​The Capital Region/OBA Wind Band Symposium is for wind conductors and educators of all levels! This year’s symposium will focus on rehearsal skills and how to create a productive and engaging learning environment. Participants will also have the opportunity to plaay their instrument, to direct the ensemble, to gain repertoire ideas, and to network with other teachers and musicians. Band teachers will also find that this event an ideal way to prepare for festival season.

Symposium info

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 9:30AM to 4:30PM

Ashbury College
362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa ON

General  |  New/Returning = $80

General  |  Current = $55

Student/Retiree  |  New/Returning = $45

Student/Reetiree  |  Current = $25


Led by Bill Kristjanson, the schedule will include five  sessions:

  • Find Something Good and Help it Grow

  • Who’s in Charge Here Anyway?

  • Le’ts Be Musical

  • Make it Stick

  • Putting it All Together


Participants will be able to see the above topics explored as Bill works with the Ashbury College Senior Concert Band. Please contact for more information. 


Bill Kristjanson

Bill Kristjanson is currently a sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba, teaching music education courses. For many years he taught at Vincent Massey Collegiate, Glenlawn Collegiate and Minnetonka schools in Winnipeg and served as Divisional Music Consultant.

Bill has been invited to present at the International Association of Jazz Educators’ Conference, the Canadian Music Educators Conference, and provincial music education conferences in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. Among guest conducting roles, he has conducted the Manitoba Provincial Junior Honour Band, Intermediate Honour Band, Honour Jazz Band, The Winnipeg Wind Ensemble and at the International Music Camp. Bill is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing teaching excellence and service to music education including, the “Manitoba Band Association Award of Distinction”, “Manitoba Jazz Educator of the Year Award”, a “CMEA Builders Award” the “D.W. Penner Award for Exceptional Service in Education” and the Canadian Band Association “National Band Award”.

His leadership roles include Past President of the Manitoba Music Educators’ Association, Chairperson of the Winnipeg International Optimist Festival and a member of the Manitoba Music Curriculum writing team. Currently he is involved in the MBA Mentorship Program and is the Artistic Director of the MBA/University of Manitoba Jazz Camp.

Bill’s teaching philosophy revolves around, “Finding something good, and helping it grow.​