Noted for her unique ability to create an inspiring ensemble experience and sculpt an impressive wind band sound, Jacquie Dawson has had a marked impact on the wind band community in Manitoba for two decades. She is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator across Canada.

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Performance highlights

Dawson is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator across Canada. Guest conducting engagements have included the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival, Alberta Band Association Wind Symphony, the Manitoba Junior and Intermediate Honour Bands, the PEI Provincial Honors Band, and the International Music Camp. Adjudicating engagements include Musicfest Canada, University of Victoria Bandfest, the Cantando Festivals, Alberta Band Association Festival of Bands and the Boao International Music Festival in Boas, China.

Academic work

Dawson has been published in the Canadian Music Educator Journal and the Canadian Winds Journal, and has presented at numerous conferences across Canada, including the Canadian Music Educators’ Association National Conference. Her research interests are in community music, the relationship between music education and the cultivation of community, as well as inclusion in instrumental music education.


  • University of Manitoba School of Music Excellence in Music Education Award
  • University of Manitoba Teacher Recognition Award
  • Manitoba Band Association Award of Distinction


Ongoing research and creative works

The Manitoba Band Association, in partnership with a consortium of over sixty participants/organizations from Canada and the United States, commissioned the work Transcendent light composed by Kenley Kristofferson in memory of former Manitoba Band Association Executive Director, Ken Epp. It was premiered at the Manitoba Music Conference in October 2017 with approximately 700 people in attendance. Dawson chaired the project and conducted the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble in the world premiere performance. She also attends and presents at many conferences and workshops, such as the Sunrise School Division Music Teachers Workshop, and the Manitoba Band Association Prelude Conference. As well, Jacquie is in her 10th season as the Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble. Dawson is also the organizer of the annual Wind Band Teaching Workshop, an intensive two-day workshop that is held in the Desautels Faculty of Music.