School of Creative Arts
Alumni Reunion Weekend, April 6 - 8, 2018
Special Guest: Dr. Gillian MacKay
Imagination and Gesture: Conducting with Clear Intention. This informal and interactive session will focus on the development of gestural conducting language. Gillian will draw on her study of mime and the Michael Chekhov acting technique, presenting ideas to help encourage physical expressivity and a nuanced gestural range. What better way to spend a Saturday morning? Conductors (and non-conductors) at all levels are welcome!
Alumni Recital includes a brass group, an alumni choir, a percussion group, Melissa Goodchild and a percussionist doing a piece by Shelley Marwood; and Hubert Brard playing an oboe solo.
Post-concert afterglow at Downtown Pizza Company
To RSVP or if you have questions, please contact Corey Fitzpatrick at C.Fitzpatrick@uwindsor.ca
Gillian MacKay is Professor of Music of the University of Toronto, where she conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches conducting. Gillian has an active professional career as a conductor, adjudicator, clinician and trumpeter. She has conducted honour ensembles throughout Canada and the United States, and is Associate Conductor of the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. Dr. MacKay has adjudicated Canadian band festivals at local, provincial, and national levels in Canada. She has conducted honour bands and judged competitions in the US, Singapore, Thailand, and Korea.
Dr. MacKay enjoys presenting clinics and workshops at provincial and state conferences in Canada and the United States, and is known for her work on the relationship between conducting and mime. Currently, she is investigating the application of the Michael Chekhov acting technique to movement and meaning in conducting. Recognized as a conducting pedagogue, Gillian leads the University of Toronto Wind Conducting Symposium each July, and has been the guest instructor at other symposia in Canada and the United States.
Gillian holds degrees and diplomas from the University of Lethbridge, McGill University, the University of Calgary, and Northwestern University.