MusiCamp 2021 Faculty

After initial training at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music with Ken Read, Alden biked to Mexico with a trombone strapped to his bike. On his way home he stopped in Arizona and had trombone lessons with Gail Eugene Wilson and Will Kimball at ASU.

In 1999 he began work on his BMus at the UofA where he studied with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra‘s principal trombonist, John McPherson. In 2003 he completed his degree and began a long term artist’s residency at the Banff Centre. In the summer of 2004 Alden toured Europe as principal euphonium with the New Edmonton Wind Symphonia. Thanks to an open ended return ticket he stayed in Europe, travelled around and ended up living in La Rochelle, France where he studied with Thomas Besse at the École Nationale de Musique et de Danse.

Alden loves all music and plays in a wide variety of groups and settings. He often performs with chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, jazz groups, salsa, ska and rock bands.

Beth Levia has played third oboe and substitute Principal Oboe with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and has played with several Edmonton based ensembles including the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and the Citadel Theatre Orchestra.

A founding member of WindRose Trio, Ms. Levia can be heard on their debut recording “Path of Contact”, the 2009 winner of the Western Canadian Music Award for best classical recording. In 2015 WindRose trio performed a recital of Canadian music for reed trio at the International Double Reed Society conference in Tokyo, Japan, and in August 2016 they were the first Canadian ensemble to play at the Harbin Summer Music Festival in Harbin, China. Beth has been a featured soloist performing Albinoni’s Double Concerto Op.9 with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble; Bach’s Double concerto with the Wye String Ensemble and ESO Principal flutist Elizabeth Koch, and Vaughn-William’s Concerto for Oboe with the Concordia Orchestra.

She is a teaching artist at the Conservatory of Music at MacEwan University, maintains a private studio and is in demand as a Clinician and Adjudicator. Ms. Levia holds a Master’s degree in Oboe Performance from McGill University and a Bachelor’s degree in Oboe Performance (with honour) from Michigan State University. Her principal teachers have been Suzanne Lemieux, Daniel Stolper, and Normand Forget.

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Described by Classical Music magazine as a musician of “dazzling commitment and versatility,” Dr. Charles Stolte enjoys a career as a saxophonist and composer that takes him throughout the world.  He has performed for—and his compositions have been performed for—such musical luminaries as Jean-Marie Londeix, Claude Delangle, Marta Ptasynska, Gunther Schuller, Ned Rorem, Frederick Rzewski, John Corigliano and Henryk Gorecki.  Glowing reviews in the Chicago Tribune laud him as a “talented performer with glossy technique and bluesy charm,”and he enjoys frequent support from the Canadian provincial and national  governments for his composition projects and performance tours.  In 2006 and 2009, Dr. Stolte enjoyed financial support from Canada Council for the Arts and Alberta Foundation for the Arts for tours of Canadian music through Germany and Poland and in 2008 was a distinguished teacher of saxophone at the XII Woodwind Workshop in Szczecinek, Poland.  In 2000, Canada Council for the Arts awarded an Outreach Grant supporting the premiere in Montréal of Last Transfer, his large work for saxophone quartet, two pianos and two percussion and The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (2009, 2006, 2004) and Royal Canadian College of Organists (2008, 2006) have funded commissions for several recent works for organ, string orchestra, guitar, saxophone, horn, recorder and a recently premiered concerto for saxophone and orchestra. 

CBC radio has broadcast his performances and compositions nationally and his music enjoys performances across North America and in Europe. He can be heard on a variety of recordings as a saxophone soloist, in the Stolte/Segger Duo with pianist Joachim Segger, as alto saxophonist with the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet and as a member of Ensemble Mujirushi, Edmonton’s “New Music Supergroup” (Edmonton Journal). Stolte has presented his own music, and music written for him, at conferences throughout North America and he was a featured composer and performer at World Saxophone Congresses XII and XIII in Montréal and Minneapolis, respectively.

Dr. Stolte is Associate Professor of Saxophone, Music Theory and Composition at The King’s University and Instructor of Saxophone at Grant MacEwan Alberta College Conservatory of Music. He has served on the faculties of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Roosevelt University and the University of Alberta. He holds a Doctor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from Northwestern University, where he was the first Canadian to be accepted to the doctoral program for study with renowned saxophonist Frederick L. Hemke.  Dr. Stolte also holds degrees from University of Alberta and The King’s University College. His teachers include Frederick L. Hemke, William H. Street, Howard Bashaw, Malcolm Forsyth, M. William Karlins and Jay Alan Yim.

Clarinetist Don Ross plays some 150 shows a year, split between classical, jazz, world and experimental music. He plays regularly with such groups as Saint Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble, the Gadjo Collective gypsy band, New Music Edmonton, the Alberta Symphony, Crescendo Orchestra, Opera Nuova, The Billie Zizi Swing Band, Mile Zero Dance and many others.

He teaches clarinet at the University of Alberta, MacEwan, King’s and MusiCamp Alberta.

His work as a composer and project leader have won multiple grants from the Canada Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Edmonton Arts Council. He studied at the Universities of Alberta and Toronto and at Northwestern in Chicago.

Gareth Jones is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary and is the director of the University’s Wind Ensemble as well as the Symphonic Band. He is also the Director of the Alberta Winds, Calgary’s professional wind ensemble in addition to being named the conductor of the 2014 National Youth Band of Canada. He was Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra from 1992 to 2007 and continues to play with the CPO whenever his conducting schedule allows. Before that, he held the same position with the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. He has studied conducting with the renowned pedagogues Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Michael Haithcock, and Michael Jinbo. He has conducted ensembles from across Western Canada as well as Mexico and the United States. Mr. Jones’s musical activities are greatly varied. He has appeared as guest conductor and clinician with over two hundred orchestras and wind ensembles, been featured on Juno nominated blues CDs, appeared on CBC radio as a soloist and chamber musician, been a guest lecturer with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, been an adjudicator at music festivals across Canada, as well as conducting honour bands across Canada and was a reviewer for the recently updated Royal Conservatory of Music trumpet syllabus. He placed first among North American competitors in the 1996 Ellesworth-Smith International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition, placing third worldwide. He can be heard playing chamber music, jazz, blues, and rhythm and blues with various groups around Calgary. As a conductor he founded the Calgary Honour Band and the University of Calgary Brass Choir. He was also a founding member of the chamber ensemble “Rosa Selvatica” and has been a featured soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions. He studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux Institute and Canada’s National Arts Centre and received his Master of Music in conducting from the University of Calgary. He studied trumpet at Northwestern University with renowned pedagogue Vincent Cichowicz, where he won the prestigious concerto competition and a scholarship for performing excellence.

Kimberley Denis, M.Mus. Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance (University of Alberta), B.Mus. (Mount Allison University), B. Comm. (Mount Allison University) is known for her energy and enthusiasm both on stage and off, and is sought after as a soloist, choral clinician, vocal coach, and adjudicator for voice and choir. Upon completion of both her commerce and music undergraduate degrees at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, she returned to her home province of Alberta where she completed a double masters degree in choral conducting and vocal performance at the University of Alberta. She also holds an associate diploma in Education and a music diploma in contemporary vocal performance from Red Deer College.

Vocal credits include a nomination for 2010 and 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award, recital appearances around the province, and a year-long tour with Up With People. In 2015, she starred in a production of Jason Robert Brown’s song cycle Songs for a New World and in 2014, played Cathy in The Last Five Years. She has worked with Live Bait Theatre in New Brunswick, appearing in many of their musical dinner theatres, and has also played Bonnie in Anything Goes, Kate in Kiss Me, Kate!, and Frumah Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof. She recorded the Alphabet Action Songs for Themes and Variations Music Publishing, and was a soprano soloist for the University of Alberta’s recording of the Dvorak Te Deum. She is currently working on a solo recording featuring original arrangements of the music of Joni Mitchell and Jann Arden and arrangements of other works for voice and percussion. She is a singer with Pro Coro Canada, one of Canada’s professional choirs. In addition to her stage work, she has a flourishing voice studio at MacEwan University Conservatory of Music in Edmonton, Alberta.

She has conducted a wide variety of ensembles and presently, she directs Shumayela with the Kokopelli Choir Association in Edmonton, a choir which she founded in 2006; the choir has performed at Festival 500, an international choral festival held in St. John’s, NF and was a featured ensemble in 2016 at the Podium, Canada’s national choral conference. She is also the conductor for the Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus Women’s Project Choir and the assistant conductor with Vacilando, the Kokopelli adult choir. She has previously worked with the Red Deer College Chamber Choir, the Nota Bene Youth Choir in Red Deer, the Red Deer Children’s Choir, the Mount Royal University Youth Choir, the Edmonton All-City Junior Children’s Choir and the Edmonton All-City High School Choir, Kikimasu (the Kokopelli Children’s Choir). She is also the alto section lead for the Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus. She has been the choir director for the past ten years at MusiCamp Alberta held at Red Deer College, has been the youth choir director at the Naramata Summer Music Week, and in 2011-2012 season, she directed the Kamloops/Thompson School District Honour Choir as well as the Edmonton Public Schools High School Honour Choir for Night of Music. She is also an experienced director of church music, having begun work in this area in 2000 at Mountain View United Church in Moncton, New Brunswick. Since then, she has worked for a number of different denominations.

Music for theatre credits include music direction for Concordia University College’s production ofJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, vocal coaching for Red Deer College’s production of Rent, creating and directing a live vocal music score for Red Deer College’s production of Romeo and Juliet and creating and directing a live music score for the world premiere of Vern Thiessen’s adaptation of Wuthering Heights. She was also the music director at Theatre Alberta’s Artstrek summer program for Into the Woods and is a frequent clinician for community theatre groups.

In addition to her work as a singer and conductor, Kimberley arranges pieces for choirs and is published by Cypress Music and Augsburg Fortress and was recently commissioned for an arrangement of the school song for the The Grange, a private, English-speaking school in Santiago, Chile and a setting of the United Arab Emirates National Anthem for an international school in Dubai. She is also the Managing Director for the Alberta Band Association.

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Leanne Regehr is a versatile and sensitive pianist who is widely recognized for her intuitive ability to collaborate with other musicians across an extensive range of repertoire. She is the featured soloist in a live recording of Victor Davies’ Mennonite Piano Concerto with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and is currently based in Edmonton where she serves on the faculties of the University of Alberta and The King’s University.

Leanne’s reputation in opera has grown through engagements as a répétiteur with Shreveport Opera, Mercury Opera, and Edmonton Opera. Her dedication to the development of young singers has been shown through her work as a faculty member with Opera NUOVA and Cowtown Opera Summer Academy, as a staff pianist for Sherrill Milnes’ VoicExperience Program in Florida, and as a Coaching Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. She has performed with many organizations including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Pro Coro Canada, Da Camera Singers, Luminous Voices, and the Academy Concert Series in Toronto.

Leanne completed her Doctor of Music in Piano Performance at Northwestern University and explored further studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Aspen Music Festival. She has enjoyed playing the masterworks of the choral repertoire during her sixteen seasons as accompanist with the Richard Eaton Singers, and freelances as a soloist, vocal coach, recital partner, and adjudicator.

Louise McMurray​ obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the University of
Western Ontario. She continued graduate studies at the Banff Centre, Royal Conservatory in
Toronto, and the Guildhall School of Music in London, England. During her studies in England,
Louise played in a brass quintet that toured Israel, and an octet that performed for Queen
Elizabeth aboard the Royal Yacht. Louise has worked as a freelance horn player in Alberta,
Ontario, Rochester, NY, and played Associate Principal Horn with the Lexington Kentucky

Louise currently resides in Red Deer, performing as an extra with the RDSO, and a member of
the Central Alberta Chamber Players. Louise works as a horn clinician and freelance player
throughout Alberta.

This will be her third summer with Music Camp Alberta.

Saxophonist Mark DeJong has over 20 years of professional experience as a musician, educator, director, composer, bandleader, promoter, contractor, presenter, and sideman. A graduate of the prestigious jazz program at Rutgers University, Mark has benefited from the tutelage of saxophone masters Ralph Bowen, George Garzone, Donny McCaslin, and Stan Karp.

A dynamic and versatile musician, Mark is equally at home in jazz, blues, pop, folk, and gospel settings. With such recent accomplishments as a Canada Council touring grant for his renowned international group, The Outer Bridge Ensemble, a WCMA nomination for his recording, The Unknown, and his selection as a performing artist at the Canadian pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, Marks abilities have garnered recognition regionally, across Canada, and beyond the border.

Mark has performed with many of the worlds leading musicians from all genres and styles. Career highlights have included sharing the stage with such international icons as Ray Charles, Ian Tyson, Wayne Newton, and Lennie Pickett, Canadian music legends Rob McConnell, Moe Koffman, Tommy Banks, Victor Sawa, Hugh Fraser, P.J. Perry, as well as renowned vocalists Nikki Yanofsky, Denzal Sinclaire, and Carol Welsman. With a career that spans over 20 years, his performance credits include the Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, and Saskatoon International Jazz festivals, as well as numerous concert halls and jazz clubs across North America, Canada, the United States, Europe, and Japan.

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A native of Calgary, Canadian flutist Sarah Gieck is a prominent freelance orchestral, chamber and solo musician in southern Alberta.

As a teacher Sarah’s experience and reputation is widely recognized, she has served as the flute instructor for the University of Lethbridge for a decade, drawing students from across Alberta in pursuit of musical careers and excellence in music education. Sarah has extensive orchestral experience, playing regularly with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009. Although she most often plays 2nd flute, she has significant experience playing all positions including several seasons where she has served as acting principal flute.

As a chamber musician Sarah has performed alongside some of the worlds finest musicians including Robert Aitken, Rivka Golani, Barry Shiffman and Paul Edmund-Davies. In the past two years Sarah has been featured as a soloist on a number of occasions. Most notably Sarah performed the world premiere of Sea Dreams by Peter Togni, with Calgary choir, Luminous Voices and CPO principal flutist, Sara Hahn. The project received generous support by the Canada Council for the Arts. Additionally, Sarah also performed as a concerto soloist with the Calgary based, Kensington Sinfonia.

During the past decade Sarah has been featured numerous times in both University of Lethbridge Music at Noon Series and Faculty Artist and Friends Concert Series. She has also participated in solo performances through the Instrumental Society of Calgary, Wild West New Music Ensemble and Land’s End Chamber Ensemble. 

Sarah completed her BMus at the University of Calgary, MMus at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England and an AD at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Her principal teachers include Gwen Klassen, Peter Lloyd, Lorna McGhee and Dr. Bradley Garner.

Matt Groenheide is a percussion performer and educator from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Matt loves the variety that comes from being a percussionist and is well-versed in classical percussion, world drumming, and drumset. Together with his wife – Jodi Groenheide (flute & percussion) – Matt performs in the jamani duo, a fun and energetic group that blends classical, world, and popular music together on a vast collection of instruments from around the world.

Matt performs regularly with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and the University of Lethbridge Global Drums percussion ensemble. He also performs with Pan Rocks, a rock’n’roll steel drum orchestra, combining Caribbean steel pans with renowned rock musicians. Matt’s favorite time of the year is his summers at MusiCamp Alberta – the premier summer music experience in the province. Matt also volunteers with the Alberta Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.

Matt holds a Master of Music from the University of Southern Mississippi – where he studied with internationally renowned snare drummer/steel pannist Dr. John Wooton (AKA “Dr. Throwdown”) – and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Lethbridge – where he studied with master educator Adam Mason. More information on Matt’s adventures can be found at jamanimusic.com and by following “jamani duo” on Facebook and Instagram.

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Michael Hope joined the bassoon section of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in 1982, and is one of Calgary’s most respected artists through his musicianship and his dedication to the life of our musical community.

In addition to playing the bassoon, he has a remarkable second career as a highly-praised vocalist. He first sang a symphonic pop show with the CPO in 1990. Since then, he has appeared as a popular soloist with nearly every Canadian orchestra. As a singer, he first gained recognition as the winner of the 1984 Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival Rose Bowl, and First Prize Winner in the 1988 CMC International Stepping Stones Competition. A prolific recording artist, he has made a number of critically–acclaimed albums, and his latest CD of classic inspirational songs, Hallelujah, won a Covenant Award Nomination for “Inspirational Album of the Year.”

Born in Toronto, Michael is a graduate of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In addition to making music, he is obsessed with NHL hockey. He also enjoys repairing his old Toyota Camry and watching Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday nights with his mom! Learn more about Michael by visiting his website.

Morgan McKee has a BMus from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has been active as a performer, clinician, educator, composer, conductor and recording producer and artist. He has been a featured performer at the Calgary, Edmonton and Sylvan Lake jazz festivals, conducted musicals all over North America and performed in the US and China with pop bands.

Morgan has been a private music teacher for 20 years, and has adjudicated festivals all over Alberta. His most recent performance credits include working with the RDSO on its jazz presentation Dec 2017, guest conducting Lindsay Thurber’s anniversary performance of “West Side Story,” March 2018 and ongoing featured work with both the Calgary and Edmonton Jazz societies. He works as a sought after sideman and solo performer all over western Canada. Morgan has also been a recording engineer and producer for countless projects including educational work with “Themes and Variations” that is used worldwide in classrooms, and rock, blues, and roots albums.

After beginning his musical education in Lethbridge, Alberta, Nick Sullivan received a fellowship to undertake graduate studies at the University of Victoria. Unable to escape the lure of the Canadian West Coast, Nick returned to B.C. in 2013 to continue his studies at the University of British Columbia, pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Currently, Nick is on faculty at the University of Lethbridge teaching the low brass studio, as well as courses in Musicianship Skills, and the History of Rock ‘n Roll.

Nick has a passion for brass chamber music, and has performed in numerous chamber music settings. In 2007, his quintet was featured in the Canadian premiere performance of Eric Ewazen’s Shadowcatcher, a concerto for brass quintet and wind orchestra. He is a founding member of Aeris Brass (formerly the U of L Faculty Brass Quintet), as well as the Southern Alberta Trombone Collective (SATbC).

As a soloist, Nick enjoys searching for and commissioning new music for bass trombone, and has a keen interest in vocal works transcribed for low brass. Nick regularly performs as a recitalist throughout Western Canada, and has been featured as a soloist with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, Lethbridge Community Gold Band, and the University of Lethbridge Wind Orchestra.
Active as an orchestral musician, Nick has worked with several orchestras across Canada, such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and presently performs with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra.

Away from his trombone, Nick is an avid runner and can also be found working away in his garden or tending to his collection of Bonsai trees. Years of counting rests in the trombone section have given him a reserve of patience required to care for his miniature trees!

Nick Sullivan is a performing artist for Michael Rath Trombones.

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Richard Scholz is the Principal Trumpet with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra. Richard brings with him many years of experience as a professional trumpet player. He has been performing with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 1995, most recently as Assistant Principal Trumpet. Richard has also played with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Lethbridge Symphony, National Ballet and the Calgary Bach Society Orchestra.

Richard is currently a member of Altius Brass and the Bow Valley Brass Quintet. His experience as a soloist includes performances with Alberta Winds, Metropolitan Winds and the University of Calgary Orchestra. He performed Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Red Deer Symphony in January, 2011. As a versatile freelance musician, Richard has played with performance groups such as the Prime Time Big Band and the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble.

Richard received his Diploma of Music Performance at Mount Royal College as well as his Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Calgary. He has participated in master classes with trumpet greats such as Bud Herseth, James Thompson, Vincent Cichowicz and Mark Gould.

As an active trumpet clinician and coach for brass ensembles, Richard enjoys sharing his love of music with students in the Calgary area.

Roberta Baril has been the School Music Director at W.P. Wagner High School for the last 15 years. There is much more to tell about what she does. Through the University of Alberta she also serves as the Facilitator of Field Experiences, the sessional instructor of Teaching Music: Wind Band and is a Field Experience Associate. She earned both her Bachelor of Music Ed. and her Masters of Music Ed. from the University of Alberta.

Before coming to Wagner she spent 12 years at Steele Heights Jr. HS where she taught nearly everything, including Band, Choir, English as a Second Language, Health, Performing Arts and Language Arts. Baril has been at Wagner since 2001. In 2009 she added the title of Department Head of Fine Arts & International Languages.

Baril has served on nearly every board that was available in Alberta. She also served in most capacities from Board Member to Chairman of Honour Bands and in 2009 she was named chair of the Music Advocacy Committee, Coalition for Music Education in Canada.
As would be expected her bands have many Adjudicator’s Awards, first places and Superior Awards from prestigious festivals.

In picking out just a few of the people she credits with her success, she includes, ”My students. Quite simply, it has been an honour to play a small part in the lives of such wonderful people. Their kindness, dedication, creativity, and willingness to consistently strive for excellence have shown me that the future of the world is in good hands. This has inspired me to work tirelessly to ensure their success.” She also mentions, “My family. Their never-ending support and never-failing patience have allowed me to dedicate a large portion of my life to music education.”

When asked about her philosophy she says, ”Music is about connections. It connects notes together to form melodies. It connects cultures and allows them to communicate through its shared language. It connects individuals who find common experiences inside its songs. And maybe, most importantly, it connects us to ourselves by giving voice to our innermost thoughts and feelings. It is ironic that we should be so hungry for connections in this electronic age. We seem to be connected all the time through the internet, through our phones and social media. Yet in some ways, we have never been lonelier; music helps to balance that loneliness. Our musical pursuits feed our souls, they make us whole and they allow us to feel. They make us human and, as human beings, they allow us to connect on the deepest level. I believe this is what happens in the band room and it has been a privilege to share in that experience.”.

Russell Whitehead holds a Master’s degree in Performance from the University of Michigan, and Bachelor’s from the University of Saskatchewan. From 1986–1991 Russell was Principal Trumpet for the Saskatoon Symphony and apprentice Conductor from 1989–1991. He has performed in numerous Music Theatre Contemporary Opera productions at The Banff Centre and 1996 was a performer and assistant music director for a contemporary opera, The Nature of Water, written by Georges Aperghis.

Russell is a founding member and past artistic director of the NOWAge Orchestra (1992-2000), an eclectic group dedicated to the ‘theatre’ of New Music. The NOWAge Orchestra received numerous grants from both Canada Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for their interdisciplinary collaborations with dance and drama.

Russell has been a featured soloist with the Saskatoon and Red Deer Symphonies, the 1995 International Computer Music Conference held at The Banff Centre, the Edmonton Cantando Band Festival (2000, 2001, 2003), the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia, the University of Alberta Music Department concert series, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, most recently, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and has recorded solo and chamber concerts for CBC Radio. Over the past 15 years he has toured throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta performing solo concerts and teaching clinics at colleges, universities and high schools.

Russell was very pleased to be appointed Acting Principal Trumpet for the 2004-05 season with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Presently he holds the position of Third Trumpet with the Symphony, performs with the Capital Brass and teaches at the University of Alberta, King’s College University and through his home.

During the 2005-06 season Russell performs as soloist with the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia in November and the Alberta Baroque Ensemble in April.

He can be heard on the CDs Prairie Sounds, Bashaw, and most recently his debut CD Prairie Scenes, all on Arktos Recordings.

Tara Koett convocated from the University of Lethbridge (B.A./B.Ed) in 2006. She teaches Drama, Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Improvisational Theatre at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, and coaches the school’s Canadian Improv Games and Nosebowl Theatresports Improv teams. Past directing credits for Thurber are Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown, West Side Story, Anything Goes, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Footloose. Tara is also a senior ensemble member and instructor for Rapid Fire Theatre in Edmonton, and most recently directed The Blank Who Stole Christmas. Tara performs in RFT’s regular Theatresports and Chimprov shows, and has been featured at the Del Close Marathon in NYC, and the Edmonton International Fringe Festival. Tara has also trained and performed with the Magnet Theatre and Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theatre in New York, NY. She has worked as director for MusiCamp Alberta’s musical theatre intensive for the past three summers.