Concert Organizer

+ GARRY GABLE, bass-baritone

Dr. Garry Gable, bass-baritone, resides in Saskatoon where he teaches vocal studies and directs the Music Theatre Ensemble at the University of Saskatchewan. He is a recipient of the Provost’s Awards for Outstanding Teaching at the University of Saskatchewan, and his students have enjoyed success across Canada and into Europe, the United States, and China. He has performed across Canada and into the USA in all types of music, musical theater, drama, television, and in-concert productions. He has enjoyed success in recital in China, where Garry is adjunct faculty in Music Conservatories in Wuhan and Tianjin. He has been heard in recital with his spouse/pianist Kathleen Lohrenz Gable on the CBC-Radio both regionally and nationally. In Saskatoon, there have been many appearances with the Saskatoon Symphony, and with Saskatoon Opera Association. Garry has been seen as Frank in Die Fledermaus, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Alcindoro in La Bohème, Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zuniga in Carmen, and as the Bonz in Madama Butterfly. Last June (2017), he sang with Saskatoon Opera as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni. He also had a successful turn in Persephone Theater’s It’s a wonderful life as the irascible Mr. Potter, and earlier was seen as the affable Maurice in Beauty and the Beast. Garry has sung many times with the Saskatoon Symphony and joined them again last December to narrate and sing in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He sang the role of Pangloss in March of 2017 with the Regina Symphony Orchestra performance of Candide.

Garry Gable, bass-baritone

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Dr. Garry Gable, bass-baritone, resides in Saskatoon where he teaches vocal studies and directs the Music Theatre Ensemble at the University of Saskatchewan. He is a recipient of the Provost’s Awards for Outstanding Teaching at the University of Saskatchewan, and his students have enjoyed success across Canada and into Europe, the United States, and China.

He has performed across Canada and into the USA in all types of music, musical theater, drama, television, and in-concert productions. He has enjoyed success in recital in China, where Garry is adjunct faculty in Music Conservatories in Wuhan and Tianjin. He has been heard in recital with his spouse/pianist Kathleen Lohrenz Gable on the CBC-Radio both regionally and nationally. In Saskatoon, there have been many appearances with the Saskatoon Symphony, and with Saskatoon Opera Association.

Garry has been seen as Frank in Die Fledermaus, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Alcindoro in La Bohème, Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zuniga in Carmen, and as the Bonz in Madama Butterfly. Last June (2017), he sang with Saskatoon Opera as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni. He also had a successful turn in Persephone Theater’s It’s a wonderful life as the irascible Mr. Potter, and earlier was seen as the affable Maurice in Beauty and the Beast. Garry has sung many times with the Saskatoon Symphony and joined them again last December to narrate and sing in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He sang the role of Pangloss in March of 2017 with the Regina Symphony Orchestra performance of Candide.

 

Speakers & Performers

Garry Gable, bass-baritone

See biography above under “Concert Organizer”.

 
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Kathleen Lohrenz Gable, piano

As a teacher of both solo and collaborative music, Kathleen Lohrenz Gable is dedicated to developing young pianists, singers and instrumentalists, and she also works to create performing opportunities for developing and professional singers, in Saskatchewan.

Since returning to Saskatchewan in 1994, she has worked with Opera Nuova, Calgary Opera, Saskatoon Opera, Saskatoon Symphony, and the Vancouver Summer Opera Studio. She has travelled three times to China with husband bass-baritone Garry Gable to perform and teach. Kathleen was an official pianist for the World Saxophone conference in Bangkok. At the 2011 CFMTA Convention she performed, gave workshops and master classes, and was one of the judges for the National Piano Competition.

Kathleen teaches piano, and is Music Director for the Music Theatre Ensemble at the University of Saskatchewan. Since 1997, Kathleen has been pleased to collaborate with eight Young Artist winners. Kathleen has been a part of NUOVA’s faculty since 2004 where she has conducted Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites, Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Copland’s The Tender Land, Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Oklahoma, The Gondoliers and Patience.

Kathleen’s career includes experiences as a recitalist, voice coach, piano instructor, accompanist, and as a musical director and rehearsal pianist for opera productions in Canada and the USA. Kathleen received her Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University; a Diploma in Lieder from the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria; her Fellowship from Trinity College in London; and her Master of Music in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan. Kathleen taught piano and piano pedagogy at the University of Michigan and was a piano instructor at the Interlochen National Music Camp in Michigan. She has also taught at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Windsor, and currently teaches at the University of Saskatchewan.

 
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Glen Gillis, saxophone

Glen Gillis, Professor of Music, conducts the Concert Band and several saxophone ensembles, and teaches saxophone, conducting, and music education courses at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Gillis has remained active as a clinician and adjudicator for solo/ensemble festivals/workshops as well as conducting honour ensembles.

As director of the U of S Wind Orchestra from 2001-10, the ensemble released three commercial CDs in 2005, 2007, and 2009. In 2004 he created the Band Directors Professional Development and the High School Select Wind Orchestra and in 2005 the North Saskatchewan Wind Symphony.

Dr. Gillis is a Conn-Selmer Saxophone Artist/Clinician and has performed in North America, Europe, and China as well as numerous conferences such as the World Saxophone Congresses and the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial and Regional Conferences, He released SaxSpectrum (2009) and SaxSpectrum 2 (2014) through MSR Classics performing many of his compositions (Eighth Note Pub) and commissioned works, all world premiere recordings.

International music magazines such as Fanfare, American Music Guide, BBC Music Magazine, and Gramophone gave stellar reviews of his CDs. SaxSpectrum 2 also received a nomination for the 2015 Instrumental Recording of the Year from the Western Canadian Music Awards.

Dr. Gillis has written many articles that appear in the Canadian Music Educator, Canadian Winds, Encyclopaedia of Music in Canada, Teaching Music through Performance in Band (Vol. X), and Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Band. He has presented at several international conferences such as the Midwest Clinic, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, and the British Forum for Ethnomusicology.

Dr. Gillis’ professional affiliations include WASBE, CBDNA, SBA/CBA, SMEA/CMEA, NAfME, SOCAN, NASA, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, and Pi Kappa Lambda. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

 

Greystone Singers
Conductor: Jennifer Lang

Biography coming soon.

 
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Dean McNeill, trumpet

Award winning Canadian trumpet player/composer Dean McNeill regularly performs in both the classical and jazz idioms. Dean has been a University of Saskatchewan Dept. of Music faculty member for the past 19 years over which time he has performed and adjudicating throughout Canada and the United States.

Dean is the recipient of the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s Special Recognition Award, UofS’s Student Union Teaching Excellence Award, UofS Dept. of Music’s Dwaine Nelson Teaching Award, and, a Downbeat Magazine big band arranging award. Since its inception Dean has been the Artistic Director of the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra . Dean has performed 3 times at the Western Canadian Music Awards (W.C.M.A.) within various projects that have been nominated.

 
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Bonnie Nicholson, piano

Bonnie Nicholson is a pianist, teacher and chamber musician from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Music (Performance, 1984) and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Saskatchewan (1987), as well as an A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance from the R.C.M. (1984). Teachers and influences are varied and include her mentor, Robin Harrison.

For over 25 years, Bonnie has served as a Sessional Lecturer in Piano, at the Department of Music, U of S, in Saskatoon. As part of her solo and teaching career, she has received the Florence Bowes Piano Pedagogy Scholarship (1993), the Dwaine Nelson Teaching Award for Excellence from the U of S Association of Student Musicians (2000) and the Sylvia Wallace Award for Sessional Teaching Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan (2004). From April to June of 2009, Bonnie served as an adjudicator for the National Tour of the Canadian Music Competitions.

In June of 2012, Bonnie fulfilled a life long dream to tour and teach in China, visiting Universities in five major Chinese cities with saxophonist, Dr. Glen Gillis. In July of 2015, Bonnie accompanied Dr. Gillis at the International Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France. Bonnie Nicholson appears on CD with Bass-Baritone Henri Loiselle, the Saskatoon Children’s Choir, the Saskatoon Fireside Singers, trumpeter Dean McNeill’s disc entitled “Melange”, and saxophonist Glen Gillis’ two discs entitled, “SaxSpectrum” and SaxSpectrum 2”.

In April of 2015, she and fellow pianist Dianne Gryba released their first piano duet disc entitled “Les Quatre Mains Volume 1”. Bonnie is Past President of the Saskatoon Registered Music Teachers and sits on both the local and provincial boards for the Saskatchewan Music Festival Associations. She has travelled to the National level of the Music Festival over 18 times as the official accompanist for the Saskatchewan candidates.

Bonnie is the pianist for the Saskatoon Fireside Singers under the direction of Marilyn Whitehead. July 2016 marked the inaugural session of the Summer Academy for Voice and Piano held at the University of Saskatchewan in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Band Association (2016 only). Bonnie is a founding member of the Academy and serves as a piano instructor.

 

Saskatoon Brass Quintet

Biography coming soon.

 

University of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra
Conductor: Darrin Oelerking

Biography coming soon.

 

Program

Coming soon.

 
 

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