Music & Sound Workshop
April 16, 2016 – 9:00am to 5:00pm
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(Registration closes Wednesday, April 13)
Who Should Attend?
- Current members of the Sunday morning team of vocalists, musicians and sound technicians.
- AND aspiring adult or teen musicians, vocalists, or sound technicians.
This one day, hands on, workshop is FREE for all Circle volunteers and attenders because we want to invest in you! Learn from well known professional musicians and technicians who will help you improve and develop your skills.
View the list below to see the lineup of our guest clinicians.
Dean Salyn was born in northern Manitoba and raised in the small farming community of Binscarth in the Parkland region straddling the Saskatchewan border. His musical journey began as a child but didn’t include formal lessons until the age of twelve.
According to Dean, “Most of the kids I knew who were taking piano lessons had started when they were six or seven years old and a lot of them had quit by the time they turned twelve. While other boys my age were obsessed with playing hockey, I was taking up piano lessons! It’s amazing to me that my path in music started like that but I feel incredibly blessed that it did.”
Dean’s formal training culminated as a student of Dr. Lorne Watson at Brandon University’s Conservatory of Music and then as a full time student in the music faculty. His journey took a radical turn when he went to Nashville in 1996. After spending close to a year there, he and his wife, Gina, found their way back into Vineyard Church community in Canada. It was during his time in the Vineyard that Dean recorded “He is Yahweh”, originally released on the Vineyard Canada CD “All I Need”. This song continues to be sung by people and church communities all around the world. Dean currently resides in the Parkland region with his wife and four children. He has recently undertaken his first solo studio worship project entitled “The Way”. Volume 1 was released digitally in January 2015. He is currently working on Volume 2, which is scheduled for release in 2016.
Murray Pulver began his career as a member of the award-winning bands Crash Test Dummies and Doc Walker. Doc Walker won Group of the Year from the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) four times and garnered numerous number one videos, top five singles and rave reviews. The Crash Test Dummies album “A Worm’s Life” achieved platinum certification less than one month after its release date and from there Murray toured around the world with the band playing shows with Alanis Morissette, No Doubt and Ashley McIsaac, to name a few.
Besides being a multi-award-winning musician, Murray has long been sought out for his talents as producer for his musical depth and renowned ability to highlight what’s best for each song. His accolades include 2009 CCMA Producer of the Year, 2 WCMA’s for Producer of the Year and Canadian Folk Producer of the Year. In 2013 Murray produced The Bros. Landreth’s critically acclaimed album “Let it Lie” which won a Juno for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Murray has also completed projects for Sierra Noble, Don Amero, Sweet Alibi and Alana Levandoski.
Sonia Reid Noble was born in Toronto, ON and grew up in Hamilton. She was drawn to music at an early age and started singing and playing piano at eight years old. Her passion led her to studies with the Royal Conservatory of Music and to Redeemer University College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in music.
Throughout her singing career, Sonia has been influenced by a wide range of artists, including the classical sounds of Jessye Norman, the soulful gospel of Babbie Mason and Whitney Houston. These influences are evident in Sonia’s musical versatility which embodies classical, jazz, Broadway and gospel. The combination of her unique style of communicating and her passion for music enables her to reach audiences in a dynamic way.
Sonia’s career has taken her across Canada, the United States and the West Indies. A gifted songwriter, her debut CD “In You” was released in 2009. One of the many ways she shares her love of music is through teaching. For the past twelve years, Sonia has taught vocal lessons to students of all ages, inspiring them to become musically confident individuals.
Todd Peters is originally from Langham, Saskatchewan and resides in Saskatoon with his wife and young daughter. His musical journey started when he first picked up a guitar as a pre-teen. Since then, he’s been in bands as diverse as trucker country Massey and the Fergusons, Western Canadian award winning funk group Inshallah to cancer survivor and country crooner Mandy Ringdal and the Handsome Drifters.
As lead guitarist for award winning country music star Codie Prevost, Todd’s on stage personality is genuine and engaging. His quick wit and knack for story telling often has audiences in stitches.
In 2014, Todd starred as one of a band of Sasquatches in the hilarious Codie Prevost video, “All Kinds of Crazy”.
His humour is accompanied by a great depth of character that shows itself in his original gospel songs. Todd’s desire to express his faith through music is leading him to develop an album inspired by his love of his family, God and the beauty he sees around him.
Simon Fisk is a Calgary, Alberta born jazz musician whose recording credentials span almost two decades, beginning in 1997 with a trio of Fisk as leader on bass, pianist Chris Gestrin and drummer Tom Foster. Their two recordings, Trainwrecks and Intent are critically acclaimed.
Simon also appears on various other artists’ recordings including those of Jerry Granelli, Gordon Grdina, Chris Gestrin, Jennifer Lauren and Aaron Young.
Since 2000, Simon has been bassist with famed Canadian pianist Michael Kaeshammer, performing with him worldwide. He also played at World Expo in Shanghai, China in 2010.
Simon combined his extensive performance knowledge with his concern for the safety and optimum hearing capacity of musicians to create state of the art in-ear monitors. Since then, Plunge Audio has grown its customer base to seasoned live and studio musicians, including The Mavericks and Mark Kelso.
Simon lives in Calgary with his wife and young son.
Dean Friesen has been in the music business for well over twenty years, working with Saskatchewan artists such as the Northern Pikes, Widemouth Mason, Eileen Laverty, Age of Electric and Reign Wolf, among many others.
Dean has toured across Canada several times including with the Singing for Supper Concert Series and Tom Jackson’s Huron Carol (featuring artists One More Girl, Pear, Sarah Slean, Susan Aglukark and more).
As lead audio engineer at Objectified Software, Dean is continually striving to improve the experience of audiences and performers alike at traditional concerts, festivals, awards shows and telethons.
Hal Schrenk’s musical career began when he was discovered banging out a groove with two Bic pens on a couple of plastic pumpkins. It wasn’t long before his parents enrolled him in the snare drum corps of the local marching band. He garnered attention at the age of eight, winning several drumming awards, including most promising percussionist. His first professional gig was at ten years of age in a Canadian band war which earned him a trip to Disneyland. An experienced composer, Schrenk has won numerous awards for music featured in film, television and commercials.
Festival performances include Lilith Fair, JUNOfest, the Western Canadian Music Awards and World EXPO (Shanghai, China).
His award cabinet includes a Juno, a Western Canadian Music Award, five SCMA Drummer of the Year Awards and a Showcase Film and Video Award. He has performed with Codie Prevost, Deric Ruttan, Charlie Major, Carrie Catherine, Jess Moskaluke and Victoria Banks, among many others.
Hal Schrenk is driven to push himself to the limit of his abilities, creating an atmosphere of palpable tension that is mesmerizing and unforgettable.
Bart began his musical career in Manitoba where he played with such acclaimed artists as Steve Bell and the Double Eagle Band. Since then, Bart has participated as a keyboard/piano player, producer, engineer and/or mixer on countless singles that have made Top Ten at the national market level.
His state of the art recording in Saskatoon has won numerous awards and is highly sought after by national and international musicians.
Bart’s musical and production honours include a Juno, multiple Canadian, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba Country Music Association awards.
Bart has worked across many different genres spanning country, pop, R&B, easy listening and bluegrass. His roster also includes a Platinum album project for Gord Bamford and a single achieving Gold status for Brett Kissel.
Sheldon DIngwall was born in 1961 and began his career not as a builder but as a musician. Beginning in 1976 he taught drums and guitar. From 1982 to 1985, he toured Canada as a guitar player with the band New York New York.
Gradually his love for the instrument turned to a fascination with building and selling bass guitars. Designed and manufactured in Saskatoon, Dingwall bass guitars are crafted with a blend of workmanship, innovation and quality that have made them a brand that is recognized world-wide.
Each bass guitar that leaves the shop is imbued with the passion of Sheldon and his team, whose desire is to create instruments that the customer will connect with and perhaps pass down from generation to generation.
Sheldon travels to trade shows in Canada and abroad, putting a face to his company’s name. A naturally quiet and humble person, Sheldon also has a quick sense of humour and an ability to connect with others. Self-educated in business, he has adapted to a vast range of changes in his industry and remained current with social media and online forums.
Dingwall Basses have won two Outstanding Tone Awards from Bass Gear Magazine plus several Editor’s Choice awards from Bass Player Magazine and Premier Guitar Magazine and is considered one of Canada’s premier bass builders.
Dingwall Basses have been used on albums and live performances by Aretha Franklin, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, Loretta Lynn, Rod Stewart, Phil Collins, Metallica and Nickelback.
Dingwall Customers include NASA, Rolls Royce and Apple engineers as well as Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft.
Justin Kudding is an active studio and live player around Western Canada as well as in Nashville, Tennessee. He has played bass guitar for a vast group of artists covering a wide array of musical genres. Justin is a current member of Canadian country music superstar Brett Kissel’s band and also works with GMA Award winner Mark Schultz, Canadian country music stars George Canyon, Tim Hicks, High Valley, Mackenzie Porter, Willie Mack, Jake Mathews and Ryan Laird.
Justin has also performed with Madeline Merlo, Livy Jeanne, Drew Gregory, PEAR Band, Katie Love Hess, Ellen Doty and Michael Larson and shared the stage with Chris Rodriguez (Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins), Boh Cooper (David Foster Band, Rascall Flatts), J.D. Blair (Shania Twain, Victor Wooten), Paul Allen (Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson), Jimmy Herman (Carrie Underwood), Brian Oaks (Lonestar, Tiffany) and Derek Wyatt (Kelly Clarkson, Nick Carter)
(Registration closes Wednesday, April 13)