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Dan Austin

Musicfest Conductor PhotoDan Austin has been teaching instrumental music for 22 years, and is currently the Band Director and Instrumental Music Teacher at GCVI in Guelph. In 2022. Dan was awarded the I. Keith Mann Outstanding Band Directors Award by Musicfest Canada and the Nationals Arts Centre ( and in 2020 he was named the inaugural winner of the Beckwith Award by the Canadian Music Centre. ( He was also recently named the new Concert Band Director at the prestigious Interprovincial Music Camp of Canada; IMC (

A graduate of York University’s Jazz Music Program, Dan has developed and built strong music programs at both the elementary and secondary levels at Twin Lakes Secondary School (SCDSB), Glenhaven Senior Public School (PDSB), Mitchell Woods Public School and GCVI (UGDSB). Dan has presented several clinics at the annual Ontario Music Educators Association conference and is a regular contributor to the Canadian Music Educators Association Journal, Ontario Music Educators Association Journal, and the Ontario District Trillium Magazine. He has also been a guest lecturer in music education classes at University of Toronto, McMaster University, and York University.

Outside of school, Dan keeps an active schedule as a vocal and instrumental performer with a variety of groups across Southern Ontario, as well as being a husband, and a father to two amazing children. Dan has been Treasurer for the Peel Intermediate Music Teacher’s Association, President and founder of the Upper Grand Elementary Music Teachers Association, Vice President of Youth In Harmony for the Ontario District, Education Coordinator for the International award winning Ontario Youth A Cappella Chorus and is currently the Western Ontario Representative and Membership Director for the Ontario Band Association. Dan is a member of the Harbourtown Sound A Cappella Men’s Chorus, The After Party a cappella quartet and released his first solo jazz album as a bass player in 2017.

Lane Osborne

Lane OsboneCaught in the cosmos somewhere between the musical galaxies of Stravinsky and The Sugarhill Gang, Lane Osborne has become a known name in the ever-changing world of dynamic choral music education in Southern Ontario. After achieving first place standing in the 2008 CBC Radio 2 National Choral Competition as a member of a small auditioned vocal ensemble at the University of Windsor where she completed a bachelor of arts in music, Lane pursued a master of arts degree. She was a recipient of the prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s J. Armand Bombardier Research Grant while studying at McMaster University, and her sponsored research on Detroit’s Motown music empire caught the eye of some of the North American entertainment industry’s key players eager to participate in her work.

In her time as a professional educator trained by OISE at the University of Toronto, Lane has been selected to adjudicate the entrance auditions for the Peel District School Board’s rigorous Regional Arts Program in music at the renowned Cawthra Park Secondary School where she also frequently taught music as an occasional teacher. As a music teacher at GCVI, Lane teaches all levels of vocal music as well as music theatre, and she directs the school’s award winning chamber choir. Lane’s ensembles have already gone on to achieve multiple gold standards and scholarships at regional music competitions for outstanding musicianship and creativity and have progressed to the Provincial Ontario Music Festival Association (OMFA) Competition and Musicfest Canada Nationals. Outside of her commitments to the UGDSB, Lane has also privately instructed voice, piano, guitar and theory and she has lent her voice to various cover bands in the Greater Toronto Area. When not performing, reading or writing about music, Lane simply enjoys life with her irreplaceable family, friends, and beloved shetland sheepdog, Annie.