Jacquie Dawson

“As a conductor/educator, my artistic and educational philosophy are rooted in the purpose and power of the ensemble experience. I believe in providing every musician with a meaningful artistic experience, enabling them to discover their creative potential and shape their musical journey. I believe that the very essence of community binds us as musicians and the experience of collaboration and united purpose provide personal and communal awareness. I also believe in nurturing influential leaders, global thinkers and dedicated citizens. In addition, I believe in educating a strong culture of professionals who are committed to preserving and strengthening the arts in education, academia and industry. As the landscape of culture and society continue to shift, we have a responsibility to equip ourselves and others to do the best work and pave the best possible path for future generations; to fully realize their creative potential and have the skills and understandings to lead others to discover theirs.”
Jacquie Dawson


Noted for her unique ability to create an inspiring ensemble experience and sculpt an impressive wind band sound, Jacquie Dawson has had a marked impact on the wind band community in Manitoba for two decades. She is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator across Canada. Jacquie has been published in the Canadian Music Educator Journal and the Canadian Winds Journal, and has presented at numerous conferences across Canada including the Canadian Music Educators’ Association National Conference. Her research interests are in community music, the relationship between music education and the cultivation of community, as well as inclusion in instrumental music education.

B. Music (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
B. Music  Education  (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
M. Music Conducting (University of Manitoba)


• University of Manitoba School of Music Excellence in Music Education Award
• University of Manitoba Teacher Recognition Award
• Manitoba Band Association Award of Distinction

Jacquie is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator across Canada. Guest conducting engagements have included the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival, Alberta Band Association Wind Symphony, the Manitoba Junior and Intermediate Honour Bands, the PEI Provincial Honors Band, and the International Music Camp. Adjudicating engagements include Musicfest Canada, University of Victoria Bandfest, the Cantando Festivals, Alberta Band Association Festival of Bands and the upcoming Boao International Music Festival in Boas, China.

The Manitoba Band Association in partnership with a consortium of over sixty participants/organizations from Canada and the United States, commissioned the work Transcendent light composed by Kenley Kristofferson in memory of former Manitoba Band Association Executive Director, Ken Epp. It was premiered at the Manitoba Music Conference in October 2017 with approximately 700 people in attendance. Jacquie chaired the project and conducted the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble in the world premiere performance. Jacquie also attends and presents at many conferences and workshops, such as the Sunrise School Division Music Teachers Workshop, and the Manitoba Band Association Prelude Conference. As well, Jacquie is in her 10th season as the Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble.

Assistant Professor
Director of Bands
Teaching activities:
• Concert Band
• Wind Ensemble
• Instrumental Music Methods
• Graduate Wind Band Conducting

Room 251 Taché Hall
Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
136 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Phone: 204-272-1663
Email: Jacqueline.Dawson@umanitoba.ca