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 thirteenth year, offers music educators the chance to gather, communicate, and collaborate at Brandon University. In addition to presentations and round-table discussions, the two 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. Avenues participants are asked to bring along an instrument and a conducting baton.
Brandon University Conducting Symposium
The Conducting Symposium is scheduled for October 14 and 15, 2016. Participants may register as a Conductor or as a Non-conducting observer. Conductors will conduct two sessions with the Brandon University Symphonic Band.
The Brandon University Clarinet Festival
The Brandon University Clarinet Festival is an exciting annual event that brings together professional musicians, music educators, clarinet enthusiasts, and students of all levels. The festival events will include workshops, performances, product displays, masterclasses, a mass festival clarinet choir for all participants, and more!
For registration and accommodation information for the 2017 Clarinet Festival please visit
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
The First Annual Brandon University Low Brass Festival.
Aaron Wilson, Director
A day of growth for all brass players. Featured events include workshops, performances, product displays, masterclasses a mass festival low brass choir for all participants, and more! Registration fee includes participation in all festival events, lunch, and admission to the evening joint recital concert featuring Aaron Wilson and guest artist, Andy Smith.
The event will begin at 4 pm and registration will begin at 3 pm on January 16, 2015.
Individual registration is $10. Lastly, if you are a band director and you are able to bring at least 5 students to the festival, we will reduce the registration fee to $8 per person; if you bring 10 or more students, we will reduce the fee to $6 per person.
A joint recital featuring guest artist, Andy Smith and Brandon University Assistant Professor of Low Brass, Aaron Wilson, will be held in the Lorne Watson Recital Hall at 8 pm on January 16th. The concert will feature solo and chamber works written for trombone and tuba.
The Clear Lake Music Festival
The second week of July marks the twelfth season of the Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival directed by pianists Alexander Tselyakov and Daniel Tselyakov. This year’s festival is comprised of six concerts: a piano recital, three chamber concerts and two jazz concerts. Performances run from Wednesday, July 12 – Sunday, July 16 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 include: Alexander Tselyakov, Piano; Greg Gatien, Saxophone; Daniel Tselyakov, Piano; Oleg Pokhanovsky, Violin; Rodica Jeffrey, Violin; Laszlo Baroczi, Viola; Brian Yoon, Cello; Peter Stoll, Clarinet; Alla Turbanova, Piano; Dean McNeill, Trumpet; Graydon Cramer, Percussion; Shannon Kristjanson, Saxophone, Flute, Voice 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!