2018 Adjudicators

2018 Adjudicators

Justine Korosoil  –  Junior Vocal I

Justine_KoroscilWith over 10 years of experience as a bilingual singer, Justine Koroscil is utilizing her skills as a voice teacher to grow a community of musicians across Atlantic Canada. Originally from Grand Falls, NB, she graduated from Mount Allison University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance and has numerous performance credits, equally as a soloist, back-vocalist and choir member. “The entire repertoire complimented the timeless quality of Koroscil’s voice and drew attention to her impressive range-particularly her higher register…The combination of delicacy and strength is a rare quality in most vocalists, but is easily detected in Koroscil’s singing”- The Argosy, March 22 2012

She currently resides in Fredericton, NB where she teaches voice, musical theatre, music theory, beginner piano and pre-school music classes from her private studio Just Sing Studio Juste une voix and at the Oromocto Arts & Learning Centre. Justine has a strong passion for music education, vocal technique and music therapy.

A seasoned performer, Justine is a member of The Hypochondriacs, Jukebox Live! and The Thomists in Fredericton. Her classical background has allowed her to explore all genres of music and this is something she adopts in her teaching philosophy. From performing in the Université de Moncton’s opera production of Cendrillon by Jules Massenet in the role of the Fairy Godmother, to singing Ella Fitzgerald standards with The Thomists Jazz Band.

Aside from teaching privately and performing, Justine also coaches Musical Theatre voice techniques to students involved in numerous Musical Theatre Productions in the Fredericton area. In the summer of 2017 she was the musical director for Theatre New Brunswick’s Summer Programs (Junior Musical Theatre and Intermediate Musical Theatre).

Justine is a registered music teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music, a council member of the New Brunswick Music Teachers’ Association and a committee member with the Fredericton Music Festival and the Fredericton Music Teachers’ Association.


Lori Linkletter  –  Junior Vocal II

Lori LinkletterLori Linkletter owns and operates Linkletter Music Studio in Charlottetown, teaching voice, piano, theory, history, harmony and Music Theatre and she is also the Artistic Director of Children’s and Community programming at the Guild, and is the artistic director of the Guild Music theatre school.

Ms. Linkletter has studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto obtaining her Performance and Teaching Certificates in 1997.  Ms. Linkletter’s principal voice teacher was Paul Massel, and her piano teachers were Jenny Regher and Charlene Biggs.  Lori studied choral conducting techniques with Dr. Tuttle at the Royal Conservatory of Music and sang with the Eastminister United Church Choir under the direction of Alan Coffin.  Lori taught at the studio of Paul Massel in Toronto where she taught private students, beginning male singing techniques and conducted the 150 member beginner’s chorus before returning to PEI in 1997.

Since returning to PEI Lori has been active as a choral conductor, music director, Director and as stage manager for theatre events. Her latest productions were Madagascar jr, Elf Jr, Into the woods Jr,  Lori was music director for the Confederation Centre of the Arts Christmas Shows “Babes in Toyland”, “The Littlest Angel”, and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”.  Lori has stage managed the Charlottetown Festival of Lights concerts and has assisted with stage management of other events including the National Music Festival in August 2004 and produced and directed the National Science Fair Opening Ceremony in 2012.

Lori has been active in many theatre productions and originated the role of Maude in the Musical The Nine Lives of L.M. Montgomery.  Lori is an active performer at concerts and churches across PEI. Most recently she sang and played for Prince Edward at the Lt. Governor reception.  Lori serves on the vocal selection committee for the PEI Kiwanis Music Festival Association. Looking forward to adjudicating the Music festival in St John.

Lori is a member of the PEI Registered Music Teachers’ Association.


Barbara Long  –  Junior Piano I

Barb Long 005_2017Barbara was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario where she studied piano. She returned to musical studies as a young mom studying in Fredericton, New Brunswick, earning her ARCT Teachers Degree.

Barbara and her husband live on the family farm near Hartland, New Brunswick where she has operated a private piano studio for over 30 years.  Barbara is Past President of the NB Registered Music Teachers’ Association and a member the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association.  She has been the Provincial Administrator of the New Brunswick Federation of Music Festivals since 2002 and the Executive Director of the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals since 2016.

Barbara’s students have been consistent winners of prizes at the Carleton County Music Festival.  Several have earned scholarships to study music at universities.  Many others are involved in the musical life of their churches and communities.  Barbara continues to mentor other teachers and enjoys adjudicating at festivals. In 2009, the Canadian Music Teachers’ Association honored her with the Hugheen Ferguson Distinguished Teacher Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to music education in Canada.


Aude Urbancic  –  Junior Piano II

Aude UrbancicAude Urbancic is delighted to be back at the New Brunswick Competitive Music festival, this time as an adjudicator. Aude was awarded the senior Star of the Festival award at the Founders’ Night Gala Concert both in 2013 and 2015 while she was working on her Bachelor’s Degree in music from Mount Alison University under Dr. Stephen Runge. Since then, she has also completed a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Ottawa under David Jalbert and will be receiving an Artist Diploma in accompaniment from the Université de Montréal under Francis Perron.

Aude performs both as a soloist, and a collaborative pianist from coast to coast. In 2015, she went on her second concert tour of the Maritimes and represented New Brunswick at the CFMTA national piano competition in Vancouver. She was invited back to Vancouver this past December to perform at the Suomi Finland 100 gala with soprano Emili Losier.  In addition,this fall Aude performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Ottawa Pops Orchestra.

She has played in many masterclasses including ones led by Michael Kim, James Parker, Janina Fialkowska, Maneli Pirzadeh and David Lutz and in 2017, attended the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy where she performed in masterclasses lead by Daniel Taylor, Michael Shade, Aline Kutan, Nathalie Paulin, Emily Hamper and Howard Dyck.

Aude has a particular passion for choral music and has worked as a rehearsal pianist under the direction of Alexander Shelley (National Arts Centre), Laurence Ewashko (the Ewashko Singers) and Jamie Loback (Ottawa Regional Youth Choir).

Aude looks forward to be able to share her knowledge within a Festival and Community that greatly contributed to her musical development.


Irene Tandberg  –  Junior Strings

Irene TandbergViolinist, Irene Tandberg’s career as performer and pedagogue spans over three decades. She has established a vibrant private studio where students have been honoured with many prestigious scholarships and awards, obtained positions at notable international & domestic schools & orchestras, and pursued distinguished solo careers.

In 1991, together with her two youngest children, Irene was drawn to the vitality of music making within Forest City School for Talent Education and its Founder/Director, Patrick Burroughs.

Currently, Irene is the Co-Director of FCTE and, in collaboration with Prof. Burroughs, she has developed the school’s artistic direction, the administration of the program and cultivated many initiatives and projects enriching the student experience. In addition to these roles, she is devotedly immersed in teaching master/group classes, coaching chamber groups and conducting ensembles. She also oversees FCTE’s partnering with Western in Community Engaged learning, Pedagogy Course mentorship and Western 360.

Irene was born in Denmark. Her first teacher was her grandfather, Wolf Notkin (a member of the Royal Danish National Symphony Orchestra), who is to be credited with nurturing her deep love of music and the sound of her violin. In later years her principal teachers were Gwen Thompson and Dana Mazurkevich at the University of Western Ontario. Irene then went on to follow her passion and vocation for performance and teaching, with pedagogues Richard Lawrence, John Kendall, Elaine Klimasko, Tom Wermuth and pursued Suzuki teacher training.

Past recordings and performances reflect an eclectic range of engagements on Modern and Baroque violin. She has had the privilege to perform in core, principal and solo positions with many fine orchestras and chamber groups including L’Harmonie Universelle, Nota Bene and Arcady. She is the founder of the quartet, Octo Mani.

Irene is a vastly experienced and fervent pedagogue who has both written and given invited talks on performance, teaching and practice strategies. She is also a very active and highly sought after master class teacher, clinician in workshops and adjudicator in festivals, music programs and teaching institutions across Canada.

In addition to running her private studio and Co-Directing FCTE, she is a faculty member in the Performance Department at the University of Western Ontario, where she is the recipient of the student council “Award of Excellence” in teaching.


Guy Few  –  Instrumental, Intermediate & Senior Piano

Guy FewGuy Few’s instrumental versatility and fearless interpretations have been noted by the international press, “outrageous…simply phenomenal” (Le Devoir, Montreal) and “sheer brilliance” (L.A. Times).  He has performed with many Canadian and US symphonies as a trumpet, piano and vocal soloist, remains a committed chamber artist in ensembles Bellows and Brass, Few and Fewer, Project Aria and the Few Mara duo, and has been a guest at many summer festivals including Festival of the Sound, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Elora Festival, Tanglewood, Oregon Bach Festival and Sweetwater.

A prolific recording artist, Guy has released CDs on numerous labels including Arsis Classics, CBC SM5000, Naxos, MSR Classics and Hänssler Classics.  Recording and performance awards include a Grammy (CREDO, OBF principal trumpet/Rilling/Hänssler), Best Classical Orchestral Album, Just Plain Folks (Bacchanale/TCO/Kevin Mallon/MSR), a JUNO nomination (CCP Vol 1/g27/Paetkau/MSR) and CAPACOA Touring Artist of the Year.  Guy has appeared on CBC-TV, CTV, BRAVO, TV5 and European television broadcasts and is heard regularly on CBC Radio and NPR.

Guy has adjudicated for festivals in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick and PEI, judging piano, brass, bands and music theatre.  His enthusiastic perspective has been enjoyed at local, provincial and national levels.  “Share the joy” is his motto.  Festivals should be fun!

Guy is a sessional lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, where he coaches chamber music, teaches trumpet and facilitates the Laurier Brass Ensemble.  Guy is a Yamaha Artist.


Christianne Rushton  –   Intermediate & Senior Vocal

Christianne RushtonMezzo-soprano CHRISTIANNE RUSHTON has delighted audiences with her engaging presence and versatility on both the operatic and concert stages. Dr. Rushton is a first prize winner of the Canadian National Music Festival, a prize winner at the prestigious Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, a two-time grant recipient from the Canada Council for the Performing Arts, and a winner of the Canada Council’s Bernard Diamant Prize in Voice. In recital, she has been a guest artist for the Royal Society of Canada, toured with Debut Atlantic, performed at the Indian River Festival, recorded with the Canadian Chamber Choir, sung with Baltimore Musicales and debuted at New York’s Alice Tully Hall.

Christianne is Associate Professor at Acadia University where she is head of vocal studies and Director of the School of Music. Christianne is a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center at The Juilliard School and completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from SUNY Stony Brook. She recently received an Emerging Leader Award, from the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) for her innovation and success teaching voice.  Dr. Rushton is President of two arts organizations on the East Coast; President of the Canadian Atlantic Provinces chapter of NATS, and the President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Provincial Music Festivals.

As well as being active as an adjudicator, pedagogue, workshop clinician and performer across the country, she is a proud mom to two very busy boys, nine and six.


Martha Gregory  –  Intermediate & Senior Strings

Martha GregoryMartha 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.

Since her move to Canada, Martha has enjoyed performing, teaching and promoting Canadian music through her work with music festivals. 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 31 years and has been Executive Director of the Pickering GTA Music Festival for 16 years.  She is in her 8th year as President of the Ontario Music Festivals Association and has enjoyed adjudicating all across Canada.


Frances Farrell  –  Choral

Frances FarrellA native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Frances Farrell pursued her music studies in Winnipeg, graduating with both Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Manitoba. She subsequently earned a Master’s Degree and Artist’s Diploma in Vocal Performance from McGill University.

This January, Fran earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Toronto. Currently, Fran is based in Halifax where teaches a voice class at Citadel High School and directs three senior high choirs, Soundtrax, the Bedford Voices, and Jazz Voices, as part of the Halifax All-City Music Program.

In addition to her role as a high school music educator, Fran has worked as a choral clinician in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta.