Craig Winter (Concert Band/Drumline)
Currently living outside of Seattle, WA, Craig is a passionate music educator and advocate who firmly believes that the leadership and life skills learned through arts education are unique and invaluable, and he works to provide impactful experiences through music for all his students. He earned his Music Education Degree from Arizona State University in 2004, and in the last 15 years he has been a high school band director, adjudicator, clinician, private teacher, and professional performer with a focus on corporate and pro sports entertainment.
Craig currently focuses on consulting for various schools, adjudicating, private teaching, and drumline instruction. His more recent work has been as a Wind and Percussion Coach with the Maple Valley Youth Symphony, drumline instructor for the University of Washington and Tahoma High School, performer/Asst. Director of the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline, and Founder/Director of Emerald City BOOM, a marching percussion ensemble in the Seattle area.
Gary Green (Concert Band)
Gary D. Green is Emeritus Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. While teaching at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in addition to supervising all band activities, he was the conductor of the Frost Wind Ensemble, supervised all graduate conducting students in the wind and percussion area and served as the Chairman of Instrumental Performance for seventeen years.
Prior to coming to Miami, Professor Green served for ten years as Director of Bands the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. While at the University of Connecticut, Professor Green was influential in commissioning and recording new works for winds and percussion including Symphony No. 3 by David Maslanka and A Cornfield in July and the River by William Penn.
During his tenure at the University of Miami, professor Green continued the commissioning and performance of important new repertoire for winds and percussion. Under his direction, the Frost Wind Ensemble has performed on two separate occasions for the convention of the American Bandmasters Association as well as twice for the national convention of the College Band Directors National Association. Recent commissions and consortia from composers include William Penn, Joel Puckett, Mason Bates, Michael Daugherty, David Maslanka, Paul Dooley, Steve Danyew, Steven Bryant, David Gillingham, James Stephenson, Christopher Theofanidis, John Harbison, James Syler, Eric Whitacre, Frank Ticheli, Thomas Sleeper, Kenneth Fuchs and others. Urban Requiem by Michael Colgrass was commissioned by the Abraham Frost Commission Series and has become a standard in the repertoire for wind ensemble. Among other new compositions written for winds and percussion was the commission for the Frost Wind Ensemble of Christopher Rouse’s Wolf Rounds.
Professor Green is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Bandmasters Association, and the Florida Music Educators Association. He received the Phillip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship in 2002. In March 2007, he joined the ranks of Frederick Fennell, William Revelli, and John Paynter in the Bands of America Hall of Fame.
Professor Green is an active conductor and clinician and has appeared with international, national, and regional bands and intercollegiate bands in all of the continental United States and Hawaii. He has conducted the Texas All-State Band frequently and premiered Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre with that ensemble. He has also conducted in Taipei, Taiwan where he appeared with the Republic of China Army Band and the Taiwan National Wind Ensemble as part of the 2005 International Band Association Festival. Additionally he has conducted in Austria, Germany, Japan and England, having performed there in the Royal Academy of Music. In March of 2008, Professor Green hosted the annual convention of the American Bandmasters Association on the campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables.
Allan McMurray (Concert Band)
Allan McMurray is Distinguished Professor and Professor of Conducting Emeritus at the University of Colorado. He served for 35 years as Director of Bands and Chair of the Conducting Faculty before retiring from CU at the end of the 2013 academic year. Prior to this position, he was on the faculty of the University of Michigan, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Considered one of the world’s leading teachers of conducting, Professor McMurray has guest conducted and taught conductors in 48 states and 13 foreign countries. He has been a featured visiting professor and conductor at over 200 universities and conservatories internationally.
During his tenure at Colorado, the University of Colorado Wind Symphony performed by invitation at major conferences and conventions, including the First International Conference for Symphonic Bands in Manchester, England; the All-Japan Band Conference in Nemo Nu Sato, Japan; the College Band Directors National Association Convention (twice); and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Hamamatsu, Japan. The ensemble has also released two CDs on the Klavier label featuring original works by Daneil Kellogg, Carter Pann and Frank Ticheli; and collaboration with the Kakacs String Quartet, Patrick Mason, baritone, and Jennifer Bird-Arvidson, soprano.
With a strong commitment to new music, Allan McMurray has been a strong proponent in commissioning and performing new composition by American composers. He has won praise for his interpretive and expressive conducting by many composers, including Pulitzer Prize winners Michael Colgrass, George Crumb, John Harbison, Karel Husa, and Steven Stucky.
Professor McMurray has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Debut Orchestra and has guest conducted the Colorado Symphony, the Thai Philharmonic and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. He has also conducted the Prague Chamber musicians in a festival featuring the music of George Crumb in Prague, and subsequently in the united States. McMurray also completed four seasons with the Colorado Ballet Orchestra as conductor of Philip Feeney’s Dracula.
Professor McMurray’s internationally acclaimed DVD series on the Art of Conducting includes three DVDs: Conducting from the Inside Out: Gesture and Movement, published by GIA; Conducting from the Inside Out: Conductor and Composer with Frank Ticheli published by Manhattan Beach Music; and Kindred Spirits with friends and well-known conductors Richard Floyd, Craig Kirchoff and Robert Reynolds, also published by GIA. He is currently working on a companion textbook to the series.
Allan McMurray has received numerous honors and awards. He is Past-President of the College Band Directors National Association, he is recipient of the Bohumil Makovsky Award for outstanding College Band Directors from the National Band Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, and has been recognized by California State University Long Beach as “Distinguished Artist in Classical Music.” In December 2004, the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado designated Allan McMurray as the university’s 25th Distinguished Professor in recognition of his lifetime professional achievement in the teaching of conducting.
Allan McMurray remains active as an artist conductor, teacher and author. His schedule this year includes professional activity in California, Colorado, Oregon, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, Washington D.C., Georgia, Florida, Canada and Australia.
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.
Dr. 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.
Colin Clarke (Concert Band)
Colin Clarke is sought after as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and composer/arranger, having captured the attention of instrumental and choral ensembles, schools and music festivals across Canada and the United States. Colin’s credits include collaboration with world-renowned artists and ensembles including the United States Air Force Band of Liberty in Boston, Massachusetts, Orchestra London Canada, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia, Bulgaria, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Ballet Jörgen, trumpet virtuoso Allan Vizzutti, the Canadian Brass and the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the official fanfare ensemble for the President of the United States.
Colin is best known for his work with the multi-award winning Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, a group he started as a high school student. For over two decades this ensemble has earned a reputation nationwide as one of the leading performance ensembles of its kind in Canada. Under Colin’s baton, the Wind Orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2006 to much acclaim and returned in 2016 to mark its 25th anniversary.
With a passion for music education and outreach, Colin maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community. He has also conducted numerous bands, orchestras and choirs throughout Canada and the U.S., and has lead the Provincial Honour Bands of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island. In the spring of 2008 he served as conductor of the prestigious National Youth Band of Canada. Abroad, Colin has lead performances in the United States, England, Hungary, Austria and China.
In addition to the Wind Orchestra, Colin serves as Music Director for the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Oakville Symphony Youth Symphony.
Cynthia Peyson Wahl (Choral)
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Cynthia Peyson Wahl holds a Bachelor of Music Education (University of Regina), a diploma in Contemporary Music (Grant MacEwan University), and a Master of Music Education (University of Toronto). Since 2005 she has taught vocal jazz, choir, piano, and musical theatre at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute, and was the jazz choir director at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
At DMCI her choirs have presented Showcase concerts at ChoralCanada’s biennial Podium conference (2010) and the Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival in Banff in (2011, 2013 and 2017). Her choirs have been awarded the J.S. Little Trophy, the Earl Grey Trophy, and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for outstanding performances at the Winnipeg Music Festival. Cynthia presented on jazz choir best practices at the Podium conference in 2016, and is a contributing author to The Palgrave Handbook on Race and the Arts in Educaton (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018), and Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir Vol. 5 (GIA, 2019).
Cynthia is the recipient of the Michael Proudfoot award for excellence in choral teaching, and the Bert Kroeker scholarship for continuing study in choral music education. Cynthia enjoys a busy schedule as a choral/jazz clinician and workshop presenter, regularly travelling across Canada and the US to work with choirs of all genres, and is on faculty with both the International Music Camp and and the School for Music Vocations summer jazz camp. In addition, Cynthia maintains an active performing career. She is currently completing her doctorate in music education at the University of Toronto.
Scott Leithead (Choral)
Scott Leithead is the founder and Artistic Director of Canada's Kokopelli Choir Association and TIME Association from Edmonton, Alberta. He has been invited to conduct provincial, national and state honour choirs on twenty-five occasions and he has presented workshops in North America and beyond. Notable appearances include: conducting the Alberta Youth Choir for Choir Alberta’s 40th Anniversary; conducting the Ellison Canadian Honour Choir on five occasions; conducting the 2016 ACDA NW Regional Youth Choir in Seattle. He has adjudicated both the ACCC National Competition for Amateur Canadian Choirs, the Kathaumixw International Choir Festival (2014 and 2016) and Finland’s Tampere Choir Festival in 2017. Under his direction, Kokopelli was a winner of both the 2015 CBC National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs and the 2015 and 2016 Canadian National Music Competition.
Scott has a passion for music from southern Africa and he has been invited to work with choirs in South Africa and Namibia on numerous occasions. In 2008/09, Scott was on sabbatical in Namibia where he worked with the Mascato Youth Choir and many other choirs in southern Africa. Scott’s passion for innovative and unique choral music experiences has shaped the direction of the Kokopelli Choir Association.
This season Scott will return to conduct the Manitoba Provincial Honour Choir for the 4th time as well as the 2019 Ellison Canadian Honour Choir (Ottawa). He will be adjudicating festivals and giving workshops in Ontario, San Francisco, Vancouver, Whistler, Newfoundland, and Saskatchewan. His contemporary vocal ensemble ‘Nuf Sed was excited to tour Japan in January 2019.
Kellie Walsh (Choral)
Kellie Walsh is the founder and Artistic Director of the internationally award-winning Lady Cove Women's Choir, the Artistic Director of the internationally celebrated youth chorus, Shallaway Youth Choir, co-founder and now Artistic Director Emeritus of Newman Sound Men's Choir, and has most recently co-founded the Inuit Youth Choir Ullûgiagatsuk from Nunatsiavut, Labrador.
Kellie's work has brought her across Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, the United States, South America, Europe and Asia. From deep and proud roots in Newfoundland and Labrador, she has become known in Canada and internationally for embracing the medium of choral singing as an opportunity to explore leadership potential, identity building and social/civic engagement.
Kellie obtained her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education from Memorial University in 1994, and was awarded a Master of Music (Conducting) from Memorial University in 2004. Kellie is a highly sought after guest conductor. Most recently she was guest conductor for the National Canada Day Celebrations on Parliament Hill as well as guest choral specialist to the Stratford Festival. She is an active guest speaker, member, collaborator and innovator and is currently the President of Canada’s National Choral Federation, Choral Canada.
In 2014, Lady Cove Women's Choir won two gold medals at the largest choral competition on the globe, the World Choral Games in Latvia. The choir was a winner of the CBC Radio National Competition in both 2008 and 2006. In 2008 the choir won first place in the prestigious Béla Bartók Contemporary Choir Competition in Hungary and in 2011 was one of 25 choirs in the world to be invited to the 9th World Symposium on Choral Music in Argentina.
Under her leadership, Shallaway Youth Choir has grown to over 450 children from St. John’s and surrounding areas. In 2015 Shallaway won first place and overall highest marks at the renowned Llangollen Festival.
Kellie believes the arts can play an explicit role in helping to shape communities' social, physical, and economic futures. Kellie, the choristers, and all of the volunteers with her organizations have won the hearts of audiences locally and globally and mobilized support from governments, communities and private sector donors, and have had a transformative impact on people locally, nationally and globally.
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.
John Chalmers (Choral)
John is a music educator who has worked with musicians of all ages, from preschool children to senior citizens. He is currently a Vice Principal at Central Peel Secondary School in Brampton, ON and is musical director at Heart Lake United Church. John is active as an adjudicator and clinician throughout North America and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Vocal Festival and part of the Executive Committee of MusicFest Canada for over 25 years. For over a decade he served as a Resource Team Member for the International Association of Jazz Educators.
John has also taught music at Humberview Secondary School, Mayfield Secondary School, Humber College and the University of Toronto Jazz Performance Program where his groups received national and international recognition, performing at conferences and festivals throughout Canada and the United States and winning nine DOWN BEAT Magazine Student Music Awards. John has received the I.A.J.E. “Outstanding Jazz Director Award” for Canada, the Jazz Report Award for “Best Secondary School Jazz Program” and was inducted into the MusicFest Canada “Hall of Fame” for outstanding service to young Canadian musicians.
Frank Lee (Choral)
Frank Lee is in his fifteenth season as the choral director at Seycove Secondary School in North Vancouver, where he directs seven choral ensembles and a jazz studies course. The Seycove Chamber Choir was honoured with the distinction of Youth Choir of the World at the International Choral Festival, Kathaumixw, in 2007. In 2009 the Chorale was named top choir at the Canadian National Choral Festival and had their solo debut concert in 2011 at Carnegie Hall. His award winning vocal jazz ensembles have been featured in Western Canada and and Washington State.
Frank received his undergraduate music degree from the University of Victoria studying trombone with Ian McDougall. He is currently a graduate music student studying choral conducting, under Dr. Graeme Langager, at the University of British Columbia. He is sought after as a clinician across Canada and Washington State. Frank has served as the chair for the BCMEA Honour Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Kiwanis Vocal Jazz Festival and is currently on the Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival Advisory Committee.
Tom Van Seters (Jazz Band)
Well known as an accomplished performer/composer/educator on the Canadian jazz scene for over twenty-five years, pianist Tom Van Seters is Associate Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. He has performed in a wide variety of settings from solo to symphony orchestra and collaborated with numerous renowned musicians. His past CDs have featured Canadian jazz luminaries Don Thompson, Jim Vivian, Mike Murley, and Kevin Turcotte. He has also performed with American jazz greats Bob Mintzer, Jason Marsalis, Eddie Daniels, and Maria Schneider among others.
Ray Baril (Jazz Band)
Raymond Baril is Assistant Professor of Music and Section Head for Winds and Brass in the Department of Music at Grant MacEwan University, and, for the past 30 years, he has been the Director of the MacEwan University Jazz Ensemble. He is in his 18th season as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Edmonton Winds and recently has taken on the role as director of the River City Big Band. Prior to his appointment at MacEwan University, Raymond was a music educator with Edmonton Public Schools, conductor of the University of Alberta Concert Band, Executive Director of the Alberta Band Association and, worked as assistant conductor for the Cosmopolitan Music Society. Raymond remains a much sought after national clinician and adjudicator as well as a featured guest speaker at music education conferences across the country.
Raymond continues to work as one of Edmonton’s busiest saxophonists and woodwind doublers. He was a regular member of the Tommy Banks Big Band for 25 years and is currently a member of the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra. He has appeared with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions as a section member and soloist, as well as a guest conductor. He also continues to be in demand as both a conductor and woodwind specialist for pit orchestras in various local and touring productions. In 2005, Raymond’s ensembles released two CDs: First Time Out with the Grant MacEwan College/University of Alberta Big Band and Among Friends with the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia. In 2011, the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia released a second CD, O Music, which featured the wind band works of Edmonton composer Allan Gilliland, and won a Western Canadian Music award in 2012.
Raymond attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where he received a Master of Music degree in conducting. He holds undergraduate degrees in both music performance and education from the University of Alberta, and is currently working on his Doctorate in Saxophone Performance at the University of Alberta. Raymond has been the recipient of many awards for his contribution to music and music education including the Tommy Banks Award, presented by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the David Peterkin Memorial Award, presented by Phi Beta Mu. He has also received the Elkhorn Award for Director of the Year by the Alberta Band Association, the Best Teaching Practices Award from the Alberta Teachers’ Association, a District Service Award from Edmonton Public Schools, and an Excellence in Teaching Award from Alberta Learning.
Craig Brenan (Jazz Band)
Creative jazz trombonist, professor and composer Craig Brenan has performed and recorded in a wide variety of settings from trio to large ensemble, and has been featured on over 20 albums as a composer and performer. After nearly a decade of creating and working in a diverse variety of projects, Craig moved to Boston to complete a masters degree in jazz studies at the NewEngland Conservatory. While in Boston, Craig studied with artists including Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Brookmeyer, George Russell, and Curtis Fuller.
Currently Craig is an Associate Professor of Music at MacEwan University and has embarked on a prolific schedule of performing dates leading various ensembles that demonstrate his wide range in post-bop, modern jazz, creative improvisation, and other styles and idioms.
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