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Dale Sorensen is a passionate performer and promoter of Canadian music, who has premiered more than 20 solo trombone pieces and dozens of chamber works, and recorded an all-Canadian CD of music for trombone. As an orchestral musician, Sorensen performs regularly with Symphony Nova Scotia, the PEISO, and the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra, and has freelanced throughout southwestern Ontario. A dedicated educator, he has taught at UPEI, Dalhousie, MUN, Mount Allison, and U of T.
A frequent and popular adjudicator at over 150 festivals for the past 25 years, Peter Stoll teaches clarinet, chamber music, performance studies and the Business of Music at the University of Toronto. Known for his positive and encouraging comments and work with festival participants in woodwinds, brass, percussion, instrumental, band, orchestra and chamber music classes, Peter has adjudicated at 15 Provincial finals and twice at the Nationals. Compiler of the 2014 RCM clarinet syllabus.
Soprano Caroleve Thompson-Fonseka is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music with degrees in performance and teaching. Her performance experience encompasses opera, oratorio, sacred, lieder, concert and musical theatre repertoire. As a teacher she has been working with students of all ages and levels for over twenty years, preparing them for exams and music festivals. She also enjoys sharing her music knowledge with young singers through adjudicating assignments.
Dr. Tithecott resides in London Ontario, where she is an Assistant Professor at Western University. A member of the College of Examiners with the Royal Conservatory of Music, she also maintains a varied career as a private studio instructor, adjudicator, vocal coach, collaborative pianist and clinician. An active member of ORMTA, Dr. Tithecott currently serves as the President of the London Branch.
Ever since the first adjudicating experience in 1998, I have enjoyed working with young musicians across Canada and the United States. It is a privilege to empower, encourage and motivate young musicians to develop musicianship and realize full artistic potential. I always look forward to serving music festivals.
My passion is to help all musicians grow - not only to help them develop their technical and musical skills, but also to nurture a lifelong love of music. As a licensed Andover Educator®, I specialize in the physiology of movement and cultivating an open and inclusive mindset for music making. I regularly work with a variety of levels and ages of students—from beginner to advanced. I am committed to celebrating student’s achievements and providing them a positive learning experience.
After teaching at the post-secondary level for thirty years Dr. Dale Wheeler now maintains a small private studio and is a senior examiner, clinician, and online facilitator for the Royal Conservatory of Music. He holds the doctorate in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma as well as credentials from the University of Saskatchewan and Trinity College of Music. Dale has appeared as a performer, adjudicator, and lecturer from across Canada and throughout the U.S.
A leading interpreter of contemporary music, Allison Wiebe Benstead is a frequent performer throughout North America and the UK.
Currently on the Piano Performance faculty at Western University in London, Ontario and a Senior Piano examiner with the Royal Conservatory of Music, she maintains an active performing, adjudicating and teaching career.
Voice, Choral, School Music, Piano (Jr)
Canadian pianist, teacher and composer Graham Yates has lived in Texas since 2014 where he owns North Austin Piano Studio and is a busy collaborative pianist with choirs, churches, schools, and soloists. He loves to connect with audiences and students alike to create meaningful experiences through music of many kinds.