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Scott Macmillan - Biography

Scott Macmillan has a passion for creating music, propelling him forward to a new composition, arrangement commission, collaboration, performance, musical directing live or in the studio, conducting, teaching, or as a clinician.  Driven by his need to be creative Macmillan seeks opportunities in all aspects of music making.  That love has inspired exploration into genres from rock to blues, classical to choral, Celtic to jazz, as well as modern and avant-garde.

Music has taken Macmillan to many places, to Carnegie Hall in New York twice, to perform his much loved ode to our world’s oceans “Celtic Mass for the Sea”, with his partner and librettist Jennyfer Brickenden.  He has performed in the British Isles and Germany, the US and has crossed Canada many times to conduct orchestras, perform, make television and radio shows and sound tracks for films.  Yet the many who seek out his talents know that Nova Scotia, the home of his birth, is where to find him.

2016 saw the completion of 3 major creative projects in the form of 3 new recordings. In April, Macmillan released ‘Scott ’n the Rocks, Live at Stayner’s’ featuring his original music composed for his 12-piece jazz ensemble, celebrating their 10th anniversary. In July Scott and Cape Breton fiddler Colin Grant launched their 1st duo recording ‘GOOD2GO’. In September Scott released his serious music recording, ‘Currents of Sable Island’, an extended composition for solo voice and chamber ensemble based around his experiences on Sable Island. All were nominated for 2017 East Coast Music Awards. ‘Currents of Sable Island’ garnered Classical Composition of the Year while ‘GOOD2GO’ took home Traditional Instrumental of the Year. And now ‘Currents of Sable Island’ has TIED with Symphony NS for 2017 Classical Recording of the Year at the Music NS Awards. Scott and Colin were presented with the 2017 Instrumental Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

2014 recipient of Nova Scotia’s top Artist Prize, the Portia White Prize, Macmillan is a musical treasure, who has played a significant role expanding audiences for Atlantic Canadian music both nationally and internationally for over 40 years.  Acknowledged by Rita MacNeil as an integral contributor to her success, Scott played an equally pivotal role in the rise of the Rankin Family Band, Symphony Nova Scotia’s Maritime Pops programming and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir.

It’s the connections with people that feed Macmillan inspiring and motivating his performances and creative talent.  “It’s the thrill of creating something for people that no one else has done, but when they hear it, they feel like they have heard it before,” enthuses Macmillan.  That ethic continues to inspire audiences and musicians to love Scott’s works such as ‘Suite Silver Dart’, ‘MacKinnon’s Brook Suite’, ‘Within Sight of Shore ‘Aiseag-the ferryboat’. In 2015 he collaborated with Alan Syliboy, in a Tribute to the Mi’kmaw poet Rita Joe he Wagmatcook Arts & Culture Festival.  An animated performer, Scott lets loose composing for and performing with ‘Scott 'n the Rocks’, and in his musically challenging Guitar Duo with Brian Doyle and with his Fiddle/Guitar Duo with Colin Grant.

Awards, appointments, commissions and critical reviews all reflect Macmillan’s success establishing his contribution to the music of Nova Scotia and the world.  He has shown us, with his live performances and creative works, a great personal legacy of written music, recorded music, and music presented from the grandeur of concert halls to the intimacy living rooms.   Scott Macmillan’s musical legacy is lasting and timeless.

Inspired by his desire to learn and expand his own musical knowledge and how as the best students make the best teachers, Scott began mentoring a new generation of guitarists in 2008 at the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University.

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Recordings

RECORDINGS: *ECMA Nominee/ ** ECMA Winner/ ^ Music Nova Scotia Nominee/^^ Music Nova Scotia Winner <> Winner Canadian Folk Music Award

  • **2017 ECMA^^2017 Music NS Currents of Sable Island, /guitarist/co-producer; Sept 2016
  • 2017 **ECMA ^^ 2017 Music NS <> 2017 CFMA GOOD2GO with Colin Grant, composer/guitarist/co-producer
  • *^Scott ‘n the Rocks-Live at Stayners 2017 ECMA Jazz Recording composer/guitarist/co-producer April 2016
  • An Droichaid; Collaboration with Watercolour Music, Scotland, conductor/arranger/guitarist; Feb, 2013
  • *La Victoire 2014 ECMA Composition of the Year nominee, ‘…between the Ships and Shore’ Composer, 2013
  • *The Barra MacNeils with Symphony Nova Scotia: Live in Concert, arranger, 2012
  • Jermey Webb’s Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol’, co-producer/composer/guitarist 2012
  • **Within Sight of Shore, 2012 ECMA for Classical & DVD, composer/producer/guitarist Scott Macmillan, 2011,
  • *Live Off the Floor, Scott Macmillan & Brian Doyle, co-producer/guitarist 2010
  • *Le Grand Cercle, Co-creator, co-producer, musical Director and Arranger, 2006
  • Rita MacNeil; “Late December” co-producer/guitarist; 2002
  • **MacKinnon’s Brook Suite, Symphony NS & Ian McKinnon 2002 ECMA Classical conductor/composer; 2001
  • Natalie MacMaster; “In My Hands” string quartet arrangement of a Slip Jig; 1999
  • Rita MacNeil & Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; “On a Personal Note”; conductor/arranger/guitarist; 1999
  • **Scott Macmillan Presents: The Minnie Sessions Vol. **1, *2 & *3 composer/co-producer/guitarist; 96/97/98
  • Heather, Cookie and Raylene Rankin; Do You Hear; arranger/ guitarist; 1997
  • Here and Now; Canada Council’s CD marking 50 years of the UN: Benedictus – Celtic Mass for the Sea; 1996
  • **Puirt a Baroque; Bach Meets Cape Breton; 1997 ECMA Classical co-arranger/composer/ guitarist 1995
  • *Celtic Mass for the Sea; Mass;, 1994 ECMA Album of the Year, composer/arranger; 1993
  • OCTET: Songs of the Cape; composer/arranger/ guitarist; 1986, re-released 1992
Professional Training/Qualifications

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING/QUALIFICATIONS:

Second Language French Level 150 hours; University of Sainte Anne, Hfx, NS, 2006

Scotia Festival; conducting master class with Victor Yampolsky; June 1988;

CBC National Arrangers Workshop; with Eric Knight and Paul Hoffert; March 1985

Humber College Of Applied Arts and Technology; Toronto, Ontario; 1978-80

Dalhousie University; Music Dept.; Halifax, Nova Scotia; 1976/77

Dalhousie University; Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics); 1973-76

Awards/Appointments
  •  Canadian Instrumental Group of the Year at Canadian Folk Music Awards duo with Colin Grant
  •  Portia White Award, Nova Scotia’s Most Prestigious Arts Award, 2014
  • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Nov 2012
  • Roger Taylor Medal for Musical Accomplishment, December 2009
  • NS Community College Honourary Diploma from the School of Applied Arts & New Media, 2008
  • Part-time Academic Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University; 2008-2018
  • Part-time Academic Dalhousie Music Dept summer course, 2008-2017
  • Short-Listed for 2008 Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor 2008 Masterworks Prize for ‘Within Sight of Shore’
  • Musician in Residence St. Cecilia Concert Series, Halifax, Lunenburg, NS 2007-2008
  • Composer in Residence; Scotia Festival of Music; Halifax, 2000
  • Honourary Doctor of Letters, Cape Breton University for Contribution to Cape Breton Culture, 1997
Compositions

GRANTS:

Nova Scotia Culture Division, Presentation Grant Currents of Sable Island, Within Sight of Shore, 2011
Nova Scotia Culture Division, Presentation Grant ‘Time to Remember’, 2010
La Victoire, New Music in New Spaces, Shattering the Silence Project, Can. Music Centre, Wolfville, 2010
Music NS, Tour/Travel Grant to Germany; guitar concerts & performances: Celtic Mass for the Sea, 07/09/12
Canada Council for the Arts Creation Grant, classical, to compose “The Currents of Sable Island”, 2007
Nova Scotia Culture Division, Creation Grant, Memorial Piece on the sinking of HMSC Esquimalt, 2007
Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant to Germany; Reading/Workshop of ‘Celtic Mass for the Sea, 2007
Nova Scotia Culture Division Creation Grant, to compose new music for Scott’n the Rocks, 2006
Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant, to attend UK Premiere, Celtic Mass for the Sea, 2004
Canada Council for the Arts Creation Grant, classical, to compose Scott Macmillan’s Symphony #1, 2002
Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant, NY, Carnegie Hall Premiere, Celtic Mass for the Sea, 2002
NS Arts Council Co-creative Grant with Ian McKinnon; compose MacKinnon’s Brook, 1999

COMMISSIONS:

  • Tribute To Rita Joe collaboration with Alan Syliboy, Wagmatcook Arts and Culture Fest; 2015
  • Piano Summit, Celtic Colours, arrange music for 4 pianos; 2014
  • Aesaig-The Ferryboat, 2014 New Music Biennial, UK co-commission with Scotland’s Mary Ann Kennedy, 2014
  • The Gallery Project; CBC Radio 2, & Music and Beyond Festival, Ottawa, 2010
  • “We are Africville” Blue Engine String Quartet, Percussion and Irvine Carvery, 2010
  • “Suite Silver Dart” for piano, solo violin, harp, electric guitar and string orchestra; 2009 Celtic Colours International Festival Centre Bras d’Or Association and Silver Dart Centennial Association
  • “Full Circle” by Phil Cunningham, orchestrate & arrange Cunningham & CBO; Celtic Colours; Oct. 2005
  • “Pieces of Coal” an original Orchestral Overture for Symphony NS; NSAC, 2002
  • “If You Were Mine”, by Cameron/Lennon for SSAA choir Aeolian Singers of Halifax; January 2002
  • “Letters on My Back” for the Roots Summit, DuMaurier JazzEast Festival, Canada Council, 2001
  • Concert Band compositions for the Stadacona Band of the Maritime Forces Atlantic, 2001/1993/1991
  • 13 Concert Band arrangements for the Stadacona Band of the Maritime Forces Atlantic, 2005/2004/2001
  • Nova Scotia Arts Council/Canada Council/CBC commission to compose an Octet for String Quartet and
  • 4 traditional Cape Breton fiddlers, “The Set”; Scotia Festival of Music, May 31, 2000
  • “The Navigator”, Solo Guitar, Scotia Festival of Music, May, 2000
  • “Lucy On Buts” with poem by Sheree Fitch, for SSAA choir Aeolian Singers of Halifax; Spring 2000
  • Orchestral composition for the Millennium, “New Century Hornpipe” Spring 2000
  • String Quartet #1 new composition by Scott Macmillan for Scojen Music Productions; March 1999
  • Fancy Nat; Commissioned for Musica Viva recording with Natalie MacMaster; Nov. 1997
  • “Celtic Mass for the Sea”; CBC; Mass setting with an adapted libretto by Jennyfer Brickenden from ancient Celtic text; composed/arranged for choir, Celtic ensemble and strings; June 1988

ARRANGEMENTS

Orchestral arrangements Mostly Maritimes Pops Series With Symphony Nova Scotia (SNS); Over 68 orchestral arrangements from 1997-2009 Other orchestral arrangements: 1 for Celtic Colours, 2 for Leahy 2007, 4 for Celtic Rathskallions, 2007, 5 for Sons of Maxwell 2005, 6 for the Men of the Deep, 2001/2002/”Style” by Denis Carey; 2001 5 for Raylene Rankin, 2000/ 3 for Barrachois; September 1999/ 13 for Heather Cookie & Raylene Rankin’s “Do You Hear “Recording;, 1999/ 24 for Rita MacNeil; 1998/ 2 for Denis Carey 1997/8 1996-1998/ 8 choral arrangements for Halifax Camerata Singers; of Atlantic Canadian Folk Songs; 1995

Published Works

A complete list of compositions and arrangements by Scott Macmillan including The Celtic Mass for the Sea and the “Scoobie Tunes” Collection; (a family fiddle frenzy), Macmillan’s Cape Breton Style Fiddle Tunes are available on request and music can be leased or purchased through Scojen Music Productions Ltd.

Choral Works Published in 2016

2016 Published on the Jon Washburn Choral Series

THE BEAGLE AND THE BELUGA AND THE EAGLES FINE TIMES

2016 Published by Cypress Press

  • SMP1303 MACPHERSON’S LAMENT(Trad.)
  • SMP1305 SUIL A GHRA (Trad.)
  • SMP1306 IF I WERE A BLACKBIRD (Trad.)
  • SMP1501 PETER AMBERLY (Trad.)

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FILM AND VIDEO: Composed by Scott Macmillan and Pre-Produced at Scojen Music Productions Ltd.:

  • Aesaig-The Ferryboat MacTV for BBC 3, 2014
  • ‘Celtic Mass for the Sea’ Community Celebration Concert and Feature Interview with Composer & Librettist ‘ online environmental web series ‘The Green Interview’ June 9, 2012
  • An Droichaid- A Bridge Too Far, Co-production, Media Co-op, Scotland & Skye Larke, NS; 2012
  • Within Sight of Shore, Ian Macmillan, Documentary on Macmillan, 2011
  • We’Koqma’q Video Project, Ross Creek Arts Centre, 2010
  • NS Tourism, Summer campaign, ‘Skyline Trail;’ 2008
  • A Cape Breton Ghost Story; A animation by Tom Ryan; 2007
  • Funeral, A film by Chris Agosten, 2006
  • Cape Breton Acadian Tourism Promotional song and video “Mon chez nous c’est L’Acadie” Le Conseil des Arts de Chéticamp and Deveau Babin Productions; 2003
  • NFB & John Walker co-production, Music score for feature length version “Fairy Faith”, 2000;
  • NFB, For Generations To Come; 1994; What do you mean?; 1993; Remember Africville; 1991, Nicholas; 1989

TELEVISION:

  • ‘Within Sight of Shore’, CBC Land and Sea, May & October 2011, PBS Nov 2011 & Sept 2012
  • Sailors and Songs, CBC Special on the 100th year of the Canadian Navy, Arranger, guitarist, 2010
  • Music Director, Christmas Special for Heather, Cookie & Raylene Rankin, Mabou Christmas Prod. 2005
  • CBC “Opening Night “MacKinnon’s Brook Suite with Ian McKinnon & Symphony Nova Scotia composed and conducted by Scott Macmillan 2003
  • Music score for 1hr CBC broadcast “Fairy Faith” co-production NFB & John Walker, 2000
  • CBC/Salter Street, Heather, Cookie and Raylene Rankin; Do You Hear; Holiday Special; arranger/ guitarist/music consultant; 1998/1999
  • Macmillan’s Minnie Sessions; 4 -1/2 hour TV shows; Vision TV; 1998
  • CBC TV French Network & TV Cinq; L’accessible étoile; Halifax G7 Summit, conductor/arranger; 1995

RADIO: composer/arranger/guitarist/music director

  • Aesaig-The Ferryboat BBC3 August 2014
  • CBC Radio, East Coast World Summit, February 2007
  • CBC Radio MacKinnon’s Brook Suite, Ian McKinnon & Symphony NS 2001
  • The Mystery Project; “The Clean Sweep”; 30 week CBC Network radio drama; 98/99 & 99/2000 season
  • CBC Maritimes Information Morning Theme; 1984 –2002; CBC;
  • CBC Radio National broadcasts: with Symphony NS & Mostly Maritime Host Conductor Scott Macmillan;
  • Tommy Makem and Evens and Doherty, 2004, Men of the Deeps, 2002/ Laura Smith; 1997/ Cohn Kitchen Party with Denis Ryan 1996/Irish Descendants1996/ Au Couer de L’Acadie; 1995, Celtic Mass For the Sea;
  • 1991; live to air, CBC National Plus numerous CBC regional broadcasts and CBC broadcast recordings

RECORDINGS:

* ECMA Nominee/ ** ECMA Winner

  • An Droichaid; Collaboration with Watercolour Music, Scotland, conductor/arranger/guitarist; Feb, 2013
  • *La Victoire Composition of the Year nominee, ‘…between the Ships and Shore’ Composer, 2013
  • *Le Grand Cercle, Co-creator, co-producer, musical Director and Arranger, 2006
  • -Rita MacNeil; “Late December” co-producer/guitarist; 2002
  • **MacKinnon’s Brook Suite, with Symphony Nova Scotia and Ian McKinnon conductor/composer; 2001
  • Natalie MacMaster; “In My Hands” string quartet arrangement of a Slip Jig; 1999
  • Rita MacNeil & Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; “On a Personal Note”; conductor/arranger/guitarist; 1999
  • **Scott Macmillan Presents: The Minnie Sessions Vol. **1, *2 & *3 composer/co-producer/guitarist; 96/97/98
  • Heather, Cookie and Raylene Rankin; Do You Hear; arranger/ guitarist; 1997
  • Here and Now; Canada Council’s CD marking 50 years of the UN: Benedictus – Celtic Mass for the Sea; 1996
  • **Puirt a Baroque; Bach Meets Cape Breton; co-arranger/composer/ guitarist 1995
  • *Celtic Mass for the Sea; Mass; setting for choir, Celtic ensemble & strings, composer/arranger; 1993
  • OCTET: Songs of the Cape; composer/arranger/ guitarist; 1986, re-released 1992

MUSICAL THEATRE:

  • Jermey Webb’s production of a Christmas Carol, arranger 2011
  • Musical Director, Co-Composer with Paul Gallant; “Le Grand Cercle”, Chéticamp NS, 2006-2010
  • Musical Director, Gala concert, Festival L’Escouette, , Cheticamp, NS 2006-2010,, 2016
  • Guitarist, Evita, Neptune Theatre, Halifax NS, April -June, 2006
  • Musical Director; “Içitte ça chante”; Le Conseil des arts de Chéticamp, NS tour; December 2005
  • Musical Director; Caravane du Nord; Le Conseil des arts de Chéticamp, NS tour; March 2005/06/08/09/2010
  • Musical Director, Co-Composer; “Le Grand Cercle” during Les Congres Mondial, Chéticamp NS, August 2004
  • Revised, Goodnight Opus; Mermaid Theatre; original score; Sept. 2001/original score; Sept. 2000
Conducting Experience

2017 Symphony Nova Scotia ‘Tribute to Rita MacNeil & Men of the Deeps’  Conductor/Composer/Arranger/Guitarist

Conductor/Composer/Arranger/Guitarist 2016 Celtic Colours International Festival 20th Anniversary Opening Concert. Forever in Our Hearts Featuring Symphony Nova Scotia, Carlos Núñez, Ashley MacIsaac, Stuart Cameron and 

NOVA SYMPHONIA; Guest Conductor/Composer/Arranger/Guitarist, Full evening special of Scott Macmillan’s composition including World Premiere of SummuS, Macmillan’s 1st Symphony, 2013

KITCHENER/WATERLOO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: GuestConductor/Composer/Arranger/Guitarist; Bernie Felix, 2010, Christmas Special; Heather Cookie, Raylene Rankin; 2001 Raylene Rankin, 2000/Natalie MacMaster 1999/1998

Full evening special of Scott Macmillan’s composition including World Premiere of SummuS, Macmillan’s 1st Symphony, 2013

OTHER ORCHESTRAS; Guest Conductor/Composer/Arranger/Guitarist; Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, 08, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra 06, Orchestra London 06/05, Cape Breton Chamber Orchestra 03, Orchestra London 02, Timmins Symphony Orchestra 01, Calgary Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra 01, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra 1999, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra 1999, National Arts Centre Orchestra 1998, Irish/Canadian Kitchen Party; Limerick Ireland 1997, Scottish National Orchestra Edinburgh Scotland 1997

SYMPHONY NOVA SCOTIA (SNS): Conductor/Composer/Arranger/Guitarist;
Inaugural Host Conductor for the Maritime Pops Series from the mid 1980’s to 2005;
Tribute to Rita MacNeil, 2014

Highlights: Ashley MacIsaac, JP Cormier,The Barra MacNeils; Bruce Guthro, Raylene Rankin, The Cotters, Jimmy Rankin, Lennie Gallant, Tommy Makem, MacKinnon’s Brook with Ian McKinnon, Geordie Sampson and Ian Janes, Measha Bruggergosman and the Jive Kings, The Men of the Deeps and Buddy MacMaster, Dutch Mason, Matt Minglewood, Heather Cookie and Raylene Rankin; (Rankin Sisters), John Allan, Rita MacNeil, Jerry Holland, Felix & Formanger, L’Acadie en Fête; Acadian Celebration; Natalie MacMaster, Rawlins Cross; Blues Show: Dutch Mason, Matt Minglewood & Theresa Malenfont; Symphony au coeur de l’Acadie, 100th Anniversary of l’eglise Saint-Pierre, in Cheticamp; ‘Celtic Mass For The Sea’

Performance Experience
  • Legacy Tribute to Peter Frank, Wagmatcook Aboriginal Arts and Culture Festival; 2016
  • Premiere of Rita Joe Tribute with Alan Syliboy, Wagmatcook Aboriginal Arts and Culture Festival; 2015
  • Kitchen Fest; Cape Breton; 2015/2016/2017
  • Roots to Boots Festival; Cape Breton; 2015/2016
  • Guitarist, Scotland Celtic Tour with Mary Ann Kennedy and Colin Grant, July 2014
  • “Scott’n the Rocks” Bi-monthly live composition workshop/performance; Stayners Pub; Hfx, 2005- 2017
  • “Scott ‘n the Rocks”, 12 Piece Concert Band, Original compositions by Macmillan TD JazzEast Fest., 2005-09-2011-2014
  • Solo Guitarist Atlantic Jazzeast Festival, 2000-2004, 2006
  • Arranger/Guitarist; “Full Circle” Phil Cunningham & the CB Orchestra; Celtic Colours; Oct. 2005
  • Guest Guitarist, Dalhousie Music Dept. Concerts 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Scott Macmillan Quartet, Men with Gloves, Improve Painting/Performing, TD JazzEast Festival, 2005, 2014
  • Launched Scott ‘n the Rocks, 12 Piece Concert Band, Original compositions by Macmillan April 25, 2005
  • 20/20 Vision improve Painting/Performing Holly Carr & Scott Macmillan, New Music New Spaces, 2004
  • Scott Macmillan Trio and Holly Carr, Improve Painting/Performing, TD JazzEast Festival, 2004
  • Music Director/guitarist; Rankin Sisters Xmas “Do You Hear” Orchestral Tour, 1999, 2001/02
  • Guitar Summit; Celtic Colours Festival; feature guitarist; October, 2000/01/02/03/05/06-2015

Guitarist with Jazz/Blues Artists: Pinetop Perkens, Peter Appleyard, Warren Chaisson, Phil Nimmons, Al Shackman, among many other local and national and international artists.

Additional Experience
  • Clinician/Performer; Kitchen Racket Music, Camp on the Canal Festival; St. Peters, Cape Breton, 2016/2017
  • Clinician; Gaelic College of Cape Breton; 2015-2017
  • History in Song & Music, Waycobah First Nations, NS 2013,
  • ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ Youth Music Creative Project, Parks Canada, Silver Dart Centennial Association, 2009
  • Guest Lecturer, Dalhousie Music Dept The Guitar Ensemble; Prof. Doug Reach, January 24th 2008
  • Guest Lecturer, Dalhousie Music Dept. Canadian Music Class, Prof., Michael Chikinda, Jan 23, 2008
  • Guest Lecturer Dalhousie Music Dept. Guitar History & Techniques; Prof. Doug Reach, Jan. 23, 2008
  • Guest Conductor, Dalhousie Music Dept. Stage Band, four rehearsals, Prof. Chris Mitchell 2007/08
  • Donated two original scores to Dalhousie Music Dept. Stage Band, Prof. Chris Mitchell 2007,
  • Curriculum Development for Music Program, Nova Scotia Community College, 2007
  • Guitar Workshops; concurrent six-week session; Canadian Conservatory Halifax; Jan.- May 2005/06/07
  • Adjudicator, Saxophone Juries, Dalhousie Music University, 2006/2007
  • Musical Consultant to Rankin Family for their reunion tour and recording 2006
  • Adjudicator; Atlantic Band Festival, Halifax, May 4-6, 2006
  • Consultant for Nova Scotia Community College, Development of Music program, 2005
  • Guitar Instructor; Ceilidh Trail School of Music; Deepdale, Cape Breton; 1997-2005, 2009/2010
  • Keynote Speaker, Nova Scotia’s Music Educators Association Conference, 2001
  • Facilitator for Arrangers Workshop presented by Symphony Nova Scotia; 1998/ 2001/2002
Member Associations
  • SCGC; Screen Composers Guild of Canadian Film Composers; 1999 ongoing; Board member 2004-09
  • AFM; Atlantic Federations of Musicians; 1972 ongoing
  • CLC; Canadian League of Composers; 1999 ongoing
  • CMC; Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre; 1993 ongoing
  • CMRRA; Canadian Musical reproduction Rights Agency Ltd.; 1993 ongoing
  • ECMA; East Coast Music Association; 1993 ongoing
  • MNS; Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia; 1991 ongoing
  • Signatory to AFM of the US. & Canada Television Phonograph & Film; 1987 ongoing
  • SOCAN; Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers; 1985 ongoing

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