Wayne Toews

2013 Adjudicator

Classical music (orchestral instrument) 
Wayne Toews

Wayne ToewsWayne Toews began to study the violin at the age of 4. He sang with the Westmount Boys Choir under Donald Forbes and served as concertmaster of the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra. He studied violin and composition with Dr. Murray Adaskin at the University of Saskatchewan where he received B.A. and B.Ed. degrees. He played for nine seasons in the Saskatoon Symphony, first on violin and later on viola. He performed on double bass and percussion in the U of S Concert band under Dwaine Nelson. He holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Mr. Toews taught music in Saskatoon public schools from 1969 until retirement from Aden Bowman Collegiate in 2001. From 1983 until 2009 he was director of the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra. The orchestra won the Canadian Music Educators’ Association’s national performance award for excellence six successive times and held the award from 1993 until 2005. Since his retirement he has been active as a clinician and adjudicator across Canada. He was instructional designer for the University of Saskatchewan’s online theory course.

After studying conducting at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo in 1983 he edited the English edition of the Saito Conducting Method textbook that was published in Tokyo in 1988.

In 2005 he founded ConductorSchool and is known internationally for his teaching of the Saito conducting method. In addition to eight annual international workshops in Saskatoon he has taught conducting at the University of Memphis and at Rivers Conservatory, Boston. In 2012 he travelled to Salvador, Bahia, Brazil to help establish a conducting component for the NEOJIBA orchestral program. Mr. Toews has been guest conductor of professional orchestras, university ensembles, honour bands and honour orchestras. He conducted the premieres of twelve works by Canadian composers. He has composed for band, orchestra, choir, solo instruments and small ensembles.

Mr. Toews received the “Outstanding Achievement Award” from Saskatchewan Music Educators Association in 1987, the “Golden Wheel Award for Excellence in Arts and Education” from the Rotary Clubs of Saskatoon in1990, the “Orchestral Development Award” from the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association in 2001, the Saskatchewan Band Association’s “Distinguished Band Director” Award in 2009 and the Honorary Life Membership Award from the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association in 2013.

He lives in Saskatoon with his wife Judy. Their daughter Regan is a professional violist and son Adam is a tubist. Mr. Toews serves as national chair of the orchestra division of Musicfest Canada and is secretary of the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association.