ADJUDICATORS 2018

BANDS / BRASS / PERCUSSION       Jessica V. Kun
BANDS & WOODWIND      Peter Stoll
CHOIR - ELEMENTARY       Brenda Zadorsky
CHOIR - SECONDARY       Susan Quinn
PIANO JUNIOR       Frances Balodis
PIANO SENIOR       Rudin Lengo
PIANO SENIOR       Ian Parker
PIPE ORGAN      Ian Sadler
SPEECH ARTS      Edward Daranyi
STRING ORCHESTRA       Paul Pulford
STRINGS - CELLO       Paul Pulford
STRINGS - HARP       Angela Schwarzkopf
STRINGS JUNIOR      Debbie Hammond
STRINGS SENIOR      Sonia Klimasko
STRINGS - GUITAR/UKULELE      Michael Savona
VOCAL JUNIOR / MUSIC THEATRE     Amanda Brunk
VOCAL SENIOR     Nathalie Paulin
SPECIAL NEEDS / MUSIC FUTURES     TBA

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BANDS / BRASS / PERCUSSION - Jessica V. Kun

Jessica V. Kun, a native of Toronto, Canada, is Conductor and Artistic Director of the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra.

She completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting at Arizona State University, where she conducted the Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, and the Lyric Opera Theatre. She holds Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Calgary (Canada), Master's Certificate in Conducting from the University of Calgary Wind Conducting Program, and a Master of Music degree in Musicology from the University of Manchester (England), where she conducted the Symphony Orchestra, chamber ensembles, and the New Music Ensemble, as well as civic, professional, and youth orchestras and new music ensembles across the country. She has conducted string and full orchestras, symphonic and jazz bands, chamber music, contemporary music ensembles, and opera. She has taught and conducted musicians at all levels, from novice to professional, and has written articles for Canadian Music Education journals and curriculum documents for the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Dr. Kun currently serves as Conductor and Associate Professor of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she teaches conducting and orchestration. Her research includes the development of conducting and conducting pedagogy, using digital media, and further studies into emotional contagion and effective gestural communication. Dr. Kun is active as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician in North America, Great Britain, Europe, and South America.


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BANDS & WOODWIND - Peter Stoll

Known for his virtuoso energy on stage, creative musical arrangements and an entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll is one of Canada's most innovative and versatile clarinetists. He was a prizewinner in the International Clarinet Society Competition, and also Solo Clarinetist with the World Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales in Berlin and Vienna, which was broadcast on live television across Europe. Peter won First Prize in Chamber Music at the National Competitive Music Festival, for whose 50th Anniversary edition he was invited back as Woodwind Adjudicator, and as soloist in the Gala Celebration Concert in Winnipeg. A graduate of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, he received his Master's of Music degree in Performance from Indiana University. His teachers have included James Campbell, Avrahm Galper and Ronald Chandler.

Peter has been guest soloist with orchestras in Canada and the United States, and was invited to Russia for solo performances with the Saratov Philharmonic's "Volga Wind Ensemble" and to present masterclasses at the State Conservatory. International performances have also included twice at the ADeVantGarde Festival in Munich, Germany, as well as Finland, Great Britain, Holland and Belgium. In October 2013 he was flown to Japan to take part in the Yamaha Music Foundation's "Junior Original Concert" at Bunkamura Hall in Tokyo. In October of 2014 Peter travelled to three cities in China on a new music exchange with conservatories there, organized by the University of Toronto.

Principal Clarinetist of the former Toronto Philharmonia for 10 years, Peter has continued to perform with many regional ensembles, including the Toronto Operetta Theatre, Toronto Masque Theatre, Opera York, the Talisker Players and on the 2017 Scarborough Philharmonic recording "Canadian Panorama" distributed by NAXOS. He is a member of the Trio d'Argento (flute, clarinet and piano), who recently recorded "Piano Centric", a CD with members of the Canadian Brass, released in February 2016 on the Opening Day label. The Trio's demo video can be found on Youtube.

Summer festival performances have included the Ottawa and Vancouver Chamber Music Festivals, the Festival of the Sound, Manitoba's Clear Lake Festival, the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Ottawa Valley Festival, the Toronto Summer Music Festival and the Music Garden, and as a Mentor with the Boris Brott Music Festival's National Academy Orchestra.

Peter teaches clarinet, chamber music, performance studies and The Business of Music at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music's National College of Examiners, and is much sought after as an adjudicator at music festivals across the country. In 2014 Peter served as the chief compiler of the new Clarinet Syllabus for RCM Examinations, which he presented in lecture-recital at a convention of the International Clarinet Association in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and on the international "Clarineat" web podcast. He continues to serve as the Winds Area Specialist for RCME.

Other performance highlights have included concerts with the Gryphon Trio, pre-eminent Canadian percussionist Beverley Johnston, accordion virtuoso Joseph Macerollo, solo and chamber music for visits by world-renowned composers Kryzstof Penderecki, Chen Yi and Anders Hillborg, as well as serving as Artist-In-Residence for the Silverthorn Symphonic Winds. Peter is an endorsing artist for D'Addario Woodwinds Canada, and his website is www.peterstoll.ca .


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CHOIR - ELEMENTARY - Brenda Zadorsky

Brenda Zadorsky, ( B. MUS. Hons., B.Ed, A.Mus., W.C.A.M.) is co-founder and Artistic Director of Amabile Youth Singers, Prima and Amabile Young Women’s Ensemble.

She is a highly sought after voice teacher, clinician, adjudicator and consultant. Along with John Barron, Brenda co-founded the Amabile Youth Singers in 1985. She continues to win numerous honours both nationally and internationally for her artistic leadership. Most recently Brenda was inducted into the Western University, Don Wright Faculty of Music Wall of Fame. This accompanies her induction into the London Music Hall of Fame. Her extensive career as a music consultant and teacher with the Thames Valley District Board of Education and the London and District Catholic School Board spanned some 35 years. Prior to retirement, Brenda taught music education methodology for the University of Western Ontario at the Don Wright Faculty of Music where she was awarded several certificates for outstanding teaching.

She received the Don Wright Scholarship in Vocal Music and in 2002 Brenda was presented with the Canadian Learning Tree Award. She is presently principal of the Zadorsky School of Music and was co-founder and principal of the Victoria Academy of Music for sixteen years. Over the years Brenda’s students have consistently won major scholarships at festivals as well as entrance scholarships to universities. Many have continued with performing careers in Canada and abroad.


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CHOIR - SECONDARY - Susan Quinn

Susan Quinn is from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, where she is the Artistic Director of the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble (QVE) and Choral Director at St. Bonaventure's College, and recently retired after nearly 30 years of leading the award-winning choirs at Holy Heart of Mary High School. Susan received her early musical education from the Sisters of Mercy, and 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.

She is a recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Arts in Education Award. Her choirs have received numerous national awards and honours at international competitions in Austria, Wales, Ireland, and France, and recorded six CDs.

In 2010 she conducted Vivaldi's Gloria at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and returned in 2014 to conduct QVE in a solo performance.


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PIANO JUNIOR - Frances Balodis

Frances Mae Balodis MEd., ARCT, LCCN(H), LCNCM(H), RMT, MYCC is founder (in 1980) of Music for Young Children® and cofounder of CLU™. As a Registered Music Teacher, Frances received the Hugheen Ferguson Distinguished Teacher award in Regina SK in July 2011. She was nominated (in 2011) and was a finalist for the Louis Applebaum Composer Award. A certified Neurolinguistic Programmer (NLP) and an Accredited DISC Training provider, as well as teacher with over 50 years experience, Frances is a speaker and a workshop clinician, adjudicator and examiner.

She delights in helping people of all ages and places understand their learning styles. Frances is the Chairperson for the MYC Composition Festival. Frances has adjudicated at many Festivals.

In addition, in 2016 she was the adjudicator for the Mary Gardiner Junior and Senior candidates for Performance Excellence across Canada for ACNMP Contemporary Showcase. Frances enjoys being a piano teacher (she teaches Seniors!) and Conservatory Canada examiner. She lives in Ullswater, Muskoka, ON with her husband, Gunars. She shares the organist position at St. Thomas Anglican church, Ullswater, ON. Frances played handbells for five years.

Frances makes and sells birch bark cards for her business Creative Muskoka Cards.

Frances is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers CAPS. She is also the director of The Muskoka Men of Song, a 35 voice male choir centered in Bracebridge, ON.


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PIANO SENIOR - Rudin Lengo

Rudin Lengo's piano playing has been described as "profound, imaginative and exceptionally communicative". Winner of the 2017 DMA Competition at the University of Toronto, the 2012 Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition, the 5th Knigge Music Competition and the 2010 TD Elora Competition, he was also the 2nd prize winner at the 40th William C. Byrd International Competition and winner of the Mary Winston Smail Memorial Award for Best Pianist at the 2011 WAMSO Minnesota Competition, the London Kiwanis Festival's Rose Bowl, UWO London Music Scholarship Foundation, as well as the Grand Prize at the Rotary Music Festival in Burlington.

This past season he was the soloist in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.3 with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra and maestro Kristian Alexander. Last spring he performed Liszt's Piano Concerto No.1 with the Hart House Orchestra and conductor Henry Janzen, as well as Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Choir under the baton of maestro Uri Mayer. Future engagements include solo recitals and a concerto appearance with the Georgian Bay Symphony and maestro François Koh in Liszt's Piano Concerto No.2.

In the fall of 2014 Mr. Lengo was invited to Vancouver for two performances of Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto with the West Coast Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Bujar Llapaj. He was also the featured soloist for the Deep River Symphony Orchestra's season opening concert in Chopin's Piano Concerto No.1, conducted by Peter Morris. Earlier in the year, Mr. Lengo was a participant in the 6th Paderewski Piano Academy, in which he performed both Chopin and Rachmaninoff concertos with the Torun Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anna Duczmal-Mróz and Przemyslaw Fiugajski. Other performances included a solo appearance with John Palmer and the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra in Chopin's Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, and solo performances in Hastings (United Kingdom) and Utrecht (Netherlands).

In the 2012-13 season he performed Liszt's Piano Concerto No.1 in Koerner Hall with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra under the direction of Tito Muñoz and Brahms' Piano Concerto No.1 with the Torun Symphony Orchestra and Anna Duczmal-Mróz conducting. Other engagements included recitals at the Ohrid Summer Festival in Macedonia, at the Great Hall of the University of the Arts in Tiranë, Albania, as part of the 13th Klasik International Festival, the Bergen Ruïnekerk and Slot Schagen in the Netherlands, the UBC Wednesday Noon Hour Series in Vancouver, the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre of the Canadian Opera Company, and at Mazzoleni Hall of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

In the 2011-12 season Mr. Lengo was invited to perform Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto with Orchestra London under the direction of Daniel Warren. Solo recitals included performances in New York's Steinway Hall, Minnesota Orchestra Hall, MacArthur Hall in Flint, Michigan, Roy


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PIANO SENIOR - Ian Parker

Magnetic, easy-going, and delightfully articulate, Canadian pianist Ian Parker captivates audiences wherever he goes. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout Canada and the U.S. and as a recitalist also in Western Europe and Israel. Since 2005, Ian has collaborated with the internationally renowned Vogler Quartet touring regularly with them. He has also appeared with the Attacca Quartet and violinist Augustin Hadelich.

Ian has an active recording career including a CD of concerti with the London Symphony under Michael Francis released by ATMA Classique and an all fantasy solo CD on Azica Records. His numerous prizes include the first prize at at the 2001 CBC National Radio Competition and also the Grand Prize at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition.

Ian Parker holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. While at Julliard, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Sylva Gelber Career Grant, which is given annually to the most talented Canadian artist.


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PIPE ORGAN - Ian Sadler

Ian is an organ recitalist, accompanist and conductor. Recent highlights include concerts in Australia, three recitals at King's College, Cambridge, a Juno, and a Fellowship from the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Last year Ian provided solo accompaniments for Nelson Mass, Elijah, Messiah, Mozart Requiem, several silent movies and on January 1, a recital at St. Paul's Cathedral (UK).

In July 2018, he will lead a choral workshop at Cambridge University and Ely Cathedral. Ian was a Chorister at St. Paul's Cathedral, England, and later returned as Organ Scholar.

Before moving to Canada in 1980 he played the organ in the movie, Chariots of Fire. Ian is Organist of St. James' Cathedral, Toronto, Conductor of Stratford Concert Choir and Cathedral Singers of Ontario.


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SPEECH ARTS - Edward Daranyi

Edward Daranyi (BFA, University of Windsor) has served the Stratford Festival for seven seasons as an assistant and associate director on all four stages. He has also participated in casting and new play development, and has been involved with the Festival’s Education Department for 18 years as the Resident Teaching Artist. He is now the Festival’s Associate Director of Education.

Edward has taught classical and contemporary acting to the students of the National Theatre School, the University of Guelph, Michigan State University, Humber College, George Brown College, Cawthra Park School of the Arts and the National Ballet School, and was director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Montes Numuli, Mozambique) and The Dance of Death (Orpheus Choir, Toronto); Artistic Director of Summer Stage in Boulder, Colorado; director and choreographer of Bye Bye Birdie (Meadowvale Theatre); associate director of Noye’s Fludde (CBC/Benjamin Britten Festival, Toronto); and director of Nightlight, The Day Billy Lived and his own play Sometimes… (In the Blink Productions); Voces de los Cerros, Fuente Ovejuna, Vivir Para Contarla, If I Could, and Two Minutes to Midnight for Teatro EsArtes, El Salvador. He regularly voiced characters for the TVO/Treehouse series Mighty Machines.


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STRING ORCHESTRA / STRINGS - CELLO - Paul Pulford

Paul Pulford has pursued a career in chamber music, conducting and as a soloist. For 25 years he was Professor of Cello and Director of Orchestral Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.

As a conductor, Pulford has worked with Symphony New Brunswick, KW Symphony, Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Mississauga Symphony, Stratford Symphony Orchestra and the NUMUS Ensemble. He conducted the premier performances of Tim Brady's opera The Salome Dancer, and the premiere of Glenn Buhr's Piano Concert (2015). The Laurier Chamber Orchestra, which he founded in 1994, has recorded for the Eclectra Label.

Pulford maintains a passionate commitment to New Music through his involvement with Blue Rider Ensemble (he was a founding member in 1989). Over a period of 25 years, he was a member of the Penderecki, Orford and Brunswick String Quartets and the Galliard Ensemble.

Pulford has recorded over 30 CDs, including the complete works for Cello and Fortepiano by Beethoven (ebs label) and Brahms (DoReMi label and the first three Bach Suites for Solo Cello (iTunes).


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STRINGS - HARP - Angela Schwarzkopf

Canadian native Angela Schwarzkopf concertizes throughout the Toronto area and beyond as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral harpist. The first harpist to receive a Doctorate of Music in harp performance in Canada, she has also served as President of the Toronto Chapter of the American Harp Society since 2012.

Angela is a course instructor at the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School of Music, and on faculty at the internationally renowned Young Artist's Harp Seminar, in Georgia, U.S.A.

She also maintains a thriving studio of private students in Toronto. Angela works regularly with many top chamber music, choral, and orchestral organizations throughout the area, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, the Peterborough Symphony, the Talisker Players, and at the Stratford Festival, among others. As an advocate for new music, Angela has worked on commissioning projects with many prominent composers. Most recently, Angela received a grant from the American Harp Society to commission a new work for harp by Elisha Denburg. She is a frequent contributor to the international publication, Harp Column. www.angelaschwarzkopf.com .


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STRINGS JUNIOR - Debbie Hammond

Violinist Debbie Hammond holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her principal teachers have included Geri Arnold, Dr. Robert Skelton, Mark Fewer, Annalee Patipatanakoon, David Zafer and Yehonatan Berick.

Debbie has performed in numerous solo master classes for renowned artists including James Ehnes and Ilya Gringolts. As an orchestral musician, Debbie was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada from 2000-2002, touring Canada, Japan and Hong Kong. Debbie has performed with the Jackson and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras as well as the Windsor Symphony.

Debbie has studied violin pedagogy with Robert Culver and Mimi Zweig, and completed comprehensive Suzuki violin training. Debbie was a member of the Suzuki String School of Guelph (2007-2010) and the National Capital Suzuki School of Music (2010-2013). Presently, Debbie is the founding creative director of the Hammond Suzuki Studio in Ottawa.


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STRINGS SENIOR - Sonia Klimasko

Sonia Klimasko began her study of the violin at the age of 4 and her earliest memories are of the wonderful times she spent performing in a violin quartet with her 3 older sisters. She has devoted the past 40 years of her life to performing, teaching and sharing her love and knowledge of music with audiences, children and aspiring violinists across Canada, the United States, Europe and Mexico.

Ms Klimasko's career extends from performing in the Imperial Room of the Royal York with Tony Bennet, James Brown and the Bob Hope Orchestra to Concertmaster for famed tenor Jan Pearce's Fiddler on the Roof. Her freelance career includes positions as Assistant Concertmaster of Wizard of Oz and Anne of Green Gables at the Elgin Theater, performing with PEI's production of Anne of Green Gables, Phantom of the Opera, Hamilton Philharmonic, Windsor Symphony, Scarborough Philharmonic, New Toronto Chamber Players, Thunder Bay Symphony, Toronto Lyric Theater Orchestra , Kingston Symphony, Niagara Symphony, Toronto Pops Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, Esprit, Atlantic Symphony, Toronto Philharmonic, Oshawa Symphony, Royal Winnipeg Ballet Orchestra and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens Orchestra. She has performed 2 seasons with the Northern Lights Music Festival in Ajijic, Mexico and is an alumnae of the National Youth Orchestra and Ontario Youth Concert Band. For the past 40 years, she has played first violin with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra.

Sonia Klimasko has held the positions of string instructor at the Bishop Strachan School and Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts as well as string consultant with the York Region Board of Education. She has presented workshops for the National Film Board, was a founding artist with the Inner City Angels, was on faculty for both the National String Academy in Ottawa and CAMMAC and recorded for CBC on Murray Schafer Epic RA for Centerdisc.

Ms Klimasko is a graduate of the University of Toronto, holding a degree in Performance. Her teachers have included John Moskalyk, David Mankovitz of the American String Quartet & Victor Martin, Concertmaster of the Madrid Symphony Orchestra. Her many scholarships and awards include a RCM Provincial Medal and the Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence in the Arts which was awarded to Ms Klimasko in 2004.

Sonia Klimasko is an avid fan of pedagogical ideology and an enthusiastic and popular adjudicator and clinician. While maintaining an active performance career and teaching studio she always manages to find time for her passion for writing and is an award winning gardener and Half Ironman Triathlete. You can read her blogs on the National Ballet website.


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STRINGS - GUITAR/UKULELE - Michael Savona

Michael's performances have taken him to Europe and major concert halls across North America as a soloist, band member and chamber musician. He has toured and recorded extensively with the legendary Canadian guitarist Liona Boyd since 2012, and has shared the stage with artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Tom Cochrane, John McDermott, Dan Hill and Michelle Wright.

Michael has appeared and been heard on local and National television and radio.

As a guitarist, Michael is known for his versatility in many genres. He has performed to critical acclaim as a classical soloist, folk/pop guitarist, and played in the premiers of numerous contemporary Canadian works.

Michael's playing can be heard on his 2010 debut release "Folk Songs", Liona Boyd's 2013, 2014, and 2015 releases and Tara Beier's 2016 debut album "Hero and the Sage"

Michael received his Bachelor degree from The Glenn Gould professional School and his masters degree from the University of Ottawa in guitar performance. He has participated in many international guitar festivals and has performed in master-classes for prominent guitarists including David Russell, Manuel Barruecco, Leo Brouwer and Norbert Kraft. He also attended the Humber College jazz program in Toronto.

Michael has a busy private teaching studio instructing students of all ages and levels. He also gives workshops and master-classes at universities and colleges and has adjudicated performance exams at the University of British Columbia, Douglas College and Kwantlen College as well as Kiwanis and Rotary music festivals across Canada.


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VOCAL JUNIOR / MUSIC THEATRE - Amanda Brunk

Amanda Brunk is a cross-over voice teacher with a special interest in vocal health and rehabilitation. She adjudicates regionally and provincially for classical, choral, pop and musical theatre categories.

As the founder and artistic director of The Singer's Theatre, she has directed the music for over 40 musicals and served as vocal director for various cruise lines.

Since taking on the position of conductor of The Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir, Amanda has led the choir to win competitions nationally and internationally, and to perform with grammy-winning recording artists and rock groups.

As a teacher of Contemporary Voice at Wilfrid Laurier University and in her private studio, Amanda's voice students have performed as members of the company at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, on North American tours and in Broadway shows. Others have gone on to complete performance degrees in the top college and university programs for classical voice and musical theatre in Canada.


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VOCAL JUNIOR / MUSIC THEATRE - Nathalie Paulin

Soprano Nathalie Paulin has established herself in as an international interpretive artist of the very first rank.

Winner of a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Opera Performance, she has collaborated with internationally renowned conductors including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Roger Norrington, Bernard Labadie, Robert Spano, Kent Nagano and Mario Bernardi, amongst others, on both the concert platform and in opera. As well, critics have been lavish in their praise. Reviewing for the New York Times, Steve Smith noted that "Paulin [sings] with rich tone and compelling emotion.", while Renaud Machart from Paris’ Le Monde writes: “Nathalie Paulin was impeccable in diction, musicality and style”.

Nathalie Paulin has been teaching voice as well as French Mélodie for undergraduate students and Advanced French Lyric Diction for graduate students at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, since 2008.

Nathalie has also been on faculty at VISI (Vancouver International Song Institute), Orford Music and at the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy.