Jonathan Dagenais holds a Masters degree (M.Mus) in Wind Orchestra Conducting from McGill University, supervised by Mr. Alain Cazes, a Bachelor’s degree in Composition from the Université de Montréal as well as a CEGEP Diploma in Music (classical percussions interpretation),
In addition to orchestra conducting and CEGEP teaching (musical theory, composition, analysis, ear training, musicianship and music notation software), Mr. Dagenais is pursuing a career as a composer for wind orchestra. His first major work, the symphonic tone poem Stella has been performed by many Québec University wind orchestras and it has been professionally recorded by the Sherbrooke Wind Ensemble (EVS). Stella has also been part of MusicFest Canada’s concert band syllabus since 2009. Presently, Mr. Dagenais’s work is being distributed throughout Canada by GAM Publishing and throughout Europe, Asia and America by the belgium music publisher Hafabra.
Mr. Dagenais is frequently hired by musical summer camps in Québec (Asbestos, CAMMAC) to conduct orchestras, bands and chamber music groups. He's been guest conductor of some Canadian Honor's Band (PEI, Quebec and Harmonie FAMEQ) and he is also regularly asked to adjudicate and/or to give clinics at many Canadian Musical Contests or Festivals (MusicFest, Atlantic Band Festival, Toronto Festival of Music, St. John's Rotary Music Festival, Bathurst Music Festival).
Since 2005, Mr. Dagenais has acted as the conductor and artistic director of the Orchestre à Vents Non Identifié (OVNI), a Montreal wind orchestra he founded. This ensemble is dedicated to collaborative and active listening, orchestral tone quality, refined interpretation as well as adopting a humoristic approach.
For the 2010-2011 academic year, Jonathan has been the McGill Wind Symphony conductor and artistic director, replacing Mr Alain Cazes.
Jonathan Dagenais’s web site: http://www.jonathandagenais.net
2018 Festival Dates
Choral: April 24 – April 27, 2018Jazz Band: April 28 – April 29, 2018Concert Band: April 30 – May 3, 2018