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A southwestern Ontario native, Michele Capalbo has performed internationally for over 20 years. Michele is certified in the Alexander Technique and has adjudicated all vocal styles. She believes in early performance opportunities for singers. From her first performances in local music festivals, Michele ultimately advanced to win the Liederdranz Competition and George London Foundation Canadian Singer Award in NYC. She is a grant recipient of the Canada Council and Vancouver Opera Guild.
Chinese-Canadian conductor, pianist and educator, based in Southern Ontario. Past president of Choirs Ontario, Artistic Director of Babεl, Sessional Lecturer at the University of Toronto (Conductor of Women's Chorus) and Director of Music at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church.
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Paul Coates holds ARCT diplomas in both piano and voice as well as a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the University of Western Ontario. He also studied at the Chautauqua Institute and the Banff School of Fine Arts. He was privileged to perform for Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in London England and has attended master classes with Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Elly Ameling and Rudolph Jansen.
Toronto-based pianist, Chamber Music Faculty at the Royal Conservatory's Phil and Eli Taylor Academy. Active as a soloist, collaborative pianist, repetiteur, teacher, adjudicator.
Liz Craig (B.Mus, ARCT, RMT) is an award winning, Toronto-based pianist who performs for over 100 weddings and events each year. While classically trained, Liz performs a wide variety of styles of music including her own arrangements of jazz and popular songs. She has been teaching piano since 2006 as well as adjudicating and examining. She is an active member of ORMTA where she serves as President of the Central Toronto Branch. Liz also enjoys presenting at conferences throughout North America.
Alan holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance (UBC). For over 35 years he has been teaching a full class of students at all levels. Many of Alan’s former students are active members of the music profession. Alan is on the faculty of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music, where he recently completed a term as Chair of the Piano Department. . He is a director and pianist with Vancouver's West Coast Chamber Music. and is active as an adjudicator and as an examiner for the RCM
Dr. Ron de Jager is Professor of Music and Voice at Briercrest College where he teaches applied voice, vocal pedagogy, vocal master class and music theory. Additionally, he enjoys directing opera scenes, musical theatre and is the Artistic Director of a Briercrest Christmas. He enjoys performing solo recitals, opera and musical theatre. As an adjudicator, Ron’s goal is “to encourage each singer to continue sharing the gift of music through singing.”
As a professional music educator and participant in many music festivals, I firmly believe in the educational value of our music festivals. My approach is to focus on the efforts and results of each performer, rather than deal in generalities, with a goal of both affirming the efforts of our young musicians and motivating them to move forward with individual and constructive suggestions. I particularly welcome the opportunity to workshop with the students if that is part your festival structure.
Dr. David Dick is Principal Trombone of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at the University of Regina, where he directs the jazz ensemble, teaches music theory and brass classes, as well as applied trombone lessons for the university and the conservatory.
Three-time Carnegie Hall performer Haley Marie became the founder and director of Aurelia Productions in 2011: a company devoted to creating The Men Behind the Music series, introducing the behind-the-scenes history of composers through projections, storytelling and live performance.
Prior to forming Aurelia Productions, Miss Marie obtained degrees from the Royal
Conservatory of Music, McGill University and the prestigious School of Music at Yale
A native Calgarian, Kathy Dornian is a nationally respected pedagogue, chamber musician, adjudicator and senior RCM examiner. Since 1985 she has served on faculty at Mount Royal University Conservatory where she pursues an extensive and versatile career as a musician. Kathy is also a visiting faculty member at the Beijing Central Conservatory. Known as a kind, inspiring and imaginative teacher who fosters curiosity, she is certainly one of Calgary’s most in-demand and sought after teachers.
Jarred Dunn has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Australia. He teaches piano to young people and teachers, gives lectures, adjudicates in competitions, and is featured on Tonebase Piano (online learning platform of noted pianists). He studied in Toronto, New York, Katowice and Bydgoszcz, and lives in Montreal.