David Flello is a musician and an educator living in Victoria, BC. He recently retired from the public education system in BC after teaching for 36 years. His educator awards include Arts Leader of the Year for the City of Victoria, Jazz Program of the Year from the Jazz Report Magazine, and a Prime Minister’s Merit Award for Outstanding Education. His adjudication experience includes Festivals on Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, Central BC and Alberta.
His performance experience as a freelance trumpet player has spanned most musical styles including orchestral, small ensemble, pit orchestra, jazz and commercial music. He has performed in the trumpet sections of, and/or as a soloist with, a large number of ensembles including the Victoria Jazz Orchestra, Victoria and Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestras, the Meridiem Wind Orchestra, The Midnights R&B Band, Dockside Drive and with notable artists including Holly Cole, David Foster, Rob McConnell, Guido Basso and the Temptations.
David Flello will be leading Victoria's Jazz Band sessions.
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 Victoria's Concert Band sessions.
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, FACE Young Singers, and the McGill Conservatory Choirs. In Calgary, she directed the William Aberhart High School Choirs, Westwinds Green Choir, Kairos Young Singers, the Savridi Singers and taught Music and French with the Calgary Board of Education. Her choral ensembles have performed in festivals both nationally and internationally.
Phare-Bergh is in demand as an adjudicator and presenter (ChoralFest, MCA, Podium) 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. In July 2006, she traveled to Uganda to work with the African Children’s Choir Literacy Schools.
Erica and her husband, Rick, currently reside on Vancouver Island, 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 is an arranger with Cypress Choral Music (La série echantée).
Erica Phare-Bergh will be leading Victoria's Choral Sessions