Dalhousie Guitar Archives

Scott Macmillan – Guitar Instructor

scott-macmillan-guitar“Ordinarily you would ask, why is a guitar player writing fiddle tunes? But there is nothing ordinary about Scott Macmillan.” – Chronicle Herald

“Macmillan is a wonderful musical ambassador for evrey genre of music from this area and a joy to work with.” — Susan Mitton, CBC Halifax

“Scott Macmilan has helped us define our culture” — The Coast

Halifax’s Scott Macmillan enjoys a stellar reputation in Nova Scotia and abroad for his unusual versatility working in the fields of classical, pop, jazz, blues and celtic music.  A master guitarist, he has worked professionally for more than 30 years widening the audience for the music of Atlantic Canada, both nationally and internationally. Mr. Macmillan played a key role in the rise of the Rankin Family Band, Rita MacNeil, and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, as well as the highly successful Maritime Pops Series with Symphony Nova Scotia (SNS).  He was the inaugural Host Conductor and Arranger for this series from the mid 1980s to 2004, building bridges and creating relationships between the classical world and the diverse Nova Scotian musical and cultural communities.

Mr. Macmillan’s creative passion has led to many exciting opportunities to compose new works.  He received creative support from Canada Council to compose “Currents of Sable Island” and his first symphony “Summus”.  The NS Dept of Culture & Heritage support the creation of a series of scores for his own 12-piece group “Scott ‘n’ the Rocks” as well as “Within Sight of Shore”, depicting the last Canadian warship sunk in WWII, HMSC Esquimalt, of which his father was the Commanding Officer. Macmillan’s much-loved Canadian choral classic “Celtic Mass for the Sea” has been performed over 60 times since its premiere with SNS in 1991, including in Carnegie Hall, the U.K., Germany and Switzerland. Annual Mr. Macmillan directs “Le Grand Cercle”, a cornerstone of a major community/cultural/tourism initiative in Cheticamp, NS, which he co-created with writer and artistic director Paul Gallant.

Mr. Macmillan is an original member of The Guitar Summit and a multiple East Coast Music Award winner for his recordings with the innovative group Puirt a Baroque, “Bach meets Cape Breton”, and for his own collaborative recordings “The Minnie Sessions Volumes 1, 2, and 3” and the “MacKinnon’s Brook Suite” which he composed for Ian MacKinnon and SNS and later broadcast for CBC television.

In 1977 Mr. Macmillan received a Doctor of Letters from Cape Breton University and in June 2008 was bestowed an Honorary Diploma from the NSCC School of Applied Arts and New Media for his significant role in the design and development of their new Music Arts and Business Program.

Douglas Reach – Guitar Section Coordinator

dReach_with_electric“Recital Exhilarating (headline) … a performer of impressive capabilities “
Winnipeg Free Press

“A gifted artist whose musical attributes inspire both pleasure and appreciation … considerable technical facility and musicianship was inherent in Reach’s playing … His Bach playing was glorious – spirited and full of grace”
Halifax Chronicle Herald

“Exciting and impressive … Mr. Reach’s playing displayed confidence and commitment to the music” – The Soundboard, California

Douglas-Reach-Bach-to-blues-CDDouglas Reach has performed across Canada and the United States as both soloist and in chamber music settings. As well as performing the standard repertoire, he is also known for his dynamic and committed performances of the contemporary repertoire. In this regard, Mr. Reach has premiered many new works and has also commissioned and had numerous pieces dedicated to him. His performances have been heard regularly on CBC radio and television

Douglas-Reach-cd-minniesessions3Recently Mr. Reach has being exploring alternative musical styles and as a result is featured on the Mini Sessions CD Vol.III with well-known Celtic musician Scott MacMillan. As well, the BachToBlues project (with guitarist Michael Scott) recently released their first CD, The Art of Guitar. This CD explores a number of musical styles from Baroque to contemporary classical to flamenco, country and blues.

Mr. Reach is also the author of the four volume video series Learning Classical Guitar which is distributed internationally by Mel Bay Publications.

douglas-reach_Learn-Classical-Guitar_vidWinner of numerous awards, Douglas Reach was a prize winner in the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Guitar competition. He has also been the recipient of numerous grants and awards from the Canada council, the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Aspen Music Festival.

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