2023 Adjudicators

Anne Marie Page

Anne Marie Page

Anne Marie Page is Academic Communications Manager, Senior Member of the College of Examiners, and RCM Advanced Specialist, Piano for The Royal Conservatory. Anne Marie served as a member of the Piano Syllabus, 2015 Selection Committee for The Royal Conservatory, and has contributed to the Frederick Harris Study Guides and Teacher Certification online resources. Anne Marie is a member of the Visiting Faculty, Advanced Piano and Theory, at St. Andrew's Academy of Music, Aurora.

Previously, Ms. Page was Repertoire Promotions Consultant for the Canadian Music Centre, promoting Canadian music to orchestras, choirs, conductors and ensembles worldwide. Anne Marie adjudicates for Young Artist, ORMTA, MusicFest, Rotary and Kiwanis competitions as well as Canada's Wonderland School Music Festival. CD recordings include choral, solo, and chamber music, as well as recordings with Page Two Trumpet and Organ Duo. Anne Marie holds an Honours Bachelor of Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Education in Vocal Music from the University of Western Ontario, and is an Associate of the Royal College of Canadian Organists. As a performer, she has been heard on television and radio broadcasts for CBC, ABC, and BBC, and she has conducted and performed in the United Kingdom, Europe, and North America.

Irene Tandberg

Irene Tandberg

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

Tandberg is the Founding Director of the Young Artists Pre-College Academy in London Ontario, an inspiration emerging from her long tenure as Co-Director of Forest City School for Talent Education. YAPCA's, www.yapca.ca, diverse programming nurtures students who are motivated to explore their full potential technically and artistically in a collegial, non-competitive environment. Weekly Performance, Chamber, Master Classes and seminars enhance the student's musical experience and exposure to community engagement.

Irene's first teacher was her grandfather, Wolf Notkin who is to be credited with nurturing her deep love of music and inspiring a life long journey of discovery through sound. 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 while concurrently pursuing Suzuki teacher training.

Past recordings and performances reflect an eclectic range of engagements on Modern and Baroquev iolin, in core, principal and solo positions with many fine orchestras and chamber groups.

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 an active festival adjudicator, master class teacher and workshop clinician in music programs and teaching institutions across Canada.

In addition to running her private studio, acting as the Coordinator for Western 360 and Directing YAPCA, 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. At FCTE she initiated partnering with Western in Community Engaged learning and Pedagogy Course mentorship which continues through the Young Artists Pre-College Academy.

Michelyn Wright

Michelyn Wright

Michelyn Wright received her Honours Bachelor of Music Education, and an Artist's Performance Diploma from the University of Western Ontario then her Master of Music in Voice Performance at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. Through these years she studied with such great teacher's as Bernard Diamant, Lois Marshall, Dr. Darryl Edwards and Ruth Falcon. In 1997 she worked with Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge at the Britten Pears School. Michelyn has performed as a soloist with the Guelph Chamber Choir, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Operetta Theatre, and was a chorister with the Canadian Opera Company Chorus from 1998-2008.

Michelyn has been an active Voice Teacher in Markham since 1997. She has been a member of the National Assoc. of Teachers of Singing since 1999, and was on the Ontario Chapter executive board for 15 years. In 2001 she was selected as one of 20 applicants to attend the NATS Intensive Program, a teacher training program for young voice teachers. For NATS Ontario, Michelyn is a past V. P. of Special Projects, where she created the Workshop, "Making the Cut", and was the Chapter Auditions Coordinator from 2007-2014.

Currently, Michelyn is a Sessional Lecturer at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, teaching Voice Education to undergraduate instrumental music education majors. Michelyn has been an Artist Educator with the Canadian Opera Company Education Department, Vocal Music Director for the Unionville Theatre Company and a Vocal Instructor for the Bach Children's Chorus

Voice competition adjudication engagements include the Oakville Vocal Arts Festival, Sault Ste. Maria Music Festival, Kiwanis Music Festival of Sudbury, Hamilton Music Festival, Peel Music Festival, Niagara Music Theatre and Voice Festival, Stamford Kiwanis Music Festival, Newmarket Lions Music Festival, South Simcoe Arts Council Music Festival, Music Alive York Region and NATS Ontario Vocal Showcase.

Michelyn's students have been finalists at the OMFA Provincials, ORMTA Provincials, NATS Regional Auditions, NATS Ontario Vocal Showcase, Pickering GTA Music Festival, Newmarket Lions, Toronto Kiwanis, and North York Music Festivals. Her students have been Silver and Gold Medal Royal Conservatory of Music Winners, and many have continued on in music after high school at the University level, attending such schools as, McGill University, University of Toronto, Western University and Wilfrid Laurier University, and Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music.

Michelyn's Voice Studio in Markham is a warm, welcoming space where students can grow individually as singers and people. Michelyn's students sing both Classical and Musical Theatre Repertoire and are encouraged to sing at Music Festivals and if appropriate take RCM examinations. Students will learn healthy technique that includes good breath management, vocal production, and body balance. They will perform repertoire that interests them to encourage expressive singing. Michelyn enjoys spending time with her husband and energetic and musical children, Tricia and Warren.