ADJUDICATORS 2020

BANDS / BRASS       Jessica Kun
BANDS / WOODWINDS       Dennis Beck
JAZZ AND STAGE BANDS      Kevin Watson
CHOIRS, SECONDARY SCHOOL       Mark Vuorinen
CHOIRS, SECONDARY SCHOOL       Patrick Murray
CHOIRS, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL       Carol Beynon
SENIOR PIANO       Edward Turgeon
SENIOR PIANO       Jenny Regehr
JUNIOR PIANO       Wendy Potter
PIPE ORGAN      David Palmer
STRINGS - CELLO       Susan Gagnon
STRINGS SENIOR      Joan Barrett
STRINGS JUNIOR      Margot Jewell
GUITAR & UKULELE      Patrick Feely
ORCHESTRAS       Robert Arnold
VOCAL JUNIOR      Lisa Cosens Brillon
SPEECH ARTS & DRAMA      Peggy Coffey
SPECIAL NEEDS      Margaret Wolsley
PERCUSSION      Karen Pincombe
VOCAL, SENIOR & MUSICAL THEATRE       Leslie Fagan
HARP       Janice Lindskoog

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BANDS / BRASS - Jessica Kun

BIO 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 / WOODWINDS - Dennis Beck

Dennis 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 for the Faculty of Education of the University of Toronto, conducted at Alberta College Conservatory in Edmonton for several years, and played clarinet with the Edmonton Wind Sinfonia and the CBC's Edmonton Wind Ensemble.

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 written analyses of band compositions for different volumes of 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 1994. In the fall of 2008, he was one of ten alumni of the Don Wright Faculty of Music, at Western University 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 had 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. Most recently, he has been a faculty member at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University in London, Ontario, where he was conductor of the Symphonic Band and taught music education and conducting.


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JAZZ AND STAGE BANDS - Kevin Watson

Dr. Kevin Watson is an Associate Professor of Music at Western University in London, Canada, where he teaches courses in music education, jazz combo performance, and serves as the Artistic Director of the Western University Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Watson is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Berklee College of Music. For more information, see https://www.kewatson.com


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CHOIRS, SECONDARY SCHOOL - Mark Vuorinen

Canadian conductor, Mark Vuorinen is artistic director of The Elora Singers and Festival and Waterloo Regions Grand Philharmonic Choir. He is also Associate Professor and Chair of Music at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo. A recipient of many awards, Mark was the 2016 Laureate of the Ontario Arts Councils Leslie Bell Prize, and received a 2016 National Choral Award from Choral Canada (Association of Canadian Choral Communities) for his doctoral research on Estonian composer Arvo Prt. Mark holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Toronto and Master of Music degree from Yale Universitys School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music. Recent concert highlights include performances of Beethovens Missa Solemnis, Brittens War Requiem, Arvo Prts Passio and Credo and Canadian premieres of Jonathon Doves There was a Child, and Craig Hella Johnsons Considering Matthew Shepard.


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CHOIRS, SECONDARY SCHOOL - Patrick Murray

Patrick Murray is Lecturer in Choral Music at Western University?s Don Wright Faculty of Music, where he is conductor of the Chorale, co-conductor of Western University Singers and Les Choristes, and teaches courses in choral conducting and literature. Murray also directs the Huron Chorus, the community choir of Huron University. Previously, Murray held positions as director of the University of Illinois University Chorus, Music Director of FAWN Chamber Creative (Toronto), and as a teaching artist with the Ad Astra Music Festival, Illinois Summer Youth Music, and Toronto Children's Chorus. Murray's choral compositions are frequently performed by choirs across Canada and the United States, have been recorded by the DaCapo Chamber Choir and published by Cypress Choral Music and Renforth Music. His doctoral research on the social practice of community collaboration in recent American choral works is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


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CHOIRS, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Carol Beynon

Dr Carol Beynon is professor emerita in Music Education at the University of Western Ontario. She has served in several senior administrative roles at Western, including Associate Vice Provost of the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies and acting Dean of the Faculty of Education. She is the founding co-artistic director of the renowned and award-winning Amabile Boys & Men's Choirs of London, Canada and currently co-conductor of Primus, the Amabile Men’s Choir and the Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble. Under her direction, the choirs have been consistent winners in the Canada’s national competition for choirs and have been invited to perform for national meetings of the American Choral Directors’ Association and Choral Canada. The choirs have performed in some of the world’s renowned concert halls, including Dvorak Hall in Prague, Musikverein Halle in Vienna, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis), Roy Thompson Hall, and St Martins-in-the Fields. The choirs’ recordings have been played frequently on CBC radio.

The Amabile Choirs were recently inducted into the London’s Music Hall of Fame. Carol is the first author of the book Learning to Teach published by Pearson Canada (2001) and co-editor of Critical Perspectives in Canadian Music Education (2012). She is a specialist in vocal and choral development, specifically working with unchanged and changed male voices and serves as a clinician and adjudicator for national and international conferences and music festivals. Her recent research has focussed on the significant impact of singing on persons with dementia. Carol has received several awards for outstanding teaching; she was named the Woman of Excellence in Arts, Culture and Heritage in London, Ontario and community and was recently inducted into the “Wall of Fame” at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western.


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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 the country for her solo recitals, duo and chamber music performances and Lieder collaborations. For many years she was the harpsichordist and pianist of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and has been featured in concerto performances with both the MCO and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

As a faculty member of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ms Regehr was a senior piano and pedagogy instructor for fifteen years and remains a senior examiner for RCM Examinations. As a versatile teacher, her studio has included those embarking on performance careers, gifted young pianists and teachers who are already well established in their own studios.

She is frequently invited to give master classes and workshops and to adjudicate festivals and competitions, both in Canada and overseas. She has taught and adjudicated extensively at the Conservatories of Beijing and Shanghai as well as in Hong Kong.


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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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PIPE ORGAN - David Palmer

David Palmer is one of Canada’s best-known recitalists, having performed in the United States, England, France and Germany, as well as from coast to coast in this country. He has been a soloist in numerous concertos with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and frequently played for broadcasts on CBC-Radio. On March 23, 2018, he was soloist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Denis Bédard’s Concerto for Organ and Strings. Among his CD’s is Double Exposure, music for organ and piano with colleague Gregory Butler, recorded in Toronto in 2007. A native of Victoria, BC, he holds degrees from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Robert Glasgow. Past-President, and a Regional Director of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, he gave recitals and workshops in the 2012-13 year as a Travelling Clinician, in Victoria, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Owen Sound. He is a Professor Emeritus in Music at the University of Windsor, a former Director of the School of Music, and has been Organist and Choir Director at All Saints’ Church for 50 years.

 


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STRINGS - ELLO - 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 SENIOR - Joan Barrett

Canadian violinist Joan Barrett has a wealth of experience as performer, teacher, adjudicator and coach. Her performing experience includes chamber music, solo recitals and performances with orchestra in addition to serving as Principal, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Assistant Concert Master, Stratford Festival Orchestra, and member of Kensington Sinfonia.

Raised in Ontario, then furthering her musical education at Indiana University, Joan Barrett is grateful to have been taught and mentored by outstanding teachers and musicians such as Josef Gingold, David Zafer, Paul Rolland, Ivan Galamian and Ruggiero Ricci. Subsequently she has been greatly influenced by the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, M.F. Alexander, and Association of Body Mapping Education.

A passionate educator, Ms. Barrett has taught at University of Toronto, and The Royal Conservatory, as well as being the first String Co-ordinator of its Young Artists Performance Academy. In 2012 she was the Artistic Consultant for the creation of the nine recordings accompanying RCM’s new Violin Series. Previously, she was deeply involved in the founding of the Academy program in Calgary at Mount Royal University (MRU) where she taught violin, chamber music and conducted one of the orchestras. A recipient of MRU’s Distinguished Teaching Award, her students have been competition winners at the national level and are active professionally. Currently she teaches privately, at University of Calgary, and is an Academy Coach at MRU Conservatory.

Joan Barrett is an accredited (OISE/Adler) professional ("life") coach. In addition to experience as an executive leadership team coach, her practice includes students and arts professionals as they navigate personal and professional transitions. A former student, William Fedkenheuer, member of the Miro Quartet, sums up Ms. Barrett’s approach and mission - "She challenged me on technical, artistic, and human levels, pushing me to develop my own voice and to always appreciate how lucky we are to be allowed to spend time with the violin."


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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 & UKULELE - 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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ORCHESTRAS - Robert Arnold

Robert Arnold taught instrumental music at the secondary school level for over thirty years for the London Board of Education and Thames Valley District School board, specializing in orchestras and string ensembles. He received his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education at Western University (formerly University of Western Ontario) in London. He was a member of the London Symphony (for-runner of today's London Symphonia) and the Oxford County string quartet for several years. Mr. Arnold also taught at the National Music camp and the Ontario Leadership camp for many years. He has adjudicated since his retirement from teaching and enjoys working with young musicians, having taught nearly 2000 orchestra students during his career. His secondary student groups garnered many awards at the International level, a testament to the excellent musical education and training they received from Mr. Arnold.

 


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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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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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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.