Adjudicators 2017 Barrie Music Festival

JUNIOR PIANO – Paul Coates
SENIOR PIANO – Cecile Desrosiers
POP VOCAL – Lucas Marchand
MUSIC THEATRE – Emma Ferrante
GUITAR – Patrick Feely

STRINGS – Lynn Kuo
BRASS & WOODWINDS – Michele Jacot
BANDS – Michele Jacot
CLASSICAL VOICE – Todd Wieczorek
CHOIRS – Gerard Yun

Adjudicators 2017 Barrie Music Festival - Paul Coates - Junior Piano


Paul Coates holds ARCT diplomas in both piano and voice as well as a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the University of Western Ontario.  He also studied at the Chautauqua Institute and the Banff School of Fine Arts.  He was privileged to perform for Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in London England and has attended master classes with Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Elly Ameling and Rudolph Jansen.
Since his graduation he has enjoyed an active and varied performing career as both singer and accompanist, including solo concerts, chamber music, appearances with orchestras, CBC and TV Ontario broadcasts.
Paul has been a faculty member of the School of Music of Windsor and the Royal Conservatory of Music where he taught in both the Community School and the Glenn Gould Professional School.
Currently he maintains a private studio in Stratford.  He is also active as an adjudicator and a clinician for ORMTA and is excited about his new series of talk for any organization on “FINDING A KINDER WAY – to BE who YOU ARE!”
Mr. Coates has examined for RCM & CC has been travelling across Canada presenting a workshop for teachers, parents and studentss entitled: “Calming the Practice Monster.”  NEW “The Studio Monster Experience” – Practice Tips & Tools that make a Difference.   Contact Regal Monster Productions if interested in booking a TALK!


Adjudicators 2017 Barrie Music Festival - Susanne Hughes - Intermediate Piano


Susanne Hughes is the winner of the University of Western Ontario gold medal for high standard in performance. She received the
ARCT in Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music and the A.Mus. from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music.
Susanne began her music studies at four years of age, having studied with such distinguished teachers as Katherine Horton, Boris Berlin, George Coutts and Clifford Poole.
Susanne`s professional career began as a teacher on the faculty of Alma College in St Thomas, Ontario. Her musical activities for the
past several years have been centered around her studio in Woodstock, teaching all levels of piano. Many of her students have
graduated with high honours in their Associate Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Susanne has been Director of
Music at several churches.
She maintains an active career as a teacher, performer, adjudicator, accompanist and music consultant and appeared with a recital
group at the International Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario.  Susanne brings a wealth of knowledge gained through many years of teaching.


Adjudicators 2017 Barrie Music Festival - Cécile Desrosiers - Senior Piano


Pianist and harpsichordist Cécile Desrosiers holds diplomas from McGill University in Montreal, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London England, and the University of Western Ontario, where she completed her Masters of Music in Literature and Performance in 1995. Her thesis was entitled: François Couperin et les idées féministes de son temps; son influence sur quelques femmes clavecinistes. She was invited several times to give lecture-recitals on this topic, notably at the International Conference Feminist Theory and Music, held at the Eastman School of Music.
As a pianist she has held positions at the Pré-Conservatoire de Musique in Montreal, the University of Saskatchewan, the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec in Gatineau, Brock University, McMaster University, and is currently an Associate Performance Teacher (piano) at Carleton University. Starting in September, she will also be teaching at the University of Ottawa (Piano Ensemble).
Ms Desrosiers has given many chamber music and solo concerts in Canada and had the opportunity to premiere a number of specially commissioned Canadian works. She has been featured as soloist with the Brandon and McMaster University orchestras, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, the Niagara Symphony and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. She also performed as orchestra keyboardist with the latter three organizations and with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. She has been heard on WQXR-FM (New York) and on numerous CBC and Radio-Canada broadcast, as well as in prestigious Canadian festivals such as the Festival of the Sound, the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival.
She remains very active as a collaborative pianist and is in great demand as an adjudicator and examiner for Conservatory Canada. She can be heard on the soundtrack of the recently released feature film “Gooby”, on Sinfonia Toronto’s CD “The Hollywood Flute”, as well as on the CD “Premieres”, on the Cambria label.


Adjudicators 2017 Barrie Music Festival - Lucas Marchand - Pop Vocal


Originally from Victoria, BC, Lucas Marchand has been singing on the stage since he was three years old. In high school, Lucas played keyboards and sang with the Vic High R&B Band where he had the opportunity to perform with Martha Reeves. He went on to study voice at the University of Victoria earning a BMus with distinction. During this time he sang with the UVic Chamber singers, touring and performing across four continents.
In 2005 Lucas moved to Toronto where he won a spot singing tenor with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and remained performing with them for six seasons. During his tenure, The Chorale had the distinction of being chosen to represent Canada by performing at Barack Obama’s inauguration in Washington DC.
Having settled in Toronto, Lucas began building his own private voice teaching practice and frequently travelled to Los Angeles to study vocal pedagogy with renowned instructor Seth Riggs (Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross etc.). Lucas completed a Master’s degree in music education at the University of Toronto in 2011 before joining Cadence in January 2012. In addition to his performing and educational work with Cadence, he is the music director of three choirs at the Regent Park School of Music, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable programming to low-income families in the Toronto area.
In recent years, Lucas has led vocal workshops with Toronto’s Share The Music program featuring Bobby McFerrin, SING – the Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, Cadence’s Camp A Cappella, Choir Fest Middle East, and The Youth Opera of El Paso.


Adjudicators 2017 Barrie Music Festival - Emma Ferrante - Music Theatre


Emma Ferrante began her studies in theatre at the University of Ottawa, and then went on to specialize with an Advanced Musical Theatre Diploma at St Lawrence College. She is a theatre performer, director, and teacher in Toronto, ON. Select performance credits include: Mrs. Van Daan, The Diary of Anne Frank, Sister Margaretta/Frau Schmidt, The Sound of Music, Bird Woman/Mrs. Corry, Mary Poppins, as well as the Lady of the Lake in Spamalot! for which she was nominated for a Broadway World Award (Best Leading Actress-Musical). Emma voiced 5 female characters, most notably Violet Bick, from the beloved movie It’s a Wonderful Life, in a live radio play this past Christmas season. She has just returned from a successful run of Fame!, The Musical, having played the role of Miss Sherman at the Madinat Theatre in Dubai.

Emma began directing in 2014 with Love+Hate (The Peptides), which premiered at the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Love+Hate went on to the Undercurrents Festival, Ottawa, and SummerWorks Festival, Toronto.  She directed two musicals for young audiences: the Canadian premiere of Fancy Nancy The Musical , and Junie B. Jones The Musical. Emma was the Associate Director for Mary Poppins, and Assistant Director for Peter and the Starcatcher, all for The Lower Ossington Theatre.



Adjudicators 2017 Barrie Music Festival - Patrick Feely - Guitar


Guitarist Patrick Feely has made solo appearances at the Sauble Beach Guitar Festival, the Visiting Artists Series at McMaster University, and the Friends of Guitar Festival in Brantford. He has performed concerti by Rodrigo, Ponce and Vivaldi with the McMaster University Orchestra, the Grand River Players and the Brantford Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician Mr. Feely has performed across Canada with his duo partner Dr. Brad Mahon, as “The East West Guitar Duo”, and with his daughter Emilee Feely as “Duo Feely”

Patrick has adjudicated National and International music competitions including the Montreal International Guitar Festival, the Developing Artists Grants Competition at the Hynatyshyn Foundation, the Vancouver North Shore festival, Toronto Kiwanis, London, K/W. Kiwanis, Barrie, Burlington Rotary, Guelph Kiwanis and many others.

Patrick is a faculty member at McMaster University where he teaches guitar orchestra, guitar pedagogy and private studio instruction. He is a guitar specialist with the College of Examiners (Royal Conservatory) where he examines guitar candidates across Canada and the US.

Patrick received the undergraduate music degree from McMaster University and the Masters of Music Degree in Performance from the University of Toronto. He is the only guitarist to have receive A.R.C.T.’s in both Guitar Performance and Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory – Jeffrey McFadden has been his principle guitar teacher. Patrick is currently completing the Masters of Music in Education Degree at the University of Western Ontario; his research thesis examines the effects of video recording and performance checklists on the self-regulating behaviours of guitar students.

Patrick is the founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of Community Orchestras program at the Guitar Society of Brantford, the Chairman of the Education and Outreach Committee at the Sauble Beach Guitar festival, and the director of the “Guitar Congress” programme, hosted by the University of Toronto. The full day event GTA classroom guitar educators and their ensembles perform for each other, perform en masse, and discuss the future of guitar education in schools.

Adjudicators 2017 Barrie Music Festival - Lynn Kuo, Strings


Violinist Lynn Kuo has appeared as recitalist, guest soloist, and chamber musician across North America, Europe, and Asia. In demand as an interpreter of new music, Lynn has given numerous world premieres of acoustic and electroacoustic works written for her and various ensembles by North American and European composers.
As guest soloist, she has performed with the Tainan Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Bulgaria), Cantus Ensemble (Croatia), Lviv Philharmonic, Lviv Virtuosi (Ukraine), Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Thirteen Strings, Canadian Sinfonietta, Brandon Chamber Players, Nexus percussion ensemble, and as guest soloist with Hungary’s gypsy orchestra, Rajkó Band.
In addition to holding a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto, Lynn performs as Assistant Concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and has also served as guest concertmaster, adjudicator, guest artist, and lecturer at Canadian universities and festivals. Lynn has recorded chamber music of Nino Rota for the NAXOS label and in 2014, released a debut CD with pianist Marianna Humetska entitled LOVE: Innocence, Passion, Obsession.

Adjudicators 2017 Barrie Music Festival - Michele Jacot, Brass/Woodwinds/Bands


Michele Jacot is a musician with an active schedule of performing, conducting, teaching and concert production.

Besides being in demand for her skills as a clarinetist, she is equally at home as a saxophonist and flutist, and is often featured as a soloist or ensemble performer on all of her instruments. Michele has played with symphony orchestras and opera companies across Ontario, as well as in theatre pit orchestras including Mirvish Productions, the Shaw Festival, and in many chamber ensembles.

Michele is also a dedicated teacher and is in demand from the elementary to the post-secondary level. She maintains a busy timetable teaching privately, presenting workshops, adjudicating, and designing and leading clinics for band teachers across Canada. In addition, Michele is extremely honoured to be the Associate Conductor for Canadian musical icon, Howard Cable. She has recently appeared as guest conductor of the Sudbury Symphony and Symphony Nova Scotia. Michele is also the Artistic Director of the Wychwood Clarinet Choir, a founding member of the DMSQ saxophone quartet and is proud to be a Yamaha Canada Spotlight Artist.

Born and raised in Toronto, Michele holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto and a Master of Music in Performance from Northwestern University in Chicago.


Adjudicators 2017 Barrie Music Festival - Gerard Yun - Choirs


Conductor, composer, global music performer and scholar, Dr. Gerard Yun trained as a conductor (choirs, orchestra, and opera) in The Western Classical tradition. As a choral/orchestral/opera conductor he held professional posts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras, the San Jose Civic Light Opera, and The Colorado Lyric Theatre. Throughout his career in the U.S. he also led high level community-based ensembles such as the Sacramento Master Singers and The Chorus and Orchestra of Southern Utah. He was one of several Western conductors invited to study with conductors of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in St. Petersburg, Russia just after the fall of the Soviet Union.
His academic career has been shaped by interests in music education, choral singing, and the intersections of music as a global phenomenon. Although originally taken up as “hobbies of distraction” his work with instruments such as the Australian Didgeridoo and the Lakota Flute eventually became part of his professional portfolio. This is especially true of his work in Tuvan and Tibetan Overtone Singing and the Japanese Zen Buddhist Shakuhachi.
Before immigrating to Canada, Dr. Yun was Professor of Choirs and Voice at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah and Director of Choral Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He now teaches courses in Music and Contexts and Global Musics in the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University and conducts choirs at WLU and Conrad Grebel University College. He also serves as instructor of Japanese shakuhachi at York University. Dr. Yun is Artistic Director of Waterloo’s  East-West Concert Series and serves on a number of community music boards. He has received commissions for original compositions from ensembles including The DaCapo Chamber Choir, The Utah All-State Choirs, The Hamilton Children’s Choir, and the Madawaska String Quartet. His scholarly/artistic interests include choral improvisation, contemplative music practice, and ethics in cross-cultural music performance. Dr. Yun is currently in demand as a workshop clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator across North America.


Adjudicators 2017 Barrie Music Festival - Todd Wieczorek - Voice


Known for his dramatic instincts and versatility as a performer, baritone Todd Wieczorek has performed roles with such organizations as the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, American Opera Theater, Indiana University Opera, Ente Concerti Cittá di Iglesias (Italy), The Bloomington Early Music Festival, Opera Kitchener, Brampton Lyric Opera, Arbor Opera Theater, Opera Lirica Italiana, and as a soloist with Orchestra London, The Fanshawe Chorus, the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Hamilton, Ente Concerti Città di Iglesias, The Ingersoll Choral Society, St. Peter’s Basilica (London, ON), The Guelph Chamber Choir, and the Western Suburban Choral Union (Wheaton, IL).  Recent projects included A Weill Songspiel with Grammy-Award winner Sylvia McNair.
Past performance credits are varied with such roles as the title character and Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Colline in La bohème, Alfio in Cavelleria Rusticana, Eddie in Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge, Dick Deadeye in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, Angelotti in Tosca, and Bhaer in Adamo’s Little Women, working with such conductors as Robert Wood, Imré Pallo, David Effron, Timothy Vernon, Oliver Gooch, Gerald Fagan, Ward Holmquist, and Ted Taylor. Other credits found him as the title character in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado, Judge Turpin in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, and Cold Genius in Purcell’s King Arthur.
Mr. Wieczorek’s musical training started in his hometown of South Bend, IN.  He went on to earn his BM in Voice Performance at Wheaton College’s Conservatory of Music, his MM from the University of Kansas, and finishing his DM at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington).
In addition to performing, Dr. Wieczorek holds the rank of Assistant Professor of Music, teaching Voice, Lyric Diction for Singers, and Doctoral Vocal Pedagogy, and coordinating the Friday @12:30 Concert Series at Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music.  His students have gone on to sing in national and international young artist programs and study at prestigious graduate institutions in North America.  He is a frequent guest clinician and adjudicator.  He also serves as Director of Music at Siloam United Church (London).