Wendy Grasdahl (Concert Band)
Wendy Grasdahl is well known across Canada as a conductor, adjudicator, clinician, teacher, and trumpeter. Her professional experience encompasses teaching at university and college levels, as well as military band work and private teaching.
Having appeared as a trumpet soloist and in professional ensembles across Canada, Wendy is a founding member of the brass quintet “Five of a Kind”, and has played Solo Cornet with the Mill Creek Colliery Brass Band. She is the founder, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Festival City Winds Music Society which is now in its 23nd season.
Wendy currently teaches trumpet and is Director of Bands at Concordia University of Edmonton, and regularly adjudicates band festivals at both provincial and national levels.
Ms. Grasdahl holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music History from the University of Alberta, a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Calgary, and a graduate level Fine Arts Diploma in Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Conducting and Literature from the University of Calgary.
Christin Reardon-MacLellan (Concert Band)
Christin Reardon MacLellan is the director of the University of British Columbia Concert Winds. She is also Director of Education & Community Programs for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, where she develops, implements, and oversees a wide variety of educational programming for individuals of all ages, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler.
Christin is dedicated to supporting and advocating for quality music education in schools. She maintains an active schedule as an in-demand clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator, and guest speaker. Christin has presented workshops and her research at numerous conferences and symposia in Canada and the United States, including the recent Canadian Music Educators Association National Conference. As President of the Coalition for Music Education in BC, she works closely with teachers, community members, and arts organizations to protect, promote, and advance music education in BC schools.
Christin has taught band, choir, and general music in the public schools of Manitoba. She earned her masters degree in music education from Indiana University, where she taught undergraduate courses in music education and was a university supervisor for student teachers. Christin’s research is published in the Journal of Research in Music Education and Music Educators’ Journal.
Chee Meng Low (Concert Band)
Chee Meng Low is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Band at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, where he conducts the Wind Orchestra, teaches saxophone performance, conducting and musicianship skills. He is also involved with the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet, U of L Faculty Wind Sextet, Symphonic Winds of NSO Malaysia, and has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and guest conduct in North America, Europe and Asia. Under his direction, the U of L Wind Orchestra has performed at prestigious events and venues including Edmonton Winspear Centre, Calgary Rozsa Centre, Knox United Church Calgary, Alberta Music Conference, Canadian Cantando Festivals and many outreach concerts in the Southern Alberta. Recent solo activities include a concerto performance at the 2017 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 9 conference and a concerto performance with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra for their 2016/17 season.
Before joining U of L, Chee Meng served as the Assistant Communications and Planning Manager for the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, developing the education & outreach programs, as well as implementing the daily operations of the orchestra. In addition to that, he also served as one of the saxophone instructors for the College of Music, Mahidol University, coaching private lessons, saxophone quartet and saxophone ensemble and serving the College as assistant to the Deputy Director for Academic and Research Affairs.
Chee Meng was a member of the International Committee, World Saxophone Congress (2006-2009), regional representative of the Asia Pacific Band Directors' Association (2007-2010), and current member of the North American Saxophone Alliance. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Band Association and the Lethbridge Community Band Society.
Chee Meng Low is a Yamaha Artist-Educator.
Jodi Proznick (Jazz Band)
Juno-nominated bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator Jodi Proznick has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists. She has won numerous National Jazz Awards, including Bassist of the Year in ’08 and ’09. Her group, the Jodi Proznick Quartet, was awarded the Acoustic Group of the Year and Album of the Year in ‘08 and the Galaxie Rising Star at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in ‘04.
In addition to leading her own group, Jodi has performed with many of Canada's top jazz musicians including PJ Perry, Don Thompson, Phil Dwyer and Guido Basso. She is regularly in demand to perform and record with visiting jazz artists including Michael Bublé, David "Fathead" Newman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Thigpen, Jeff Hamilton and Peter Bernstein. She has been featured on over 40 albums as a side person.
After completing her B.Mus. at McGill University, Jodi's deep passion for education lead her to pursue a Masters Degree in Education at Simon Fraser University. She is currently a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she teaches imporvisation, jazz theory, jazz history, popular music history, rudiments, songwriting, jazz combo and bass lessons. Jodi is the Artistic Director of the VSO School of Music Summer Jazz Workshop and has been a guest adjudicator and clinician at many festivals, colleges, universities, and conferences across Canada.
Katy 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.
Dorothy Dyck (Choral)
Dorothy Dyck's earliest memories revolve around singing with her parents and six siblings, happily creating new harmonies. Dorothy studied Education and Music at the University of Manitoba, and since 1997 has devoted her expertise and passion to developing the Maples Collegiate Choral Program. With over 250 students involved in three concert choirs, two
vocal jazz ensembles, and one chamber choir, Dorothy is passionate about sharing her joy for choral music with high school singers. Maples Collegiate choirs are known for their
community building and excellent singing, and have been frequent performers at the
showcase concert series at the Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Banff. In 2017 the
Chamber Choir was the recipient of the prestigious Earl Grey Trophy at the Winnipeg
Festival. Professionally, beyond teaching, Dorothy has worked as an adjudicator, clinician, arranger, and consultant. She has been involved in directing several of Winnipeg’s
Réjean Marois (Choral)
As a faculty member of the Jazz Studies program, Réjean conducts two vocal jazz ensembles, NiteCap and Capital Jazz, as well as the University's "A" Band. He also teaches vocal improvisation, arranging and composition, and conducting. Réjean's involvement with the Capilano University Jazz Series concerts has included performances of NiteCap and "A" Band with internationally renowned jazz artists. These include: pianists Kenny Werner and Cedar Walton; arrangers Bob Mintzer, Fred Stride and Dave McMurdo; vocalists Kurt Elling, Ranee Lee, Dee Daniels, Denzal Sinclair and Nnenna Freelon. Réjean has published original works for jazz band, choir, jazz choir and concert band. For more than 15 years, he has been in demand throughout North America as a clinician, adjudicator, conductor, music advisor and arranger.
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