BMus, B.Ed. (Brandon), MMus (UND, Grand Forks, North Dakota), DMA (North Texas)
Symphonic Band, Graduate and Undergraduate Conducting, and Instrumental Music Education
McCallum holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Bachelor of Education degree from Brandon University and completed a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting at the University of North Dakota with Gordon Brock and James Popejoy. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas where she served as a Doctoral Conducting Associate and Teaching Fellow in the Wind Studies Department with Eugene Migliaro Corporon. She completed her cognate studies in Music Education with Deborah Rohwer and Darhyl Ramsey.
Committed to excellence in public school music education, McCallum taught band and general elementary music in Manitoba before returning to graduate school. While completing her graduate studies, she served as the artistic director and conductor of the chamber ensemble Harmoniemusik in Frisco, Texas. She has served as guest conductor of the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble and Ohio University’s “Under the Elms” concert series, as conductor of ensembles at the International and Rushmore Music Camps and Colorado Mesa University’s “Best of the West” festival, and as facilitator of conducting symposia. She has conducted junior high and high school regional, provincial and state honor bands, presented at provincial music education conferences and the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and has served as a solo and ensemble adjudicator and clinician for concert and jazz ensembles in Canada and the United States.
Prior to her appointment, McCallum was the Director of Bands at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa where she conducted the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble and taught applied saxophone, conducting, elementary and secondary music education, instrument pedagogy, and jazz history. Since her appointment to Brandon University in 2004 she has worked to create professional opportunities for students and music educators in the areas of performance and music education. In August 2005, McCallum and colleague Greg Gatien established Avenues: Exploring Band and Jazz Methods, an annual summer professional development workshop at Brandon University. Since 2005 she has served as a faculty advisor for the Brandon University Student Music Educators Association (BUSMEA), the organization that produces the BUSMEA BUZZ and hosts the annual Da Capo professional development conference. The Brandon University Symphonic Band, with McCallum as conductor, performed as the featured ensemble at the 2009 Atlantic Band Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia and the 2013 Con Brio Music Festival in Whistler, British Columbia. In 2012 she was awarded Brandon University Alumni Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the Manitoba Band Association’s Award of Distinction.
From 2011-2013 McCallum worked as Lead Writer of the Manitoba Grade 9-12 Music Curriculum. She is a regular contributor to the publication and recording series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band and Teaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Band, is the Past-President of the Manitoba Band Association, and is the President of the Canadian Band Association.
Manitoba Band Association http://www.mbband.org/
Canadian Band Association http://www.canadianband.ca/