Music Festival 2019 - Adjudicators

J. P. Baldwin

As a professional singer, actor, dancer for over 20 years and most recently, choreographer and director, J.P. has traveled throughout Canada, including The Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Globus Theatre in Bobcaygeon, The Stirling Festival Theatre, The Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver, StageWest in Calgary and The Factory Theatre in Toronto. J.P. is also a certified hot yoga instructor, so when he is not performing or directing, you will find him in the practice room of a hot yoga studio. J.P. is a graduate of the Music Theatre– Performance Program at Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario.

Some of J.P.'s past credits include: Michael Minetti in SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS (Orillia Opera House/Gravenhurst Opera House); Ash in EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL (Just for Laughs Festival); Jitter in THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS: THE MUSICAL! and Sister Robert Anne in NUNSENSE (Bluewater Summer Playhouse); Dr. Carrasco in MAN OF LA MANCHA and Freda Heitz in THE LAST RESORT(Stirling Festival Theatre); Don Lockwood in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (EMP); The Narrator in BLOOD BROTHERS (Seneca Queen); Kirk Thompson in DADS: THE MUSICAL/DADS II (Twenty Valley Playhouse/Waterloo Stage); Bernardo in WEST SIDE STORY (Showplace Peterborough); FLASHPOINT (CTV) and THE MISSING PIECE (Worldfest Film Festival).

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Dr. Marlene Finn

A native of Ottawa, Marlene Finn earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance from the Université de Montréal. An active teacher, adjudicator and performer, Marlene is a faculty member at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Gatineau where she has been serving as Professor of Piano since 1986. Her duties have also included teaching music and piano literature, collaborative piano as well as coaching chamber music ensembles. Prior to her position at the Conservatoire, she has taught at Queen’s University in Kingston and at the Université de Montréal. A highly appreciated pedagogue, she is regularly invited to give master classes and adjudicate competitions and exams across Canada. Many of her students have been the recipients of prestigious awards and scholarships and have been accepted in the finest music schools in the United States and in Europe.

Her piano teachers have included Dr. Natalie Pépin and the late Yvonne Hubert in Montreal as well as Martin Canin in New York. She has participated in numerous master classes and piano seminars in the United States and in Europe where she had the opportunity of studying with Paul Badura-Skoda, Jorg Demus, Leon Fleisher, Bela Siki and Menahem Pressler among others.

Marlene has performed as a soloist, collaborative pianist and chamber musician in Canada, the United States and in Europe and has been heard on CBC and the SRC. Since 2001, she especially enjoys her collaboration with pianist and colleague Pierre-Richard Aubin. They regularly perform four-hand and two piano repertoire, including transcriptions of major orchestral works.

Dr. Vanessa Mio

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.

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Monica Whicher

Style and musical elegance combined with an intuitive theatrical sense are the hallmarks of soprano Monica Whicher’s performances on the concert and opera stage. She has performed with orchestras, opera companies and at chamber festivals across Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia with conductors including Helmuth Rilling, Peter Oundjian, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Franz Paul Decker, Steuart Bedford, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Duane Wolff, Pinchas Zuckerman, Trevor Pinnick, Hervé Niquet, Andrew Parrott, Harry Bicket, Timothy Vernon and Alexander Weimann.
Ms. Whicher was nominated for a Juno Award for “Singing Somers Theatre” (Centrediscs) and two Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Critically acclaimed for her portrayals of Mérope in Lully’s Persée (DVD) and Telaïre in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux (both Naxos), she is also featured on the Juno-Award winning CDs Mozart’s Magic Fantasy, Beethoven Lives Upstairs and Daydreams and Lullabies. Other recordings include Lullabies and Carols for Christmas, with harpist Judy Loman (Naxos), Hatzis’ Erotikos Logos (Marquis),) and Centrediscs recently released, Juno-nominated Breathe: Music for Voices and Early Instruments by James Rolfe. Monica appears on The Art Songs of Mykola Lysenko, The Art Songs of Yakov Stepovyi, and The Galicians l and ll, all for the Ukrainian Art Song Project.
A former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Ms. Whicher studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Britten-Pears School of Music, and the Steans Institute, and was a recipient of the George London Award, Sullivan Foundation Grants, and a Canada Council Career Development Grant. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she studied with renowned Canadian soprano, Lois Marshall. Monica Whicher is a Lecturer in Voice at the University of Toronto and on the Voice Faculty of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music.