and those that continue to have a major impact upon music education. The opportunity to work with these artists in an educational setting for long periods of time is a major facet of the festival.
On the instrumental side, past Adjudicators have included Allan McMurray from the University of Colorado, Eugene Corporon from the University of North Texas, Thomas Dvorak from the University of Wisconsin, Don Owens from Northwestern University, Shelley Jagow from Wright State, Dale Lonis, Jacqueline Dawson and Fraser Linklater from the University of Manitoba, William Street & Leonard Ratzlaff from the University of Alberta, Marvin Eckroth and Dean McNeill from the University of Saskatchewan, Rob Taylor and Jonathan Girard from UBC as well as a host of other prominent music educators.
Performing ensembles have included ensembles from all of the major western Canadian universities as well as groups from the American Midwest. Guest soloists have included clarinetists Eddie Daniels and James Campbell, hornist Jeff Nelson, trumpeter Allen Vizzutti, saxophonist Fred Hemke, flutist Jim Walker and many more international artists. Several local professional ensembles are featured also.
Our choral adjudicators include a host of Canadian and international music educators and performers coordinated by Scott Leithead, Director of Edmonton’s Kokopelli choirs. Past adjudicators have included Canadians Carrie Tenant, Jennifer Riley, Jennifer Moir, Leonard Ratzlaff, John Chalmers, Dominic Gregorio, Lisa Ward, Frank Lee, Benila Ninan, Graeme Langager, Elroy Friesen, Allison Girvan, and Kathleen Luyk. International adjudicators have included Dinah Helgeson and Lhente-Mari Pitout and also many more.
Guest choirs including the University of Pretorio Youth Choir, the Vancouver Youth Choir, M-Pact from Los Angeles, Rajaton from Finland and equally famous national and local groups.
Our jazz faculty include the cream of Canadian jazz educators and performers and students get a chance to work with some of the biggest talents in the industry. Check the Adjudicators tab in each festival for the full list of past and current people.