FESTIVAL: AUGUST 16-18, 2019 MUSIC CAMP: AUGUST 12-16, 2019
Dean Bernier has been playing the violin since he was twelve years old. He specialized in old tyme fiddle, but holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan where he played classical violin and viola. He officially started Bernier Music in 1990 in Prince Albert and has taught students of various ages, from every western Canadian province including the USA. Dean is a multi-award winning musician, former Saskatchewan Fiddle Champion, and SCMA 2003 Humanitarian of the Year recipient. After writing the orchestra curriculum in 2003, Dean continues to teach school at Rivier Academy. He is also the founder and director/conductor of the Prince Albert String Orchestra (PASO), which has played for a variety of events in Prince Albert and the surrounding area. PASO welcomes string players of all ages, practicing once a week at the Rivier Academy auditorium. Working in several weekend bands, Dean is always willing to do studio work or freelance, whenever called upon.
Ken Olson and Friends
Ken Olson may be best known as a part of the successful bluegrass and gospel group, The Baler Strings. When the group disbanded after 12 years together, Ken formed his own band, Ken Olson & Friends. Ken is Vice-President of the Saskatoon Chapter of CGMA (Country Gospel Music Assoc) as well as the Canadian Representative for the CGMA (based in Branson, Missouri).
Ken has been involved in the Northern Lights Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Festival since its inception, and has also participated in many of the Music Camps as an instructor and one of the Slow-Pitch Jam co-ordinators. Each year, he has assisted his lifelong friend, Irvin Amundson, with the Sunday Morning Gospel portion of the festival. This year, Ken will head up the Sunday Morning Gospel segment, with help from a few friends.