May 9th - 14th, 2021

Dr. Jeremy Brown - reed

Reed Adjudicator Jeremy Brown
Born in Seattle and raised in Spokane, Jeremy Brown has built a career in Canada as a renowned saxophonist, flutist, woodwind doubler, teacher, author, composer and conductor.

He is Professor of Music and the former Head of the Music Department at the University of Calgary (1990-present). Regarded as an unusually versatile musician, he currently performs as a woodwind doubler in professional theatre, directs and performs with jazz ensembles, conducts a wind band and has his own new music ensembles and chamber jazz projects. He is also an improviser of both free music and jazz and is a composer in an eclectic mix of styles.

As a university teacher, his undergraduate and graduate students have won numerous national and international awards, scholarships and recognition.  His university ensembles have been widely recognized for original programming and performing excellence; most recently his U of C Jazz Orchestra won the Outstanding Ensemble Award at the 2013 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and ten outstanding soloist awards at the 2014 Elmhurst Jazz Festival, Chicago, Illinois and numerous soloist awards at the 2018 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

He has been a guest lecturer at Tanglewood in 2018-2019 and just completed a recording of free jazz music with renowned author and artist Joe Morris in Boston.

In 2003, he co-founded Verismo, a Calgary jazz quintet whose inaugural recording garnered great critical acclaim and subsequently performed at the 2007 Montreal Jazz Festival.

Dr. Brown has written numerous pedagogical articles and in addition to The Wind Band Music of Henry Cowell.  He was co-compiler and series editor of the inaugural Royal Conservatory of Music Saxophone Series (2014).  This groundbreaking saxophone anthology includes graded repertoire, etudes, technical studies and orchestral excerpts, the first such resource of its kind.

Important News!

Registration for Musicfest Northwest 2021 HAS BEEN SUSPENDED! New Masterclass Series Announced.

Masterclass Series 2021


Masterclass Series May 10-14, 2021 – Please see schedules for more information

Location Information

All master classes will be held at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox except the piano division which will be held at Steinway of Spokane in the Recital Room.


As we celebrate our 75th Diamond Anniversary in 2021 we are aiming to make it the best festival yet! We are always in need of sponsors, donors and volunteers. If you have any skills or ideas you would like to present to us please feel free to get in touch!

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Community Partners

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Virtuoso Level
Holloway Family Trust
Virtuoso Level
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Hank & Kay Benson - Ballet Division
Recital Level
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Recital Level

Mike & Barb Canton - Reed Division

Crescendo Level

Please see News for more information on COVID-19 and how we are dealing with this year's Festival.