2016 Adjudicators

Timothy Todd Anderson has been Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2011.  He is the director of the 370 member, award-winning Minuteman Marching Band.  Dr. Anderson previously served as the Associate Director of Bands at California State University, Fresno for five years.  In addition to his marching band responsibilities, Dr. Anderson also directs the Pep Band, the Concert Band, teaches Marching Band Techniques and works with student teachers.  During the summers, Dr. Anderson is the conductor of the Amherst Community Band.  He is a frequent clinician and guest conductor with school band programs throughout New England.  Dr. Anderson holds the Bachelor of Music from the University of Iowa, the Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Florida, and the Doctorate of Education in Music Education from the University of Illinois.  His career began as an instrumental music teacher in the West Marshall Community School District of State Center, Iowa.  Dr. Anderson resides in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife Jennifer and their cat Gatsby.

Captain Peter Archibald retired (March 2012) from his position as the Commanding Officer / Director of Music of The Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces, Canada’s premiere Air Force Band, stationed here in Ottawa, and brings over 32 years of professional musical experience and expertise. 

He has served in all 3 elements of the Canadian Forces, Army, Navy and Air Force; and was the Director of Music for the Ceremonial Guard and the Air Command Band before his appointment to the Central Band.

As well as successfully completing the Assistant Director of Music Course at the Canadian Forces Music Centre in 1999, Peter completed two levels of the Canadian Winds Development Program administered by the University of Manitoba.  

A prolific writer for the Canadian Forces, he has composed and arranged a wide variety of music for show bands, concert and parade bands that have been featured at many public concerts, military and Ceremonial events.   Professional highlights include receiving the Commander Land Forces Commendation for his musical contributions for the 90th Anniversary Vimy CD and Ceremony.   

Peter continues to orchestrate for the prestigious Liberty High School Grenadier Band in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the Central Band of the CAF, Ottawa Carleton District School Board Secondary All Star Band, and the Centralaires Concert Band.  

In addition to composing and directing music, Peter is still an active jazz clarinetist.   Presently he freelances with local traditional jazz bands, the Serenade & Swing combo and is a regularly featured performer with the Centralaires Concert Band.

Peter is currently the Musical Director of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board Secondary All Star Band and Assistant Director of the Centralaires Concert Band.
Jennifer Bell
Saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist and conductor Jennifer Bell has been active on the Montréal scene since 1985. Jennifer is the co-founder of Streetnix, (FIJM 1987-2015) and Altsys Jazz Orchestra with whom she received a Prix Opus in 1998 for Jazz Concert of the Year. Jennifer Bell is also a clinician and adjudicator throughout North America and has taught at the McGill Conservatory since 1985. Jennifer has received grants from the SOCAN Foundation, the conseil des arts et lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Saxophoniste, clarinettiste, flûtiste et chef d’orchestre Jennifer Bell est active sur la scène musicale montréalaise depuis 1985. Fondatrice des groupes Streetnix (FIJM 1987-2015) et Altsys Jazz Orchestra avec lequel elle s'est méritée un Prix Opus en 1998 pour concert jazz de l'année. Jennifer Bell est également une évaluatrice et donne des causeries partout en Amérique du nord. Elle est chargée de cours au conservatoire de musique de McGill depuis 1985. Jennifer Bell s’est méritée des bourses de la fondation SOCAN, le conseil des arts et lettres du Québec et le conseil des arts du Canada.
Colin Clarke’s credits include collaboration with world-renowned artists and ensembles including Orchestra London Canada, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia, Bulgaria, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Ballet Jörgen, the Canadian Brass and the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the official fanfare ensemble for the President of the United States.

Colin is best known for his work with the multi-award winning Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, a group he started as a high school student. For over two decades this ensemble has earned a reputation nationwide as one of the leading performance ensembles of its kind in Canada. Under Colin’s baton, the Wind Orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2006, and will return in the spring of 2016 for another performance at New York's famed concert hall to mark its 25th anniversary.

With a passion for music education and outreach, Colin maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community. He has conducted numerous bands, orchestras and choirs throughout Canada and the U.S., and has lead the Provincial Honour Bands of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island. In the spring of 2008 he served as conductor of the prestigious National Youth Band of Canada. Abroad, Colin has lead performances in the United States, Eastern Europe, the United Kingdom and China.

Colin remains active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and composer/arranger. He serves as part of the steering committee for the Golden Horseshoe Music Festival in Hamilton, Ontario, and has made multiple appearances over the past ten years as a member of MusicFest Canada’s national concert band/orchestra adjudication panel. He is the Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and recently served on staff at McMaster University as conductor of the McMaster Chamber Orchestra.
François Dorion dirige la Musique des Voltigeurs de Québec depuis 1997 ainsi que l’Harmonie de Charlesbourg, orchestre qu’il a fondé en 1993. Il est enseignant au secondaire en musique au Séminaire Saint-François. Avec ses deux orchestres il a commandé ces dernières années des œuvres à Jan Van der Roost, Bert Appermont et Philip Sparke. Il compte neuf disques à sa discographie, ayant enregistré plusieurs œuvres maitresses du répertoire d’ensemble à vent,  des titres populaires et jazz ainsi qu’un disque de Noël. Il a enseigné la direction d’orchestre à plusieurs reprises à l’École de musique de la Réserve des Forces Canadiennes. Il est un chef et pédagogue reconnu, et donne régulièrement des ateliers en direction d’ensemble à vent. 

Depuis quelques années, M. Dorion dirige également des orchestres symphoniques et ensembles à cordes, notamment lors du Congrès eucharistique, du Festival Eurochestries et lors de l’enregistrement de la Symphonie des lampes allumées et Yahndawa’ de François Couture. 

Il a étudié la direction d’orchestre auprès de Gilles Auger à Québec, et lors de stages de perfectionnement avec Otto Werner Mueller au Domaine Forget, Craig Kirchhoff au Ithaca College et Mark Davis Scatterday au Summer Wind Conducting Symposium de l’Université de Calgary. En 2015 il a complété une maitrise en direction d’orchestre à vent avec Alain Cazes.

Natif de Québec, François Dorion a étudié le saxophone, la percussion, la composition et la direction au Cégep de Sainte-Foy et à l'Université Laval. À la fin de ses études universitaires il a dirigé  la création sur disque de la pièce « Éclats et mouvements » d'Isabelle Marcoux under the supervision of François Morel. Dès le début de sa formation, il travaille au sein de différents groupes amateurs comme directeur musical. De 1989 à 1994, il est membre de l'Harmonie des Cascades de Beauport. Il a enseigné à divers camps musicaux et joint la Musique des Voltigeurs de Québec en 1991, à titre de percussionniste. 

En 2002, François Dorion est récipiendaire du prix Pierre-Garon,  la plus haute distinction culturelle décernée par la ville de Charlesbourg. Il est également récipiendaire de la médaille du jubilé de diamant de la reine Élizabeth II. 

François Dorion has been the Music Director of the Regimental Band of Les Voltigeurs de Québec since 1997 and of L’Harmonie de Charlesbourg, of which he was the founder, since 1993. Mr. Dorion started teaching music at Séminaire Saint-Francois in 1997. He has commissioned many works by Jan Van der Roost, Bert Appermont and Philip Sparke. Mr. Dorion’s discography consists of nine albums, including many cornerstone works for Wind Ensemble, pop and jazz music and a Christmas CD. François Dorion is an established teacher and conductor. He has been the conducting instructor at The Canadian Forces School of Music, regularly teaches conducting workshops, and adjudicates at music festivals. 

Over the last few years, Mr. Dorion has conducted both symphony orchestras and string ensembles at the Québec Eucharistic Congress and the Eurochestries festival, as well as recorded François Couture’s Symphonie des lampes allumées and Yahndawa’. 

He studied conducting with Gilles Auger in Québec and attended several Wind Conducting Symposiums, including Otto Werner Mueller at Domaine Forget, Craig Kirchhoff at Ithaca 

Sharon Fitzsimmins, Mus. Bac., B.Ed, is a respected educator, international adjudicator, clinician and conductor. She is past president of The Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA) and was co-editor of The Recorder for 8 years, examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music and a conductor at the National Music Camp of Canada . She has received numerous teaching, professional development and leadership awards including Teacher of the Year. In November 2006, Sharon received the highest award from the OMEA, an Honorary Life Membership. Sharon is currently the Chair of the Concert Band Division for Musicfest Canada. Sharon is proud to have taught for thirty years at Barrie North Collegiate where she conducted award winning bands and choirs. She has written three teacher resources and a collection of stories called It Made Me Laugh, It Made Me cry. Stories From the Music Room. 

Laurie Hamilton (B. Mus, B. Ed, Phi Beta Mu) recently retired as Head of the Music Department within the Arts program at Canterbury High School in Ottawa. In addition to her administrative and teaching responsibilities, she was the conductor of Canterbury’s award winning Concert Band, Chamber Chorus, and Male Chorus. She is equally at home working with instrumental and choral ensembles. Laurie is currently directing the Carleton University Choir as well as the Carleton Chamber Singers and is very active within the musical forces of the Salvation Army, playing horn in two brass bands and conducting the choir at Ottawa Citadel. She has directed the Ottawa Carleton Choristers, a 65-voice choir of teachers and retired teachers in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board since 1989.

In 2011 Laurie was inducted into the International Band Master’s Fraternity Phi Beta Mu Lambda Iota Chapter. Throughout her 31 years in Music Education, her ensembles earned numerous National Performance Awards including the Robert Rosevear Award for Excellence in Concert Band (1994, 2009, 2011), the Leslie Bell Choral Award for choir (2007), First place in the Canadian Amateur Choirs National Competition (2010 - Chamber Chorus; 2011- Male Chorus) National Kiwanis Music Festival (first place for Chamber Chorus 2011 and Male Chorus 2011 & 2013) and the CBC Music-In-The-Schools Award (Chamber Chorus in 2007, 2011, 2013; Concert Band, 2009)

Christine Jensen is an award-winning saxophonist, composer, conductor, and educator based in Montreal. Born in Sechelt, British Columbia in 1970,  Jensen is hailed as one of Canada’s most compelling composers and improvisers through leading her own jazz orchestra, as well as a diverse array of small ensemble projects. “Jensen writes in three dimensions, with a quiet kind of authority that makes the many elements cohere. Wayne Shorter, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler come to mind.” –Downbeat. 

The Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra has won two Juno Awards for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, with Habitat (2014) and Treelines (2011). In 2014 Habitat received five stars in Downbeat, along with being included in several international critics polls. Her recordings have topped the critics polls with CBC, Downbeat, NPR, Ottawa Citizen, and JazzTimes. Jensen has also been recognized over the past few years in the Downbeat International Critics poll for soprano saxophone, composer, and orchestra categories. She was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered  in 2014 for her large ensemble works. In October 2015 she received the Hagood Hardy Prize for jazz composition from SOCAN. Since 2003 her albums have received four nominations for jazz album of the year with Quebec’s ADISQ awards. She has also received the Prix Opus for Concert of the Year for Jazz and World Music in 2006, and Recording of the Year for jazz in 2010 from the Quebec Arts Council. 

As a leader Jensen has released three small ensemble recordings featuring her compositions. Along with her sister, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, she co-leads Nordic Connect. They have released two albums and toured Canada, the USA and Scandinavia numerous times. She co-leads an 11-piece ensemble, Transatlantic Conversations, with Swedish composer and pianist Maggi Olin. They premiered new works on Swedish Radio P2 in 2013, following up with a new album entitled Transatlantic Conversations-Live in 2015.  
Jensen’s music has taken her all over the world, where she has received numerous commissions and conducting opportunites with jazz orchestras in Canada, the US and Europe. She was saxophonist with the EBU Jazz Orchestra (European Broadcasting Union) in 2003, and awarded a residency at the Quebec Studio at Cité des arts internationale in Paris in 2002. She has been the recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Quebec Arts Council between 1998 and 2015.  Recent composition residencies include Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, University of North Florida and MacEwan University, Alberta. In 2013 she was guest lecturer in composition and improvisation in Sweden at Stockholm Conservatory, Malmö Conservatory, and Skjurup School. 

Jensen has performed with Terence Blanchard, Phil Dwyer, Ben Monder, Gary Smuylan, Geoffrey Keezer, Lenny Pickett, Gary Versace, and Donny McCaslin. She has studied with Kenny Werner, Jim McNeely, Dick Oatts, Remi Bolduc and John Hollenbeck.

Jensen has held the position of conductor with orchestre national jazz de Montréal since 2013.  She has been teaching composition, saxophone and jazz ensembles at McGill University-Schulich School of Music since 2006, and at the University of Sherbrooke since 2013.
Andrew Jones
Composer, trombonist and educator, Andrew Jones is active in the Toronto jazz, classical and commercial scene as a teacher, writer, clinician and a player.  
A graduate of the University of Toronto, he is a regular member of many large and small ensembles as a leader and sideman, playing with some of Canada’s finest musicians.   
Emerging as one of Canada’s top young writers, Andrew is in demand with many professional bands and artists as a composer and arranger.   
In January 2008 he was recipient of the SOCAN/IAJE Phil Nimmons Emerging Jazz Composer Award, and was commissioned to debut a piece at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in Toronto.  

In demand as a clinician and adjudicator, Andrew has worked on faculty at the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance Program, serves as Artistic Director for The Brampton Jazz Mechanics and continues developing his own independent business of creating educationally sound, original music for school-level jazz ensembles.  He was the recipient of the Don Wright Scholarship for Composition in Education (O.I.S.E.) and is published through ArtistShare as a contributing author for Brian Lillos' book Jazz Pedagogy: A Canadian Perspective.

As a strong advocate for the use of Canadian repertoire in school band programs, his music has been featured by Musicfest Canada’s Yamaha All-Star Band and by many of the finest secondary and post-secondary programs across Canada.
Andrew continues his development of jazz pedagogy and composition at the secondary school level through the arts program at Cawthra Park Secondary School, where he has directed ensembles and developed curriculum for 12 years, and as an instructor at numerous summer jazz programs across Ontario.

Mark Rocheleau began his formal studies in 1979 at the University of Windsor, majoring on clarinet, and graduating with a Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Education. During this time, he spent his summers as an instrumental instructor at the Canadian Forces School of Music in Victoria BC. 

After four years as a freelance musician and member of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, he obtained a direct entry position with the Canadian Forces Vimy Band in Kingston in 1985, where he played lead clarinet, saxophone, and was a featured soloist. 

In 1994, he was posted to the Central Band of the Canadian Forces here in Ottawa, and was eventually selected for a yearlong Director of Music course, which he completed in 1999. During his 20 years of service in the Canadian Forces Band Branch, Mark has performed in all of the Canadian major cities, Washington DC, and in Belgium, Holland, Germany, France, and Italy. 

In 2005 Mark elected to retire from the CF. Once again a freelance musician, with his extensive background in the Concert Band genre; he founded the Ottawa Wind Ensemble which he continues to direct to this day. The OWE is a professional calibre ensemble which performs throughout the National Capital Region, including the annual Music & Beyond Festival, considered to be one of Canada’s major classical music festivals.

Rich Sumstad is the former Artistic Director of the St. Marys Children’s Choir and Festival Youth Singers where he personally conducted the Festival Youth Singers and the SMCC Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Before relocating to St. Marys, Ontario in 2005 Rich was the music department head at Nathan Hale High School in the Seattle School District for 12 years where his ensembles, both choral and instrumental, consistently took top honors at national and international festivals. Most recent festivals include Heritage Festival At Sea, Ensenada, Mexico; Musicfest Canada, Montreal, Quebec; Stratford Kiwanis Festival, Stratford, Ontario, Envision Jazz Festival, Surrey, British Columbia; and the Reno Jazz Festival, Reno, Nevada. Rich's ensembles have had the honor of sharing the stage with Herbie Mann, Sunny Wilkinson, Phil Matson, Michelle Weir, M-Pact, Michael Powers, Brent Carver, Lucy Peacock, Bruce Dow, and Alexey Nikolaev as well as performing in venues from the Seattle Opera House to New York's Carnegie Hall. 

A master educator, Rich has also been the recipient of the following personal awards: 1998 Washington State Music Educator of the Year, 1999 Seattle School District Golden Apple Award, 2000 Christa McCauliffe Excellence in Education Award, 4 times nominated for the A+ Award and most recently the Avon-Maitland District School Board Excellence in Education Award 2008.

Equally at home in both instrumental and vocal worlds Rich has performed with Bob Mintzer, Grant Goodeve, Tommy Banks, Dee Daniels, Campbell Ryga, Larry Bragg, Carol Welsman, Tom Politzer, Bill Champlin, Mic Gillette, Jeff Tamlier, Roger Treece , and Danish super group Vocal Line in Aaurhus, Denmark with Bobby Mcferrin. 

Rich is a founding member of both The Emerald City Jazz Orchestra and Strokeland Record’s DoctorfunK. 

Rich is in demand as an adjudicator/clinician at jazz festivals across North America.