ADJUDICATORS 2021

BRASS       Scott Clark
SENIOR PIANO       Edward Turgeon
SENIOR PIANO       Jenny Regehr
JUNIOR PIANO       Wendy Potter
STRINGS - SENIOR       Mary-Elizabeth Brown
STRINGS - CELLO       Susan Gagnon
STRINGS JUNIOR      Margot Jewell
GUITAR       Patrick Feely
VOCAL JUNIOR      Lisa Cosens Brillon
SPEECH ARTS & DRAMA      Peggy Coffey
SPECIAL NEEDS      Margaret Wolsley
PIPE ORGAN      Ian Sadler
PERCUSSION      Karen Pincombe
VOCAL, SENIOR & MUSICAL THEATRE       Leslie Fagan
WOODWINDS      Stan Fisher
HARP       Janice Lindskoog
UKULELE      Sharon Little
ORCHESTRAS      Catherine Clark

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BRASS - Scott Clark

Scott Clark has a long association with the Kiwanis Music Festival as a competitor, conductor, charter member of the Board of Directors and Artistic Director.

A Graduate of U.W.O., The Eastman School of Music, he is a past member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and past Winner of the National Competitive Music Festival.

Following a distinguished thirty-two year teaching career in the London area, he was appointed Music Co-ordinator for the Columbus School in Medellin, Colombia.

For eighteen years he was the director of Concert Winds then Symphonic Band at U.W.O. rising to the rank of Assistant Professor L.D. Professionally, he performed with the Concert Players Orchestra, Orchestra London, the Waterloo Symphony, and the Stratford Symphony.

He currently spends summers in Bayfield, performing with the Stratford Concert Band, and winters in Florida, lowering his golf handicap!


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SENIOR PIANO - Edward Turgeon

Edward Turgeon has performed with noted musicians of our time including Sidney Harth, James Campbell, CheeYun, David Jolley, Ivan Chan, Keith Robinson, Michael Rusinek, Michael Webster, John Dee, Ransom Wilson and Laura Gilbert. As a member of the piano duo "Duo Turgeon", with his wife Anne, Edward has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, several Russian concert tours, Asian appearances including Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, and music festivals in Kracow, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Detroit, Santa Rosa, Toronto, Montreal, Norfolk, Nassau, Minsk, Krasnoyarsk, Chisinau, Miami and Kitchener. The duo is the only Canadian piano duo to have taken first prizes and numerous additional prizes at the world’s major international duo piano competitions including the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition (Miami) and Schubert International Competition for Piano Duos (Czech Republic). Their six recordings on the Vanguard Classics, Marquis Classics, Marquis/EMI, Dranoff Foundation and ClassXdiscs labels are hailed by critics, including several "top ten" lists (CBC), "Artist of the Month" (CBC Galaxy) and high ratings from periodicals and guides such as La Scena Musicale (5 out of 5 stars), "Les Grandes Pianistes et le Piano", Wholenote Magazine, Musicweb, Soundstage, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s "Sound Advice" (5 out of 5 stars).

The Turgeons have given world premiere performances of works by Alex Pauk, Libby Larsen, Aaron Copland and John Corigliano. Noted French music critic Stephan Villemin recently named the duo as "among the top four or five world class piano duos of our time", and they have been included in the French publication "Les Grandes Pianistes et le Piano". Their performances are heard in radio broadcasts worldwide, including National Public Radio’s "Performance Today", CBC, BBC Radio, the NPR television documentary "Two Pianos – One Passion", American radio stations including MPR, WPR, WQXR, WGBH, CBC Radio I and II, Dutch Public Radio, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Turgeon was recently invited to join the international roster of Steinway artists. Turgeon appears frequently as a competition judge, most recently at the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition, the Chicago Liszt 200 International Competition, Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition (Serbia) Markham Music Festival, National Society of Arts and Letters Competition, Hamilton Kiwanis, London Kiwanis, Windsor-Essex Kiwanis, Premio Brazil International and the national finals of the Canadian Music Competition. Dr. Turgeon’s college, conservatory and university work has included Associate Professor of Music and Artist Faculty in Collaborative Arts at the HARID Conservatory, Associate Professor of Music, Director of Keyboard Studies, Director of Collaborative arts and Ensemble-in-residence at Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, School of the Arts, Boca Raton, Florida. In July 2013, Turgeon was appointed Associate Professor at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, where he serves as Chair of the Music and Visual Art Department, Keyboard Faculty Member, Artist-in-residence with his wife Anne, as a member of the piano duo, "Duo Turgeon", and Artistic Director of the Great Lakes International Summer Music Institute. Turgeon has served as senior mentor examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners since 1990.

He is a frequent clinician and presenter at conferences, including Music Teacher National Association, Florida State Music Teachers Association, World Piano Teacher Association Conferences, and the European Piano Teachers Association. Turgeon’s private, university and college students have gone on to study at well-known schools such as Eastman School, University of Miami, the Glenn Gould Professional School, and the University of Indiana (Bloomington), assume prominent positions at various colleges and universities, win awards for high marks on practical performance examinations in Canada and the USA, and prizes in international competitions such as the Washington International Piano Festival Piano Competition. Turgeon holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto along with the Forsyth Memorial Scholarship for top graduating pianist, where he studied with Mr. James Anagnoson. He pursued graduate studies at Yale University School of Music, earning a Master of Music (1993), Master of Musical Arts (1994) and Doctor of Musical Arts (2000) degrees in piano performance, along with the Philip Nelson and Catherine Winchell Memorial Scholarships to "an outstanding solo piano performance major", as well as Yale’s special prize for best chamber music ensemble. Turgeon’s piano teachers at Yale included Claude Frank, Peter Frankl and Boris Berman. Turgeon’s summer studies included a chamber music fellowship at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, masterclasses at Holland Music Sessions, chamber music studies with members of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra at the Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Festival in Weikersheim, Germany, and annual piano masterclass at the Banff Centre for Music and Sound, Banff, Alberta, Canada with Marek Jablonski. Additional private studies included Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Peter Serkin in New York City.


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SENIOR PIANO - Jenny Regehr

Jenny Regehr is well known across Canada for her solo recitals, duo and chamber music performances and Lieder collaborations. She has been widely heard in duo performances with violist Rennie Regehr and has performed with many of Canada’s leading musicians in university and concert series across the country. For many years she was the harpsichordist and pianist of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and was heard in concerto performances both with the MCO and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and regularly on national radio.

As a faculty member of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ms. Regehr was a senior piano and pedagogy instructor and for more than a decade, coordinated its piano master class program, featuring a roster of international visiting artists. This exposure to a great range of the best pedagogy, has had a profound influence on her performing and teaching. As a versatile and highly effective teacher, her studio has included those embarking on performance careers, gifted young pianists and teachers wishing to further their training as well as students who are active in other professions while avidly pursuing the piano. Her students have gone on to performing careers in major international centers and to be leading teachers in their communities. All have been inspired by her ability to tailor her teaching to their particular situation and by her wholehearted dedication.

She is beloved for the master classes and teacher workshops she has given across Canada and is highly respected as an adjudicator of festivals and competitions. Ms. Regehr is also a senior piano examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has performed and taught at summer music festivals in Canada, the United States and Europe and has been invited for a number of teaching residencies at the renowned Central Conservatory in Beijing as well as at the Shanghai Conservatory. More recently, she was on an international panel of adjudicators at the prestigious Hong Kong Schools Music Festival.

Jenny’s understanding and love of hands in the context of the piano, have inspired her to become certified as a hand reflexologist, a new endeavor in which she is already most effective.


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JUNIOR PIANO - Wendy Potter

Ms. Potter, teacher and freelance musician, holds a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Western Ontario, and a Masters Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Michigan.?? Academic positions held include Lecturer in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Michigan, and Co-ordinator of the All-State Program at the Interlochen Centre for the Arts. She has been recognized with several awards in both teaching and performing, including the Alice B. Kern Excellence in Teaching Award (University of Michigan), and the UWO Gold Medal.?? Ms. Potter has appeared regularly as an accompanist and chamber musician for recitals at the University of Toronto, the Royal Conservatory of Music and throughout the GTA.?? She has also collaborated with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra and the Toronto Wind Orchestra.?? As a member the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicator???s Association, her work as an adjudicator takes her on extensive travel throughout Canada.?? She is also an active Senior Member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Wendy is passionate about the importance of teaching and performing music by Canadian composers, and is currently the Co-Coordinator of Contemporary Showcase Toronto.


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STRINGS - SENIOR - Mary-Elizabeth Brown

Dr. Mary-Elizabeth Brown has followed parallel paths as a concert violinist and pedagogue for more than 2 decades. In addition to a rich career as a soloist and concertmaster, she is a sought-after teacher, clinician, adjudicator and speaker in Canada and abroad. Since founding the AVIVA Virtual Young Artist Program (the first web-based Suzuki program in the world) in 2012, she has touched lives around the world, taught thousands of lessons to students on five continents via webcam, piloted projects aimed at accessibility, and trained hundreds of teachers.

Mary-Elizabeth is recognized as a pioneer in the world of innovation in classical music and technology. She was the lead musician on Canada’s first federally funded project exploring 3D printed string instruments, and her work in developing effective methods for distance music education has been featured in numerous broadcasts and publications including The Strad Magazine, the Canadian Suzuki Journal, and the American String Teacher. She studied at The University of Toronto, l’Université de Montréal, DePaul University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science, is a trained Suzuki teacher and a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music's College of Examiners. She was named a Teacher of Distinction by the Royal Conservatory in 2020.


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STRINGS - CELLO - Susan Gagnon

Susan Gagnon is a registered teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, giving courses in Canada and the USA. She is also a core member of the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy for Young Artists at The Royal Conservatory of Music, teaching cellists and coaching string quartets.

Ms. Gagnon holds a Bachelor of Music degree with Honours in Performance from the University of Western Ontario. She studied with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and attended master classes at the Banff School of Fine Arts with Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot.

Susan teaches all levels and ages. She is in demand as a cello workshop and master class presenter. She is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators' Association and has adjudicated festivals across Canada.

Susan has been playing with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra since 1983. She enjoys performing chamber music and has been a member of String Quartet Panache, the Toronto Arts Trio, and the Chrysalis Piano Quartet.

Several of the quartets that Susan has coached have won Provincial Finals, CMC finals and been awarded the SOCMI scholarship to participate in events at the Banff String Quartet competition. Susan has been a regular faculty member at Music at Port Milford, an international summer music camp that teaches chamber music to teens, since 1995.

Susan Gagnon has been an examiner for the RCM since 1995, compiled the 1995, 2007 and 2013 Cello Syllabi as well as the 2013 repertoire books for the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. Ms. Gagnon is also a Certified Teacher with the RCM Teacher Certification program.

She has been on the faculty at Suzuki Institutes across Canada and throughout the US, teaching both teachers and students. Susan was Chamber Music coordinator for the 2014 Suzuki Association of the Americas Bi-annual conference and is currently cello coordinator for the 2020 conference. She was formerly the Chair of the Suzuki Association of Ontario. Susan is also one of the coordinators of the RCM Suzuki program.


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STRINGS JUNIOR - Margot Jewell

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 many groups in the Greater Toronto area including Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Aradia Baroque Ensemble, Te Deum Orchestra and Opera York She has enjoyed working with young people and their families as a founder, faculty member and director of the Hamilton Suzuki School, Etobicoke Suzuki Music, and at Suzuki institutes and music camps across Canada. As a registered Suzuki Teacher Trainer she also enjoys fostering the next generation of Suzuki teachers. Margot has enjoyed adjudicating at music festivals from Prince Edward Island to the Yukon. An examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, she is presently the string specialist, involved in the training and development of examiners.


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GUITAR - Patrick Feely

Patrick Feely is a faculty member at McMaster University, teaches large guitar courses at the University of Western Ontario. His students have been accepted into Graduate and Undergraduate programs across Canada and Europe. He is a guitar specialist at the Royal Conservatory of Music where he assesses guitar candidates across Canada and the US. He holds Guitar Performance and Guitar Pedagogy Degrees (ARCT) from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Patrick has been published in the OMEA journal The Recorder, and in Serenade - India’s only classical music magazine. This past season he presented his research at the Advancing Music Education through Assessment at the University of Florida and the Symposium on Research in Music Education at the Arizona State University. Patrick is a PhD Music Education student at the University of Western Ontario. His research interests include self-regulated learning, expertise, and guitar pedagogy.

 


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VOCAL JUNIOR - Lisa Cosens Brillon

Lisa Cosens Brillon began singing professionally on the national television show, CBC Hymn Sing and thereafter earned a Bachelor and two Master degrees from the Universities of Manitoba and Arizona.  Lisa began doctoral studies at the University of Cincinnati and studied in NYC with the Assistant Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and at the Mannes College of Music.  For close to seven years Lisa sang with the Toronto production of "The Phantom of the Opera".  She has performed in concert, musicals and on the opera stage across North America.  Ms. Brillon has an established music studio in her Queenston home and has also founded many successful musical organizations in Niagara region including choirs and a music festival. Ms. Brillon travels across Canada adjudicating singers in music festivals as well as being an examiner for the RCM.  She is the current President of OMFA and is the host/organizer for the Provincial Music Festival held in Niagara this coming June. Ms. Brillon is proud to educate singers of all ages in the art of singing.


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SPEECH ARTS & DRAMA - Peggy Coffey

Theatre credits include leading roles at:  Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, CanStage, The Grand Theatre, Blyth Festival, Lighthouse Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Blue Water Festival, Factory Lab, Youththeatre Montreal, National Arts Centre.   Teaching credits: Director/Shakespeare Summer School Stratford Festival, Instructor/ St. Clair College Musical Theatre and Performance, Sheridan College Performance Prep Program.  Peggy received her Certificate of Completion in Chekhov Technique in 2011 in Boston. Peggy is a founding member of Alternative Theatre Works and Springworks Indie Theatre and Arts Festival.  She is the recipient of 3 Guthrie Awards from the Stratford Festival, and was honoured to be named Woman of the Year in Arts in Culture in her community 2012.  Recent directing credits include The Seagull with The Chekhov Collective.

Peggy has adjudicated for:  Alberta Provincial Finals, Alberta Kiwanis, Stratford Kiwanis, Ontario Provincial Finals, Stratford Festival Teaching Intensives, and for the Sears Drama Festival. 
Peggy is thrilled to be invited to adjudicate at the London Kiwanis Music Festival.

 


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SPECIAL NEEDS - Margaret_Wolsley

Marg began her teaching career in Oxford County teaching music in Tillsonburg at Glendale High School before moving to Woodstock as music department head at College Avenue Secondary School. It was at College Avenue S.S. that Marg began to advocate for music education as a regular part of the developmental education curriculum. In 2000, Marg came to Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in London, primarily to be closer for her daughter, Megan. During her 17 years at Laurier, Marg came to love Laurier S. S. and in particular, the music program. She had the pleasure as music department head, in leading a large and vibrant department in the business of nurturing lives through music.

Marg's greatest pleasure has come through her teaching of developmental music education. She is pleased that the Kiwanis Festival now has opportunities for individuals of all abilities to display their musical skills for knowledgeable adjudicators and those who support them. In retirement, Marg is thrilled to be working with El Sistema South London to provide music education for very special children.

 


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PIPE ORGAN - Ian Sadler

Ian, a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, is the Director of Music and Organist at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, ON, conductor of the Stratford Concert Choir and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cathedral Singers of Ontario. He started his music career as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, UK with further education at The King’s School, Canterbury, Bristol University, London University, UK, and Trinity College of Music. He was an Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Cathedral, UK.

Ian moved to Toronto, Canada, in 1980, where he was the Director of Music at Grace Church and Choral Director at Upper Canada College. Ian has been the organist in residence at St. James Cathedral in Toronto. Ian has had an extensive career as a recitalist in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, France, Austria, Australia, the USA and the UK. He has shared the concert platform with Maureen Forester, Michael Burgess, Measha Bruggerosman and Michael Schade; he has been the organ soloist with many international conductors including Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, Sir Andrew Davis, Simon Streatfield and many others. He represented Canada as the organist for the United Nations 50th Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco. Ian has played the inaugural recital for major pipe organs including Jack Singer Hall (Calgary, 1986), Roy Thomson Hall (Toronto, 1982) and the Winnipeg Centre (2002). He was Adjunct Professor of Music at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, for 8 years.

Ian has 8 solo organ CDs and 35 choral CD recordings on current release. He won a Juno award for a gospel music CD performed by his Burlington Chamber Choir, Pro Musica and Canadian soloist Deborah Klassen. He won first prize at the Syracuse International Organ Playing Competition in 1986. Before moving to Canada, his last engagement in the UK was to play the organ in the movie “Chariots of Fire”. He was the first Canadian juror at the International Liszt Organ Playing Competition held in Budapest, Hungary.


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PERCUSSION - Karen Pincombe

Karen Pincombe (BMusEd; BAEd; MMusPerf) is a newly retired music teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board. Karen is in demand as a clinician, teacher, mentor and workshop leader as well as writing curriculum documents for elementary wind and percussion programs. She has worked as a professional percussionist for over 35 years with Orchestra London (now London Symphonia) as well as various orchestras and ensembles in Southwestern Ontario. Karen has taught music at the pre-school, elementary, secondary and university where she instructed percussion majors and coached percussion ensembles at the University of Windsor and the University of Western Ontario. She is also the founder and artistic director of Arts 4 All Kids, an outreach program for underserved youth in the London Area, now celebrating it’s 31st year. Karen lives in London with her pianist/arranger husband, Brian Ratcliffe, daughter Emma and family cat, Marmalade.


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VOCAL, SENIOR & MUSICAL THEATRE - Leslie Fagan

Reviewing Leslie Fagan's New York appearances, Opera News names her performance of the Poulenc Gloria as " one of the most memorable performances of the season," and the New York Times noted the soprano's "transcendent moments" in Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall. In demand for concert appearances from North America to Europe and Asia, Ms. Fagan's engagements include Mahler's Symphony No. 2; a Stravinsky and Debussy concert with The Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine in France; Bach's Das Weinachtsoratorium BWV 248 in Stuttgart, Germany; Handel's Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall in England and with Tafelmusik Orchestra and Choir in Canada. She has performed with such conductors as Sir David Willcocks, Boris Brott, Jukke-Pekke Saraste, Elmer Iseler, Kent Tritle and Daniel Lipton . Her recent engagements include concerts in New York, Spain, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.

Leslie is co-founder of the Canadian Art Song Project, whose mandate is to champion the legacy of Canadian song. The first two CD’s in the series, "Thread of Winter" and "Halibut Cheeks and other Love Songs" have been received with rave reviews. www.canadianartsong.ca

Leslie is an Assistant Professor and Co-ordinator of Voice at Wilfrid Laurier University. In 2018, Leslie was appointed to The Order of Ontario. www.lesliefagan.com


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WOODWINDS - Stan Fisher

Dr. Fisher was designated Professor Emeritus at the 2011 May Convocation…The first time in the 84 year history of The Acadia University School of Music.

Dr. Fisher has been recognized internationally as a clarinet soloist and chamber music player. The American Record Guide calls his CD "Images" a "superb recording" and placed it on its’ "Critics Choice" list. The "International Clarinet" magazine states "solid and gorgeous, remarkable playing … I wholeheartedly recommend this recording". Audiences in Canada have heard him frequently on both English and French radio networks of CBC and on Television. Specializing in music with strings he has performed with the Orford Quartet (Toronto), The Shostakovitch Quartet (of Moscow), The Cassatt Quartet (of New York), the Franciscan Quartet (Banff Competition winners), The Minneapolis Artist Ensemble and the Penderecki, LeBlanc, Emily Carr, Blue Engine, and Brunswick Quartets.

Dr. Fisher enjoys an active and multifaceted career as a musician. Performances as a clarinetist and conductor, have taken him to Quebec City, Frankfurt, London, Holland, Budapest, Oxford, Vienna, Czech Republic, Calgary, the International Clarinet Conference in Vancouver and the Victoria Summer Chamber Music Festival etc. Dr. Fisher is a Yamaha performing artist for North America and conducts clinics for this corporation at the National Musicfest and at numerous locations across the country. Frequently invited by many universities, Dr. Fisher has given master-classes at McGill University, The Montreal Conservatory, The Liszt Academy, Arizona State and Brandon Universities, The Universities of Alberta, British Columbia, Victoria, Calgary, Toronto and Manitoba. Adjudicating regularly takes Professor Fisher from coast to coast in Canada. He has adjudicated the Hong Kong Festival 5 times, the National Music Festival twice, in Edmonton and Waterloo, and the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition, (Quebec, 2016).

A full professor at Acadia University, where he is the recipient of the award for excellence in teaching Dr. Fisher recently directed a special chamber music project showcasing Acadia students. The performance quality of this project occurring at such a small University, impressed a critic based in New York. A very favourable review was written up in a prestigious international publication thus recognizing Acadia as a "center of musical excellence".

Dr. Fisher was inducted into The Canadian Who’s Who in 1995. His CD, Images from the Czech Republic (Stan Fisher conducting the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic in Brahms Second Symphony and Dvorak Symphonic Variations) made it to the penultimate round in three different categories in the prestigious Grammy nomination process.

A decade long project which he conceived, directed, and completed, culminated in a national CBC TV production (Adrienne Clarkson Presents), a special Arts National CBC Radio broadcast, a European concert as soloist with the Orford String Quartet before the Royal Family of the Netherlands (Het Loo Palace) , commissioning of a new Canadian Piece, and nationwide distribution of a teaching package. He raised in excess of $300,000.00 for this project, entered into a joint venture with Primedia Productions of Toronto and became an executive producer of this TV program.


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HARP - Janice Lindskoog

Janice Lindskoog began her musical studies on piano and harp in Edmonton, Alberta with Isobel Moore Rolston. She later became a student of Judy Loman at the University of Toronto, where she completed the Bachelor of Music degree program. Sponsored by the Canada Council, she spent two consecutive summers at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine, working with Alice Chalifoux. Ms. Lindskoog currently lives in Toronto, where she enjoys a busy freelance career. As an orchestral musician she has performed coast to coast in Canada including long associations with the Toronto Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Solo performances include appearances with the Canadian Chamber Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and chamber music and new music recitals in Vancouver and Toronto. Since 2006 she has enjoyed performing with the Charlottetown Music Festival, covering a variety of shows including Anne of Green Gables.

Ms. Lindskoog teaches both piano and harp students, and has participated in the Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education offered by the Royal Conservatory of Music in partnership with Ryerson University. She has adjudicated for the Kiwanis Festival in Toronto, Guelph and Ottawa, and often participates on juries at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, and the Glenn Gould School in the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Ms. Lindskoog works with Axis Music in Toronto to provide music education for at-risk youth living in community housing.


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UKULELE - Sharon Little

Sharon Little is a multi-instrumentalist, both classically trained and self- taught, first on piano with Antonia Mazán, then branching out into woodwinds, strings, guitar, hand drums and percussion. She played with the Peterborough Symphony, Woodstock Strings, and sang with the Fanshawe Symphonic Chorus under Gerald Fagan.

Sharon taught in the elementary panel for fifteen years. After leaving the classroom, she taught privately, with several of her students heading to music programs in Ontario and Quebec. She directed the West Elgin Community Band and founded and directed the TrebleMakers Women’s Choir. She was the Staff Coordinator at National Music Camp for more than thirty years. One of five Canadian grads of Music for People’s Musicianship and Leadership Program (2000), she trained directly with Grammy award-winner, cellist, David Darling. She continues to help children and adults find and love their voice, make music from the inside, develop deep listening skills and use music as a positive skill for life expression.

 


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ORCHESTRAS - Catherine Clark

Catherine Clark graduated from UWO with an Honour Bachelor Degree in Music Education and a Bachelor of Education degree. She began violin in Grade 9 in the London school system. She later became a violinist in the London Youth Symphony and a scholarship winner to the Orford String Quartet Camp. At UWO she studied violin with Dr. R. Skelton and Gwen Thompson.

Her 32 year long career as a music educator with the Thames Valley District School Board included both vocal and string instruction at the elementary level. During her career, she also pursued her education in the Suzuki method and subsequently developed her own successful Suzuki program. Upon retirement from the Thames Valley Board, she accepted a teaching position with the Columbus International School in Medellin, Colombia. She is a strong believer in music education for every child.

In retirement, she enjoys playing with her granddaughters, travelling and playing golf!

As a frequent participant and supporter of the London Kiwanis Music Festival, she is looking forward to adjudicating in this year’s festival.