Bill Kristjanson currently teaches “Introduction to Jazz for Music Educators” at the University of Manitoba. Most recently a Band Director at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg, he has many years of experience teaching jazz from grades 7 through 12. While teaching at Glenlawn Collegiate the band performed at the “International Association of Jazz Educators Conference.”
He is the recipient of the Manitoba Jazz Educator of the Year Award, served as a Divisional Music Consultant in Pembina Trails and Louis Riel School Divisions, is on the Board of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, and is a member of the Big Dig Band. Bill is also a contributor to the GIA publication, Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz Volume 2.
Gordon Foote is currently associate dean, performance & public events, and professor in the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.
Under the direction of Professor Foote, the UTJO has released two CD’s, one entitled Reflections, and more recently, Sweet Ruby Suite features long-time Wheeler collaborator, vocalist Norma Winstone, along with special guest artist David Liebman on soprano saxophone.
Before moving to Toronto in 2012, Foote spent 26 years as a professor in the Jazz Studies Program at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec. He served as dean (interim), associate dean (academic and student affairs), chair of the Department of Performance, director of graduate studies and chair of the Jazz Area. Previous to that he was a professor for six years at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.
Foote is one of the pioneers of jazz education in Canada, developing the first undergraduate and graduate jazz degree programs in Canada.
Foote was the coordinator of the McGill Jazz Orchestras, and directed McGill Jazz Orchestra I which was recognized internationally as one of the finest university jazz ensembles anywhere.. They released 9 CD’s and performed throughout the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, England, Ireland and Mexico.
Gordon is a Conn-Selmer artist and clinician.
Winnipeg born Brad Shigeta has been performing his unique style of New Orleans rooted slide trombone professionally for over 35 years. While in high school, Brad performed weekends with the Ron Paley Big Band before obtaining undergraduate degree in Performance from McGill and graduate degree from New York University. The move to New York City in 1990 was at the insistence of bassist Dave Holland who first heard Brad at the Banff Summer Jazz School in 1988 and then personally called him in 2001 to be part of the Dave Holland Big Band world premiere at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Shortly after his move to New York City in 1990, and under the mentorship of Benny Powell and Jimmy Knepper, Brad was asked to join the Clifford Jordan Big Band. This was the beginning of two decades of international television, radio and Hollywood soundtrack recording and touring with NY based jazz greats including Illinois Jacquet, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton and his orchestra and Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra.
Brad returned to Canada in 2008 and made Edmonton his home where he performed with PJ Perry and led bi-monthly traditional jazz improvisation workshops. Currently Brad is back in Winnipeg and a member of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Ron Paley’s Big Band as well as leading his own authentic 1930’s swing dance band across the prairies for Lindy Hoppers. All during his busy performance career, Brad has led workshops, adjudicated and coached ensembles at NYU, The New School, the Jazz Academy at Lincoln Centre, Grant MacEwan University and junior and high schools across North America.
Nathan Gingrich received his Bachelor of Music education degree from the University of Regina. Continued studies led him to Weimar Germany where he received his advanced artist’s diploma in classical trombone performance and another degree in jazz and pop trombone performance from the Hochschule fuer 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 CBE at Thomas B. Riley Jr. High. In the fall of 2009 Nathan began teaching at William Aberhart High School.
Mr. Gingrich organizes the annual “Holiday TubaFest” and “Slide Into Spring: Calgary’s Trombone Day to celebrate International Trombone Week” 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.
Mr. Gingrich is a Conn-Selmer artist and clinician.
Mike Rud is a Juno award-winning jazz guitarist, composer and songwriter, living in Montreal.
As an instrumentalist, Mike has played alongside some of the greatest musicians of the era like Peter Bernstein, Kenny Wheeler, Herb Ellis, Joey DeFrancesco, and Randy Brecker.
As a composer, Mike won the 2014 Juno Award for his album Notes on Montreal, a critically acclaimed tour-de-force, featuring his lyrics, and compositions. It was inspired by the great literature set in Montreal (Michel Tremblay, Gabrielle Roy etc.) and sung by Sienna Dahlen. Mike’s 2015 solo release, Miniatures delighted audiences across Canada, creating the effect of a small group with only his voice and his guitar.
Mike has a master’s degree from McGill, and studied privately in New York City with one of the fathers of jazz guitar, Jim Hall. Mike has taught at McGill, Western Washington and Carleton Universities, and speaks frequently at other music schools.
Bassist, composer and educator Ashley Summers is a Canadian-born, Chicago based artist who has brought her “glorious tone that pours forth and groove” (Jazzreview.com, 2010) to stages all ocer the world. She was recently named one of the top “35 Under 35 Canadian Jazz Artists” by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and is also an in-demand educator. She frequently serves as an adjudicator, guest artist and clinician for festivals, universities, jazz intensives and non-profit organizations throughout Canada and the US and has held faculty appointments at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ashland University, Kent State University and Morehead State University. In Chicago, Summers recently debuted a new quintet, ‘Ashley Summers Raîson d’Être’ featuring longtime collaborators Dustin Laurenzi, Daniel Bruce, Daniel Murphy and Chris Baker. The quintet has since performed at the 2017 Toronto and Chicago Jazz Festivals. Her long-awaited debut album as a leader, featuring saxophonist Seamus Blake, was released in March 2017 on the ears&eyes Records label, and soon after, the title track, “True North”, was recognized by the International Soceity for Jazz Arrangers and Composers as the 2017 “Outstanding New Music Composition” in the small ensemble category. www.ashleysummers.com
Steve Koven is a composer, performer, producer, educator and film maker. In 1993 Steve established the Steve Koven Trio. Touring the world for more then two decades, they have become known as ‘Canadian Cultural Ambassadors’. Aside from performing world wide with his trio, Steve also performs solo piano concerts throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Dozens of Koven’s compositions have been licensed for national and international film and television productions.
As an educator, Steve has been teaching in the Faculty of Music at Toronto’ s York University since 2003, teaching Contemporary Improvisation and Jazz Piano. In addition Steve teaches in the department of Music at Centennial College in Toronto. He holds a Masters in Music Composition and has presented master classes and clinics throughout Canada, China, Japan, Colombia, Barbados, Bahamas, USA and Mexico. www.stevekoven.com
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Cynthia Peyson Wahl holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Regina, a diploma in Contemporary Music from Grant MacEwan University, and a Master of Music Education from the University of Toronto. She has taught choir, vocal jazz, and musical theatre at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute since 2005, and was the jazz choir director at Canadian Mennonite University.
At DMCI her choirs have been a featured performer at Choralfest Manitoba, the ChoralCanada Podium conference, and the Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival in Banff. In 2011 and 2012, her choirs won the Earl Grey Trophy for Outstanding performance by a choir at the Winnipeg Music Festival, and in 2011, her Chamber Choir won the Lieutenant Governor’s Trophy for most outstanding performance of the Winnipeg Music Festival.
In 2012, Cynthia was the recipient of the Michael Proudfoot award for excellence in choral teaching, and in 2017 Cynthia received the Bert Kroeker award for a choral conductor pursuing further education. Cynthia enjoys a busy schedule as a clinician and workshop presenter, regularly travelling across Canada and the US to work with choirs of all genres. She is currently pursuing her PhD in music education at the University of Toronto.
Chris McLaughlin is a retired high-school choral and vocal jazz teacher. He was educated at the Buffalo State University and did graduate work at Brock University.
His first teaching assignment was at the elementary level, as an itinerant music teacher at eight rural Ontario schools. Following this, he spent another three years at the middle-school level, where he produced and directed three large-scale musicals, each with a cast of over 150! A high-school principal attended a performance of ‘The Music Man’and invited Chris to apply to teach at the secondary level.
He is one of the vocal jazz pioneers in Canada. His first high-school vocal jazz group was formed in 1982 in St Catharines, Ontario. This group, with five others, was the first to participate in the legendary Ontario Vocal Festival, in its inaugural season.
Groups under Chris’s direction have performed at the National Arts Centre, in a half-hour feature on CBC-Radio, with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, and as the opening act for five-time Grammy nominee, singer Nnenna Freelon. They appeared as performers and conducted clinics at two Ontario Music Educators’ annual conferences.
Twice, his high school vocal jazz ensembles were invited to perform at the Annual Conference of the International Association for Jazz Education, where they received standing ovations. Likewise, his latest ensemble, Hamilton All Star Vocal Jazz, was selected to perform at the 2013 JEN conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Chris has appeared as Clinician in the US, in Ontario, Alberta, and at several previous Brandon Jazz Festivals.
He believes the Brandon festival is one of the best festivals in North America for many educational reasons, and is thrilled to have been invited back this year.
Drummer and Educator Chris Baker has established a sound that deftly balances ferocity with subtlety in a way that highlights the diversity of his influences. While primarily a specialist in jazz, his playing is informed by an array of experiences in all genres of music that he has performed internationally for almost two decades.
Chris started studying music at an early age, beginning with piano and eventually falling in love with percussion. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he completed a degree in Percussion. His performance career has evolved into full-time touring, recording and performing with like-minded artists in the United Stated and Europe.
As an educator, Chris has more than fifteen years of experience. One highlight of his teaching career has been learning and implementing the principles of Venezuela’s El Sistema music education model. This pursuit has taken him to Acariqua, Venezuela as well as Innsbruck and Salzburg, Austria. Chris has also completed teaching residencies with similar programs in the US, including The Baltimore Symphony’s Orchkids Program and the Peabody Conservatory’s Tuned-in program.
Chris is a member of the illustrious Chicago jazz scene and has been busy lending his versatility to a variety of exciting projects. chrisbakerdrums.com
Mr. Workman has been a music educator for the past thirty-two years. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Queen’s University in 1976 and his Bachelor of Education also from Queen’s in 1978. He has taught Concert Band and Jazz Band in middle schools and high schools in Burlington, Ontario, Stony Creek, Ontario, London, Ontario, The Pas, Manitoba and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Bands under his direction have performed all over North America and in Cuba.
He believes that the goal of music education is to help everyone become life-long lovers of music.
Additional biographies will be added as facilitators are confirmed for the 2018 festival.
The Brandon Jazz Festival is proud to announce several scholarships that will be awarded in partnership with our generous sponsors at the Brandon Jazz Festival and the recipients will be announced soon.
President's Brandon Jazz Festival Scholarship
The President’s Brandon Jazz Festival Scholarship covers full tuition for one year at the School of Music, Brandon University and will be awarded to an entering student who delivers an outstanding performance in a live audition during the Brandon Jazz Festival.
Applicants for the 2017 award must be eligible to attend Brandon University in the fall of 2017 and must gain admission to the School of Music.
Contact Greg Gatien to schedule an audition: 204-727-9631
International Music Camp Scholarships
The International Music Camp will award two camp scholarships each valued at $400 US, one each to an outstanding instrumental soloist and outstanding vocal soloist, as selected by the adjudicators. The recipients must use the scholarship to attend the respective jazz week at the camp held at the Peace Garden on the border of Manitoba and North Dakota during the summer of 2017. We appreciate the continued support of Tim Bauman, IMC Camp Director for generously donating these scholarships.
Yamaha - Outstanding Musician Awards
Yamaha is proud to sponsor two scholarships to recognize outstanding young musicians in Manitoba. Yamaha carries a complete line-up of instruments including keyboards, drums, bass guitars and all wind instruments and we appreciate their support of the talent in our school music programs.
Yamaha Top Brass Award: $200 towards the purchase of a Yamaha band instrument or Yamaha band accessories at St. John’s Music Winnipeg
Yamaha Top Woodwind Award: $200 towards the purchase of a Yamaha band instrument or Yamaha band accessories at St. John’s Music Winnipeg
University of Manitoba Summer Jazz Camp Scholarships
Three outstanding musicians selected by the adjudicators, will receive scholarships to the University of Manitoba Summer Jazz Camp. These scholarships will be valued at $150. All scholarships are to be used towards tuition at the 2017 Summer Jazz Camp.
The Summer Jazz Camp will be held on the U. of M. campus August 13 – 19, 2017. For further information, contact Donnalynn Grills at email@example.com or call (204) 474-9403.