Irma Mulherin – Junior Vocal I
Irma Mulherin resides in Grand Falls, New Brunswick where she owns and operates Broadway Productions, a theatre company and specialized music studio. The company is best known for their work in choral music and youth musical theatre programming. Private instruction is currently offered in voice, musical theatre, piano, theory, ukulele, violin, viola and beginner guitar. Each year the company produces an original dinner theatre which tours Northern New Brunswick.
As a performer, Irma’s abilities are varied. She is an established mezzo-soprano, pianist, accompanist, flautist, writer and actress who enjoys every aspect of the arts. Irma is frequently hired as festival adjudicator and workshop clinician. As a writer, Irma has written over 20 original scripts, all of which her company has produced, some which have gone on to be produced by other companies. She is hired locally, provincially and nationally for conventions and private events of many varieties. In 2009, she was the grand prize winner of a national script writing competition, bringing her work to the National level with presentations in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Irma has been the recipient of both the Madawaska South CBDC Young Entrepreneur Award (2009) and the N.B. Young Entrepreneur Award (2012). She has received an honorable mention for the provincial CBDC Woman Entrepreneur award (2009) and was a finalist for the Prime Minister of Canada Volunteer Award (2012). Most recently Irma’s company, Broadway Productions, was awarded the 2017 Business of the Year for The Valley Chamber of Commerce. Irma is the 2018 Woman Entrepreneur of Year for Madawaska-Victoria County.
Currently, Irma works as an Artist-in-Residence for the province of New Brunswick. This opportunity has her working at different schools, with teachers and students, instructing different projects including ukulele, choral and voice, and musical theatre. She is the Executive Director of the Victoria County Music Festival and is in demand as a teacher, adjudicator, accompanist and performer. Irma also serves as a church organist.
When given the chance, Irma enjoys crafting and spending every possible moment with her husband Scott, and their 2 beautiful children, all of whom are passionate about music and the arts.
Pascale Beaudin – Junior Vocal II
Pascale Beaudin’s incomparable diction, intelligent musicality and expressivity make her ideal for concert and recital work. In addition to being a permanent member of the Four Nations Ensemble, Ms. Beaudin collaborates with many ensembles and festivals, namely Chatham Baroque, l’Orchestre Métropolitain, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Les Violons du Roy, I Musici de Montréal, la Société d’art vocal de Montréal, le Festival d’opéra de Québec, le Festival de Lanaudière and the Vancouver Early Music Festival.
She appears on operatic stages in Canada, France, and the United States, in roles such as Zerlina, Papagena, Fiordiligi, Oscar, Adèle, and Nannetta. The New York Times praised her shimmering voice and girlish sassiness, while the Washington Post reported that she sang « the aria “Per pietà” with such deliberate quiet elegance and restraint that it was a highlight not just of the evening, but also of my year. »
Ms. Beaudin’s discography includes Mélodies complètes de Francis Poulenc with pianist Olivier Godin, and Nicandro e Fileno with Les Boréades and Le Nouvel Opéra on the ATMA label. She is featured on the world premiere recording of Les Femmes vengées with Opera Lafayette on the Naxos label.
Next, Pascale is headed to Belgium to combine her love for opera and hockey in Hockey Noir, by André Ristic and Cecil Castellucci. She looks forward to returning to Halifax for the 2019 edition of Scotia Festival.
Darryl Edwards – Intermediate & Senior Vocal
Darryl Edwards (darryledwards.ca) is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, and Artistic Director of the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy and COSA Canada. He holds B.Mus., B.Ed. and M.Mus. degrees from Western University, and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. Dr. Edwards has been claimed by the Toronto Star as “the coach behind many of Canada’s best young voices these days.” His own teachers have included soprano Mary Morrison, O.C., Grammy award-winning soprano Lorna Haywood, and baritone Franco Iglesias, the teacher of Placido Domingo.
Recent and upcoming teaching engagements of Darryl Edwards include master classes with singers in the Opera Studio Nederland, China’s Central Conservatory Music of Beijing, the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Charles University in Prague, and Brazil’s Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Foundational to his work is also his position as Voice Consultant for the Toronto Children’s Chorus and Toronto Youth Choir. He is “Wall of Fame” inductee at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, and was recently named a Visiting Professor at the Sichuan University of Arts and Sciences. In May, 2019, with the Chengdu Institute of Sport and College of Arts, he will open a production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, as the Artistic Director of Opera Chengdu.
Darryl Edwards’ voice students have appeared with major companies and orchestras across Canada, the United States and Europe (Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, New York City Opera, Philadelphia Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Bavarian State Opera – Munich, Zurich Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Greek National Opera, and these include many of his students have gone on to enjoy international singing careers. These include sopranos Lucia Cesaroni, Claire de Sévigné, Aviva Fortunata, Katherine Whyte; mezzo-sopranos Charlotte Burrage, Katarzyna Sadej, Vicki St. Pierre, and Krisztina Szabo; tenors Colin Ainsworth, Andrew Haji, Charles Sy and John Tessier, baritone Michael Adair, and bass-baritone Stephen Hegedus. He is also privileged to have helped nurture singers who are now established artist-teachers: baritone Bradley Christensen, and sopranos Michelle Minke, Kelsey Taylor, Frédérique Vézina and Michelyn Wright.
Since the launch of the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy in 2007, as founding Artistic Director Darryl Edwards has mounted such productions as Puccini’s La Bohème and Suor Angelica, Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Cavalli’s La Calisto, Haydn’s La Cantarina, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and La Clemenza di Tito, and such oratorios as Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Dvorak’s Mass in D. COSI has played an important part in the extraordinary opera training of over four hundred of Canada’s young opera artists, over sixty of whom have taken their places in Canada’s professional opera companies, and in major opera companies internationally.
As a tenor, Darryl Edwards has appeared to critical acclaim in oratorio, recital, and opera in England, Germany, France, Italy, China, Corsica, the United States, and across Canada. His performing engagements have included Britten’s War Requiem with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Bach and Handel with the Filharmonie Hradec Králové and The Czech Boys’ Choir, the title role in Mozart’s Idomeneo in Mulhouse, France, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Mozart Requiem with the Pesaro Philharmonic and Chorus in Italy, Handel’s Messiah with the Elmer Iseler Singers, and Mozart concert arias for tenor with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 he gave the North American premiere of Colin Matthews’ tenor and chamber orchestra transcription of Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eine Fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) with conductor Uri Mayer, and the Faculty Artists’ Ensemble at the University of Toronto. Critics praise him as a “rich-voiced, cultured tenor who mastered the high notes effortlessly” (Coburg Tageblatt, Germany), and an “effective communicator who expressed the text with sensitivity and fervour” (Hamilton Spectator). His recordings and broadcasts include performances with American National Public Radio (NPR) (Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Illinois Chamber Orchestra), Canadian Music Centre (Centrediscs) (Harry Somers’ The Fool) the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC Radio 2) in Kodály’s Psalmus Hungaricus with the Calgary Philharmonic and Chorus.
Through his teaching at the University of Toronto, and with COSI alumni in the COSI Connection, Darryl Edwards’ continuing initiatives serve to develop young singers’ artistic and career skills through meaningful performances. These have included such oratorios as Handel’s Esther, Mozart’s Die Schuldigkeit, and powerfully programmed oratorio concerts: Music for Advent and Christmas, the Passion of Christ, andResurrection! The concert performances of theatrical works have included Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera,several of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operas: The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, The Gondoliers, and The Yeomen of the Guard. He recently adapted Mozart’s Apollo and Hyacinth and G&S’ Ruddigore for COSI Connection concert performances for the Toronto Children’s Chorus, and has produced world premieres Andrew Ager’s operas The Wings of the Dove, and Führerbunker in Toronto, and SHOT: The Story of D’Arcy McGee, by Abigail Richard-Schulte and Anna Chatterton, with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Please learn more about his ongoing creative work with young singers at co-si.com, cosacanada.org, and Facebook: Orastoryo.
Dr. Vanessa Mio – Junior Strings
Dr. Vanessa Mio is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Education in the Western University Don Wright Faculty of Music, teaching Group String Instruction (Violin/Viola) and String Pedagogy. Vanessa completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies degree (with a focus on violin pedagogy) from the University of Windsor. Vanessa also earned a Master of Music, a Bachelor of Music, and a Performance Diploma in Violin Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied violin with Mimi Zweig, Kathleen Winkler, Baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie, and string pedagogy with Dr. Brenda Brenner. Vanessa’s passion for teaching was sparked at Indiana University where she was appointed as an Associate Instructor from 2005-2008.
Vanessa has spent summers touring with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada; participating in the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy; teaching in Tuscany for a Professional Teachers Workshop alongside Mimi Zweig; and studying at the Banff Centre for the Arts with the Très Chic Piano Trio (Chamber Music Residency for Pre-Formed Ensembles). Recent performances have included concerts with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Penderecki String Quartet, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra.
In addition to teaching and performing, Vanessa has pursued a variety of professional development opportunities and has become a sought-after clinician, teacher, and adjudicator. Vanessa is a String Examiner with The Royal Conservatory of Music, College of Examiners. She has presented her research at provincial and international conferences (including the International Society for Music Education, the American String Teachers’ Association, the Ontario Music Educators’ Association, and the Canadian Society for the Study of Education) and has recently published articles in the International Journal of Music Education and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. Vanessa has also adjudicated various festivals across Canada, including the upper string division of the Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Competition in May of 2017. She has taught at the Nova Scotia Suzuki Violin Institute in Halifax, NS, attended the Starling-DeLay Symposium for Violin Studies at The Juilliard School, participated in a workshop led by Brian Lewis at the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute, and attended a Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
For more information, see: http://www.vanessamio.com
Katharine Rapoport – Intermediate & Senior Strings
Katharine holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, a Master of Arts (Cambridge University) and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in violin with Yfrah Neaman (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London).
Katharine Rapoport also studied in Siena (Italy) and Detmold (Germany) and at Vienna Hochschule für Musik with Bruno Giuranna and Hatto Beyerle. She is an active freelance violist in Toronto as well as an adjudicator. Her articles have been published in the University of Toronto Quarterly and The Strad magazine. In addition, Katharine authored the 2001 Royal Conservatory viola syllabus, coauthored the 1999 violin syllabus, and was series editor of The Encore Series for Violin and two teachers’ manuals. Her recordings include Classical Kids and the Sunset Boulevard soundtrack, and she has recorded with the Esprit Orchestra. A member of the American Federation of Musicians and the American String Teachers Association, Katharine has been on The Royal Conservatory faculty since 1983.
Aude Urbancic – Junior Piano I
Aude Urbancic is delighted to be back to adjudicate the New Brunswick Competitive Music festival. A few years ago, 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 an Artist Diploma in accompaniment from the Université de Montréal under Francis Perron. She has also attended several summer academies including the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy (2017) and Opera NUOVA (2018).
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 performed in Vancouver in 2017 for the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence. Aude was also the soloist for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Ottawa Pops Orchestra.
Aude has a particular passion for opera and during the last year, was one of the rehearsal pianists for the University of Montreal’s production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream under Jean-François Rivest, one of the rehearsal pianoist for Opera Nuova’s Magic Flute under Rosemary Thompson and the rehearsal pianist for Pellegrini Opera’s Madama Butterfly under Andrew Ager.
Now based in Ottawa, Aude keeps busy with teaching, playing for voice students both at the University of Ottawa and for local voice studios, music directing at the Church of the Ascension and conducing five choirs. She also works as a rehearsal pianist at the National Arts Centre where she was involved in rehearsals for Sokolovic’s Golden slumbers kiss your eyes (2017), Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (2017) and Britten’s War Requiem (2018).
Aude looks forward to being able to share her knowledge within a Festival and Community that greatly contributed to her musical development.
Jacqueline Sorensen Young – Junior Piano II
Jacqueline Sorensen Young enjoys a multi-faceted career as both a performer and educator. As a versatile pianist she collaborates with many soloists in classical recitals, as well as ensembles such as The Piano Collective (2 Pianos 8 Hands), eklektikos new music project, Luminos Ensemble, and has also worked as an accompanist for many university and community choirs. Her musical theatre credits have included Music Director of Anne and Gilbert, Performer at the Beaconsfield Children’s Festival, and Rehearsal Pianist for the Charlottetown Festival.
She currently holds positions as Director of Music at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church in Charlottetown, Piano Instructor at Holland College School of Performing Arts in Charlottetown, Piano Examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and (as a member of the Canadian Federation of Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association) is in demand as a music festival adjudicator across Atlantic Canada and Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Prince Edward Island, where she also taught as a Sessional Lecturer for 19 years. With over 30 years of teaching experience, she currently operates a successful private piano teaching studio in downtown Charlottetown, is a Certified Teacher of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and currently holds positions as both Registrar and Treasurer of the Prince Edward Island Registered Music Teachers’ Association.
Jacqueline is looking forward to the opportunity to share her joy of music-making with the next generation of talented musicians and wishes to encourage all participants to enjoy this valuable performance and educational experience.
Jeremy VanSlyke – Intermediate & Senior Piano
Jeremy VanSlyke is a pianist, music producer, and entrepreneur from Fredericton, New Brunswick. He is a member of the piano faculty at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax, NS and his passion for classical music production led to the 2012 launch of Leaf Music, the first classical music recording label in Atlantic Canada. His chamber music and orchestral recordings have received nominations at the East Coast Music Awards and JUNO Awards.
Jeremy helped produce 3 seasons of concerts for Symphony Nova Scotia and has also lent his skills as an audio editor and sound designer to television shows including This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Mr. D, and The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. Following the completion of music degrees in sound recording and performance at McGill University in Montreal, he returned to the maritimes where he works as a collaborative pianist, teacher and has grown Leaf Music into one of the most active classical recording labels in Canada.
Sir William Hughes – Bands
Sir William (Bill) Hughes was the Director of Music for the 200 piece Burlington Teen Tour Band (Canada’s largest Youth Band). Born in Holywood, Northern Ireland, Bill was the principal flute and piccolo player with the band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines for nine years, during which time he performed solos for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other heads of state at many official functions.
He performed as a freelance flautist throughout Britain and Europe and with many of the top orchestras in London (B.B.C., London Symphony) as well as doing recordings for television and radio. He has performed for H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Michael of Kent, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Princess Margaret, King of Norway, President Reagan and other Heads of State.
In 1982 he became Captain and Principal Director of Music for the 48th Highlanders of Canada. In 1998 Sir William became the Director of Music for the Burlington Teen Tour Band – Canada’s largest and most award winning Youth Band.
A frequent adjudicator and clinician Bill has judged throughout North America and at the World Championships for Marching Bands (Calgary, Germany , Japan ). Bill is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Arts Council, Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and currently sits on the Music Advisory Committee for Mohawk College.
James Mark – Instrumental
James Mark, conductor, clarinetist, saxophonist, arranger and educator, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, the Hartt College of Music, and the University of Michigan where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Music in London, England, winning the Arthur Somervell Prize for Winds, presented by the Queen Mother.
He has been Principal Clarinetist with the Royal College of Music First Orchestra, the Berkshire Symphony (Massachusetts), Symphony New Brunswick, and the PEI Symphony, and Eb Clarinet with the U.S. Air Force Band, appearing as concerto soloist with all of these orchestras.
He has conducted ensembles in Carnegie Hall, Auditorio Paganini in Parma, Italy, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China, and in numerous venues in North America. He a former Conductor of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and the Prince Edward Island Symphony.
Dr. Mark was for many years Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone, and Conductor of the Symphonic Band at Mount Allison University. He is an active teacher, adjudicator and clinician.
Mark Ramsay – Choral
Mark Ramsay is the artistic director of Toronto’s award-winning Exultate Chamber Singers as well as the conductor of the University of Toronto Men’s Chorus, the U of T Scarborough Concert Choir, and the MNjcc Community Choir. In addition to his conducting work, he is a adjunct professor at the U of T Faculty of Music where he teaches graduate choral conducting lessons, an undergraduate course in choral music education, and works as an administrator for the choral area. He is frequently asked to appear as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor, and is the editor of Choirs Ontario’s publication, Dynamic.
He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from U of T where he was a student of Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt. He was a recipient of an Elmer Iseler National Graduate Fellowship in Choral Conducting, as well as multiple U of T Fellowships and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. In addition, he holds a Master of Music from U of T and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Prince Edward Island.
Mark has also been a student conductor with the Elmer Iseler Singers, apprentice conductor with the Ontario Youth Choir, and tour manager for the National Youth Choir of Canada. Before moving to Toronto, Mark worked for ten years as a high school music teacher and curriculum specialist in Summerside, PEI where he was also the music director at Trinity United Church and conductor of the Summerside Community Choir. (www.markramsay.ca)