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I am always excited to work with young students. After many years of adjudicating and teaching it is a privilege to pass on my experiences to up and coming musicians.
Adjudicator, Conductor, Educator, Clinician, Clarinetist, Saxophonist
After 30+ successful years as a Music educator, John's passion for music is at the forefront of his work with developing and mature musicians. Always positive, always constructive, always encouraging, John is a sought after clinician and festival adjudicator for solo instrumental, bands, orchestras and chamber musicians.
Violinist; Conductor; RCM Certified Teacher; Founder of Lavender Chamber Ensemble.
Kwan is an experienced violinist who has performed a lot of works including concertos with orchestras. His deep understanding of string instruments and integrity in teaching has been tremendous access in adjudicating. His feedbacks from music festivals are strongly recommended. His encouragement and professional insights have been helping a lot of students through their performances in music festivals.
Peggy L'Hoir is an innovative and energetic pedagogue who has been educating,
empowering and enthusing music students for over four decades. Her students range in age from four to seventy-four, studying piano performance, accompanying, theory, improvisation,
collaborative performance and composition. Peggy's unique adjudicating style has brought positive energy,
connection and humour to festivals for over two decades.
A multi-disciplinary artist, Dr. Laberge has been a performer, voice teacher, music director and stage director in Canada and the United States. A classically trained Soprano and specialist in Musical Theatre history and pedagogy, Dr. Laberge is a regular music festival adjudicator, and lecturer on vocal health for singers and actors. She is currently on faculty at Ambrose University, and maintains a thriving private voice studio.
Collaborative pianist Amélie Langlois currently maintains a full private music studio and she works as a vocal coach and accompanist at the Centre d'excellence artistique De La Salle. Amélie is an examiner for Conservatory Canada, and since 2017, she has been examining for them in China for the United States Music Certification Exams.
Dr. Sonia Lee has given performances, talks and masterclasses in more than eighteen countries on four continents. Her performances have been praised by critics as "masterly" (Aliénor, US) and possessing "grace and flair" (Sounding Board, UK). Her discography includes solo and collaborative projects, featuring rediscovered music of Antonia Bembo, Joseph Weigl, Georg Berg, and Leopold Kozeluch. Dr. Lee is also a guest director, writer, editor, arranger and composer. www.sonialeemusic.com
Dr. Jacqueline Leung is a performer, adjudicator and teaching artist of international scope, having appeared professionally in North and South America, Europe, the Middle-East and Hong Kong as a guest artist. A gold medal teacher and RCM examiner continually researching historical performance practices, Jackie offers a wealth of knowledge to young artists as a masterclass/workshop clinician and adjudicator. D.M.A piano performance- Stony Brook University, M.Mus + B.Mus - McGill.
I especially enjoy adjudicating junior piano
Have operated a private studio for over 30 years
Past President of NB Registered Music Teachers' Association
Executive Director for NB Federation of Music Festivals
Executive Director for Federation of Canadian Music Festivals
Love to quilt!
3 grown children and 8 grandchildren
Canadian soprano Elizabeth McDonald has a diverse career as a performer and teacher. As a member of the trio Women on the Verge, Elizabeth is committed to commissioning and performing works about women written by women. As a teacher, her students have won major awards including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition, the Canadian Opera Company Centre Stage Competition, and the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition.
I have taught Speech Arts and Drama for 30 years in group and private lessons. Adjudication has taken me to many parts of the country, where has been a joy for me to interact with students of all ages. Speech Arts is a vital part of a rounded education, and I want to continue to encourage students and mentor teachers for as long as I'm able.
Kent has been the Director of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University in Ohio since 2019, having accepted this position after spending 18 years at St. Olaf College in Minnesota as a Professor of Piano Performance and more recently also department chair and Associate Dean of Fine Arts.
I’ve been teaching piano since I was 12 years old. I have a master’s degree in music and have performed throughout Canada as well as in the U.S. and France. I’ve taught in university, conservatory and festival settings, as well as maintaining a private studio with students ranging from proficient adults to promising beginners. After two decades of experience at festivals from coast to coast, I’ve come to prefer adjudicating intermediate and senior classes.