Concert Band Festival

2017 Festival

February 14th - 17th, 2017

Le Parc Conference and Banquet Centres
Markham/Thornhill Banquet Hall

8432 Leslie Street, Thornhill ON


Note: this schedule is subject to minor changes


2017 Adjudicators

Alain Cazes
Professor, Schulich School of Music
McGill University


Awarded first prize in tuba and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, Alain Cazes pursued his studies in the United States with Joseph Novotny, Donald Harry, and Ronald Bishop.

In Brazil, he was Principal tuba with the Paraïba State Orchestra, member of the Brass-IL Quintet, and professor at the Federal University of Paraïba (UFPB). He has taught at the Université du Québec in Montreal, the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, and the Université de Montréal, where he was in charge of wind orchestras, brass department, teaching tuba, chamber music, and conducting. A frequent soloist, he has performed the radio “première” of several Canadian works for tuba and also lectures on orchestra conducting and brass pedagogy. Cazes adjudicates regularly at several Music Festivals and Competitions. He teaches during summer at the Orford Art Center, Domaine Forget, and the Simposio Internazionale d’Ottoni in Ascoli, Italy.

Principal tuba with the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal, he has also performed with the Montréal Symphony and other orchestras in the world under the direction of conductors such as; Mehta, Nézet-Séguin, Dutoit, Decker, Baudo, Foster, Kmura, Muller, Toppilow, Grossmann, Zukerman, Veltri, and many others. He was co-director of the Orchestre Métropolitain Choir, and is currently Musical Director of the Montréal Pop Orchestra. He has also conducted the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Orchestre de Drummondville.

Alain Cazes, is a founding member of the Philharmonie des vents du Québec. As a full-time Professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, he conducts the Wind Orchestra, and teaches conducting and chamber music. He has written numerous arrangements for a variety of instrumental ensembles published by GAM. He has also written numerous arrangements for wind orchestra and mixed choir. He is Vice-President of CIME music.


Peter J. Haberman
Director of Bands
Concordia Band, Minnesota


Peter Haberman serves as the director of bands and associate professor of music at Concordia College where he conducts the Concordia Band. He also leads the Echo Band, works with student conductors, teaches music education courses, and coordinates the comprehensive band program. Prior to his appointment at Concordia, Haberman held similar positions as director of bands at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Bucknell University.

Haberman maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician across North America. His ensembles have performed at conferences and music festivals across the nation and internationally, and he has served as music director for many community ensembles including the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony.

Haberman is an active board member for the Minnesota Band Directors Association. He is also a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Minnesota Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. His honorary memberships include Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

A native of Minnesota, Haberman has earned degrees from Concordia College, the University of Montana, and the University of Minnesota where he completed a Doctor of Music Arts in conducting.


Dr. Mark Hopkins
Professor, School of Music
Acadia University, Nova Scotia


Dr. Mark Hopkins, Professor in the School of Music at Acadia University, leads the Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate Conducting, Music Education foundation courses, SoundPainting, and chamber music courses.

Dr. Hopkins is in demand as a guest conductor and music education consultant. In 2003, Dr. Hopkins was appointed Associate Conductor of the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, one of Canada’s finest student wind ensembles, which selects players through annual national auditions. He is Artistic Director of the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble (2008-2011, 2013-present), and is President of the Nova Scotia Band Association. Along with composer Derek Charke, Dr. Hopkins organizes “Shattering the Silence”, an exciting, innovative new music festival (visit www.shatteringthesilence.ca to learn more.) He can be heard leading the NBG ensemble on the CD Live Wired, released in February 2015. In November 2016, Dr. Hopkins received an “Established Artist Award” from Arts Nova Scotia for his contributions as a conductor and leader of new music projects. In Canada, he has guest-conducted bands and orchestras in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. Abroad, he has led collegiate and professional performances in the United States, Bermuda, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and Romania.

A native of Toronto, Dr. Hopkins earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory while serving as Assistant to Frank L. Battisti, and was awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal at graduation. From 2002-2005, he led ensembles and taught at the University of Calgary in Alberta. Dr. Hopkins taught music in high schools for 12 years, including seven years of service as Chair of the Music Department at Upper Canada College in Toronto. His professional work as a Conductor spans the full range of ensembles and genres.


Dr. Wendy McCallum
Symphonic Band, Graduate and Undergraduate Conducting, and Instrumental Music Education
Brandon University School of Music, Manitoba


Dr. McCallum 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 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, and the 2013 Con Brio Music Festival in Whistler, BC. 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.

Committed to excellence in public school music education, Dr. 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 honour bands, presented at provincial music education conferences, College Band Directors National Association regional conference, 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.

Dr. 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. 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 and she completed her cognate studies in Music Education with Deborah Rohwer and Darhyl Ramsey.

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 National Conference.


Dr. Emily A. Moss
Director of Bands & Director of Instrumental Music Education
Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at California State University, Los Angeles


Dr. Moss’ duties include direction of the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, teaching undergraduate and graduate conducting, and instruction in instrumental music education methods.

Originally from Seattle, WA, Dr. Moss earned her Bachelors’ degrees in music and music education at the University of Washington, studying conducting with Timothy Salzman and bassoon performance with Arthur Grossman. She taught middle school band and private bassoon lessons in Chandler, AZ and Seattle, WA for six years, during which her bands received honours and awards from regional and state festivals. While serving as a teaching assistant with the university bands at the University of Northern Colorado, Dr. Moss earned her Master’s degree in Wind Conducting and the Doctor of Arts in Music Education and Bassoon Performance, studying with Kenneth Singleton, Richard Mayne, and Charles Hansen.

As a conductor and clinician, Dr. Moss has been invited to guest conduct at middle schools, high schools, and universities in Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, and California and regularly gives band clinics throughout Southern California. She is also an accomplished bassoonist, actively performing during her degree programs in Washington and Colorado, with the Conservatory Orchestra and other ensembles at Brooklyn College, and for student and faculty recitals at Cal State L.A.

Dr. Moss can be seen presenting at conferences across the United States on topics ranging from effective rehearsing and good ensemble tone to practical tips for non-percussionist band directors. Her professional memberships include College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) where she serves as the Vice-President of the Western Division, National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), California Band Directors Association (CBDA), National Band Association (NBA), and the National Honour Society Phi Kappa Phi.


Dr. James Smart
Director of Bands and Trumpet
University of Montana


As Director of Bands and Trumpet Dr. Smart conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches applied trumpet, undergraduate and graduate conducting, and music education courses. Under his direction, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the joint Western/Northwestern Region College Band Directors National Association Conference in Reno, NV and the NAfME All-Northwest Conference in Portland, OR. Dr. Smart is also the founder, producer, and co-conductor of the annual Fusion Concert where over 25 acts showcase the diversity of the UM School of Music in one seamless stream of music. For outreach to the greater musical community, Dr. Smart also organizes and conducts the UM All-Star High School Wind Ensemble Festival that has attracted students from five states and Canada, the UM Concert Band Festival, and the annual UM Summer Music Camp.

He holds a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance and music education from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music Education and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from Arizona State University. During his time at ASU he served as acting associate director of bands, acting director of the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, co-music director of the ASU Lyric Opera Theater for the Western U.S. premier run of Joseph Turrin’s Scarecrow, and guest conductor on several occasions with the ASU Sinfonietta Orchestra.

As a trumpet player, Dr. Smart has performed in collegiate bands and orchestras at the University of Michigan and Arizona State University, and with the Missoula Symphony, Orchestra of Southern Utah, North Idaho Symphony, Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, and several collaborative faculty and chamber performances at the University of Montana and Southern Utah University.

Dr. Smart is in demand as a conductor and clinician having performed/presented in Austria, Arizona, Canada, Idaho, Montana, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Washington, and Utah. He has also presented at several state MENC affiliate conventions as well as the 2011 CBDNA National Convention in Seattle. Other conducting experiences include the International Ensemble Modern Academy (Schwaz, Austria), Conductor’s Retreat at Medomak (Washington, ME), the International Workshop for Orchestral Conducting (Graz, Austria), and the Band Conductors Art Symposium (Ann Arbor, MI).



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