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Vancouver Clinicians

Dr. Michael Burch-Pesses

Dr. Michael Burch-Pesses

Michael Burch-Pesses is Director of Bands at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, and teaches courses in conducting and music education. He holds Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in conducting from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Since coming to Pacific University in 1995 he received the Junior Faculty Award (1998) and was named a Wye Fellow of the Aspen Institute (1999). In 2006 he received the S.S. Johnson Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, the equivalent of "Teacher of the Year" award, and the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association. He is listed in "Who’s Who in America" and "Who’s Who in American Education."

He enjoyed a distinguished career as a bandmaster in the United States Navy before arriving at Pacific University, enlisting as a hornist and working his way up through the ranks to become the Navy's senior bandmaster and Head of the Navy Music Program. During his Navy career he served as Leader of the Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland. He also served as Assistant Leader of the Navy Band in Washington, DC, and Director of the Commodores, the Navy's official jazz ensemble.

Dr. Burch-Pesses also is the Conductor and Musical Director of the award-winning Oregon Symphonic Band, Oregon's premier adult band. The Oregon Symphonic Band is composed primarily of musicians from the Portland/Vancouver area. Men and women of many professions are represented in the ensemble, which performs three concert series annually and has appeared in concert at numerous state, regional, and international music conferences, including the All-Northwest MENC conference, the Western International Band Clinic, and the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago. In 2007 the John Philip Sousa Foundation awarded the band the Sudler Silver Scroll, recognizing them as one of the outstanding community bands in the nation. Dr. Burch-Pesses is the author of "Canadian Band Music: A Qualitative Guide to Canadian Composers and Their Works for Band," published by Meredith Music Publications; and is a contributor to the "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band" series.

His professional affiliations include the American Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, Association of Concert Bands, Oregon Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education. He is President of the Oregon Band Directors Association, and a founding member of the Oregon chapter of Phi Beta Mu.

Dr. Michael Burch-Pesses will be leading Vancouver's Concert Band sessions, and is sponsored by Conn-Selmer Division of Education.

Bob Rebagliati

Bob Rebagliati

Bob Rebagliati is a native of British Columbia and of Kelowna, in the Okanagan Valley. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree, a Teaching Certificate from the University of B.C., and a Master of Music degree from Western Washington University. While an undergraduate, Bob was involved in performances as a clarinetist, pianist and a percussionist. His main post-graduate activity was the writing of an extensive manual for the development of the young jazz rhythm section. He has continued to write curriculum in the areas of jazz rhythm section, jazz rehearsal techniques, jazz improvisation and concert band percussion.

For 33 years, in the North Vancouver School District, Mr. Rebagliati directed many award winning junior and senior high school ensembles in both concert band and jazz areas. In 1976, his jazz ensemble from Hamilton Junior Secondary School won first place in the Canadian Stage Band Festival. Again, in 1979, both his Handsworth Secondary Junior and Senior Jazz Ensembles qualified for the National Finals, with the Senior Band being awarded a special plaque "for most significant contribution to jazz". In 1986, the Handsworth Junior and Senior Jazz Ensembles won the highest honour in the country – the gold award – first place in their classes. Again, in 1988, his Senior Jazz Ensemble places first at the national festival (then called Musicfest Canada). At Musicfest Canada 2002, the Handsworth Senior Concert Band percussion section was awarded the Zildjian Percussion Scholarship in recognition of "Excellence In The Art of Percussion".

As a music festival adjudicator and workshop leader, Mr. Rebagliati has travelled throughout B.C., Saskatchewan, and to Manitoba, Toronto and Ottawa. He is well known for sessions covering concert percussion, jazz rhythm section, jazz interpretation, improvisation, and rehearsal techniques. Bob has been a guest conductor and clinician of honour concert band and jazz groups around the province of BC. During many summers, he has been an active group leader and teacher at music camps. Over the years, Bob has arranged music for jazz and concert bands. In 2004, his composition TONAL GESTURE for concert band was premiered in Vancouver.

At the 1991 B.C. Music Educators Conference, Mr. Rebagliati was honoured with the annual Professional Educator Award. In December 1991, Bob was presented with a Distinguished Citizen Award by the District of North Vancouver. In 1992, he was presented with a CANADA 125 medal by Mary Collins, MP. In 1994, he received the North Vancouver Music Educators' Award of Excellence. In May 1998, his jazz program at Handsworth School was awarded the High School "Jazz Program of the Year" by Jazz Report Magazine of Toronto. In 2001, Bob commissioned three compositions to celebrate his 25th year of music teaching at Handsworth School. In 2004, his final year of (high school) teaching, Bob premiered a musical collaboration by two of his jazz alumni, Renee Rosnes, a well-known pianist and composer, and Darcy Argue, New England Conservatory grad and composer/arranger. At this time Bob also received the Leadership In Music Education Award from the Coalition For Music Education In B.C. "for many years of outstanding contributions to the music education community". In June 2004, his Senior Jazz Ensemble was the first school band chosen to participate in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival Student Intensive, with a performance on the final day of the festival. Bob was the director of the North Vancouver Youth Band 2005-2008. Bob received the Jazz Supporter Of The Year award from the Envision Jazz Festival in 2009. He is a Vice Chairman of Instrumental Jazz for MusicFest Canada and is responsible for the auditioning of members of the CONN-SELMER CENTERSTAGE BIG BAND and MUSICFEST CANADA jazz scholarships. Since 2005, Bob has auditioned the Vancouver Jazz Festival Student Big Band for the annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Bob directed the Metro Vancouver Firefighters Band from 2010 - 2014. Each August, Bob directs and teaches at the Douglas College Summer Jazz Intensive. As of September 2016, Bob assumed the directorship of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music Big band.

Bob holds memberships in the British Columbia Music Educator’s Association, Canadian Music Educator’s Association, British Columbia Band Association, Canadian Band Association, Coalition for Music Education in BC, Coalition For Music Education In Canada and Jazz Educator's Network.

Throughout his career, Mr. Rebagliati has been appreciated for his dedication and insistence on excellence. He resides in Maple Ridge with his wife Maggie, where he is a freelance music educator, pianist, percussionist/drummer.

Bob Rebagliati will be leading Vancouver's Jazz Band sessions.

Denise O

Denise O'Brien

Denise has loved singing for as long as she can remember. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, she has been teaching youth and children’s choirs for over thirty years: from elementary school choirs and the Douglas College Children’s Choir to youth choirs at Thomas Haney Secondary School and, most recently, at Maple Ridge Secondary School. Denise retired from teaching in the public school system in 2016 and now shares her love of choral music in workshops and clinics.

Denise maintains a busy career as a singer in the Lower Mainland. She is a charter member of Vancouver's award-winning Elektra Women's Choir, now celebrating its 30th Anniversary. With this group she has had the opportunity to explore wonderful choral music from around the world and across history and to perform in venues throughout Canada and the world, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall.

Denise O'Brien and Joel Tranquilla will be leading Vancouver's Secondary Choral sessions.

Dr. Joel Tranquilla

Dr. Joel Tranquilla

Dr. Joel Tranquilla is a conductor and music educator noted for his versatile musicianship and creative programming. As the Director of Choral Activities at Trinity Western University he oversees a program of six choirs and teaches various other courses within the School of the Arts, Media + Culture. In addition to his work at TWU, Joel is the Conductor of the Valley Festival Singers in Abbotsford and the award-winning Coastal Sound Youth Choir in Coquitlam. He is also the Associate Conductor of the Canadian Chamber Choir and has performed extensively with that ensemble since 2007. In high demand as an adjudicator and clinician across the country, 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.

Joel Tranquilla and Denise O'Brien will be leading Vancouver's Secondary Choral sessions. Joel will also be leading the Choral Revels bonus evening session.

Cristi Cary Miller

Cristi Cary Miller

Cristi Miller is highly regarded across the United States as a master teacher, conductor and composer. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, she began her teaching career instructing grades 7-12. She eventually moved to the Putnam City School system in 1989 where she worked in the elementary classroom for 21 years. During her time at Putnam City, she was the co-director of the Putnam City Honor Choir. This chorus was highly regarded in their area, winning many honors at festivals and competitions.

In 2008, Cristi became a National Board Certified Teacher and in 2010, Mrs. Miller became a part of the Fine Arts Staff at Heritage Hall Schools in the Oklahoma City area where she teaches middle school music. Many of her students have received All-State honors through her leadership and her choirs have maintained superior ratings at statewide contests. Mrs. Miller's honors include Putnam City Teacher of the Year, Putnam City "Excellent Educator" Award, Putnam City PTA Teacher of the Year and OMEA Exemplary Teacher. In addition, in 2014 she will be inducted into the OMEA Hall of Fame.

Cristi has served as the Elementary Representative on the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association Board of Directors as well as the Elementary Vice President and President for the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. Along with her educational responsibilities, Mrs. Miller authors and co-authors a column for a national music magazine entitled Music Express! and was a contributing writer for the Macmillan McGraw-Hill music textbook series, Spotlight on Music. In addition, she served as the consulting editor for Little Schoolhouse book series, Christopher Kazoo and Bongo Boo. Mrs. Miller is frequently in demand as a clinician and director across the United States and Canada. She has numerous choral pieces and books in publication through the Hal Leonard Corporation and has also been the recipient of several ASCAP awards for her music. Cristi and her husband, Rick, live in Oklahoma City.

Cristi Cary Miller will be leading Vancouver's Elementary Choral & Classroom Resources sessions, and is sponsored by Hal Leonard.

Lee Dengler

Lee Dengler

Lee Dengler received a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from West Chester University School of Music in West Chester, PA. He studied choral composition and arranging with Alice Parker at Westminster Choir College as well as in her home in New England where he participated in the Melodious Accord Fellowship program. Lee and his wife, Susan, live in Goshen, Indiana where they are Ministers of Music and Arts at College Mennonite Church. Together they oversee a fully graduated vocal and handbell choir program. Lee directs the 60-voice adult choir. Also, he is a freelance editor and engraver for several major sacred music publishers in the United States. Lee is a bass/baritone soloist and has sung in recitals in many churches and in numerous oratorio and operatic productions. He directs the Goshen Community Chorale, a 60- to 70-voice organization which performs a wide range of choral repertoire. Composing has always been a passion for Lee, beginning very early in life. Lee grew up in a Mennonite church in eastern Pennsylvania where four-part a cappella congregational hymn singing was the norm. This planted in him a deep love for singing. This love continues to be an influence in his writing today. Lee composes a wide range of choral, vocal and piano works and has over 220 works published by most of the nation's major music publishers. Lee and Susan have two married children and four, very cute, extremely intelligent, highly talented, incredible grandchildren.

Lee Dengler will be leading Vancouver's Sacred Choral sessions, and is sponsored by Hal Leonard.