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Chinook Music Week 2020

February 05, 2020

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Chinook Music Week is February 10-14, with clinicians Doug Pullen and Marlene Hinz visiting a variety of schools throughout the division. Watch our social media feeds for photos of activities at Chinook schools!

Chinook Music Week - Pullen.pngDouglas Pullen is a founding member of “Bach to Beatles”.  He has performed with the Vancouver Symphony, Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra London, KW Symphony, Stratford Festival in addition to countless CBC recitals.  Doug was an active educator having taught for Vancouver City College, Capilano College, University of Victoria, University of Western Ontario, WLU and the University of Waterloo.  Doug received his formal training from Don Sinta at Ithaca College, New York and from Marcel Mule at the Paris Conservatory.

Marlene Hinz has recently retired from a career teaching music, dance and drama to elementary children for over thirty years. After training at the University of Saskatchewan, where she received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a Major in Piano and Minor in Voice and Flute, she continued her studies at the University of Alberta in Orff Schulwerk and served on the National Board for eight years. She also taught part-time as a sessional instructor at the University of Regina. 

Chinook Music Week - M and djembe 4.jpgMarlene has received a number of awards for her teaching from the Saskatchewan Orff Chapter, Saskatchewan Music Educators Association and Regina Public Schools. In November 2019, she was a featured international presenter at the American Orff Schulwerk Associations National conference as well as the Saskatchewan Music Conference. She is currently doing contract work for the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s Education program as well as occasional Sessional work as a Faculty Advisor at the University of Regina.

Drumming has always been a passion of hers and she has continued to take workshops and courses throughout her career. In 2003, she founded the world drumming group UMOJA: One Heart – One Beat at Jack MacKenzie School. Over 172 students have participated in the program. In 2018, she founded the Youth Drumming Collective. A drumming group for young people based out of Boomtown Drums. 

Marlene also has extensive background in performance. Currently she is playing in an acoustic cover band that performs regularly in Regina. She has also participated in several choirs including the Prairie Chamber Choir, University Chamber Singers, Philharmonic Chorus, Greystone Singers from the U of S. Currently she plays and sings on a weekly basis in Joyful Noise which is a Praise and Worship group based out of her church. She also accompanies Cantate, a community youth choir based in Regina.

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