“Conductor and Composer Jon Washburn was presented with CMC BC’s 2019 Barbara Pentland Lifetime Achievement Award at his final concert conducting the Vancouver Chamber Choir as Music Director Friday night, May 10. My remarks in presenting the award to Jon follow:

It would be impossible to conceive of anyone on this Earth more deserving of the Canadian Music Centre’s Barbara Pentland Lifetime Achievement Award than the man standing right here beside me, Jon Washburn.

There are many reasons why that is so. One is that Jon was part of the very first Advisory Council when the BC Region of the Canadian Music Centre was established forty-one years ago. Another is that sitting across the table from Jon at that very first meeting was Barbara Pentland, in whose memory this award was established.

What’s clear is that Canada won the musical lottery fifty-four years ago on the day Jon Washburn decided to move to Canada in 1965. He is today one of the country’s leading choral Conductors and Composers; a highly respected music educator, as well as a respected Viola da gambist. He is also one of this city’s great raconteurs…”