MusicFest Windsor is proud to present it’s esteemed group of festival Adjudicators!
Dr. Janice Waldron is an Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Windsor where she teaches conducting, music education, and ethnomusicology; her research interests include informal music learning practices, online music communities, social media and music learning, vernacular musics, and participatory cultures. Dr. Waldron earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Houston in 1980, a Master’s of Music in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Toronto in 2002, and a PhD in Music Education from Michigan State University in 2006 with a double minor in Wind Band Conducting and Ethnomusicology.
Prior to earning her graduate degrees, she was a successful middle school band director in Houston, Texas from 1980-88 and the head high school music teacher/band director at Oakville-Trafalgar High School in Oakville, Ontario from 1988-2000. While at Oakville-Trafalgar, ensembles under Dr. Waldron’s direction won a record-breaking total of 31 Gold Awards at Musicfest Regional and National competitions. In 1996, the Oakville-Tralfalgar Wind Ensemble was the featured ensemble at the Ontario Music Educators’ Association Conference and was also one of five Canadian concert bands nominated for the Sudler Flag of Honor, awarded annually to the most outstanding North American band program by the John Philip Sousa Society.
Published in numerous peer-reviewed music education journals, Janice has also authored several Oxford Handbook chapters in its Music Education series, and her latest forthcoming publication is “The Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning,” of which she is principal editor (with Dr. Stephanie Horsley and Dr. Kari Veblen, co-editors). She serves on the Editorial Boards of Action, Theory, and Criticism in Music Education, The International Journal of Music Education, The Journal of Music, Education, and Technology, T.O.P.I.C.S, and was named the 2012 “Outstanding Researcher: Emerging Scholar” at the University of Windsor. Dr. Waldron's research is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada for her work on music learning in on and offline convergent music communities of practice.
Dr. Waldron is also an accomplished Irish traditional musician on Uilleann pipes, Irish flute, and tin whistle. She performs regularly throughout Southern Ontario.
Soprano Jennifer Swanson enjoys a varied career in education and performance. Her performance credentials include opera, recital, and concert appearances throughout the United States. Recent performances include solo recitals in Windsor and Detroit. Currently an Assistant Professor of music at the University of Windsor, Dr. Swanson maintains a private vocal studio and sings with the Windsor Classic Chorale. Previous teaching appointments were at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and at Bemidji State University in Minnesota where she built a successful vocal studio and served as Chair of the Music Department. Her former students have gone on to careers in performance, music education, and other fields. Dr. Swanson completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois and graduate degrees in vocal performance from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she was a recipient of the Schuessler Vocal Fellowship.
G. Kevin Dewey
G. Kevin Dewey earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies and a master’s degree in choral conducting from Wayne State University in Detroit. He has been conducting area choirs for four decades and also brings to the podium his experience as a professional vocal and instrumental performer, composer, and arranger. Kevin is a member of the music faculty and director of choirs at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, where he conducts HFC Chorus, Renaissance Voices, and two vocal jazz ensembles—Blue Fusion and Midnight Blue. He is also artistic director of Vanguard Voices, one of several cultural ensembles sponsored by the City of Dearborn Recreation & Parks Department.
One thing Michael Wood has learned well in 40 years as a musician is, good timing is paramount whether on stage or in your personal life. Michael’s career has taken him from the orchestras of the Stratford Festival and National Ballet to Artist/Educator with Yamaha Music of Canada travelling east to west coasts. With over three decades as a percussionist and jazz vibist, he is equally comfortable on stage, in the orchestra pit, or the class room setting. In addition to extensive adjudication he has presented workshops for the British Columbia Music Educators’ Association (BCMEA) and Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA) as well as the 2006 Music Fest Nationals in Ottawa. Michael has been invited to present Vibraphone Master Classes at the University of Windsor, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Ottawa and Western.
A strong advocate for volunteering he is active with Teen Challenge Farm, Habitat for Humanity and is a board member of the Ontario Percussive Arts Society. Michael wishes to thank long time endorsers Yamaha Music Canada and Mike Balter Mallets for their support and superior gear.
Michael can be reached through his website www.percwood.com
Todd Moses is a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University, Ball State University and Macomb Community College, where he earned his Master of Arts in Teaching, Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Associates in Music Performance, respectively. He has been a choral director and music educator within Michigan’s public schools from 1992-2017, teaching in Grosse Pointe Public Schools, Romeo Community Schools and Chippewa Valley Schools. In 2007, he was named a top three finalist for the ArtServe Michigan Governor’s Award for Arts & Culture (Guvvy) in the Arts Educator category, which celebrates and recognizes excellence in the arts throughout the state of Michigan. His choirs have performed at numerous venues around the metropolitan Detroit area, along with consistently ranking with the top choirs of the state. His high school ensembles have been selected to perform at the Michigan American Choral Director Association Conference, the Michigan Youth Arts Festival and the National Festival of the States in Oahu, Hawaii. Additionally, he has served as a vocal clinician since 2001 for Macomb Community College's Junior High Show Choir Workshop with national choreographer, Andrew Haines, and currently serves as the Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at the college. Under his direction is the college’s premier Show Choir: the Macombers, the Concert Choir, the A Cappella Pops Ensemble: Macomb Expressions and the High School Gifted & Talented Show Choir: Magic Company.
Rick L. Goward has been teaching since 1975. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from Central Michigan University and master’s degree in music from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with additional course work at Michigan State University. He began his teaching career at Trenton High School in January of 1975.
Goward’s freelance professional trombone performances include the Tonight Show and the Rich Little Show, and he has performed with Aretha Franklin, the King Sisters, Marie Osmond, the Plural Circle Big Band, Vanguard Brass, as well as contracted work with Detroit, Flint, and Los Angeles area big bands and orchestras. His most recent memorable conducting experience was conducting the Plural Circle Big Band at the Michigan Jazz Festival.
Goward has been director of bands at Henry Ford College for 33 years. At HFC, he created the Metropolitan Symphony Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Studio 110 Jazz Orchestra, and the Henry Ford Big Band. More than 130 former members of HFC instrumental groups are now teaching elementary and secondary music, and 12 are teaching at the collegiate level.
Under Goward’s leadership, HFC band members have performed at music festivals throughout the United States and Europe. Prestigious performances include Carnegie Hall, the Detroit International Jazz Festival, the Edinburgh Music Festival, Jazz `a Juan (France), the Montreux Switzerland Jazz Festival, Euro Disney, the North Seas Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Mardi Gras, and the 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013 Presidential Inaugural Balls in Washington, D.C. The Big Band appeared on PBS television in January 2011 and May 2013.
Goward and the Henry Ford Big Band received the 2008 Wayne County Executive’s Award for outstanding cultural contributions in southeast Michigan from the Wayne County Commission and the Wayne County Council for the Arts.He is a board member of the HFCC Federation of Teachers Local 1650 representing retirees and past vice president of the HFCC Administrators’ Association Local 71. He was an Associate Dean, serving from 1998-2007 and retired as a full-time employee in 2007.
Ron Kischuk is in his ninth season as artistic and executive director of the Toledo Jazz Orchestra. He is the leader of The Masters Of Music Big Band, The Tartarsauce Traditional Jazz Band, and is the owner of Brassworks Entertainment in Detroit and The Masters Of Music Conservatory in Royal Oak. In 2016 he was selected for the second time as artistic director of the Birmingham Community House Jazz Series. Ron is the artistic director of the new Toledo Jazz Festival.
Ron is on the adjunct faculty of Wayne State University teaching both classical and jazz trombone, classical and jazz trumpet, and the history of rock and roll. Ron is a Yamaha clinician and performing artist, and is the Detroit area’s most prominent trombonist. He has been a featured soloist with The Detroit Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions and has performed extensively with the orchestra as principal or assistant principal trombonist. Ron is presently the principal trombonist of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra. He is lead trombonist for the Fox Theater in Detroit and Andiamo's Celebrity Showroom in Warren. His Masters Of Music Big Band has backed up Johnny Mathis, Hal Linden, The Temptations, Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Rosemary Clooney, Wayne Newton, The Rat Pack and Regis Philbin among others. He was recently hired to contract an orchestra for a September 2017 date with Johnny Mathis in Findlay, Ohio.
Ron has 17 CD releases as leader, the most recent releases with N.E.A. Jazz Master Curtis Fuller, and a new traditional jazz release entitled “Basin Street Blues”, and a second Masters of Music Big Band (minus 9) CD titled “Splanky”. He has recorded with Aretha Franklin, Peter Erskine, Vickie Winans, Neal McCoy, Ben Harper, Tim Bowman, Joan Osborne, The Four Tops, Michelle Ndegeocello, The Temptations, Grand Funk Railroad, The Les Brown Band, The Emerald Sinfonietta, Russ Miller, Jimmy Scott, Paul Finazzo, Bobby Murray, Stewart Francke, Karen Newman, Alto Reed, Randy Scott, The Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra, and is lead trombone on the Grammy winning soundtrack Standing In The Shadows Of Motown. In spring 2019 he will release a second two trombone CD. Other CDs recorded and in the production process include a jazz tribute to the legendary sextets of the 1960s, and 4 new Masters of Music quartet CDs with guests. Ron was recently asked by Il Divo to conduct portions of their engagement at the Fox Theatre.
In addition to performing live with the aforementioned artists, other past performances include Dianne Reeves,,Marvin Hamlisch, Gladys Knight, Dukes of Dixieland, Don Rickles, Roger Daltry, Mitchell “Booty” Wood, Liberace, Jay McShann’ The Lennon Sisters, Martha Reeves, Rob McConnell, Bob Hope, Neil Sedaka, Joe Williams, Delfeayo Marsalis, Bernadette Peters, Erskine Hawkins Danny Thomas, Gregory Hines, Ed Shaughnessy’ Barry Manilow, Four Lads, Mary Wilson, Diahann Carroll, Ann Jillian, Pete Christlieb, Gary Urwin, AndyWilliams, Josh Groban, Gloria Gaynor’ Steve March Torme, Elvis on the Big Screen, The Spinners, Bob Anderson, Engelbert Humperdinck, Frankie Valli, The Sultans, Lou Rawls, Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah McLachlan, Cab Calloway, Donny McCaslin, Marlena Shaw, Henry Mancini, Mel Torme, Pat Metheny, Doc Severinsen, Christian McBride, Max Roach, Mitch Miller, Barry Harris, Teddy Edwards, Kurt Elling, Bob Mintzer, Sean Jones, Tom Scott, Nancy Wilson, Zoot Sims, Curtis Fuller, Donald Byrd, Don Henley, Vince Mendoza, Dianne Schuur, Jim Hughart, Tony Bennett, Terence Blanchard, The Moody Blues, The Ink Spots, Bob Summers, Il Volo, Contours, Mitzi Gaynor, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Mel Lewis, Milt Jackson, Regina Carter, The Four Freshmen, David Berger, Carl Fontana, Lew Tabackin, Clay Aiken, Wallace Roney, Brian Wilson, Al Hibbler, Jon Faddis, Phil Ranelin, Jack Jones, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Branford Marsalis, James Carter, Perry Como, Gerald Wilson, Melissa Manchester, Lanny Morgan, Joan Rivers, Burt Bacharach, Geri Allen, The Four Aces, George Bohannon, Jackie Evancho, Chuck Findley, Johnny Mathis, Celtic Women, Bobby Vinton, Marilyn McCoo, Norris Turney, Sue Raney, Jordan Smith, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and many, many more.
Ron’s private students have excelled in every genre of music, performing and recording with Bob Seger, Wynton Marsalis, Yo Yo Ma, Joe Henderson, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Roy Hargrove Big Band, Clark Terry, the Michigan Opera Theatre, and many others. Almost every high school student Ron has taught that chooses to pursue music as a career has gone to college on scholarship, with the overwhelming majority of them receiving full tuition scholarships. Colleges they have attended include the New England Conservatory, U.S.C. Thornton School of Music, University of Michigan, Jackson State, Michigan State and Wayne State Universities to name a few. Ron's students have released a number of recordings as leaders of their own groups, and several have gone on to teach at colleges including Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Morehouse College, Oakland University, Claflin University, and the University of Toledo. Several of his students have won Detroit Music Awards for both classical and jazz including Outstanding Soloists, Outstanding Instrumentalist and Outstanding Recording categories. Some of his current high school and middle school students are performing in the Detroit Civic Orchestra, the Civic Philharmonic Orchestra, Civic Jazz Orchestra, and Jazz Weeks at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. His university students are performing professionally throughout the area while they earn their degrees. Many professional brass players solicit Ron’s instruction for both personal growth and error correction in their playing.
Michael Karloff is a multi-talented pianist, composer, arranger, conductor and musical director based in Windsor. He performs regularly as both a collaborative pianist and jazz pianist. Michael frequently performs with The Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Light Music Theatre, 4th Wall Music and Jazz at Mackenzie Hall. Recent performance credits include, An Evening With Renee Fleming (The Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra), Jazz: Swinging Through The Decades (The Heritage Room), Greatest Hits Live: 10 Year Anniversary Concert (as arranger and conductor), Elf The Musical (Windsor Light Music Theatre). Michael's compositions and arrangements have been performed by The Windsor Symphony Orchestra, at The Detroit Jazz Festival and in various concert settings in Windsor.
Michael is a faculty member and musical director in The Department of Music Theatre Performance at St. Clair College. He also serves on the faculty in The School of Creative Arts at The University of Windsor as the instructor for jazz piano, jazz combos and advanced skills.
In February 2018, Daniel was appointed the Assistant Conductor of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. His role with this organization includes leading the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Junior Youth Orchestra.
Most recently, Daniel served as a cover conductor for the Abilene Philharmonic which included conducting their education concerts. He was also the Music Director for the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science Youth Orchestra based in Denton, Texas. Daniel has also worked with several new music ensembles including the Musicbed Music and Film Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas.
In tandem with his conducting, Daniel is a passionate advocate for music education. As a former public-school music teacher, Daniel worked with bands, orchestras, and choir students from Idaho, Washington, Nevada, California, and Texas. Daniel was also the co-founder of a student leadership workshop En Garde. This program was designed to help high school musicians develop essential life-long leadership skills.
Daniel holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Boise State University and a Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of North Texas . His principal conducting mentors include David Itkin and Robert Franz.