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Calgary Clinicians

Bill Kristjanson

Bill Kristjanson

Bill Kristjanson is currently a sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba teaching music education courses. He taught at Vincent Massey Collegiate, Glenlawn Collegiate and Minnetonka schools for many years. He has served as a Divisional Music Consultant and is Past-President of the Manitoba Music Educators’ Association. Bill has been invited to present at the International Association of Jazz Educators’ Conference, the Canadian Music Educators Conference, and provincial and music education conferences in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. He has conducted the Provincial Junior Honour Band, Intermediate Honour Band, Honour Jazz Band at the International Music Camp. Bill is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing teaching excellence and service to music education including, the Manitoba Band Association Award of Distinction, Manitoba Jazz Educator of the Year Award and a CMEA Builders Award. Bill’s teaching philosophy revolves around finding something good, and helping it grow. Bill is a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician.

Bill Kristjanson will be leading Calgary's Band clinic.

Colleen Whidden

Colleen Whidden

Dr. Colleen Whidden is a music and literacy instructor in the Medicine Hat College Education division. She holds two degrees from the University of Alberta and a doctorate in Choral Music Education from the University of Calgary. Colleen has conducted the University of Calgary Chorus, University of Calgary Music Theatre Company, Medicine Hat College Adult Choir, Medicine Hat Musical Theatre Company, and with the Youth Singers of Calgary. For her academic work, she has received the Silver Anniversary Fellowship, the Queen Elizabeth II Open Scholarship, and the University of Calgary Research grant. Colleen has presented her research on the adult non-singer at national and international conferences from San Diego to Glasgow to Beijing. She received the University of Calgary U Make a Difference award for exceptional contribution to the university as well as the Alberta Choral Federation Patricia Cook award for exemplary arts advocacy in choral music in Alberta. Most recently, Colleen was awarded the Alberta Colleges & Institutes Faculties Association (ACIFA) 2018 Distinguished Instructor Award for the province of Alberta.

Colleen Whidden will be leading Calgary's Choral clinic.