The following adjudicators will be sharing their expertise with the participants and audience members for the 2019 Camrose & District Music Festival:
Kirk Wassmer is currently the Director of Music at Didsbury High School in Didsbury, Alberta, a rural community situated midway between Calgary and Red Deer off the QEII Highway. In a school of only 270 students, 144 participate in one of the school’s two concert bands or three jazz ensembles. In addition to numerous local and regional performances, groups from Didsbury High School have travelled across Canada and to Scotland, England and Spain. Ensembles from DHS consistently receive high accolades for their concert and festival performances.
Kirk received his undergraduate degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He has a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he studied with Dr. Dale J. Lonis. Prior to Didsbury he taught at G. P. Vanier Secondary School in Courtenay, BC and at Revelstoke Secondary School. During the summer Kirk serves as the Band Department Head for the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music. In 2008, he was honoured to be recognized as a semi-finalist in Alberta Education’s Excellence in Teaching Awards. In 2017 Kirk received the David Peterkin Award in recognition of exemplary and consistent contribution to bands and band education from the Mu Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Mu. In addition to sitting on the Board of Directors for the Alberta Band Association, he is also a member of Phi Beta Mu (Mu Alpha chapter), Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Heather Bedford-Clooney has a B. Mus. Ed, an ARCT (voice) and a ATCL and LTCL in Speech and Drama. She has done graduate work at the University of Alberta, Dartmouth College (New Hampshire) and Westminster Choir College (New Jersey).
Mrs. Bedford-Clooney has maintained a voice studio in Edmonton for 40 years. Her students regularly compete in Festivals at the local and provincial levels and, she has had students in the National Music Festival. Her students have gone on to be well known performers and teachers of voice. She had adjudicated voice, choirs, musical theatre and speech throughout Canada for 42 years.
She is the Artistic Director of the Edmonton Columbian Choirs and conductor of the Chanteuses and Edmonton Inner City Choir. The Chanteuses have performed on Parliament Hill, with the Edmonton Symphony and have twice been finalists in the CBC Amateur Choir Competition. In 2016, Chanteuses was asked to be one of two Canadian women’s choirs to sing with Maestro John Rutter to premiere his composition ‘Visions’ at Carnegie Hall, New York City.
She is the Past President of the Alberta Choral Federation (ACF), Choral Canada (ACCC), Music Alberta and Opera Nuova. Mrs. Bedford Clooney is Executive Director of both the Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival and former Executive Director of the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals. She is currently the Past President of the Alberta Music Festivals’ Assn.
Mrs. Bedford-Clooney is as past winner of the Richard Eaton Award for Distinguished Service to Choral Music in Alberta (2008), an Alberta Centennial Medal (2005) ACF Con Spiritu Award (2003). In 2015, she was inducted into the City of Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame.
Maryan Threndyle has a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She completed undergraduate degrees in music and education at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.
With an active piano studio in St. Albert since 1983, Maryan is currently teaching at all levels from beginner to ARCT. Her students have often received festival awards and other scholarships. She is inspired by adjudicating at music festivals around the province and is looking forward to hearing your performance!
From 2003-2017 Maryan was Festival Coordinator of the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival. This community service led to being recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International in 2008 and 2012. A strong supporter of the festival movement in Alberta and across the country, she is thrilled to be invited to Camrose.
Through the years, Maryan has valued the opportunity to sing with the Richard Eaton Singers, Edmonton’s symphonic choir. Currently she is a member of Kappella Kyrie, Slavic Chamber Choir.
Jilliane Yawney is a storyteller, librarian and speech arts instructor. She is active in the storytelling community in Calgary and is the founder of the Calgary Story Slam, a community storytelling event.
Jilliane has an Associates of Speech and Dramatic Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on theatre and a Master’s of Library and Information Studies. During her Master’s degree, Jilliane wrote a thesis exploring how storytelling can be used as a pedagogical tool.
Jilliane is faculty at Mount Royal Conservatory, teaching speech and dramatic arts lessons in her busy studio. She runs workshops and teaches private and group lessons at MRU and beyond. Jilliane loves helping people to discover their voice and build their confidence with storytelling and performance.
Robert Penner was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and began playing the violin at age nine. He holds a B. Mus. from Brandon University where he studied with the late Francis Chaplin. He was Assistant Concertmaster of the Regina Symphony from 1980-83, joined the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in 1983, and was a member of the first violin section from 1984 until his retirement in 2015.
Since then he has devoted himself to teaching adult violinists of all levels and coaches the violin sections of the Calgary Community String Orchestra. He has adjudicated strings for the Red Deer, Olds, and Lacombe Music Festivals.
His mission is to spread joy through music. He brings compassion, insight, generosity and good humor to draw out the best in the violinists and musicians he encounters.
Vocal & Musical Theatre
Kimerica Parr is a versatile artist and a sought after performer in many operas, oratorios, musicals and concerts in Canada, the USA, Europe and most recently Asia. She has been seen performing on the Cable Network feature Time Out for Opera and on the YTV series Deke Wilson’s Mini-Mysteries. As a young artist apprentice at the Michigan Opera Theatre, she performed in Faust, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, and The Gala Opening Concert of the Detroit Opera House featuring Luciano Pavarotti. Kim has also performed with the Michigan Opera Theatre Community Outreach Program, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Community Orchestra, the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, and the AIMS Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Edoardo Müller.
Kim completed her Bachelor Degree in Music (Voice) and then a Bachelor Degree in Education (Drama and Music) at the University of Windsor. Kim has recently completed her coursework for the Master of Music – Vocal Performance – at the University of Alberta, studying with John Tessier and coach Shannon Hiebert.
Winning many awards in the local Kiwanis Music Festivals, Kim represented Windsor at the Provincial Competition. She has performed the lead role in many musical productions including Mame, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Showboat, The Secret Garden, Les Misérables, Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, Annie, and Annie Get Your Gun (in both English and German). Kim is also featured on over sixteen recordings of the works of Victor Herbert, Jerome Kern, Louis Hirsch, Karl Hoschna, Rudolf Friml and is featured on the Barbara Gail Parry CD Carla Can Sing.
Kim was the Artistic Director of Rose City Rising Stars Theatre Guild Inc. for fourteen years. She has also worked as stage director, assistant stage director, stage manager, orchestra conductor and choreographer on many productions for companies such as Michigan Opera Theatre, Comic Opera Guild, Windsor Light Opera, Bloomfield Players, Theatre Intrigue and many high schools and colleges. She has directed over fifty different productions; some favourites include Once Upon a Mattress, Jekyll and Hyde, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Fantasticks, H.M.S. Pinafore, and The Pirates of Penzance.
A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Alberta Registered Music Teacher’s Association, Music Teacher’s National Association and The Alberta Teacher’s Association, Kim is also endorsed by the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her students have placed and won the Provincial Competitions in Ontario and Alberta, as well as received the Gold Medal award from RCM. She currently maintains an active studio at Keyano College, in Fort McMurray, Alberta.