Awarded first prize in tuba and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, Alain Cazes pursued his studies in the United States with Joseph Novotny, Donald Harry and Ronald Bishop.
In Brazil, he was Principal tuba with the Paraïba State Orchestra, member of the Brass-IL Quintet, and professor at the Federal University of Paraïba (UFPB). He has taught at the Université du Québec in Montreal, the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and the Université de Montréal, where he was in charge of Wind orchestras, brass department, teaching tuba, chamber music and conducting. A frequent soloist, he has performed the radio "première" of several Canadian works for tuba and also lectures on orchestra conducting and brass pedagogy. He adjudicates regularly at several Music Festivals and Competitions. He teaches during summer at the Orford Art Center, Domaine Forget, and the Simposio Internazionale d’Ottoni in Ascoli, Italy.
Principal tuba with the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal, he has also performmed with the Montreal Symphony and other orchertras in the world under the direction of conductors such as; Mehta, Nézet-Séguin, Dutoit, Decker, Baudo, Foster, Kmura, Muller, Toppilow, Grossmann, Zukerman, Veltri and many others. He was co-director of the Orchestre Métropolitain Choir, and is curently Musical Director of the Montreal Pop Orchestra. He has also conducted the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Orchestre de Drumondville.
Alain Cazes, a founding member of the Philharmonie des vents du Québec. As a full time Professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, he conducts the Wind Symphony, teaches conducting and chamber music. He has written numerous arrangements for a variety of instrumental ensembles published by GAM. He has also written numerous arrangements for wind orchestra and mixed choir. He is Vice-President of CIME music.
2017 Festival Dates
Choral: April 25 – April 28, 2017Jazz Band: April 29 – April 30, 2017Concert Band: May 1 – 4, 2017