Concert Choir - Kellie Walsh
Kellie Walsh is the founder and Artistic Director of the internationally award-winning Lady Cove Women's Choir, the Artistic Director of the internationally celebrated and award-winning children's chorus, Shallaway Youth Choir, co-founder and now Artistic Director Emeritus of Newman Sound Men's Choir, and has most recently co-founded the Inuit Youth Choir Ullûgiagatsuk from Nunatsiavut, Labrador.
Kellie's work has brought her across Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, the United States, South America, Europe and Asia. As acclaimed as the choirs she conducts, Kellie’s true passion is more profoundly understood by the use of choral music as a medium to unite people and cultures, transcending geography and social, political and economic circumstances. From deep and proud roots in Newfoundland and Labrador, she has become renowned in Canada and internationally for embracing the medium of choral singing as an opportunity to explore leadership potential, identity building and social/civic engagement.
In 2014, Lady Cove Women's Choir won two gold medals at the largest choral competition on the globe, the World Choral Games in Latvia. The choir was a winner of the CBC Radio National Competition in both 2008 and 2006. In 2008 the choir won first place in the prestigious Béla Bartók Contemporary Choir Competition in Hungary and in 2011 was one of 25 choirs in the world to be invited to the 9th World Symposium on Choral Music in Argentina.
Under her leadership, Shallaway Youth Choir has grown to over 450 children from St. John’s and surrounding areas. In 2015 Shallaway won first place and overall highest marks at the renowned Llangollen Festival.
Kellie believes the arts can play an explicit role in helping to shape communities' social, physical, and economic futures. Kellie, the choristers, and all of the volunteers with her organizations have won the hearts of audiences locally and globally and mobilized support from governments, communities and private sector donors, and have had a transformative impact on people locally, nationally and globally. Currently she is the President of our countries national choral organization, Choral Canada.
Concert Choir Accompanist - Eric Hominick
Eric Hominick, a native of Sydney, Nova Scotia, studied piano at Dalhousie University and the Toronto Conservatory, and joined the music staff at Vancouver Community College in 1983, where he currently accompanies the classical voice and choral programs.
In addition, Eric is longtime accompanist for the British Columbia Girls Choir, performs with Pacifica Singers and SummerChor, is rehearsal pianist for Vancouver Cantata Singers, and is in demand to play for many of Vancouver’s finest singers and choral groups.
Comfortable in a variety of musical styles and genres, Mr. Hominick also accompanies several violin and flute studios, has played musical theatre productions, and is an experienced Special Functions pianist and cruise ship entertainer.
Eric is an experienced recital/audition/competition/workshop accompanist, bass soloist, vocal coach, voice and piano teacher, and published arranger. This is his fourth time accompanying BC Honor Choir.
Jazz Ensemble - Christine Jensen
Montreal-based alto and soprano saxophonist, composer and conductor Christine Jensen is an original voice on the international jazz scene, and is regarded as one of Canada’s most compelling composers and improvisers. She has won the Downbeat Critic’s Poll for Rising Star Big Band, Arranger, and Soprano Saxophonist, as well as being honoured by the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2017 with the Oscar Peterson Prize. She currently leads her own jazz orchestra as well as other diverse ensemble projects. “Jensen writes in three dimensions, with a quiet kind of authority that makes the many elements cohere. Wayne Shorter, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler come to mind.” –Downbeat.
Jensen has won two Juno Awards for her recordings with her jazz orchestra, including Habitat (2014) and Treelines (2011). Four of her albums have been nominated with Quebec’s ADISQ awards. Habitat received the coveted 5 stars in Downbeat, along with being included at the top of several international critic’s polls, including Jazz Album of the Year in 2014. She was also profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered for her work with Habitat. A two-time recipient of the Hagood Hardy Prize from SOCAN, she has also received two Quebec Opus Awards for her big band recordings and concerts. Her recent collaborations as conductor and composer with Orchestre National Jazz Montreal have included conducting Terence Blanchard, Oliver Jones, The Music of Carla Bley, as well as recording her suite Under the Influence, which won the 2017 Prix Opus for jazz recording of the year.
As a leader, Jensen has led numerous small groups. Along with her sister, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, she has co-led Nordic Connect, where they released two recordings, as well as touring Canada, US, and Scandinavia numerous times. Their latest recording Infinitude featuring Ben Monder on guitar was nominated for a 2017 Juno Award.
Jensen’s music has taken her all over the world, where she has received numerous commissions and conducting opportunities with jazz orchestras in Canada, the US and Europe. Recent guest artist residencies include Frost School of Music-UMiami, The New School NY, Dartmouth College, University of Michigan, UMO Jazz Orchestra (Finland), Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, and Luxembourg Jazz Orchestra. Collaborators have included Phil Dwyer, Ben Monder, Gary Smuylan, Geoffrey Keezer, Lenny Pickett, and Donny McCaslin.
Teachers and mentors include Kenny Werner, Jim McNeely, Dick Oatts, Remi Bolduc and John Hollenbeck. She is currently on faculty at McGill University where she teaches composition, saxophone, ensembles, and is conductor and artistic director of Jazz Orchestra 1.
String Orchestra - Dr. Dijana Ihas
Dijana Ihas is an Associate Professor of Music Education at Pacific University, in Forest Grove, Oregon, where she teaches courses in music education and conducts the Pacific University Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2015 Dr. Ihas was awarded the Pacific University Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2018 she received the Pacific University Faculty Achievement Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service. Dr. Ihas is a Founding Director and Master Teacher of a national award winning after-school music education program called String Project, which is the first and only program of its kind in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Prior to her university position, Dr. Ihas taught music in public schools for seven years. Her high school and full symphony orchestras won numerous competitions including three consecutive Oregon state championships and two national championships. Dr. Ihas’ research interests evolve around instructional strategies, mentoring undergraduate research, advocacy for music education, and application of string pedagogy methods and approaches in orchestra classes. Her publications have appeared in American String Teacher (AST) Journal, String Research Journal, and the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) Quarterly. Dr. Ihas’ educational/degrees background includes MFA in Viola Performance (University of California, Irvine), MM in Music Education (University of Arizona), and PhD in Music Education (University of Oregon). She regularly presents/clinics at national, regional, and state music educators conferences and she conducts honors high school orchestras. In addition to being a registered violin and viola teacher in Suzuki method, Dr. Ihas successfully completed official trainings in Rolland, Bornoff, and Havas’ string pedagogy approaches as well as in Orff and Kodaly general music methods.
Vocal Jazz - Brian Dokko
Brian Dokko holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. He is currently in his 17th year as the Director of Choral Activities at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California, where he oversees a choral music department of eight vocal ensembles. He is also in his sixth year as director of the ‘49er Chorus at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University at Long Beach Mr. Dokko’s ensembles have performed internationally across Europe and domestically across the US, in both classical and vocal jazz disciplines, and are regular participants of regional festivals and competitions.
Wind Ensemble - Dr. Gerard Morris
GERARD MORRIS joined University of Puget Sound School of Music faculty in fall 2009, and currently serves as interim director, director of bands, and department chair for winds and percussion. In 2016 he became an associate professor and was honored as the recipient of the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Morris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Western Michigan University, a Master of Music Education degree from University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Doctor of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University.
With passion for new music, Morris has commissioned wind compositions by Michael Colgrass, Carter Pann, Joel Puckett, Jake Runestad, Daniel Kellogg, Andrew Ardizzoia, Gregory Youtz, Christopher Stark, Michael Markowski, Geoffrey Gordon, James Stephenson, Kevin Day, and Puget Sound student composers. Under his leadership, the Puget Sound Wind Ensemble has performed world premieres of Trains of Thoughts (Alex Shapiro), Das Bach Book (Carter Pann), Glass House Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble (Andrew Ardizzoia), This Life Glowed (Christopher Arrell), The House of Life and Take Time (Robert Hutchinson), Lurgy (Neil Thornock), Fireworks Fanfare (Kevin Day), as well as the north American premiere of Argentinian composer Alejandro Rutty’s A Future of Tango.
Morris was recently named conductor and artistic director of the esteemed Tacoma Concert Band (TCB), and his credits also include conducting appearances at The Midwest Clinic, College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Western/Northwestern Divisional Conference, Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) State Conference, California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Bay Section Conference, University of Georgia JanFest, Colorado Music Festival at Chautauqua, Steamboat Strings Music in the Mountains Summer Music Festival, Heartland Marimba Festival, West Valley Winds Workshop (Canmore, Alberta), Calgary Summer Band Workshop, and as featured conductor on composer Neil Thornock's compact disc recording Between the Lines, a project that Morris also co-produced. In addition, he has appeared as guest clinician/lecturer at CBDNA National Conference, WMEA State Conference, CMEA Bay Section Conference, University of North Carolina at Greensboro New Music Festival, Northwestern University Conducting and Wind Symposium, University of British Columbia Wind Conducting Symposium, and guest artist in residence at American Community School (Abu Dhabi/Dubai, United Arab Emirates), Iowa State University, Xavier University, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, St. George's School (Vancouver, British Columbia), and West Point Grey Academy (Vancouver, British Columbia).
Morris's conducting and teaching are informed by years of professional performing experience as principal euphonium with Boulder Brass and United States Marine Corps Band, Hawai’i. With these organizations he toured the United States, Australia, and Costa Rica as both an ensemble member and soloist.