Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Cynthia Peyson Wahl holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Regina, a diploma in Contemporary Music from Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, and a Master of Music Education from the University of Toronto. She currently teaches choir, vocal jazz, and musical theatre at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute, and was the jazz choir director at Canadian Mennonite University.
At DMCI her choirs have been a featured performer at Choralfest Manitoba, the ChoralCanada Podium conference, and the Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival in Banff. In 2011 and 2012, her choirs won the Earl Grey Trophy for Outstanding performance by a choir at the Winnipeg Music Festival, and in 2011, her Chamber Choir won the Lieutenant Governor’s Trophy for most outstanding performance of the Winnipeg Music Festival.
In 2012, Cynthia was the recipient of the Michael Proudfoot award for excellence in choral teaching. Cynthia enjoys a busy schedule as a clinician and workshop presenter, regularly travelling across Canada and the US to work with choirs of all genres.
Cynthia will be leading Calgary's Choral sessions.
Gillian MacKay is Professor of Music of the University of Toronto, where she conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches conducting. Gillian has an active professional career as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. She has conducted honour ensembles throughout Canada and the United States, and is Associate Conductor of the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. Dr. MacKay has adjudicated Canadian band festivals at local, provincial, and national levels in Canada. She has conducted honour bands and judged competitions in the US, Singapore, Thailand, and Korea.
Dr. MacKay enjoys presenting clinics and workshops at provincial and state conferences in Canada and the United States, and is known for her work on the relationship between conducting and mime. Currently, she is investigating the application of the Michael Chekhov acting technique to movement and meaning in conducting. Gillian leads the University of Toronto Wind Conducting Symposium each July, and has been the guest instructor at other symposia in Canada and the United States.
Gillian earned degrees and diplomas from McGill University, the University of Calgary, and Northwestern University.
Gillian will be leading Calgary's Concert Band sessions.