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Angela Schroeder (Concert Band)


A native of Alberta, Dr. Angela Schroeder is currently Associate Professor of Music in the Department of Music at the University of Alberta. She is the Director of Bands, the Area Coordinator for the Winds and Percussion, oversees all areas of instrumental ensembles, and conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Summer Band. She teaches undergraduate courses in conducting and wind band education, and works with graduate students in instrumental conducting. She previously taught conducting at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Angela is also the conductor of the St. Albert Community Band, an ensemble that is currently in their 46th concert season. This ensemble recently completed their first overseas tour, performing throughout Austria and Germany.

Dr. Schroeder completed undergraduate degrees in Music and Education at the University of Calgary, majoring in Secondary Music Education, with performance studies in piano and trumpet. She also completed the Diploma of Fine Arts in Wind Band Conducting under the supervision of Glenn Price. After a teaching career at various secondary schools in the Calgary area, she entered the Long Term Residency program at The Banff Centre, where she studied and performed on piano, trumpet and as a conductor. Angela entered the Master's program in Wind Conducting at Northwestern University in 2002, where she studied with Mallory Thompson and earned the Master of Music in Conducting. In 2007, she completed the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting at the University of North Texas, under the supervision of Eugene Corporon.

Angela Schroeder is well known in the Alberta music education community, not only through her teaching and conducting both in schools and in community music organizations, but through her involvement as an executive director of the Alberta Band Association for several years. Angela has performed on cornet with the Mill Creek Colliery Band and was the Principal Trumpet for the Concordia University Orchestra for seven seasons. Angela has guest conducted and adjudicated numerous wind bands in festivals and clinics throughout Canada, the United States, Austria, Germany, Australia and Thailand. She is a contributor in nine volumes of the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series, which profile wind literature for all levels of instrumental instruction, published by GIA. She is joyfully married to husband Geoffrey and mother to her brilliant sons, Joshua and Jonah.

Jacquie Dawson (Concert Band)


Noted for her unique ability to create an inspiring ensemble experience and sculpt an impressive wind band sound, Jacquie Dawson has had a marked impact on the wind band community in Manitoba for two decades. She is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator across Canada. Guest conducting engagements have included the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Rising Stars Manitoba Senior Honour Band, the Manitoba Intermediate Honour Band, the Manitoba Junior Honour Band, the International Music Camp, and numerous regional and divisional honour bands. Jacquie has been published in the Canadian Music Educator Journal and the Canadian Winds Journal. She has presented at conferences in Newfoundland and Manitoba as well as the Canadian Music Educators’ Association National Conference. Her research interests are in community music and the relationship between music education and the cultivation of community.

Jacquie served on the board of directors of the Manitoba Band Association from 1999 – 2005 and remains very active with various MBA projects and programs. She is in her eighth season as Artistic Director of The Winnipeg Wind Ensemble. Under Jacquie’s leadership the group has expanded significantly in infrastructure, artistic standard and programming, and has recently launched a new division of the organization, The Winnipeg Youth Wind Ensemble.

Fred Stride (Jazz Band)


Fred Stride has been an active professional musician in Vancouver, Canada for more than 30 years. A graduate of the UBC School of Music, Fred also studied in Los Angeles with Dick Grove at the Dick Grove Music Workshops. On his return to Vancouver Fred began his career in earnest, playing trumpet and arranging for various projects and ensembles. His skills soon brought him in contact with many prominent Vancouver band leaders including Bob Hales and Dave Robbins. Fred also spent about 10 years working with Tommy Banks on various television and theatre projects in both BC and Alberta, including the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

As a trumpet player Fred performed a wide range of gigs including concerts and shows with local and visiting entertainers and recording for both radio and television. Despite Fred's trumpet playing background it is his writing for which he has become best known. Besides writing for his own big band, The Fred Stride Jazz Orchestra, Fred has received numerous commissions from many performers and ensembles over the years including much of the music for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and original music for the Opening Ceremonies of Expo 86. Fred has also composed works for the Vancouver Symphony, Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, several Canadian Armed Forces bands, the Brampton Concert Band, the CBC Orchestra, saxophonist Julia Nolan, french horn soloist Martin Hackleman, various high school bands and many other solo performers and ensembles.

Besides his busy schedule as a composer and arranger Fred is also active as a guest conductor, teacher, clinician and adjudicator.  Fred, who has a Master's degree in composition from the University of Victoria, also manages, "in his spare time," to teach jazz theory, jazz arranging and direct the Jazz Ensemble I at the University of British Columbia.

Jennifer Lang (Choral)


Dr. Jennifer Lang is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Saskatchewan where she directs the Greystone Singers and the University Chorus.

While completing her graduate studies at the University of Western Ontario, Jennifer instructed advanced choral techniques and music education courses at the Don Wright Faculty of Music and Faculty of Education.  In addition to serving as Program Coordinator for Musical Futures Canada, she was an instructor in the Teaching Support Centre, director of the UWO Choir and a conductor within the Amabile Boy's and Men's choirs of London, ON. 

Prior to completing her doctorate, Jennifer served as a program leader of vocal and instrumental secondary school music with the District of Niagara Arts Academy in the District School Board of Niagara.

Kathleen Luyk (Choral)


Kathleen Luyk (née Skinner), B.Mus. (University of British Columbia, 2003), M.Mus. Choral Conducting (University of Alberta, 2005), is the executive director of Edmonton's Kokopelli Choir Association, a non-profit family of community choirs. She is in her fourteenth season with Òran (a young adult choir) and her fourth season with the new adult choir Vacilando. As a conductor, Kathleen strives to pair a well-researched pedagogy of excellence with the notion that choral singing is an incredible force in building community. As a conductor and composer on the Alberta choral scene, Katy has been engaged as a clinician, guest conductor, vocal coach, and adjudicator for choirs and singers around Canada.

2017 Festival Staff:

  • Angela Schroeder (Concert Band
  • Jacquie Dawson (Concert Band)
  • Fred Stride (Jazz Band)
  • Jennifer Lang (Choral)
  • Kathleen Luyk (Choral)

2016 Festival Staff:

  • Christin Reardon MacLellan (Concert Band)
  • Gordon Brock (Concert Band)
  • Chee Meng Low (Concert Band)
  • Craig Brenan (Jazz Band)
  • Carrie Tennant (Choral)
  • Adam Con (Choral)

2015 Festival Staff:

  • Chee Meng Low (concert band)
  • Christopher Unger (Concert band)
  • Lisa Ward (Choral)
  • Greg Quan (Choral)

2014 Festival Staff:

  • Allan McMurray - University of Colorado (concert band)
  • Gary D. Green - University of Miami (Concert band)
  • Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff - University of Alberta (Choral)

2013 Festival Staff:

  • Catherine Glaser-Climie (Choral), Cantare Children's Choir
  • Dr. Fraser Linklater (Concert Band), University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Gordon Brock (Concert Band), University of North Florida
  • Sydney Griffith (Concert Band), Music Educator / Principal, School District #73 Jazz Coordinator
  • Don Owens (Concert Band), Director of Jazz Studies, Northwestern University
  • Joel Gray (Jazz Band), Trumpet player and educator
  • Fred Stride (Jazz Band), Fred Stride Jazz Orchestra

2012 Festival Staff:

  • Sydney Griffith, Music Educator / Principal, School District #73 Jazz Coordinator
  • Fred Stride, Director Jazz ensemble UBC
  • Dr. Rob Taylor, Director of Bands and Assistant Professor UBC
  • Don Owens, Director of Jazz Studies, Northwestern University
  • Dawn Sadoway, Choir Director Elk Island Children's Choir
  • Dr. Gordon Brock, University of North Florida
  • Allan McMurray, University of Colorado