CMS Music Director
Monday and Tuesday Band Conductor
Passionate about making music with people, self-proclaimed “band geek,” Taina Lorenz, is thrilled to be Music Director of the Cosmopolitan Music Society and Conductor of the Monday and Tuesday Bands, and Chamber Music Ensembles. Involved in many areas of the community, Taina also conducts the Edmonton Schoolboys Alumni Band (The Edmonton Seniors Band), is Associate Conductor with Mission Hill Brass Band, and teaches trumpet privately to students of all ages. With her solid experience as both a conductor and trumpeter, including eighteen years of teaching instrumental music with Edmonton Catholic Schools, Taina is sought after as a clinician and guest conductor in Edmonton, around Alberta, and the United States.
A performer for most of her life, Taina has played trumpet in a wide range of ensembles, including wind ensemble, concert band, symphony and pit orchestras, brass bands, jazz bands, and chamber winds, and as a soloist. She has conducted wind ensemble, concert band, brass band, chamber winds, choir, and chamber orchestra.
She has studied advanced conducting with Angela Schroeder, Wayne Toews, Emily Threinin, Craig Kirchoff, Gary Hill, Gillian MacKay, Jeff Reynolds, and Mallory Thompson. Her studies on trumpet have been with Fordyce “Duke” Pier, Wendy Grasdahl, and Rick Rangno in Ottawa. Taina holds a Bachelor of Education in Music Education and a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Alberta.
CMS Wednesday Band Conductor
A graduate of the music education program at the University of Alberta, Rita Burns is retired from teaching junior high band musicians in Edmonton. Her bands were consistent award winners.
Rita Burns has received several honours throughout her career: the David Peterkin Award for excellence in band music from the band fraternity, Phi Beta Mu; the Elkhorn Award for band director of the year from the Alberta Band Association; a provincial Excellence in Teaching Award; a Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence; and the Vondis Miller Legacy Award from the Alberta Band Association for long service to the band world.
CMS Choral Conductor
Jamie Burns currently teaches at W. P. Wagner High School. In 2005, he completed a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Alberta, under the supervision of Dr. Robert de Frece. Prior to graduate work, Jamie earned bachelor degrees in music and education, also at the U of A. He continues to maintain an active performance schedule as a conductor, singer, trumpeter, pianist, and jazz musician.
In addition to his work with the CMS, Jamie plays trumpet in the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia. He is a former member of JUBILOSO! Bells of Concordia, the U of A Madrigal Singers, and the Mill Creek Colliery Band, and is a former Assistant Conductor of the U of A Mixed Chorus.
Jamie’s teaching credits also include jazz history and improvisation sessions at the U of A Summer Jazz Camp and an undergraduate aural and keyboard skills class in the U of A’s Music Department. He is in demand as a high school choral and band clinician, and has received numerous provincial and institutional awards for academics, leadership, and musicianship.
CMS Choral Accompanist
Jared Samborski brings The Cosmopolitan Music Society eighteen years of choral accompanying experience and the Associate of Music Diploma in piano performance (Western Board of Music), completed under the tutelage of Willa Meyers. Also an avid violinist, Jared carries the practical portion of Grade X Violin (Royal Conservatory of Music) from his studies with Ranald Shean.
Over the years, Jared has been a festival adjudicator, an instructor of piano, violin, viola, and theory, a vocal accompanist, a player of the glockenspiel, a marching band member, a composer, an actor, a conductor, and a director. He also accompanies the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus.
CMS Beginner Band Conductor
Craig Goueffic is a trombonist currently playing in the Cosmopolitan Music Society Monday Band. Craig is also employed by the Edmonton Catholic School District and is currently serving as the music director at Cardinal Leger Junior High School.
Craig graduated high school in 2005 and pursued a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Alberta from 2005 until 2012. During his time as a student, Craig has performed in the University of Alberta Jazz Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. During that time, Craig has worked under the direction of Dr. Angela Schroeder, Dr. Tom Dust, Fordyce (Duke) Pier, Malcolm Forsyth, John McPherson, Chris Taylor, Wendy Grasdahl, and Tanya Prochazka. Craig has also performed with world renowned euphonium performer Brian Bowman as well as trumpet player Jens Lindemann.
Craig joined the Cosmopolitan Music Society conducting team in 2016 and is extremely proud and excited to conduct the Beginner Band. Craig is also in demand as a trombone clinician within the city of Edmonton.
CMS Jazz Big Band Conductor
Dale Chapman is pleased to be working with the Cosmopolitan Jazz 101 and Jazz 202 program. He currently teaches instrumental music at Archbishop MacDonald High School.
A musician since he was six years old, Dale studied classical piano through Royal Conservatory of Music, jazz piano, composition, and arranging at Grant MacEwan College, and received a B.Ed. in secondary music education from the University of Alberta. Dale plays trumpet with the Barefoot Big Band. He has played in several bands, performing jazz, Canadiana Folk Music, folk music, Reggae (with one of Bob Marley’s last guitarists), West African dance music, Portuguese Marching Band, Big Band, Small Combo. Dale has also studied Senegalese percussion for ten years from a drum master learning how to play djembe, sabaar, laambe, & tama. It doesn’t matter what instrument, as long as he is making music.
CMS Jazz Orchestra Conductor
Allen Jacobson is a Trombonist, Vocalist, Composer, Arranger, and Educator who has performed throughout Canada and internationally for many years. During the course of his career he has established a reputation as an outstanding performer and educator.
He has performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Baden Baden Philharmonic (Conductor & Soloist), the European Philharmonie (Conductor, Soloist) the Citadel THEATRE, Tommy Banks Band, The Joan Rivers, Rich Little and Red Skelton Shows, European productions of Cats, Chicago and Cabaret, West Side Story (among numerous others), The EdJE (the JUNO nominated Edmonton Jazz Ensemble), film scores, jingles, modern dance collaborations and numerous commercial recordings.
Mr. Jacobson has performed in a wide variety of musical contexts including Theatrical, Symphonic, Mainstream Jazz, Contemporary Pop, Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz, Blues, Big Band, Modern Dance, Avant Garde/Free Improvisation and numerous others and has performed at Jazz and World Music Festivals throughout Canada and in Europe, Scandinavia and Asia.
As an Educator, Mr. Jacobson has many years of experience as an adjudicator, providing workshops/seminars and in private teaching. He has provided workshops/seminars to schools, Colleges and Universities throughout Western Canada and Germany, and was a faculty member of the Performing Arts Universities of Frankfurt, Mannheim and Mainz.
Board of Directors:
President: Rhea Shank
Vice-President: Christine Land
Treasurer: Marg Zapf
Secretary: Bev Martin
Director at large: David Cuyler
Director at large: Debra Goodwin
Director at large: Norm Johnson
General Manager: Cheryl Balay
Music Director: Taina Lorenz
Administration: Lynn Turnbull