Instrumental Conducting, Wind Ensemble
B. Mus. Honours (Saskatchewan)
B. Ed. Honours (Saskatchewan)
M. Mus. (Manitoba)
D.M.A. (Arizona State)
I am currently Assistant Professor of Instrumental Conducting at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL where I conduct the Wind Ensemble and oversee the undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting programs. Prior to arriving in Newfoundland, I spent three seasons as Resident Conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO) as well as numerous years as a public school instrumental and choral instructor. During my time with the TBSO, I conducted over 75 concerts (including a CBC Radio broadcast), designed and implemented a myriad of education and outreach initiatives, was instrumental is helping secure numerous local, provincial, and national grants, and recorded a full-length, internationally distributed CD with Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli. Described as "the lushest-sounding set of blues ever recorded in Canada", it received two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations.
In 2012, I received an “Excellence in Teaching Award” from the Memorial University of Newfoundland Students’ Union and have become increasingly active as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor for festivals, honour bands, and music camps across Canada. I have conducted/presented in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland. I have also had the pleasure of presenting in North Carolina and adjudicating in Virginia and am very excited to be conducting the National Youth Band of Canada in 2016.
I completed my Doctorate of Musical Arts (Conducting) at Arizona State University, my Master of Music (Conducting) at the University of Manitoba, and my Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees at the University of Saskatchewan. My mentors include Dale Lonis, Gary Hill, Wayne Bailey, Timothy Russell, Fraser Linklater, Marvin Eckroth, and Gene Aulinger.
I also get to spend a great deal of time doing research. Currently, I am developing software that will allow ensembles to easily establish high fidelity connections with guest conductors and composers over the Internet. I continue to be interested in spontaneous improvisation as it pertains to conducting pedagogy and large, school-based instrumental ensembles as well as the wind music of Giya Kancheli.