2020 ADJUDICATORS

CPAF offers invaluable self-development and performing artist growth opportunities through it's unique 3 week adjudicated 'performing arts' festival. Areas of interest include a multitude and variety of classical music, music, musical theatre, vocal and/or spoken word.

OUR VISION AT CPAFestival is to provide life-changing growth & learning opportunities to amateur performers by world-class adjudicators at an annually held Performing Arts Festival in Calgary, Alberta.

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THANK YOU 2018 Festival Adjudicators
Ann Elliott-Goldschmid, UPPER STRING
Ann Elliott-Goldschmid is the first violinist of the renowned Lafayette String Quartet, Artists in Residence at the University of Victoria.
A dedicated teacher as well as performer, Ms. Elliott’s students grace major orchestras, string quartets and graduate schools. Together with her colleagues she offers a unique style of learning based on a strong emphasis in chamber music study which serves to enhance solo and orchestral playing.
As first violinist with the Lafayette String Quartet for ...
Rick Dorfer, JUNIOR UPPER STRINGS
Dr. Rick Dorfer enjoys the great variety in his career, maintaining an active schedule as a violinist, conductor and educator. He is a violinist in the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and the Junior Orchestra conductor with the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. Rick leads a large teaching studio in South Surrey, where his students actively perform in the community. He is also a member in the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Rick is a passionate believer of ‘beautiful tone...
Carol Wong, PIANO
Pianist Carol Wong recently performed at Carnegie’s Zankel and Weill Halls, Alice Tully Hall
(New York City), the Kennedy Center and the Kreeger Museum (Washington, DC), the California Center for the Arts (San Diego), the Krannert Center (Urbana-Champaign), the Gardner Museum (Boston); and live broadcasts on WXQR in NYC, K-Mozart in Los Angeles and on NPR's Performance Today.
Also, she appeared at the Herbst Theater (San Francisco), the Lobero Theatre (Santa Barbara), the Annenberg Theater ...
Mike Stack, SPEECH & CHORAL SPEECH
Mike is a professional theatre artist, educator and adjudicator who lives in Vancouver, B.C. As an adjudicator for speech arts he has worked with many of the B.C. regional festivals, as well as adjudicating the 2017 B.C. Provincial and 2019 Alberta Provincial Festivals. His extensive theatre work with young people includes being Lead Instructor of the Teen Shakespeare Program for Carousel Theatre for Young People, a teaching artist for Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival...
Valdine Anderson, SENIOR VOCAL
“Stratospheric soprano virtuosity” – Times (London)
Canadian soprano Valdine Anderson is renowned throughout the world for an international operatic and concert career spanning over 20 years.
Valdine Anderson made her European operatic debut as the Maid in the world première of Almeida Opera's production of Powder Her Face (Thomas Adès) at the Cheltenham Festival and Almeida Theatre. She recreated this role for Opera de Nantes in France and at the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia...
Magdalena von Eccher, PIANO
Magdalena von Eccher is amongst Canada’s most respected musicians, appreciated for her genuine warmth, dedication, and artistic sensibility. Whether for her solo performances praised by Vienna Academy director Martin Hughes as some of the finest he had ever heard, for presentations as soloist and in chamber music – Hétu, Schumann, Bernstein, Rachmaninoff, Bach, Beethoven and more – at the Festival of the Sound; in collaboration with soprano, Anna- Sophie Neher at Toronto’s magnificent Four ...
Brian Mix, LOWER STRING
Brian Mix has been a freelance cellist in Vancouver since 1992, enjoying a career that encompasses nearly all aspects of music-making. He frequently performs with the Vancouver Symphony, and has also played with the CBC Radio Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, Victoria Symphony, the National Ballet, and many other professional ensembles. He has appeared as soloist with the Vancouver Philharmonic and the New Westminster Symphony Orchestras, has recorded for CBC records, film soundtracks, CDs of pop...
Elaine Dunbar, Junior VOCAL
Elaine Dunbar is a teacher and performer of music and theatre with over 30 years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Alberta; an ARCT in singing performance from the Royal Conservatory (RCM); a BFA in theatre acting from Ryerson University in Toronto; and has studied musical theatre at the Banff Centre. She is a member of the RCM College of Examiners and of the Canadian Actors' Equity Association...
Dr. Ian Hodges, GUITAR
Dr. Ian Hodges is one of Canada’s most versatile musicians, performing professionally on classical and jazz guitar and in commercial music settings. His professional career began in the 1980’s as an electric guitarist with jazz, fusion, rock, blues and country bands. Ian has performed all over Canada and the US, and is still an active performer. His academic credentials are of the highest order, a rare combination that offers students the best of real-world experience and extensive musical...
Dr. Yoana Kyurkchieva, PIANO
A native of Bulgaria and also a Canadian citizen, Yoana Kyurkchieva has enjoyed a dynamic musical career as a concert pianist, accompanist, adjudicator, and teacher. Her solo and chamber music appearances include performances throughout Bulgaria, Romania, Austria, Germany, Holland, Greece, Russia, the United States and Canada. She has participated in masterclasses under renowned pedagogues such as Bozhidar Noev, Tamara Poddubnaya, Jania Aubakirova, Lazar Berman, Boris Bloch, and Menahem ...
Alan Crane, PIANO
Alan Crane holds a Bachelor of Music (University of Western Ontario) and a Master of Music in Piano Performance (University of British Columbia). For nearly 40 years he has been teaching a full class of students ranging from young beginners to pre-professional young musicians to adults. Many of Mr. Crane’s students have gone on to pursue careers in music. In addition to being on the faculty of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music, where he recently completed a term as Chair...
Val Sherman, BAND
Val Sherman graduated in 1973 from the University of Southern California, with a degree in music education, and has been working with young instrumentalists ever since. She moved to Canada in 1975 with her husband and young family, where she started the first elementary band program in Calgary. She served on the board of directors of the Alberta Band Association, as their treasurer. In Innisfail, Val was the band director at John Wilson Elementary School, Chinook Center School, and the...
Michel Fournier, PIANO
Praised both as a soloist and a chamber player, Michel Fournier has performed with a number of orchestras and is widely appreciated for the many recitals he has given in Canada, Europe and United States. His repertoire covers a broad spectrum of piano music from different eras and styles. He has a special fondness for French music and has earned critical acclaim for the originality of his interpretation and his refined sound : "...perfect knowledge of the expressive resources of the piano, a ...
Marlene Finn, PIANO
A native of Ottawa, Marlene Finn earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance from the Université de Montréal. An active teacher, adjudicator and performer, Marlene is a faculty member at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Gatineau where she has been serving as Professor of Piano since 1986. Her duties have also included teaching music and piano literature, collaborative piano as well as coaching chamber music ensembles. Prior to her position at the Conservatoire, she has taught...
Ken Rogers, BAND
Ken Rogers taught Middle, Junior High, and High School band for 32 years, retiring in 2018 from Lethbridge Collegiate Institute where he taught Gr. 9-12 band, jazz band, and guitar. Ken has also taught low brass studio at the University of Lethbridge and currently conducts the choir at McKillop United Church in Lethbridge. He conducted the Lethbridge Community Bands for 20 years and enjoys conducting musicals, including “Titanic, the Musical”, “Les Miserables”, and “Sweeney Todd”. He has...
Bill Hamm, Musical Theatre
Bill Hamm has been the Music Director at Rosebud Theatre and Rosebud School of the Arts since 1989. He conducts choirs, teaches voice and speech classes, has acted in many plays and musicals, and has directed music for numerous shows including Cotton Patch Gospel, Man of La Mancha, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Godspell, and Fiddler on the Roof. Also, he sings with the Canadian Chamber Choir, and with Luminous Voices, a professional choir in Calgary. He also performs with a Folk/Bluegrass...
Steve Sherman, BAND
Steve Sherman graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in music education. He has been educating music students from Grade 4 to college for over 45 years. He was previously the director of the Innisfail Instrumental Music Program and Coordinator of Music for Chinooks Edge School Division, while working as a part time instructor for Red Deer College. He then accepted a full time position at Red Deer College in 2004, and worked there until his retirement in June...
Diana Wiens, PIANO
Diana Wiens was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Music studies, which began at the age of seven, included piano instruction with Dr. Lyell Gustin of Saskatoon. Upon com- pleting her Associate Degree in Piano Performance with the Royal Conservatory of Music, and graduating from the University of Saskatchewan, she taught elementary and junior high for three years before pursuing further music studies in Europe. During her five years in Germany, she studied, performed widely, and for the last...
Glen Montgomery, COMPOSITION & PIANO
Glen Montgomery has led a most diverse life musically succeeding to maintain a dynamic performing career while establishing a reputation as one of Canada's most successful teachers over the past decades. From Australia to Iceland, the USA and Russia, Montgomery has played over 30 concertos with major orchestras, collaborated with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Nina Beilina, James Campbell, Joel Quarrington, Frances Ginzer, Paul Brodie, James Somerville, John de Lancie, Jose Luis Garcia and ...
Gabriel Kastelic, CHAMBER\ORCHESTRA
A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Gabriel Kastelic began his music studies with Bill van der Sloot at an early age. As he grew older, Gabriel became very active in the Lethbridge strings community, playing in the Lethbridge Youth Strings Association orchestra program, the University of Lethbridge Conservatory Orchestra, and the Coulee Fiddlers. At the age of 12, Gabriel joined the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and remained a member of the orchestra for...
Christie Reside, Woodwind
Christie Reside has been the Principal Flute of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2004. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Ms. Reside earned her Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University as a student of Timothy Hutchins, during which time she won the position of Second Flute with the VSO at the age of 19.
Ms. Reside is a passionate chamber musician, and has been invited to participate in several international chamber music festivals, including the Spoleto Music Festival in Italy...
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WELCOME 2020 FESTIVAL ADJUDICATORS
THANK YOU 2019 Festival Adjudicators
Scott Henderson
Scott Henderson is a songwriter, producer, vocal and performance coach, artist manager, and an arts program administrator.
He founded the R&B vocal group The EarthTONES (5 top-20 hits, 2 Juno noms). Scott's funk/soul band Souls in Rhythm has toured much of Canada, won many awards for both their songwriting and live show, and opened for many prominent artists such as Common and Boyz II Men...
Carlos Foggin, School Orchestra
Music Director of the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra, Carlos' artistic leadership has been described as keenly sensitive, grand and confident, and breathtakingly musical. While not foreign to wind and choral idioms, he now works primarily in the Symphonic and Operatic genres, and seeks out opportunities to work on interdisciplinary collaborations combining some or all of: orchestra, singers, actors, dance, film, projection, and electronics.
Joel Stobbe, LOWER STRINGS
Born and raised in Prince George, BC, Joel Stobbe was active in the local music scene with music festivals and orchestras. He received his Artistic Diploma of Music Performance from the Augsburg Conservatory of Music in Germany, regularly performing as soloist and with chamber groups in Germany, France and Italy. Returning to Canada, Joel was a founding member of the Borealis String Quartet (2000-2005) touring with the quartet throughout Canada and the United States. He also ...
Diana Wiens, PIANO PLAN II
Diana Wiens was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Music studies, which began at the age of seven, included piano instruction with Dr. Lyell Gustin of Saskatoon. Upon completing her Associate Degree in Piano Performance with the Royal Conservatory of Music, and graduating from the University of Saskatchewan, she taught elementary and junior high for three years before pursuing further music studies in Europe. During her five years in Germany, she studied, performed widely and...
Elizabeth Turnbull, VOCAL
Hailed by the critics for her ‘controlled passion, acute timing and glistening presence’, Elizabeth has appeared with major orchestras and opera companies across North America, portraying ‘Lyubija’ in the European (France, Serbia and Ireland) and Canadian (Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver) tours of Svadba, as well as roles ranging from the baroque (‘Juno’ in Semele) and the romantic (‘Carmen’ in Carmen), to the modern (‘Augusta Tabor’ in the Canadian premiere of The Ballad of Baby Doe)..
Karl Harzer, Chamber & Orchestra
Canadian musician Karl Hirzer is an emerging young talent on the global stage of conductors. Since 2016, Hirzer has held the position of Resident Conductor, and then Associate Conductor with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. In the past he has acted as Assistant Conductor for the National Academy Orchestra of Canada as well as the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble. He was a Conducting Fellow at the 2017 Cortona Sessions for New Music. A diverse musician and collaborator, he has performed ...
Peter Stoll, WOODWIND
Known for his virtuoso energy on stage, creative musical arrangements Peter Stoll performs regularly in Toronto with many orchestral and chamber groups, and has toured internationally as soloist and with ensembles. Recent seasons’ solo and chamber music highlights have included a summer tour with the Swiss Piano Trio, the Toronto premiere of a new work by Alexina Louie with the Gryphon Trio, and performances for visits by world-renowned composers Kryzstof Penderecki, Chen Yi and...
Jacqueline Ryz, PIANO PLAN II
Pianist Jacqueline Ryz has over 30 years of teaching experience at all levels. After completing her studies in Winnipeg with John Melnyk Sr. and Dr. Lorne Watson, she went on to complete a Masters in Piano performance from McGill University in Montreal, studying with Charles Reiner. She has played professional concerts in Canada, the US as well as Mexico both as soloist and a collaborative artist. She is a seasoned Sr. Piano examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music and has assessed...
Roxanne McGahey, PIANO PLAN II
Roxanne McGahey hails from Ottawa, Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Music from Carleton University, and an Associate in Music from Western Ontario Conservatory of Music (now Conservatory Canada). While maintaining a busy private studio, Roxanne has traveled extensive throughout Canada as an Examiner for Conservatory for over 15 years, specializing in Online Flex Examinations. As the American Coordinator for Music for Young Children, Roxanne has conducted many teacher seminars, workshops, and...
Caroleve Thompson-Fonseka, VOCAL
Soprano Caroleve Thompson-Fonseka is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music with A.R.C.T. degrees in performance and teaching. As a performer she has sung the lead roles in 12 operas with the Toronto City Opera, including Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust, Amina in Bellini’s La Sonnambula, Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, and Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème to name a few. Appearing as soloist with Coro Giuseppe Verdi, Caroleve has performed in...
Donna Turk, FIDDLE
Donna runs a music studio with her husband in Forget, SK, having taught in Calgary prior to moving. Donna began playing the violin at the age of 4 and at 11 became a member of the world-renowned Calgary Fiddlers, where her love for fiddling began. Having studied Violin Performance at the University of Western Ontario, Donna has been teaching both fiddling and classical violin for over 25 years...
Simon MacDonald, UPPER STRINGS
Simon MacDonald is Artistic Director of both the Young Artists Collegium and the Summer Strings Academy as well as the Head of the String Department at the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM). Holding an AVCM Teacher and Performance Diploma from the VCM, a Bachelor’s degree from New England Conservatory (Boston), and a Master’s degree from the Schulich School of Music at McGill, Simon has performed at music festivals across Europe and North America and with numerous orchestras and...
Corey Hamm, PIANO PLAN I
Corey Hamm has premiered over three hundred works by composers from all over the world. Over seventy composers have written works for his duo PEP (Piano and Erhu Project) since 2012, and PEP’s CD Vol. 2 was nominated for Best Classical Recording at the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA). He is also pianist for The Nu:BC Collective and has performed Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (TPUWNBD) and his recording of it won Best Classical Recording at the 2014 WCMA...
Jacques Despres, PIANO PLAN II
Jacques C. Després has performed as a soloist with orchestras, solo recitals and collaborative work on three continents for the past four decades. Després completed his doctorate in performance at the University of Stony Brook. He holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music, a Unanimous First Prize from the Quebec Conservatory, and an Artist Diploma with High Distinction from Indiana University as a student of György Sebök. Professor of Music at the University of Alberta since...
Jamie Syer, PIANO PLAN I
Now living in Alberta, Dr. JAMIE SYER was formerly Dean of the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and Head of the Keyboard Department there. While in Victoria, he was also on faculty at the School of Music, University of Victoria. Dr. Syer completed his graduate degrees at the Yale University School of Music with Claude Frank and Ward Davenny. He has taught at Universities and Colleges in Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick.
Jamie Syer is the founder of ...
Dr. Catherine Robbins, CHORAL
Catherine Robbins is a dynamic music educator known for her work in vocal techniques and choral pedagogy, specializing in pedagogy for developing voices. She is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator at workshops and festivals for both Vocal and Choral disciplines, keeping a busy schedule as guest conductor of youth choirs across Canada. Dr. Robbins is currently Assistant Professor of Choral Studies and Music Education at the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music...
Brad Kukko, GUITAR
Known for his warm tone, big sound, and dynamic performances guitarist Brad Kukko currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Brad owns a Bachelor of Music degree from Lakehead University. Upon completion of his degree Mr. Kukko studied classical guitar with Dr. Jeffrey McFadden at the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Toronto from 1998 to 2007, winning numerous scholarships from the RCM, Toronto Kiwanis and Peel Music Festivals...
David Shefsiek, MUSICAL THEATRE
David Shefsiek has enjoyed a successful career in music and theatre for the past 30 years, and served in leadership positions on all sides of the stage, as an educator, administrator and performer. He is currently a Voice Instructor at the University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music and Director of the Southern Alberta Vocal Experience, a summer program for promising young singers aged 13-20. David received Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees of Music in vocal performance, and performed with...
William Street, BRASS & COMPOSITION
William Street is a saxophonist and has performed and lectured in Belgium, Canada, Federation of Russia, France, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine and the USA, and tours frequently with pianist Roger Admiral and the Quatuor International de Saxophones. Recent solo performances and lectures took place in San Jose, California as in well as in Bordeaux and Strasbourg, France...
William Dimmer, PERCUSSION & BAND
Bill Dimmer has been described as a “cornerstone” of Edmonton’s music scene, recognized as an Artist/Builder in Edmonton’s Arts and Culture Hall of Fame 2014. Serving an impressive 43 seasons as Principal Trumpet with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra until his retirement 2014, Bill played a seminal role in creating the ESO’s educational concert series, and was known to don eye-popping theme costumes, from green cats to aliens, introducing a generation of Edmontonians to the orchestra...
Martha Gregory, UPPER STRINGS
Martha Gregory was born in Rochester, New York where she studied violin, piano and voice at the Hochstein School of Music, The Eastman School of Music, and Roberts Wesleyan College. Her string studies involved classical and Suzuki methods. After moving to Canada in 1974, she established a private studio in Pickering, Ontario that she still maintains. Since her move to Canada, Martha has enjoyed performing, teaching and promoting Canadian music through her work with music festivals...
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THANK YOU 2018 Festival Adjudicators
Peggy Coffey, Speech & Choral Speech
Peggy Coffey began her professional career as an actor in 1977 at The Canadian Mime Theatre. Theatre credits include leading roles at: Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, CanStage, and The Grand Theatre, to name a few. She has toured and performed in regional theatres across Canada. Teaching credits include The Birmingham Conservatory Stratford Festival, Director at The Shakespeare Summer School for the Stratford Festival, Instructor at St. Clair College Musical Theatre and Performance...
Ian Parker, Sr. & Int. Piano
Canadian pianist Ian Parker has performed with many orchestras across North America including Calgary and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. His 2017/2018 concert season includes return performances with the Victoria Symphony and Vancouver Symphony as well as debuts with the Richmond Symphony and the Lake Forest Symphony. Recent and upcoming appearances include recitals presented by the North Okanagan Concerts Association, UCLA, the University of British Columbia, and collaborative performances with ...
Dan Scholz,Strings/Chamber/Orchestra
Mr. Scholz serves as the Principal Viola of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. He is an artist with the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society and the Rembrandt String Quartet. Mr. Scholz is the viola instructor at the University of Manitoba and the Canadian Mennonite University and maintains an active private studio as well. He is the Conductor of the Winnipeg Youth Symphony Orchestra the most senior of three orchestras. Mr. Scholz has performed and taught ...
Barbara Dunn-Prosser, Jr. Vocal
An active professional singer/actress, Barbara has performed as a soloist with most major symphonies and in theatres across North America. In addition to performing opposite Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the award winning film of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Barbara has spent several seasons with the Stratford Festival and the Canadian Opera Company. She’s toured North America with The Phantom of the Opera, and southern Ontario with her one-woman show, about pioneer artist and writer Anne Langton...
Joanne Hounsell, Sr. & Int. Vocal
Joanne has enjoyed a successful career in music and theatre, serving in leadership positions on all sides of the stage as an educator, producer and principle artist. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University; Master of Music from University of British Columbia in Vocal Performance and an Artist Diploma from the University of Toronto. Ms. Hounsell has performed in concerts and musical theatre in roles with major symphony and opera companies across Canada. She continued her...
Marie Baron, Musical Theatre
After training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the University of Toronto’s Opera Department, Ms. Baron began her stage career performing with the Canadian Opera Company. After transitioning to Music Theatre, she went on to star in both musicals and plays in theatres across Canada, the United States, London’s West End and on Broadway. As an educator, Ms. Baron was the Head of the Vocal Discipline in the Music Theatre-Performance Program at Sheridan College for 15 years...
Sonia Lee, Int. Piano
A performer of pianos of all periods, harpsichord, clavichord, and organ with a versatile repertoire spanning from the 16th to the 21st century, Sonia has appeared as soloist and collaborative artist at numerous festivals and venues worldwide. She has served on international competition juries as well as many regional festivals in both Canada and the United States. Dr. Lee holds advanced degrees in music from McGill University and the University of Illinois. Currently serving her second term...
Louis Trepanier, Guitar
A native of Ottawa, Louis Trépanier studied under Patrick Roux at the Conservatory of Music in Quebec. Louis has studied jazz with Canadian composer and guitarist Roddy Ellias and has performed often on CBC radio and Radio-Canada both as soloist and with the CGQ. He is a composer of music for the guitar and has adjudicated guitar competitions at the provincial, national and international levels. Trépanier is a member of the Donkin/Trépanier piano-guitar duo, with his wife Catherine Donkin...
Erica Schultz, Jr. Piano
Erica Schultz teaches all levels of piano and harp in Winnipeg Manitoba and has adjudicated throughout Manitoba and across Western Canada. Erica has been the President of the Manitoba Division of the Canadian Music Competition, and an accompanist in Master Classes for Pinchas (pronounced Pinkas) Zukerman and Itzak Perlman at the Aspen Music Festival. She has accompanied many soloists and choral ensembles, on both piano and harp, including internationally known singers...
Susanne Hughes, Int. Piano
Susanne Hughes is the winner of the University of Western Ontario gold medal for high standard in performance. She received the A.R.C.T. in Performance form the Royal Conservatory of Music and the A. Mus from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music. Susanne’s professional career began as a teacher on the faculty of Alma College in St. Thomas, Ontario. She maintains an active career as a teacher and is in demand as an adjudicator, accompanist and music consultant. Many of her students have...
Sharon Fitzsimmins, Band
Sharon Fitzsimmins is a respected educator, international adjudicator, clinician and conductor. She is past president of The Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA) and was co-editor of The Recorder for 8 years, examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music and a conductor at the National Music Camp of Canada. She has received numerous teaching, professional development and leadership awards including Teacher of the Year. In November 2006, Sharon received the highest award from the OMEA...
Rebecca Henry, Sr. Strings
Rebecca Henry holds the Scott Bendann Chair in Classical Music at The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. As chair of the Peabody Preparatory String Department for thirty years she has guided the development of one of the premier pre-college string programs in the country, teaches violin and viola and directs the Peabody Pre-Conservatory Violin Program. Ms. Henry has performed in chamber music festivals in throughout North America, performing regularly...
Mark Thompson, Woodwinds & Band
Mark Thompson is in demand throughout North America as a clinician and adjudicator, adjudicating woodwind, brass and chamber music at many festivals across Canada and the United States, including the MTNA National finals in New York City. Mark Thompson studied at The University of Toronto, Indiana University, and The Mannes College of Music in New York. Since 1996, he has been Artistic Director of Clearly Classic Concerts in Dundas, Ontario in the capacity as conductor, performer...
Yvette Rowledge, Jr. Piano
Yvette is an active adjudicator at many music Festivals throughout Western Canada and is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association and the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association. She has taught all levels of music for over 40 years and is a former faculty member of the Langley Community Music School, the Victoria Conservatory and the Douglas College Community Music School. Yvette graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria School of Music and holds ...
Janet Kuschak Jr/Int Lower Strings
Cellist Janet Kuschak, an accomplished orchestral and chamber musician, has been a tenured member of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and was a founding member of Toronto’s Esprit Orchestra. Ms. Kuschak also frequently performs on baroque cello that has led her to collaborate with various early music groups such as Spiritus Chamber Choir, Early Music Voices, Rosa Barocca and Early Music Alberta. She currently holds the position of principal cellist...
Margot Jewell, Jr. Upper Strings
Margot received her Bachelor of Music from McMaster University and her ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music. This was followed by studies in Matsumoto Japan with Shinichi Suzuki, and lessons on Baroque Violin with Jeanne Lamon and Kevin Mallon. Margot has performed with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Aradia Baroque Ensemble, Te Deum Orchestra and Opera York. She is a faculty member and director of the Hamilton Suzuki School, Etobicoke Suzuki Music, and at Suzuki institutes and...
Neil Corlett, Brass & Band
Freelance trumpet artist Neil Corlett has performed in radio, television, recording and concert settings. He was a regular member of the Tommy Banks Big Band for over 25 years. Other performance credits include the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre. Additionally, he has performed with numerous national and international recording artists. Mr. Corlett has worked extensively throughout Western Canada as a festival adjudicator...
Daniel Gervais, Fiddle
Daniel has been playing the violin since the age of five. He completed a Master of Music degree in classical performance under the supervision of Dr. Guillaume Tardif in 2014. In 2011 & 2016, he won the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championship becoming the only Albertan to hold this prestigious title to date. He has had the opportunity to perform at many prestigious events including the 2012 London Olympics, the 100th Anniversary Grey Cup in Toronto, a reception event at Carnegie Hall...
Michael Oike, Sr. Piano
Michael maintains a busy and fulfilling musical life in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He began his piano studies there with Alice Nakauchi and Sydney McInnis, and with Boris Lysenko at the Royal Conservatory of Music and University of Toronto where he was awarded the Forsythe Award as the outstanding graduating pianist. Michael also worked with the renowned pedagogue Jeaneane Dowis, covering both the solo and piano chamber repertoire at her New York City studio and twice as a...
Robert Filion, Choral Conductor
Robert Filion’s choirs are celebrated across Canada, earning top awards at the local, provincial and national level. His vocal ensembles at the École sécondaire De La Salle have won six national championships and can be regular heard on the CBC and Radio-Canada. The voice programme he heads at De La Salle has three times been designated Best Music Programme in the National Capital Region by the Kiwanis Music Festival and the CBC. A talented musician and artistic director, in 2011...
Malcolm Bell Percussion/Chamber/Comp
Malcolm Bell is a music director, educator, composer and percussionist. He directs Red Deer College’s Jazz Big Band, RDC Percussion, and jazz combos and has directed and performed numerous music styles in various ensembles, from jazz, rock and Latin bands to symphony orchestras and marching bands. His 30+ years of professional performing and recording experiences include the National Film Board of Canada, CBC Radio/TV, numerous musical theatre productions, and many jazz ensembles. In 2000...
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