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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.
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.”
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.
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.
Cheryl Duvall is a multifaceted pianist with a penchant for musical risk taking and adventure. She regularly appears as a soloist, collaborative pianist, adjudicator, teacher, examiner, producer and panelist and has toured and performed throughout Canada, Japan, Europe, Argentina and the U.S. Besides her active performance career, she is a passionate educator, with a full piano private studio, has adjudicated throughout Canada and is a member of the Royal Conservatory's College of Examiners.