Festivals and Workshops

Avenues: Exploring Band and Jazz Methods

Avenues: Exploring Band and Jazz Methods is a professional development opportunity designed to review, stimulate, and explore instrumental music education. This summer workshop, now in its fifteenth year, offers music educators the chance to gather, communicate, and collaborate at Brandon University. In addition to presentations and round-table discussions, the three days include active participation, conducting activities, personalized instruction, and informal gatherings. Workshops will provide opportunities to develop band and jazz rehearsal techniques, conducting skills, jazz pedagogy, repertoire selection and preparation, instructional warmups, and improvisation. This year’s workshop will include extended additional sessions on gesture and movement, score study, and leadership.  Avenues participants are asked to bring along an instrument and a conducting baton.

The Brandon University Clarinet Festival 2022

The 12th annual Brandon University Clarinet Festival will take place on March 19 & 20, 2022. Please click here for more details.



TUBACHRISTMAS is a fun new holiday tradition starting in Brandon this year. Tuba and euphonium players of all ages and ability levels are welcome to join us for a festive concert at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba as part of the annual Gala of Gifts celebration. Don those ugly Christmas sweaters and deck your tubas with boughs of holly for this exciting holiday low brass celebration!

For registration and more information about Brandon’s TUBACHRISTMAS event, please visit http://people.brandonu.ca/wilsona/tuba-christmas/

The Brandon University Low Brass Festival

A day of growth for all brass players.

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Brandon University will is excited to host its 3rd Low Brass Festival (BULBFest). Our featured artists include legendary trombonist, Al Kay, and the incredible tubist, Richard White. In addition, the Brandon University Low Brass Ensemble, the Manitoba Trombone Collective, the University of North Dakota Trombone Choir, and the University of New Mexico Tuba Ensemble will be performing. All trombone, euphonium, and tuba players are encouraged to join us for a fun day of concerts, masterclasses, and ensemble playing. Bring your instrument for the HUGE mass festival choir! This is an all day event. Registration is $10 which includes a lunch and admission to the evening concert featuring Al Kay. For more information, contact Aaron Wilson at wilsona@brandonu.ca.

The Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival

 The Clear Lake Music Festival 

 ‎July 26 – July 29, 2018

The fourth week of July marks the thirteen season of the Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival directed by pianists Alexander Tselyakov and Daniel Tselyakov. This year’s Festival is comprised of five concerts: four chamber concerts and jazz concert. Performances run from Thursday, July 26 through Sunday, July 29 and feature a wide variety of musical styles and artists.

The Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival continues to be an important part of Canada’s cultural calendar delighting people of all ages with a powerful musical experience. This year’s ambitious schedule is sure to please and promises to inspire new lovers of classical music as well as satisfy the appetites of seasoned enthusiasts. The large scale roster of talented guest artists includes: Alexander Tselyakov, Piano; Greg Gatien, Saxophone; Daniel Tselyakov, Piano; Cathy Wood, Clarinet; Chelsea Chimilar, Mezzo- Soprano; Joyce Lai, Violin; Katie Gannon, Violin; Ian Clarke, Viola; Andras Weber, Cello; Graydon Cramer, Percussion and Jordan Panko, Jazz Bass.

The wide variety in programming will make for an engaging program, and the exceptional musical talent guarantees an exciting and pleasurable experience for all.

The Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival occupies a special place in music lovers’ hearts, minds and summer plans. Don’t miss out on a wonderful week of outstanding music in the beautiful natural surroundings of Clear Lake and Riding Mountains National Park!