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Larry Gookin (Concert Band)


Larry Gookin is Distinguished Professor and Emeritus Professor of Music at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. He served for 34 years as Director of Bands before retiring from CWU in 2015. Prior to teaching at Central, Professor Gookin taught band for ten years in Montana and Oregon public schools. During his tenure at Central, the CWU Wind Ensemble performed by invitation at major conferences and conventions, including the College Band Directors National Association Conferences in Boulder and Seattle, the Music Educators National Conference in Minneapolis, the Western International Band Clinics in Seattle, the Western/Northwestern CBDNA Division Conferences in Reno, the Northwest Division NAFME conferences, and WMEA State Conferences.

Larry Gookin has received numerous honors and awards. He has served as president of the Northwestern Division of the CBDNA, Divisional Chairman for the National Band Association, and Vice President of the Washington Music Educators Association. He is a member of the American Bandmasters Association and the WMEA Hall of Fame, and he is a past recipient of the NBA “Citation of Excellent Award,” the First Chair of America “Mac” Award, the ASBDA “Standbury Award,” the WIAA/WMEA teacher of the year award, and the University of Oregon’s School of Music Distinguished Alumnus Award. Gookin was also named CWU Distinguished Professor of Teaching, and while at Central, he served as Associate Chair and Coordinator of Graduate Studies. He is former principal trombone of the Eugene and Yakima Symphony Orchestras, and is Emeritus Artistic Director/Conductor of the Seattle Wind Symphony.

Professor Gookin received the M.M. in Music Education from the University of Oregon School of Music in 1977 and the B.M in Music Education and Trombone Performance from the University of Montana in 1971.

Professor Gookin has appeared as clinician, adjudicator, and conductor in the United States, Canada, Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He is a Yamaha Master Educator and remains active as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. Gookin resides in Ellensburg, Washington, with his wife Karen, who is Emeritus Professor of English at CWU and recently retired on piccolo and flute from the Yakima Symphony Orchestra.

Shelley Jagow (Concert Band)


Shelley M. Jagow, (PhD); Professor of Music at Wright State University, is Director of the Symphonic Band and Saxophone Quartet; and professor of Saxophone and Music Education. She is a Selmer and D’Addario Artist Clinician for saxophone, as well as a music education clinician for Conn-Selmer, Hal Leonard and Meredith Music. Shelley has presented clinics and performances at several Music Educators Conferences as well as the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinics.

Shelley has published numerous articles in periodicals and her nationally recognized student saxophone quartet released their first commercial CD Avion Saxophone Quartet on CDbaby.com. Shelley authored the book and DVD Teaching Instrumental Music: Developing the Complete Band Program(Meredith Music)-contributing author to both The Music Director’s Cookbook(Meredith), and Teaching Music Through Performance in Band (GIA).

Don Owens (Concert Band)


Don Owens, Coordinator Emeritus of the Jazz Studies and Pedagogy Program, Director Emeritus, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the National High School Music Institute at Northwestern University, began his tenure at Northwestern University in 1979. Before coming to Northwestern, he taught for twelve years at Evanston (Illinois) Township High School where his duties included directing band, brass ensembles, and jazz band, as well as teaching classes in music theory, popular music, and composition. He created the Electronic Music Studio at ETHS in 1971. Many of his ETHS students went on to become music majors at many of the major Schools of Music in the United States and Canada.

Owens received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from North Texas State University, where he also studied Composition and Jazz. His Master of Musical Arts degree is from the University of Illinois, where he majored in Composition. He studied composition with Morgan Powell, Merrill Ellis, Samuel Adler, and Salvatore Martirano. He has won several grants and awards, and is regularly commissioned for new works.
In his first few years at Northwestern, Mr. Owens conducted the Nationally renowned Jazz Ensemble, directed the "Wildcat” Marching Band and Symphonic Band, and taught advanced Method classes for undergraduate Music Education Majors. He eventually was appointed Coordinator of the Jazz Studies and Pedagogy Program, teaching courses in Jazz Writing, Seminar in Jazz Pedagogy, Jazz in the Public Schools, and conducted the Jazz Ensemble. Under his leadership, the Northwestern Jazz Program grew to offer the B.M. in Jazz Studies and the M.M. in Jazz Pedagogy.

In addition to Owens' responsibilities in the Jazz area, he served as Director and Primary Conductor of the internationally acclaimed Contemporary Music Ensemble for over 20 years. This group performed over 200 world premiers, as well as the standard 20th century repertory. In 1991, the Northwestern CME served as the primary chamber music ensemble for the John Cage Now World Festival. In the spring of 1995, the NUCME served as one of two visiting Artist Ensembles for the National Meeting of the Society of Composers at the University of Iowa. In 2002, the CME played a major part in the Stephan Wolpe Festival, sponsored by the School of Music.

During the summers, Owens served as Director of the National High School Music Institute, from 1991 to 2004. Under his leadership, the enrollment increased by 100%. NHSMI continues to thrive as a Pre-Collegiate Music Major Experience for high school-aged students. With a curriculum that requires the attending students to declare a Major - Classical Guitar, Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Education, Piano, Strings, Voice, or Winds and Percussion- NHSMI has consistently attracted students from all 50 states, as well as many foreign countries.

Mr. Owens is an internationally recognized clinician/conductor. He has served as an adjudicator and has conducted Festival and All-State Concert and Jazz Bands in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Canada, Greece, Germany, and Norway. As a conductor, he has shared in the art of music making with world famous figures from both the Jazz and Contemporary Classical idioms. His compositions have been performed across America, as well as in Canada, England, Greece, Germany, Japan, Norway, and South America.

Mr. Owens is the composer/arranger of over 100 works, including those for band, jazz band, orchestra, choir, and chamber music. His music is available from the composer via Phramus Music Publications. Owens is the author of several articles dealing with contemporary music. He is a member of M.E.N.C, Illinois Music Educators Association, International Association for Jazz Education (Past President for the Illinois State Unit), Pi Kappa Lambda (Past President of Alpha Chapter), and Phi Mu Alpha.

Mark Lane (Concert Band)


Mark Lane comes to CWU after 27 years of public school teaching. Mr. Lane serves as Associate Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music Education, and oversees the collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education. He holds a BA from Eastern Washington University and a MA from the University of Oregon.

Under Mr. Lane's direction, the CWU Symphonic Band grew to over 100 musicians and gained a reputation of excellence throughout the Northwest. Recently, we added a third ensemble, The Symphonic Winds. Mr. Lane conducts the Symphonic Winds and Co-Directs the Symphonic Band with Professor Larry Gookin. The Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band study and perform a musically diverse repertoire, ranging from traditional band literature to contemporary music of the highest caliber for wind band.

Mr. Lane was awarded Educator of the Year five times and has received two Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association. During his tenure at Kennewick, the program was awarded the Tri-City Crystal Apple Award for excellence in education. The music program also received three GRAMMY Signature Awards. In 2001, Mark was awarded the Sudler Order of Merit of the John Phillip Sousa Foundation and was inducted into the BAND WORLD Legion of Honor in 2001. In 2012, Mark was awarded the Crystal Apple Award at CWU for excellence in teacher preparation. Most recently, Mark was inducted into the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame. Mark's groups have performed at the Oregon State Music Educators Conference, the Washington Music Educators Conference, the National Association for Music Education Northwest Division Conference, and the Western International Band Clinic. In addition, his groups performed at the 1994 and 2002 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and the 1999 and 2001 Bands of America National Concert Band Festival. In 2010 and 2012, Mark was the director of the Washington Ambassadors of Music for Voyageurs International.

Mark is a frequent clinician and adjudicator around the Northwest and has conducted and has presented clinics in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Alaska and Europe. His articles on music education have been published in the Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Wyoming Music Educators Journals, Fanfare Magazine, Bands of America, Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association Journal, the National Federation Interscholastic Music Association Journal, Conn/Selmer Touchpoint, and the Association of Secondary Administrators Journal. Mark is a member of the National Association for Music Education, and the College Band Directors National Association and served on the Washington Music Educators Executive Board for fourteen years. He served as President of WMEA from 2008-2010. Mark is currently President for the Northwest Division of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and serves on the National Executive Board for the organization. He also serves on the National Collegiate Advisory Council for NAfME.

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.

Chee Meng Low (Concert Band)


Chee Meng Low, a native of Malaysia, is the director of the University of Lethbridge Wind Orchestra, as well as the instructor of saxophone and musicianship skills. He is also involved with the Symphonic Winds of NSO Malaysia, UofL Faculty Wind Sextet, Edmonton Saxophone Quartet, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada, Europe and Asia. Chee Meng has previously held positions in the Thailand Saxophone Ensemble (2005-2009), Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (2007-2009), Southeast Asian Youth Wind Ensemble (2001, 2002), WASBE International Youth Wind Orchestra (2005), and also a fellowship with the ASEAN Youth Culture Camp (2001). During 2007-2010, Chee Meng served as the Assistant Communications and Planning Manager for the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, developing the education & outreach programs.

A recipient of the University of Alberta FS Chia Doctoral Scholarship, Chee Meng holds a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from the University of Alberta, Canada, under the guidance of William Street (saxophone) and Dennis Prime (conducting).

Jonathan Girard (Orchestra)


American-born conductor Jonathan Girard is one of the rising stars of his generation. A passionate musician committed to engaging audiences with thrilling performances, he continues to gain a reputation as a musical force equally versed in symphonic repertoire, opera, and new music. As the Director of Orchestras at the University of British Columbia School of Music, Mr. Girard dedicates himself to raising the standard of orchestral training in Western Canada. The UBC Symphony’s 2015-2016 season celebrates the University centennial year with a world première by Jared Miller, Soundscape for a Century Past, and the ninth symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, and Shostakovich. The 2014-2015 season featured Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, and culminated in two performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with 300 musicians on stage. Highlights of 2013-2014 season included a landmark performance of Le Sacre du printemps to mark the 100th anniversary of the work’s première, and a tour of Western Canada with Canadian violinist David Gillham, featuring the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Strauss’ Don Juan.

Dean Mcneill (Jazz Band)


A Full Professor at the University of Saskatchewan Canadian trumpet player/composer Dean McNeill has received a Special Recognition Award from the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival for his contributions to jazz in Saskatchewan. On the CD O Music Dean performed as soloist the composition Kalla which won the 2012 Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Composition of the Year.

A member of the Saskatoon Symphony Dean directs the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, UofS Jazz Ensemble and the Saskatoon Jazz Society’s Jazz Workshop program .

Dean has directed the International Music Camp’s Faculty Jazz Ensemble, the UofS Kenderdine Campus’ Jazz Composer’s Retreat program and has lead many of his own professional large and small jazz ensemble tours, many of which have been recorded by CBC Radio. A Yamaha artist Dean has performed as a guest artist with the National Youth Band of Canada, as well as with professional ensembles such as the Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver Jazz Orchestras and the Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble.

Dean has adjudicated throughout Canada and the Unites States and performed alongside the likes of of Kenny Wheeler, Pat LaBarbera, Michael Cain, Hugh Fraser, Tom Banks, Brad Turner, Kelly Jefferson, David Braid, Bob Mintzer, Denzal Sinclaire, PJ Perry, David Braid, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Balantyne, Campbell Ryga and many others.

Dean holds music degrees from the University of North Texas (Masters), McGill University (Undergraduate), and Grant MacEwan University (Music Diploma). He has released two CDs respectively entitled Prairie Fire: Large Jazz Ensemble Music of Dean McNeill and Mélange: New Music For Trumpet and Piano. Most recently Dean composed repertoire and performed on the CD Complete Rebirth of the Cool.

A recipient of the U of S Department of Music’s Dwaine Nelson Teaching Award Dean’s past administrative service has included Head of the U of S Department of Music (2004-2009) and serving as a board member on Jazz Canada (i.e. Canadian chapter of the International Association of Jazz Education) and the Canadian Music Centre (i.e. Prairie Region Board).

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.

Barry Valleau (Concert Band)


Barry Valleau started his musical career as a trumpet player in the Canadian Army military bands for six years. He received his Bachelor of Education degree with a music major from the University of Calgary in 1973 and taught music in the Alberta school system for 27 years.

His school bands received numerous awards over the years including 3 invitations to National Festivals with both junior and senior high concert bands and jazz bands. His personal awards include: 1991 - Alberta Band Association’s "Director of the Year", 1995 - The Tommy Banks Award, 2000 - The Canadian Band Association’s "Distinguished Director", 2002 - The John Philip Sousa, Legion of Honour Award. He was the director of the senior band at the Penhold Air Cadet Summer Band Camp from 2000 - 2014 and the director of the junior band at the Prairie Bible Institute every spring from 1993 - 2005. He was chosen to direct the Northern Alberta Junior Honour Band in 2001. Since retirement in 2000, Valleau has worked as a guest conductor, adjudicator or clinician for 100’s of bands. Barry and his wife, Carol, have two sons both of whom are professional musicians.

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.

Scott Leithead (Choral)


Scott Leithead is the Artistic Director of Edmonton's Kokopelli Choir Association and TIME Association. He has conducted provincial and state honour choirs on seventeen occasions and has presented workshops across North America and beyond. Notable appearances include: conducting the Alberta Youth Choir for the Alberta Choral Federation’s 40th Anniversary; adjudicating both the ACCC National Competition for Amateur Canadian Choirs and the International Kathaumixw Festival.

In 2008, Scott was on sabbatical in Namibia where he worked with the Mascato Youth Choir and numerous other choirs from southern Africa. Scott is a longtime member of the advisory committee for the Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival. He is the president of the Brailletone Music Society for persons with disabilities and a member of three additional national boards as well as the National Youth Music and Art Development Foundation of South Africa. In 2014/15 he will present workshops across Canada and return to conduct numerous honour choirs including: The New Brunswick Youth Choir and The Ellison Canadian Honour Choir.

Dominic Gregorio (Choral)


Dominic C. Gregorio is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Choral Music at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. In 2012, Dr. Gregorio completed the first doctoral dissertation on the choral music of Tarik O'Regan, and graduated with the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. At graduation, Dr. Gregorio was awarded the USC Order of Areté Medal, the highest honour accorded graduate students upon graduation.

Dr. Gregorio was the conductor of the McMaster University Choir in 2011-2012, and led performances of Orff's "Carmina Burana", the Duruflé "Requiem" and Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms." At the University of Southern California, Dr. Gregorio was Chorus Master for the USC Thornton Opera production of Wagner’s “Das Liebesverbot,” was the Conductor of the USC Thornton Apollo Men's Choir, and was Assistant Conductor to Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe and the USC Thornton Chamber Singers. Dr. Gregorio also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in choral conducting.

In Los Angeles, Dr. Gregorio also served as a Conductor and Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. Highlights include conducting at the Association of Choral Directors of America Regional Conference at Anaheim, at the GALA Miami Conference, the Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall and leading GMCLA in presenting numerous Alive Music Projects in high schools in the greater Los Angeles area, raising awareness about LGBT issues and bullying.

At Temple University in Philadelphia, Dr. Gregorio completed a Triple Masters Degree in Music, in Choral Conducting, Voice Performance, and Music History, and afterward, moved to Taiwan for one year and served as an Assistant Conductor for the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation Choirs, also learning Mandarin Chinese on a grant through the Taiwanese government. Dr. Gregorio is a former Artistic Director of Singing Out, The Toronto Lesbian and Gay Choir and a former conductor and founder of the University of Guelph Women’s Choir, Siren. Dr. Gregorio is also a proud former member of the Ontario Youth Choir, the Canadian National Youth Choir and the Canadian Chamber Choir.

Dr. Gregorio has won numerous awards including the Presser Music Award which enabled him to live and study for a semester in Vienna, Austria, the G. Nixon Leadership Award, the Carrow Teaching Award, the Edward Johnson Foundation Award, and is listed in the “Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.” In 2009, Dr. Gregorio was a semi-finalist in the ACDA Graduate Student Conducting Competition and in 2002 was the winner of the Westminster Choir College Graduate Voice Competition. Principal teachers include Dr. Jo- Michael Scheibe, Mr. Larry Livingston, Dr. William Dehning, Mr. Alan Harler, Dr. James Jordan, Dr. Marta McCarthy, Dr. Christine Anderson, Mrs. Patricia Harton- McCord and Mr. Glyn Evans.

Born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, of Filipino immigrants, Dr. Gregorio is interested in the choral and vocal music of the Philippines, Taiwan and India. While living in India in 2010 completing an intensive Yoga Teacher Training in the birthplace of yoga, Rishikesh, Dr. Gregorio took daily lessons in Harmonium and Kirtan Chanting and is interested in the benefits of yoga, meditation and breathing exercises for singers.

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.

Allison Girvan (Choral)


Allison is a professional singer, arranger, director, clinician and adjudicator. She has been a featured soloist on recordings and in performance with ensembles including musica intima, Elektra Women’s Choir, The Vancouver Chamber Choir, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and as a vocalist for studio sessions for radio, T.V. and feature film.

Allison has worked extensively with Canadian Celtic Tenor, John McDermott on recordings, international tours, and the PBS specials, “A Time to Remember” and “Sharing Christmas”. Her debut solo cd, “Resonance”, combining her love of world music and her love of languages, was released in 2007. She now lives in Nelson, B.C. where she continues to record for television and feature film scores, directs the Nelson Youth Choir, the women’s choir, “Shenango”, corazón vocal ensemble, and is music director for the Capitol Theatre’s youth program.

2017 Festival Staff:

  • Barry Valleau (Concert Band)
  • Larry Gookin (Concert Band)
  • Shelley Jagow (Concert Band)
  • Don Owens (Concert Band)
  • Mark Lane (Concert Band)
  • Jacquie Dawson (Concert Band)
  • Chee Meng Low (Concert Band
  • Dean Mcneill (Jazz Band)
  • Fred Stride (Jazz Band)
  • Ray Baril (Jazz Band)
  • Scott Leithead (Choral)
  • Dominic Gregorio (Choral)
  • John Chalmers (Choral)
  • Frank Lee (Choral)
  • Allison Girvan (Choral)

2016 Festival Staff:

  • Barry Valleau (Concert Band)
  • Allan McMurray (concert band)
  • Gary Green (Concert Band)
  • Robert Taylor (Concert Band)
  • Fraser Linklater (Concert Band)
  • Robert Spittal (Concert Band)
  • Christin Reardon MacLellan (Concert Band)
  • Chee Meng Low (Concert Band))
  • Robert Ambrose (Concert Band)
  • Jerrold Dubyk (Jazz Band)
  • Jared Burrows (Jazz Band)
  • Craig Brenan (Jazz Band)
  • Allison Girvan (choral)
  • Carrie Tennant (choral)
  • Lhente-Mari Pitout (choral)
  • Kathleen Luyk (choral)
  • Lisa Ward (choral)
  • Scott Leithead (Choral)
  • Benila Ninan (Choral)
  • Frank Lee (Choral)

2015 Festival Staff:

  • Larry Gookin - Central Washington University (concert band)
  • Allan McMurray - University of Colorado (concert band)
  • Mark Lane (concert band)
  • Don Owens(concert band)
  • Chee Meng Low (Concert band)
  • Carrie Tenant (choral)
  • Scott Leithead - Kokopelli Choir Director (choral)
  • Jennifer Riley (choral)
  • Jennifer Moir (choral)
  • Jared Burrows (Jazz Band)
  • Brad Turner (Jazz Band)
  • Dave Robbins (Jazz Band)

2014 Festival Staff:

  • Larry Gookin - Central Washington University (concert band)
  • Allan McMurray - University of Colorado (concert band)
  • Dr. Gillian MacKay - University of Toronto (concert band)
  • Robert Taylor - UBC (concert band)
  • Gary D. Green - University of Miami (Concert band)
  • Jonathan Girard (Concert band)
  • Scott Leithead - Kokopelli Choir Director (choral)
  • Chandelle Rimmer (choral)
  • Scott Goble (choral)
  • Raymond Baril (Jazz Band)
  • Craig Brenan (Jazz Band)
  • Dean McNeill (Jazz Band)

2013 Festival Staff:

  • Scott Leithead- (Choral), Kokopelli Choir Director
  • Lhente-Mari Pitout- (Choral), South Africa Director World Youth Choir
  • Fred Stride- (Jazz Ensemble), UBC Director of Jazz Bands
  • Ray Baril- Grant McEwan University of Edmonton
  • Allan McMurray- Conducting Department Chair, University of Colorado
  • Don Owens (Concert Band), Director of Jazz Studies, Northwestern University
  • Larry Gookin (Concert Band), Director of Band University of Central Washington
  • Angela Schroeder (Concert Band), University of Alberta
  • Dennis Beck (Concert Band), Master Educator, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Mark Hopkins (Concert Band), Associate Professor, Acadia University

2012 Festival Staff:

  • Mr. Don Owens- Director of Jazz Studies, Northwestern University
  • Dr. Rob Taylor- Director of Bands and Assistant Professor UBC
  • Dr. Gillian MacKay- Associate Dean, Graduate Education University of Toronto
  • Ms. Catherine Glaser Climie- Founder, the Calgary Cantare Children's Choir
  • Mr. Larry Gookin-Director of Bands, Central Washington University
  • Mr. Allan McMurray- Conducting Department Chair, University of Colorado
  • Fred Stride- Senior Sessional Lecturer, Director Jazz Ensemble UBC
  • Special guest artists Allen Vizzutti and Epsilon