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Mary Ficzere is the manager of the Enriched Studies Program at the Merriam School of Music in addition to an active performing career as a collaborative pianist. Mary has been teaching for over 25 years and many of her students have achieved significant awards/scholarships and pursued music post secondary. Mary enjoys teaching a wide variety of music genres including classical, jazz and pop. As a collaborative pianist, Mary works with instrumentalists and vocalists throughout the GTA.
I have adjudicated the National Music Festival, twice (in Edmonton and Waterloo),The Hong Kong Music Festival 5 times, and the National finals of the Canadian Music Competition (Quebec 2016). Adjudicating has taken Dr. Fisher from coast to coast, many times doing provincial and regular festivals, for example 7 times in Calgary, 7 times in London Ontario, Toronto, Vancouver,St.John's to Victoria. (Please read the bio below.)
Hi there. I'm a singer/actor/musician with a busy performing career and an active studio. I love working with singers both one on one and in group settings. I believe that we learn best with down-to-earth instruction generously infused with humour and positivity. Music is storytelling and our lives are richer because of this.
I have been adjudicating festivals all over the Maritime provinces and Ontario for the past 25 years. My philosophy and goal is to give every participant a good experience no matter what level or experience of singing they have. Giving them confidence and encouragement while giving them helpful information to improve. Encouraging them to be better and to continue to make music for the rest of their lives wether it's professionally or simply for pleasure. Music nurtures the brain and soul.
Robert is an award-winning pianist and singer/songwriter, as well as a Music Director, accompanist (vocal, instrumental and dance), choir director, vocal/repertoire coach, entertainer, and educator. Comfortable with opera, classical, theatre, and pop/rock/jazz repertoire, he also creates original multi- genre music. He writes and performs with his band "The Fairest and Best", and is known for his sight-reading and accompanying skills. His adjudications combine helpful analysis and humour!
Ian Green is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (A.R.C.T. , Piano Performance, 2006) and Queen’s University (Bachelor of Music, 2006). Mr. Green is a sought-after professional accompanist and musician specializing in jazz and classical styles.
Ian is an enthusiastic music educator and clinician; he owns a thriving music studio; is a recording artist, having released many albums through Element 80 Records (Vancouver). He is managed by Mercury Artists Management (Vancouver)
Eleanor Gummer has adjudicated festivals across Ontario for over 30 years. She is an examiner with Conservatory Canada and a former senior examiner with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Ms Gummer holds a Master's degree in Piano Performance from McGill University, a Bachelor of Music degree, Fellowship and Licentiate diplomas from Trinity College and an ARCT in Performance. She is active with the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association and teaches a large studio of students.
Dr. Joan B. Heels is a well qualified and experienced Vocal and Choral adjudicator, and also is a Member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has also adjudicated Speech Arts, Junior Piano, Instrumental (Brass and Woodwinds), Steel Bands and Marching Bands when necessary. Joan has adjudicated in many Canadian Provincials, and also in the Bahamas. Dr. Heels is also an avid Rotarian, Zontian and Toastmaster.
An actor and singer, Jennifer is uniquely qualified in Voice, Musical Theatre, and Speech Arts. She has performed, adjudicated and taught in all these fields for over 20 years.