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CMEBC Mission

The Coalition for Music Education in British Columbia Society (CMEBC) is a registered non-profit society made up of parents, educators, arts organizations, and supporters from across our communities whose mission is to protect, promote, and advance music education in British Columbia.


Message From Our President

Welcome to the Coalition for Music Education in BC. We are committed to protecting, promoting, and advancing quality music education, in all its forms, across British Columbia. Informing our communities and citizens about the importance of music education, and empowering them with the tools needed to help music education thrive is at the core of what we value.


The importance of music education is far-reaching and well documented in research and education curricula worldwide. Yet, its core purpose is quite simple: music education is essential to learning, development, and to being human. I invite you to join us and to support the work of the Coalition for Music Education in BC as we advocate for quality music education, taught by skilled professionals, across our province.



Christin Reardon MacLellan

CMEBC President

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President - Christin Reardon MacLellan

Manager of Education and Community Programmes, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra


Christin Reardon MacLellan is a music educator, conductor, and flutist. She is currently the Education & Community Programs Manager for the Vancouver Symphony and the director of the Greater Vancouver Youth Music Academy's Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Christin earned her masters degree and is currently pursuing her doctorate in music education from Indiana University, where she has taught courses in music education and served as a university supervisor for music education student teachers. A talented author and researcher, Christin’s work is published in the Journal of Research in Music Education and Music Educators’ Journal.

Vice President - Colleen Maybin

Director of Education and Community Engagement, Vancouver Opera


Colleen Maybin was born and raised in Victoria BC. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Victoria as well as a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education from the University of British Columbia. Colleen spent the first 5 years of her career as a music educator and in 1999 was seconded as an instructor and advisor in UBC’s Department of Education Fine Arts and Media in Education program. In 2001 she took on a transformative position with the Sarah McLachlan School of Music as the Children’s Choir Director. This opportunity directly led to her decision to move into Arts Management and focus on community based arts education and engagement. In 2009 she moved to London, England where she was the Arts College Manager at the Camden Community School. Her work resulted in partnerships with the London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design as well as emerging modern ensembles including Chroma and the London Philharmonia. Her work earned her an Arts Works award from Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design in 2011. She was the District Manager for Arts Umbrella in Surrey overseeing their expansion into the community in 2012. An avid musician throughout her life, Colleen has performed around the world with Band of the 15th Field Artillery Regiment and played with the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble in Vancouver BC as well as the award winning Kew Wind Ensemble in London, England. Colleen currently sits on the board of Music on Main and the Coalition for Music Education in British Columbia and sings in the Vancouver Bach Choir.

Treasurer - Graham Blank

Vice President, Tom Lee Music


Graham Blank is a multi-instrumentalist, elementary school parent and the Vice-President and Director for Tom Lee Music Canada where has worked since 1989. His long career in the music industry started with his involvement in the elementary and secondary band programs in Ladysmith and Nanaimo and following graduation he enrolled in the Jazz Program at Vancouver Island University.  After joining Tom Lee Music, Graham continued his studies in the Sales & Marketing Diploma program at UBC and the Masters in Business Administration program at Simon Fraser University.

Through his work at Tom Lee Music and the Coalition for Music Education in BC, Graham is deeply committed to protecting, promoting and advancing music education in British Columbia.




Secretary - Anita Prest


Anita Prest has just completed a PhD in Curriculum & Pedagogy (Music Education) at the University of British Columbia. She has a Master of Music (Wind Conducting) from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) from the University of Victoria. Anita taught band, choir, music composition, and music theatre in the small community of Keremeos, British Columbia for sixteen years. Her ensembles have played in England, Cuba, the United States, and four Canadian provinces, also performing for the Prime Minister Jean Chrétien in 2002. She was the artistic director of the Music Under the ‘K’ Festival, a community-based, non-competitive festival that over a ten-year period supported music making of all kinds by people of all ages. Anita’s doctoral research concerns the effects of bridging social capital emerging from rural school-community music partnerships on community vitality and conceptions of the value of music education. A Liu Scholar, Anita is a recipient of SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council), Webster, and Four Year fellowships.

Communications - Katherine Girard


Katherine Evans is the manager of Admissions & Recruitment at the UBC School of Music. She is a trumpet player and choral singer and has worked as a church music director, studio trumpet teacher, and music librarian.


Katherine is in her second season as principal trumpet of the Newport Symphony in OR, USA. In Vancouver, Katherine plays at St. Andrews-Wesley and Holy Rosary Churches, teaches trumpet at the VSO School of Music, and is a member of the 8-voice vocal ensemble musica intima.


She holds an M.M. in trumpet performance from the Longy School of Music and a B.A. in English and Music from Harvard University.


Research - Dr. Adam Con



Dr. Con is Assistant Professor of Music at University of Victoria School of Music. His duties include teaching Elementary Music Methods, Music Education Foundations, Choral Conducting, Choral Organization, Rehearsal Techniques and Literature, Middle and Elementary School choir methods, conducting the UVic Chorus and supervising music education students. He served in similar capacities as Director of Choral Activities and Chair of Music Education at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach, at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.  Dr. Con earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education (Secondary Instrumental and Choral) and a Master’s Degree in Music Education (Elementary) from the University of British Columbia. At Florida State University, he earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education (Choral Conducting Emphasis) studying with Rodney Eichenberger, Andre Thomas, Clifford Madsen and Judy Bowers. In addition, Dr. Con is a certified Orff Schulwerk specialist and has extensive study experience as an Alexander Technique practitioner.


In high demand in the United States and Canada both as a guest conductor and choral conducting teacher, Dr. Con has been invited to present and conduct at prestigious events such as the National American Orff-Schulwerk Conference, the Canadian National Choral Conducting Symposium, the Canadian National GALA Conference, the National Canadian Orff-Schulwerk Conference, the Alberta Provincial Music Educator’s Conference, the British Columbia Provincial Music Educator’s Conference, the British Columbia Choral Federation, the Ohio State Music Educator’s Conference, the Georgia State American Choral Directors Association Conference, and the Georgia Music Educator’s Conference. His talent and ability to work with all levels of musical experience is grounded in 15 years of diverse K-12 public school music teaching in British Columbia which includes Orff, Kodály, and Dalcroze based general music, French immersion music, middle and secondary school choral, vocal jazz, concert band and jazz band. His professional conducting experiences include numerous All-State and honor choirs, civic orchestras, professional musical theatre, community choirs, concert bands, and 36 years as a church choir director and organist. He also currently serves as Director of Music at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Victoria.



Community Engagement - Eduardo Ottoni


Eduardo has over 20 years of experience in the music and event industry. As Operations Director for the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society (CJBS) he oversees a team of people managing Site, Production, Safety and Emergency Management, Artist Hospitality, Transportation, and Warehousing for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.  Eduardo is actively involved in the CJBS  Education and Outreach Program, helping to organize Music Monday events, and initiating the Sounds of Youth Stage which features the best of the Lower Mainland's high school jazz combos, big bands, and vocal groups.


Having been a touring musician for many years, and with previous experience working with youth and community outreach, Eduardo is excited to join the Coalition for Music Education in British Columbia.

Membership - Jeff Weaver



Jeff Weaver is a conductor, music educator and the Director of Bands at Oak Bay High School in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Jeff resides in Victoria with his wife and his two sons. He sits on the board of the Canadian Music Educators as a representative for B.C. and is a member of the Inaugural Chapter of Phi Beta Mu - An International Bandmasters’ Fraternity (Beta Gamma Chapter).


Jeff has been a member of the conference planning team for the BCMEA and currently serves as the association’s President. Jeff studied percussion, conducting and music education at the University of Victoria. In 2008, Jeff was awarded the Premiers Award for Excellence in Teaching. Jeff’s ensembles have received accolades across Canada for their preparation and performances. He is currently completing his Master of Music degree through the American Band College of Sam Houston State University.


In the community, Jeff is a mentor teacher to local middle schools promoting quality music education in Victoria. He also volunteers for the UJAM society, a group that promotes jazz music to young teens.



Webmaster- Ethan Shoemaker


Ethan Shoemaker has been a music educator in British Columbia for the past eleven years. He has worked in both the public and the independent Catholic school systems in various roles teaching instrumental music from grade five to twelve. Currently he is the director of bands at St. Thomas More Collegiate high school in Burnaby and has been so since 2006. During his time at STMC, Ethan has taken his bands to Whistler, Seattle, Ottawa, Anaheim, Montreal, and New Orleans where he and his students have performed and worked with many renowned music educators.


Ethan has been an active member of British Columbia Music Educators' Association since 2009 where he first served as instrumental clinicians coordinator for the annual BCMEA conference. In 2010 he joined the BCMEA Executive. From 2011 to 2013, along with being a member at large on the BCMEA board, he served as conference co-chair for the annual BCMEA conference. During his time as conference co-chair Ethan worked with his other co-chairs and the conference team to build and deliver some of the most well attended BCMEA conferences of the past few years.


Ethan holds a BMUS from UVic where he studied percussion and music education. He also holds an Associate Diploma in Jazz Studies from Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. He currently resides in Port Coquitlam with his wife and their children. During his free time Ethan plays guitar for the local Coquitlam friends and teachers band, FAT Jazz.



The Coalition for Music Education in British Columbia Society (CMEBC) is a registered non-profit society made up of parents, educators, arts organizations, and supporters from across our communities whose mission is to protect, promote, and advance music education in British Columbia.

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