Program Staff

Anita McAlister – Hannaford Youth Program Director

AnitaAnita McAlister received a BMUS in Performance from the University of Toronto and a MMus in Solo Performance and Literature from the University of Western Ontario.  An active freelancer in the Toronto area, Anita has an interesting and varied career performing with the Toronto Symphony, the National Ballet Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company.  Anita is a member of the Esprit Orchestra, the ARRAYMUSIC Ensemble and the Hannaford Street Silver Band, and has been a contracted member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Stratford Festival. She has toured as Principal Trumpet of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Orchestra, and performed with a number of theatre productions such as Phantom of the Opera.  As a student, Anita studied with the Canadian Brass in Banff and went on to be a member of the Great Lakes Brass Quintet, the Composers Brass, and for many years performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Brass Quintet.  As a soloist, Anita won the National Competitive Festival of Music at age 18, and has since performed as a soloist with a number of orchestras and in recital.  Anita has taught at Interprovincial Music Camp, the Scarborough Board of Education Music Camp, the Mount Allison Summer Music Program, and is on faculty at the National Music Camp of Canada.  Anita is an active adjudicator and clinician, has taught for the Royal Conservatory, was on trumpet faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University for 11 years, and is presently on Faculty at the University of Toronto, teaching trumpet, coaching chamber music and teaching music education classes.  Dedicated to the development of brass education, Anita is the Director of the Hannaford Youth Program and conducts the Junior, Community and Youth Bands.


Dylan Rook Maddix – Program Assistant

Dylan-MaddixToronto-based conductor Dylan Rook Maddix is quickly building a reputation as a conductor, performer and educator. Dylan is the founder and artistic director of the Toronto Winds, and is program assistant for the Hannaford Youth Program. He has served as assistant conductor with the Canadian Wind Orchestra 2012 & 2013 and has been guest conductor with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, Mount Allison University Symphonic Band, Mount Allison Chamber Orchestra and Bathurst Chamber Festival Orchestra.

As a trumpeter Dylan is a member of the Toronto Concert Orchestra, Vox Aeris Trio and the award-winning Weston Silver Band. A prizewinner at the 2011 & 2014 National Music Festivals, Dylan has been a featured soloist with the Prince Edward Island Symphony, Greater Moncton Chorale and Orchestra, Mount Allison University Symphonic Band and Strathgartney Chamber Orchestra. His musicality has led him to numerous festivals in Canada and the United States including the Scotia Festival of Music, Charlottetown Festival, New York City’s Festivals of Music, Indian River Music Festival, Bathurst Chamber Music Festival, Music Fest Canada and the Luminato Festival. He holds a Master of Music from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University.




Beth Brownell – Administrative Assistant


Beth Brownell is a passionate and dedicated individual who has worked for several musical and educational institutions since graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University with a B.Mus. in 2015. Always striving for excellence, she has helped many individuals achieve their educational goals and hopes to continue with passion working for both the Hannaford Youth Program as an administrative assistant and Hannaford Brass Music Publishing as a transcriber and music editor.

Along with the work she will be doing for Hannaford, Beth was recently accepted into a specialized program to further her knowledge in education at The Royal Conservatory of Music in conjunction with Ryerson University. Focusing on cognitive, language, and social skill development using music in childhood, she uses voice, flute, piano, and her strong knowledge of music theory and history to provide young children with the tools necessary to succeed in life and music long-term.




Graham Thibert – Band Manager

GrahamGraham Thibert is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto, having completed his Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance in the spring of 2015 studying under the direction of Anita McAlister.  Graham has since been building his reputation as a freelance trumpet player and teacher, based in Toronto. As a soloist, Graham has been featured with the Durham Youth Orchestra, as a finalist in the Hannaford Youth Band Rising Stars Solo Competition, and twice as a recitalist in the Christ Church Deer Park Lunchtime Chamber Music Series.  Graham has attended several summer music programs including The Centre for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale in New Hampshire, and most recently, the International Academy of Music and Dance at Domaine Forget. These opportunities have allowed him to work with renowned artists and educators, including Thomas Hooten, Gabriele Cassone, Jim Thompson, Manon Lafrance and Geoff Thompson. Graham also is currently in the early stages of forming a brass quintet!     

Along with his performing endeavours, Graham has a passion for teaching and education. Based out of Forest Hill Music Academy, Graham is building an expanding studio of young trumpet and piano students.  In partnership with his own private instruction, Graham has been on staff at the National Music Camp of Canada and has returned as a mentor and alumni to the Durham Youth Orchestra.  Graham is excited to share his energy and passion for brass playing and education as Band Manager of the Hannaford Youth Band.