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Crescendo: 2017 Clinician Bios

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Chris Bianco

Roger Cole

Sophie Dansereau

Morna Edmundson

Jonathan Girard

Dave Haskins
  Jenny Jonquil

Larry Knopp

Peder MacLellan

Aaron McDonald

Sandra Meister

Marcelline Moody
  Marion Newman

Julia Nolan

Beth Orson

Dylan Palmer

Jodi Proznick

Christie Reside
  Gwen Seaton

Jim Sparks

Nicholas Wright

16/17 Education - Crescendo - Chris BiancoChris Bianco

Dr. Bianco brings a diverse background to the podium and to his students in the classroom. He has held positions at Libertyville High School in Libertyville, Illinois, Boise High School in Boise, Idaho, St. Francis High School in St. Francis Minnesota and Baylor University in Waco Texas. In those positions he was involved in all aspects of his students’ musical growth including Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Choir, Orchestra and Advanced Placement Music Theory.

He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. At Northwestern, Dr. Bianco played in virtually all of the concert ensembles including Don Owens’ Jazz I. While in the Chicago area Dr. Bianco maintained an active trumpet studio as well as holding the position of Artistic Director and Conductor of the Wilmette Community Band.

He completed his formal training at The University of Texas at Austin as a student of Jerry Junkin where he served as a teaching assistant for the conducting program, UT Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds and Longhorn Band. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting in December of 2004.

In addition to his work with Jerry Junkin, Dr. Bianco has studied, conducting with John Paynter, Kevin Sedatole and Steve Bolstad. His trumpet teachers have included Vincent Cichowicz, Ray Sasaki, Steve Bolstad, David Coleman and Vince DiMartino.

Dr. Bianco is President Elect of the Northwest Region of the College Band Director's National Association. Additionally, he recently completed a term as the Higher Education Curriculum Officer for the Executive Board of the Washington Music Educator's Association.

Christopher now holds the position of Director of Bands at Western Washington University. He resides in Bellingham, Washington with his wife Laurie and their daughters Sophia and Elena.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Roger ColeRoger Cole

Roger Cole was appointed Principal Oboist of the Vancouver Symphony by Maestro Kazuyoshi Akiyama in 1976. At age 22 he was the youngest principal player of the VSO. Today he is the oldest principal player. From 1976-2008 he was also the principal oboist of the CBC Radio Orchestra.

Mr. Cole received his early musical training in Seattle, Washington and went on to become a scholarship student at Yale University and The Juilliard School where he studied with the renowned American oboist, Robert Bloom.

Mr. Cole has participated in the summer music festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood, and Marlboro. He has recently taught, conducted and performed at the Marrowstone Music Festival (Bellingham, Wa.) and the PRISMA Music Festival (Powell River, BC).

He performs regularly in solo and chamber music recitals and has appeared as soloist with the VSO and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra many times. He has recorded a CD for CBC Records with his VSO colleague, pianist Linda Lee Thomas entitled "The Expressive Oboe".

Mr. Cole teaches at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Academy of Music and the VSO School of Music He has given master class across N. America and in Asia. He also has an active oboe studio at his home in N. Vancouver.

In June 2003 Mr. Cole was named Music Director and Senior Orchestra Conductor of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. Under his guidance the VYSO has flourished and is considered one of the finest Youth Orchestras in Canada. The VYSO has performed many times along side the VSO under Maestro Bramwell Tovey.

From 1998-2012 he was the principal oboist of the Carmel Bach Festival in California.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Sophie DansereauSophie Dansereau

Born in Sorel-Tracy, Sophie Dansereau obtained the "Prix avec Grande Distinction à l'unanimité" in bassoon and chamber music from the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec as well as a Masters of Music from Yale University. Her main teachers are Richard Gagnon, Frank Morelli, Christopher Millard and Stéphane Lévesque.

Contrabassoonist and assistant principal bassoonist of the Vancouver Symphony and principal bassoonist of the CBC Radio Orchestra, Sophie has performed with the Auckland Philharmonic (New Zealand), the New World Symphony, the National Art Centre and l'Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, as well as several major music festivals around the world. She has worked on several occasions with the finest conductors, such as Bramwell Tovey, Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Pinchas Zukerman, Alain Trudel, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Charles Dutoit. Sophie has been awarded many prizes in major national and international competitions and was featured as a soloist on many occasions with the APO and the VSO. A sought after bassoonist in chamber music, she is a member of the Admare Quintet.

Sophie, who had received the Governor General Medal for Academic Merit in 1992, has also served on the faculty of the University of British Colombia. She is now teaching at the Vancouver Academy of Music and is the instructor for the woodwind section.

Besides her full work schedule, Sophie is an enthusiastic runner and swimmer. Her unexpected time at the 2007 Vancouver Marathon gave her the qualification for the legendary Boston Marathon, which she plans to train for and run in 2008.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Morna EdmundsonMorna Edmundson

Morna Edmundson is one of Canada’s best-known choral conductors with a strong reputation for excellence. Passionate since childhood about choral singing, she obtained degrees and diplomas in vocal music in Vancouver, Bellingham, and Stockholm, Sweden where her teachers included Eric Ericson. In 1987, she co-founded Elektra Women’s Choir with Diane Loomer, a treasured partnership that lasted 22 years. In 2009, Morna became Elektra’s sole Artistic Director, continuing the choir’s strong leadership role in concert presentation, commissioning, recording, and mentorship. For 14 years Morna was Associate Artistic Director of Coastal Sound Music Academy, where she was Music Director of the mixed-voice Youth Chamber Choir. In June 2011 Morna received a Vancouver YWCA Woman of Distinction award in recognition of her work with Elektra. Since 2013, she has served as a Board member of Chorus America, the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization that gives voice to the choral field.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Jonathan GirardJonathan Girard

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 enjoys 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, Girard dedicates himself to raising the standard of orchestral training in Western Canada. The 2016-2017 season is full of majesty (Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition) unusual pairings (Saariaho’s Asteroid 4179 and Holst’s Planets) and incomparable favourites (Mozart’s Requiem and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2). Highlights of recent seasons include the ninth symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, and Shostakovich, two performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with 300 musicians onstage, and a landmark performance of Le Sacre du printemps that marked the 100th anniversary of the work’s première.

In the summer of 2015, Girard made his European operatic conducting debut with the European Music Academy leading the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in performances of Le nozze di Figaro in opera houses across the Czech Republic. He has also worked with Bramwell Tovey as assistant conductor for the VSO Whistler Institute Orchestra. He was the assistant conductor of the Ohio Light Opera from 2012-2014. Mr. Girard served as cover conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (NY) in 2012.

A champion of new music, Girard is in the midst of a two-year recording project for the Centrediscs label recording concerti by British Columbia composers. In May 2015, he premièred Stephen Chatman’s new opera, Choir Practice, released by Centrediscs in May 2016. Girard has conducted world premières of works by Ricardo Zohn Muldoon, Elizabeth Kelly, JungSun Kang, and John Liberatore, among others. He conducted the North American premières of NONcerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by Richard Ayres and Saturnalia and Endre és Johanna by Emmerich Kálmán.

Jonathan Girard was the Visiting Artist Conductor at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music in 2010-2011 and has held positions as the music director of the New Eastman Outreach Orchestra and Waltham Philharmonic (MA), associate conductor of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra (MA), principal guest conductor of the Boston Orpheus Ensemble and assistant conductor of the Portland (ME) Opera Repertory Theatre. At the Eastman School of Music, he studied conducting with Neil Varon and was the assistant conductor of the Eastman Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Philharmonia, and the Eastman Opera Theatre.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Dave HaskinsDave Haskins

A native of North Bay, Ontario, David Haskins is the Associate Principal Horn of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2008. Before coming to Vancouver, he was Principal Horn of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and instructor of horn at the University of Windsor. During this time he was active as a freelancer in the Toronto area and has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He was also first horn in the premiere production of "The Lord of the Rings" at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. In addition, he has performed in Japan as Principal/Third Horn of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra for their 2002-2003 season.

An alumnus of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, David holds degrees in performance from the University of Toronto and McGill University, and has studied with Joan Watson, Christopher Gongos and John Zirbel. He is also an Associate of the Royal Conservatory at Toronto (ARCT), for which he earned a Gold Medal in the discipline of Orchestral Instruments.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Jenny JonquilJenny Jonquil

Jeanette Jonquil has been the principal clarinetist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2005. In 2006, she also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra as guest principal clarinetist. Before moving to Vancouver, she was the principal clarinetist in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (South Carolina) where she was first featured as a soloist in her second month with the orchestra. Prior to that, she performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Wellington and was also a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. While with the MSO she was part of their historic tour to Cuba, making them the first American orchestra to perform there in over 50 years.

In the summers, Ms. Jonquil is the principal clarinetist with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder. This summer she also looks forward to performing at the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival on the Sunshine Coast. She has attended the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Spoleto Festival USA, Chautauqua Music Festival in New York and was a fellow at Tanglewood where she was awarded the Gino B. Cioffi Memorial Prize for most outstanding woodwind playing.

Ms. Jonquil is originally from Utica, New York where she began playing the cello in her school orchestra. After dropping and snapping the neck of the cello for the third time she was so afraid to face her teacher that she begged her mother to return the instrument for her and switched to the clarinet. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Music degree from Yale University. Her primary teachers were Russell Dagon and David Shifrin. Some of her other accomplishments include winning the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition and the Daniel Nyfenger Memorial Prize for Excellence in Woodwind Playing (both at Yale), winning first prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Los Angeles and being offered positions in the Kansas City Symphony and the New World Symphony. She has appeared as a soloist on several occasions with the Charleston Symphony, Utica Symphony and Yale Philharmonia.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Larry KnoppLarry Knopp

Larry Knopp began his career as acting principal trumpet of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20. He has also held positions as principal trumpet with Orchestra London, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the CBC Radio Orchestra, as well as the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and is currently principal trumpet of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Larry has performed and recorded with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, as well as the three tenors.

Larry completed his Master's degree at Northwestern University, where he played in the Chicago Civic Orchestra, and studied with Vincent Cichowicz. He has finished the academic work for his Doctoral degree at the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Barbara Butler.

As an educator and conductor with a Bachelor of Education Degree, Larry has directed ensembles from junior high to university levels, and has recently finished appointments as visiting Professor of trumpet at the Eastman School of Music and the Northwestern University School of Music. Larry is active as a clinician throughout North America, Australia and Asia. As a faculty member at many summer festivals Larry attracts numerous students to Vancouver, teaching at the University of British Columbia.

Larry has performed as a soloist and recitalist on television as well as CBC local and national radio, including solo performances with the Edmonton Symphony, Orchestra London, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, and the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra.

Larry is a Yamaha artist.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Peder MacLellanPeder MacLellan

Peder MacLellan is principal tuba with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and is also a sessional lecturer at UBC where he teaches low brass and coaches chamber ensembles. In the past, Peder has been principal tuba with the South Bend and Lafayette Symphony Orchestras, and was the Associate Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium and Indiana University. Before moving to Vancouver, Peder maintained a successful career as a freelance musician in the U.S. and was an active studio musician in Indianapolis.

Peder has performed throughout Canada and the United States in various chamber music settings, symphony orchestras, wind ensembles, big bands and small group jazz ensembles. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, he earned his Bachelors degree in Music Performance from The University of Manitoba. Peder holds a Masters Degree from Indiana University Bloomington and is in the process of completing a Doctorate. Peder is a Buffet artist and plays exclusively B&S Tubas.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Aaron McDonaldAaron McDonald

Aaron McDonald is Principal Timpanist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Lake Tahoe Summerfest Orchestra. Prior to joining the VSO he was timpanist with the West Virginia Symphony and performed and toured with the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Since moving to Vancouver he has performed with the VSO Chamber Players, Turning Point Ensemble, Music on Main Concert Series, UBC Noon Hour Concert Series, and the Vancouver Film Orchestra. As a soloist he has performed concertos with the VSO, Calgary Philharmonic, and the Lake Tahoe Summerfest Orchestra. He currently teaches at the UBC School of Music and the VSO School of Music.

Aaron received his Masters in Orchestra Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where studied with Chris Lamb of the New York Philharmonic and Duncan Patton of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He then moved to Cleveland to Study with Tom Freer of the Cleveland Orchestra. Music festivals he has participated in include the Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood, and the Israel International Symphony Orchestra.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Sandra MeisterSandra Meister

During her career Sandra Meister has remained at the forefront of music education in Canada. Her unique ability to inspire and encourage young musicians keeps her in great demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor throughout North America. Most recently, Sandra presented a session at an International Forum in Beijing on Music Education in Coquitlam Schools, where she is Principal of Walton Elementary School. For twenty years, Sandra led Die Meistersinger Children's Choir as they captured many top awards in international festivals and represented Canada including the International Society for Music Education in Helsinki, Finland, the International Festival of Youth and Music in Vienna, Austria and the highly successful World of Children's Choirs 2001. Sandra is the recipient of many awards including the Governor General's Award for outstanding service to arts and culture in Canada, the Prince George Rotary Citizenship Award, the BC Choral Federation's Willan Award, and the BC Music Educators' Association Professional Educator Award. Sandra serves as a faculty member of the British Columbia Choral Federation's Choral Directorship Program. Mrs. Meister holds degrees from Simon Fraser University and the University of Oregon.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Marcelline MoodyMarcelline Moody

Marcelline Moody (B.A., U of W.A.), is an Orff graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada, and she has her diploma in Advanced Studies in Music and Dance Education from the Special Course at the Orff Institute, Salzburg.

She has been teaching the Orff Levels Summer Courses for 25 years at the University of Manitoba and has also taught workshops across Canada, in Adelaide and Perth in Australia, in Salzburg, China, France and England.

She has been Music Education consultant with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for almost 20 years, preparing students for listening to the symphony, and training

school students for live movement performances with the WSO. Last year she began a similar programme with the Victoria Symphony.

Since retirement from the school system, she is now teaching children at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Marcelline is also following a life-long interest in composing and arranging, especially pieces for children. Her great love is the recorder. She has recently published recorder manuals “Reach for a Star”, books 1 and 2. Teaching notation in a hands-on, “de-mystifying” way is another of her passions.

In June of 1986, she was awarded the Bronze Medal of the town of Ouistreham in Normandy for her services to music in the community there. She is a recipient of the Morna-June Morrow Award for Teaching Excellence in Manitoba and in June of 2004 she received the Arts in Education Award from the Manitoba Foundation for the Arts.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Marion NewmanMarion Newman

First Nations mezzo-soprano Marion Newman "has a distinctive, dusky voice that suggests drama with every note" (Toronto Star) and has been noted as "a show stealer" (BBC Music Magazine). In her debut with Cork’s Opera 2005 in the title role of Carmen, she was widely praised for her “superbly sinuous sexuality” and as “a very exciting new talent” by the Irish Examiner. She returned to Cork to appear as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and has appeared as Margret in Wozzeck and Juno in The Tempest with Pacific Opera Victoria. 

On the concert stage, Marion has performed with the Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Kingston Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, Elora Festival Singers, Talisker Players, and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. 

Recently, Marion sang Cherubino and Cenerentola with Ottawa’s Opera Lyra, debuted in Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus with the National Ballet of Canada and sang Lola in Opera Hamilton's Cavalleria Rusticana

Concert highlights for this accomplished artist include de Falla’s El Amor Brujowith Peterborough Symphony, Messiah with Symphony Nova Scotia, (conducted by Kevin Mallon), Mozart’s Mass in C with London Fanshawe Chorus and the world premiere of Spy Denomme-Welch/Catherine Magowan’s opera for Native Earth Performing Arts, “Giiwedin”. Marion joined Toronto’s Aradia Ensemble for an exciting programme of premieres in “Thunderbird”

Marion played the vain stepsister Tisbe in Pacific Opera Victoria's La Cenerentola. In Montreal, she sang Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle with Choeur St.-Laurent, followed by Messiah with Aradia Ensemble, Orillia's Cellar Singers and Kingston Symphony. Marion starred in Dvorak's comic opera The Devil and Kate with Toronto's Opera in Concert. 

This season, Marion was the Sorceress in Toronto Masque Theatre's presentation of Dido and Aeneas and joined Tapestry New Opera Works for their workshop of Oksana G. She looks forward to singing Mrs. Noye in Britten's charming Noye's Fludde with Viva Singers, returning to Vancouver Opera in 2013 for Third Lady in The Magic Flute, and singing Flora in Opera Lyra's La Traviata.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Julia NolanJulia Nolan

Dr. Julia Nolan maintains an active performing schedule committed to promoting new works for saxophone. She has commissioned works by many Canadian composers including Stephen Chatman, Keith Hamel, Colin MacDonald, Robert Pritchard, Nicolas Scherzinger, Jacquie Leggatt, Hope Lee, Fred Stride, Neal Currie, Alain Mayrand, Alan Matheson, and Jeffrey Ryan.

In July 2013, Julia Nolan taught at the Taiwan International Saxophone Camp and gave master classes in Taipei.

Julia Nolan was the Head Judge at the First International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC) in Columbus, Georgia in October 2012.

Julia Nolan premiered Jeffrey Ryan’s concerto Brazen with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Bramwell Tovey conducting) and with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra (Bernhard Gueller conducting) in April 2012.

In July, 2012 Julia Nolan performed Jan Freidlin’s Broceliande Concerto, premiered a Polys Tonos by Colin MacDonald, and gave a lecture based on her PhD thesis: Fostering Artistry and Pedagogy: Conversations with Artist-teachers Frederick Hemke, Eugene Rousseau, and Donald Sinta at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Julia Nolan was a guest artist at the Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium in July 2011.

In November 2010, Nolan was an international judge at the 5th Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition, in Dinant, Belgium.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Beth OrsonBeth Orson

Beth Orson has played Assistant Principal Oboe and English Horn with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 1990. Sessional faculty at the UBC School of Music since 1993, she has also taught a number of students at the Vancouver Academy of Music and was appointed Oboe Coach at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2008. As a chamber musician, Ms. Orson has appeared most recently with the Turning Point Ensemble and VSO Chamber Players, and in recital at the University of British Columbia and at NYOC. Principal Oboe of the NY Symphonic Ensemble from 1988-2005, she completed 19 tours to Japan with the NYSE, performing in every major concert hall in Japan, often as oboe soloist. As an English horn player Ms. Orson’s solo performances include the world & Canadian premiere of VSO Music Director Bramwell Tovey’s “The Progress of Vanity” for English horn and small orchestra at the 2012 International Double Reed Society Conference held at Miami University (Ohio) and with the VSO in 2014; Rodney Sharman’s “Songs Without Words” with the VSO, the North American premiere of James MacMillan's "The World's Ransoming" with the VSO, the solo English horn part to Dan Seguin’s Leo Award-winning score for the CBC feature film "Murder Unveiled,” Brian Cherney’s “In the Stillness of September 1942” with the VSO, the Kraus/Ferlandis Concerto for English horn and Orchestra with the Sinfonia-Orchestra of the North Shore and numerous performances of Sibelius’s “The Swan of Tuonela” with the VSO, which she is scheduled to play again in 2015.

Ms. Orson has recorded for CBC Records, Deutsche Grammophon, Essay, New World, Parnassus and Technics Records. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and winner of the Oberlin Concerto Competition, Ms. Orson's principal teachers were Laurence Thorstenberg, James Caldwell, and Elaine Douvas. Before moving to Vancouver, Ms. Orson worked as a freelance musician in New York City where she often performed with the orchestras of the Metropolitan & New York City Operas, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and on Broadway.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Dylan PalmerDylan Palmer

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dylan Palmer joined the Vancouver Symphony as Principal Double Bass in January, 2010. Prior to joining the VSO, Dylan was a member of the New World Symphony, in Miami Beach, Florida.

Mr. Palmer has participated in the Spoleto (USA), Domaine Forget, and Sarasota music festivals. He also attended Tanglewood Music Center in 2005 and 2008, where he performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as a fellow.

Mr. Palmer received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University Of North Texas, where he studied with pedagogue Jeff Bradetich.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Jodi ProznickJodi Proznick

Juno nominated bassist Jodi Proznick was Bassist of the Year at the 2008 and 2009 National Jazz Awards. Her group, the Jodi Proznick Quartet, won the Acoustic Group of the Year and their album Foundations (Cellarlive) won for Album of the Year. In the fall of 2007 the group completed a 20 date Canadian tour that took them from Whitehorse to Montreal. She was also nominated for a Juno Award in 2008 with her debut release.

Other awards include the General Motors Award of Excellence as one of the top young musicians in Canada, a McGill University performance scholarship, the IAJE Sisters in Jazz competition and the Galaxie Rising Star of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Since moving back to Vancouver in 2000, Jodi has become a top call bassist. She has played and/or recorded with international stars such as Michael Buble, Byron Stripling, Michael Feinstein, David "Fathead" Newman, Ed Thigpen, Jeff Hamilton, Seamus Blake, Peter Bernstein, Sheila Jordan, Lewis Nash and many others. She also continues to lead her quartet and perform with the critically acclaimed chamber jazz group Triology with Bill Coon on guitar and Miles Black on piano.

Jodi opened for the Oscar Peterson Trio and has been a featured soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Chamber Choir and with Elektra Women’s Choir. In 2010 she was the bassist featured in the closing ceremonies and soundtrack of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.

Jodi is the jazz department head at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music and is on faculty at Capilano University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She has been an adjudicator and clinician at many festivals, universities and conferences across Canada. Jodi obtained her B.Mus. from McGill University and her M.Ed. from Simon Fraser University.

For more information you can find her at www.jodiproznick.com or www.triologymusic.com.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Christie ResideChristie Reside

Christie Reside began her career in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as second flute at the age of 19. She received her formal training with Timothy Hutchins at McGill University in Montreal, and continued her training at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Ms. Reside has been an active participant in numerous competitions, winning the National Music Festival of Canada at the age of 14, and placing second at the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition (England) as well as the Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition (Italy).

She has been invited to participate in several festivals around the world, including the Spoleto Music Festival in Italy, the Bellingham Music Festival, and the Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Ms. Reside has collaborated with artists such as Rudolf Jansen, Jonathan Crow, Yegor Dyachkov, and Matt Haimovitz. She frequently performs as a soloist and has appeared with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Ms. Reside is currently the Principal Flute of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2004, and is a proud member of the Vancouver-based Standing Wave Ensemble. She recently joined the Seattle Symphony as Principal Flute for their 2013-2014 season. She teaches at the University of British Columbia, as well as at the Vancouver Academy of Music.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Gwen SeatonGwen Seaton

Born in the Lower Mainland, Gwen Seaton is currently Second Bassoon with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2009. She received her MMus earlier that year from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, studying with Ben Kamins. Selections from her final grad recital were aired on NPR’s “Performance Today”. Gwen also holds a BMus from the University of British Columbia where she studied with Jesse Read and Chris Millard.

Prior to joining the VSO, Gwen played Second Bassoon with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2007/2008 season and has also served as Acting Principal for the Vancouver Opera. She has participated in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and more recently the Music Academy of the West. As a soloist, she has performed with the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra and the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Jim SparksJim Sparks

James Sparks (Jim) is adjunct professor in the UBC School of Music, lecturer in Arts Education at SFU, and director of vocal music at the Langley Fine Arts School (LFAS) in Langley BC. With an undergraduate degree in piano and voice (University of British Columbia), a Masters Degree in choral conducting (University of Arizona), and a PhD in philosophy (Simon Fraser University), Jim has continued his teaching in school, university, and community contexts for over three decades.

The roles of researcher, musician/conductor, and singing teacher have converged and influenced Jim’s research in music education toward bridging the gaps that exist between research and music pedagogy, research and music performance, and professional music leadership and music education. With support from the Canada Council, the Canadian Music Educators Association, the AIRS collaborative initiative and Simon Fraser University, Jim has pursued collaborative singing research with several choral leaders in the world: Alina Orraca, Havana, Cuba (Schola Cantorum Coralina); Joseph Muyale Inzai, (National Boys Choir of Kenya); renowned Ukrainian choral conductor, Anatoliy Avdievski in Kiev, Ukraine (Veriovka Choir); Wes Janzen, (Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus); and Helle Hoyer in Aarhus, Denmark (Aarhus Pigakor Choir). Jim is the recipient of the Profession Music Educator Award from the BC Music Educators Association, the 2009 recipient of the Willan Award from the BC Choral Federation and the Simon Fraser University President’s PhD Award for 2014. Jim is in demand as an adjudicator, lecturer, and guest conductor and has continued his international research and conducting engagements in Europe, Kenya, Cuba, and Brazil.


16/17 Education - Crescendo - Nicholas WrightNicholas Wright

A native of England, Nicholas’s engagements as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician have taken him to most of the major concert halls in Europe, Asia and North America. He has performed concertos with many orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Oman Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. His repertoire spans works from Handel to premiers and recordings of composers such as Jocelyn Morlock. He made his solo orchestral debut with the York Guildhall Orchestra, playing the Dvorak Romanze, which was recorded for BBC Radio 3. As a chamber musician Nicholas regularly takes part in series such as the Ribble Valley and Mainly Mozart Festivals, LSO and VSO chamber players and Vancouver's Music on Main. He has performed in venues such as LSO St Luke's and has collaborated with many renowned artists including Martin Roscoe and Simon Wright. He is the first violinist of the critically acclaimed Koerner Quartet, described by the Vancouver Sun as 'the west coast's gift to the world of chamber music'. As an orchestral musician Nicholas has worked with many of the world's most renowned conductors including Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev and Mstislav Rostropovich. He has performed extensively with the major chamber and symphony orchestras in London, including the English Chamber and London Philharmonic Orchestras. He has performed regularly as guest concertmaster with orchestras such as the Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Concert and Ulster Orchestras. In 2003 he was made the youngest member of the London Symphony Orchestra where he held the first violin sub-principal position. He took up the post of assistant concertmaster with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2012.

Nicholas received his training as a scholar at the Royal College of Music in London, studying initially with Prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky and later with Prof. Rodney Friend. In addition to winning prizes at the Royal College, Nicholas has been generously supported by grants from the Martin Musical Fund, the Craxton Memorial Fund and the Royal Overseas League. This has enabled him to study abroad with many eminent musicians including Ruggiero Ricci and Gil Shaham. Nicholas enjoys teaching and has given many masterclasses in the United Kingdom and USA. He is currently head of the violin department at the Vancouver Academy of Music. Nicholas plays on a violin by Stephan Peter Greiner.

' wonderfully judged with seemingly effortless projection of tone…..It was a triumph. ' -The York Press


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