March 22-April 1, 2022
Glen Gillis is Professor of Music (saxophone, conducting, music education) at the University of Saskatchewan and
remains active as a clinician/adjudicator for solo/ensemble festivals/workshops as well as conducting honour
ensembles. As an educator his career began in the Saskatoon Public Schools where his concert and jazz ensembles
received numerous awards and noted for their advanced musical performances. At the university level his career
continued in Missouri and Oklahoma where he conducted concert/jazz bands and orchestra (Lawton Philharmonic).
Upon returning to Canada he directed the U of S Wind Orchestra from 2001-2010 and released three commercial
CDs in 2005, 2007, and 2009. In 2006, the Wind Orchestra presented a performance/clinic at the Texas Music
Educators Association Convention in San Antonio. In 2004 he created the Band Directors Professional Development
and the High School Select Wind Orchestra. In 2005 he created the North Saskatchewan Wind Symphony, a
community ensemble comprised of some of the finest wind and percussion players from Saskatoon and the
surrounding area. As a scholar, he has written many articles that appear in the Canadian Music Educator and
Canadian Winds on the subjects of conducting, woodwind pedagogy, and music education. He has contributed to
Teaching Music through Performance in Band, Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Band and The
Encyclopaedia of Music in Canada. As well, he has presented research papers or clinics at several international music
conferences such as the Midwest Clinic, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, College Band
Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and the British Forum for Ethnomusicology. He
has many compositions for saxophone, and band, published through Eighth Note Publications. Dr. Gillis is a ConnSelmer Artist/Clinician and has performed in North America, Continental Europe, Iceland, and China including over
forty conferences such as the World Saxophone Congresses, the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial and
Regional Conferences, and the Saxophone Symposium. He released SaxSpectrum (2009) and SaxSpectrum 2 (2014)
through MSR Classics performing many of his compositions and commissioned works, all world premiere recordings.
International music magazines such as Fanfare, American Music Guide, BBC Music Magazine, and Gramophone gave
strong reviews of his CDs. SaxSpectrum 2 also received a nomination for the 2015 Instrumental Recording of the
Year from the Western Canadian Music Awards.
Piano and Strings
Janis Smith began her musical training at a young age with the Sisters of St. Ursuline in Engelfeld, Saskatchewan, and received her Associateship in Piano Teaching from the Royal Conservatory of Music and her Licentiate in PianoTeaching from Trinity College of London under the tutelage of Jean Harach.
Janis began teaching in 1982 and joined the faculty at the Conservatory of Performing Arts, University of Regina in 1990. For several years she was Head of the Piano Department. In addition, she sat on the Scholarship Committee and for a time was interim assistant coordinator, served on the Faculty Advisory Committee, and produced the
“Tune into the Conservatory” TV series.
Janis has served on the executive of the Regina Musical Club, Art School Sask and on the Board for OSAC. She is a member at large of the Sask. Registered Music Teachers’ Association. She has judged competitions for Regina Musical Club, sat on the OSAC selection committee, and has also been a member of the Music Selection Committee
for the Provincial Syllabus of the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association.
Janis continues to live and teach in Regina.