Saskatchewan Choral Federation

SMC 2014

November 13 - 15, 2014 - Saskatoon Inn


Saskatchewan Choral Federation is pleased to welcome Willi Zwozdesky as this year’s feature choral clinician at Saskatchewan Music Conference occurring November 13 – 15, 2014 at the Saskatoon Inn.   Now starting his 34th season as conductor of the Vancouver Men’s Chorus, Willi Zwozdesky is widely-known as a choral conductor and for his work as an arranger, which form a large part of an active musical career that also includes music publishing, arts management, and the promotion of choral music through the global print music industry.

Mr. Zwozdesky will be directing the Delegate Choir and presenting professional development and reading sessions for mixed and treble choirs.

In addition to Mr. Zwozdesky's sessions, SCF is also pleased to present Marcia and Greg McLean who will present 'Developing Student Leaders in Your Music Program'.





SINGING IN TUNE - Willi Zwozdesky

This session explores the sensation of being in tune beginning with finding the centre of the pitch and how that feels, and expanding from there to include the whole diatonic spectrum, using melodic and harmonic examples. As much an exploration of what to listen for and the accompanying sensation of feeling in tune, we will also explore score preparation exercises with a view to overcoming inherent tuning problems in a line or passage.

BLEND & BALANCE - Willi Zwozdesky

Find the right place in the choir for each voice! Using two different techniques to place singers in their section, participants will see a live demonstration of both techniques.  Vocal timbre is the key component in this exercise. Participants will be asked to sing for one and with another to demonstrate the process of incorporating quiet and strong singers in a harmonious whole!

READING SESSION - SATB - Willi Zwozdesky


DELEGATE CHOIR - Willi Zwozdesky


Leaders are not born. They are identified, nurtured and encouraged by their directors. This session will help music directors to develop and maintain a leadership program that turns your students into dynamic section leaders, recruiters and role models for others in your band and/or choir program.  

SMC Choral Clinicians


Willi Zwozdesky

A native of north-central Alberta, Zwozdesky moved to Seattle, where he completed a Master of Music in choral conducting and a Master of Arts in music theory at the University of Washington in 1981. Following his move to Vancouver in that year, he established himself as a leader in the city’s cultural community, working in choral music, music education, and music publishing. In addition to his freelance work, he serves as the Executive Director of the British Columbia Choral Federation and on the national board of Choral Canada.

At the core of Zwozdesky’s career are his arrangements, many of which regularly appear in concert programs and recordings across Canada and abroad. His choral music has been performed by leading choirs, including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pro Coro Canada, Elektra Women’s Choir, the Saskatoon Chamber Singers, Cantilon Choirs, Seattle Men’s Chorus, Turtle Creek Chorale, MUSE - Cincinnati Women’s Choir, Pandora’s Vox, and Chor
Leoni Men’s Choir. His most recent commissions include a suite of five carols for children’s choir and orchestra to be premiered in Ottawa this year by the Ottawa Children’s Choir and the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra.
In 1990 he established Rhythmic Trident Music Publishing, which focuses on his own and other Canadian writers’ work. An active choral clinician and adjudicator, Willi has also volunteered on a number of national and regional organizations, including the Canadian Music Centre, GALA Choruses, Inc., and the World of Children’s Choirs. His dedication to choral music has been recognized with both a Legacy Award from GALA Choruses and a Willan Choir Award from the British Columbia Choral
Federation.  Willi Zwozdesky is widely known for his work as an arranger and as the choral conductor of the Vancouver Men’s Chorus. An active choral clinician, adjudicator and volunteer, Willi also serves as the Executive Director of the British Columbia Choral Federation. Zwozdesky’s choral arrangements appear regularly in concert programs and recordings across Canada and abroad. His choral music has been performed by leading choirs, including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pro Coro Canada, Elektra Women’s Choir, the Seattle Men’s Chorus, Turtle Creek Chorale, MUSE – Cincinnati Women’s Choir, Pandora’s Vox, and Chor Leoni Men’s Choir.


Marcia McLean

Marcia is currently the artistic director of the Swift Current Oratorio Choir and an adult chamber choir, Prairie Spirit. In January of 2014, members of the Oratorio Choir travelled to New York to perform Karl Jenkin’s “Stabat Mater” in Carnegie Hall with several choirs from around the world. Mrs. McLean also teaches private voice lessons, gives choral workshops and adjudicates. In 2010, she retired after 18 years as Director of Choral Music at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. There she conducted an 80-voice concert choir, a vocal jazz ensemble and the Comp. Chamber Singers.  In 2010, the Chamber Singers were selected to perform at the Association of Canadian Choral Community’s convention held in Saskatoon, and in 2007,were invited to perform at Festival 500 in Newfoundland. In addition, the choir presented Showcase Concerts at the Rocky Mountain Festival and won awards at Music Fest Canada and the Heritage Music Festival.  Marcia was the founding director of the Swift Current Children’s Choir and conducted the choir for 12 years.

Active at the provincial level, Marcia is presently President of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation and serves on the board of the Swift Current Music Festival. She was guest conductor of the Sask. Choral Federation choir camp in the summer of 2011 and on numerous occasions, served as vocal coach at the SCF summer camps. As well, she has conducted the University of Regina summer choir camp for children. In 2004, Mrs. McLean was awarded the Pro Musica Award by the Sask. Choral Federation for outstanding service in the choral community. Prior to teaching in Swift Current, Marcia taught music and choir at Esterhazy High School for 12 years, conducting both vocal jazz and concert choir. Mrs. McLean received her Bachelor of Music at Brandon University.


Greg McLean

Greg McLean most recently served an interim term as Director of Bands at the University of Regina following 35 years as a high school instrumental music director, the last 21years of which he taught at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School in Swift Current, SK. Under Mr. McLean's direction, the Swift Current Senior Wind Orchestra and Senior Jazz Ensemble received many awards, including Gold medals at MusicFest Canada in 1993, 1995 and 1998. The Wind Orchestra performed guest showcase concerts at the Rocky Mountain Festival in 1996, 1997, 2007 and 2009 and at the MooseJaw International Festival in 1999 and 2003. The senior jazz ensemble, Thursday Night Jazz, was also featured in a showcase concert in 2008 for the Rocky Mountain Festival.

Mr. McLean received his Bachelor of Music degree from Brandon University. His graduate work included a Graduate Diploma in conducting and wind repertoire from the University of Calgary, and a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Manitoba.   His mentors have included Dr. Dale Lonis of the University of Manitoba and Earl Stafford of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. His trumpet teachers have included brass specialist, Dr. D. S. Reinhardt of Philadelphia and Vincent Cichowicz of the Chicago Symphony.   In 2001 he received the “Paul Harris Fellowship” from the Swift Current Rotary Club for outstanding leadership and community work with young people. He was recipient of the “Outstanding Achievement Award” presented by the SK Music Educators Association in 2006.

He is a full-time faculty member of the Prairieland Summer Jazz Camp in Regina and has been guest conductor and brass coach at Saskatchewan summer band camps for over twenty-five years.   Mr. McLean is frequently invited to adjudicate at festivals across Canada, to conduct workshops and reading sessions, and to direct honour groups. He has presented sessions at the Sask Music Conference on jazz repertoire and directed the SMC Jazz Band in 2011 and 2012. Mr. McLean has performed in the trumpet section of the Sawatzky Big Band, the Bob Moyer Big Band and the Prairieland Jazz Camp Faculty Band.


He is also the co-artistic and orchestra director for the Swift Current Oratorio Choir, conducting members of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and soloists each spring. Past performances have included Handel’s “Messiah”, Haydn’s “Creation”, Rutter’s “Requiem”, the  “Mass for Peace“ and ”Requiem” by Karl Jenkins, andMozart’s ”Requiem”. Members of this choir have just performed at Carnegie Hall for a celebration of Karl Jenkins’ 70th birthday.