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Westwinds Administration

The Westwinds Music Society, a society incorporated under the Societies' Act of Alberta,  is comprised of an Executive Board, as well as an Executive Committee, Group Representatives and an Executive Assistant, all of whom report to the Executive Board. Access the Westwinds Bylaws Here.

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Executive Board

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Vacant

President

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Acacia McClay (Joined 2018)

Vice-President, Social Media Coordinator

Acacia has played in various bands throughout her life, starting at age six in a salsa band. She joined Westwinds in 2018 and plays tenor saxophone in Bronze Jazz and the Symphonic Band. Before that she was with the Cochrane Music Society’s Band on the Bow and Riverside Jazz. While attending William Aberhart High School she was a very active member of its Music Program, jazz, concert, and symphonic. Acacia is currently studying History and Communications at the University of Calgary. She has a passion for music and helping people and believes that playing in a band or singing in a choir does wonders for the soul. Acacia is honoured to be a part of the Westwinds Executive Team and hopes she can help others love playing music as much as she does.

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Tik Tycholaz (Joined 2001)

Treasurer

Tik has been a Westwinds member since 2001 and is currently tasked with maintaining Westwinds' online presence as well as the Treasurer role.

 

Tik is currently a member of the Mixed Choir (Tenor) and has served as the Secretary for the Executive, been a member of the 20th Anniversary Committee, was Co-Chair of the 25th Anniversary Committee, a member of the 30th Anniversary Committee, and has volunteered at numerous events.

 

Tik participated in 2013's China Tour and performed in both the China Concert Band and China Choir. Tik participated in both the Band and Choir again for the Eastern Europe 2015 Tour.

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P-J Harder (Joined 2003, Returned 2015)

Secretary

A former high school band member, P-J played French horn in Purple Band in the 2003-04 season and returned to Westwinds in the 2015-16 season as a member of Green Choir to fulfill a lifelong dream of learning to sing. The following year she added Bronze Band to her schedule, in addition to Mixed Choir. She has volunteered as a Member at Large and is happy to serve in the role of Secretary. She was excited to tour with Westwinds to Ireland and Scotland in the summer of 2018.

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Kevin Willms (Joined 1993)

Interim Artistic Director

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Executive Assistant

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Lisa Turner (Joined 2003, Returned 2022)

Executive Assistant

Lisa joined Westwinds in 2003 as a percussionist in Gold Band. As a lifelong recreational musician (piano, percussion) and new(ish) Calgarian, Westwinds was the perfect fit to keep up that love of music. It didn't take long for Lisa to join Green Band to learn to play the French Horn. Through the years, she played in almost every Westwinds concert band, largely focusing on French Horn as her family started to grow. Through the first 14 years, Lisa also served as group manager, on several anniversary committees, and on the Westwinds executive. Now in 2022, Lisa has returned to Westwinds as a member of Bronze Jazz (piano), and most recently as the Executive Assistant. 

Executive Committee

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Tik Tycholaz (Joined 2001)

Website Coordinator, Digital Archivist

Tik has been a Westwinds member since 2001 and is currently tasked with maintaining Westwinds' online presence.

Currently a member of the Mixed Choir (Tenor), Tik has served as the Secretary for the Executive, been a member of the 20th Anniversary Committee, was Co-Chair of the 25th Anniversary Committee, a member of the 30th Anniversary Committee, and has volunteered at numerous events.

Tik participated in 2013's China Tour and performed in both the China Concert Band and China Choir. Tik participated in both the Band and Choir again for the Eastern Europe 2015 Tour.

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Sean Emery (Joined 2017 )

Volunteer Coordinator

Sean Emery has been a part of various Westwinds ensembles since 2017. He has played clarinet in both the silver and symphonic bands and sang tenor with the mixed choir. He appreciates all of the effort that has gone into making the Westwinds organization possible and is excited to have the chance to contribute and to practice the skills he is learning as a U of C business undergrad.

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Vacant (Joined -)

Promotions Coordinator

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