Dr. Fraser Linklater

In the Faculty:

Woodwind, Brass & Percussion Area Coordinator

Teaching activities:

  • Conducting (Undergraduate and Graduate)
  • Band and Orchestra methods (Music Education)
  • Chamber Music
  • Director of U of M Wind Ensemble
  • Director of U of M Concert Band

Committee Chair: Recruiting Committee, Ensemble Committee

Committee Member: Graduate Committee, Music Education Committee, Scholarship and Awards Committee

In the Community:

Board of Directors Executive - Manitoba Band Association
Coordinator - Manitoba Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Honour Bands
Editor - Canadian Winds Journal (official publication of the Canadian Band Association)

Room T251
Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
136 Dafoe Rd.
(204) 261-8977, fraser_linklater@umanitoba.ca

Professional Bio:

Fraser Linklater is presently an Associate Professor in the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba, where he directs the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Chamber Winds and teaches courses in music education and conducting. A native of Winnipeg, Dr. Linklater holds a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Michigan. He has published articles in the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Music Educators Journal, and the Canadian Music Educator. He has also presented at national music education conferences.

At the provincial level, Dr. Linklater has been on the Executive Board of the Manitoba Band Association for almost two decades and coordinates all three levels of the MBA honour band program. In October 2002, he received the MBA Award of Distinction for his services to music education in Manitoba. Nationally, Dr. Linklater is an assistant editor of Canadian Winds, the national journal of the Canadian Band Association. Over the past decade, Dr. Linklater has contributed almost twenty articles to this journal.

A trumpet player, Dr. Linklater has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Genève (Switzerland), and the Ron Paley Big Band, as well as being a founding member of the Winnipeg Brass Quintet. His trumpet teachers have included Vincent Cichowicz, Armando Ghitalla, and Edward Tarr. Dr. Linklater has studied wind conducting in numerous workshops with clinicians such as Frank Battisti, Eugene Corporon, Craig Kirchhoff, Allan McMurray, Larry Rachleff, and Mallory Thompson, as well as with H. Robert Reynolds at the University of Michigan. Dr. Linklater has guest conducted and adjudicated at various festivals and music camps across Canada as well as the United States. For almost a decade, Fraser Linklater was a co-director (with Dale Lonis) of the Canadian Wind Conductors Development Program, an international conducting and instrumental music education summer workshop. In May 2006 Dr. Linklater was the guest conductor of the National Youth Band of Canada and has also conducted guest wind groups several times at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival.

Creative and Research Activity:

Fraser Linklater’s research activity has two inter-related foci: Canadian wind band literature and transcriptions for winds. Under Dr. Linklater’s direction, the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble has released four CDs devoted to Canadian wind band music: North Winds I, II, III and IV, with a fifth CD in progress. At the CBDNA National Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan in March 2007 Dr. Linklater gave a presentation entitled “The Wind Music of Colin McPhee.” In July 2009 at the WASBE Conference in Cincinnati, Dr. Linklater again gave a presentation on Canadian band repertoire, this time on the music of Bruce Carlson. During a recent sabbatical year, Dr. Linklater was fortunate to observe many of Europe’s great orchestras and conductors in rehearsal and performance and also completed a book on teaching instrumental music with a focus on Canadian wind band repertoire. In the field of orchestral transcription, Dr. Linklater has transcribed several works by both Canadian and international composers, including:

• Alban Berg — 'Four Fragments' from Wozzeck

• Glenn Buhr — Akasha (Sky)

• Aaron Copland — Appalachian Spring

• John Estacio — Frenergy

• Malcolm Forsyth — Atayoskewin

• Paul Hindemith — Symphonic Metamorphosis

• Leos Janacek — Sinfonietta

• Zoltan Kodaly — Hary Janos Suite

• Gustav Mahler — Six Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

• Colin McPhee — Tabuh-Tabuhan

• Carl Orff — Carmina Burana (selected movements)

• Maurice Ravel — ‘Feria’ from Rapsodie Espagnol

• Robert Turner — Opening Night

Dr. Linklater's transcription of John Estacio’s Frenergy, published by Boosey & Hawkes, has been performed on three continents, including concerts by the World Youth Wind Ensemble at the WASBE Conference in Ireland in July 2007 and by the Latin American Honour Band in Caracas, Venezuela in June of 2008.


The first of a series of publications by Dr. Fraser Linklater is available through Eighth Note Press.  The series features brass section excerpts from major orchestral repertoire.  The first one, Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, is available at www.enpmusic.com.