Dr. Richard Gillis joined the faculty in 1991, and contributed greatly to the development of the UofM Jazz Band and jazz education courses. He held the position of Jazz area coordinator, as well as oversaw the big bands up until 2003. Currently, he teaches courses such as Brass Techniques and Major Practical Study, as well as holds the position of Brass Area Coordinator.
Dr. Gillis currently holds the position of Artistic Director for the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, which presents a regular concert series featuring Winnipeg’s top Jazz musicians and performs with guest artists from around the world. Some of the guests he has worked with include: Bob Brookmeyer, Rufus Reid, Bert Joris, John Riley, Dick Oatts, and many others.
ONGOING RESEARCH / CREATIVE WORKS
Dr. Gillis has recorded eight CD’s with Icelandic guitarist Björn Thoroddsen, who he has performed with in several locations in Iceland, Canada and the United States. Performances include recordings for radio and television, jazz festivals, and the 2005 IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) conference. In October 2006 they performed at the Lincoln Centre in New York, and in 2017 with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Most recently Dr. Gillis recorded and released Devotion, a CD of trumpet chamber music (mostly original compositions), and wrote Melodic Studies in the Less Familiar, a study book for trumpet. Recent plans are to perform a series of professional brass concerts in 2018/19, with the focus on new and significant music for brass by Canadian composers.
IN THE FACULTY
Brass Area Coordinator
Room 241 Taché Hall
Desautel Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
136 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, MB. R3T 2N2