Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra
May 12-17, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario
Special Guest Saxophone Soloist Wallace Halladay, University of Toronto
Co-Directors:   Gillian Mackay, University of Toronto
                        Mark Hopkins, Acadia University
 
Dear Colleague:
 
This is an open invitation to advanced high school and university-collegiate players, to audition for the 2013 Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra in downtown Toronto.  Led by Dr. Gillian MacKay from the University of Toronto and Dr. Mark Hopkins from Acadia University, this auditioned, national honour band draws student musicians from every corner of the country. The mission of the band is to bring together Canada’s finest young musicians for a week of intense music education and performance – a week that will culminate in a concert before thousands at Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto on Friday May 17, 2013. 
 
This year’s festival is particularly exciting.  We will work with superstar saxophonist Wallace Halladay from the University of Toronto.   DWCWO members will have exclusive access to a rehearsal and performance by the Eastman Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mark Davis Scatterday.  We will perform a run-out concert in Toronto, and observe the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal and performance. Because of the sponsors like Denis Wick London, Pearl, Dream Cymbals, Musicfolder.com, the University of Toronto, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, here is no program or registration fee for this incredible week of music-making. Entrance into the DWCWO is by online audition at[ http://www.musicfest.ca/cwo- ]www.musicfest.ca/cwo- apply. Any-age high school, college or university student is eligible to participate by audition.  Please note: the deadline for receipt of applications and audition recordings is January 15, 2013.
 
Most important of all, the music played by the DWCWO is always challenging, cutting-edge, and exciting.  Being a part of the band offers an unprecedented opportunity to network with some of brightest young musicians in the country. That said, the DWCWO is not just for those planning a career in music.  In summary playing in the DWCWO it provides exceptional benefits:
            *Sectionals with world class musicians including Wallace Halladay and Stephen Wick
            *Observation of dress rehearsal and concerts by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Eastman Wind Ensemble
            *VIP access to all Musicfest concerts, clinics and workshops
            *Perform in Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto with Dr. Dr. Wallace Halladay (Saxophone instructor, University of Toronto)
            *Audition for a portion of $100,000+ in Music Scholarships
            *Perform for Faculty and representatives from most major College and University Music .Programs in Canada
            *Spend one week working with Dr. Gillian MacKay and Dr. Mark Hopkins preparing and performing extraordinary music for wind ensemble. .
 
We are also inviting application/auditions from undergraduate student conductors for the 2013 DWCWO Conducting Fellows Program.  Undergraduate music students who have completed a university course in conducting and have an interest in observing rehearsals, receiving coaching from Dr.’s Mackay and Hopkins, are invited to apply directly to Dr. Hopkins by the application deadline.


Musicfest has arranged for subsidized accommodations at the University of Toronto, however, there is no requirement to stay at U of T if you live in the region or have relatives you can stay with, provided you can attend all ensemble rehearsals and performances in a timely fashion. Participants are responsible for cost of their own transportation and accommodations.
 
We have attached a copy of the flyer in French and English, and trust you will share this with your students. In addition, we have provided a link to last year’s performance ([ http://www.musicfest.ca/ncb_e.shtml ]http://www.musicfest.ca/ncb_e.shtml)  If you have any more questions, please contact Dr. Mark Hopkins at [ mailto:mark.hopkins@musicfest.ca ]mark.hopkins@musicfest.ca or Dr. Gillian MacKay at [ mailto:gillian.mackay@musicfest.ca ]gillian.mackay@musicfest.ca. We hope we will see you there. .
 
Sincerely,
Gillian MacKay and Mark Hopkins