Tessa MacLean is a PhD student in Educational Studies at McGill University. Her research investigates intersections between instrumental music education, democratic theory, and educational philosophy. Tessa completed her B.Mus. and B.Ed. at the University of Ottawa, specializing in secondary instrumental music education. She also holds a M.Mus. in musicology from McGill University. Prior to moving to Montreal, Tessa taught music and social science in the OCDSB, including in Merivale High School’s first-rate arts department.
Tessa studied conducting with several prominent conductors including Drs. Mark Hopkins, David Currie, Mark Davis Scatterday, Gillian MacKay, and Prof. Alain Cazes. She has previously taught Instrumental Conducting at McGill University and will be teaching Methods in Music Education at McGill this winter. Tessa is committed to nurturing democratic citizenship and responsive musicianship in her ensembles and classrooms.
Tessa is privileged to have been involved with the Ottawa and Montreal New Horizons Band programs for the past 12 years. She is currently the president and co-director general of the MNHB and is absolutely thrilled to be returning to make music virtually with the ONHB!