Join your musical friends at the 7th Annual West Valley Winds Workshop held in beautiful Canmore March 9, 10!
Cost: Just $45!
After the Friday evening sight reading session, everyone is invited to the Communitea Café for a closed party featuring our own jazz jam. Our rhythm section will lay down the beat and all are welcome to join in or simply listen and socialize with friends.
Saturday rehearsals will run from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Coffee breaks (with delicious snacks) are provided and everyone goes out to find lunch at any of the terrific Canmore eateries. The workshop will conclude with an informal concert at 5:00pm. For those who are having too much fun to stop, we’ll go out for supper together!
Register soon! A group block of hotel accommodations has been arranged for the workshop. A hot breakfast is included in the reservation and the hotel has a newly renovated pool with waterslide and hot tub. Simply indicate on the registration form that hotel accommodations are needed and you will be emailed the phone number and reservation code. (The group block is just held until February 9th, so register now and make your arrangements.)
If you can’t attend the full workshop, drop in to the free concert to join in the fun and hear some great music!
Colin Clarke resides in Oakville, Ontario with his wife Laura. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, a project he began as a student in high school. This multi-award winning ensemble has earned a reputation nationwide as one of the leading performance ensembles of its kind in Canada, specializing in music from the traditional through to the newest works for wind band and made its Carnegie Hall debut in the spring of 2010.
A recent recipient of the Clifford Evans Award for Conducting, Colin’s credits include collaboration with groups such as the United States Air Force Band of Liberty in Boston, Massachusetts, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Ballet Jörgen, jazz vibraphonist Peter Appleyard, trumpet virtuosi Allan Vizzutti and Jens Lindemann, and the Canadian Brass.
Colin’s popularity as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator and composer/arranger has captured the attention of instrumental and choral ensembles, schools and music festivals all across Canada. He has conducted several all-city bands, orchestras and choirs across Ontario, and has led the Provincial Honour Bands of Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island. In the spring of 2008 he served as conductor of the prestigious National Youth Band of Canada.
Previous guest conductors for the workshop have been Dr. Mark Hopkins (University of Calgary), Dr. Dale J. Lonis (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra), Dr. Gillian Mackay (University of Toronto), Mr. Patrick Winters (Eastern Washington University), Mr. Clinton Marshall (South Carolina) and Mr. Gareth Jones (University of Calgary).
Comments About Previous Workshops
From Guest Conductors:
“The Adult Band Workshop that I did for you was the highlight of last year’s season for me. I don’t remember when I’ve had such a satisfying and rewarding experience. The band was so responsive and fun to work with. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of such a unique and wonderful venture.” Clinton Marshall
“I just wanted reiterate what a wonderful time I had this weekend. You have a fantastic thing going with that weekend. Thanks for having me in to be a part of it.” Gareth Jones
• Great conductor. He really raised the bar for this workshop and accepted no less than your best. Good choice!
• I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. The director was fantastic!
• Very professional and very clear!
• A great sense of humour.
• Excellent workshop – director was awesome! Thank you!