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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.
Pianist, teacher and adjudicator residing in Calgary
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.
"I support aspiring musicians in realizing their personal and professional potential by helping them discover and develop their creative abilities and musical interests. Nothing gives me more fulfilment or greater satisfaction than guiding artistic souls in advancing their musical and technical capabilities to the level that grants them the creative freedom to follow their imagination."
I am an associate professor at Western University, where I teach trumpet. I frequently perform solo and concerto engagements, chamber music, and with top orchestras across southwestern Ontario.
Teaching is a passion for me, and I enjoy working with students of all ages and backgrounds as part of the adjudication process at music festivals. I have experience adjudicating all wind and brass instruments plus concert bands, wind ensembles and jazz ensembles.
Ms. Hörst has sung oratorio and operatic works with orchestras and major choirs across Canada and the USA. Ms. Hörst has won several international competitions including the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Ms. Hörst holds a Masters of Music from Western, where she currently teaches voice. Hörst Studio students frequently appear with Mirvish, Drayton Entertainment and the Stratford Festival.
Frank is an award-winning & critically-acclaimed multi-genre composer, recording artist & concert pianist. A graduate of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto & the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), Frank is very active within the field of music education with over twenty years of teaching experience. Along with maintaining a private teaching studio, Frank regularly conducts workshops & master classes, adjudicates festivals, is the author of a book & several articles on music education.
Irene Ilic holds a Masters Degree in Voice Performance and has a thriving teaching practice in Newmarket, Ontario. She is passionate about training singers of all ages in a variety of styles, from classical to musical theatre. She believes in encouraging young talent and inspiring a lifelong love of music in everyone who enters her studio. Irene is in demand as an adjudicator with extensive experience who is noted for her positive attitude and comments to both soloists and choirs. (NATS, ORMTA)
Associate Professor of Brass Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island (retired). Other duties included teaching instrumental conducting and music history.
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