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Marion Abbott is a redheaded fireball of energy and truly passionate about empowering artists of all ages to be the absolute most confident and joyous that they can be. Marion's specialty is Musical Theatre, and loves adjudicating Pop, Choral, Speech Arts, Voice and Piano. Marion regards any opportunity to work with young artists a fantastic one! For Marion's perspective on arts education and exploration, visit www.marionabbott.com
Saskatchewan pianist with over 50 adjudicating assignments throughout Western Canada over the past 23 years. In 2017 she developed the Adjudicator Boot Camp, a comprehensive adjudicator training program for the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association. Extensive experience teaching beginners, intermediate and advanced piano students of all ages. Passionate collaborative pianist who is comfortable working with both professionals and students.
Soprano Allison Cecilia Arends is a graduate of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program, and received her Masters of Music at the University of Toronto Opera School and her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Victoria. She is active as a performer, adjudicator, educator, clinician, and examiner.
As a graduate of Taylor University, University of Michigan, University of Alberta and Northwestern University, Ms. Babbel brings enthusiasm, encouragement and unique insight to her adjudication. Voice Department head at Trinity University in Chicago and Founding Artistic Director of Opera Kelowna with a international solo career make for a well-rounded and exciting presence at festivals.
Dr. Bianca Baciu has led an active career as performer, pedagogue, clinician and adjudicator.
She teaches piano, piano literature and performance wellness at Grant MacEwan University. She is a RCM Examiner and a certified mindfulness instructor and performing arts medicine practitioner. Her students have received numerous performance awards locally, nationally and internationally. One of her passions is cultivating a growth mindset in students.
Degrees/Diplomas from RCM, Western University, and the University of Calgary. Teaching experience spanning middle school to university levels, years of adjudicating festivals from coast to coast, as well as involvement with community music groups. An enthusiastic advocate for sharing music making experiences through the enjoyment of participating in music festivals...
Amy Boyes maintains a busy teaching schedule in Ottawa, ON, and has adjudicated music festivals throughout Eastern Canada, from Prince Edward Island to Manitoba.
Jean Brown has been teaching for 40 years in the Lower Mainland and has prepared many students for their ARCT diplomas.
beginners and sharing in their musical journey.
The music education she provides not only helps students in examinations and competitions, but also increases self-esteem, poise, and memory. Above all she believes that by cultivating an awareness of the arts, one gains an awareness of what makes us human.
Amanda is a cross-over voice teacher with expertise in Classical and Contemporary voice techniques, and habilitative vocal processes. She brings a combination of experience and enthusiasm to her adjudications, clinics and workshops, fuelled by a passion for the art and mechanics of singing.
As an award-winning concert pianist, Clark Bryan has performed internationally, recorded 14 CD’s and has been featured on radio and television. In 2017, Mr. Bryan was given the Western Alumni Award of Merit and inducted into the Don Wright Faculty of Music Wall of Fame. In 2018, Clark was recognized with a Canada 150 Award through the House of Commons for his contributions to community and the nation.
Catherine is an active performer, teacher and adjudicator who strongly believes in the value of music in children’s lives and sees teaching music as giving young students ‘a gift for life’.
She is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association and a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music, College of Examiners and has assessed students across Canada. Her studio has a focus on intermediate and advanced piano, and is located in Surrey, BC.
A Juno-winning composer and pianist, I greatly enjoy working with students and musicians of all ages. Having taught at Queen's University for over 30 years, my speaking style is highly animated and I do everything I can to convey my love and understanding of music, often demonstrating concepts at the keyboard. Recently I've been having great fun by donating my services to festivals in the presentation of a solo recital of my own piano music as a scholarship fundraiser prior to the first class.
Pianist, (Solo and Collaborative) Piano teacher, Vocal Coach, Conductor, Festival Adjudicator, and Artistic Director of the Postmodern Camerata, Dr. Greg Caisley has worked throughout Western Canada playing, accompanying and recording with musicians and students for 30 years.