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The following clinicians hosted sessions at the 2018 Saskatchewan Music Conference. The organizing committee is hard at work planning this year's event, so please keep checking back for updates.

Joseph Naytowhow
Joseph Naytowhow is a gifted Plains/Woodland Cree (nehiyaw) singer/songwriter, storyteller, and voice, stage and film actor from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan. As a child, he was influenced by his grandfather’s traditional and ceremonial chants as well as the sounds of the fiddle and guitar. Today, he is renowned for his unique style of Cree/English storytelling, combined with original contemporary music and traditional First Nations drum and rattle songs.

An accomplished performer, Joseph is the recipient of the 2006 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award’s Keeper of the Tradition Award and the 2005 Commemorative Medal for the Saskatchewan Centennial. In 2009 Joseph also received a Gemini Award for Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series for his role in the Wapos Bay series. That same year he was also awarded Best Emerging Male Actor at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival for his role in Run: Broken Yet Brave and won Best Traditional Male Dancer at John Arcand’s Fiddlefest in Saskatchewan. He has performed for the Prince of Wales, the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan and many other notables. His demanding schedule continues to take him to conferences, symposia, forums, festivals and film sets across Canada, North America and around the world.

Fifteen years of study with a Buddhist master, combined with his Nehiyo/Cree traditional knowledge and his experience as an interdisciplinary artist, has nurtured Joseph’s generosity and compassion for sharing cultural knowledge. He is a much sought after keynote speaker, counselor and educator for children and adults alike. Joseph frequently enjoys opportunities to work as a resident artist and cultural advisor for various organizations, including the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina and Polytechnic Institutes.

Joseph holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan.


Kevin Junk
Kevin Junk has owned and operated Musicraft Instrument Repair Inc. for more than 32 years. Musicraft specializes in the repair of woodwind and brass instruments and last count shows over 54,500 instruments have been tagged in the shop. He has repaired and donated numerous instruments, along with sheet music, books and stands to an orphanage in northern Brazil, a young adult learning center in Peru, an instrument lending library in Kenya, and various places in Central America. Kevin has been involved in music since elementary school and has played in the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra Band, Honour Bands and Orchestras, Saskatoon Symphony, and Saskatoon Jazz Society Big Band.

Lynn Kleiner
Lynn Kleiner’s teaching covers all age groups from infants to adults. She will share the types of activities that have had the most impact. This includes pitch matching games, movement, improvisation, Orff accompaniment, recorder, drama and more for early childhood and elementary.

Lynn Kleiner has been a frequent clinician for state and National MENC/NAME, Orff chapters and AOSA conferences for nearly 35 years. She has presented many times at the International Society of Music, The Australian Orff Association, Orff in Taiwan, Korea, and more. In 1983, Lynn founded her music school, Music Rhapsody, in response to drastic cuts to music programs in California schools. She and her team teach infants through grade 8 in preschools and elementary schools and at the Music Rhapsody classroom. Her instruments from Remo and books/CDs distributed by Alfred publications have won several awards. Lynn created Music Box, an exciting online resource for teachers. Music Rhapsody membership, which includes Music Box, offers all recordings, videos of every activity and lesson plans of Lynn’s classes in eight age groups, available to teachers worldwide upon completion of her online or live teacher training course.

Michael Kurpjuweit
Michael Kurpjuweit teaches 6-8 band and K-5 classroom music at Brunskill School in Saskatchewan for the Saskatoon Public School Division. Ukulele is a fairly new love for him, he has only been playing the instrument seriously for three years. Strumming and singing with the Saskatoon Ukulele Club, teaching himself hundreds of pop/rock/folk/country tunes, creating YouTube videos by layering multiple videos on Acapella, or toying with the Loopy HD app, the primary purpose has been to have fun - and the enjoyment just might be contagious.

Kurt Gillett
Kurt Gillett teaches Grade 6-8 band and K-5 music in three elementary schools in Moose Jaw. He has a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Regina, a Master of Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of New Brunswick, which he pursued in hopes of being able to work in curriculum, and an Orff Level I certificate. Kurt has been an executive committee member of the Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival since 2010 and has been actively involved in the Prairie South Teachers’ Association (Member at Large, School-Staff Liaison, LINC team member).

Lynda Oliver
Lynda Oliver is the arts education consultant with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, where she coordinates development of K-12 arts education curricula and others. She is currently working in collaboration with a provincial Secondary Level Arts Education Reference Committee that is guiding renewal of Dance 10, 20, 30; Drama 10, 20, 30; Music 10, 20, 30 and Visual Art 10, 20, 30. The Reference Committee includes representatives from the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation, various faculties at the U of R and U of S, First Nations University, League of Educational Administrators and Superintendents, Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture. She also works with groups of teacher-writers to create the draft curriculum documents that are vetted with school divisions, Elders and various education stakeholder groups. Lynda provides presentations and workshops to provincial, national, and international conferences, and delivers arts education advocacy sessions for educational administrators and other groups. In 2017, she was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Arts Award. Lynda also advises on the development of resources including the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Artists in Schools grants program, interactive digital resources such as Ideas and Inspiration: Contemporary Canadian Art, the Saskatchewan Artists Ignite and websites, and distance learning programs such as the LIVE Arts school broadcasts for Grades 1-9. 

Kendra Worman
Kendra Worman is currently in her 20th year of teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Regina and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum Studies from the University of Saskatchewan.  Kendra has taught band, instrumental jazz, choir, vocal jazz, music, and guitar. In 2015, Kendra led the development of Resonate, an annual music conference for high school students.  Since then, Resonate has expanded to include multi-genre music learning experiences for elementary students, professional development for teachers, and various performance opportunities throughout the year.  Resonate has been recognized by the Coalition for Music Education and was trademarked in 2018.  Kendra performs with the Stone Frigate Big Band, the Mountain Ridge Band, and the Swamp Catz Jazz Band.  When not active in the music scene Kendra spends her time on the water, either whitewater kayaking or as a captain on Saskatoon’s riverboat, The Prairie Lily.



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Steph Davis
Steph Davis teaches Music in the School District of Mystery Lake in Thompson, Manitoba. She is the music specialist at École Riverside School where she teaches K-6 Music in French and English. She is a University of Manitoba graduate and has her Level III Orff Certification. Steph currently serves on the Manitoba Orff Chapter Board of Directors. In 2014, she received the Canadian Music Educators' Association Builders Award for Newer Teachers. In collaboration with Sean Fitzmaurice, these two friends and colleagues created Soundscape Music. Their passion for music education, the Orff approach and teaching children has created a strong and long-lasting partnership. Together, they compose original Orff arrangements, develop lessons, and deliver workshops all over North America. They both love being a part of the energy, creativity and passion that children bring to making music, and they are very excited to be presenting at the 2018 Saskatchewan Music Conference!

Sean Fitzmaurice
Sean Fitzmaurice is the elementary music specialist at Highbury School in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is a University of Manitoba graduate and is certified in Orff Level III. He has served on the board of directors for the Manitoba Orff Chapter and the Manitoba Music Educators’ Association. Sean was the recipient of the 2016 Morna-June Morrow Award for Excellence in Music Education in Manitoba. In collaboration with Steph Davis, these two friends and colleagues created Soundscape Music. Their passion for music education, the Orff approach and teaching children has created a strong and long-lasting partnership. Together, they compose original Orff arrangements, develop lessons and deliver workshops all over North America. Sean’s students perform regularly, whether for a small audience in the music room, one of the many school concerts and musicals, or on the stage at a national Orff conference. Sean is proud to be an Orff music educator, and he is very excited to be attending the 2018 Saskatchewan Music Conference!

Chris Judah-Lauder
Chris Judah-Lauder is a Past President of AOSA with 40 years of experience with K-Grade 8. She was the National Conference Chair for the 2009 and 2017 AOSA Conferences. She is an active clinician for local and international workshops. She is currently serving as a consultant for Title One schools, working directly in the classroom with the music teacher. Chris also has sixteen publications to her name, including Drum with a Passion, Canya Conga, Recorder Games and Games, and Groups and Gems.

Sarah Sehn
Sarah Sehn is a full time Arts Education teacher in Saskatoon. She has a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Saskatchewan. She has been a certified Orff teacher since 2016, and she received her Orff training in Halifax and Vancouver. She co-facilitated two workshops hosted by the Saskatchewan Orff chapter in both Saskatoon and Regina last year. Her workshop is Orff-based, and it is rooted in the movement of Rudolph Laban.


Richard Dubé
Richard Dubé is a past president and long serving board member of the Saskatchewan Orff Chapter and past director of Region 4 for SMEA. He studied with Judy Sills and Professor Jos Wuytak receiving his post Level III certification in Orff Shulwerk. He is honoured to be the sole Canadian member of Dr. Will Schmid's teaching faculty for the World Music Drumming courses in North America. Most recently, Richard collaborated with Kevin Locke on writing and developing a Lakota based flute book that is published by the Lakota Language Consortium subsequently teaching week-long flute courses with Kevin Locke at Sitting Bull College in North Dakota. Richard was nominated for the Prime Minister's Teaching Award for his work at inner city schools in Saskatoon and received the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal in 2005. Richard has received numerous teaching awards over the course of his teaching career including the SMEA’s “Outstanding Achievement Award” in 2001. However, the closest to his heart is the University of Saskatchewan's "Alumni Excellence in Aboriginal Initiatives Award" in 2007. Richard is passionate about using music to create joyful hearts and minds that will help students achieve their full human potential.

Ernie Louttit
The third native police officer in the history of the Saskatoon Police Force, Ernie Louttit came to Saskatoon at the beginning of a period of change both in policing and for First Nations. Issues of crime, violence and racist attitudes going both ways dominated most of his career. In October 2013 he retired and wrote a book about his experiences called Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Leadership and Policing. In April 2015 Ernie’s first book was awarded the Rasmussen, Rasmussen and Charowsky Aboriginal People’s writing award. His second book More Indian Ernie: Insights from the Streets was released in July 2015.

Randi Lynn Nanemahoo-Candline
Randi Lynn Nanemahoo-Candline is a powwow dance instructor, who works at the Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatoon. She holds an Indian Social Work degree and is originally from the Bigstone Cree Nation in Northern Alberta. Her Indigenous cultural teachings and practices have always played a huge part in her identity, helping her to overcome various obstacles in life. As a Jingle Dress dancer, she has also had the opportunity to speak and travel throughout Canada and the United States. “Dancing plays a huge role in my life, and I enjoy sharing my experiences and cultural teachings with others.”


Lawrence Roy Jr
Lawrence Roy Jr was born and raised in Saskatoon. He has been hoop dancing since 1989 with St. Mary's Dance Troupe, and he continued his passion at Joe Duquette High School formally known as Oskyak High School. He performs with 30 hoops, has performed with Nelly Furtado, and he appeared on Canada's Amazing Race when they raced through Saskatoon at Wanuskewin!





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Michael Brandon
Michael Brandon graduated from Brandon University School of Music in 1993, and immediately began teaching in Lord Selkirk School Division.  He worked in middle schools before moving into his present high school position at Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Sec. School in the fall of 2009.  Michael is the performing arts department head and teaches concert band, symphonic band and fundamentals in music. His symphonic band most recently won the Don Green Memorial Award at the 2016 Optimist Festival. Michael has led both regional and provincial honour bands, enjoyed a guest conductor performance cycle with the University of Manitoba Concert Band in 2017 was a concert band adjudicator at the Comox Valley Band and Choir festival in November of 2017.

Nick Fanner
Nick Fanner is currently in his thirty-first year of teaching with the Saskatoon Public School Division. Most recently, his passion for teaching instrumental music has led him to launch the Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra in February of 2017. In 2000, Nick received his M. Ed. (Curriculum) from the University of Saskatchewan. This came about due to his desire to write an instrumental jazz curriculum for high school students, a journey which took him to McGill University in Montreal where he studied jazz-related courses while on an educational leave.

Kenley Kristofferson
Kenley Kristofferson is a composer and educator from Winnipeg. He teaches music theory, composition, music history, jazz band, and concert band at Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School in Selkirk, MB. He is currently completing a Master’s degree in Composition at Brandon University, studying under T. Patrick Carrabré. His compositions have been performed and recorded by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble, the Cleveland Symphonic Winds, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and other ensembles. His composition, The Meeting Place, won the Canadian Band Association’s Composition Competition in 2016. His band music is published by Daehn Publications, Grand Mesa Music, and C. L. Barnhouse and his choral music by Cypress Choral Music. He contributes regularly to Canadian Winds, the journal for the Canadian Band Association. For more information about Kenley and his compositions, visit his website at

Anya Pogorelova
Anya Pogorelova is an avid musician and educator from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She currently teaches band at Bishop Lloyd Middle School in Lloydminster, Alberta. Anya holds a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from Georgia State University, where she studied with Dr. Robert J. Ambrose; and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Saskatchewan. Most recently, she was the recipient of the Canadian Federation of University Women Elizabeth Massey Award in the fine arts, and was selected by the College Band Directors National Association as a recipient of the Mike Moss Conducting Grant. Throughout Anya’s time at Georgia State University, she conducted the university Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, and Concert Band; co-taught basic and instrumental conducting courses; and assisted with the 225 person marching band. She also directed a variety of student ensembles and helped many new composers bring their work to life. Anya has worked with several outstanding conducting clinicians, including Frank Battisti, Jerry Junkin, Kevin Sedatole, and Mallory Thompson. Alongside her graduate studies, Anya co-directed the band program at Charles R. Drew Charter School, and was the assistant conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta. Before moving to the southeast, Anya taught at numerous band camps and clinics throughout Western Canada, and served as principal percussionist for the University of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra, the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra, and the National Youth Band of Canada.


David Wilson
David Wilson (BMus, Mmus) is a singer, conductor, voice teacher, senior yoga instructor/teacher trainer, breath therapist and creator of The Wilson Method for Voice. He is recognized across Canada as the leading authority on the use of yoga, functional vocal work and breath therapy to aid healthy singing and speaking techniques. He has served as artistic director of Vocal Alchemy, Edmonton Recorder Orchestra, The Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players and Debut Opera Society. David is the founder and former artistic director of Calgary’s Spiritus Chamber Choir – winning the “International Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award” for their first CD, "Crossing Bridges". David received the Alberta Choral Federation’s Con Spirito Award in 1997, and in 2004 was invited to the Évora Cathedral Music School in Portugal to present his Master's Thesis, 'Manuel Cardoso'. David currently holds positions with Edmonton Musical Theatre, the University of Alberta, and the Theatre Arts program at MacEwan University. His DVD/Book, The Wilson Method for Voice will be released in 2019.