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Teaching Across Boundaries: Language and Music through Puppetry in the Elementary and Junior Secondary Classroom

Clinician: Dr. Maria Oss-Cech Chiacchia

Based on the assumption that learning in context is both meaningful and necessary to inspire student engagement, this session explores the rich multicultural and interdisciplinary repertoire of language and music through puppetry, as spaces within which students can deepen their own sense of self-identity and creativity.   

Maria C. Oss-Cech Chiacchia’s early studies include an ARCT, a BA honors and a Dip. in Kodaly Education. Her MA focused on creativity in the classroom through language and music. Fluent in several languages, Maria achieved Second Language Pedagogy Certification from the University of Siena (Italy). She achieved a Doctor of Philosophy in Renaissance Italian/Spanish Literature and Music from the University of Calgary earning several scholarships including the Eyes High Research Excellence Award. Extensive travels and the interdisciplinary nature of her studies as a linguistic and a musician shaped her approach to teaching (from Montessori to University) unapologetically, transferring from one field for the enrichment of the other. At present, Maria divides her time between family, researching, writing and sharing her passion for intercultural and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

Making MaKey MaKey Musical Instruments From/With Scratch

Clinician: Adam Bell

Have a bunch of bananas? We can make a piano with those! In this session we'll create new musical instruments using household items and a device called MaKey MaKey, which will be provided. We'll consider how to design and create musical instruments for/with the learners we teach, with an emphasis on accessibility and inclusion.
What to bring: You are welcome to come empty-handed, but it always helps to have some extra materials if you're able. Please see:

Adam Patrick Bell is an Assistant Professor of Music Education in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary. He has written many peer-reviewed articles (e.g. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, Journal on the Art of Record Production, International Journal of Education and the Arts, British Journal of Music Education, and Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education) and chapters (e.g. Oxford Handbook of Music Making and Leisure, Routledge Companion to Music, Technology, and Education) on the topics of music technology in music education, and disability in music education. Prior to his career in higher education, Adam worked as a kindergarten teacher, elementary music teacher, and support worker for adolescents with disabilities. Adam has also worked as a freelance producer, creating commercial music for clients including Coca-Cola.

Tall Tones, Glow Notes and Breath Dance: Making Your Choir Sound Awesome

Clinician: Paul Grindlay

Paul Grindlay presents a session of hacks to help you develop the sound of your choir.

Paul Grindlay has sung in choirs since he was nine years old. He has performed with such notable ensembles as The Phoenix Chamber Choir, Vancouver Cantata Singers, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Musica Intima, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Toronto Consort. He was a member of the 1990 National Youth Choir, the 1991 World Youth Choir and has pursued a solo vocal career, which has taken him to Austria, Japan, England, the USA and across Canada to perform with opera companies, orchestras and choirs. He has recorded CDs of music for NAXOS Records, Marquis and Toccata Classics.
Paul was the Artistic Director of the Calgary Boys’ Choir between 2004 and 2007, resuming again in 2010. He started “SuperSonic Men’s Choir” in 2007 and is a founding member of “VoiceScapes.” Paul directs the choir at Knox Presbyterian Church and teaches voice at the Mount Royal Conservatory. Known especially for his work with male voices, Paul is in great demand as a performer, coach, conductor, clinician and adjudicator. In spare time he indulges his love of fly-fishing, his family, the outdoors, cooking and poetry.

Long & McQuade Secondary Choral Reading Session

Clinician: Timothy Shantz

Come enjoy an opportunity to sing through some great repertoire secondary choral repertoire together. This session is sponsored by Long & McQuade Music.

Chorusmaster for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, artistic director of Spiritus Chamber Choir and founding director of Luminous Voices, Timothy Shantz continues to garner critical praise for his work as conductor with both choral and instrumental ensembles. Kenneth DeLong of the Calgary Herald wrote, "Timothy Shantz led the choir with both energy and grace, drawing from the ensemble sounds that were refined, balanced, and filled with inner life."
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 Florilège Vocal de Tours in France. His preparation of choruses for major orchestral works has been equally successful. Following a performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C, DeLong wrote, “the well-prepared chorus (was) thrilling in the grand climaxes and sensitive in the softer Sanctus and Agnus Dei portions of the mass. The big fugal choruses always are a big sing for any choral group, and the CPO Chorus tucked into these most characteristic passages with relish. One could not help noticing the security of both the tenor and bass sections, and the way this contributed to the health of the total choral sound.” Shantz has collaborated with conductors Christoph König, Matthew Halls, Paul Hillier, Nicholas McGegan, Roberto Minczuk, John Morris Russell, Yoav Talmi, Jean-Marie Zeitouni and more.
Shantz has several recordings to his name including, Zachary Wadsworth’s The Far West released in May 2016 of which Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote “beautifully sung, as everything here is, by the aptly named Luminous Voices under Timothy Shantz.” Mendelssohn’s Te Deum, released in Spring 2015 by Luminous Voices was named Outstanding Choral Recording from Choral Canada in May 2016. Other recordings include, James MacMillan's Seven Last Words (Spring 2014) with Spiritus Chamber Choir and future releases planned from the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus and Luminous Voices. Performance highlights as tenor include Händel'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 Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a dissertation analyzing the unaccompanied choral work Sun-Dogs by composer James MacMillan.

How to Take Your Wind Band to the Next Level . . . and more air is NOT the answer

Clinician: Gareth Jones

A look at shaping the sound of your wind band through the use of conducting gestures and the teaching of Vincent Cichowicz and Arnold Jacobs, two teachers who changed the world of wind and brass pedagogy and how it relates to the breathing process. We will address conducting gesture and how these will impact the sound of your ensemble through specific exercises.  We will also look at simple exercises you can do with your ensemble, regardless of level, that will unify phrasing, articulation, tone, and many other elements of your ensemble.  Bring your conducting batons!

Gareth Jones is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary and is the director of the University’s Wind Ensemble as well as the Symphonic Band. He is also the Director of the Alberta Winds, Calgary’s professional wind ensemble. In 2014 he was named the conductor of the National Youth Band of Canada. He was Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra from 1992 to 2007 and continues to play with the CPO whenever his conducting schedule allows. Before that, he held the same position with the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. He has studied conducting with the renowned pedagogues Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Michael Haithcock, and Michael Jinbo. He has conducted ensembles from across Western Canada as well as Mexico and the United States. Mr. Jones’s musical activities are greatly varied. He has appeared as guest conductor and clinician with over two hundred orchestras and wind ensembles, been featured on Juno nominated blues CDs, appeared on CBC radio as a soloist and chamber musician, been a guest lecturer with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, been an adjudicator at music festivals across Canada, as well as conducting honour bands across Canada and was a reviewer for the recently updated Royal Conservatory of Music trumpet syllabus. He placed first among North American competitors in the 1996 Ellesworth-Smith International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition, placing third worldwide. He can be heard playing chamber music, jazz, blues, and rhythm and blues with various groups around Calgary. As a conductor he founded the Calgary Honour Band and the University of Calgary Brass Choir. He was also a founding member of the chamber ensemble “Rosa Selvatica” and has been a featured soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions. He studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux Institute and Canada’s National Arts Centre and received his Master of Music in conducting from the University of Calgary. He studied trumpet at Northwestern University with renowned pedagogue Vincent Cichowicz, where he won the prestigious concerto competition and a scholarship for performing excellence. Gareth Jones is a Yamaha Artist. 

World Music in the Elementary School Classroom

Clinician: Rod Squance

In this workshop, techniques and strategies will be discussed on how to successfully incorporate world music into the elementary school classroom. Issues and challenges will be discussed along with a hands-on workshop of specific world music activities.

Rod Thomas Squance is quickly gaining recognition as one of Canada’s most exciting musicians. Rod is very active as a soloist and freelance percussionist in chamber, orchestral, jazz and world music settings. He has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, Paquito de Rivera, Dong-Won Kim, Prafulla Athalye and Sandeep Das. He appears in solo recitals regularly, including recitals for national CBC radio broadcasts. Rod holds a doctoral degree from the University of Miami, having received his formal training as a classical percussionist. He also plays jazz vibraphone and is an accomplished improviser in a wide variety of styles. Rod is experienced in the field of ethnomusicology, with expertise in Balinese gender wayang shadow theatre music, having completed field research in Balinese music studying gender wayang with I Ketut Sukayana in Sukawati village, Bali. Rod is also an experienced performer of North Indian classical raga music and has studied Afro-Cuban percussion and Brazilian music. Rod teaches ethnomusicology and percussion at the University of Calgary.

Secondary Choral Session: Singing in other languages

Clinician: Julie Harris

Singing in other languages: how some simple images along with IPA can be your best friends (French & German focus)

Soprano Julie Harris holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Calgary and an Artist Diploma from the University of Toronto. Julie has appeared as a soloist with various choirs and orchestras, including the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Toronto Chamber Choir, Alberta Baroque (Edmonton), La Cetra (Vancouver), the Calgary Bach Festival Society and Calgary's Festival Chorus, including numerous CBC broadcasts. Julie has also been engaged for roles in Baroque Opera with Opera Atelier and the Toronto Consort. he has recorded with Il Furioso on Toccata Classics released in 2006.  Since moving back to Calgary in 1999, she has created and runs the Early Music Voices Concert Series. She is a member of Duo Seraphim with Toronto-based soprano Katherine Hill and of VoiceScapes, Calgary’s educational and performing vocal ensemble. She also maintains a private voice studio and coaches for local community choirs and high schools, as well as directing the Collegium Musicum at the University of Calgary.

Rehearsal Preparation for the Secondary Choir: Basic Score Study and Conducting Considerations

Clinician: Anne Gardner

An interactive session for secondary choir teachers in which we will explore effective preparation for rehearsals. Participants will be encouraged to share current practices in this area and we will be considering which conducting techniques might work well to achieve desired outcomes. 

Anne Gardner began her post- secondary studies at the University of North Texas, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary. Her experience includes teaching a Kodaly-based music program for grades 3-6 with the Calgary Board of Education, pre-school Kodaly classes at Mt. Royal Conservatory, past director of Westwinds Music Society's Green Choir and Women's Choir and current director of its Choral Ensemble, and thirteen years of high school choir teaching at Central Memorial High School. She currently teaches music at WO Mitchell elementary school. Anne also works as a guest clinician, conductor and adjudicator with school and community choirs. Anne's passion as a choir conductor and teacher is to help choirs discover a path to improving vocal technique, musical literacy, performance expression, and appreciation of music's rich offerings.

Secondary Instrumental Session: Voices in the Noise: Voice Care for Teachers

Clinician: Dr. Marcia Epstein

Teaching can be tough on your voice.  Add musical instruments (especially brasses!) to the usual classroom clamour, and you can have a recipe for vocal strain and tension.
This interactive session will provide guidelines for keeping your voice healthy, warding off strain and viruses, and keeping your students’ attention without shouting.  Feel free to bring your own concerns — individual coaching will be available as time permits.

Dr. Marcia Jenneth Epstein teaches in the Department of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Calgary, as well as running workshops on voice care and projection for new faculty members at the Teaching and Learning Institute on campus. She is also an avid choral singer and the author of a forthcoming book on the effects of noise — in cities, hospitals, schools, and entertainment venues — on the health of individuals and communities.

Secondary Instrumental Session: Techniques for Student Improvisation

Clinician: Jeremy Brown

Learn how any music teacher can encourage and develop student solo and group improvisation skills in a few steps by using materials used for concert band, including vamps and ostinato.

Jeremy Brown is Professor of Music and a former Head of the Music Department at the University of Calgary. In 2009 he was awarded the title of “Canadian Music Ambassador” by the Canadian Music Centre for his efforts in performing and commissioning works by Canadian composers. In 2008, he was celebrated in a select group of five professors as an “Innovator of the University of Calgary” by the University of Calgary. He has also won the University of Calgary “Student’s Union Teaching Excellence Award” and the “Peterkin Award” for Outstanding Achievement in Music Education for the province of Alberta.
His provocative recording of contemporary Canadian saxophone, Rubbing Stone, on the Centredisc label, was nominated as the Outstanding Classical Recording of the Year by the 2010 Western Canadian Music Alliance. He is currently completing two new recordings, a recording of new Canadian music by the Rubbing Stone Ensemble and a recording of the wind band works of Henry Cowell by musicians of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a musician he has appeared internationally as a conductor, saxophonist, lecturer, clinician and adjudicator of wind bands. A prolific author, he is currently completing a book, “The Wind Band Music of Henry Dixon Cowell” for Sourcebooks in American Music, Pendragon Press. He is the founding artistic director of the Rubbing Stone Ensemble, a new music ensemble based in Calgary and former conductor and founding artistic director of the National Concert Band of Canada.
Brown has published numerous articles and is a contributing editor to Canadian Winds. He has commissioned more than thirty new works by Canadian composers and also been Artist-In-Residence and a visiting lecturer at the Banff Centre.