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The Musical World of Children’s Literature, by Heather Nail, Lisa Armstrong, Kate Fatica and Mack Fraser (Orff the Wall PLC)

What’s that sound coming from the library? It’s music, of course! Adding music to children’s books enriches the student experience with literature, as they are active participants in creating musical accompaniment. Come ready to sing, move and play in this active and creative Orff music session!

Heather Nail, Kate Fatica, Lisa Armstrong and Mack Fraser are members of the “Orff the Wall“ professional learning community in the Calgary Board of Education.  All members of this PLC are highly qualified Orff specialists, and their combined experience includes teaching music to all levels of age and experience, from pre-school students to adults. This dedicated group have created incredibly engaging and entertaining performances at their annual concert, “Orff the Wall”, held at the Jack Singer Concert Hall every spring.

Heather Nail has been a music specialist with the CBE for 14 years. She holds her Level 3 Orff certification and her Orff ensembles have performed at National Orff conferences. Mrs. Nail is the director of the Westside Junior Children’s Choir, and was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Alberta Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Lisa Armstrong  (B. Mus. Ed.; Level III Orff Certification) has been a Music Specialist with the CBE for the past 24 years working with children K-6 including special needs and GATE. She has been a presenter at the Calgary Teacher’s Convention, Palliser District Teacher’s Convention, Early Childhood Education Conference and recently at South Western Alberta Teacher’s Association. She passionately believes that all children are successful when taught through the Orff approach.

It Begins With A Song, by Catherine Glaser-Climie

Nurturing musical development in children is an exciting journey that begins with a song. Through song, we guide our singers to growth in their vocal development, musicianship skills, and musical literacy. Join us as we sing our way to musical growth!

Catherine Glaser-Climie has nurtured and inspired singers of all ages through her acclaimed work with choirs and singers for more than thirty years. Choirs under her direction have won awards at the local, provincial and national level and have regularly performed with Calgary Opera, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and are frequently heard on radio and television. In addition, her choirs have been invited to perform at many prestigious events and have toured extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Her choirs have twice performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip in Edmonton and in Ottawa.

Currently she is Founder / Artistic Director of the Cantaré Children’s Choir in Calgary, a nationally-acclaimed programme of one hundred and fifty singers ages six to eighteen She also serves as Minister of Music at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Cross.

Having earned a Bachelor of Music [Voice] and a Diploma FA [Kodály] from the University of Calgary, Ms. Glaser-Climie utilises extensive experience in choral conducting and Kodály pedagogy. She has pursued advanced studies in voice, piano, organ, choral conducting and Kodály pedagogy. She is able to combine her own musical experience with a remarkable ability to train and motivate others, based on a genuine affection and respect for each singer.

Recognised as a leader in the development of curriculum as an early childhood music specialist, Ms. Glaser-Climie also founded Kodaly Music Explorers which offers unique programs for young children who wish to explore the magic of music through a singing approach. She was featured as a presenter at the International Kodály Symposium in 1991 and invited to sit on the Symposium’s Panel for Early Childhood Music Education. Ms. Glaser-Climie has been a frequent clinician / lecturer for the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, Kodály Society of Canada and the Alberta Kodály Associations’ annual conferences and workshops.

As a singer she performs in recital and worship and was also featured as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, New Works Calgary and at the University of Calgary’s New Works Festival.

In great demand to share her expertise with all levels and ages, and known for her captivating warmth and enthusiasm, invitations to appear as adjudicator, lecturer and clinician have taken Ms. Glaser-Climie across the country. She currently serves on the Artistic Committee for Choral Canada’s Podium 2016.

Long & McQuade Secondary Choral Reading Session, by Rosanna Redd, accompanist: Tim Korthuis

Come sing new repertoire, meet fellow music teachers, learn from a great clinician, and return with a packet of complimentary choral music selections from Long and McQuade ideally suited to the secondary school choir. We will sing through the packet of beautiful new music together so come ready to participate!

Rosanna Redd holds a Bachelor of Music with Distinction and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary.  She was born and raised in Calgary, AB and continues to make Calgary her home with her husband and daughters.  Rosanna developed her vocal ability while studying with teachers across the province; some of her mentors include Blaine Hendsbee, Jeni Taylor, and Patricia Hrynkiw.  During her undergraduate studies, Rosanna took the opportunity to study extensively in a broad range of styles including opera, choral, and musical theatre repertoire. 

Rosanna has been interested and involved in music from an early age. She began taking piano lessons at the age of 3. Rosanna has studied voice, piano, theory, percussion, choral singing, choral conducting, and instrumental music.  Rosanna has been interested and involved in musical theatre from an early age with her debut stage appearance coming at the age of 7.  She still performs regularly in the local community musical theatre scene in Calgary.  Along with performing, she also works as a vocal coach and musical director for musical theatre productions.  Her favourite roles include Ellen in Miss Saigon, Madeleine Astor in Titanic: the Musical, Jenny in Down in the Valley, and The Usher in Trial by Jury.

Rosanna has sung with choral groups such as the Alberta Centennial Traveling Choir, the University of Lethbridge Singers, the Calgary IRC Choir, the University of Calgary Chamber Choir, and also continues to sing with and is a guest conductor for her church choir.  Rosanna is also the full-time, Director of Choirs at Western Canada High School in Calgary.  She has adjudicated for music festivals across Alberta and has been recommended to adjudicate at the provincial level.  Rosanna enjoys her opportunity as a vocal teacher, choral director, and adjudicator to help influence the progress of other singers.

Rosanna has a thriving studio with students studying classical vocal repertoire, musical theatre, and piano.

Tim Korthuis hails from Okotoks, Alberta where his musical passions are shown through his work as conductor of several groups and accompanist for choirs and solo performers. He recently graduated from the University of Calgary where he had the privilege of studying and conducting many works, including Brahms A German Requiem, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, as well as works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Whitacre and Canadian Composers R. Murray Schafer and Stephen Hatfield among many others. His studies have taken him to Vienna and Bulgaria, as well as Vancouver, Canada studying with Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir. He currently serves as conductor of the new Foothills Philharmonic Chorus, Okotoks Men’s Chorus, and Diamond Valley Singers as well as the Worship & Arts Pastor at Okotoks Alliance Church. He lives in Okotoks with his wife and 4 beautiful children.

Madrigals, Rounds and Part-songs, by Julie Harris

Fun and accessible early music repertoire you may not have thought of for your choir, stylistic approaches that can help bring the music to life and original printed sources to engage their imagination.

Soprano, Julie Harris, holds a BMus from the University of Calgary, an Artist Diploma from the University of Toronto and studied early music at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She has appeared with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Toronto Chamber Choir, Alberta Baroque (Edmonton) and La Cetra (Vancouver) and has been engaged for roles in Baroque Opera with Opera Atelier and the Toronto Consort. Julie is also a founding member of VoiceScapes. Julie directs the Collegium Musicum, and has taught voice and coached chamber music at the University of Calgary. She also teaches voice privately and coaches numerous choirs. In 1999, she founded and runs the Early Music Voices Concert Series in Calgary.

You Can Be A Winner, by Marguerite Wilder

This clinic provides sequenced activities to enable students to assimilate the content and skills to become musically literate by using musical decisions for rehearsals.  From the choice of management skills, warm-up activities, through the teaching of beginning band literature will be demonstrated. The acquisition of listening skills, rhythmic and melodic reading, composition, and improvisation in an intuitive manner will increase your band’s musical literacy.

Mrs. Wilder is widely recognized as a conductor and clinician, having conducted All State and Honor Bands through out the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.   Serving as a resource person for in-service sessions, she works with both local and regional school systems and universities.  Her clinics on Motivational Techniques for the Beginning Band are often featured at state and national conventions.

Mrs. Wilder taught middle school band at the following schools during her 30 year teaching career: The Lovett School, Woodward Academy and Tapp Middle School.

Mrs. Wilder is a contributing editor for the books: Do It Band Method by James Froseth; Habits of a Successful Musician by Scott Rush. She is a contributing author for Teaching Music through Performance in Beginning Band, Vol. 1 & 2:  and Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Band; GIA Publications, Inc

Currently Mrs. Wilder serves as a consultant, clinician, author and editor for GIA Publications, Inc. 

Developing a School Jazz Program - Creating a Culture of Success, by Kevin Willms

Regardless of the age or experience level of students, or the background of the teacher, what does a great jazz program look like? What are the essential components? What conditions need to exist so that students will develop understanding, skill and a love for jazz? What resources are available to assist in providing students with an authentic experience?  How do teachers find great repertoire, even for very young bands?

These questions represent many of the challenges faced by educators. While it is impossible to address them thoroughly in an hour, the intent of the session is to introduce concepts that can help teachers to address these universal concerns.

Kevin Willms was born and raised in Calgary. He received his Bachelor of Music and Teacher Certification from the University of Calgary and has been teaching instrumental and choral music for the Calgary Board of Education for the last 28 years. He currently teaches at William Aberhart High School.  His ensembles consistently perform at “Superior” levels and have received much recognition for their outstanding performances at local and international music festivals. His ensembles have commissioned a number of new works for wind band and jazz ensemble and have performed across Canada and the USA as well as in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, Spain, China and Cuba.

Mr. Willms has been the Artistic Director of the Westwinds Music Society for 18 years.  Westwinds is an adult community music organization dedicated to providing exceptional music education to adults of all levels of experience through 5 concert bands, 5 jazz ensembles (big bands) and 4 choirs. With approximately 400 members, Westwinds is unique among adult community music organizations. Originally responsible for starting the choral program, Mr. Willms is currently the conductor of the “Gold Jazz North” big band. www.westwindsmusic.org

Mr. Willms is proud to have been the founding President of the Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education, recognized internationally as CADME. He continues to serve in this role. CADME is a not-for-profit charity born from the vision of dedicated music educators committed to enhancing and expanding music education for all students in the Calgary region. To date, CADME has invested more than a million dollars into various projects, including providing instruments and equipment, workshops and guest artists for students and intensive professional development opportunities for music teachers. Mr. Willms remains committed to CADME as the organization works towards being a multi-million dollar foundation in support of continued quality music education. www.cadme.ca

Mr. Willms is active as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator.  He is the Past Chair and current Jazz Coordinator for the Alberta International Band Festival (Calgary).  On February 25, 2003, Premier Ralph Klein presented Mr. Willms with the Tommy Banks Award, recognizing his long-term contribution to music education in Alberta. He was named “Educator of the Year” by the Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation (2006) and received the Elkhorn Award as “Band Director of the Year” (2006) from the Alberta Band Association. Phi Beta Mu presented Mr. Willms with the David Peterkin Memorial Award in October, 2013. He was honoured to be a semi-finalist for the Alberta Education “Excellence In Teaching” Awards for 2014. He is a contributing research author for “Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz Volume 2”. He has recently joined the team of Music Mentors International as Jazz Division Head. www.mmiachieve.com

Many of Mr. Willms’ former students have gone on to successful careers as professional musicians and music educators.  He is equally proud of the large numbers of students who develop a love of music and continue to participate in community bands and choirs long after graduation from high school.

A Creative Burst of Culture - India in Your Music Room!, by Jennifer Walden

This session begins with a short discussion on the inclusion of religious based music in our classes: how do we approach it? Participants then explore how music ties into an epic Hindu story beginning in India and traveling to the island of Bali. Along the way: Bhangra dance accompanied by the dhol, (a popular drum of India and Pakistan - and Bollywood!), listening activities, singing, and instruments.

Jennifer Walden has been teaching multicultural music for 30 years in international schools worldwide and most recently, Canadian public schools. She is a doctoral candidate with Griffith University with a focus on how to best transmit diverse musics in today’s classrooms.  Jennifer is also an active clinician and workshop leader, traveling the globe to work with teachers and music education students at conferences and universities. Her focus is on 1) facilitating effective methods of teaching multicultural musics, and 2) building and maintaining diverse music programs in schools. 

The Recorder: A Foundation for a Comprehensive and Creative Music Program, by Marguerite Wilder

This “hands-on” session will feature the recorder as an effective and affordable instrumental medium for providing students with a comprehensive, rigorous, and creative music learning experience.  The recorder can (1) expand the scope and depth of instrumental performance opportunities, (2) provide general music students with an effective home study, and (3) establish a foundation for an elective beginning instrumental music program.  Do It! Play Recorder. Participants will receive complimentary recorders, books, and CDs.

Mrs. Wilder is widely recognized as a conductor and clinician, having conducted All State and Honor Bands through out the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.   Serving as a resource person for in-service sessions, she works with both local and regional school systems and universities.  Her clinics on Motivational Techniques for the Beginning Band are often featured at state and national conventions.

Mrs. Wilder taught middle school band at the following schools during her 30 year teaching career: The Lovett School, Woodward Academy and Tapp Middle School.

Mrs. Wilder is a contributing editor for the books: Do It Band Method by James Froseth; Habits of a Successful Musician by Scott Rush. She is a contributing author for Teaching Music through Performance in Beginning Band, Vol. 1 & 2:  and Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Band; GIA Publications, Inc

Currently Mrs. Wilder serves as a consultant, clinician, author and editor for GIA Publications, Inc. 

"Boysterous!” Working with singing boys: ideas, inspirations and repertoire, by Paul Grindlay

Calgary Boys’ Choir Artistic Director Paul Grindlay will lead a choral presentation on working with boys, with a small lab choir to demonstrate repertoire and ideas.

Established in 1973 by Douglas Parnham, the award winning Calgary Boys’ Choir provides classical and contemporary vocal music education and performance opportunities for boys. Supported by highly-trained instructors, boys develop their musical and vocal talent, self-confidence, presentation skills and leadership abilities through performance-based activities.  The Calgary Boys’ Choir is now part of the Mount Royal University Conservatory family of choirs.

The Calgary Boys’ Choir has been recognized internationally for its excellence in music. In recent years the choir has performed in France, Spain, Austria, the Czech Republic, New York, Arizona and across Alberta in Banff, Red Deer, Vulcan and Grande Prairie. In 2013 the choir traveled to the U.K. for the International Children’s Choral Festival.

The choir is committed to community involvement and especially pleased to support children’s causes like the Kid’s Help Line and Alberta Children’s Hospital.  The choir has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic and Red Deer Symphony Orchestras and at major public events like the1988 Olympic Winter Games ceremonies, Calgary Flames hockey games, Calgary Vipers games and the Alberta Music Educators’ Conference.

Choreography That Works! by Lauren Thompson and Julie Stiven (Youth Singers of Calgary)

Have you always wanted to get your choir moving but didn't know where to start? Come and work with Lauren and Julie to learn choreography that not only supports good choral singing, but is fun and engaging for the students too! Get ready to sing and dance as you will learn a number yourself to gain a better understanding of Choreo that Works for your choir!

Lauren Thompson is a member of the Youth Singers of Calgary both as a semi-professional performer and a choreographer for multiple divisions within the organization. Lauren has performed locally with Calaway Live, University of Calgary’s Dance Montage, UCalgary Operetta, and Storybook Theatre where she also choreographed Camp Rock the Musical. Her choreography experience includes Decidedly Jazz Danceworks summer camps, Theatre A Go-Go, Puddle of Mud Productions, St. Francis High School as well as developed, choreographed and co-directed the Youth Singers’ GLEEK OUT! summer program. Having graduated from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, Lauren gained significant experience in the Media industry while working in marketing at the Calgary Sun. While furthering her career in both marketing and performance, Lauren is proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization for these many years.

Julie Stiven has been a member of the Youth Singers of Calgary since 1997, beginning in the KIDS & MUSIC division at the age of 5. She also performed with Dance Spectrum Inc. where she furthered her dance training on tap and jazz. Julie has travelled around the globe with YSC gaining international performing experience. She is currently enrolled as a mathematics major at the University of Calgary with the goal of becoming a high school math teacher.

Long & McQuade Instrumental Reading Session, by Tricia Howe and Nathan Gingrich

Come listen to new repertoire from the Alberta Band Association list, meet fellow music teachers, learn from great clinicians, and find new gems for your bands from Grades 1-4. Nathan will also be introducing an array of excellent Grade 4 repertoire that works with secondary bands. Please bring along any titles as there will be a sharing time during the session.

Tricia Howe has worked with music educators and music organizations across the Canadian Prairies for almost 20 years and presently serves as an Educational Resources contact for Long & McQuade. Tricia has presented sessions across the prairies, maintains the Canadian Band Association’s online Canadian Repertoire Feature, and has been honoured with the 2011 Manitoba Band Association Award of Distinction and membership in Phi Beta Mu. Tricia is serving as Vice President Programs and Services with the Alberta Band Association, on the Visiting Bands Committee for the Calgary Stampede, and on the board of directors of the Alberta International Band Festival and Music Conference Alberta. Her latest project is working with Music Mentors International. Tricia lives in rural Alberta, and in her spare time, sings bluegrass with her husband.

Nathan Gingrich received his Bachelor of Music education degree from the University of Regina. Continued studies led him to Weimar Germany where he got his advanced artist’s diploma in classical trombone performance and another degree in jazz and pop trombone performance from the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt”. While in Germany, Mr. Gingrich co-founded a number of ensembles – travelling around Germany, France, Belgium, Austria and even to China to perform. 
He taught trombone and jazz music theory at the Musik- und Kunstschule Jena for 4 years before moving to Calgary in 2006 to begin teaching music within the Calgary Board of Education. Mr. Gingrich taught at Thomas B. Riley Jr. High for 3 years and in the fall of 2009 Nathan began teaching at William Aberhart High School. 
Mr. Gingrich is a director with the Westwinds Music Society and involved with the Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education (CADME) as well as co-ordinator for the annual “Holiday TubaFest” and “Slide Into Spring: Calgary’s Trombone Day” events. 
Mr. Gingrich can be seen regularly playing with a variety of ensembles in and around Calgary as well as leading masterclasses and workshops. Playing experience has seen him perform with the Prime Time Big Band, Calgary Jazz Orchestra, Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble, The New West Brass, and Altius Brass among others. 
Nathan Gingrich is a member of the International Trombone Association and a Conn-Selmer artist-educator.

Orff in Asia, by Jennifer Walden

Take an excursion to Southeast Asia with your students using your Orff instruments! This session involves playing music originating in Indonesia and now popular world wide, with instruction on techniques, structure, and how to involve students in the rich musical experience of GAMELAN. Participants will be given handouts and ideas for music classes and cross-disciplinary activities. Be ready to hit a gong or two as well!

Jennifer Walden has been teaching multicultural music for 30 years in international schools worldwide and most recently, Canadian public schools. She is a doctoral candidate with Griffith University with a focus on how to best transmit diverse musics in today’s classrooms.  Jennifer is also an active clinician and workshop leader, traveling the globe to work with teachers and music education students at conferences and universities. Her focus is on 1) facilitating effective methods of teaching multicultural musics, and 2) building and maintaining diverse music programs in schools. 

Long & McQuade Elementary Choral Reading Session, by Liz DiMarino, accompanist: Tim Korthuis

Come sing new repertoire based on the seasons/holidays of the year, meet fellow music teachers, learn from a great clinician, and return with a packet of complimentary choral music selections from Long and McQuade ideally suited to the elementary school choir. We will sing through the packet of beautiful new music together so come ready to participate!

** This packet of complimentary music is DIFFERENT than the packet of music that Liz presented at the CCTCA Teachers’ Convention in February **

Liz DiMarino (B.Mus, B. Ed, Level III Orff) is an elementary music specialist, choral conductor, and workshop clinician.  Liz directs the Westside Senior Children's Choir, was awarded a Service of Excellence award for music education and was a semi-finalist of the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Tim Korthuis hails from Okotoks, Alberta where his musical passions are shown through his work as conductor of several groups and accompanist for choirs and solo performers. He recently graduated from the University of Calgary where he had the privilege of studying and conducting many works, including Brahms A German Requiem, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, as well as works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Whitacre and Canadian Composers R. Murray Schafer and Stephen Hatfield among many others. His studies have taken him to Vienna and Bulgaria, as well as Vancouver, Canada studying with Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir. He currently serves as conductor of the new Foothills Philharmonic Chorus, Okotoks Men’s Chorus, and Diamond Valley Singers as well as the Worship & Arts Pastor at Okotoks Alliance Church. He lives in Okotoks with his wife and 4 beautiful children.

From Unison to Harmony – Monophony to Polyphony, by Malcolm Edwards

In our desire to move our students (and sometimes adults) to the goal of singing in harmony, we often neglect the lessons that unison singing can teach. The skills that apply to making a unison line sound musically satisfying are the same skills that apply when singing in harmony.

In the first half of the session we will learn and perform unison melodies from Gregorian chant to Schubert. Chant is the largest corpus of single line melody that exists in the Western canon –and it holds many important lessons in phrasing, shaping and lifting sound off the page.

In our second half, we will turn our attention to music that has multiple lines i.e. rounds and canons. These works are often looked down upon and regarded as simply a stepping  stone to singing in harmony in the elementary school. However, many major composers have been fascinated by the challenges that these forms represent – and have composed pieces that are complex and wonderful to perform.

Malcolm Edwards was born in Halifax, England and emigrated to Canada in 1967. He is a graduate of Sheffield College of Education (UK), Trinity College of Music, London, the University of Lethbridge, the University of Montana and has done further graduate work at the University of Northern Colorado. He taught music in junior and senior high school for twelve years in southern Alberta before joining the University of Calgary as a Professor of Music Education in 1980.  He retired from the university in 2011. In the community he was affiliated with the Youth Singers of Calgary for 21 years directing the Act Three and Encore divisions. He now is employed as an adjunct Professor of Music at St Mary’s University College where he directs the choir and teaches a music history course.
He has held leadership positions within the Alberta Choral Federation, the Association of Canadian Choral Communities, served on the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and is active as a choral adjudicator and workshop leader in schools and churches. He is the recipient of two awards from the Provincial Federation – one in recognition of advocacy in arts education and the second in recognition of exemplary service to choral music within the Province of Alberta. In 2004 he received recognition from the national body (ACCC) for twenty-five years of service to the Canadian choral community. His choral compositions are published by Hinshaw Music, Alliance, Warner Brothers (Gordon V. Thompson) and Cypress Publications.

Conducting and singing, it's all in the breath!, by Timothy Shantz and Luminous Voices

Come and explore simple ways we can communicate with singers and instrumentalists by focusing on our breathing. We will translate breathing into conducting gestures and learn how to build sound in our ensembles! A small lab choir of Luminous Voices will also be there to read music that you may want to plan for your choirs next year! Bring copies for us to read together.

As Chorus Master for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Director of Spiritus Chamber Choir and Founding Director of Luminous Voices, Timothy Shantz continues to lead his singers to new levels of excellence and critical success.

Shantz is an experienced conductor, collaborator, and tenor soloist. As a conductor, Shantz is recognized for his work in early-music, contemporary works, as well as virtuoso unaccompanied choral music to large choral-orchestral masterpieces. Under his direction, Spiritus Chamber Choir earned the Healey Willan Grand Prize from the Canada Council in 2013 and toured internationally earning second prize at the Fleischmann International Choral Competition in Cork, Ireland as well as second prize at the Florilege Vocal de Tours in France. He has launched the professional choir Luminous Voices to critical success while continuing to achieve excellence in his other ensembles. “Timothy Shantz has emerged as the most potent force in choral music in the city,” Calgary Herald. He has prepared many choruses for the concert and stage, in collaboration with conductors Christoph Koenig, Joseph Flummerfelt, Paul Hillier, Nicholas McGegan, Roberto Minczuk, John Morris Russell, Jean-Marie Zeitouni and more.

Shantz has several recordings to his name including Mendelssohn’s Te Deum with Luminous Voices and James MacMillan's Seven Last Words with Spiritus Chamber Choir and future releases planned from the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus & Luminous Voices. Performance highlights as tenor include Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall, soloist and ensemble singer at the Carmel Bach Festival since 2008 and twice with the Lucerne Festival Academy under Pierre Boulez. Shantz holds a Doctor of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Indian University Jacobs School of Music. His dissertation focused on the unaccompanied choral work “Sun-Dogs” by Scottish composer James MacMillan.

Luminous Voices is Calgary’s professional chamber choir that brings voice to great choral music of the past and present. The choir is comprised of some of the finest ensemble singers in the city, with exceptional singers and musicians from across the continent. Founded in 2012 by Timothy Shantz, Luminous Voices has made a strong impression through its concerts and workshops, performing to critical acclaim. Their first CD, Mendelssohn’s Te Deum, was released in March 2015.

Jazz Improvisation 101: A Quick Start Guide for Teachers/Students

Jazz improvisation is one of the biggest challenges for secondary jazz and stage bands, both teachers and students. When the music calls for a melodic solo improvisation, where do we start? Jazz improvisation is one of the most underrated skills in the music business for its difficulty, and takes jazz musicians years to approach mastery. Many who have never tried to improvise over chord changes have no idea the time it takes to go from zero to competent. So where does that leave the beginner student who has to play in front of an audience in six weeks? This session will tackle this challenging issue with practical solutions for the beginning improviser, whether teacher or student, beginning with a concise introduction to jazz theory, followed by a workshop of quick-start strategies for playing over chord changes. All are encouraged to bring their instruments.

Rod Thomas Squance is quickly gaining recognition as one of Canada’s most exciting musicians. A stunning soloist, Rod captivates audiences with his perfect blend of mature musicianship, sparkling technique, and exotic sound. Rod is very active as a soloist and freelance percussionist in chamber, orchestral, jazz and world music settings. His collaborations with renowned international figures are numerous. He has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, clarinettist Paquito de Rivera, Korean traditional percussionist Dong-Won Kim, shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki, erhuist Yu Hongmei, and tabla players Prafulla Athalye and Sandeep Das. Rod’s playing has been heard on national radio and television broadcasts. He appears in solo recitals regularly, including recitals for national CBC radio broadcasts, the University of Calgary’s Celebrity series, and at the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has also played as a soloist with many other orchestras and ensembles.

Rod holds a doctoral degree from the University of Miami, having received his formal training as a classical percussionist, but is equally comfortable playing jazz vibraphone. He is an experienced performer and scholar of Balinese gender wayang music, having completed field research in Balinese music studying gender wayang with I Ketut Sukayana in Sukawati village, Bali. He is also and accomplished performer of Indian classical music, having performed Hindustani raga using the marimba, accompanied by Mumbai based tabla player Prafulla Athalye. He has also studied many different non-Western musics including Afro-Cuban percussion, Chinese and Brazilian music.

Rod has studied percussion with Ney Rosauro and Glenn Price, Balinese gender wayang with Brita Heimarck, marimba with Leigh Howard Stevens and She-e Wu and for many years developed his musicianship with Canadian pedagogue and violinist, Thomas Rolston. He currently teaches ethnomusicology and percussion at the University of Calgary and has served on the faculty of the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Teaching Beginning Band with the SoundStart Method, by Brian Appleby

Brian will discuss his approach to teaching beginning band, including a detailed look at the SoundStart band method and other ApRo materials.

Brian Appleby taught at Westminster Junior High School in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for 33 years, retiring in June 2004. Since retiring, he has been active as a guest conductor and clinician, including six months as a guest temporary teacher at Hong Kong International School in 2005. Brian has written a number of pieces for young concert and jazz bands, as well as several instructional publications, including the SoundStart Band Method.