Chilliwack Lions Club Music and Dance Festival

CHILLIWACK LIONS CLUB MUSIC & DANCE FESTIVAL

ADJUDICATORS for 2022

DANCE ADJUDICATORS

BALLET

Ursula Szkolak

CONTEMPORARY & MODERN

Tony Olivares

JAZZ & LYRICAL JAZZ and ACRO

Kathryn Treadwell

STREET DANCE

Kelvin Tu

TAP, STAGE and SONG & DANCE

Cori Giannotta

MUSIC ADJUDICATORS

Please note that BAND and CHORAL may be cancelled due to COVID Restrictions further information to be added when available.

BAND

Jeremy Brown

Jeremy Brown is Professor of Music at the University of Calgary (1990-present) and performs as a jazz, classical and free improviser, primarily on the saxophone.  He is also a woodwind doubler and frequently performs as a flautist, clarinetist and digital saxophone.  At the University of Calgary School of Creative and Performing Arts, he has been a conductor of the wind bands the jazz bands. In addition, he teaches courses in improvisation and instrumental music education and SoTL, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  

He is in his twenty-third year as conductor of the Calgary Wind Symphony.  He was the saxophone soloist with the National Youth Band of Canada in 2015, sponsored by Yamaha Canada, and again as conductor/artistic director in 2017, an unprecedented double invitation. He was founding artistic director and conductor of the National Concert Band of Canada, 2002-2010, an auditioned youth band of students from across Canada. In addition, he directs the UCalgary Saxophone Ensemble that gave world premieres of works by Jordan Nobles and Laurie Radford at the 2020 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, Arizona, USA.

He has written numerous pedagogical articles for The Instrumentalist magazine, among many other periodicals. His recent book The Wind Band Music of Henry Cowell (Routledge Press, 2018) includes definitive recordings of Cowell’s band music with the winds of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Brown. In addition, he was series editor and lead compiler of the inaugural Royal Conservatory of Music Saxophone Series (Frederick Harris Music, 2014), a multi-volume saxophone anthology with graded repertoire, etudes, technical studies and orchestral excerpts.

His Wayfaring (2014) recording by Nova Pon was nominated as the Outstanding Classical composition of 2015 by the Western Canadian Music Awards. In 2010, his solo recording of Canadian solo and chamber music for saxophone, “Rubbing Stone,” was nominated outstanding classical record of the year by the Western Canadian Music Awards. In 2017, he was nominated for the Student’s Union Teaching Award, which he won in 1999. In 2014 he was awarded the inaugural University of Calgary Teaching Award by the Faculty of Arts.  In 2009 he was recognized at Southam Hall in Ottawa as a “Canadian Music Ambassador” by the Canadian Music Centre for his commissioning and performing music by Canadian composers, with about sixty works commissioned.  In 2008, he was named one of five “Innovators of the University of Calgary” for his community outreach with the Salvation Army. In 2007 was awarded the David Peterkin Award for his contribution to music education in Alberta by the Alberta Band Association

His undergraduate and graduate students have won numerous national and international awards, scholarships, and recognition as university teachers. In addition, his university ensembles have been widely recognized for original programming and performing excellence; most recently, the UCalgary Jazz Orchestra won the Outstanding Ensemble Award at the 2013 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and ten outstanding soloist awards at the 2014 Elmhurst Jazz Festival, Chicago, Illinois and numerous soloist awards at the 2018 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

As an improviser, he has worked with numerous free music specialists, including English saxophonist John Butcher, Montreal composer Chantale Laplante, Toronto pianist Marilyn Lerner, and extensively with Joe Morris over several months in Calgary as a Killam ScholarMorris and Brown recorded an album released in 2021, Magnitudes, on the Polish record label Fundacja Sluchal.

He has recorded numerous records, including Scaramouche with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CBC records) In the Company of My Soul(Arktos), Ornamentology (lightblue records), Rubbing Stone (Centredisc), The Lethbridge Sessions(Centredisc) Music for Soup (2015) and Verismo Jazz Quintet(2005). 

As a saxophone soloist, he has appeared with many bands and orchestras, including the Washington-Idaho Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Red Deer Symphony, Festival Orchestra of the 2003 World Saxophone Congress (Minneapolis), the Okanogan Symphony Orchestra, Kensington Sinfonia, the Calgary Civic Symphony, Calgary Youth Orchestra and the Ottawa Symphony.  He is also lead tenor saxophonist with the Calgary Jazz Orchestra and regularly performs with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as a jazz and classical soloist.

He is the founding artistic director of the Rubbing Stone Ensemble and the Jeremy Brown Collective, new music ensembles based in Calgary. He is the former conductor and founding artistic director of the National Concert Band of Canada(2002-2010).In addition, he has been the artistic director and conductor of the Calgary Wind Symphony, a 60-member wind band founded in 1955.  The CWS performs four major concerts a year and has commissioned and premiered numerous new works for wind band, including the Canadian premiere of Slipstream by Juno-award-winning composer Jordan Nobles.  In 2003, he co-founded Verismo, a Calgary jazz quintet whose inaugural recording garnered critical acclaim and performed at the 2007 Montreal Jazz Festival.

As a composer, his works have been performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, are published on dorn.pub.com and include works for the Jeremy Brown Collective, a Calgary ensemble of innovative improvisers.

Steven Capaldo

Dr. Steven Capaldo has distinguished himself as one of the most respected music educators, wind conductors and conductor educators in Australia, earning academic and musical recognition internationally.

Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Music Education & Conducting, Wind Symphony Conductor and Co-Head of Music Education at the University of Victoria, Canada.  Dr. Capaldo has previously held positions in Music Education at the University of Wollongong (Australia) and the University of Victoria, and was the Conductor of the Sydney University Wind Orchestra and the UNSW Wind Symphony.

Completing a DMA in Wind Conducting at UNLV, a Master of Performance (Orchestral and Choral Conducting) at the University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Melbourne, and an AMusA on Saxophone (with Distinction), he has extensive experience working with symphony orchestras, wind orchestras, and chamber ensembles.

An active writer, Dr. Capaldo composes, arranges, and transcribes music for large ensembles, festivals and concerts.  His works have been performed by groups in Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United States, recorded on Klavier records (US), and published with Brolga Music and Murphy Music Press.  He has been listed as a composer in the book The Band Down Under and has been a finalist in several international composition competitions.  An Assistant Producer for eight Klavier Records CD, Dr. Capaldo became a full voting member for the US Grammy Awards in 2010 and was Chair of the Australian Jury Panel for the 2017 International Eurovision Song Contest.

In-demand as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Capaldo has worked at local, state/provincial, national and international levels (including Canada’s MusicFest), and as Conductor of the British Columbia Honor Wind Ensemble and a Queensland State Honours Wind Ensemble. Committed to providing professional learning opportunities for music educators and conductors, Dr. Capaldo has been a conducting clinician and conducting instructor for the Canadian Armed Forces, the 2017 Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference (ANBOC), the Chief Conducting Clinician for the 2017 Qld ABODA Conducting Camp, and an Associate Conducting Instructor for the 2016, 2017 & 2018 NSW ABODA Conducting Camps. More recently, Dr. Capaldo has also presented at ANBOC (2018) the BCMEA Conference (2019).

CHORAL

Frank Lee

Frank Lee is the choral director at Carson Graham Secondary School for the past seven years.  He spent the previous seventeen years as the choral and instrumental director at Seycove Secondary School in North Vancouver.  Mr. Lee is also on Faculty at Douglas College directing the Chorus.  His past ensemble was honoured with the distinction of Youth Choir of the World at the International Choral Festival, Kathaumixw, in 2007.  In 2009 his Chorale was named top choir at the Canadian National Choral Festival and had their solo debut concert in 2011 at Carnegie Hall. Last year, his vocal jazz ensemble won the Surrey International Jazz Festival and has been featured in Western Canada and Washington State.

Frank received his undergraduate music degree from the University of Victoria studying trombone with Ian McDougall.  He has recently finished his graduate studies in choral conducting, under Dr. Graeme Langager, at the University of British Columbia.  He is sought after as a clinician across Canada and Washington State.  Frank has served as the chair for the BCMEA Honour Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Kiwanis Vocal Jazz Festival, and is currently on the Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival Advisory Committee as well as Musicfest Canada.

JUNIOR & LOWER INTERMEDIATE PIANO

Christopher KM Wong

Pianist Christopher Kin Ming Wong is a much sought-after music educator, collaborative pianist, and adjudicator.  Born and raised in Vancouver, he is a passionate and dedicated musician.  He has over twenty five years’ experience teaching piano privately, ranging from beginner to diploma level while his collaborative work with instrumentalists spans the orchestral spectrum. 

Mr. Wong enjoys adjudicating festivals and sharing musical ideas with young musicians.  He has adjudicated for the Clef Society of Burnaby’s Scholarship and Music Festival (2013), the Student Performer’s Guild Festival (Fall 2014, Spring 2017, 2021 online edition) the Chilliwack Lions Club Music and Dance Festival (2017) and the North Fraser Music Festival (May 2019).

Mr. Wong is a pianist of diverse musical interests, having worked extensively with the UBC Opera Ensemble, BC Youth Choir, University Singers and the BCCF’s summer music program, Choral Stage, led by Marisa Gaetanne. He also regularly plays for the West Point Grey Academy Junior choirs, directed by Eve Richardson and Stephen Anderson. He is also a pianist for the Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus.

Mr. Wong completed his initial musical studies with Rebecca Kelly and David Vandereyk. Later he studied with a number of celebrated musicians including Dr. Jamie Syer, Bruce Vogt, Jane Coop, Alexander Korsantia and Edward Parker

He holds a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s in Piano Performance from the University of Victoria.  Additionally, he holds LLCM and FLCM performance diplomas from the London College of Music, Thames University, England as well as both ARCT Piano Performer and ARCT Piano Teacher (Royal Conservatory of Music) diplomas.    

Mr. Wong believes that music education is an enriching experience and a key component in a child’s well-rounded education. 

Mr. Wong is a piano faculty member at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

UPPER INTERMEDIATE & SENIOR PIANO

Robert Holliston

Robert Holliston studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and at the University of British Columbia.  He has performed and recorded a wide variety of repertoire throughout Canada and the USA, England, New Zealand and Australia, and has been heard frequently on CBC-Radio.  In collaboration with many of Canada’s leading singers and instrumentalists, he has participated in such festivals as Juneau Jazz and Classics, Parry Sound, Caraquette, Adelaide (Australia), and the Ottawa, Sitka and Orcas Island Chamber Music festivals.  He is currently Head of the Keyboard Department at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where he also teaches music history and serves as vocal coach.

A popular public speaker, Robert has given pre-performance lectures for Pacific Opera Victoria since 1993 and, through UVic’s Continuing Studies program, has led several cultural tours to New York and Santa Fe; he is also POV’s Curator of Public Engagement and the host of the company’s new outreach series INSIDE OPERA.

STRINGS, GUITAR & UKULELE

Roxi Dykstra

Roxi Dykstra is a musician with wide ranging interests and experience. Violist, violinist, fiddler, pianist, and director, she holds a bachelor’s degree in music education, a Masters in Viola performance from the University of Montreal and a post-graduate diploma from the Conservatoire National Superior in France.

 

Her solo, chamber and orchestral work has taken her across Canada and Europe, into Turkey and Australia.  Roxi’s performance work in Italy earned her the recognition at the Conservatorio di Musica in Milan for solo and chamber music, and was awarded the highest performance degree in France with excellence in 2011.  Regular performance ensembles include the Vancouver, Toronto and Portuguese National Symphony Orchestras, and Divino Sospiro Baroque Ensemble.  Since being based in northern BC, she plays both concertmaster and viola for the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and plays with the Vancouver Symphony when schedule allows.

 

Roxi has diverse experiences as conductor, director and instructor. Passionate about teaching and education, Roxi has 25 years of experience as a private teacher, and works as director, workshop host and adjudicator. She has directed choirs, bands, fiddle orchestras, musicals and symphony orchestras, and has taught, directed or toured many groups including middle school and high school bands, instrumental ensembles, children’s, youth and adult choirs, and a wide range of levels of orchestras, from ensembles of beginning players to professional players.

 

Roxi works hard to promote musical opportunities and musical excellence in BC’s north.  She is the founder and co-director of the Orchestra North Summer Program, and director of its Academy program, which is committed to developing professional development opportunities for northern professionals and emerging artists from across BC.  She is artistic director of the Spirit of the North Classical Music Festival which typically brings dozens of classical concerts annually in August to Smithers and area. Roxi is a current doctoral candidate at the Kunstuniversitat Graz, Austria. For more information see festivalnorth.com

VOCAL

Kevin Zakresky

Kevin Zakresky is a vocalist, choir director and orchestral conductor from Vancouver.  He teaches singing at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music and tours the world as a conductor for the National Geographic Symphony, Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses, Heroes Symphony and others.

 

In Vancouver he directs the Players & Singers Ensemble as well as the Vancouver Women’s Chorus.  Past jobs have included teaching positions at SFU and Douglas College, Assistant Conductor of Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, director of the Pacifica Singers, and Conductor of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra. He received his Doctorate from Yale University in 2012.

BRASS, WOODWINDS & PERCUSION

Steven Capaldo

Dr. Steven Capaldo has distinguished himself as one of the most respected music educators, wind conductors and conductor educators in Australia, earning academic and musical recognition internationally.

Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Music Education & Conducting, Wind Symphony Conductor and Co-Head of Music Education at the University of Victoria, Canada.  Dr. Capaldo has previously held positions in Music Education at the University of Wollongong (Australia) and the University of Victoria, and was the Conductor of the Sydney University Wind Orchestra and the UNSW Wind Symphony.

Completing a DMA in Wind Conducting at UNLV, a Master of Performance (Orchestral and Choral Conducting) at the University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Melbourne, and an AMusA on Saxophone (with Distinction), he has extensive experience working with symphony orchestras, wind orchestras, and chamber ensembles.

An active writer, Dr. Capaldo composes, arranges, and transcribes music for large ensembles, festivals and concerts.  His works have been performed by groups in Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United States, recorded on Klavier records (US), and published with Brolga Music and Murphy Music Press.  He has been listed as a composer in the book The Band Down Under and has been a finalist in several international composition competitions.  An Assistant Producer for eight Klavier Records CD, Dr. Capaldo became a full voting member for the US Grammy Awards in 2010 and was Chair of the Australian Jury Panel for the 2017 International Eurovision Song Contest.

In-demand as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Capaldo has worked at local, state/provincial, national and international levels (including Canada’s MusicFest), and as Conductor of the British Columbia Honor Wind Ensemble and a Queensland State Honours Wind Ensemble. Committed to providing professional learning opportunities for music educators and conductors, Dr. Capaldo has been a conducting clinician and conducting instructor for the Canadian Armed Forces, the 2017 Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference (ANBOC), the Chief Conducting Clinician for the 2017 Qld ABODA Conducting Camp, and an Associate Conducting Instructor for the 2016, 2017 & 2018 NSW ABODA Conducting Camps. More recently, Dr. Capaldo has also presented at ANBOC (2018) the BCMEA Conference (2019).

Very Important Volunteer Help Needed in a big way!

We Urgently need 2 Dance Co-ordinators; 1 for Acro, Tap, Stage and Song & Dance and also 1 for Ballet and Modern. Also needed for Music is 1 Vocal Co-ordinator. Small per diem honourarium is available!!!

 

For more Info. Contact Lesley Ward #604-799-0821 or [email protected] or Contact Laurie Hirschman @ 604-858-3147 or [email protected]

 

We also need 1 or two people to assist with Registrations. Small honourarium also available for this assistance. For more info. Contact Laurie Hirschman @ 604-858-3147 or [email protected]

Interested in helping in other ways?

Are you interested in supporting our music & dance students? We need you! A festival this size needs lots of volunteers from selling tickets, taking tickets at the door, working backstage with organizing the dancers, writing for our adjudicators, to assisting in set-up and take down at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre! If you can help in any way, please contact Delia Davies at 604-795-4780 or [email protected]