Bryan taught music in Nanaimo for 50 years. Since 1997 he served as Chair of MusicFest Canada's Jazz and Concert Band Divisions and is currently a Board member. He also taught Jazz Pedagogy at Vancouver Island University and was Chairman of the Music Department until he retired again in 2015.
Bryan’s school bands won many provincial and national awards and his groups have performed in Japan, Europe, the US and in every major city in Canada. Many of his former students are professional musicians and music educators, the best known being international stars Diana Krall, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, and Carmella Luvisotto
Bryan is a Music Fest Canada Hall of Fame member, recipient of the Marshall McLuhan Distinguished Teacher Award for both BC and Canada, BCMEA’s Professional Music Educator Award, and the City Of Nanaimo Excellence in Culture Award.
What Bryan enjoys most is working with music students of all ages.
Bryan Stovell will be leading Victoria's Jazz Band clinic.
Captain Matthew Clark was born in Southport, England and immigrated to Canada with his family as a young boy. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a Primary Reservist in 1994 and then joined the Regular Force in 1997.
In 2016, Matthew was appointed as the Director of Music of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band after a successful Command tour with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, Victoria BC. Captain Clark’s passion and community involvement has inspired many significant collaborations. Several highly successful recordings (ten and counting!) have been produced under his command, and he initiated the creation of new works from prominent Canadian composers. His community work includes volunteering with Cadet Honour Bands, and as a member of the selection board for the "Sing Me a Song" program sponsored by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia in 2015 and 2016.
He has served as guest conductor for several ensembles including "The President’s Own" United States Marine Band, the Latvian National Big Band, the Victoria Symphony, the University of Victoria Wind Ensemble, the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble and the Winnipeg Winds Ensemble.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Captain Clark studied conducting with Dr. Gillian MacKay. In 2017 Matthew was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and is only one of six Canadians within the organization. Matthew also received the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Commendation for his outstanding service to military music, and the (then) Commander Land Force Central Area Commendation.
Captain Clark has proudly served with The Royal Canadian Artillery Band, the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, and the Band of the Ceremonial Guard. He has also held staff positions with the Directorate of History and Heritage, and with the Canadian Forces Logistics Training Center.
An equally gifted Euphonium soloist, Matthew has recorded for the Arktos Label and has been featured on CBC Radio.
Matthew Clark will be leading Victoria's Concert Band clinic.
Teodora Georgieva received her Bachelor of Music Education in Russia, and Masters of Choral Conducting in Bulgaria. In her native Bulgaria, she has conducted the opera chorus of the International Danube Opera as well as the Sofia Orthodox Choir. In Canada, her work expanded to include the Canadian Children's Opera Company, Riverdale Youth Singers, St. Michael's Choir School and the Toronto School Board. Since her move to Victoria, Teodora has been conducting with the Victoria Children's Choir, teaching various music courses at the Continuing Studies of UVic., as well as leading music activities at Lester B. Pearson College and Sight-Singing and the Canadian College of Performing Arts.
Teodora Georgieva and Donald Hunt will be leading Victoria's Choral clinic.
Donald was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He went on to study music at McGill University in Montreal, where he received Bachelor and Masters degrees in organ performance and composition, studying principally with John Grew. During his time in Montreal, he was assistant organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal. He has also held organist posts in the UK, including at Truro Cathedral, St Paul's Cathedral, and St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. Donald is a first prize laureate of the Concours d’orgue de Québec and has been a finalist in the Concours Prix d’Europe and the RCCO National Organ Playing Competition. He recently took up the post of Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, where he plans the liturgical music for three Sunday services, and directs a number of choirs, including a newly-formed treble treble choir in partnership with the Cathedral School. He has broadcast live on BBC radios 3 and 4, including playing for the Scottish celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. Donald is an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.
Donald Hunt and Teodora Georgieva will be leading Victoria's Choral clinic.