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Ashbury College

362 Mariposa ave., 
ottawa, on

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  • Workshop sessions presented by clinician Dr. Colleen Richardson

  • Explore conducting, pedagogical and rehearsal techniques

  • Opportunity to receive live feedback while conducting the Governor General's Foot Guards Band

2023 FEES

Please note that you have to be a member of the OBA to attend the Capital Region/OBA Wind Band Symposium.

The event fees are as follows:

New/Renewing Membership (Regular) & Symposium Fee ........................... $80

New/Renewing Membership (Student/Retiree)

& Symposium Fee .........................$45

Symposium Fee Only (current Regular OBA members) ................................... $55

Symposium Fee Only (current Student/Retiree OBA members) ....................................$25

By selecting one of the last two options, you agree that you are a members of the OBA. Should you not be a member, you will be asked to purchase a membership upon confirmation.

Please note that those with an OBA Virtual Membership will have access to a livestream and/or recorded version of the symposium.

To purchase an OBA membership, please visit our membership page here:

2023 session breakdown

Session 1 - 9:30 - 10:15 AM

"I've always wanted to play..."

  • Planning and programming towards your goals


Session 2 - 10:30 - 11:30 AM

"To infinity and beyooooooond!"

  • Finding the music every day. (Ashbury Concert Band)


Session 3 - 11:45 - 12:30 PM

Conducting Session 1 (Governor General's Foot Guards Band)

LUNCH (provided)


Session 4 - 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Conducting Session 2 (Governor General's Foot Guards Band)

Session 5 - 3:15 - 4:00 PM

"Make it work!"


  • Strategies to help the piece fit your band.

symposium overview

You may choose to conduct one or two pieces from the list below and receive live feedback from our clinician. Spots are limited and conductors will be chosen on a first-come first-served basis.


  • A conducting baton

  • Your instrument if you'd like to play in the band

  • Scores to follow along during the conducting masterclass session; scores are available from Long & McQuade Music.

  • Selected Repertoire List:

    • Symbiopholie by Jonathan Dagenais​

    • Greek Folk Song Suite by Franco Cesarini

    • Remember by Melanie Donahue

    • Loki, the Evil Trickster of Asgard by Kevin Kaisershot

    • Celtic Air and Dance arr. by Michael Sweeney

2023 Clinician
Dr. Colleen richardson

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Dr. Colleen Richardson is Coordinator of Bands and Associate Professor at Western University in London, Ontario, where she directs the Wind Ensemble. In addition to teaching undergraduate music education classes and graduate instrumental conducting, she co-directs the Western Young Winds program, which is a community band for students in grades six to nine taught by undergraduate music education majors. Under her direction, the Western University Wind Ensemble has produced two CDs, Apparitions (Albany Records, 2011) and Explorations (Mark Records, 2016); both recordings are available through itunes and


Besides being active as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor across Canada, Richardson has guest conducted or presented her research in Brazil, Ireland, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Wales, and the US. She has presented at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and her publications include articles for the Canadian Winds, and the Canadian Music Educator Journal, as well as nine study guides within the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. In 2012, Richardson produced and edited the Hunsberger DVD within GIA’s DVD set entitled Three Icons: Frank Battisti, Donald Hunsberger, and H. Robert Reynolds.


A native of Winnipeg, Richardson graduated from Brandon University (BMus Ed), the University of Calgary (Wind Conducting Diploma, MMus Conducting), and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (DMA Wind Conducting). While in Cincinnati completing her doctorate, she co-directed the Tri-State Chamber Players, as well as served as the Music Director and Conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble. In 2005, Richardson became Assistant Professor of Music Education and the Wind Ensemble Director at Converse College in South Carolina. She joined the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University in 2006. 


In 2018, Richardson was awarded the Canadian Band Association’s “International Band Award” for her contribution to the international band movement. Currently, she is the President of WASBE (the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) and the Chairperson of WASBE’s Artistic Planning Committee for their 2024 conference in Gwangju, South Korea.


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