Wind Ensemble


January 21, 7:30 pm, Joseph Strug Concert Hall

Art often pushes boundaries and strives to bring society forward into new and reimagined spaces. However, there is always opportunity to reflect on where we have been and the music that has allowed us to arrive at the present. The wind ensemble has a long and diverse history of repertoire that, although well-trod, can still teach us much about how to move forward. Join us and hear the repertoire from the past that allows us to think about the future of wind music.

Conductor - Jacob Caines

Jacob Caines is a conductor, musicologist, and performer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Jacob is a faculty member at Dalhousie University where he conducts the Dalhousie Wind Ensemble and teaches aural skills and theory. He is also the founder of, a project dedicated to interviews with Queer+ performers, writers, musicians, administrators, and artists. The ClassicalQueer (CQ) project has also created the Canadian Database of Queer+ Classical Musicians as well as the CQ Podcast which interviews musicians from around the world with co-host Sammi Jane Smith - an astrophysicist and Queer+ music specialist in northern Sweden.

As a performer, Jacob was the music director for the award-winning national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He is also a founding member of the Alkali Collective which performs, and commissions works by living Canadian queer and BIPOC composers. The group is proud to be funded by the Canada Council, Arts Nova Scotia, and the City of Halifax. Jacob is an active adjudicator and clinician and has worked with the Canadian Music Competition and dozens of ensembles and arts groups across Canada.

Apprentice Conductor - Jonathan Haggett

Jonathan Haggett graduated last year from the Fountain School of Performing Arts with a BMus in Performance on euphonium. While he was studying music at Dal, he studied conducting under Peter Oleskevich with the Chebucto Symphony Orchestra (CBO). Having had a successful conducting apprenticeship with CBO Jonathan started looking for more opportunities to conduct. He also conducts 'A Tuba Christmas Halifax' every December and conducts the 36 CBG military band as a spare conductor. He jumped at the opportunity to work with the wonderful musicians of the Fountain School’s wind ensemble.

Notable Repertoire: O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen, Toccata Marziale by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and works by Holst, Sousa, Chesnokov, and Grainger.Litmus Blue

Litmus Blue

March 25, 7:30 pm, Joseph Strug Concert Hall

The Dalhousie Wind Ensemble will be joined by the nationally recognized chamber ensemble Alkali Collective to co-present an evening of multi-disciplinary music. Featuring works by Rzewski, Mazzoli, and a new commission by Amy Brandon, the wind ensemble will work with poets, soloists, and visual artists to present an exciting evening of new music. With something for everyone, the evening promises to be one of the most energetic, dynamic, and exciting performances of the season.