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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Glen Gillis

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Name: Glen Gillis
Website: http://glengillis.com
Presentation Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 8:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Recital Hall
Presentation Title: Divergence for Alto Saxophone and Piano
Type of Presentation: Saxophone with Piano
Proposal Duration: 12

Glen Gillis is Professor of Saxophone, Conducting, and Music Education at the University of Saskatchewan. Matriculated as a performer, conductor (band/orchestra), educator, and composer, Dr. Gillis’ career has spanned over three decades in the realms of classical, contemporary, and jazz. Having performed at many NASA and World Saxophone Congresses in North America, Europe and Asia, he hosted the 2013 NASA Region 9 Conference and is currently the director of Region 9. As a Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician he has also presented at equally important conferences such as CBDNA, WASBE, TMEA, British Forum for Ethnomusicology, and The Midwest Clinic. He released SaxSpectrum ©2009 (MSR Classics) and SaxSpectrum 2 ©2014 (MSR Classics - nominated in 2015 for a Western Canadian Music Award) highlighting his compositions and commissioned works for saxophone. You can visit his website at glengillis.com. 

Ensemble Bio: Professors Glen Gillis (saxophone) from the U of Saskatchewan and Richard Gillis (trumpet) from the University of Manitoba have performed and collaborated with each other for their entire amateur and professional careers. Both have written compositions to include the saxophone and trumpet duo and have performed in North America, Iceland, and Continental Europe. Their compositions and performances can be heard on SaxSpectrum (MSR), SaxSpectrum 2 (MSR), and Devotion (Ice Music Press).

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Richard Gillis



Richard Gillis studied trumpet at The University of Saskatchewan (B.Mus.), The Banff Centre (Canadian Brass), and The University of Michigan (M.Mus.; DMA), as well as privately with Armando Ghitalla, Vincent Cichowicz and James Stamp. Dr. Gillis is currently brass chair at the University of Manitoba, and is artistic director of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, which he co-founded in 1997. Richard performs and records (8 CDs) with Icelandic guitarist Björn Thoroddsen, and together have received three recognitions from the Icelandic Music Awards, as well as performed at various jazz festivals and venues in Iceland and North America, including Dizzy’s Club in NYC. Richard has recorded 19 albums as a leader and sideman; his most recent projects include Devotion, a collection of original solo and chamber pieces for trumpet, and Suite 150: A Big Band Portrait, an eleven movement WJO recording commissioned from composers across Canada.

Casey Dierlam Tse


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Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Divegence for Alto Saxophone and Piano Glen Gillis 12
Dreams and Dances for Alto Saxophone, Trumpet and Piano Richard Gillis 6