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2017 Faculty

Last year’s faculty was made up of an outstanding group of Guest Conductors, Master-Class Instructors and Sectional Instructors. The faculty is passionate about their art and strive to motivate and share with their students the joy of achievement in making music. They come to the workshop from universities, colleges, professional ensembles, and private and public schools in Canada and the United States. They serve as motivators and role models for the instrumentalists by teaching artistry, discipline and appreciation of formal study.

Summer Band Coordinator

Guest Conductors

  • Dr. Darrin Oehlerking Dr. Darrin Oehlerking | Top Level Conductor | Dr. Darrin Oehlerking is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where he conducts the Wind Orchestra, and teaches courses in Conducting, Wind Literature and Music Education. Read more about Darrin.
  • Kristin Stearn Kathie Van Lare | Third Level Conductor | Born and raised in Calgary, Kathie Van Lare received her B. Mus. (Secondary Music Education), Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts (Wind Band Conducting) and Teacher Certification from the University of Calgary. Read more about Kathie.
  • Kristin Stearn Kristin Stearn | Second Level Conductor | Kristin Stearn is the Band Director at Red Deer Lake School in Calgary, teaching 155 students in the band program from grades 6-9. In 2015, the grade 7 band at Red Deer Lake School was awarded a Gold award for adjudicator’s choice at the Alberta International Band Festival (South). Read more about Kristin
  • Sarah Drew Sarah Drew | First Level Conductor | Sarah Drew feels fortunate to be able to do what she loves each day. Having a lifelong passion for both music and young people, she teaches middle school general music, bands, choirs and guitar hoping to impact her student’s lives with the love and power of music. Read more about Sarah.

Master-Class Instructors

  • Taylor BerryTaylor Berry | Low Brass | Taylor Berry has been active in the Calgary music scene for more than a decade. She attended the University of Calgary, where she earned her degree in music (with a specialization in music education). She proceeded to complete the masters of teaching program, all while participating as a hired musician, clinician, and conductor in a variety of settings. Read more about Taylor.
  • Cédric BlaryCédric Blary | Clarinet | Cédric Blary has been entertaining Calgary audiences on clarinet, pan-flute, saxophone and voice for over 20 years. He has a B.MUS degree in performance from the University of Calgary and a Diploma from Mount Royal College (now University). Read more about Cédric.
  • André WickenheiserMichael Gardner | Saxophone | Mike Gardner is currently Director of Music at Central Memorial High. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music Education from the University of Missouri. Mr. Gardner has taught music in the public school system for 30 years. Read more about Michael.
  • Robert GeorgeRobert George | Bassoon | Robert George has been principle bassoonist for the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and an instructor of bassoon, oboe and saxophone at the University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music since 1993. He is music director of the IAM Music Society, where he conducts a community choir, a wind ensemble, and a chamber orchestra. Read more about Robert.
  • Nathan GingrichNathan Gingrich | Trombone | Nathan Gingrich received his Bachelor of Music education degree from the University of Regina. Continued studies led him to Weimar Germany where he got 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”. Read more about Nathan.
  • Nadine HorneNadine Horne | Oboe | Nadine has been actively teaching oboe performance and technique to junior and senior high school students in Calgary for over 13 years. She also teaches Early Childhood Music. Mrs. Horne uses Kodaly Method principles in all of her lessons to help improve ear training and overall musicality. Read more about Nadine.
  • Laurie MatiationLaurie Matiation | French Horn | Originally from Brandon, Manitoba, Laurie is currently Third Horn with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She began her professional career in 1978 as second horn of the Atlantic Symphony, and has been a member of the CPO since 1983. Read more about Laurie.
  • Mike SakatchMike Sakatch | Percussion | Mike Sakatch has been the percussion instructor at the Calgary Regional Summer Band Workshop since 1984. After a 30 year career teaching instrumental music at Lord Beaverbrook High School, he retired from full time teaching. He is currently teaching the percussion classes at Lord Beaverbrook and William Aberhart High Schools. Read more about Mike.
  • Steve Shepard Steve Shepard | String Bass | More information coming soon.
  • Mary SullivanMary Sullivan | Flute | Arriving in Calgary in 2003, Mary Sullivan has been an active member of the city’s bustling music scene. As a performer she has been in demand in multiple musical contexts. She has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic and Red Deer Symphonies. Read more about Mary.
  • André WickenheiserAndré Wickenheiser | Trumpet | André began his musical studies at Mount Royal University where he completed an Artist Diploma in jazz performance. From there, he went on to finish both a Bachelors Degree, and Masters Degree in jazz performance at McGill University in Montreal. Read more about André.

Sectional Instructors

  • Scott Campbell Scott Campbell | Scott Campbell is the Band Director at MidSun School in south Calgary, a program consisting of approximately 260 students in grades 7 through 9. In recent years, his jazz and concert bands have been awarded numerous awards, including the Floyd Williamson Trophy for Most Outstanding Junior High Concert Band at the 2010 Alberta International Band Festival - Calgary. Read more about Scott.
  • Scott Campbell Brett McDonald | Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer Brett McDonald has performed on saxophones, flutes and clarinets on 5 broadway national tours of the United States (Dreamgirls 2012 - 2013, A Christmas Story: The Musical 2014, 2015, How The Grinch Stole Christmas 2016, 42nd Street 2016 - 2017) and a tour of China with My Fair Lady (2016). Read more about Brett.
  • Daniele Wahl Daniele Wahl | More information coming soon.
  • Nate Waters Nate Waters | Nate Waters has been studying and performing saxophone in a myriad of styles for almost twenty years. He has a MMus in Saxophone Performance and a BMus in Secondary Music Education from the University of Calgary, as well as a BEd in Secondary Music Education from the University of British Columbia. Read more about Nate.
  • Trevor Waters Trevor Waters | Trevor Waters has been involved in public music education in Calgary for more than 35 years. He has taught in several schools throughout the city (both junior high and high school), and worked with students in a variety of classes, including Band, Choir, Jazz Band, Jazz Choir and Musical Theater. Read more about Trevor.


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