Mark Adam

Canadian drummer and percussionist Mark Adam has shared the stage and studio with many of Canada’s leading artists and is fluent across a wide range of musical styles. From jazz with Phil Dwyer, Laila Biali, Dave Restivo, David Braid, Carol Welsman and Mike Murley, to award winning classical recordings with Derek Charke, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and WIRED Ensemble, Mark’s love of music knows no bounds. He has played on recordings of country artists George Canyon and Dave Gunning, hip hop artist Johnny Dillemma, worked with leaders in modern dance at the Toronto Dance Theater and the National Ballet and now enjoys a career in music production. Mark’s ability to cross-reference across musical styles allows him to hear and develop many artists’ voices and visions. Mark has produced and been a multi-instrumentalist for Laurenn Marchand, Carmen Braden, Kim Barlow, Jeff Hennessy, Sarah Pound, Tom Easley, The Transatlantic Zodiac Ensemble and more. He also has a collaboration with award-winning producer and musician Marcus Paquin (The National, Arcade Fire, Hey Rosetta) and is part of an exciting new trio with Glenn Patscha (Marc Cohn, Sheryl Crow, Roseanne Cash) and Nicholas D’Amato (Lizz Wright). He is a professor at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS and regularly appears as a guest presenter and educator for music festivals, universities, high schools and conferences across Canada.


Dina Burtt
Dina Burtt received her Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Education in Curriculum Studies from Acadia University.  She has completed post graduate work at the University of Calgary and studied composition through graphic notation at “The Colgrass Experience” at the University of Hartford. She has been a part time lecturer for the Acadia School of Music and  faculty of the Acadia Summer Music Camps.  Dina is a trumpet performer and clinician, a past member of Scotia Brass and the Atlantic Wind Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Mark Hopkins, and has presented at the NSMEA conference. She was on the executive of the Nova Scotia Band Association and for five years was the chairperson of the Nova Scotia Junior Wind Ensemble.     As a music teacher for 22 years Dina has served on numerous curriculum development and implementation teams for the Nova Scotia Department of Education as well as Lead Teams for the Halifax Regional School Board.  She is currently music director at Lockview High School in Fall River.


Jack Chen
Jack Chen

Having shared the stage and camera with artists such as Amy Grant, Bobby McFerrin and Doc Severinsen, Jack Chen appears in 13 PBS television music specials in 2010 and tours with musicians Tim Janis, Finnouala Gill, EMI vocalists Giorgia Fumanti, Ryland Angel and “Siren.” Jack can be heard on the recent albums “Horizons” and “Awakening.” Recently appointed flute instructor at Acadia University and Head of the Wind and Percussion department at the Maritime Conservatory, Jack now calls Halifax his home.

While not learning how to do more crazy things with his beloved flutes, Manheim and Hansen, Jack loves to chase his cat up and down the house; Toby, possibly the first ever 16-lb cat to lose 12lb and own a flutist!

Jacqueline Dawson

2018 Guest Conductor

Jacqueline Dawson received undergraduate degrees in music and music education from Memorial University of Newfoundland and holds a masters degree in conducting from the University of Manitoba where she studied with Dale Lonis and Earl Stafford.  She has attended the Conductor’s Art Symposium at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, The Art of Wind Band Teaching at the University of Minnesota and completed the Canadian Wind Conductor’s Development Program in Winnipeg. Jacquie is currently Assistant Professor and Director of Bands at the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music where she conducts the Concert Band and Wind Ensembles and teaches courses in music education. She also serves as Faculty Advisor for music education student teachers. Prior to this appointment Jacquie taught in public school for twenty years, primarily at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Jacquie is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator across Canada. She has been a sessional instructor for the University of Manitoba Faculty of Music and Faculty of Education, been guest lecturer for music education courses and sessional conductor of the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble. Guest conducting engagements have included the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Rising Stars Manitoba Senior Honour Band, the Manitoba Intermediate Honour Band, the Manitoba Junior Honour Band, the International Music Camp, and numerous regional and divisional honour bands. Jacquie was awarded the 2003 University of Manitoba School of Music Excellence in Music Education Award, the 2013 University of Manitoba Teacher Recognition Award and the 2015 Manitoba Band Association Award of Distinction. She has been published in the Canadian Music Educator Journal and the Canadian Winds Journal. Jacquie has presented at conferences in Newfoundland and Manitoba as well as the Canadian Music Educators’ Association National Conference.

Jacquie served on the board of directors of the Manitoba Band Association from 1999 – 2005 and remains active with numerous projects, such as chairing the Remembering Ken Committee and the Manitoba Senior Honour Band. Jacquie is in her ninth season as Artistic Director of The Winnipeg Wind Ensemble. Under Jacquie’s leadership the group has expanded in infrastructure, artistic standard and programming, and recently launched a new division of the organization, The Winnipeg Youth Wind Ensemble.


Tristan De Borba

As one of Canada's preeminent classical and contemporary saxophonists, Tristan De Borba is quickly gaining a reputation as an innovative and engaging musician, with a versatility and sensitive musicianship.

Tristan has been engaged as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue and conductor across Canada. As a soloist, Tristan has performed with the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and Acadia University Wind Ensembles and was recently featured as a guest artist at the 2014 Scotia Festival.

An active freelance musician, Tristan has performed with various ensembles throughout the Maritimes including: Symphony Nova Scotia, Opera Nova Scotia, Scotia Winds and the Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy.

Tristan is also a member of the Brogue Saxophone Quartet. Atlantic Canada's premier saxophone quartet, Brogue combines Classical, Jazz, Contemporary and World music styles in a fun and engaging show.

As a pedagogue, Tristan is on faculty at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where he runs an ever-expanding saxophone class. He is also on faculty at the Maritime Conservatory of music in Halifax. Tristan has given masterclasses at Mount Allison University, the University of Toronto and the Atlantic band festival.

In addition to his work at Acadia and in Nova Scotia, Tristan is concurrently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto in saxophone performance under the tutelage of Dr. Wallace Halladay.

Tristan resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife and best friend clarinetist Elizabeth Fellows-De Borba and his Cavalier Spaniel Penny.

Rowan FitzGerald

A native of Charlottetown, Rowan FitzGerald has recently retired from a 30 year career teaching instrumental music in the PEI school system. In addition to his duties as an instrumental music teacher, Mr FitzGerald has taught saxophone performance at UPEI, presented clinics and guest lecturers in music education, adjudicated music festivals and conducted honors band programs in all four Atlantic Provinces , Quebec, and in Hong Kong. Throughout his extensive career, he was the driving force behind the creation of an instrumental music program at East Wiltshire Intermediate School, the co-founder of the Eastern School District Summer Band Camp, a co-creator of the PEI Band Days Festival, and an integral force in the creation of a non-competitive music festival through the Queens County Music Festival. In 2000, Mr FitzGerald was nominated and received a Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Music PEI Award's Gala.


For more than a dozen years, Mr FitzGerald has worked with community bands in Nova Scotia as a conductor and clinician. In the fall of 2009, he co-founded the Second Chances Community Concert Band in Charlottetown where he currently directs approximately 70 musicians ranging in age from 18-80.

Ardith Haley

After enjoying 27 years teaching instrumental and choral music to elementary, middle, and high school students in the public school system, Ardith Haley accepted the position of Arts Education Consultant with the province of Nova Scotia, where she is responsible for the delivery of education programs in dance, drama, music, and visual artsHer knowledge of current pedagogy and assessment practice has guided the development and implementation of innovative and exciting new arts curricula for Nova Scotia’s schools.

Ms. Haley was awarded the 2013 Canadian Music Educators’ Association Jubilate Award of Merit for significant contributions to music education in Canada. Her enthusiasm for music and the arts is surpassed only by her love of teaching. As a passionate and creative educator, she is dedicated to helping teachers create authentic learning environments and become more effective in their teaching practice. To this end, she is very excited about her most recent focus as co-creator of Music Mentors International and her work with the Masters Degree in Curriculum Studies with a Focus on Music Education at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Ms. Haley earned her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Education degrees at Acadia University where, in addition to coordinating the new masters program, as a part-time faculty member she conducts the Symphonic Band, teaches music education courses, and is the Director of the Summer Music Academy. Additionally, Ms. Haley is working with Singapore’s Ministry of Education in its quest to implement music and arts pedagogies that nurture 21st century competencies. She is leading the professional development of teachers as they move to a more student-centric orientation and develop strategies to facilitate creativity in the learning opportunities they offer their students.

Greg Harrison

(On leave in 2018)

Recipient of many awards, Greg Harrison was granted the SABIAN/PASIC award, granted to one promising Canadian university percussion student. As a classical chamber musician, Greg has performed with Motion Ensemble, Mark Duggan, DArcy Philip Gray, Mark Adam, Julien LeBlanc, and Symphony Nova Scotia to name a few. In May 2011, Greg was invited to perform in Ann Southam's memorial concert in Toronto (CMC/CBC) featuring his arrangements of Southam's Glass Houses. Greg has been invited numerous times as performer and clinician to the Acadia New Music Festival and the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival.

As a drummer Greg has performed with Theatre New Brunswick, Christmas @ the Playhouse (Fredericton), Joel LeBlanc, and David Braid. In December 2010 he released a debut album with jazz-fusion group The Joel LeBlanc Quartet, under Stainless Manchu Records. He currently co-leads his drum n' bass trio Falcon Punch! in Toronto.

Also an active teacher, Greg co-directs University of Torontos Junior Percussion Ensemble. He has also been on faculty at the Acadia School of Musics Summer Band Camp, since 2008.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Acadia University and a Masters of Music degree at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Russell Hartenberger.


Stephen Hartlen
Stephen Hartlen studied trombone at Acadia University graduating with a Bachelors degree in Music Education in 1990 and a Masters degree in Curriculum Studies (Music Education Focus) in 2014. He has also studied at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. Stephen has been teaching in the Nova Scotia public schools system for the past 26 years directing bands at Parrsboro Regional High, Hants East Rural High, New Glasgow Junior High School and is currently teaching at New Glasgow Academy. Stephen also works with the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble as a clinician and assistant director. As a trombonist and a vocalist Stephen has performed with a variety of ensembles including the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Halifax Camerata Singers and Incantatus. Stephen currently performs with the Nova Brass Quintet. He lives in Truro with his wife Holly and three children; Noah, Claire and Owen. He has been a longtime member of the Acadia Summer Music Faculty and is very pleased to be returning to camp this summer.
Paul Hutten

Paul Hutten: MA, BAM, BMus, BMusEd.

Paul earned degrees in piano, organ, music education and English at Acadia University, and currently teaches at Kings County Academy in Kentville, Nova Scotia. He is active as a band instructor, private music teacher, organist, choir conductor, and homemaker.


Jennifer King

An Acadia graduate, Master of Music in solo piano performance from McGill, Diplomas in Piano Accompaniment from the  Royal Academy of Music in London, and in Music Teaching in Private Practice from the University of Reading, UK, scholarship holder at the Kneisal Hall Chamber Music School, “the cradle of chamber music teaching in America” in Blue Hill, Maine, and of a grant for contemporary music studies at the Britten Pears School of Advance Musical Studies, Jennifer King is the ideal collaborative pianist, and also in high demand as an adjudicator, coach, and clinician.   Currently teaching in Halifax, at home and at the Maritime Conservatory of Music and Performing Arts, from 2003 until 2016 she was faculty pianist in Acadia’s School of Music, where she also taught applied piano, graduation performance class labs, and a collaborative piano course.


Adam Langille

Adam Langille is a composer, performer, and electronic musician. He received a Bachelor of Music from Acadia University, where he studied composition with Derek Charke. Adam has had works premiered by notable ensembles including Symphony Nova Scotia, the Charke-Cormier Duo, and Fifth Wind Quintet. As a performer, he has played with pop bands, jazz groups, turko-balkan dance band ORO! Orkestra, and numerous Acadia University ensembles including the orchestra, wind ensemble, and gamelan ensemble. He currently plays guitar and electronics in math rock duo DogCatPet, and is working on other new electronics-based musical projects. Adam teaches lessons, clinics, and lectures, and has been on the Acadia Summer Music Academy faculty since 2015.


Mary Lee

(On leave in 2018)

Hornist Mary Lee was born in Toronto and received her musical training at the University of Toronto, the Utrecht Conservatory and the Banff School of Fine Arts. She is a member of Symphony Nova Scotia, and before moving to Nova Scotia she played for one year with the Israel Sinfonietta. When she has time off from the Symphony, Mary is active as a chamber musician and has performed at music festivals throughout the maritimes. In addition to her performing career, Mary has been active as a teacher for many years, both at Acadia University and the Halifax City Schools Fine Arts Department. She greatly enjoys her work with young musicians of all levels and has taught at clinics and camps throughout the province.



Suzanne Lemieux
Suzanne Lemieux became Principal Oboe of Symphony Nova Scotia in 1986, following three years in the same capacity with the Victoria Symphony. She has performed as soloist with SNS on more than twenty programmes. She has premiered and commissioned works by many Canadian composers including Christos Hatzis, Marjan Mozetich, Steve Tittle, Bob Bauer, Dennis Farrell, Jerome Blais. She also performed the Canadian premieres of pieces for oboe by British composers H.Birtwhistle, S. North and O.Knusssen among others. Suzanne has recorded Hatzis' Telluric Dances for Oboe and Orchestra for CBC records and gave the US premiere of this work at Avery Fisher Hall. Suzanne returns to Scotia Festival of Music annually, and has been invited to most of the Atlantic Canada summer festivals where she has played with the Penderecki Quartet and the Quatuor Arthur Leblanc. She has performed chamber music at the National Arts Centre's Salon and Fourth Stage and was a guest at the Picton County Chamber Music Festival


Bob Nicholson

Winner of 2 East Coast music awards with the Jive Kings, Bob Nicholson is enjoying a varied and successful career. Bob recently completed three years as tubaist with the Calgary based Foothills Brass Quintet and is now pleased to be playing tuba and bass trombone with Maritime Brass Quintet.

Bob performed for 5 years with 'The Phantom of the Opera' in Toronto and for 14 summers in the pit orchestra of 'Anne of Green Gables' at the Charlottetown Festival. As an orchestral musician he has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, CBC Toronto Jazz Orchestra and the National Ballet Orchestra among others. Theatre work 'in the pit' includes Toronto productions of Beauty and the Beast, Showboat, Crazy for You, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and numerous productions at the Charlottetown Festival.

Bob studied at the University of PEI, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the University of Toronto and at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. Bob currently teaches at Acadia University and Nova Scotia Community College.

Gina Patterson
A native of Berwick, Nova Scotia, Gina Patterson returned to her home province after spending several years with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, performing and recording with many of the world’s finest opera soloists.  She has also performed with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Newfoundland Symphony, Neptune Theatre, I Musici de Montreal, King’s College Chorus, and the Camerata Singers.   She received her musical education from Acadia University, the University of Toronto, le Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and also participated in summer programs at Orford and le Domaine Forget.  In 2011, Gina became a founding member of the Maritime Brass Quintet, performing and teaching throughout Atlantic Canada.  She is thrilled to be returning to the Acadia Summer Music Camp!


Donna Rhodenizer

Donna Rhodenizer is a music educator, composer, recording artist and performer. She has written and published seven collections of original music which are used in public school music programs across Canada and around the world. She has written over 200 compositions (choral and instrumental) some of which are published in the Royal Conservatory graded vocal series used by private music teachers. She is also the author of a new recorder program, “Royal Recorders”.  As part of the duo, Donna & Andy, she is a Juno nominee, and a winner of multiple awards from both the East Coast Music Association and Music Nova Scotia recognizing her work in the recording field. For her contributions to music education in Nova Scotia, the NS Music Educators’ Association awarded her their Musica Viva Award. She was also the recipient of the Canadian Music Educators’ Association Jubilate Award of Merit for her significant contribution to music education in Canada. 

Donna is a passionate advocate of music and she enjoys inspiring others to join her in making music a vibrant and significant part of their lives.


Emily Strong

Emily Strong
is a P-5 Music and 6-9 Band teacher at Hebbville Academy, which is located on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. She completed her Bachelor of Music and her Bachelor of Education at Acadia University.

She is currently in her sixth year of teaching and recently completed her Masters in Curriculum Studies with a focus in Technology Integration. Emily loves to teach at the Summer Music camps and especially loves spending time with new bassoonists.


Eileen Walsh

Clarinetist Eileen Walsh has been thrilled to play Second Clarinet and Bass Clarinet with Symphony Nova Scotia since October 2007. Formerly the associate principal and E-flat clarinet with the South Bend Symphony, Eileen earned her master of music degree and performer diploma from Indiana University, and her bachelor's degree at UBC. Currently, Eileen is on faculty as a clarinet instructor at Acadia and Dalhousie Universities, as well as at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. She performs regularly on the Music Room Chamber Music Series and Scotia Festival of Music, the Shattering the Silence new music festival at Acadia, and the Charlottetown Festival.

Margaret Wolf

Margaret Wolf obtained her Bachelor of Music Performance and Master of Education from the University of Toronto. She is a freelance trumpet player in Toronto and plays in numerous brass ensembles, chamber orchestras and pit orchestras for operas and musicals. She is currently a school administrator and has worked with staff and students in the Toronto District School Board for the past 24 years. She has taught at numerous music camps in Ontario and is delighted to be a part of the Acadia Concert Band Camp.