COMMUNITY BANDS, HIGH SCHOOL BANDS & WINDS
JASON CASLOR, ST. JOHN'S, NL
I am currently Assistant Professor of Instrumental Conducting at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL where I conduct the Wind Ensemble and implement the undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting programs.
Prior to arriving in Newfoundland, I spent three seasons as Resident Conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO) as well as numerous years as a public school instrumental and choral instructor. During my time with the TBSO, I conducted over 75 concerts (including a CBC Radio broadcast), designed and implemented a myriad of education and outreach initiatives, was instrumental is helping secure numerous local, provincial, and national grants, and recorded a full-length, internationally distributed CD with Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli. Described as "the lushest-sounding set of blues ever recorded in Canada", it received two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations.
In 2012, I received an “Excellence in Teaching Award” from the Memorial University of Newfoundland Students’ Union and have become increasingly active as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor for festivals, honour bands, and music camps across Canada. I have conducted/presented in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland. I have also had the pleasure of presenting in North Carolina and adjudicating in Virginia and am very excited to be conducting the National Youth Band of Canada in 2016.
I completed my Doctorate of Musical Arts (Conducting) at Arizona State University, my Master of Music (Conducting) at the University of Manitoba, and my Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees at the University of Saskatchewan. My mentors include Dale Lonis, Gary Hill, Wayne Bailey, Timothy Russell, Fraser Linklater, Marvin Eckroth, and Gene Aulinger.
I also get to spend a great deal of time doing research. Currently, I am developing software that will allow ensembles to easily establish high fidelity connections with guest conductors and composers over the Internet. I continue to be interested in spontaneous improvisation as it pertains to conducting pedagogy and large, school-based instrumental ensembles as well as the wind music of Giya Kancheli.
CHOIRS & SCHOOL MUSIC
LEE WILLINGHAM, WATERLOO, ON
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.
RACHEL EWING, TORONTO
Rachel Ewing began playing piano at the age of four and quickly discovered this was going to become her passion. Growing up in the Salvation Army meant she was exposed to different mediums for music making, including being a member of the Singing Company (children's choir) and at age seven, learning to play a brass instrument. She continued to be used in the Salvation Army's church services playing piano for services, offertories, and always being a member of the Salvation Army Band. She began competing in the local Kiwanis Music Festival from a young age in both piano and brass categories. Before deciding to pursue a degree in music, Rachel won the Founders Award, the highest award in the Festival against other competitors in voice, brass, and strings. Rachel went on to complete four years at The University of Western Ontario, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Honours in Music Education. She graduated from The University of Toronto with a Masters in Music Performance specializing in Collaborative Piano. Through all of her years of studying music, she continued her studies through The Royal Conservatory of Music and has completed her ARCT Diploma in Performance. Recent studies include living for a month in Sulmona, Italy, where she studied Opera and Italian language at one of the most recognized Summer Programs for musicians. She credits her success to many fine teachers including Gwen Beamish, Lydia Wong, Steven Philcox, and Kathryn Tremills. Rachel currently resides in Toronto where she is a freelance accompanist, piano teacher, and Assistant Coordinator of the Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto. She attends The Salvation Army North York Temple and plays tenor horn in the band. She is also a rehearsal pianist for the Upper Canada Chorus.
FRÉDÉRIC LACROIX, OTTAWA ON
Frédéric Lacroix has performed in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist, having performed with many of Canada’s most important musicians. He has made regular radio appearances on the Canadian CBC and SRC or the American NPR. Following the University of Ottawa’s purchase of a fortepiano in 1997, Frédéric has devoted part of his time to the study and performance of music on period keyboard instruments, for which he was recognized as the Westfield Center Performing Scholar for the 2008-09. He has recently performed Mozart piano concertos on the fortepiano with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra.
Intrigued by the seemingly infinite diversity of new music, Frédéric has enjoyed collaborating with composers and performers in the premiere of a number of Canadian and American works. Frédéric is also active as a composer, having composed for the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Society of American Music, the Canadian University Music Society, the Choeur Classique de l’Outaouais and other noted Canadian musicians. His song cycle, Nova Scotia Tartan (2004), is featured on Hail, a disc dedicated to Canadian Art Song.
Much in demand as collaborative artist, teacher, adjudicator and composer, he currently teaches at the University of Ottawa. He holds degrees from the University of Montreal, the University of Ottawa, and Cornell University, where he recently completed his Doctorate degree in keyboard performance practice with Malcolm Bilson. His other teachers include Marc Durand, Cynthia Floyd, Andrew Tunis, Jean-Paul Sévilla and Monique Collet-Samyn.
Frédéric Lacroix s’est présenté en concert à travers le Canada, les États-Unis, en Europe et en Asie comme soliste, chambriste, et pianiste collaborateur. On peut l’entendre régulièrement sur les ondes de la société Radio-Canada. Suite à l’achat d’un pianoforte (une copie d’un instrument d’Anton Walter de 1790) par l’université d’Ottawa, Frédéric dévoua une partie de son temps à l’étude et à l’interprétation de la musique sur les instruments de l’époque classique, travail pour lequel il se mérita le titre de ‘Westfield Center Performing Scholar’ pour l’année 2008-09. Il joua sur pianoforte des concertos de piano de Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart avec les orchestres symphoniques d’Albany, de Cape Cod, l’orchestre de chambre d’Ottawa, et l’orchestre de l’université Cornell.
Intrigué par la diversité musicale quasi-infinie de la musique nouvelle, Frédéric a collaboré avec plusieurs compositeurs et interprètes dans la création d’œuvres canadiennes et américaines. De plus, il est actif en tant que compositeur, ayant composé pour le festival de musique de chambre d’Ottawa, la Society of American Music, la Canadian University Music Society, le Chœur Classique de l’Outaouais et autres interprètes canadiens importants. Son cycle de mélodie, Nova Scotia Tartan (2004), est présenté sur Hail, un disque dévoué à la mélodie et à la poésie canadienne.
Un des musiciens les plus occupé de la région, Frédéric travaille en tant que pianiste, collaborateur, pédagogue (à l’université d’Ottawa), et compositeur. Il détient des diplômes de l’Université de Montréal, de l’Université d’Ottawa et de l’université Cornell, où il est présentement en train de terminer ses études doctorales en musique sous la tutelle de Malcolm Bilson. Il a aussi étudié le piano avec Marc Durand, Cynthia Floyd, Andrew Tunis, Jean-Paul Sévilla, et Monique Collet-Samyn.
SPEECH & DRAMA
PEGGY COFFEY, STRATFORD
Peggy Coffey began her professional career as an actor in 1977. Theatre credits include: leading roles at The Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, CanStage, The Grand theatre, Blyth Festival. Lighthouse Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Blue Water Festival, Factory Lab, Youththeatre Montreal, National Arts Centre, Canadian Mime Theatre. She has toured and performed in regional theatres across Canada. Teaching credits include: Director at The Shakespeare Summer School for the Stratford Festival, Instructor at St. Clair College Musical Theatre and Performance, Sheridan College Performance Prep Program, independent artist with The Foundation for Enriching Education. Peggy received her ‘Certificate of Completion’ in Chekhov Technique in 2011 in Boston. She is one of six Canadians to hold this distinction. Peggy shares her knowledge of this technique in her teaching and directing. Peggy is a founding member of Alternative Theatre Works. Productions include: Falling: A Wake, Bolsheviki, The Yalta Game, The Bear, Afterplay, and most recently an original adaptation of A Wind in the Willows Christmas. Peggy co-founded Springworks Indie Theatre and Arts Festival in 2011. She is the recipient of 3 Guthrie Awards from the Stratford Festival, and was honoured to be named ‘Woman of the Year in Arts in Culture’ in her community 2013. Alternative Theatre Works also run Studio 219, an acting studio in Stratford. Recent credits: The Seagull with The Chekhov Collective at Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, The Valley for Essential Collective Theatre, and Almost Maine for Harley Dog Productions.
Peggy has adjudicated for the Alberta Provincial Music Festival Finals, Kiwanis Festival Music Festival in Stratford, at the Ontario Provincial Finals, for the Stratford Festival teaching intensives, and for the Sears Drama Festival.
Peggy is thrilled to be invited to adjudicate at Stratford Kiwanis Music Festival. Peggy makes her home in Stratford, Ontario.
STRINGS CLASSICAL, FIDDLE & POP
MARTHA GREGORY, PICKERING ON
Martha Gregory was born in Rochester, New York where she studied violin, piano and voice at the Hochstein School of Music, The Eastman School of Music and Roberts Wesleyan College. Her string studies involved classical and Suzuki methods. After moving to Canada in 1974, she established a private studio in Pickering, Ontario that she still maintains. She currently performs with the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra and is principal violinist with the Hamstrings of Durham Trio. She has been an active freelance performer in classical voice, music theatre, violin and piano. Martha has been involved with music festivals for the last 28 years and has been Executive Director of the Pickering GTA Music Festival for 15 years. She is in her 7th year as President of the Ontario Music Festivals Association and has enjoyed adjudicating all across Canada.
KAREN REED, KITCHENER
Karen Reed was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario. A member of the renowned musical Reed family, she began her career at the age of four. Karen studied classical accordion under the tutelage of her Aunt, World Accordion Champion, Iona Reed and learned to play the fiddle from her father, Ron Reed.
Karen has been a career fiddler most of her life. During her competition years, Karen won numerous awards. 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
Lori Gemmell has been the Principal Harpist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony since 2000. She currently teaches at Wilfred Laurier University, at Redeemer University College and privately at her home studio in Toronto. Lori enjoys being involved in many solo and chamber music projects: with the Four Seasons Harp Quartet , with trumpeter, Larry Larson, improvising with her harp duo partner, Jennifer Swartz, harp and storytelling with her husband Tom Allen, and playing with pop artists Kevin Fox and Feist. Lori has two solo recordings, Prelude and Canadian Music for Harp, a harp duo recording with Jennifer Swartz, The Garden of Peacocks, and Divertissement with trumpeter Larry Larson.
VOICE JUNIOR & SENIOR
Carolyn Hart, soprano, is a frequent performer of recital, oratorio and orchestral repertoire. She performs regularly in the Chicago area and has toured extensively throughout Canada and Great Britain. Further concerts have taken her to Hong Kong, Korea and most recently New York and Paris. She especially enjoys the collaboration of chamber music and performs with a variety of instrumental ensembles. Her CD Not Your Usual Lineup features newly commissioned Canadian works for soprano, clarinet and piano. She has been frequently broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio and television, as well as WFMT (Chicago), KPAC (Texas Public Radio) and Korean National Radio.
Carolyn holds degrees from the University of Toronto, and completed her Doctorate at the University of British Columbia. Further studies have taken her to the Banff School of Fine Arts (Boris Goldovsky); Britten-Pears School (Peter Pears) in Aldeburgh, England; and the Académie de Musique (Hughes Cuenod) in Lausanne Switzerland.
She has adjudicated extensively throughout Canada and has also served as juror for the Canada Council and the Eckhardt-Grammatté Competition. Before moving to Chicago, she was on faculty at the School of Music, Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland where she was honoured with the “President’s Award for Outstanding Research”. Presently she is an Associate Professor, and Chair of Voice at Wheaton College in Chicago where she was recently honored with the “Senior Teaching Achievement Award”.
VOICE POP & MUSIC THEATRE
JEANNIE WYSE, TORONTO
Jeannie recently 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 Producations) 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 and has appeared as a soloist with the AIMS Festival Orchestra, Summer Opera Lab, Vocalpoint Chamber Choir and the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir with whom she was a Vocal Coach for seven years. Jeannie has been on the music faculty at the Randolph Academy for the past 14 years, conducts the Intermediate Chorus for the Canadian Children’s Opera Company and was Associate Music Director at Metropolitan Community Church Toronto for 8 years. She has also served as keyboardist for Seussical, Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia!, Pelagie and Lord of the Rings. Jeannie holds Associateship Diplomas in Voice and Piano from the Western Conservatory of Music and studied Opera at the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She has a private studio teaching Musical Theatre, Pop and Classical voice and is also active as a Clinician and Adjudicator.