Music Adjudicators – 2017

Special thank you to all for your devotion to young people!
The Kiwanis Music Festival reserves the right to substitute or appoint other adjudicators.

Senior Piano & Concertos – Dr. Michel Fournier

February 6 – February 16, 2017

Dr. Michel FournierPraised both as a soloist and a chamber player, Canadian pianist 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 di erent eras and styles. He has a special fondness for French music and has earned critical acclaim for the originality of his interpretation and his re ned sound. Dr. Michel Fournier toured extensively with worldclass musicians and ensembles; he has several Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) recordings, many albums and movie soundtracks to his credit. Highly appreciated as an educator, Michel Fournier has provided guidance to thousands of musicians, teaching master classes, coaching and adjudicating national competitions for young musicians across North America, Europe and Asia. As a teacher, many of his student are award-winners in national and international competitions (Tureck International Bach Competition, American Protégé, ousand Islands International Chopin Competition, Canadian Music Competiton, National Music Festival in Canada and others). His music studio welcomes students from around the world for artist residency. Each summer, he is invited to join the faculty of Camp Musical des Laurentides in Quebec. As a student of French pianist Yvonne Hubert, Michel completed a Master’s degree before continuing his studies in France and Austria. He also studied under legendary pianist Menahem Pressler at University of Indiana. He earned a Doctorate in Music from University of Montreal. Michel Fournier’s numerous CD’s have won public and critical acclaim all over Canada.

Intermediate Piano – Marlene Finn

February 6-16, 2017

Marlene FinnA 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 at Queen’s University in Kingston and at the Université de Montréal. A highly appreciated pedagogue, she is regularly invited to give master classes and adjudicate competitions and exams across Canada.

Many of her students have been the recipients of prestigious awards and scholarships and have been accepted in the best music schools in the United States and in Europe. Her piano teachers have included Dr. Natalie Pépin and the late Yvonne Hubert in Montreal as well as Martin Canin in New York. She has participated in numerous master classes and piano seminars in the United States and in Europe where she had the opportunity of studying with Paul Badura-Skoda, Jorg Demus, Leon Fleisher, Bela Siki and Menahem Pressler among others. Marlene has performed as a soloist, collaborative pianist and chamber musician in Canada, the United States and in Europe and has been heard on CBC and the SRC. Since 2001, she especially enjoys her collaboration with pianist and colleague Pierre-Richard Aubin. They regularly perform four-hand and two piano repertoire, including transcriptions of major orchestral works.

Junior Piano – Daisy Leung

February 6-10, February 13-16, 2017

Daisy LeungDaisy is making her mark as a gifted collaborative artist in Toronto. Her love for chamber music and accompanying is apparent in her performing, which has made her highly sought after for her energy and talents. She is also able to pass on her love of music to the next generation, as she has been teaching piano, history and theory for almost 20 years.  Along with teaching and performing, Daisy has also worked in arts administration, first as the assistant to the General Director at Music TORONTO, then as the manager of the Young Artists Performance Academy at The Royal Conservatory of Music.  For the past 15 years, she has also been the Front-of-House Manager at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. Her experience in completing a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree at the University of Toronto was a strong contributing factor in shaping her playing. After starting piano lessons at the age of five with Betty Wong and then Wolfram Linnebach in Edmonton, she moved to Toronto to complete a degree with piano pedagogue Marietta Orlov. She has also been privileged to play for many of today’s leading pianists, such as Jon Kimura Parker, Jane Coop, Marc-André Hamelin, James Parker and William Aide. In her participation with the university’s chamber music program and as a popular collaborative pianist, Daisy has also been afforded the opportunity to be coached by several other renowned performers, such as Steven Isserlis, Pamela Frank, Pinchas Zukerman, Jamie Summerville, Laurence Lesser, Sylvia Rosenburg and Jacques Israelievitch. Daisy has also completed further studies at The Banff Centre, Algonquin Summer Institute, Aria Summer Music Festival and The Scotia Festival of Music. She is a winner of numerous awards and scholarships from the Canadian Music Competition, Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival, Alberta College and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Junior Piano – Susanne Hughes

February 6 – February 16, 2017

Susanne HughesSusanne Hughes is the winner of the University of Western Ontario gold medal for high standard in performance. She received the ARCT in Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music and the A.Mus. from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music.  Susanne began her music studies at four years of age, having studied with such distinguished teachers as Katherine Horton, Boris Berlin, George Coutts and Clifford Poole. Susanne’s professional career began as a teacher on the faculty of Alma College in St. Thomas, Ontario.  Her musical activities for the past several years have been centered around her studio in Woodstock, teaching all levels of piano.  Many of her students have graduated with high honours in their Associate Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.  Susanne has been Director of Music at several churches.  She maintains an active career as a teacher, performer, adjudicator, accompanist and music consultant and appeared with a recital group at the International Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario.  Susanne brings a wealth of knowledge gained through many years of teaching.


Strings (Violin and Viola) – Sharon Lee

February 6 – February 11, 2017

Sharon LeeAptly pegged “a compact fireball” (La Scena Musicale), violinist Sharon Lee made her concerto debut at ten years old with the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra. Sharon is Concertmaster of Toronto Concert Orchestra and Bellus Barbari, as well as Guest Concertmaster with PAX Christi Chorale, Toronto Beaches Chorale, Mississauga Choral Society, Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Sneak Peek Orchestra, and Canzona Chamber Players. Devoted to music of our time, Sharon can be found backing up legends like Earth Wind and Fire, Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, and Josh Groban; working with cutting-edge contemporary ensembles including Toy Piano Composers, CONTACT, Continuum, and Tapestry; and playing original Prog Rock tunes with Dévah Quartet, who are Yamaha Artists. Sharon has performed in the world premiere of over 100 new works. Sharon’s cumulative educational efforts include providing private lessons at University of Toronto Schools, violin instructor at Axis Music, working with the TDSB/Continuum project (promoting new music and performing new creations by school children), and numerous educational workshops with Dévah Quartet including appearances as clinician at Ontario String Association, and Ontario Music Educator’s Conference.  Invited to join the studio of the late Lorand Fenyves at sixteen years old, Sharon worked closely with Professor Fenyves at the Glenn Gould School and University of Toronto. Sharon performed at the Fenyves memorial concert as his final pupil. Sharon also studied with Erika Raum and Scott St John in Toronto, and the late Ik-Hwan Bae at Indiana University.  Sharon’s recent projects include the 2016 launch of Korean Canadian Chamber Concerts, of which she is Co-Director; and the 2016 launch of Toronto Chamber Players, of which she is Artistic Director. Sharon is recipient of CBC’s Galaxie Rising Star award, and the Ontario Arts Council’s Orford String Quartet Award. Sharon is a D’Addario Canada Artist.

Strings (Violin and Viola) – Martha Gregory

February 13- 16,  2017

Martha GregoryMartha 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 Conservatory and University classes included chamber, choral and orchestral work and she enjoyed many years playing with the Rochester Youth Orchestra and the Hochstein Symphony. To help pay for all this, she worked in the offices of the schools which gave her the basis for her festival work. Martha also spent many years accompanying Suzuki classes, voice students and ballet classes. Inspired by her first voice teacher, Lois Gilbert, Martha always knew her passion was teaching. After moving to Canada, she established a private studio in Pickering, Ontario that she still maintains. She currently performs with the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra and is principal violinist with the Hamstrings of Durham Trio. She has been an active freelance performer in classical voice, music theatre, violin and piano. Martha has been involved with music festivals for the last 28 years and has been Executive Director of the Pickering GTA Music Festival for 15 years. She is in her 7th year as President of the Ontario Music Festivals Association and has enjoyed adjudicating all across Canada. Adjudicating has become her new passion and she is inspired by the performances and feedback from all of the people she has met throughout Canada. The Toronto Kiwanis Festival introduced Martha to adjudicating and she is very happy to be returning to hear many more exciting performances.

Cello & Double Bass – Samuel Bisson

February 8-9,  2017

Samuel BissonOriginally from Ottawa, cellist Samuel Bisson is quickly distinguishing himself in Canada as a versatile soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player.  Currently based in Toronto, he performs frequently in the GTA and has performed and toured across Canada, the US, Austria and China.  He has performed with the renowned Canadian piano trio, the Gryphon Trio and performs regularly as part of the Passport Due.  Samuel currently holds the position of principal cellist with the Sneak Peek Orchestra (Toronto) and the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra and has appeared as principal and section cellist with the Toronto Concert Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Brantford Symphony Orchestra, Ontario Philharmonic and L’Orchestre de la Francophonhie Canadienne.  Over the years, Samuel has had the pleasure of working with many renowned cellists including Janos Starker, Roman Borys, Hans Jorgen Jensen, Paul Katz, Anthony Elliott, Paul Marleyn and Julian Armour.  He has also had the privilege of playing with great chamber musicians and masters such as Pinchas Zuckerman, Mark Fewer, Jean Desmarias, Angela Hewitt and the St-Lawrence String Quartet. Samuel has a special interest in new and unknown music and has an ease with a broad range of musical styles.  He regularly performs premieres of new works and has been a guest of Toronto’s New Music Festival for two years.  Beyond the boundaries of classical performance, Samuel is an active studio session musician and performer/arranger in a variety of music genres.  He has been involved with projects that stylistically range from jazz and broadway to metal and electronica, and has worked and collaborated with artists such as Drake, Sarah Brightman and members of Barenaked Ladies and Our Lady Peace.  Samuel is also a compoer and has had many works performed by ensembles across the country.  He composed the score for the award-winning short film Nuit Blanche, as well as the soundtrack to the Mandarin language feature film Lovesick, released theatrically in China and Taiwan.

Cello – John Trembath

February 10,  2017

John TrembathSince graduating from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music with the LaSalle Quartet, he has performed with many orchestras across Canada including Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, National Ballet, Canadian Opera and the Hamilton Philharmonic. Mr. Trembath has taught for the TDSB and at Havergal College. He is on the faculty of the national Music Camp. Mr. Trembath plays a 1919 Romeo Antoniazzi cello.


Non-Western Strings – Elaine Choi

February 15,  2017

Elaine ChoiElaine Choi contributes to Toronto’s vibrant choral community as a conductor, educator, guest clinician and collaborative pianist. She is currently the Director of Music at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church and President Elect of Choirs Ontario. As a music educator, Elaine works as a faculty member at the National Music Camp and a guest coach at The York School. She also directs a 50-people Children’s Choir program at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. Elaine is the co-founder and co-conductor of Windago, an ensemble of wind instruments and SATB chorus, which has premiered works by Alice Ho, Stephanie Martin, Kevin Lau, Elisha Denburg and many more. Elaine’s early music studies began on the piano and violin. She is also proficient on the Erhu, a Chinese traditional instrument and is currently the Associate Conductor of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra. Elaine earned her BMus in Music Education (2008) and a MMus in Music Performance specializing in Choral Conducting (2010) at the University of Toronto. She has also earned an ATCL (1999), an AmusTCL Diploma (2001) in piano performance from the Trinity College of Music, London, and an Advanced Certificate (2000) from ABRSM, England. She is a four time recipient of the Elmer Iseler Fellowship in Choral Conducting (2008,2009, 2014, 2015) and a finalist in the Sir Ernest MacMillan Foundation Fellowship Award in Choral Conducting (2012). In 2014, Elaine began her Doctorate study in choral conducting at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt. She is currently the co-director of the University of Toronto Women’s Chorus.

Voice – Erin Bardua

February 6 – February 11, 2017

Erin BarduaSackville, NB soprano Erin Bardua is a frequent concert soloist, who has performed with the Talisker Players, Nota Bene Baroque Players, Pax Christi Chorale, the Toronto Sinfonietta, the Oshawa-Durham Chorus, the Arcady Baroque Ensemble, the St. James Cathedral Choir, Capella Intima, London Pro Musica and the Menno Singers, among others. Her oratorio repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Esther and Judas Maccabaeus, Zelenka’s Missa Omnium Sanctorum, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Vaughan Williams’ Hodie, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae solennes de confessore, Bach’s Magnificat and Passions, Saint-Säens’ Christmas Oratorio, and Vivaldi’s Gloria.  Erin is the co-founder of Essential Opera, a concert opera company performing great works in Ontario and the Atlantic. Her operatic roles with EO and other companies have included Nannetta (Verdi’s Falstaff), Antonia and Giulietta (Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann), numerous Mozart including Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) and  Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Alcina (Handel), Constanza (Haydn’s L’isola disabitata) and Elena (Gluck’s Paride ed Elena). Erin has also premiered leading roles in several new compositions, including Frankenstein by Andrew Ager, Regina by Elisha Denburg, Etiquette by Monica Pearce, and Heather: Cindy + Mindy = BFFs 4EVER by Christopher Thornborrow.   Erin provided dramatic coaching and stage direction for Mount Allison University’s Opera Workshop in the 2015-2016 season, and will be assistant directing Carmen for Halifax Summer Opera Festival in 2017. She operates a private voice studio in Sackville and is a regular festival adjudicator (2017: Toronto ON, Fredericton NB, and St John’s NF).

Boys’ Voice – Douglas Jamieson

February 13, 2017

Tenor, actor, conductor and organist Douglas Jamieson began singing at an early age in the boys’ choir of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, in St. John’s.  He was subsequently an organ scholar there, studying with Patricia Young.   Mr. Jamieson served as assistant organist at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, and as organist at Gower Street United Church, also in St. John’s.  He was also a chorister in the choir of the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, where he studied with cathedral organist, Dr. Donald F. Cook. Mr. Jamieson holds degrees in European History, Music, and Music Education. Since his youth, he has been active as a singer and actor in amateur and professional music and theatre productions. He has also been featured in many musical reviews and original works for both live performance and radio and television.  Mr. Jamieson also served for two seasons as music director of the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre “Cabaret Theatre”. Mr. Jamieson’s singing teachers include noted tenor William Neil and renowned Canadian soprano, Lois Marshall. He served for four years as the director of the Toronto Diocesan Choir Camp for Boys and has been a choirmaster and organist in a number of Toronto churches. In  1998, he succeeded Dr. Giles Bryant as organist and master of the choristers at Royal St. George’s College. Mr. Jamieson is a passionate advocate for music education, particularly choral music and the vital role of the singing boy. He has adjudicated often in Toronto and other parts of Ontario and judged in the provincial finals of music festivals in Ontario and Newfoundland. He is married and a father to two musical girls who sing too!  He is delighted to be a part of this year’s Kiwanis Music Festival of Toronto.

Music Theatre and Popular Voice – Andorlie Hillstrom

February 6 – February 14, 2017

Andorlie HillstromAndorlie, a professional singer/actress, voice teacher, a youth theatre instructor and entrepreneur, is pleased to be in Toronto to adjudicate for the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival. Andorlie is a new resident of Niagara-on-the-Lake and the founder, chair and Artistic Director of The Yellow Door Theatre Project, a new Not-for-Profit organization that will offer skill training and live theatre opportunities to youth ages 10 to 18 in the Niagara Region. Andorlie is still the owner of Class Act Performing Arts Studios and is pleased to be celebrating 22 years of providing high caliber dance, drama and musical theatre instruction in Regina. She was also the founder and Artistic Director of Do It With Class Young Peoples Theatre in Saskatchewan, and has directed over forty musicals and theatre pieces during her tenure. A professional actress and singer who performed primarily throughout Western Canada, Andorlie studied in the Bachelor of Music Performance and Drama Programs at the University of Saskatchewan, and continued scholarship studies in the Voice/Opera program at the Banff Centre of Fine Arts. Andorlie is the recipient of the 2002 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture, the 2007 Community Builder Award from the Regina and District Association for Community Living Inc. and was pleased to be recently presented with a bursary for Do It With Class Young People’s Theatre Inc. by the former Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Lynda Haverstock, in honour of his Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex. Andorlie was proud to be the artistic director of Do It With Class for twenty years and continues to work as the co-artistic director of The Golden Apple Theatre, a new professional theatre company in Regina.

Speech Arts – Alix Sideris

February 13 – February 14, 2017

Alix Sideris is a professional actor, director, writer, movement coach/facilitator and mask specialist. Alix has performed in many productions and also assisted in developing new works at The National Arts Centre, Opera Lyra, Theatre Calgary, The Great Canadian Theatre Company, The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival and The Stratford Festival, to name only a few.  Alix was a member of the National Arts Centre’s Resident Acting Company Ensemble in 2012/13. She has developed several labs for innovative and boundary-stretching movement exploration over the years. Alix recently assistant directed the CCOC’s The Hobbit and directed MoonScape (Pelee Island), The Mists of Avalon, (music video for Amphus Music), The Magic Flute, Pirates of Penzance (Opera Lyra Studio) and [boxhead] (Evolution Theatre).  Alix has been an acting/movement instructor for many institutions and have developed several labs and workshops for innovative and boundary-stretching work. Institutions include the National Arts Centre, The Stratford Festival, The Canadian Opera Company, The Randolph Academy, The Royal Conservatory of Music, The Canadian Children’s Opera Company, Young People’s Theatre, Opera Lyra, The St. Lawrence Musical Theatre Conservatory. She was also the movement dramaturg for Corpus/Pan Am Games 2015, the Curator/Industry Associate for the Magnetic North Theatre Festival 2011, a founding member of Prix Rideau Awards, and a Canadian Actor’s Equity councillor for 2 terms, and a mentor to many young artists.


Woodwinds – Peter Stoll

February 6 – February 7, 2017

Peter StollKnown for his virtuoso energy on stage as well as an easy and entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll teaches clarinet, chamber music, woodwind performance and the Business of Music at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, and is a frequent performer with orchestral and chamber ensembles in southern Ontario. Also a very popular adjudicator up to the national level, he has worked across Canada and in the United States. Peter is particularly known for his enthusiastic, positive comments and detailed suggestions to young musicians. Peter was a prizewinner in the International Clarinet Society Competition, and has been heard many times on CBC radio featured on several CD recordings and concert broadcasts. First-Prize winner in chamber music in the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals National Finals, he was invited back for the Festival’s 50th Anniversary to perform as soloist in the Gala Celebration Concert. Tours as soloist and with various ensembles have taken him across Europe, to Russia and to the United States. Recent performance highlights have included chamber concerts in Japan and on a tour of 3 Chinese cities, as well as at the International Clarinet Association’s conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 2016 Peter was featured on a recording with members of the Canadian Brass. Over the past 25 years Peter has been invited to adjudicate at over 100 local festivals across Canada. Fluent in both official languages, he has heard countless bands, orchestras, and woodwind, brass and percussion solos and ensembles coast-to-coast. Above the local level, he has judged at the finals of fifteen Provincial competitions,
and has twice been asked to serve as the woodwind adjudicator for the national finals of the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals. Peter is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s National College of Examiners, where he is the Discipline Specialist for Winds, and was the Chief Compiler of the 2014 edition of the clarinet examination syllabus. His website is

Brass – Jamie Stager

February 6, 2017

Jamie StagerJamie Stager leads a very busy career as a trombonist, pianist and educator in Toronto, Ontario. Jamie is frequently heard in concert halls, festivals and nightclubs in a wide variety of musical settings including symphony orchestras (Toronto Philharmonia), musical theatre (Shaw Festival and Soulpepper Theatre), world music (Moda Eterna, Caché), and jazz groups (Big Rude Jake, Red Hot Ramble). His performing career has taken him to festivals and concert venues throughout North America and Europe. Jamie has appeared with a diverse list of artists including the Temptations, the Four Tops, Big Sugar, Matt Dusk, Bobby Vinton, Ben Heppner, Michael Burgess, NOJO, and many others. Also a highly sought-after teacher, Jamie is on faculty at The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) and York University, as well as at several of Toronto’s performing arts schools where he teaches low brass, music theory, music history, and jazz improvisation. As a member of the RCM’s College of Examiners, Jamie adjudicates woodwind, brass, percussion and piano examinations across Canada and the United States in addition to evaluating written examinations in music theory and history. Jamie received his Master’s degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Western Ontario (studying with acclaimed trombonist Alastair Kay), and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Musicology at York University with a research interest in jazz improvisation pedagogy and phenomenology.

Guitar – Tariq Harb

February 13 – February 15, 2017

Tariq HarbWinner of both the First Prize and Audience Choice Award in the Barrios WorldWideWeb Competition 2011, First-Prize winner in the Montréal International Classical Guitar Competition 2011, and Second-Prize winner in the Tokyo 55th International Classical Guitar Competition, Tariq Harb is quickly establishing himself as one of the leading classical guitarists of his generation. Harb’s past appearances in concerts and festivals in North America, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia, are highlighted by performances in prestigious halls such as the 2000 year-old Roman Amphitheatre in Jerash, Jordan, the Bunka Kaikan concert hall in Tokyo, Japan, the world-famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Edinburgh’s International Conference Centre (TEDGlobal) in the UK, and the illustrious Cairo Opera House in Egypt. Moreover, Harb received an ‘Honorary Membership’ from the Arab Cultural Centre in Jordan, recognizing his efforts and contributions to the arts both in the Arab world and abroad. He released his debut solo album entitled “A Guitar Through the Eras” in June 2013. Harb’s engagements in 2015-2016 include notable concerts at Shanghai’s bi-annual Guitar Festival, and at the 2015 Guitar Foundation of America Convention and Competition. Born in Jordan to parents of Palestinian origin, Harb moved to Canada to commence university studies. He studied both the violin and the guitar with classical guitarists Roddy Ellias, Patrick Kearney, Jerome Ducharme, Dr. Garry Antonio, Dr. Jeffrey McFadden, and with violinists Claude Gelineau and Clemens Merkel of the Bozzini Quartet. Harb holds a Masters in Performance degree from McGill University, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University. In November 2014, Harb received the title of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto. Tariq Harb is a La Bella Strings Artist.

Harp – Kristen Theriault

February 7, 2017

Kristen TheriaultKristen Theriault has emerged as one of Canada’s most vibrant and innovative young harpists.  A versatile performer, Kristen’s artistry is evident whether exploring new music, playing with pre-eminent symphony orchestras or engaging new audiences at downtown clubs and festivals.  Originally from Portland, Oregon, Kristen completed her Bachelors of Music in harp performance with celebrated recording artist Dr. Carrol McLaughlin at the University of Arizona, and then went on to receive her Masters degree from the University of Toronto, where she studied with world-renowned harpist Judy Loman. Kristen has played at the Shaw Festival, at the 2011 Juno Awards, at MuchMusic and has been featured on numerous CBC television and radio broadcasts. She has toured throughout Europe under the Hazelwood Records label and performed with Zeena Parkins at the CalArts Theatre in L.A. and at the Dance Theatre Workshop in N.Y.C. Kristen is often found assailing many an ear and a few preconceived notions of the harp at Independent Arts Festivals, new music concerts and in local attics and basements.  Her passion for contemporary music has led her to work with such composers as Charles Wuorninen, Michael Colgrass and David Felder.  She records and tours internationally and has been featured on classical, contemporary, jazz and rock albums.

Along with maintaining a private studio for harp instruction, she also holds the post of Adjunct Instructor of Harp with the State University of New York at Buffalo.  She regularly lends her talents to classical chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras, and is currently principal harpist for the Slee Sinfonietta, the Durham Philharmonic Choir and the Peterborough Symphony.

Choirs – Susan Quinn

February 9 – February 16

Susan QuinnSusan Quinn taught music and directed the award-winning choral ensembles for nearly 30 years at Holy Heart High School in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.  Susan received her early musical education from the Sisters of Mercy and was once herself a student at Holy Heart, where her musical experiences included singing in the choir and playing in the school orchestra.  She has degrees in Music and Music Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland, with a major in violin, and a Master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Maine, and has studied conducting under artists such as Wayne Riddell, Robert Cooper, James Croft, John Haberlen and Dennis Cox.  She has presented and published with the Canadian Music Educators Association as a recognized expert in choral intonation, and is in demand across Canada as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor, and locally as a Suzuki violin instructor and vocal coach in musical theatre.  Susan is a recipient of the Award for Teaching Excellence from the Prime Minister of Canada, and the Memorial University Arts in Education Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.  Her choirs have received numerous national awards and honours at international competitions in Ireland, Wales, Austria, and France.  In May 2010, Susan conducted Vivaldi’s Gloria for MidAmerica Productions in her debut at Carnegie Hall in New York, and returned in 2014 to direct QVE in its Carnegie Hall solo debut as part of MidAmerica’s Ensemble Spotlight performance series.

Choirs – Linda Beaupré

February 6-9 & February 21-22, 2017

Linda BeaupréConductor of award-winning choirs for over 30 years, Ms. Beaupré is the founder and conductor of the Bach Children’s Chorus, which includes choristers from the age of five through university. Her choirs have won many first place awards at both the provincial and national levels of the Canadian Federation of Music Festivals, including the 2013 overall national award for Best Choir.  They have also been awarded three first prizes in the Children’s Choir category of the CBC/Radio-Canada National Competition for Amateur Choirs, most recently in 2015. The BCC has released several solo CDs, and has had many opportunities to work with Canadian composer, Stephan Moccio, including recording his song, “I Believe” for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.  Linda Beaupré maintains an active schedule as clinician and adjudicator for other choirs. She has conducted children’s choir camps, workshops and honour choirs throughout Canada, in the US and as far away as Australia and Indonesia.  Along with Jean Ashworth Bartle and Eileen Baldwin, she is co-author of a series of theory and ear-training workbooks and CDs entitled A Young Singers Journey, which are in use throughout North America and beyond.  This integrated musical literacy programme is published by Fred Bock Publishing and distributed by Hal Leonard.

Choirs – Jim Sparks

February 6 – February 16

Jim SparksJames Sparks (Jim) is adjunct professor in the UBC School of Music, lecturer in Arts Education at SFU, and director of vocal music at the Langley Fine Arts School (LFAS) in Langley BC. With an undergraduate degree in piano and voice (University of British Columbia), a Masters Degree in choral conducting (University of Arizona), and a PhD in philosophy (Simon Fraser University), Jim has continued his teaching in school, university, and community contexts for over three decades. The roles of researcher, musician/conductor, and educator have converged and influenced Jim’s singing research toward bridging gaps between research to music performance, and professional music leadership to music education. With support from the Canada Council, the Canadian Music Educators Association, the AIRS collaborative initiative and Simon Fraser University, Jim has pursued collaborative singing research with several choral leaders in the world: Alina Orraca, Havana, Cuba (Schola Cantorum Coralina); Joseph Muyale Inzai, (National Boys Choir of Kenya); renowned Ukrainian choral conductor, Anatoliy Avdievski in Kiev, Ukraine (Veriovka Choir); and Aarhus, Denmark (Aarhus Pigakor Choir). Jim is the recipient of the Profession Music Educator Award from the BC Music Educators Association, the 2009 recipient of the Willan Award from the BC Choral Federation and the 2014 Simon Fraser University President’s PhD Award. Recent international projects include conducting engagements with youth orchestras and choirs in Charente-Maritime, France (EurOrchestries Festival), lectures and conducting workshops at the Federal University of Brazil, (Sobral). Jim is in demand as an adjudicator, lecturer, and guest conductor and has continued international research and conducting engagements in Europe, Kenya, Cuba, and Brazil.

Bands – Dennis Beck

February 6 – February 16

Dennis BeckDennis Beck earned two undergraduate degrees from Western University, and completed a graduate program in conducting from the University of Calgary. In addition to teaching experience at the junior and senior high school levels, he has been a sessional lecturer in the Faculty of Education of the University of Toronto, was a conductor at Alberta College Conservatory in Edmonton for several years, and was formerly a clarinettist with the Edmonton Wind Sinfonia and the CBC’s Edmonton Wind Ensemble. Mr. Beck is active as an adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician, both in Canada and the United States, and is a member of the Canadian Festivals of Music Adjudicators’ Association.   He founded the Ontario chapter of Phi Beta Mu, the international band director’s fraternal organization, and is a member of the College Band Directors National Association.  He served as a vice-president of the Alberta Band Association, was a founding director of the Ontario Band Association and is a past- president of the OBA. For several years he was a facilitator for student leaders at the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre. His articles on music education have appeared in several professional journals, and since 2000 he has been a regular contributor to   the highly regarded series of music texts, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, published by GIA in Chicago. Recognized as an advocate for excellence in conducting, he co-founded the Unionville Wind Conductors’ Symposium at his high school in 1994. It was the first ongoing, annual conductors’ workshop in eastern Canada, and inspired other annual conducting workshops around Ontario. In 2002, his Unionville High School Wind Ensemble was honoured by the Canadian Music Educators’ Association with the Rosevear Award. In the fall of 2008, he was one of ten alumni of the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University in London, Ontario, named as the inaugural recipients of the university’s Wall of Fame honour. In 2011, the OBA recognized him with an Honourary Lifetime Membership, and also that year he was named to the Advisory Board of the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.  In 2013, he was the recipient of the Canadian Band Association’s National Band Award, joining a list of 23 other Canadian musicians who have been so honoured since 1976. For twenty years he taught music, coached soloists and chamber ensembles, and conducted bands at Unionville High School’s Arts York program, in Markham, Ontario.

Bands – Michel Fortin

February 6 – February 16
Michel FortinMichel Fortin received his Master degree in music and education from Montreal University. He has been a music teacher as well as head of the music department at Monseigneur Parent High School in Saint- Hubert, Québec, for more than 30 years. He has also been teaching music at elementary, college, and the university levels. A born organizer and a teacher with a lot of experience, he has made a name for himself in numerous musical events around Quebec and Canada. An adviser with the Ministry of Education for the music curriculum, he also worked for many years in close collaboration with University du Québec à Montréal in training future music teachers. Michel has launched the « Douance-musique » project in the Marie-Victorin School Board; he is also the founder and musical director of concert bands in the Chambly Regional, Taillon and Marie-Victorin school Boards. Several of these bands have been awarded gold medals in province of Québec and other cities around Canada and United States. What’s more, he has worked with the Montreal conservatory symphonic orchestra. For several years, he was a teacher and conductor at the world-renowned music summer camp at Domaine Forget, near Quebec City. Mr. Fortin has participated in the recording of numerous educational CD’S; he is the author of Marcha Pacifica, Scotch Cap Overture, Bob el Gato and Ariana’s dance repertoire for concert band and also « Je M’amusique,  Mélomanie, Trompettissimo,  Clarinettissimo and Saxophonissimo », a set of books and cd’s  for the teaching of music at the elementary and high school levels.  On several occasions, he has served as adjudicator and clinician at Musicfest Québec, Winnipeg Optimist band festival, Moncton music festival, Musicfest Canada, Clermont Pépin festival in St-Georges, festival des harmonies du Québec, Ottawa concert band festival, Collingwood Musicfest and many others. M.Fortin is also regularly invited as a guest conductor and clinician all around Canada.

Orchestras – Elaine McLeod

February 7 – 10 and February 13 – 15, 2017

Elaine McLeodCellist, teacher, orchestra conductor, Elaine Is a strong supporter of music education in schools. Elaine began her cello studies in high school in Winnipeg, Manitoba where the opportunity to play at school and in the Winnipeg Youth Orchestra stimulated a keen enthusiasm for orchestral playing. She studied cello and chamber music with Robert Dodson of the Vaghy Quartet and earned a Bachelor of Music from Queen’s University.
Further studies under Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi led to a Masters of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Western Ontario. For her thesis she researched the life and cello compositions of the iconic Canadian composer, Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatte. Summer studies included the National Youth Orchestra and Cello Master Classes, Chamber Orchestra and quartet sessions at the Banff School of Fine Arts and Kelso Quartet Camp. As an educator, Elaine taught privately for many years, and then through the TDSB where she ran a thriving Strings program at Runnymede Public School. In addition, she taught as a Cello Specialist and Conductor at camps and retreats. Recently retired, Elaine now enjoys conducting the orchestras of the Etobicoke Suzuki Music program, presenting workshops, retreats and Symposiums, and coaching cello and orchestra classes, playing and performing in Chamber ensembles and orchestras. A new project is the future formation of a Youth Orchestra in the Junction Triangle area of Toronto, spearheaded by a resident parent group.

Orchestras – Ed Hayes

February 7-10 & – February 13-15, 2017

Ed HayesEdward Hayes began studying the piano with his father and composed his first piece at the age of seven. He attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Eastman School of Music, studying cello with Ron Leonard and composition with Warren Benson. In Toronto, He furthered his composition studies with Sam Dolin at the Royal Conservatory. Ed was a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for seventeen years, as well as Trio da Capo and the Pro Arte Orchestra. He taught cello and bass with the Toronto District School Board for 20 years. In this capacity, he arranged hundreds of works of all genres for small student ensembles. As a result of his founding of The Four Cellists, he arranged numerous works for advanced players. Performances with his wife, cellist Marie Gélinas, in the Symphony Preludes outreach program resulted in further arrangements for cello duo and cello with percussion. Collaboration with trombonist Frank Harmantas has produced several works for trombone ensemble. Ed is currently a member of the Zephyr Piano Trio. He has performed in the Greater Toronto Philharmonic, as acting principal of the Richmond Hill Philharmonic, and in various community orchestras.