Executive Members & Guest Conductor

Guest Conductor for 2020-2021: Paul Hutton

Paul has been teaching instrumental, choral and classroom music for over twenty years in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia. Paul holds bachelor’s degrees in piano (BAM), organ (BMus) and music education (BMusEd), and masters degrees in English literature (MA) and music curriculum development in education (MEd), and is pursuing a Masters in Social Justice in Education at Queens University. Paul currently teaches grades 6-12 music and grade 10 English at Central Kings Rural High School, but the focus of his career has been developing creative and collaborative ways to foster music literacy in middle school band programs. Paul has worked with the Nova Scotia Department of Education on curriculum renewal teams, and has also been a pilot and implementation teacher. He is the founding director of the Acadia Youth Band, and long time teacher and conductor with Acadia University Summer Music Institute. Paul has also been a church organist and choir director for over twenty-five years, and has taught piano privately for over thirty years. He has raised four children with his wife, Rose, and the entire family can sing in tune.


Executive Director- Katelyn Gillis- katelyn@nsjwe.ca


Katelyn graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Music (2009) and from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Music Education (2011). While at Acadia Katelyn studied violin under the direction of Christopher Wilkinson and Christoph Booth and was one of the founders of the Horton High School String Ensemble. Recently accepted into the Halifax Regional School Board, Katelyn also teaches privately, is a member of the Sackville Community Band,  a conductor of the Sackville 9am Band, as well as has performed in a variety of orchestra’s, concert and jazz bands. In her spare time she enjoys the theatre, has worked on THE RENT PROJECT, and is cast to work with the Cole Harbour High School production of West Side Story in 2013. Katelyn currently teaches violin and orchestra with the Dartmouth All-City Music Centre and privately at Long and McQuade. Katelyn is thrilled to be working with such a wonderful group of teachers, students, and volunteers at  the NSJWE.

Treasurer- Danielle Chute- Danielle@nsjwe.ca

Danielle Dove graduated from Acadia University with both a Bachelor’s of Music (2008) and a Bachelor’s of Education (2010). During her six years at Acadia Danielle studied classical saxophone with Dr. Stan Fisher. She has performed with numerous Acadia ensembles such as the AUWE Wind Ensemble, who attended the CBDNA conference in Pennsylvania in 2009, and the Acadia Saxophone Quartet and continues to perform regularly with such ensembles. Danielle is currently a substitute music teacher for the Halifax Regional School Board, a private instructor and co-director of the Sackville 9:00am Band as well as a performing member of the Sackville Community Band. Danielle also spends her time volunteering with various organizations such as the NSJWE.


Librarian- Holly Hartlen

Holly Hartlen (BMusEd Dalhousie 1995, MEd Acadia 2017) is a native of Truro, N.S. and a proud product of the legendary Ron MacKay/Truro & District Schools Band Program. She studied trumpet performance with Geoff Thompson, before settling into music education. She has played with a number of reserve and regular forces military bands, including the Band of the Ceremonial Guard, the Canada Remembers Band- formed in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of D-Day (in Canada, England and France), and the Land Forces Atlantic Area Militia Band. She currently plays trumpet with the Hubtown Big Band, The Nova Brass Quintet and The Barbecue Dixieland Band and performs as a classical soloist when the occasion arises. Holly has been teaching instrumental and classroom music for 24 years. She now teaches just over 400 students at Central Colchester Junior High, in Onslow, NS. She is a firm believer in the fundamental importance of arts education, especially in music, for all humans aged 0 to 125. Holly lives in Truro with her husband Steve, their three children Noah, Claire and Owen, Buster the Border Collie and Phineas the cat.


Social Media Coordinator- André Gaudet


André Gaudet holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Dalhousie University (2015), and Bachelor of Education from Acadia University (2019). During his time at Dalhousie, he performed supporting and lead roles with Dalhousie Opera and was a member of the Dalhousie Chamber Choir and Concert Choir. In the band world, Andre studies the French Horn and played with the Acadia Symphonic Band. Recently, he has played in the pit band for community theatre shows: “The Garden of Eden” and “Shrek the Musical.” Andre is currently a music teacher with the Halifax Regional Centre for Education.


Equipment Manager-Maya Taraschi



Student Liaisons for 2020-2021

Daniel Moser

Daniel is a recent graduate of Lockview High School. He is entering his first year at Acadia University where he intends to study saxophone performance, music education and mathematics. During high school, Daniel participated in many ensembles such as the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble, Nova Scotia Junior Wind Ensemble, Dalhousie Wind Ensemble, Maritime Youth Wind Ensemble as well as many Lockview High School ensembles. He has also studied saxophone with Tristan DeBorba for the last 4 years and Piano/Theory with Lorna Wanzel for the last 3. Daniel is very excited to be returning for another season with the NSJWE as a student liaison.


Dylan Rutledge

Dylan Rutledge is in grade 12 at Lockview High School. He has been studying Tuba and other low brass instruments for 6 years and taking private lessons from Rod MacGillivray on Tuba for 4 years. Dylan has a passion for all things music and aspires to teach music in the future. Dylan is involved with the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble, Scotia Brass, Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and he is very excited for this upcoming NSJWE season.




We are sad to see Lucille Humble and Jennie McKibbon leave the NSJWE board and wish them luck in all their new endeavours!