Monica Dear is a music teacher for Edmonton Public Schools at York and Virginia Park schools. She has taught music in schools in Sherwood Park and Edmonton for... a long time now! She is founder of the Elk Island Senior Honour Choir and has conducted many school, church and community choirs. Monica is a recipient of the Alberta Choral Federation’s Con Spirito award. She was the Education and Outreach Coordinator and Manager for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for eight seasons.
Monica Dear and Tim Paetkau will be leading Edmonton's Elementary Choral sessions.
Back in the music room teaching K-2 music, Tim Paetkau is formerly the Music Consultant for Edmonton Public Schools. He received his Master of Education from the University of Alberta with an emphasis on music and phonemic awareness. Tim also studied his Orff Schulwerk at the University of Alberta, achieving Level 3 with Jos Wuytack.
As a consultant, Tim presented on various topics relating to music. He has also presented on literacy and music at Orff workshops and in the school setting.
Tim Paetkau and Monica Dear will be leading Edmonton's Elementary Choral sessions.
John Brough began music lessons at an early age, singing as a boy chorister with the Men and Boys’ Choir at Ottawa’s Christ Church Cathedral under Frances Macdonnell. He attended the University of Ottawa and was awarded a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance in 1997. Concurrently, he completed associate degrees with both the Royal Conservatory of Music in Organ Performance and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. While at the University of Ottawa, he sang as a countertenor soloist and chorister with the University of Ottawa Calixa Lavallée Ensemble, as well as an early music group, Musica Divina. Pursuing graduate studies at the University of Alberta, John received a Master of Music in Choral Conducting in 2000, and his Doctor of Music in 2007. His teachers have included Lawrence Ewashko (Ottawa), Leonard Ratzlaff, Debra Cairns and Malcolm Forsyth (Edmonton), Frieder Bernius (Germany) and Jon Washburn (Vancouver). John Brough has been Artistic Director of Da Camera Singers since the choir’s 2005 season. He has led the choir in concerts featuring such works as Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, Duruflé’s Requiem, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. In 2009, the choir released its first recording under Dr. Brough’s direction, entitled Eulogies, a CD comprising Canadian a cappella choral compositions.
Dr. Brough travels throughout Canada as an examiner with Conservatory Canada, and as a choral clinician. He has appeared as an adjudicator in the disciplines of piano, organ, choral and voice in festivals across Canada, including Ottawa, Toronto and London, Ontario, as well as many locations within Alberta, and Whitehorse, Yukon. He has also adjudicated the provincial festivals of Ontario and New Brunswick, and last year was co-adjudicator for the choral classes of the National Music Festival. He is an adjunct professor at the Concordia University College in Edmonton, where he teaches music history and conducting, as well as appearing as guest conductor of their choral ensembles. He is organist and director of music at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Edmonton, and appears regularly as tenor chorister and soloist with Pro Coro Canada. John lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta with his wife, Kathleen, and their daughters, Annie and Sadie.
Dr. John Wiebe is an award-winning conductor, pianist, educator, adjudicator and clinician based in Edmonton, Alberta, where he conducts the choirs at the University of Alberta-Augustana campus, is the Artistic Director of the Edmonton Youth & Children’s Choirs and the President of Choral Canada. John has studied at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Alberta, with Frieder Bernius from Stuttgart, Germany, and in Vienna, Austria. Choirs under his dynamic leadership have recorded six CD’s, performed coast-to-coast across Canada and around the world (Europe, Russia, South America and China), and have received awards for their performances locally, nationally and at the Langollen Music Festival and the World Choir Games. John is a regular clinician and adjudicator across Canada who likes to keep in shape for his music schedule by travelling with his family, running, and playing hockey.
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 Mackay will be leading Edmonton's New Music Favourites for Band sessions.