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Next Symposium is

October 3, 2020

with Jim Karas.


  • Connect with other Ontario band teachers

  • A workshop session presented by clinician

  • Rehearsal techniques and repertoire ideas

  • Booths from Harknett Music and St. John’s Music

  • A masterclass ensemble that represents the sounds and squeaks of a beginning band

  • The chance to play! Delegates are encouraged to bring an instrument on which they are experienced for the reading sessions


Jacquie Dawson

University of Manitoba

Jacqueline Dawson received undergraduate degrees in music and music education from Memorial University of Newfoundland and holds a masters degree in conducting from the University of Manitoba where she studied with Dale Lonis and Earl Stafford. She recently began studies towards a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting at the University of Kansas. Jacquie is currently Assistant Professor and Director of Bands at the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music where she conducts the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, teaches courses in music education and graduate conducting. She also serves as Faculty Advisor for music education student teachers. Prior to her appointment at the University of Manitoba Jacquie taught in the public school system for twenty years and served as a sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba.

Jacquie is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator across Canada, appearing at numerous festivals and conference coast to coast. Engagements have included Musicfest Canada, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival, the International Music Camp, and numerous provincial, regional and divisional honour bands extending from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Jacquie was awarded the 2003 University of Manitoba School of Music Excellence in Music Education Award, the 2013 University of Manitoba Teacher Recognition Award and the 2015 Manitoba Band Association Award of Distinction. She has been published in the Canadian Music Educator Journal and the Canadian Winds Journal. Jacquie has presented at conferences across Canada including the Canadian Music Educators’ Association National Conference.

Jacquie served on the board of directors of the Manitoba Band Association from 1999 – 2005 and remains active with numerous projects and initiatives. Jacquie is in her 10th season as Artistic Director of The Winnipeg Wind Ensemble. Under Jacquie’s leadership the group has expanded in infrastructure, artistic standard and programming, and recently launched a new division of the organization, The Winnipeg Youth Wind Ensemble. In October 2017, The Winnipeg Wind Ensemble in conjunction with an international consortium commissioned and premiered Transcendent Light by Canadian composer, Kenley Kristofferson. Jacquie continues to spend as much time as possible with young students and band programs and is a strong advocate for music education.

2019 Demo Band


The St. Andrew’s Middle School Junior Concert Band, from the Toronto District School Board, is made up of students who receive two 50 minute periods of instrumental music instruction in a five-day cycle from their teacher, Hugh Corbett (B. Mus, ’90 UWO & B. Ed ’91 UofT, OCT). The students have the opportunity to try several brass, woodwind and percussion instruments to find on which instrument they have the most natural ability during an instrument orientation and selection process that takes place during the first six weeks of school. In November 2018, the students opened the case of their chosen instrument for the first time and five weeks later they performed a selection of simple folk songs in unison for their families at the St. Andrew’s MS Winter Arts Showcase concert. The students were thrilled with their progress and eager to do more.

After the winter break, the extra-curricular rehearsal schedule intensified to once a day and the pace of the students’ learning spiked. Over the next five weeks, 108 students in the newly formed St. Andrew’s MS Junior Concert Band expanded their note and rhythmic vocabulary, developed their range of dynamics and articulation styles, and improved their sensitivity to balance and blend in order to be prepared for their second performance in the Ontario Band Association’s Concert Band Festival.

The St. Andrew’s MS Junior Concert Band performed Callisto (Johnson; Curnow), Three Faces of Killimanjaro (Smith; Alfred) and Chesapeake Serenade (Balmages; FJH) in the OBA Concert Band Festival B100 class where they received a Gold Award, an invitation to perform at MusicFest Nationals in Ottawa, the Overall Outstanding Band Concert Band Award, and the recommendation to be the demonstration band at the 2019 OBA Beginning Band Symposium.

Later that month, they performed for the third time in the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival Grade 7 & Under Bands Class where they received a Platinum Award, and the Best in Class Distinction. In May, the Junior Concert Band travelled to Ottawa to perform in the MusicFest Nationals B100 class where they earned a Gold Award for their performance of Crusade (Gassi; Alfred), Bazaar (Standridge; Grand Mesa) and Chesapeake Serenade (Balmages; FJH), a Gold ranking for the sight-reading component, and a Certificate of Excellence.

The St. Andrew’s MS Junior Concert Band would like to express their appreciation to the Director of the OBA Beginning Band Symposium, Danielle Kolenko, for the opportunity to work with guest clinician, Jacquie Dawson, and to perform at the symposium.


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