An internationally recognized composer, arranger, conductor and clinician, Robert Sheldon is one of the most performed composers of wind band music today. His teaching career included 28 years in the Florida and Illinois public schools as well as at the University of Florida, Florida State University, Illinois Central College and Bradley University. He has held positions as conductor of the Alachua County Youth Orchestra in Gainesville, Florida and the Prairie Wind Ensemble in East Peoria, Illinois. Robert has conducted and presented clinics throughout the United States, Japan, Canada, Italy, Germany, Australia and China.
The American School Band Directors Association has honoured him with the Volkwein Award for composition and the Stanbury Award for teaching, and the International Assembly of Phi Beta Mu honoured him with the International Outstanding Bandmaster Award. He has also been a twenty-eight-time recipient of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Standard Award for his compositions for concert band and orchestra. His works have been recorded and released on compact discs including, Images: The Music of Robert Sheldon, and Infinite Horizons: The Music of Robert Sheldon, as well as numerous other recordings. He has been the topic of articles published in The Instrumentalist, Teaching Music, School Band and Orchestra Magazine and is a featured composer in Volume I of Composers on Composing Music for Band.
Currently Director of Concert Band Publications for Alfred Music, Robert is the lead author of Alfred's Sound Innovations for Band and co-author of Sound Innovations for Strings. He continues to maintain an active conducting and composing schedule and regularly accepts commissions for new works.
Robert Sheldon will be leading Vancouver's Concert Band sessions.
Juno-nominated bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator Jodi Proznick has earned a reputation as one of Canada's finest jazz artists. She has won numerous National Jazz Awards, including Bassist of the Year in '08 and '09. Her group, the Jodi Proznick Quartet, was awarded the Acoustic Group of the Year and Album of the Year in ‘08 and the Galaxie Rising Star at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in ‘00.
In addition to leading her own group, Jodi has performed with many of Canada's top jazz musicians, including PJ Perry, Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Brad Turner, Hugh Fraser, Oliver Gannon, Dee Daniels, Phil Dwyer, and Laila Biali. She is regularly in demand to perform and record with visiting jazz artists including Michael Bublé, Byron Stripling, Michael Feinstein, David "Fathead" Newman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Thigpen, Jeff Hamilton, Peter Bernstein, Charles McPherson, Seamus Blake, George Coleman, Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, and Lewis Nash. In addition to recording her own Juno-nominated CD as a leader, Jodi has been featured on over 30 recordings as a sideman.
Jodi began playing bass at the age of 13 under the direction of her father David, an award-winning music educator. In '93, Jodi received the General Motors Award of Excellence, establishing her as one of the top young musicians at Musicfest Canada, and then went on to receive a scholarship to study bass at McGill University in Montreal. After graduating, Jodi played with many of the top musicians in Montreal, including Christine Jensen, Andre White, and Greg Clayton. She was awarded the IAJE Sisters in Jazz award in '98 as one of the best up-and-coming female jazz musicians.
Jodi moved to Vancouver in '00, where she now lives with her husband and collaborator, pianist Tilden Webb, and young son Tristan. Her personal highlights include opening for Oscar Peterson in 2004, performing as a featured soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and recording numerous times for CBC Radio. Another highlight in Jodi’s career was when she was asked to be the featured bassist in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games’ closing ceremonies and soundtrack.
Jodi’s deep passion for education lead her to pursue a Masters Degree in Education at Simon Fraser University. She is a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Artistic Director of the VSO School of Music Summer Jazz Workshop and has been a guest adjudicator and clinician at many festivals, colleges, universities, and conferences across Canada.
As well as an extensive background as a jazz educator, Jodi taught early childhood music classes for over 15 years. Her methodology incorporated Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze, Montessori and Suzuki philosophies of music education. Her areas of interest include arts-based research, embodied educational practises, attachment, phenomenology and creativity.
Jodi is a Yamaha Canada Artist / Educator.
Jodi Proznick will be leading Vancouver's Jazz Band sessions.
Pepper Choplin earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Master of Music degree in composition at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. His catalog currently includes over 200 anthems in addition to eight choral musicals. His musical experiences range from church musician to theme park entertainer. He has performed musical styles from rock to classical to bluegrass. In addition to his print music, he has four CDs of inspirational and humorous material including his new, Might as Well Laugh than Cry. His CD, Hold On, has inspired many to live through difficult times with faith and hope. Pepper leads events throughout the country as composer, clinician, conductor and entertainer. Audiences respond with laughter and with tears as he conducts and sings his unique mix of inspirational and humorous music in churches and conferences. Much of Pepper’s creative energy goes into planning creative and vibrant worship for Greystone Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC where he is Minister of Music. Many of his anthems are born out of a need at his own church. Pepper’s chief desire is "to create music that will lead people to worship in a dramatic way."
Pepper Chopin will be leading Vancouver's Sacred Choral sessions.
Frances Roberts has been teaching for twenty-eight years at Argyle Secondary, North Vancouver where she directs three concert choirs, two vocal jazz/chamber ensembles, a small string ensemble and assists with the grade 8 band. She has been on faculty at the West Coast Amateur Musicians Family Summer Camp for the past nineteen years and in 2013 she was honoured to be the director of the BC Choral Federation’s BC Youth Choir in Nanaimo.
Over the years her senior choirs have toured throughout North America, Europe and Asia. They have been selected to appear with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Chamber Choir, and to workshop with Robert Sund, Eric Whitacre, "Rajaton", "Idea of North" and the "Swingle Singers". Frances has presented at BCMEA conferences, for the BCCF, at ACCC and she has adjudicated at festivals in BC and Alberta.
In 2017, Frances completed her Masters in Music degree in Choral Conducting at UBC under Dr. Graeme Langager. She is thrilled to be part of "Inspirare", a summer choral conductors’ workshop, in collaboration with Dr. Langager. Frances is happy to be invited back to the summer music reading sessions for Long and McQuade and knows we will have a great day!
Frances Roberts and Dave Rosborough will be leading Vancouver's Secondary and Adult Choral sessions.
David Rosborough (B.Sc., M.A., A.R.C.T) is an experienced music educator, conductor, composer, singer and accompanist who is active around the Metro Vancouver area. He has taught at Pacific Academy (Surrey, BC) for over 15 years, where he directs two high-school choirs and an award-winning vocal jazz ensemble, in addition to teaching Biology in the IB Diploma Programme.
As a performer, David regularly appears as a chorus member and soloist with the Vancouver Cantata Singers, with whom he has sung for the past 4 years. He has also performed with Pacifica Singers, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Belle Voci, Rorate, and the Gloria Dei Chorale, in addition to solo engagements as a singer and as a pianist. David has also been highly involved in musical theatre, both at Pacific Academy and with community theatre groups in Vancouver and Abbotsford, serving various roles including musical director, technical director, vocal coach, keyboardist, set designer and sound designer, in shows such as Fiddler on the Roof (Pacific Academy; Gallery 7 Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Gallery 7 Theatre), and Last 5 Years (Stones Throw Productions).
David lives in Aldergrove, BC with his wife, Marianne, and daughters Kaitlyn and Rebecca.
Dave Rosborough and Frances Roberts will be leading Vancouver's Secondary and Adult Choral sessions.
Carrie Tennant is the founder and Artistic Director of the Vancouver Youth Choir. For the past 15 years she has worked primarily with youth choirs, focussing on building community, leadership and artistic excellence in young singers. On top of her work with the Vancouver Youth Choir, Carrie has also held conducting positions with Chor Leoni, the Sarah McLachlan Youth Choir, EnChor, and the Coastal Sound Youth Choir. Carrie’s choirs have twice been awarded first place in the youth choir category at the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, and have been featured at both Chorus America and Podium Conferences. During her time with the Coastal Sound Youth Choir, their popular Indiekor shows were recognized with Choral Canada’s National Award for Innovation.
In addition to her work with VYC, Carrie is an Affiliate Conductor with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and a frequent clinician, adjudicator and retreat facilitator across Canada. A passionate advocate for building and sustaining community among BC choirs and conductors, in 2010 she helped found the "BC Choral Mentorship Project": a collective that brings together expert speakers/conductors from across North America with local choral directors for master classes, discussion groups and lectures.
Carrie Tennant will be leading Vancouver's Choral Revels! session.
John Jacobson is internationally recognized for his large-scale music and choreography productions. His outstanding body of work includes producing hundreds of shows in association with Walt Disney Productions (including the opening of Disney Tokyo), directing choreography for presidential inaugurations, and producing massive song and dance numbers for events such as NBC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
His fans are legion, launching him into an Internet Sensation, through his entertaining and gleeful YouTube dance videos which have an incredible track record for going viral, attracting millions upon millions of views.
With a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University, John has written, composed and choreographed musicals and choral works that have been performed by millions worldwide, as well as countless educational videos that have been incorporated into music teaching curriculums. John’s works are published exclusively with Hal Leonard Corporation.
John is the founder and volunteer president of America Sings! Inc., a non-profit organization that encourages young performers to use their time and talents for community service. John is also recognized internationally as a creative and motivating speaker for teachers and students involved in music education and was named Presidential Point of Light by President Clinton. He founded the classroom standard John Jacobson’s Music Express Magazine (where he continues as Senior Contributing Writer) reaching nearly 4 million children world-wide.
John recently penned the new book Double Dreams: Living a Life of Glee, Harmony, and Oh Yes….JAZZ HANDS! and its DVD companion, ‘Double Dream Hands – Songs for Fun and Fitness’.
John’s other works include jJump! DVD fitness series for kids (of all ages), his motivational book A Place in the Choir and many new videos on his Music Express YouTube channel.
John Jacobson and Heidi Epp will be leading Vancouver's Elementary Classroom sessions.
Heidi Epp is enjoying her 8th season with the RYHC as their Artistic Director and is taking them on their second international tour this July to Africa. They will be the Canadian representation at the world choir games in Tshwane. Heidi is also the founding Artistic Director of the Fraser Valley Children's Chorus, who just celebrated the conclusion of their first season. In their first year, they collaborated with 4 choirs, attended 2 festivals, and collaborated with the Chilliwack Youth Orchestra, as well as entering a musical float in Yarrow Days, winning a first place ribbon. They also composed their first song and entered it into the "Sing Me a Song" contest with the Lieutenant Governor of BC, winning first place in the 18 and under category. They were presented their award in person by her Honour, Janet Austin. As well as being the Artistic Director of these organizations and the Yarrow Community Choir, Heidi keeps an active private piano studio and freelances as a workshop presenter and guest clinician. Heidi is very pleased to be at these reading sessions to connect with fellow educators and conductors who are all living a life of passion for music and people!
Heidi Epp and John Jacobson will be leading Vancouver's Elementary Classroom sessions.