Executive Members & Guest Conductor



Guest Conductor for 2019-2020: Gale Lohnes 

Gale Lohnes received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Education degrees from Acadia University.  She has over 30 years of experience teaching at the Middle School and High School level in Halifax and Lunenburg Counties teaching instrumental and classroom music as well as Math, Health and Social Studies and is currently teaching at Bayview Community School in Mahone Bay. Gale has directed many award winning groups and in 2004 was a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Throughout her career, she has directed community ensembles such as the Bridgewater Fire Department Band, South Shore Concert Orchestra and St. John’s Lutheran Church Junior Choir.  She is currently a member of Chester Brass Band, the choir at St. John’s Lutheran Church as well as their Mother Daughter Choir and directs the hand bell choir.

Gale and her husband, Derek, are proud parents of Emma and Holly and live just outside of Mahone Bay.

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


 Equipment Manager-Maya Taraschi



Social Media Coordinator- Andre Gaudet


Andre 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.







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