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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35 Grandveiw Dr
Omemee, ON K0L 2W0

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.

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 prestigious scholarships and awards. 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 diverse programming nurtures students who are motivated to explore their full potential technically and artistically in a collegial, non-competitive environment.

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. Irene is a vastly experienced and fervent pedagogue who has written and given 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

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.

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28 Askin Street
London, Ontario N6C 1E3

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 USA, Mexico, Europe and Asia with conductors including Helmuth Rilling, Peter Oundjian, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Franz Paul Decker, and Pinchas Zuckerman .

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) and Centrediscs recently released, Juno-nominated Breathe: Music for Voices and Early Instruments by James Rolfe.

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.