Dylan Rook Maddix
Originally from Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Dr. Dylan Rook Maddix is Assistant Professor of Instrumental Conducting and Community Engagement at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL. In this role, he conducts the Memorial University Wind Ensemble and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting.
Before this role, he worked as a Professor of Music and headed the wind and brass studies department at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario. There, he conducted the wind ensemble and taught courses in music theory, wind/brass methods, and pedagogy. He also served on the conducting faculty at Laurentian University.
Outside of his teaching and conducting duties, Maddix is actively involved on the board of directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Band Association and the Canadian Band Association. He is also the founder and host of “The Band Room Podcast”, alongside composer Cait Nishimura, and hosts the conducting leadership podcast titled "Changing Your Pattern."
Maddix's academic journey includes a Bachelor of Music degree from Mount Allison University, a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Toronto, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from Arizona State University. Throughout this academic journey, he had the privilege of learning from accomplished mentors, including Jason Caslor (conducting, Arizona State University), Joe Burgstaller (trumpet, Arizona State University/Canadian Brass), Gillian MacKay (conducting, University of Toronto), Jim Spragg (trumpet, University of Toronto/Toronto Symphony), Linda Pearse (trumpet, Mount Allison University), and Alan Klaus (trumpet, Mount Allison University).
His professional career as a trumpeter is diverse and engaging, involving collaborations with artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, The Video Games Live Orchestra, Johnny Reid, The Broadway Tenors, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Hogtown Brass Quintet, and Vox Aeris Trio.
Maddix has conducted masterclasses at esteemed institutions, including the University of Toronto, Western University, Acadia University, Mount Allison University, and McMaster University. He has also provided his expertise as a conducting and music consultant for Netflix's "Umbrella Academy" and Global TV's "Private Eyes.