Beginning Band Symposium

Featuring Dr. Wendy McCallum
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9:00AM to 3:30PM

Agincourt Collegiate Institute
2621 Midland Ave., Toronto ON

Membership Type Membership Status Fee
General New/Returning $80
General Current $55
Student/Retiree New/Returning $45
Student/Retiree Current $25

Dr. Wendy McCallum

McCallum holds the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from Brandon University and completed a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting at the University of North Dakota with Gordon Brock and James Popejoy.  She received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas where she served as a Doctoral Conducting Associate and Teaching Fellow in the Wind Studies Department with Eugene Migliaro Corporon.  She completed her cognate studies in Music Education with Deborah Rohwer and Darhyl Ramsey.

Committed to excellence in public school music education, McCallum taught band and general elementary music in Manitoba before returning to graduate school.  While completing her graduate studies, she served as the artistic director and conductor of the chamber ensemble Harmoniemusik in Frisco, Texas.  She has served as guest conductor of the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble and Ohio University’s “Under the Elms” concert series, as conductor of ensembles at the International and Rushmore Music Camps and Colorado Mesa University’s “Best of the West” festival, and as facilitator of conducting symposia.  She has conducted junior high and high school regional, provincial and state honor bands, presented at provincial music education conferences and the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and has served as a solo and ensemble adjudicator and clinician for concert and jazz ensembles in Canada and the United States.

Prior to her appointment, McCallum was the Director of Bands at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa where she conducted the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble and taught applied saxophone, conducting, elementary and secondary music education, instrument pedagogy, and jazz history.  Since her appointment to Brandon University in 2004 she has worked to create professional opportunities for students and music educators in the areas of performance and music education.  In August 2005, McCallum and colleague Greg Gatien established Avenues:  Exploring Band and Jazz Methods, an annual summer professional development workshop at Brandon University.  Since 2005 she has served as a faculty advisor for the Brandon University Student Music Educators Association (BUSMEA), the organization that produces the BUSMEA BUZZ and hosts the annual Da Capo professional development conference.  The Brandon University Symphonic Band, with McCallum as conductor, performed as the featured ensemble at the 2009 Atlantic Band Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia and the 2013 Con Brio Music Festival in Whistler, British Columbia.  In 2012 she was awarded Brandon University Alumni Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the Manitoba Band Association’s Award of Distinction. McCallum is a Teaching Affiliate with Brandon University’s Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology.

McCallum worked as Lead Writer of the Manitoba Grade 9-12 Music Curriculum, has published in Canadian Winds, and is a regular contributor to the publication and recording series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band and Teaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Band. She is a former President of the Manitoba Band Association, Past-President of the Canadian Band Association and was Chair of the Programming Committee for the 2015 Canadian Music Educators Association Conference. McCallum lives in Brandon with her two violin playing sons, Rory and Anders.

Symposium Schedule:

8:30 Registration and Displays
9:00 Opening Remarks
9:30 Masterclass and Reading Session, Part I
10:45 Break
11:00 Reading Session, Part II
12:15 Lunch and Exhibits
1:15 Clinician Session, Part I
2:15 Break
2:30 Clinician Session, Part II

Why attend BBS?

  • Connect with other Ontario band teachers
  • A workshop session presented by clinician Michael Keddy
  • Rehearsal techniques and repertoire ideas
  • Booths from Harknett Music and St. John’s Music
  • A masterclass ensemble that represents the sounds and squeaks of a beginning band
  • The chance to play! Delegates are encouraged to bring an instrument on which they are experienced for the reading sessions

Coming soon.