Herstory: Women Composers for Wind Band

Herstory: Women Composers for Wind Band

March 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Winspear Centre

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble (conducted by Angela Schroeder) and Concert Band (conducted by Daryl Price) perform prominent works by influential female composers, including Ida Gotkovsky's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Band. The Department of Music Concerto Competition winner, Ben Whittier, appears as guest soloist.

  • 1. Program

    Daryl Price, conductor

    Spirit of the Shannon (2005)
    Catherine McMichael (b. 1954)
    Kendall Leighton, flute

    Cryptids (2014)
    Alyssa Morris (b. 1984)
    I Bigfoot
    II Loch Ness
    III Abominable Snow Monster

    Before the Sun
    Julie Giroux (b. 1961)
    Lara Hyrak, violin

    In Dreams (2018) - Edmonton premiere performance
    Cait Nishimura (b. 1991)
    Dr. Angela Schroeder, guest conductor

    Moment (2016)
    Alex Shapiro (b. 1962)


    Dr. Angela Schroeder, conductor

    Circuits (1990/2011)
    Cindy McTee (b. 1953)
    Holly DeCaigny, guest conductor

    Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Band (1966)
    Ida Gotkovsky (b. 1933)
    I Allegro con fuoco
    II Andante
    Ben Whittier, alto saxophone - 2019 Concerto Competition Winner

    Twist (2012)
    Jodie Blackshaw (b. 1971)


  • 2. Bios

    Originally from Newfoundland, Daryl Priceis in his third year as the conductor of the University of Alberta Concert Band. Since his move to Edmonton in 2001, Daryl has been teaching high school concert band, choir, and musical theatre in St. Albert Public Schools and has conducted many community ensembles in and around the Edmonton area. Daryl is also busy as a clinician for many school band and choral programs and has been working with Edmonton area pit orchestras for musical theatre productions.


    Mr. Price completed the undergraduate degrees in Music and Music Education k-12 at Memorial University of Newfoundland, with a principal study in Trumpet. Under the direction of Dr. Donald Buell and Dr. Douglas Dunsmore, Daryl found a passion for music education, conducting and musical leadership. In 2011, he completed the graduate degree program under the supervision or Dr. Tom Dust at the University of Alberta with a Master's in Education, focused on secondary music choral education.


    As a multi-faceted instrumentalist and vocalist, Daryl has performed with many ensembles. Three years were spent as a baritone with the Greenwood Singers under the direction of Dr. Robert DeFreece. As an instrumentalist he has performed with the University of Alberta Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Angela Schroeder as a horn player, a bass clarinettist, and for the past seven years, as a bassoonist. He has also performed as a bassoonist with the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra and spent three years as a trumpet player with the Concordia University Orchestra. Daryl has committed much of his time to the musical theatre community as well, playing saxophone, flute, and trombone. He is currently the Inclusive Education Coordinator for a high school within St. Albert Public Schools, and teaches Math and Science.

    Dr. Angela Schroeder is currently Professor of Music in the Department of Music at the University of Alberta. She is the Director of Bands, the Area Coordinator for Winds and Percussion, and conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Summer Band. She teaches courses in conducting and music education, and works with Graduate students in instrumental conducting. In 2017 Angela received the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Teaching award, and was subsequently awarded the 2018 Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by the University of Alberta. She previously taught conducting at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Angela is the conductor of the St. Albert Community Band, an ensemble that is currently in their 49th concert season. She lead the ensemble on their first overseas tour in July 2015, performing in Austria and Germany, and will continue to conduct them into their 50th season in 2020.

    Dr. Schroeder completed undergraduate degrees in Music and Education at the University of Calgary, majoring in Secondary Music Education, with performance studies in piano and trumpet. She also completed the Diploma of Fine Arts in Wind Band Conducting under the supervision of Glenn Price. After a teaching career at various secondary schools in the Calgary area, she entered the Long Term Residency program at The Banff Centre, where she studied and performed on piano, trumpet and as a conductor. Angela entered the Master's program in Wind Conducting at Northwestern University in 2002, where she studied with Mallory Thompson and earned the Master of Music in Conducting. In 2007, she completed the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting at the University of North Texas, under the supervision of Eugene Corporon.

    Angela Schroeder is well known in the Alberta music education community, not only through her teaching and conductin both in schools and in community music organizations, but through her involvement as an executive director of the Alberta Band Association for several years. Angela has performed on cornet with the Mill Creek Colliery Band and was the Principal Trumpet for the Concordia University Orchestra for seven seasons. Angela has guest conducted and adjudicated numerous wind bands in festivals and clinics throughout Canada, the United States, Austria, Germany, Australia and Thailand. She is a contributor in eleven volumes of the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series, which profile wind literature for all levels of instrumental instruction, published by GIA. She is joyfully married to husband Geoffrey and mother to her brilliant sons, Joshua and Jonah.



    Ben Whittier, originally from Denver, Colorado, is pursuing a Doctorate of Music Degree from the University of Alberta, studying with Dr. William H. Street. Before moving to Alberta, Mr. Whittier studied with Dr. Andrew Dahlke and Professor David Henderson at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of the Pacific, respectively. Later this year, he will be giving a recital of various chamber music works at the University of Alberta.

  • 3. Performers


    Sarah Hubert*
    Scott Sugden
    Annie Cai
    Ru-Bin Won
    Mindy Tan
    Rebecca Christenson
    Erin Fohr
    Christina Nawrot

    Vaughn Beaulieu-Mercredi*
    Jessica Zhang

    Mary Kardash*
    Charlotte Taylor

    Jiyeon Seo*
    Chelsea Goulet
    Emma Nokes
    Stephanie Gariepy
    Sydney Waddell
    Hyejun Kim
    Gabrielle Varewyck-Dube
    Mikayla Campbell
    Dylan Johns
    Daniel Cairns
    Asha Kucher Johnson
    Barbara Rybchuk
    Evan Arbuckle

    Brianna Bolt*

    Adam Vanderwekken*
    Samantha Oscar
    Gabrielle Potvin
    Haley Spector
    Kyrstin Ruecker
    Danielle McAfee
    Talia Belcher
    Devin Currey
    Caelum Gobert
    Galen Mattern

    Kayleigh Francis*
    William Albach
    Michael Chang
    Julieta Hernandez
    Shyan Simpson

    Megan Sadoway*
    Christina Gillanders

    Matthew Langor*
    Lowell McAllister
    Hannah Pinault
    Keala Banford
    Jared Dolan
    Natalie Krehut
    Klarrenz Santiago
    Sydney Flaherty
    Kassandra Vandermeer

    Alicia Krips*
    Shelby Marler
    Bronwen Taylor
    Mitchell Semple

    Emmanuel Gestopa*
    Timothy Fu
    Stephen Gauthier
    Alexander Schafer
    Connor Ritchie
    Anirudh Shankar
    Nolan Chan
    Keaton Gregson

    Myles Peet*
    Darren Choi
    Katrina Sheasby

    Hailey Borys*
    Brittany Enstrom

    Connor Hoppenbrouwers*

    Jensen Evtushevski*
    Luc Rosete
    Jacob Tanner
    Cristan Chamberlain
    Holly DeCaigny
    Ben Whittier

    *Denotes section leader.

Introducing Holly De Caigny

Ben Whittier, University of Alberta 2018-19 Concerto Competition Winner

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