Directors

Adam Mailman
Director Band on the Bow and Riverside Jazz

Adam Mailman is the music director of Cochrane Music society’s adult concert and jazz band programs.

Adam exemplifies self-improvement through musical growth. His approach to pedagogy focuses on teaching the whole musician, not just the performer.  Guest conducting ensembles such as Westwinds concert bands, Valley Winds Concert Band and school ensembles at their band camps and rehearsals is becoming a great joy for Adam, as he shares what he’s learned from his mentors with a wider audience.

Adam is a leader in Calgary area professional learning through organizing professional development events for Calgary teachers throughout the year as part of the Alberta Teachers Association Music Professional Learning Community and the Calgary Board of Education Fine Arts Advisory Council.  He performs regularly with Alberta Winds Ensemble percussion section, where he has been section leader since the ensemble’s inception in 2003. During the day, he is a music educator with the Calgary Board of Education.

Adam has studied with Dr. Mark Hopkins, Dr. Dale Lonis, and Dr. Glenn D. Price in pedagogy and conducting, with degrees from University of Calgary (B.Mus, B.Ed) and Acadia University (M.Ed).

Recently, Adam’s school bands have been recognized at Whistler Cantando (Gold and Silver), Alberta International Band Festival (Superior), and the CMS  Band on the Bow at Alberta Band Association Festival of Bands (Superior).

Diego Bechthold
Director Choral Waves

The artistic director of Choral Waves in Cochrane is Diego Bechthold. Diego Bechthold attended high school in Langley BC, where he achieved entrance into the BC Honour Jazz Band. He attained his Bachelor of Music degree at Trinity Western University, and during his time as a student there was offered the opportunity to teach a university course in Jazz Combo, as well as perform with the prestigious Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and CBC Radio Orchestra.

Diego went to UBC for his Bachelor of Education degree. Since then has taught as a high school music director (choir, concert band and jazz band) at several high schools in BC and Alberta, including Banff High School, Bow Valley High School in Cochrane, Bert Church High School in Airdrie, and currently East Lake School in Chestermere. He is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician with various community and high school music ensembles and is assistant director and a member of the Airdrie Community Choir.

Aurora Claire Borin
Accompanist

Aurora Claire Borin began playing the piano when she was just a few years old, banging out notes on her mom’s old upright in the living room of their home in Detroit, Michigan. On-and-off lessons ensued until one day in high school when she said those words that every parent wants to hear: “Mom, Dad, I want to go into music!” In 2006, she received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Western Ontario specializing in music history and theory. While there, she studied piano with Sonja Behrens and James Anagnoson. More recently, Aurora has continued to work to improve her piano skills, taking lessons from Peter Jancewicz.

Aurora now works in the Bow Valley, Cochrane, Calgary, and places in between as a pianist, accompanist, music teacher, and vocal coach; a variety of tasks that all centre around good music education for all ages. She maintains a piano studio of over 20 students aged between 6 and 60 and ability levels from novice to pre-University and is a member of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association. She is the accompanist for the Cochrane Music Society choir, Choral Waves, and several singing studios. She works with several schools in the Bow Valley and is the proud President of the Bow Valley Music Festival. Occasionally, she gets the great privilege of playing for her wife, Bonnie, a singer, whom she met at university and travelled across the continent to be with.

Aurora lives in Banff with her wife and two animals, Gus and Cassie, who masquerade as dogs (but she knows are secretly cats). Outdoors, she enjoys skiing, rock climbing, hiking, and a number of other things that all terrify her poor parents. When not defying death, she is fighting monsters, outwitting her friends, and generally saving the world as a giant super-nerd and gamer girl.

 

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