Opening student session: TUNE IN: How Music Can Transform Organizations and Lives One Note at a Time

Jennifer Buchanan

A leading expert on boosting mood, increasing productivity, and decreasing stress

Friday, April 13, 2018
1 PM
Eric Harvie Theatre

Jennifer BuchananIn our age of unyielding distractions and persistent disruptions, often to the detriment of our health, there is a simple yet incredibly powerful tool that we have not fully leveraged – music.

As one of Canada’s leading trailblazers and experts in music therapy, Jennifer Buchanan bridges the gap between the academic research and the public in a humorous, warm and insightful way. She believes that when we experience the right music, in the right way, transformation can happen –  improved productivity, a boost in mood, enhanced performance, reduction in stress and stronger team engagement.

Like music, Jennifer’s TUNE IN message is universal – it reaches people worldwide regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or location. No matter what kind of organization—a private practice, a small company or a large corporation—managers and employees at all levels will learn to Tune In to a better organization by becoming more collaborative, creative and productive. This “keynote” experience is sure to open or close your meeting on a high note.

DO-GOODERS: Building a Sustainable Business that Does Good

This inspirational and trailblazing story reveals how Jennifer built a successful social purpose business that makes money AND makes significant community impact, despite being told it was impossible. 

Based on over 25 years of owning and operating an award-winning company, Jennifer presents her most moving stories to convey the following key strategies to help you build greater impact and meaning into your business, regardless of your company’s age or size:

  • Share the dream and lead with legacy in mind
  • Foster a spirit of equity and build on your team’s strengths
  • Make incremental steps towards your ‘blisspoint’ 
  • Invest in self-care for yourself and your team

Jennifer imparts her frontline experience and infectious energy, speaking directly to every member in the audience. She brings her real-world experience of starting her company with just one client and scaling it to maximize community impact. 

Her first accountant said the market would never buy in … over a quarter of a century later (and with a new accountant), Jennifer has built a company that proves good work can still make a difference.


This year we had a very large number of applicants for the 2018 festival.  Unfortunately, we had to refuse many groups.  Those groups that were accepted have already been notified. Since there have been no applicant withdrawals, groups on our waiting list will likely not be accepted to the festival.  


The festival is pleased to announce the following Concert Band Facilitators for the 2018 festival.

Dr. Shelly Axelson – Montclair State University, New Jersey.

Dr. Jason Caslor – Arizona State University.

Dr. Gerald King – University of Victoria.



Just a friendly reminder that the registration deadline for the 2018 festival is July 15th, 2017.  We already have more registrations then we can accommodate at the festival.  If you register after the deadline you will be placed on a waiting list and may not get into the festival.


We are very pleased to announce that the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Scotty Barnhart will be returning to the festival.  They will be performing concerts on Friday and Saturday evening April 13th and 14th, as well as doing a workshop and clinics during the festival. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the legendary Count Basie Orchestra!