ADJUDICATORS 2022

Piano - Senior       Ian Parker
Piano - Senior & Intermediate       Rudin Lengo
Piano - Junior       Aury Murray
Strings - Cello       Gordon Cleland
Strings - Junior       Debbie Hammond
Strings - Senior       Vanessa Mio
Guitar       Michael Savona
Harp       Noel Wan
Pipe Organ       Ian Sadler
Speech Arts & Drama       Peggy Coffey
Vocal - Senior       Marianne Bindig
Vocal - Junior & Musical Theatre      Tom Oliver
Choirs      Patrick Murray
Percussion      David Robilliard
Orchestras      George Cleland
Bands and Woodwinds     Kevin Watson
Bands      Colleen Richardson

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Piano - Senior - Ian Parker

Magnetic, easy-going, and delightfully articulate, Canadian pianist/conductor Ian Parker captivates audiences wherever he goes. As a pianist, he has appeared with top Canadian orchestras including the symphonies of Toronto, Quebec, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Orchestre Métropolitain, and the Calgary Philharmonic.

In addition to his work at the keyboard, Ian Parker is currently in his second season as music director and principal conductor of the VAM Symphony Orchestra at the Vancouver Academy of Music. Working with some of Canada’s most promising young orchestral players, Mr. Parker programs and conducts four concerts per season in Vancouver’s historic Orpheum Theatre. He is also artistic director of the Resonate chamber music series at the Kay Meek Centre in North Vancouver.

Mr. Parker’s recordings include a CD with the London Symphony conducted by Michael Francis featuring three piano concertos: Ravel Concerto in G, Stravinsky Capriccio , and Gershwin Concerto in F, released by ATMA Classique, and an all-fantasy solo CD including fantasies of Chopin, Schumann, and Beethoven on Azica Records. Additionally, CBC Records released a recording of three Mozart concertos for one piano (K. 467), two pianos (K. 365), and three pianos (K. 242) featuring Mr. Parker and his two cousins, Jon Kimura Parker and Jamie Parker, with the CBC Radio Orchestra and Mario Bernardi on the podium.

Born in Vancouver to a family of pianists, Mr. Parker began his piano studies at age three with his father, Edward Parker. He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. While at Juilliard, he was awarded the Sylva Gelber Career Grant by the Canada Council for the Arts, presented annually to the "most talented Canadian artist."


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Piano - Senior & Intermediate - Rudin Lengo

Rudin Lengo’s piano playing has been described as “profound, imaginative and exceptionally communicative”. As a soloist, he has recently performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the Georgian Bay Symphony conducted by François Koh and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.3 with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra and maestro Kristian Alexander. Other engagements include performances with the University of Toronto Symphony and Choir, Hart House Orchestra, West Coast Symphony, Deep River Symphony, Torun Symphony, Greater Toronto Philharmonic, Royal Conservatory Orchestra and Orchestra London.

He has been the recipient of over 50 awards and scholarships for his musical and academic accomplishments. In 2008, he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance at Western University on a National Scholarship. Mr. Lengo received his Master’s Degree in 2010 from the Manhattan School of Music on a President’s Award and completed an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School on a prestigious Ihnatowycz Emerging Artist Scholarship.

A recipient of a Performance Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Simmonds Graduate Fellowship, and the John and Barbara Vivash Scholarship in Piano Performance, Mr. Lengo is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Toronto with Enrico Elisi. He maintains a piano teaching studio in Toronto; he also is a senior examiner with the Royal Conservatory and an active adjudicator in provincial as well as national and international festivals and competitions.


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Piano - Junior - Aury Murray

Aury Murray holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts - Music Major from Lakehead University and an Associate in Piano and Voice from Western Ontario Conservatory of Music (now Conservatory Canada). A member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicator’s Association, she has adjudicated across Canada, and served on the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association Provincial Council. She has taught vocal ensemble for the Department of Music of Lakehead University.

Aury has taught piano and voice in Thunder Bay and Toronto, remains active as an ORMTA master class instructor and pedagogy workshop clinician (in person and virtual).

Other musical activities have included Music Minister of Erindale Presbyterian Church (Mississauga), director and accompanist for “Good Company” choir (Thunder Bay), participation in the creation of the Canadian National Conservatory of Music (CNCM).

Aury has adjudicated ORMTA competitions, Kiwanis Music Festivals and other regional music festivals across Canada.

Aury encourages music students to develop well-rounded musicianship and a long lasting love of music.


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Strings - Cello - Gordon Cleland

Gordon Cleland is the Principal Cellist of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, the Southern Ontario Lyric Opera Orchestra and the cellist with the Walker String Quartet in residence at Brock University. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in CBC FM Radio and TV5, the international French television network. He freelances as an orchestral musician.

Gordon has a strong commitment to music education as a faculty member at Brock University where he teaches cello and string techniques and at Ridley College. He is an instructor with Suzuki Niagara and the Niagara Youth Orchestra and runs a private studio in the Niagara Region. He has been a featured performer for the Concertino Program of Jeunesses musicales, whose artists are chosen for their pedagogical skills and their ability to communicate with young musicians.

Gordon has adjudicated at numerous Festivals across Canada. Gordon is also an organist and is the Music Director at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hamilton. Gordon’s musical education started in London, Ontario, and he completed his studies with Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Boston University. His principal cello teachers were George Neikrug, Gisela Depkat and Walter Joachim.


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Strings - Junior - Debbie Hammond

Violinist Debbie Hammond began her studies at the age of four in London, Ontario. She 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. Debbie has completed Suzuki Pedagogy training with several noted trainers including Edmund Sprunger, Alice Joy Lewis, Mark Mutter and Dr. Timothy (Terry) Durbin. Her principal violin teachers include Patrick Burroughs, Geri Arnold, Dr. Robert Skelton, Mark Fewer & Yehonatan Berick.

Debbie is the artistic director of the Hammond Suzuki Studio in Ottawa, ON. Prior to establishing this program in 2014, Debbie was a faculty member of the Suzuki String School of Guelph (2007-2010) and the National Capital Suzuki School of Music (2010-2014). Equally at ease with students from beginning to advanced performance levels, Debbie has become a frequent guest clinician, chamber coach and adjudicator at festivals and workshops. Debbie is currently serving as the Chair of the Suzuki Association of Ontario.


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Strings - Senior - Vanessa Mio

Dr. Vanessa Mio is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor within the Faculty of Education and the Music Education (Continuing Education) departments at the University of Windsor. She is also the Director of the Windsor String Academy and Windsor String Project programs in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and a violinist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.

Vanessa completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies degree (with a focus on violin pedagogy) from the University of Windsor. Vanessa also earned a Master of Music, a Bachelor of Music, and a Performance Diploma in Violin Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied violin with Mimi Zweig, Kathleen Winkler, Baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie, and string pedagogy with Mimi Zweig and Dr. Brenda Brenner. Vanessa’s passion for teaching was sparked at Indiana University where she was appointed as an Associate Instructor with the Indiana University String Academy from 2005-2008.  Vanessa established the first Canadian model of this preuniversity program at Wilfrid Laurier University, in addition to a unique string pedagogy course for postsecondary performance and music education students at both Wilfrid Laurier University and Western University.  She has pursued a variety of professional development opportunities and has become a sought-after clinician, teacher, and adjudicator.

Vanessa is a String Examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music, College of Examiners, and has traveled extensively throughout North America as an Ambassador for the Certificate Program. She has also adjudicated many festivals across Canada, including the upper string division of the Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Competition in May of 2017. Vanessa has taught at the Nova Scotia Suzuki Violin Institute in Halifax, NS, attended the Starling-DeLay Symposium for Violin Studies at The Juilliard School, participated in a workshop led by Brian Lewis at the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute, and attended a Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Vanessa has spent summers touring with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada; participating in the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy; teaching in Tuscany for a Professional Teachers Workshop alongside Mimi Zweig; and studying at the Banff Centre for the Arts with the Très Chic Piano Trio (Chamber Music Residency for Pre-Formed Ensembles).

Please see the website www.vanessamio.com/bio


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Guitar - Michael Savona

Michael Savona is an outstanding young guitarist of today's generation. He has performed in Europe and in major cities across Canada both as a soloist and chamber musician. In addition to receiving many scholarships and awards for his playing, Michael has been invited to play at numerous music festivals and university/college workshops.

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 guitar legends such as David Russell, Manuel Barruecco, Leo Brouwer and Norbert Kraft. He has also attended the Humber College Jazz program in Toronto.

Michael regularly gives workshops and master-classes at the university and colleges and has adjudicated for performance exams at the University of British Columbia as well as Kiwanis music festivals in Toronto, Ottawa, Guelph, Norfolk, Sudbury and Walkerton.

Michael is presently on the Board of Directors for The Toronto Guitar Society.

Please see the website http://www.michael-savona.com


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Harp - Noel Wan

Lauded as "a huge talent [with] hidden power and amazing maturity" (Bart van Oort), Taiwanese-American harpist Dr. Noël Wan (she/her) made her international debut with the Utrecht Symphony Orchestra in 2010. She has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia and has been featured as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Muziekgebouw, and the Yellow Barn Summer Music Festival. Her international distinctions include First Prize in the 2010 Dutch Harp Festival Competition; Grand Prize in the 2014 Carmel Music Society Competition; and Second Prize in the 2021 Prix Orford Musique, 2015 Korea International Harp Competition, and 2013 Nippon International Harp Competition.

Dr. Wan is an alumna of the University of Illinois (BM, DMA) and the Yale School of Music (MM). As a scholar, she has written and presented on topics of performance practice, ecocriticism, affect theory, new materialism, feminism, and race. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Harp in the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University.

Please see the website https://nywharp.com


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Pipe Organ - Ian Sadler

Ian Sadler was a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England, Music Scholar at The King’s School, Canterbury and Organ Scholar at Bristol University. Ian was appointed Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1978 where he worked under Christopher Dearnley and John Scott.

In 1980, Ian moved to Canada following appointments as Organist at Grace Church on-the-Hill and Choral Director at Upper Canada College. In 1986 he won 1st prize at the Syracuse Poister Organ Competition, USA. Recitals have since taken him to Denmark, Sweden, Germany, France (Notre Dame, Paris), Austria (Vienna’s St. Stephen’s), Australia, the USA and the UK (Westminster Abbey, King’s College, Cambridge). Just before Covid struck, Ian gave recitals in Helsinki, Finland and Kingston, Jamaica.

Highlights of Ian’s career include recitals at the launching of the organs at three Canadian concert halls - Singer Hall, Calgary, Toronto’s Thomson Hall and Edmonton’s Winspeare Centre, a Juno award for a CD by his Burlington Chamber choir in 2001, and a Fellowship from The Royal Canadian College of Organists for the promotion of Canadian organ music.

In 2019 following 3 years as Organist of St. James Cathedral, Toronto, Ian was appointed Organist and Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, Ontario. He is also conductor of The Cathedral Singers of Ontario. In January, 2020 this choir performed several concerts and services in Jamaica. The choir has been invited to perform at Norwich and Canterbury Cathedrals in 2022.

 


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Speech Arts & Drama - Peggy Coffey

Theatre credits include:  Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, CanStage, The Grand Theatre, Blyth Festival, Lighthouse Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Blue Water Festival, Factory Lab, National Arts Centre, Chekhov Collective,  Here For Now, Alternative Theatre Works.    Teaching credits: The Birmingham Conservatory Stratford Festival, Director/Shakespeare Summer School Stratford Festival, Instructor/ St. Clair College Musical Theatre and Performance, Sheridan College, Dalhousie University. 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 4 Guthrie Awards from the Stratford Festival, and was honoured to be named Woman of the Year in Arts in Culture in her community 2012. 

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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Vocal - Senior - Marianne Bindig

Mezzo soprano Marianne Bindig Grandoni has had a varied and fulfilling career. She studied at Univeristy of Toronto (Mus. Bac. Perf., Op. Dip., B.Ed) and also at renowned festivals like The Tanglewood Centre, The Banff Centre and the Britten Pears School. Retraining began 9 years ago with her vocal and pedagogical mentor Dr. Michael Warren; this collaboration has changed not only how she sings and teaches, but how she listens and hears.

She has sung on all of Canada's major opera stages and sung oratorio and Art Song repertoire as well. She is also the author of poems set to music by John Greer, Harry Freedman and Ben Beveridge. She has adjudicated for several festivals including the Calgary Contemporary Showcase last autumn, and teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University and privately from her studio and Zoom Room in Toronto.

Please see her website www.mariannebindig.com for full biographical details and testimonials from her students.

 


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Vocal - Junior & Musical Theatre - Tom Oliver

Tom Oliver, BA MUS, NATS, ORMTA, CAEA is in high demand as a voice teacher, adjudicator and performance coach. His private studio, Voice Concepts, (Hamilton, Oakville, and Toronto) has prepared and trained young singers for Universities and Colleges throughout Canada and the United States.

Since 2004, Tom has been a member of the Voice Faculty of the Music Theatre Department at Sheridan College in Oakville.

Every summer since 2003, Tom heads up the Voice training in Theatre Aquarius Music Theatre Training Programme in Hamilton, Ontario directed by Lou Zamprogna.

Before his retirement from stage, Tom performed principal roles with companies across North America, including Sacramento Opera, the Vancouver Opera, Canada Opera Piccola, Winnipeg Rainbow Stage and the Canadian Opera Company.

Born and raised near Embro, Ontario, Tom began his voice and music training in Stratford with Gordon Scott and with Elizabeth Benson Guy at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto; further vocal training with Leopold Simoneau and Pierrette Alarie at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Conservatory, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Performance Voice. Tom continued seven more years of vocal studies and research with Pedagogue, Jaap Teer of the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music.

Tom is a member of the National Association of Teachers and Singing (NATS), the Ontario Registered Music Teacher's Association (ORMTA) and Canadian Actors' Equity Association (CAEA).

Tom is currently training artists with the Shaw, Stratford and Drayton Festivals, Broadway NYC, Webber/Mirvish Productions, Hamilton’s GADZ and Dofasco Performing Arts Centre productions.

Please check the following links: https://www.zamarts.ca/tom-oliver , http://tomoliver-voiceconcepts.ca/about.html

 


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Choirs - Patrick Murray

Conductor and composer Dr. Patrick Murray is Director of Music at Church of St. John the Evangelist, Elora, where he directs the professional Parish Choir, and Director of the Concert Choir at University of Toronto Scarborough.

This season, he is also Director of the Laurier Singers at Wilfrid Laurier University and Interim Director of A Few Good Men with the Oakville Choirs for Children and Youth. Previously, Murray held positions as Interim Coordinator of Choral Activities (2018-2020) and Sessional Assistant Professor (2021) at Western University.

An award-winning composer, his choral works have been commissioned and performed by ensembles across Canada and the United States and are published by Renforth Music and Cypress Choral Music. Murray’s research focuses on practices of community collaboration in contemporary choral composition, and has been featured at conferences in Canada, the United States and Europe. Murray is a graduate of University of Illinois, Yale School of Music, and University of Toronto.

Please check the following link: https://patrickmurraymusic.net

 


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Percussion - David Robilliard

A sought-after percussionist, Dave Robilliard holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and Oklahoma City University. An active performer, Dave appears regularly with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Jeans ‘n’ Classics Rock Symphony, and the International Symphony Orchestra. Dave has also performed with London Symphonia, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

He also performs regularly at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, performing in such productions as Rockabilly Swingtime, Mark Payne’s East Coast Kitchen Party, and Summer of 69, amongst many others. Dave is a founding member of the chamber ensemble Duo Percussion. Duo maintains an active schedule performing at concert halls and community venues in North America while also being in high demand at schools across the province. As an educator, Dave directed the SHDHS Percussion Ensemble for 12 years, he currently leads the LCCVI Drumline, and is in demand as a clinician in Southwestern Ontario. He is a past faculty member at the National Music Camp of Canada, and he currently maintains a private teaching studio. Dave is proud to be endorsed by Pearl/Adams Drums and Concert Percussion and DREAM Cymbals and Gongs.

Please check the following link: https://duopercussion.ca

 


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Orchestras - 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, Beauty and the Beast, and Oliver, and in Rural Stages Productions, playing The Last Five Years.

George has been an upper strings instructor and assistant conductor for Niagara Youth Orchestra, an instructor for Suzuki Niagara, and on staff at Brock University since 2003. George is also the orchestral strings instructor and conductor for the Niagara Symphony Summer Music Camp. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Music from the University of Akron.

Please check the following link: https://brocku.ca/miwsfpa/music/tag/george-cleland

 


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Bands and Woodwinds - Kevin Watson

Dr. Kevin Watson is the Chair of the Department of Music Education and Dance at Western University in London, Canada, where he teaches courses in music education and serves as the Artistic Director of the Western University Jazz Ensemble.

He regularly serves as a music festival adjudicator and clinician (jazz and concert band) throughout the US and Canada. 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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Bands - Colleen Richardson

Dr. Colleen Richardson is Coordinator of Bands and directs the Wind Ensemble at Western University, as well as teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and instrumental music education. In collaboration with Dr. Kevin Watson, she administrates the Western Young Winds program, which is a community band for students in grades six to nine, and supervises the undergraduate music education majors selected to rehearse and conduct the ensemble. Prior to her appointment at Western, Dr. Richardson was an Assistant Professor of Music Education and the Wind Ensemble Director at Converse College in South Carolina.

Besides being active as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor nationally, Dr. Richardson has guest conducted or presented her research at conferences in Ireland, Switzerland, Italy, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Wales, and the US. Her research focuses on wind literature, conducting pedagogy, and rehearsal techniques. Publications include articles for the Canadian Winds, and the Canadian Music Educator Journal, as well as multiple study guides for the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. Dr. Richardson has produced two CDs with the Western University Wind Ensemble (Apparitions and Explorations), and the Hunsberger DVD within GIA’s DVD set entitled Three Icons: Frank Battisti, Donald Hunsberger, and H. Robert Reynolds.

A native of Winnipeg, Dr. Richardson graduated from Brandon University (BMus Ed), the University of Calgary (Wind Conducting Diploma, MMus Conducting), and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (DMA Wind Conducting). Her primary conducting teachers have been Rodney Winther and Glenn Price. However, she has also had opportunities to study with many other well respected composers and conductors, including: Craig Kirchhoff, Karel Husa, Warren Benson, David Maslanka, Eugene Corporon, Mallory Thompson, Robert Reynolds, and Jerry Junkin.

While in Cincinnati completing her doctorate, Dr. Richardson co-directed the Tri-State Chamber Players, as well as served as the Music Director and Conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble. Prior to her graduate studies, she taught general, choral, and instrumental music in the Canadian school system for 14 years.

Please check the following link: https://music.uwo.ca/faculty/bios/colleen-richardson.html