Coaches

Flute

Jack Chen
Jack is in demand as a performer, teacher, and clinician in the Maritimes since his arrival in Halifax in 2008.
Jack earned his Bachelor’s degree from University of British Columbia studying with Sarah Jackson (Los Angeles Philharmonic) and his Master’s degree in flute and early music performance from Indiana University in the studios of Thomas Robertello and Barbara Kallaur. Other mentors include Jeanne Baxtresser, William Bennet, Robert Dick, Patrick Gallois, Bart Kuijken, Robert Langevin, Emmanuel Pahud, and Yong Sun.
Currently on faculty at Acadia University, Jack recently made his solo debut with Symphony Nova Scotia in its Baroque series performing Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2. Jack also coaches several high-energy flute ensembles throughout HRM and maintains a private teaching studio.
His performing career includes several US tours, and he appeared in 13 PBS television music specials, and on the recent orchestral and cinematic albums “Horizons” (Christopher Nickel), “Dreams of the Forest,” “Awakening” and “Unconditional” (Marc Enfroy). Jack has shared the stage and camera with artists such as Amy Grant, Michael Giacchino, Giorgia Fumanti, Tim Janis, Bobby McFerrin, and Doc Severinsen.
E-Mail: iflutist@me.com


Oboe

An oboe player since 1972, Hamish Gordon has been a member of the Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy since 2006. Prior to joining the Canadian Armed Forces, he was principle oboe of the Saskatoon Symphony between 1998 and 2002. He toured North America with the Vancouver Wind Trio from 1987-98. He has also played with many of Canada’s orchestras from the Victoria Symphony to Symphony Nova Scotia.
E-Mail: hamishgordon58@hotmail.com


Bassoon

Lauren Park


Clarinet

Pam Paddock

Pam received her Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Education degrees from Acadia University.
Pam Paddock is a teacher and administrator with the Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE). She is the Coordinator of Halifax Regional Arts, Dartmouth Music Centre-East where she oversees band, choral and string ensembles, string lessons from grades 4 to 12, and directs two bands. She has taught band for many schools within the HRCE since 1996 and has been a clinician for many others throughout this time.
Pam is the assistant conductor for the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble.
Pam is a clarinetist in the 36 Canadian Brigade Group Band (Atlantic). Previous to this, she was active in Atlantic Region cadet band programs, holding various Cadet Summer Training Centre band positions up to, and including, Greenwood Course Director and HMCS Acadia Director of Music. She also led many seminars, workshops, and adjudications for cadet bands throughout the Atlantic provinces.
Throughout her career, she has been actively researching why music matters. As a major emphasis in her Masters studies, she became more interested in brain function as a possible key to answering that question. Her research, combined with her years of teaching music to children, has led her to understand much about how we learn and thus why music matters. Her most recent research involves developing educational equity through instrumental music training which she has identified as Musequity.


Lauryn Wadden


Saxophone

Tristan De Borba

Tristan is one of Canada’s pre-eminent classical and contemporary saxophonists and wind ensemble conductors, and is quickly gaining a reputation as an innovative and engaging musician, with versatility and a sensitive musicianship.
He is on faculty at Acadia University, running an ever-expanding saxophone class and conducting the Symphonic Band. He recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of Dr. Wallace Halladay for which Tristan researched the saxophone music of Jorge Peixinho (1940-1995).
He has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral saxophonist and pedagogue across Canada.
Tristan is a founding member of the Brogue Saxophone Quartet (broguequartet.ca) and half of the recently founded Strum-De Borba duo with fellow saxophonist, Nicole Strum.
Tristan has a strong interest in the music of our time. His recording of Derek Charke’s “Wired and Wound” with pianist Simon Docking can be found on the East Coast Music Award-nominated Live Wired (Centrediscs, 2015). Tristan also appears as saxophone soloist on “In the Wide Awe of Wisdom” (Pelagos, 2017), by Grammy award-winning composer Paul Halley.


Trumpet

James LeBlanc


Holly Lohnes

Holly grew up along the South Shore, Mahone Bay, where she fell in love with music while singing, playing piano, and playing the trumpet on her own and with other community groups, and playing in many music festivals and organizations.
Holly moved to Wolfville to study music at Acadia University and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music Degree, focussing on trumpet as her principal instrument. She graduated from Acadia with her Bachelor of Education in 2019, focussing in the secondary stream, with music and math as her teachables.
At Acadia, she performed with the Acadia University Wind Ensemble, Acadia Orchestra, Acadia Symphonic Band and Acadia Jazz Bands.
She continues to perform on trumpet, with groups across Nova Scotia and Canada including Symphony Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, and The Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra.
Holly has widened her love of music, taking an interest in conducting. She started studying with Dr. Mark Hopkins, professor at Acadia University, and works with the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble.
Holly is now a music teacher in the Halifax area, the Music Director for the Kings Community Concert Band, and also teaches privately.


French Horn

Hope Lynn Gendron

Hope Lynn Gendron is a retired instrumental music teacher and grandmother.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, USA, she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. In 2014, Hope received a Master of Education in Curriculum Studies, focussing on music education, from Acadia University in Wolfville.
Based on her experience in America’s Youth in Concert, including a European tour at age 16, Hope is inspired to give back to young musicians.
As chairman of the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble, Hope provides the province’s aspiring young musicians with opportunities and challenges. She rejuvenated the NSYWE almost 20 years ago with the help of a few brave music teachers and retired musicians. In 2015-16, she conducted the Nova Scotia Junior Wind Ensemble for two concerts.
As Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Band Association, Hope supports music teachers and community musicians in the province.
She continues to play French Horn with the Sackville Community Band, Scotia Brass and the Chester Brass. Hope has also played with the Chebucto Symphony Orchestra, the Acadia Wind Ensemble, the Nova Scotia International Tattoo and the Greater Victoria Concert Band in Victoria, BC.


Trombone

Rod MacGillivary

Rod MacGillivray is a conductor and low brass musician from Bridgewater, performing on trombone, euphonium, and tuba.
He holds a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University, a Masters in Music from Temple University in Philadelphia, and has completed doctoral studies in trombone performance from Ohio State University and graduate studies in wind conducting from the University of Alabama.
In addition to his duties as the music director of the Mersey Band, he is the founder and director of the Nova Scotia Youth Brass Ensemble, and low brass instructor and faculty member of the Conservatory Nova Scotia Association in Halifax.
Rod has taught at the Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Kenyon College and Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio, was the director of bands at Adams State College in Colorado, and held a one-year appointment as the visiting professor and music director of the Acadia University Wind and Brass Ensembles.
E-Mail: nsmacboy@yahoo.com


Euphonium and Tuba

Bob Nicholson

Bob studied at the University of PEI, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the University of Toronto, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA.
A winner of two East Coast Music Awards with the Jive Kings, Bob enjoys a varied and successful career. He recently completed three years as tubaist with the Calgary-based Foothills Brass Quintet, and now playing tuba and bass trombone with Maritime Brass Quintet.
As an orchestral musician, Bob 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 orchestra work includes Toronto productions of Beauty and the Beast, Showboat, Crazy for You, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and five years with The Phantom of the Opera. He performed in the Charlottetown Festival’s Anne of Green Gables for 14 summers, as well as numerous other Charlottetown Festival productions.
He currently teaches at Acadia University and Nova Scotia Community College.
E-Mail: lowbrassbob@gmail.com


Percussion

Mark Adam

Mark is a drummer and percussionist who performs, produces/records, composes and teaches from his home base in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He is an associate professor of improvisation, percussion and contemporary music at Acadia University, where he has taught since 2004.
He enjoys a wide and varied career in music. As a performer, Mark has shared the stage and studio with many of Canada’s leading artists and is fluent across a wide range of musical styles. His jazz performances have included work with Canadian jazz icons Phil Dwyer, Mike Murley, Dave Restivo, David Braid, Bob Brough, Carol Welsman, Heather Bambrick and Laila Biali, and he has played most major jazz festivals across the country. Jazz recordings include work with Dave Restivo, Tom Easley and an upcoming trio release with Phil Dwyer. He has played on award-winning recordings of country artists George Canyon and Dave Gunning, and has worked with many Canadian leaders in modern dance including Christopher House (Toronto Dance Theater) and Peggy Baker (National Ballet). As a classical musician he has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic, New Works Calgary, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Toronto Wind Orchestra, and in numerous chamber music settings, premiering many compositions as a soloist and ensemble member. His score for Two Planks and a Passion’s production, Beowulf, was nominated for a 2012 Merritt Award and he won the 2015 ECMA for Classical Album of the Year with Juno award-winning composer/flutist Derek Charke for their duet recording, Kitchen Party. He was also an integral part of the score development and performance of 2009’s multi award-winning play, Rockbound by Allen Cole.
Mark Adam’s work as a music producer out of his studio, The Woods, has established him as a collaborator who fears no stylistic bounds. He has produced the freshman releases of Laurenn Marchand (nominated in 2016 for Music Nova Scotia’s Solo Recording of the Year, Folk Recording of the Year and New Artist Recording of the Year), Carmen Braden (2020 ECMA nominee for classical recording of the year, 2017 WCMA nominee for Classical Composition of the Year), Jeff Hennessy (Rock/Pop), multi-award winning bassist Tom Easley (Jazz), and multiple WCMA and Juno-nominated artist Kim Barlow (Indie Folk/Pop). His latest projects include sophomore albums for Carmen Braden and Tom Easley, and new albums from East Coast songwriters Michael Dalton and Pat LePoidevin. In 2020, was nominated as an East Coast Music Awards finalist for Producer of the Year.
Mark is dedicated to the importance of mentorship and teaching. He is recognized as a leading music educator in Eastern Canada and has been a guest at many universities and festivals, regionally and across the country. He received an Acadia Students’ Union Award for teaching excellence and was granted a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award as an educator and contributor to the arts. He has sat on various juries for Arts Nova Scotia and FACTOR, and acts as an advisor to many artists in their career development.