GORDON SHEPHARD, TORONTO
Gord Shephard holds a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario and is working towards his Master’s in Music at York University. Gord has taught music for over twenty years at the high-school level in York Region. Gord has been on faculty at the National Music Camp of Canada and has adjudicated at numerous music festivals -- most recently Toronto and Quinte. He is also the founder and music director of the Aurora Community Band.
BRASS, WINDS, PERCUSSION & HIGH SCHOOL BAND
GUY FEW, KITCHENER
Guy Few is a gold medal graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and holds a Fellowship Diploma from Trinity College, London, England. He has appeared as a soloist with many Canadian and US orchestras including the Toronto, Vancouver, Quebec, Winnipeg, Santa Rosa, and Oregon Bach Festival Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber musician, Guy performs and records on a regular basis with Stephanie Mara, Nadina Mackie Jackson and Bellows and Brass. He is a sessional lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University where he teaches trumpet and chamber music.
CHOIRS & SCHOOL MUSIC
MARTA MCCARTHY, GUELPH
Dr. Marta McCarthy, Conductor, is a Professor at the University of Guelph, School of Fine Art & Music. She has been directing the four choirs and teaching musicianship and music education at the University of Guelph for fourteen years. As Advisor to the Applied Performance Programme at the University of Guelph, Dr. McCarthy coaches instrumentalists and vocalists in many aspects of professional music making. She is a graduate of Westminster Choir College of Princeton (M.Mus), Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT, piano) and University of Toronto (B.Mus, B.Ed., Ph.D.).
MICHEL FAIGAUX, STRATFORD
Michel Faigaux is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada. He was hired into the
Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1990 where he was promoted to soloist. He then danced with the National
Ballet of Canada from 1995-1998, and also with Alberta Ballet from 1998-2001. Michel went on to
have an extensive guesting career, performing and guest teaching in the USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore,
Europe, China, Egypt and more. On film, Michel has had the pleasure to dance with Martin Short
and Mikhail Baryshnikov. More recently Michel has been a featured dancer in music theatre productions,
including three seasons at the Stratford Festival. He currently teaches at the National Ballet School
and is a guest teacher in Japan.
Additional dance adjudicators will be announced as they are confirmed.
DR. GERARD YUN, WATERLOO
Dr. Gerard Yun is Interim Director of the Wilfrid Laurier Choral Program and Professor of Music Education. In addition to his duties at Laurier, he is guest conductor/composer for the Hamilton Children's Choir in Hamilton, Ontario. Dr. Yun has held numerous professional posts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, The Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra, The Colorado Lyric Theatre, and The Sacramento Master Singers. Before moving to Canada he was Director of Choral Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and professor of Voice and Choirs at Southern Utah University. Although trained in Western music, Dr. Yun has an intense interest in global music forms and cultural contexts. In addition to choral/orchestral conducting Dr. Yun composes and performs professionally on the Japanese shakuhachi.
AURY MURRAY, TORONTO
Aury Murray has Associates in Piano and Voice from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music (Conservatory Canada) and she holds an Honours BA (Music Major) from Lakehead University. While teaching piano and voice in Thunder Bay, she taught vocal ensemble for the Music Department of Lakehead University and guest lectured for their Faculty of Education. In 1995 she moved to Toronto where she established her teaching studio and served on the Provincial Council of ORMTA.
DR. THOMAS GREEN, WINDSOR
Dr. Thomas Green holds a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University, a Master’s in Performance from the Universite de Montreal and a Ph.D in Music History from Brandeis University. Dr. Green has taught music history at McGill University, the University of Toronto and the University of Windsor for several years, and served as Senior Editor at the Frederick Harris Music Company in Oakville. Dr. Green has adjudicated at music festivals across Ontario and has examined and given workshops in nearly every Canadian province on behalf of RCM Examinations. He currently maintains a large class of piano students and teaches music history and harmony at the Academie Ste. Cecile and at his private studio in Windsor.
SPEECH & DRAMA
EDWARD DARANYI, STRATFORD
Edward Daranyi is the Stratford Festival - Resident Teaching Artist and in his past 10 year at the Stratford Festival he has served as an Assistant and Associate Director. Edward recently co-created a landmark multi-disciplined adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet in Mozambique with Shakespeare Link Canada and Montes Numuli. Edward is a BFA acting graduate of the University of Windsor and has taught acting at the University of Guelph, Michigan State University, Universidad de San Salvador, and the National Theatre School of Canada; His production company, In the Blink, produces youth-oriented theatre in the Toronto area.
STRINGS CLASSICAL, FIDDLE & POP
ANITA BUTTEMER, WATERLOO
Anita Buttemer holds a Master of Music from Ithaca College and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto. She has been teaching violin and viola to students from ages 3 to 80 and from beginner to university preparatory level for over twenty five years. Previously, Anita has taught at the North York Suzuki School of Music in Toronto, the Waldorf School of the Finger Lakes in Ithaca, New York, and the Suzuki String School of Guelph. Anita is a founding member and Artistic Director of Suzuki Talent Education of Waterloo, a quickly growing music school. She performs regularly as a member the Waterloo Chamber Players, the Quinten Ensemble, and as a freelance musician in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
KAREN REED, KITCHENER
Karen Reed has been a career fiddler most of her life. During her competition years, Karen won numerous awards; for instance, she was ranked as one of Canada’s top ten open fiddlers at the Canadian Open Fiddle Championships in Shelburne, Ontario. Other highlights include: 12 and Under Canadian Champion, Women's Open Canadian Champion, Canadian Open Novelty Champion – runner up, North America Women's Open Champion, Ontario Open Champion and Grand Masters Finalist. Karen is a full-time fiddle instructor, performer/entertainer, fiddle competition adjudicator, Director of the Orangeville Fiddle and Step Dance Camp, and is a freelance workshop and camp instructor.
STRINGS HARP & GUITAR
SHARLENE WALLACE, TORONTO
Sharlene Wallace is both a Classical harpist and one of Canada's most prolific and influential Celtic harp players. Winner of two international lever (Celtic) harp competitions, she has created five CDs which include many of her original compositions. Sharlene tours internationally giving concerts, workshops, masterclasses, adjudications and performing in numerous festivals and concert series across North America and in Europe. She is on the faculty of York University teaching lever and pedal harps. Her own Classical performance degree is from the University of Toronto. Sharlene is currently principal harpist with Kingston, Guelph and Oakville Symphonies and has been both pedal and lever harp soloist with orchestras throughout Ontario. www.sharlenewallace.com
PATRICK FEELY, BRANTFORD
Guitarist Patrick Feely has performed across Canada as a solo musician. As a chamber musician, he has performed concerti with the McMaster University Orchestra and extensively with his duo partner Dr. Brad Mahon, as “The East West Guitar Duo”. He is a faculty member with the School of the Arts at McMaster University and a member of the College of Examiners with the Royal Conservatory. Patrick earned the Applied Music Diploma in jazz guitar from Mohawk College, the Bachelor of Music Degree from McMaster University, The Masters of Music Degree in Performance from the University of Toronto, and A.R.C.T.'s in Performance and pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory. He is the Artistic Director of The Guitar Society of Brantford, the Director of the Brantford Guitar Orchestras, and the Chairman of the Education and Outreach Committee's at both the Guitar Society of Toronto and the Sauble Beach Guitar festival.
VOICE JUNIOR & SENIOR
TORIN CHILES, LONDON
Tenor Torin Chiles is a member of the voice faculty at the University of Western Ontario. He performs with major opera companies and orchestras throughout Canada and the United States. Torin played the role of Pang in Puccini’s Turandot in Vancouver, Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Arizona. His performances with orchestras include: National Arts Centre, Detroit, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, Victoria and Kitchener Waterloo.
VOICE POP & MUSIC THEATRE
JEANNIE WYSE, TORONTO
Jeannie appeared as the Vocal Coach for CBC’s Over The Rainbow, and was the Musical Director for The Full Monty (Rose Theatre) and Hair at The Grand Theatre (London). Previous shows include Jersey Boys (Dancap), The Sound of Music (Mirvish), Mary Poppins (Drayton Entertainment), The Rocky Horror Show (Randolph Academy), Side by Side by Sondheim (Sonus Stage Productions) and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Georgian Theatre Festival). Jeannie has toured North America with Riverdance - The Show, and toured and recorded extensively with the Elmer Iseler Singers. Jeannie has been on the music faculty at the Randolph Academy for the past 14 years.
MARNIE KERSTAN, TORONTO
Marnie performs professionally as an actor and musician. Select credits include ‘Jersey Boys’ (Dancap), ‘Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story’ (Charlottetown Festival, Stage West Calgary & Port Hope Festival), ‘Queen of the Mist’ (SMILE Theatre), ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Oliver’ (Port Hope Festival). A multi-instrumentalist as well as music theatre performer, Marnie holds a BMus in Voice Performance from Queen’s University, and a Diploma in Musical Theatre from Randolph Academy. She runs a thriving private voice studio, is on the voice faculty at Randolph Academy, and serves as Head of Musical Theatre at Balletomane in Oakville. She has also taught at Sheridan College Prep Program, Stage It Performing Arts, Appleby College and Oakville Academy for the Performing Arts.