Zane N. Zalis


University of Manitoba

Completing M. Ed. (Music – Arts Based Research)                           Present
Pre-Masters in Education (Music)                                                           1983
Bachelor of Education (Music & History)                                             1980



  • Prime Ministers Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

  • Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for the Advancement of Inter-Religious Understanding

  • Canadian Interfaith Leadership Award

  • Composer laureate: St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba

  • Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal

  • Awarded Special Grant (composing) Jewish Foundation of Manitoba

  • Invited to become a member (composer) of the prestigious BMI Musical Theatre Workshops  New York (1994)

  • Awarded Manitoba Film and Sound grant

  • SOCAN member



Miles Macdonell Collegiate — 1980 – Present

  • Music Director and founder of the music production/composition program, MightyMac recording studio, Prodigy (vocal ensemble) and Choir. Director of Bands and guitar from 1980 – 1990s. Developed program from original 14 students to present day 300-400 students.

  • Pioneered the development of music technology in schools (national)
    1980 – present

  • Beta tested music software for education.
    First in Canada.

  • Among the first of all recording studios in Canada to use various software and hardware tools.
    Students have consistently been given cutting edge opportunities to create music.

  • Professional CD releases of music created at Miles Macdonell
    Received notable public recognition and significant radio play

  • Numerous students given the opportunity to interact and work with world class musical artists (guests of our program)

  • Teacher of many successful students in all aspects of the music industry, from Broadway, recording contracts, touring, studio production, Grammy nominated projects, music education and music professor.

  • Presented provincial clinic on creativity and the language of music / composing as part of the Juno celebrations.

  • Workshop for teachers on Notion software and creative usage.

Canadian Mennonite University

  • Sessional-Director and founder
    Jazz Ensemble

Concord College

  • Sessional-founder / director
    Contemporary Ensemble

Guest Lecturer / Presenter

  • Brandon University School of Music

  • City of New Orleans Public Schools
    Music improvisation.

  • Speaker at Steinberg Canada Toronto

  • University of Winnipeg

  • University of Manitoba

  • Toronto – St. James Church (HEW)

  • APME – Minneapolis
    New methods in teaching for creativity and songwriting / composing.

  • MIMF (Austria)
    Developing creativity / critical thinking




  • Composer / lyricist of I BELIEVE — modern oratorio about humanity as experienced through the lives of two young people living through the Holocaust
    World Premiere — Winnipeg, Manitoba  //  May 21, 2009. Sold out.
    Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Conductor – Alexander Mickelthwate, 200+ performers on stage, Orch., Adult Chorus, Children’s Chorus, Soloists and Narrator. 

  • I Believe – U.S. Premiere New York  //  Nov. 9, 2014. Sold out.
    Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall. More Info.

  • I Believe – Stuttgart, Germany – European Premiere  //  November 9 & 10, 2013. Sold out.
    Klaus Breuninger – conductor,  Kelsey Cowie (Winnipeg), Marko Zeiler (Austria), Jean-Pierre Oullet, Solitude Chor, Sinfonieorchester der Universistat Hohenheim. More Info.

  • “I Believe” – Toronto performance  //  Oct. 25, 2011.  Sold out.
    Roy Thomson Hall. Conductor – Maestro Roberto Paternostro, Music Director – Israel Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Choir – Robert Cooper, U of T (McMillan singers) – Hilary Apfelstadt , Hamilton Children’s Choir – Zimfira Poloz, Kelsey Cowie (Winnipeg), Marko Zeiler (Austria), Marc Devigne (Toronto) More Info.

  • Guest speaker and performer Re: I Believe / music / education / human rights. Toronto
    2011 & 2012.

  • Guest performer at Freedom Day 2012 Toronto
    Excerpts from I Believe. Over 4000 students and general public in attendance.

  • Invited as guest presenter for Holocaust Education Week\
    Toronto, November 2012

  • I Believe – Director / Conductor – performance at the Murau International Music Festival (Austria)
    August 2009

  • Guest presenter – International Holocaust Conference Yad Vashem (Jerusalem)
    July 2008

  • Orchestral arranger for Nathan (Juno Award winning band)

  • Choir Director for Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra & North American premiere of Lord of the Rings.
    MTS Centre

  • CBC first call commercial writer and producer, national and provincial award winning work.

  • Co-Founder and Festival Director – Murau Summer Music Festival (Austria) endorsed by the Canadian Embassy (Vienna)
    2006 – present

  • Composer and conductor with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
    2005, 2006, 2007

  • Executive producer, producer and arranger of the 60th Anniversary D-Day national recording project entitled REMEMBER involving artists from across the country: Denzal Sinclaire – Juno nominee, Terry Kelly – 6 time ECMA winner, Matt Andersen – ECMA nominee
    Recorded in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, and Summerside, Prince Edward Island.
    REMEMBER CD was purchased by the Manitoba and British Columbia governments as a resource to the curriculum guides (2200 copies)

  • Music Director for Rainbow Stage – Crazy for You, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Singin’ in the Rain, 42nd Street, and BIG.

  • Former Board member– Rainbow Stage
    Chair of Production

  • Former Board Member – Virtuosi Concerts

  • Producer and arranger for Rainbow Stage 50th anniversary album
    Guest performers include: Len Cariou, Jeremy Kushnier, Jayne Paterson, Richard Hurst, Jeff Goldblum, Kevin McIntyre, Stan Lesk, Debbie Maslowsky and many others.

  • Radio and television performances with CBC (national broadcasts)

  • Hundreds of performances in support of our Manitoba communities and special events.

  • Composer and Music Director for the opening of the Gala Concert for Queen Elizabeth II 50th anniversary
    Live attendance 50,000 people; broadcast on the CBC National News.

  • Assisted in Curriculum development for the Province of Manitoba




  • Published in Steinberg International Newsletter – Music Production Overview
    Critical analysis and reflection about acquiring the language of music in an educational setting.