Captain Matthew Clark was born in Southport, England and immigrated to Canada with his family as a young boy. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a Primary Reservist in 1994 and then joined the Regular Force in 1997.
In 2016, Matthew was appointed as the Director of Music of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band after a successful Command tour with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, Victoria BC. Captain Clark’s passion and community involvement has inspired many significant collaborations. Several highly successful recordings (ten and counting!) have been produced under his command, and he initiated the creation of new works from prominent Canadian composers. His community work includes volunteering with Cadet Honour Bands, and as a member of the selection board for the "Sing Me a Song" program sponsored by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia in 2015 and 2016.
He has served as guest conductor for several ensembles including "The President’s Own" United States Marine Band, the Latvian National Big Band, the Victoria Symphony, the University of Victoria Wind Ensemble, the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble and the Winnipeg Winds Ensemble.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Captain Clark studied conducting with Dr. Gillian MacKay. In 2017 Matthew was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and is only one of six Canadians within the organization. Matthew also received the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Commendation for his outstanding service to military music, and the (then) Commander Land Force Central Area Commendation.
Captain Clark has proudly served with The Royal Canadian Artillery Band, the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, and the Band of the Ceremonial Guard. He has also held staff positions with the Directorate of History and Heritage, and with the Canadian Forces Logistics Training Center.
An equally gifted Euphonium soloist, Matthew has recorded for the Arktos Label and has been featured on CBC Radio.
Matthew Clark will be leading Vancouver's Concert Band clinic.
Brent Taylor received his Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts degrees from U.B.C and began his music career working as a recording engineer and producer in Vancouver and Sydney, Australia. From 1992 to 2017 he taught instrumental music at Point Grey Secondary in Vancouver. The ensembles he directed at the school included concert bands, jazz bands and combos, and for many years Point Grey had the largest jazz education program in the Vancouver School District. The concert bands and jazz groups won numerous awards at festivals in Canada and abroad. Brent is currently a vice-principal in the Coquitlam school district.
Brent Taylor will be leading Vancouver's Jazz Band clinic.
Erica Phare-Bergh obtained her M. Mus. in Choral Conducting from McGill University. A native of Montreal, Phare-Bergh formerly conducted the Vanier College Choirs and the McGill Conservatory Choirs. In Calgary, she directed the William Aberhart High School Choirs, Westwinds Green Choir, and the Savridi Singers, a semi-professional women’s choir. She is in demand as an adjudicator, workshop leader and presenter (ChoralFest, MCA, Podium, BCCF) and was the guest conductor for the 10th Anniversary of the CBC-McGill Youth Gala. In 2008, she spearheaded the Montreal première of Oratorio Terezin, a large-scale work involving 270 performers at Place-des-Art. She and her husband, Rick, live in Victoria, BC. Together, they write children’s books (A Song with Every Story Series) in which Erica incorporates both original songs and classical music into children’s stories. She has numerous arrangements published with Cypress Choral Music and currently directs three Voices in Motion Choirs – multigenerational research choirs for people with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and high school students.
Erica Phare-Bergh and Johnson Lui will be leading Vancouver's Secondary and Adult Choral Music clinic.
Johnson Lui has been teaching for ten years at St. Thomas More Collegiate, Burnaby where he directs three concert choirs, chamber choir, and jazz choir. The groups have won several awards through the years including a first and second place finish at the National Music Festival. Johnson earned his B.Mus. from Capilano College (2008), and B.Ed. (2009) and M.Ed. (2014) from the University of British Columbia. Johnson credits the success of the music program at St. Thomas More Collegiate to the highly supportive administration of the school, the music parents, the dedication of his students, and his many mentors that he respects and values immensely.
Johnson lives in Burnaby, B.C. with his wife Marilen and in their free time, enjoy walks at Deer Lake, good food, and watching Marvel movies!
Johnson Lui and Erica Phare-Bergh will be leading Vancouver's Secondary and Adult Choral Music clinic.
Dr. Joel Tranquilla is a conductor and music educator noted for his versatile musicianship and creative programming. As the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Trinity Western University he oversees a program of six choirs and teaches various other courses within the School of the Arts, Media + Culture. Recent tours have taken the TWU Chamber Choir to China, Japan, and Taiwan. Joel is also the Artistic Director of the Valley Festival Singers in Abbotsford and the Associate Conductor of the Juno-nominated Canadian Chamber Choir. In high demand as an adjudicator and clinician, Joel is a past Guest Conductor of the New Brunswick Youth Choir and the Manitoba Provincial Honour Choir and was the Assistant Conductor of the 2012 National Youth Choir. He holds degrees from Mount Allison University, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University where his doctoral research was in the area of Canadian choral-orchestral works.
Dr. Joel Tranquilla will be leading Vancouver's Choral Revels! clinic.
Tracy Stener is a Music specialist with Edmonton Public Schools, who completed her Master’s Education focusing on music, literacy and movement for Early Education. She is presently at Bannerman School in Edmonton, Alberta.
Both Tracy Stener and Christie Noble are dedicated to providing the best Musical experiences for the students they teach, with a dominant interest in Literacy. They have published four resource books for educators in the area of music and literacy, and do numerous presentations and workshops with children, educators, and parents of children ages 2-12.
Tracy Stener and Christie Noble and Diana Clark will be leading Vancouver's Elementary Choral clinic.
Christie Noble, recently retired, is a Music Specialist as well. She developed and implemented a music/literacy program for the Early Education Program at Mayfield School for over 10 years.
Both Christie Noble and Tracy Stener are dedicated to providing the best Musical experiences for the students they teach, with a dominant interest in Literacy. They have published four resource books for educators in the area of music and literacy, and do numerous presentations and workshops with children, educators, and parents of children ages 2-12.
Christie Noble and Tracy Stener and Diana Clark will be leading Vancouver's Elementary Choral clinic.
Diana Clark is Artistic Director of Coastal Sound Music Academy, a multi-level choral organization based in Coquitlam, BC. With an eclectic background that includes a Master’s Degree in Music Performance and a Master of Music Education from Northwestern University, Diana is recognized for her creative work with young artists and has served as a clinician and adjudicator across Canada. She has been teaching music to children in SD43 for 26 years and offers a treasure-trove of ideas in her reading sessions that connect repertoire to curriculum and performance.
In 2015, Diana was the recipient of the national Experiences Canada Ambassador Award for exceptional leadership and dedication to youth through Experiences Canada’s Youth Exchanges programs.
She is proud to serve the Canadian choral community on the Board of Choral Canada, where she coordinated the first-ever national choral census.
Diana Clark and Tracy Stener and Christie Noble will be leading Vancouver's Elementary Choral clinic.
Mary McDonald is well known in sacred music. With a career that spans over thirty‑five years, her songs appear in the catalogs of every major publisher of church music. More than 800 anthems, seasonal musicals, and keyboard collections testify to her significant contribution to sacred literature.
In 2000, Mary became the first ever woman President of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference. In addition, she has served as accompanist for the Tennessee Men's Chorale since 1985. Her greatest desire is "to give God glory for the songs He has allowed me to compose. He alone, is the true Creator behind my pen."
In 2011, after serving as sacred music editor for The Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, Ohio for more than twenty years, Mary answered a new call. Now she takes her tremendous passion and love for music making directly to churches as an independent artist. She is in constant demand in churches across the nation for Composer Weekends.
Mary McDonald will be leading Vancouver's Sacred Choral clinic.