ADJUDICATORS 2019

BANDS / BRASS       Dennis Carpenter
BANDS / WOODWINDS       Mark Thompson
CHOIR - ELEMENTARY       Lisa Timney
CHOIR - SECONDARY       Linda Beaupre
PIANO JUNIOR       Susanne Hughes
PIANO SENIOR       Gregory Butler
PIANO SENIOR       Michel Fournier
PIPE ORGAN      Gregg Redner
SPEECH ARTS & DRAMA      Astrid Russell
ORCHESTRAS       Elaine McLeod
STRINGS - CELLO       Wolf Tormann
STRINGS - GUITAR & UKULELE      Brent Crawford
STRINGS - HARP       Alyssa Michalsky
STRINGS JUNIOR      George Cleland
STRINGS SENIOR      Katharine Rapoport
VOICE - JUNIOR & MUSICAL THEATRE     Christina Stelmacovich
VOICE SENIOR     Kimberly Barber
SPECIAL NEEDS      To Be Announced

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BANDS / BRASS - Dennis Carpenter

Dennis Carpenter taught in elementary and secondary schools in Scarborough and Toronto. For a number of years, Mr. Carpenter conducted the All Scarborough High Schools Wind Symphony and he chaired the Scarborough Board of Education Music Festival. During these years, school concert bands under his direction, were distinguished by many awards.

His bands had the honour to commission and premiere compositions by renowned composers. One of these commissions, “Silent Voices” by David Shaffer was proudly dedicated to the “Sea of Pink” heroes of Central Kings Rural High School in Nova Scotia. These courageous Canadian anti-bullying heroes are David Shepherd and Travis Price.

In 2008, Mr. Carpenter received the Keith Mann Award at MusicFest Canada Nationals as the outstanding band director in the country. Mr. Carpenter is a graduate of the Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario and the Western Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Carpenter is currently the Head Adjudicator for Music Alive in York Region. He is also active as a band clinician, guest conductor, professional piano player and adjudicator.


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BANDS / WOODWINDS - Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson is a passionate music educator dedicated to promoting growth in individual artistic endeavours. Achieving communication with performers and facilitating artistic growth in the individual are his lifelong goals. He is in demand throughout North America as a clinician and adjudicator, including the Glenn Gould Professional School.He has adjudicated woodwind,brass and chamber music at many festivals across Canada and the United States, including provincial finals in Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and British Columbia as well as the MTNA National finals in New York City. He has adjudicated over 75 music festivals the past 11 years.

Mark Thompson studied at The University of Toronto, Indiana University, and The Mannes College of Music in New York. In 1994, he became the first Canadian clarinetist to win first prize in the Artists' International Competition subsequently giving his New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Since then, he has enjoyed a diverse musical career spanning from recording for the CBC and BBC to being heard on various jingles and the Disney Channel. Since 1996, he has been Artistic Director of Clearly Classic Concerts in Dundas, Ontario in the capacity as conductor,performer and developer of numerous projects,including Nimmons 'n Braid, and Marjan Mozetichs' 'Angels in Flight'. The Clearly Classic Education programs that he founded have brought classical and jazz music to hundreds of children in the Greater Toronto area.He created one of the first joint music and art programs in the Toronto area recently.

He has performed with many of Canada's orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony and has performed and toured with internationally known ensembles Quartetto Gelato and The Penderecki String Quartet. He has performed at the Arizona Music Festival and also performed as soloist with the Sioux City Iowa Symphony with conductor Ryan Haskins. His CD release 'Blue Skies' with pianist Susan Lee has been heard extensively on CBC and National Public Radio. As a teacher several of his students have become RCM Gold medal winners. As senior examiner for the Royal Conservatory he has been involved in conducting evaluations in both Canada and the United States. He has also served as a mentor to apprentice examiners. Recently he mentored apprentices and conducted evaluations in Los Angeles.


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CHOIR - ELEMENTARY - Lisa Timney

Lisa is a graduate of the University Of Toronto Faculty Of Music where she received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and her Operatic Diploma. Over the years she has been a featured soloist with many symphonies and orchestras across Canada, including the Canadian Opera Company and The Stratford Festival Company.

Lisa is also a well known voice and choral adjudicator in Canada and the United States. She is a regular clinician for Music Festivals adjudicating solo voice, choirs and ensembles.

Lisa was a professor at Humber College in Toronto for sixteen years where she taught voice, vocal jazz ensembles, and performance classes in their Jazz Program. She was also an adjunct music faculty member at Redeemer University teaching voice, voice classes and a vocal jazz ensemble. She has been teaching voice for over thirty years and also has a private voice studio in in Brampton Ontario.

Lisa's charismatic personality combined with her love and enthusiasm for choral and vocal music is infectious and it brings out the best in everyone she works with.


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CHOIR - SECONDARY - Linda Beaupre

Conductor of award-winning choirs for many years, Ms. Beaupre was founder and conductor of the Bach Children’s Chorus (BCC) for 30 years. She also conducted Guelph Youth Singers, another multi-level organization, for its first 25 years. Her choirs, which have included choristers from the age of five through university, have won many first place awards at both the provincial and national levels of the Canadian Federation of Music Festivals, including receiving the overall national award for Best Choir in both 2013 and 2017. BCC has 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. Her choirs have released several solo CDs and have had many opportunities to work with Canadian composer Stephan Moccio, including recording his song, “I Believe” for the Vancouver Olympics.

Linda Beaupré maintains an active schedule as clinician and adjudicator for 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 an integrated literacy and ear training programme titled A Young Singer’s Journey, published by Fred Bock Publishing and distributed by Hal Leonard. Workbooks and other materials from A Young Singer’s Journey are currently in use throughout North America and beyond.


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PIANO JUNIOR - Susanne Hughes

Susanne 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.


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PIANO SENIOR - Gregory Butler

Gregory Butler from Belleville, Ontario, began his piano studies at the age of five with Leona Riggs and at ten joined the studio of renowned Toronto pedagogue, Mona Bates. Following high school, Butler attended the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester from which he graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature. While there, he studied with Jose chaniz and Eugene List. His doctoral dissertation explores the Five Piano Sonatas of Canadian composer, Harry Somers.

Butler's playing, which has won him many Canada Council Grants and numerous Canadian and American competitions, has taken him to every major city in Canada and many in the United States, including an appearance at the White House. Of significance, were successful debut recitals in Carnegie Recital Hall, New York and Wigmore Hall, London, England. These concerts presented the American and British premieres of Harry Somers Third Piano Sonata.

Throughout his performing career Gregory Butler has been dedicated to the performance of Canadian piano literature, always including representative works in his solo concerts. His 1988 recording of the Complete Solo Piano Music of Court Stone is but a small reflection of this commitment.

Dr. Butler's students continue this legacy in the study and performance of Canadian piano literature. Moreover, a number have distinguished themselves in local, provincial and national competitions and performances throughout the world. Many of his students have gone on to distinguished schools of music like Juilliard, Mannes, Manhattan, Eastman, Indiana, Illinois and Ann Arbor and a number of former students hold significant teaching positions at recognized institutions across North America. In 1998, Butler's dedication to teaching, his students and their accomplishments were recognized in his being granted the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association Special Teacher's Award for Excellence in Musical Achievement. In 2003, Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario awarded Dr. Butler its highest academic tribute, an honorary diploma in Applied Arts and Technology, "in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the teaching profession and excellence of musical achievement."

Over the last twenty-five years, Gregory Butler has performed many duo-piano recitals with esteemed organist, friend and colleague, David Palmer. In their latest collaboration, the first to involve organ and piano, the critic declared them a "dynamic duo and Butler a master pianist. Butler and Palmer Shine, continued the commentary with such incredible talent, such simple beauty. In June, 2008, David Palmer and Gregory Butler released their first CD of organ and piano works, Double Exposure.

In a recent appearance with orchestra, the reviewer wrote, Guest pianist Gregory Butler captured every ear and heart with his slow and seductive playing of the very familiar Warsaw Concerto. Beautifully presented, it was filled with opportunities for Butler to display his virtuosity. The audience was spellbound as his hands moved effortlessly up and down the keyboard. Butler returned later in the program to play Franz Liszt's Hungarian Fantasy with another spectacular display of his formidable talent."

His performances of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto in 2005 were hailed as a triumph, marked by unhurried and solid technique...gorgeous subtlety in the middle movement adagio. Wow exclaimed another critic, an incredible concert. I felt honoured to be in attendance. Still another wrote, What a blast of Beethoven it was in keeping with Butler's own performance hallmarks of passion and perfection. Following a recent solo recital, the critic observed, From our reverie, Butler awoke us with Rhapsody No. 10 by Liszt. Just when you thought more energy and passion couldn't pour forth from one man and one instrument, it did.

Passion and Pianissimo typify a Butler concert. Such is the consistent view of his extremely communicative abilities and emotionally charged performances. The quintessential Greg Butler is an artist who as a pedagogue, adjudicator, soloist, chamber musician and duo pianist has established himself as one of the most diversified talents of his generation.

He has held teaching positions at Mount Allison University, the Eastman School of Music and MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois. From July 1, 1986 through June 30, 1998, Dr. Butler was Director of the School of Music at the University of Windsor. Dr. Butler retired from the University of Windsor honoured with the rank of Professor Emeritus and currently maintains his association with the School of Music as a Special Instructor in Piano. He presently teaches from his studio in Russell Woods in Tecumseh and can be contacted through www.butlerpianostudio.com


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PIANO SENIOR - Michel Fournier

As a student of French pianist Yvonne Hubert in Montreal, Canadian pianist Michel Fournier 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 Université de Montréal with Marc Durand.

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 tour de force that ranks him among the masters of impressionist music." (Adveratul de Cluj – Romania)

Dr Michel Fournier toured extensively with world class musicians and ensembles (Quartango, Les Chambristes de Montreal, violin and piano duo with Hungarian-born violinist Gyorgy Terebesi); he has several Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) recordings, many albums and movie soundtracks to his credit (The colors of my father : portrait of Sam Borenstein, André Mathieu musicien). His numerous CD’s have won public and critical acclaim all over Canada. Highly appreciated as an educator, Michel Fournier has provided guidance to thousands of musicians, teaching masterclasses, coaching and adjudicating national and international 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, Thousand Islands International Chopin Competition, Canadian Music Competition, National Music Festival in Canada and others). His music studio in Montreal 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. Michel is also co-owner, artistic director and advisor for the classical music division of St-André Management Inc., which is responsible for developing and promoting the talent of promising young musicians.

Michel is also passionate about photography, and likes to share his love of nature and life through the pictures he takes during his many travels around the world.


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PIPE ORGAN - Gregg Redner

Gregg Redner has been Director of Music and Arts at Metropolitan United  Church, since 2001. Prior to coming to London, Gregg held academic and  church positions in New York City. He holds a PhD from Exeter University in England, a double Master of Music degree (Organ and Harpsichord)  from the Juilliard School in New York City and is a Fellow of the Royal  Canadian College of Organists (FRCCO) and the National College of Music (FNCM). He also holds a certificate in Choral Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. In addition, Gregg holds the Professional Diploma in Choral Conducting (Ch.RCCO - John Sidgwick Scholarship) from the RCCO. He is an Associate of The American Guild of Organists (AAGO) and holds the Choirmaster  Certificate (ChM - S. Elmer and Choirmaster Prizes)  from that same organization. In addition, Gregg has also studied in the PhD program in Historical Musicology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and has taken courses in  music, philosophy and religion at Columbia University, Oxford University and Westminster Choir College.  In April 2013 Gregg was awarded an Honorary Fellowship for Services to Music by The National College of Music & Arts, London.

Gregg is an active member of The Royal Canadian College of Organists, serving as a member of the National Examinations Committee, and Past-President of the London Centre and Chair of the 2014 RCCO National Convention Organizing Committee. Gregg also serves on the Advisory Council of the National College of Music, London, UK. 

His teachers have included Leonard  Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Gerre Hancock, George Guest, Albert Fuller, Leonard Raver, Vincent Persichetti and Roger Sessions. Gregg is also a published author and his book ‘Deleuze and Film Music’ is published by Intellect Press.

Gregg serves as the director of all choral ensembles at Metropolitan United Church in London.


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SPEECH ARTS & DRAMA - Astrid Russell

Astrid Russell is a graduate of Concordia University with a B. A. in Theatre Arts/English; National Theatre School, Acting; and University of Western Ontario, B. Ed. After graduating from NTS, Astrid acted in theatres across Canada and spent two seasons with the Stratford Festival. Astrid went on to a teaching career and taught drama and English for the Avon Maitland School Board. During that time, she directed over 20 school shows, participated in the Sears Drama Festival winning many awards, and wrote and directed the scripts for the Bullying Project which was presented to area schools.

In 1998, Astrid was approached by the Stratford Festival to establish and create a summer acting program for students and, subsequently, the Shakespeare School was inaugurated. She directed the program for the next 8 years and classes consisted of voice, movement, stage combat and intensive text study. Lately, Astrid has bee facilitating the Teen Esteem Program for the Perth District Health Unit and writing a memoir.


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ORCHESTRAS - Elaine McLeod

Elaine McLeod began her cello studies in Winnipeg, and pursued further studies at Queens University and UWO, supplemented by summers at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the National Youth Orchestra. She holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from Queens University, a Masters of Music performance and Literature from UWO and a Bachelor of Education Fine Arts with a specialization in Music from York University.

She has recently retired from teaching Strings in the TDSB. Elaine now conducts the orchestra program of Etobicoke Suzuki Music, working with young musicians aged 6-14. Elaine has also taught and conducted at TDSB’s Music by the Lake and at the Interprovincial Music Camp. As part of her commitment to excellence in school string playing, Elaine teaches and adjudicates at a variety of workshops, festivals and symposia. She enjoys all aspects of cello playing, and performs chamber and orchestral music.

Elaine and husband Norman have raised four children and are embarking on their new career as grandparents.


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STRINGS - CELLO - Wolf Tormann

The Hamilton Spectator described Wolf Tormann as a "musician of high artistry". The Frankfurter Rundschau calls Mr. Tormann a "cellist of spontaneous elegance with a sound both honeyed and noble, displaying virtuosity and musicality in massive doses." Having performed solo recitals in Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Portugal, the United States and Canada, Mr. Tormann maintains an active concert career. He has recorded for Radio Difusao Portugesa, as well as the CBC.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Mr. Tormann completed studies at the Musikhochschule with Professor Gerhard Mantel and continued advanced studies with Arto Noras at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He then furthered his education at Indiana University where he studied with Janos Starker. Mr. Tormann has been a member of various orchestras including the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Opera Orchestra Halle, Stuttgart Philharmonic and Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra where he was principal cellist. While in Lisbon, he performed more than one hundred solo, chamber and orchestra concerts a season, appeared as a guest soloist with the Metropolitan Orchestra, was Professor of Cello at the National Academy for Orchestral Education and founded the Tagide String Quartet.

Since coming to Canada in 1994, Mr. Tormann has been in great demand, performing regularly in recital and chamber music concerts, appearing as guest soloist with numerous orchestras and adjudicating competitions and festivals. He is currently the principal cellist of the Kingston Symphony, and is an Adjunct Studio Instructor in Cello at Queen's University School of Music.  He plays frequently in the cello section of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.

 


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STRINGS - GUITAR & UKULELE - Brent Crawford

Brent Crawford is quickly establishing himself among the important Canadian guitarists of his generation. Winner at the Montreal International Guitar Competition, the Great Lakes International Guitar Competition, the inaugural Hamilton International Guitar Competition, and the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals' National Music Competition, his career has included performances at the Mediterranean Guitar Festival in Cervo, Italy, the Sauble Beach Guitar Festival, the TEDx talk in Algonquin Park, as a featured soloist with the University of Toronto Guitar Orchestra, and an on-stage role in the UTSO’s production of the Donizetti opera Don Pasquale.

Brent is a recent graduate of the Doctorate of Musical Arts (2018). His doctoral research at the University of Toronto was dedicated to promoting performance excellence for classical guitarists. Specifically, his research focused on adopting methods and techniques from athletics to form a more rounded, multifaceted approach to performance preparation for guitarists.

Born and raised in Toronto, Brent started playing guitar at age 8, studying under Richard Summers at the Toronto Guitar Institute. He then continued his musical education with Robert Kubica at the University of Western Ontario, and finished his studies with extensive work under the tutelage of Dr. Jeffrey McFadden at the University of Toronto. Brent maintains a busy teaching schedule with a private studio, is active as both a soloist and a chamber musician, and also finds opportunity for community outreach in the Greater Toronto Area. Brent performs on a 2009 guitar by Paulino Bernabé. www.brentcrawfordguitar.com

 


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STRINGS - HARP - Alyssa Michalsky

Alyssa Michalsky is a seasoned professional in the harp industry. Having started her company, Divine Harp in 1997, her accolades and awards span over 20 years in the business and she continues to teach, perform and adjudicate all over Ontario.

A graduate of the Bachelor's and Master's Harp Performance program at the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Education from OISE, Alyssa had the privilege of studying with one of the world's most renowned harpists, Judy Loman, for six years.

After winning the prestigious US National Harp Scholarship Competition in 2001, Ms. Michalsky went on to record four CD’s: two classical harp and flute albums and two contemporary solo harp albums on her Lyon and Healy Concert Grand Electric Harp.

As well as acting head of harp examinations for The Royal Conservatory of Canada for almost two decades, she has also held the harp professor position at the University of Western Ontario for many years. Ms Michalsky has been on the panel for the Toronto Chapter of the American Harp Society competition and adjudicated harp for the London, Guelph, and Ottawa and provincial Kiwanis Festivals.

Ms Michalsky is well known for being one of the most active performing modern harpists in Ontario. A recent addition to her contemporary work: is the use of the Boss Loop station. She is the only harpist in Canada to use this new and exciting method of musical technology in her live shows and recordings. Most recently, she was featured as a track recording artist for an upcoming contemporary album release.

Ms Michalsky currently resides in Dundas where she houses a large private music studio for full time teaching and recording.

 


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STRINGS JUNIOR - George Cleland

George Cleland has been the conductor of the Brock University String Orchestra since 2017 and the Peninsula Orchestra since 2007. He was a finalist in the Timmins Symphony Orchestra Conductor Search, conducting a concert in May 2016. George plays regularly as a violinist with the Niagara Symphony. the Brantford Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Southern Ontario Lyric Opera, and the World Rock Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the World Rock Symphony Bangkok tour of Return to Grace in 2015 and played in Toronto for the Bolshoi Ballet’s tour of North America in a production of Swan Lake in 2012. He is the violinist for Garden City Productions, playing in Fiddler on the Roof, Spamalot, The Addams Family Musical, and Beauty and the Beast, and in Rural Stages Productions, playing The Last Five Years.

George has been viola coach and an assistant conductor for Niagara Youth Orchestra, an instructor for Suzuki Niagara, and on staff at Brock University since 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Music from the University of Akron.

 


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STRINGS SENIOR - Katharine Rapoport

Katharine Rapoport has enjoyed a long career teaching violin, viola, string pedagogy and string literature to undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral students at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto as an Adjunct Professor. Many of her students have won festivals and scholarships to major schools such as Juilliard, and have continued on to successful careers as performers and teachers. Her playing credits include working with Esprit orchestra, “Canada’s premier orchestra devoted to the performance of new works” as well as numerous chamber music collaborations in Canada, the US and Europe. A Senior Examiner with RCM Examinations, Katharine Rapoport has undertaken the creation, compilation and editing of several violin and viola syllabi, technique books and albums. In the summer, she coaches students and performs with the resident string quartet at Basically Quartets in Wales. Her book Violin for Dummies in the popular series published by Wiley, is now in its third edition, and is among their best-selling Music titles.


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VOICE - JUNIOR & MUSICAL THEATRE - Christina Stelmacovich

A native of Toronto, Canada, mezzo soprano Christina Stelmacovich is a winner of several international vocal competitions, and has been described as “an elegant and noble singer whose beautiful voice and attention to diction captivated the listener.” Her career has included performances in Canada, the United States, Austria, England and Mexico.

Christina has appeared as a soloist with some of the most prestigious choirs and orchestras in the world including the City of Birmingham Choir and the Renaissance Singers of England, the Elora Festival Singers, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Early Music Vancouver, Early Music Seattle, the Tafelmusik Baroque Choir and Orchestra, the Amadeus Choir of Toronto the Elmer Iseler Singers and the New World Orchestra of Mexico City.

For several summers now, Christina has been a featured soloist at the Elora Music Festival performing the role of Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas under the direction of Daniel Taylor, the title role in Handel’s Solomon, Mozart’s Great Mass in C and Requiem, Bach’s B Minor Mass, G Minor Mass and Magnificat, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Haydn’s Nelson Mass all under the direction of Noel Edison. She recently performed Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Tafelmusik Baroque Choir and Orchestra under the direction of Ivars Taurins and had the privilege of performing Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 with organ and the Elora Festival Singers. For the 2018/19 season Christina will appear with Calgary’s Early Music Voices, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Grand Philharmonic Choir of Kitchener and the Elora Singers to name a few.

Christina was recently in the UK, recording Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 with internationally-renowned organist David Briggs, accompanied by the City of Birmingham Choir and conducted by Dr. Christopher Robinson, for Chestnut Music. When not performing, Christina teaches privately from her home in Hamilton, Ontario.

 


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VOICE SENIOR - Kimberly Barber

Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber’s eclectic and varied career combines not only the standard repertoire sung on some of the great opera house and concert stages of the world for the last 30 years, but also contemporary and baroque works with smaller, experimental companies. With performances at Opéra de Paris, Opéra de Marseille, Frankfurt Opera, English National Opera, New York City Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Seattle Opera, L’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Wigmore, Barbican, Avery Fisher and Weill Concert Halls, and every major opera company and orchestra in Canada, her operatic repertoire encompasses more than 50 roles, many of them from 20th and 21st century or lesser-known works, and her concert repertoire stems from every genre. She is a champion of the music of our time, frequently giving world and Canadian premieres of new music. In May 2017 she returned to Toronto’s Tapestry Opera to create the role of Asa in the world premiere of OKSANA G (the entire cast nominated for two Dora awards—Best Ensemble and Best Opera Production), and also premiered a new work, THIS LAND, commissioned for her, with NUMUS concert series in Waterloo, Ontario. The 2018-19 season features concerts in Lyon (with jazz pianist Franck Avitabile) and Vienna, Ottawa and Waterloo (with pianist Anna Ronai and flutist Ulrike Anton). She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon (Concepción in Ravel’s L’HEURE ESPAGNOLE with the LSO under André Previn), CBC Records, Naxos, Teldec and Dutton Classics. Her wide-ranging career in Europe, Asia and North America, with years of experience as an operatic performer, concert, recital and recording artist, and breadth of pedagogical training, qualify her ideally to guide emerging vocal artists who hope to excel at an international level.

In demand as a guest lecturer, panellist, consultant and pedagogue, Kimberly Barber gives master classes and workshops around the world at universities, conservatories and Young Artist Programs. She adjudicates widely, and is frequently called upon to serve on advisory panels for the arts. Professor of Voice at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2002, she is Administrative Coordinator for their Opera Program, and was appointed Associate Dean: External for Laurier’s Faculty of Music in July 2017. Her research interests are centred on the Art of Practice and effective use of the body in vocal pedagogy. Licensed as an Andover Educator®, she teaches Body Mapping for Musicians in workshop settings, privately, and as a cornerstone of her pedagogical model in the voice studio.


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