Adjudicators 2018 Barrie Music Festival
JUNIOR PIANO – Daisy Leung
INTERMEDIATE PIANO – Justyna Szajna
SENIOR PIANO – Clark Bryan
POP VOCAL – Lucas Marchand
MUSIC THEATRE – Donna Garner
BRASS/WOODWINDS/BANDS – Michele Jacot
CLASSICAL VOICE – Torin Chiles
STRINGS & GUITAR – Martha Gregory
CHOIRS – Dallas Bergen
MUSIC FOR YOUNG CHILDREN – Ingrid Denize
DAISY LEUNG, JUNIOR PIANO
Daisy is making her mark in Toronto as an accomplished collaborative artist whose love for chamber music and collaboration is apparent in her approach. She is employed as a studio collaborative pianist at the University of Toronto and at the Royal Conservatory of Music. For 20 years, she has taught piano, history and theory, and feels fortunate to be able to pass on her love of music to the next generation through teaching and adjudicating festivals across Ontario.
After starting piano lessons at the age of five with Betty Wong and then Wolfram Linnebach in Edmonton, she moved to Toronto to complete a degree with piano pedagogue Marietta Orlov, where she earned her Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto. She has been privileged to play for many of today’s leading pianists, such as Jon Kimura Parker, Jane Coop and Marc-André Hamelin. Through her participation in U of T’s chamber music program and as a collaborative pianist, Daisy has also been afforded the opportunity to be coached by Steven Isserlis, Pamela Frank, Pinchas Zukerman, Steven Philcox, Carolyn Maule, Jamie Summerville, Laurence Lesser, Sylvia Rosenburg and Jacques Israelievitch.
Daisy has completed further studies at The Banff Centre, Algonquin Summer Institute, Aria Summer Music Festival and Scotia Festival of Music. She has been a recipient of awards and scholarships from institutions including the Canadian Music Competition, Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival, Alberta College and the Royal Conservatory of Music.
JUSTYNA SZAJNA, INTERMEDIATE PIANO
Pianist Justyna Szajna enjoys a diverse career as a performer, chamber musician, accompanist, and teacher. During her formative years, Justyna was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships at the local, provincial and national levels. She received a Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto, a post-graduate Diploma in Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters Degree in Performance and Literature from the University of Western Ontario. Much sought after as a collaborative pianist, Justyna has appeared in concerts throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, Germany and her native Poland. She has performed with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, was a soloist with the K-W Chamber Orchestra, and is a regular performer at the K-W Chamber Music Society. Festival appearances include the Elora Festival, Festival of the Sound, and Northern Lights Music Festival. Justyna currently resides in Kitchener, Ontario, where she serves as collaborative pianist and coach at the University of Waterloo, is on the piano faculty at the Becke School of Music, and accompanies the Addison Women’s Choir. As an educator, Justyna draws on her varied interests in world music, dance, visual arts, philosophy, golf, yoga and the Feldenkrais method. Her creative guidance and unique pedagogical methods help students develop into conﬁdent performers and solid competition winners. Justyna is the founding member of the Duo An k, a violin and piano duo highly acclaimed for its dynamic interpretations and energetic performances. The duo’s current projects include a recording of select works by Fritz Kreisler, as well as a new series of house concerts, bringing back the elegance and intimacy of parlour concerts from the past.
CLARK BRYAN, SENIOR PIANO
A native of Amherstburg, ON, Clark Bryan was born into a musical family. His mother, a piano teacher, and his grandparents, both singers, inspired Clark to choose a pathway of music as a profession. Clark began formal studies at the age of four and wrote his first compositions at age six.
In his youth, Mr. Bryan trained with longtime pupil of the renowned pianist Géza Anda, Antonia Mazanova. She helped him gain an appreciation for music of all styles. Mr. Bryan did his formal training at the University of Western Ontario. In 1992, he graduated with both Bachelor and Masters Degrees in piano performance.
Mr. Bryan has worked with many of the world’s renowned pianists including Howard Shelley, Jean Paul, Sevilla, Eugene List, Shura Cherkasky, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ruth Slenczynska and Ronald Turini. Mr. Bryan spent many years working with the celebrated pianist Cécile Ousset both in Paris and the south of France, where he refined much of his pianistic and interpretive abilities.
Clark’s performance career has taken him to Europe, Mexico, the United States and throughout Canada. He has done performances for CBC radio and television including a broadcast recital in 2002 at the Glenn Gould Studio, CBC. He has adjudicated music festivals from St. John’s to Vancouver. Mr. Bryan has done extensive music editing including the New Millenium Piano Series for Conservatory Canada. A project of note is a book entitle: “Gateways to Learning and Memory” published in 2009.
Mr. Bryan has recorded eleven albums of solo piano and a duo piano album of the Suites for two pianos by Serge Rachmaninoff with duo partner Marion Miller. His most recent recordings include the complete Chopin Nocturnes. In 2004-2005, Mr. Bryan was invited by London’s City Council to serve as a member of the Creative Cities Task Force, an initiative designed to recognize and promote art, culture and lifestyle in London, ON.
Mr. Bryan received the “Special Teacher” award in 2004, given by the London Branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teacher’s Association. He has done workshops for piano teachers and musicians throughout Canada. Mr. Bryan was honoured to have been invited to give a TED talk for TEDxUWO in March of 2010 at The Grand Theatre in London, ON and has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Western Ontario for the International Leading Music Educator’s Conference.
In 2004, Mr. Bryan purchased the Aeolian Performing Arts Centre and School of Music, a magnificent acoustic marvel in London, ON. This hall was built in 1883 as the Town Hall for East London and has a rich musical history. The Hall was twice awarded “Best Live Venue in London” (Jack Richardson Music Awards) and “Top 10 Venues in Canada” (CBC Radio 3). In April 2011, Mr. Bryan was awarded a Jack Richardson Music Award in the “Contributor” category for his contributions to the musical landscape in the London community.
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.
DONNA GARNER, MUSIC THEATRE
Toronto based Singer/Actor/Musician Donna Garner was raised on a dairy farm near Stratford, Ontario as the youngest of thirteen children in a home filled with music. Her classical musical studies took her to Western University, The University of Toronto and to the AIMS Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
Donna works as an actor, a singer, a pianist and multi-instrumentalist. Her performing has taken her across Canada, the U.S., Austria and Japan in such roles as Baruška in Once The Musical, Thea in Two Pianos, Four Hands, Vi Petty in Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story, Fräulein Schneider in Cabaret and Fairy Godmother for Disney, to name a few. Most recently, she toured as Frau Schmidt in the brand new North American tour of The Sound of Music directed by three time Tony award winner Jack O’Brien.
When not on stage, Donna works as a voice specialist for masterclasses and lectures, as an adjudicator, private voice teacher, repertoire coach, accompanist, and as a Music Director. She has been a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music since 1997 and has been a long time faculty member of the prestigious Sheridan College Musical Theatre program.
She shares her life with her talented actor husband Rick Hughes.
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.
TORIN CHILES, VOICE
Torin Chiles’ active performance career as an operatic tenor has spanned 20 years and his resume is replete with engagements from North American symphonies and opera companies. Mr. Chiles appeared on CBC television’s Opening Night as McAlpine in the critically acclaimed new Canadian opera, Filumena which was performed in Calgary, Banff, Ottawa and Edmonton. Many live operatic performances have been featured on CBC Radio Two’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. Mr. Chiles’ credits include: Pnikerton and Count Almaviva for Opera Lyra at the National Arts Centre; MacDuff for the Manitoba Opera in Winnipeg; Pang for Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Arizona; Bob Boles in Montreal; The Magician in The Consul for Montreal, Manitoba and Milwakee. Mr. Chiles has premiered many new Canadian works such as Filumena by John Estacio, Erewhon by Louis Applebaum, Taptoo by John Beckwith and The Lady with the Lamp by Timothy Sullivan. A Gilbert and Sullivan Gala with the Winnipeg Symphony under maestro Bramwell Tovey was recorded for the CBC SM5000 series and is available commercially.
Torin Chiles began teaching part time at Western University Canada in 1999. In 2004 he was appointed to the Don Wright Faculty full time and served as the voice division co-ordinator from 2006 to 2011. Mr. Chiles has taught undergraduate and graduate vocal pedagogy courses at Western since 2004 and is in ever-increasing demand as a clinician, adjudicator and examiner. Recent seminars have been presented to the Schulich Faculty of Medicine at Western; the Alberta Music Educators Association, NATS Ontario (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and Conservatory Canada.
A NATS member since 1999, Torin Chiles is a past president of NATS Ontario, past District Governor as well as serving on the strategic planning committee at the national level and he currently serves on the NATS Foundation national board.
MARTHA GREGORY, STRINGS
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 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 30 years and has been Executive Director of the Pickering GTA Music Festival for 16 years. She is in her 7th year as President of the Ontario Music Festivals Association and has enjoyed adjudicating all across Canada.
DALLAS BERGEN, CHOIRS
Dallas is an active singer, choral conductor and clinician from Toronto. Hailing from Regina, SK, Dallas found his passion for choral singing during his high school years which included singing with the Saskatchewan Honour Choir where he sang under the direction of esteemed Ontario conductors, Doreen Rao and Gerald Fagan. Prior to settling in Toronto, Dallas received his Bachelor of Music in Secondary Education from the University of Victoria. He is a past member of The Canadian Chamber Choir and The Nathaniel Dett Chorale and appeared with the Elora Festival Singers for the 2008 festival choir.
He is the founding member of Univox Choirs Toronto, a community choirs organization for young adults founded on the principles of relationship building, social responsibility and musical excellence. He is music director at First Unitarian Congregation. Dallas appeared in the 2015 Luminato production of R Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis, leading the 120-voice SATB choir working under Music Director, David Fallis. Dallas’ service to the choral extends to his work with Regent Park School of Music where he is the founding director of the Parkdale satellite choir, and co-director of Nai Syrian Children’s Choir. He recently completed nine years of service on the music committee of the Toronto Arts Council as juror and co-chair. Recent workshops/adjudication have included the Guelph Kiwanis Festival, Singsation! (Toronto Mendelssohn Choir), the Unitarian Universalist Association, New Choir Toronto, Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra and CAMMAC (Canadian Amateur Musicians/Musiciens amateurs du Canada).
Dallas strives to use his passion for choral music to foster empathy and human connection through the vulnerability of shared artistic expression. When Dallas isn’t leading choirs he enjoys spending time with his family outdoors–hiking, fishing, camping–and travelling to the far regions of the earth.