Maureen Batt – Junior Vocal I
Maureen’s singing has been called dazzling and poignant, and she has been praised for her captivating voice and dynamic stage presence (Opera Canada, Chronicle Herald). Maureen has performed across Canada, in the states, and in Italy. She has received grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, SOCAN Foundation, FACTOR, Music NS, and Arts NS. Maureen’s formal training includes a Master of Music from University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts (languages) from St. Thomas University.
Her performance career embraces everything from early music to newly commissioned works, classical to cabaret. In addition to her solo career, Maureen is the co-artistic director of Essential Opera. Founded in 2010, Essential Opera is committed to presenting a wide variety of concert opera works, ranging from the baroque to contemporary.
Recently, one focus of her solo career has been performing works by living composers; she has commissioned, premièred, and toured their works. Maureen created a contemporary classical recital series, Crossing Borders, which has toured two programs to the United States and Canada.
In 2017, Maureen’s first CD, Lady of the Lake will be released, featuring Schubert’s famous “Ave Maria” and a new, Canadian song cycle.
While teaching at Bravo Academy (Toronto), Maureen’s voice students won festival competitions; agents; and admission to private arts schools, musical theatre diploma programs, and bachelor of music degree programs. She has also been on faculty at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival.
As a former participant in the New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music, Maureen is delighted to be joining the festival as an adjudicator.
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Pamela Campbell – Junior Vocal II
PEI’s Pamela Campbell made her debut as a clothespin on the Confederation Centre stage and has gone on to become a singer, actor, composer, director, producer, teacher, and workshop clinician. She holds an MFA (Musical Theatre) from Syracuse University, a BMus (Voice) from the University of Western Ontario, and a Graduate Diploma (Voice Therapy) from the Boston Conservatory. She has appeared with such organizations as the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Canadian Opera Company, Syracuse Stage, the PEI Symphony, the Charlottetown Festival, and the Banff School of Fine Arts. To date she has released four solo recordings.
A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the McClosky Institute of Voice, and the PEI Registered Music Teachers’ Association, Pamela has taught at such institutions as the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music, Syracuse University, and the University of Prince Edward Island. In addition to operating a private voice studio in Charlottetown, she teaches individual and group voice classes at Holland College’s School of Performing Arts, where she also conducts the Holland College Singers and the a cappella group Hollogram. Pamela is the Music Director of Summerside Presbyterian Church in PEI.
Tara Scott – Junior Piano I
TARA SCOTT is one of Atlantic Canada’s most renowned collaborative pianists. Her love of teaching and performing has led her to pursue staff accompanist positions at Western, Dalhousie, Acadia, and Mount Allison Universities. She has performed extensively with singers and instrumentalists across Canada and appeared on national television and radio.
Tara is the principal Music Director and Pianist for Maritime Concert Opera, based in Lunenburg NS. With MCO, she has performed fifteen full-length operas and has conducted chamber orchestras for two productions. She co-founded, with Nina Scott-Stoddart, Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, an opera training program with fully staged productions, now in its thirteenth season. She has worked as Music Director for Acadia’s Singing Theatre and has performed with Opera Nova Scotia and Opera New Brunswick.
Currently on leave from the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Tara maintains a busy private studio of children and adult students. She has adjudicated extensively for music festivals throughout the Maritimes and has worked as piano examiner for Mount Allison and the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. She is also the accompanist for Dalhousie’s Collegium Cantorum, directed by Gary Ewer.
Tara received a Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance from Mount Allison University, studying with Dr. Janet Hammock. She then studied with Dr. John Hess at Western University, receiving a Master’s degree of literature and performance in collaborative piano. Originally from Grand Bay-Westfield NB, Tara now resides in Dartmouth NS with her husband and three children.
Susanne Hughes – Junior Piano II
Susanne is the winner of the University of Westen Ontario gold medal for high standard in performance. She is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music and 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. She has been Director of Music at several churches in the area and is presently at a church in Ingersoll.
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 Sounds, Ontario.
Susanne brings a wealth of knowledge gained through many years of teaching.
Nadia Francavilla – Junior Strings
Born in Montréal, violinist Nadia Francavilla is both an accomplished recitalist and outstanding chamber musician. She was a member of both Quatuor Arthur-LeBlanc and Quatuor Bozzini with which she made frequent tours in Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan. A graduate of McGill University, she received solid musical training under the direction of Mauricio Fuks, Raphael Druian and Joseph Silverstein.
She is a member of “Motion2” an ensemble, which explores new horizons in improvisation, electronics, aleatory music and multimedia. This collective encourages collaborations with other artists and breaks the conventions of traditional concert settings. They are planning a European tour in May 2015. She is currently musician in residence at the University of New Brunswick where she has worked on solo projects, given masterclasses and lectures and integrated herself into the Fredericton music scene. Mrs. Francavilla is also a violin teacher at the Université de Moncton.
Diversified, the journey of this artist reflects her commitment towards many different forms of musical creativity. Her participation in different contemporary music ensembles also demonstrates her great interest towards music of our time. In addition, Radio-Canada and CBC frequently draw on her musical experience for premieres and recordings of Canadian works.
Linda Pearse – Instrumental
Linda Pearse is Associate Professor of Music at Mount Allison University (Canada) and Lecturer on Early Trombones at the Historic Performance Institute, Indiana University Bloomington. Following jazz studies at McGill University, a career in Europe included regular performances with the Stuttgart Philharmoniker, Stuttgart Opera House, the Basel Symphony, La Cetra, piano possibile, and the Stuttgart Musical Theater. Pearse is the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Early Music Summer Baroque Workshop, the Sackville Festival of Early Music and of the early music ensemble ¡Sacabuche! Extensive touring includes performances in Beijing (China), Hong Kong and Macau (China), Victoria, Nanaimo, Salt Spring Island, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, New York, San Francisco, Bloomington (IN), Madison (WI), Kansas City, and Houston. In addition to music-only programs, Pearse’s interdisciplinary projects engage new music, early music, texts, soundscapes, and images in conversations that explore cultural contacts and collisions in the early modern period. Her critical edition of Seventeenth-Century Italian Motets with Trombone is published with A-R Editions (April 2014). With ¡Sacabuche!, she released an album of Seventeenth-century Italian Motets on the ATMA Classique label (Sept 2015).
Torin Chiles – Intermediate & Senior Vocal
Torin Chiles (tenor) wears many hats. As a performer Mr. Chiles’ active performing career has spanned 20 years and his resume is replete with engagements from North American Symphonies and Opera Companies. He was featured on CBC Television’s Opening Night as McAlpine in the critically acclaimed new Canadian opera, Filumena. His operatic credits include: Count Almaviva and Pinkerton for the Opera Lyra at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and for the Manitoba Opera Association, Pang for L’Opera de Montreal, Arizona Opera, Vancouver Opera Association, Calgary, Edmonton and the Manitoba Opera Association. He has played the Magician in the Consul for the Florentine Opera company in Milwaukee, the Manitoba Opera Association and twice for L’Opera de Montreal where he has also been featured as Bob Boles in their highly successful Peter Grimes. Other performances have included MacDuff in Winnipeg, Tom Rakewell and Rodolfo in Toronto. Mr. Chiles has often been featured on the CBC Saturday Afternoon at the Opera broadcasts as both artists and panelist. Over the past twenty years Mr. Chiles has performed for every major opera company in Canada and most Canadian orchestras.
Torin Chiles is also a seasoned performer of Operetta and Music Theatre repertoire. He has performed Gilbert and Sullivan roles for The Winnipeg Symphony, the Manitoba Opera Association, and the Festival of the Sound. He is also featured on a CBC SM5000 recording entitled A Gilbert and Sullivan Gala with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra under Bramwell Tovey. Mr. Chiles has performed Music Theatre “Pops” concerts with several Canadian orchestras including the Winnipeg Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic and the National Arts Centre Orchestra and he has portrayed Operetta roles such as: Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld for the Toronto Operetta Theatre (TOT), Camille in the Merry Widow for the Regina Symphony, the Windsor Symphony and TOT. Mr. Chiles has been involved with the development and premiers of new music, opera projects such as Luis Applebaum’s Erewhon, John Beckwith’s Taptoo, Timothy Sullivan’s The Lady of the Lamp and recently John Estacio’s Filumena.
As a pedagogue, adjudicator, examiner and clinician Mr. Chiles is in ever increasing demand. He has been a full-time voice faculty member at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University Canada since 2004, serving as the Voice Division Coordinator; he began his Institutional teaching career at Western University in 1999. Examining and Adjudicating have taken him across the continent since 1999. Mr. Chiles teaches graduate and undergraduate Vocal Pedagogy courses at Western and frequently presents public lectures and Voice Technique Workshops to groups as diverse as: the Alberta Music Teachers Association, NATS Ontario, Conservatory Canada, the interdisciplinary Music and Medicine series and the Schulich Faculty of Medicine at UWO. A NATS member since 1999, Mr. Chiles is the Past President of the Ontario Chapter of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), is a past Great Lakes District Governor and sits on the National NATS Foundation Board.
Now residing in London, Ontario with his wife, Lesley and their two young sons (Nawton and Tennyson), Torin Chiles is the Director of Music for a thriving and exciting music ministry at New St. James Presbyterian Church in downtown London.
Michel Fournier – Intermediate & Senior Piano
Praised both as a soloist and a chamber player, Canadian pianist Michel Fournier has performed with a number of orchestras and is widely appreciated for the many recitals he has given in Canada, Europe and United States. His repertoire covers a broad spectrum of piano music from different eras and styles. He has a special fondness for French music and has earned critical acclaim for the originality of his interpretation and his refined sound.
Dr Michel Fournier toured extensively with worldclass musicians and ensembles ; he has several Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) recordings, many albums and movie soundtracks to his credit.
Highly appreciated as an educator, Michel Fournier has provided guidance to thousands of musicians, teaching masterclasses, coaching and adjudicating national competitions for young musicians across North America, Europe and Asia. As a teacher, many of his student are award-winners in national and international competitions (Tureck International Bach Competition, American Protégé, Thousand Islands International Chopin Competition, Canadian Music Competiton, National Music Festival in Canada and others). His music studio, located in the beautiful area of the Canadian Laurentians, welcomes students from around the world for artist residency. Each summer, he is invited to join the faculty of Camp Musical des Laurentides in Quebec.
As a student of French pianist Yvonne Hubert, Michel completed a Master’s degree before continuing his studies in France and Austria. He also studied under legendary pianist Menahem Pressler at University of Indiana. He earned a Doctorate in Music from University of Montreal with Marc Durand.
Michel Fournier’s numerous CD’s have won public and critical acclaim all over Canada
Irene Tandberg – Intermediate & Senior Strings
Irene Tandberg’s career as performer and pedagogue spans over three decades. She has established a large private studio whose students have been the recipients of many prestigious scholarships and awards, and positions in international schools and orchestras.
She is the Co-Director of Forest City School for Talent Education (FCTE), a performance school comprising 28 faculty teaching over 250 violin, viola, cello, bass, classical guitar and harp students. With founder and Director, Prof. Patrick Burroughs, Irene has overseen the artistic direction and administration of the program in addition to teaching master classes, coaching quartets and conducting ensembles and orchestras.
Irene was born in Denmark where her first teacher was Wolf Notkin, a member of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. In later years her principal teachers were Gwen Thompson and Dana Mazurkevich at the University of Western Ontario. Irene went on to develop her passion and vocation for teaching and performance with pedagogues including John Kendall, Elaine Klimasko, Richard Lawrence, Tom Wermuth and Teri Einfeldt.
Tandberg’s recordings and performances reflect an eclectic range of engagements on Modern and Baroque violin. She has performed in core, principal and solo positions with many orchestras, chamber groups and quartets.
Irene Tandberg is an experienced and committed pedagogue who has both written and given invited talks on performance, teaching and practice strategies. She is also a very active and sought after master class teacher, clinician in workshops and adjudicator in festivals, music programs and teaching institutions across Canada. Currently, in addition to running her private studio and directing FCTE, she is teaching in the Don Wright Faculty of Music Performance Department at the University of Western Ontario and the recipient of the “Excellence in Teaching Award”.
Jeff Joudrey – Choral
Jeff Joudrey is highly regarded for his vision, musical leadership, and standards of excellence in choral music. He is the Artistic Director of the Halifax Camerata Singers, which he founded in 1986. Under his direction the choir has developed an enviable reputation for performance excellence and innovative programming.
Jeff is Director of Music at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church, Amherst, and Chorus Master of the Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus. He is past president of Choral Canada and a former president of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation. In addition to serving on juries for the Juno and East Coast Music Awards, the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and Choral Canada, he is in demand as a choral clinician, teacher, adjudicator, and guest conductor. In December 2016 he will lead Symphony Nova Scotia’s performances of Messiah, and he has been chosen as the next conductor of the National Youth Choir, which takes place in Newfoundland in 2018.
Jeff is an enthusiastic supporter of Canadian choral music and frequently commissions works from established and promising young composers. Committed to the development of young singers, he has been guest conductor of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir and Ottawa’s Unisong. He also has served on the faculties of Dalhousie and Acadia universities as well as the Nova Scotia Choral Federation’s Institute of Choral Conducting.
A native of Nova Scotia, Jeff studied organ at Acadia University and the Haarlem International Academy in the Netherlands before attending McGill University to study with organists John Grew and Raymond Daveluy. His choral mentors include Canadian conductors Elmer Iseler and Wayne Riddell, and German conductor Helmuth Rilling.