Jacquie Dawson teaching in wind band conducting workshop

The Desautels Faculty of Music Wind Band Teaching Workshop is designed for band directors of all levels and offers a conducting participant stream and observer stream. Participants in both streams attend all plenary sessions, conducting sessions, and discussions. The schedule will run 1:30pm – 9:00pm on Friday and 9:00am – 5:00pm on Saturday.

The workshop will explore philosophical and practical issues of teaching, rehearsing, and conducting. Sessions will address pedagogy, rehearsal techniques, gesture, interpretation, score study, and developing ensemble culture and community. This year’s sessions will also provide special focus on program rebuilding, The 2023 Guest Clinician is renown conductor John P. Lynch, current Director of Band at University of Wisconsin, Stevens- Point. Sessions will also be presented by Manitoba Music Educator Rob Chrol and Jacquie Dawson, DFOM Director of Bands.

This workshop is held in the Desautels Faculty of Music’s beautiful facilities on the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus.

2023 Guest Clinicians

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John P. Lynch - Guest Clinician

John Lynch is a leading international wind band conductor and a dual citizen of the United States and Australia. He is currently the Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a freelance conductor/composer/teacher based in Madison, Wisconsin. He was formerly the Director of Bands and Wind Symphony Conductor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he created the first graduate degrees in wind conducting and the first comprehensive university band program in Australian history.

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Jacquie Dawson - Facilitator and Clinician

Dr. Jacqueline Dawson is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator across Canada, appearing at numerous festivals and conferences coast to coast. She is currently the Director of Bands at the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music where she conducts the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, teaches courses in music education and oversees the graduate wind conducting program. She was the Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble from 2009 -2020.

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Rob Chrol - Guest Clinician

Music educator Rob Chrol currently teaches band and jazz studies at Gimli High School in the Evergreen School Division. He teaches and performs across Manitoba, guest-lectures at the University of Winnipeg, serves on the board for the International Music Camp, and attained a Master of Educational Research from the University of Calgary. His ongoing research seeks to demonstrate the need for public education to restructure its priorities, better reflecting what we now know about neuro-psycho-social development. Trauma-informed practices can facilitate a hope-based and holistic approach to education for staff and students alike, and music learning is foundational to that transformation.


2023 registration now open!

Space for the conducting stream is limited to 12 participants, and registrations will be processed in the order they are submitted. The registration deadline for conducting participants is December 15 and January 15 for observers. 

  • Conducting Participant $225.00 
  • Conducting Participant (Student) $125.00 
  • Observing Participant $175.00 
  • Observing Participant (Student) $75.00 

Repertoire List

Yukiko Nishimura, Ancient Flower
Meechan, Zenith
Owens, Three Scottish Vistas
La Plante, Prairie Songs
Giroux, One Life Beautiful
Holst, First Suite in E-flat


Complete workshop schedule will be provided on Dec 1