Douglas Macaulay works as a Conductor, Composer, Arranger, Educator and Producer.  He has composed for a wide variety of genre including band, orchestra, film and dozens of theatrical scores (a recipient of the Jesse Richardson award for outstanding Theatrical Composition). He is an independent record producer, music consultant for the film and television industry and has worked as Music Director for CBC Television and Radio, the Pacific Music Industry Association, The Cambie Street Brass Band, the Vancouver Community College Wind Ensemble, Theatre Under the Stars, and the Vancouver Firefighters Band. Most notably, he is the co-founder and Artistic and Managing Director of Con Brio Festivals where, since 2000, he has produced the respected Whistler Music Festival and Sun Peaks Music Festival. As a volunteer, Doug has taught instrumental music and band to visually impaired youth in a program he founded for the CNIB and volunteers as a board member and consultant with a variety of music and arts organizations. 

Currently, he is in demand as adjudicator and clinician at music festivals throughout Canada and the U.S. most recently for the Pearl City Band Festival in Hawaii, the North Vancouver schools band and strings festival, as conductor of the South Eastern United States (SUES) High School Honor Band and Middle School Honor Band and a guest conductor last season for the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Troy State (Alabama) University Symphonic Band. In the summer of 2012, Doug will be Senior Band Director for the UBC Summer Music Institute. Doug continues to support local artists serving as Executive Producer for Malcolm Aiken’s debut CD Paper Star, as Associate Producer for Robert Buckley’s new album of Wind Band works Continuum and is a co-founder and producer for the Marcus Mosely Chorale.  

 In his own community, Doug was instrumental in creation of the unique and visionary “Community Music Hall” – a dedicated large ensemble rehearsal space within the new West Vancouver Community Centre. The facility provides space to many community music ensembles and is home to the West Vancouver Youth Band for which Doug has been Principal Conductor and Program Director since 1993. During that time, the WVYB has grown from 39 musicians in three ensembles to nearly 200 in five ensembles.


Nicholas Urquhart - Strings

Nicholas Urquhart is a Vancouver based conductor, double bassist and music educator.  He holds degrees in Music as well as Education.  He began his conducting studies while studying double bass with Gary Karr at the University of Victoria.  There he studied with conducting mentors Janos Sador and Yariv Aloni, earning his Bachelor's in Music with distinction.  Nicholas continued his conducting studies once in Vancouver, studying with Kennith Hsieh, Morihiro Okabe and Bujar Llapaj and is looking forward to tutelage from Maestro Jin Zhang in the upcoming years as the Vancouver Philharmonic's newly appointed Assistant Conductor.  Nicholas has worked with a number of ensembles in B.C. including, the West Coast Symphony, Kabok Chamber Strings, Elgar Strings, Lord Byng Symphony Orchestra, BCMEA Music Orchestra, Plastic Acid Chamber Strings, Surrey Youth Orchestra and West Vancouver Youth Orchestra.  As well, Nicholas is a regular clinician with the Vancouver and Burnaby school boards.  Nicholas is currently in his third year as the assistant conductor for the Canada Day Pops Orchestra.  Nicholas continues his double bass playing as a freelance artist, playing with ensembles including, the Vancouver Chamber Players, Opera Appassionata and the and the Kamloops Symphony and is the President of the West Coast Symphony. 



Martin Fisk - Percussion

Martin performs in a wide variety of musical styles including Orchestral, Jazz, Chamber, Theatre, klezemer, World Music and Musical Theatre.   Martin has enjoyed playing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Fringe Percussion ensemble, Negative Zed, Vancouver New Music, Red Shift Music Society and the Vancouver Opera.  Martin has also had the privilege to study music in Indonesia with the renowned gamelan orchestra, Cudamani.

Performances include: Frank Sinatra Jr. Orchestra, Petula Clarke Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, Vertical Orchestra, Con Brio Music Festivals, Vancouver Olympic Opening Ceremonies, and Gateway Theatre.


Alexander Cannon - Brass

Alexander Cannon is a trumpet player and brass educator based in Vancouver, BC. He has performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, the Turning Point Ensemble, the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and as a guest principal trumpet and soloist with regional orchestras and choirs since 2006. Dr. Cannon is currently Head of Brass at the Vancouver Academy of Music/SK Lee College and conducts youth symphonies at the Saint James Music Academy, and enjoys an active schedule as a sought private instructor, juror and clinician, brass arranger, and orchestral conductor.

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