Adjudicators

The following adjudicators will be sharing their expertise with the participants and audience members for the 2017 Camrose & District Music Festival:

  Dan Davis — Band Instrumental, Community Music

Dan Davis is a saxophonist from Edmonton AB. He completed his Masters in Jazz Studies at the Univeristy of South Florida in 2009.
Since returning to Edmonton after his masters, Dan has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for “Out West” with A/B trio, and “Based On a True Story” with the Writers’ Guild, bands he co-­leads. Both records also made it to #1 on the National Earshot! Jazz charts.

Dan has been fortunate enough to perform with P.J. Perry, Tommy  Banks, Jim Head, Chris Andrew, Juno winner Mike Murley, the Yardbird Suite Jazz Orchestra, the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra, the Edmonton Jazz Collective and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Currently, Dan is an instructor at the Macewan Conservatory of Music at Alberta College, and at Macewan University. He gives master classes and performances around his home province of Alberta and across Western Canada.

     Sherri Birdsell — Dance

Sherri is passionate about dancing, teaching and learning. Sherri has taught in St. Albert for the past 20 years and is a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. She also holds a B ED degree in Elementary education and started her teaching career at Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts. At Victoria school Sherri developed and implemented programming for Elementary students as well as worked with Junior High and High school students. In 2008, Sherri was hired to start a dance program for both Virginia Park and Mount Royal schools, two Arts Core programs offered through Edmonton Public Schools. In 2010 she started an Arts Based preschool in partnership with DanceCo Dance Studio and enjoyed teaching and choreographing for the DanceCo dancers as part of their Disney performing opportunity in Orlando Florida. Sherri is currently back teaching dance at Victoria School and looks forward to sharing her passion with all of the students at the Camrose Festival.

  Patricia Tao — Piano

Pianist Patricia Tao leads an active life as a performer, teacher and concert organizer. She performed throughout North America and Europe as a soloist and as a founding member of the Guild Trio for ten years, and currently performs as a member of Trio Voce. She is the winner of the USIA Artistic Ambassador competition and was awarded the position of Trio-in-Residence at the Tanglewood Music Center. Dr. Tao’s performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” New York’s classical radio stations, and CBC, and her live performances are heard regularly on Chicago’s WFMT. She has recorded both solo and chamber music on the CRI, Arktos, Centaur, and Con Brio Recordings labels.

As concert organizer, Dr. Tao runs the Hear’s to Your Health Concerts held at the U of A medical school and is Artistic Director of the Edmonton Chamber Music Society’s Summer Solstice Festival in Edmonton, which features an international roster of North America’s finest instrumentalists. Dr. Tao received her undergraduate education at Harvard University, a Master’s degree with distinction from Indiana University and her doctorate from Stony Brook University in New York, where her principal teachers were Leonard Shure, Gyorgy Sebok and Gilbert Kalish. She has given master classes at numerous schools in Canada, the U.S., Europe and China and is a frequent adjudicator in B.C. and Alberta. She has taught at the University of Virginia, Western Washington University and is presently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alberta, where she teaches piano and chamber music.

 

  John Wiebe — School and Community Music

Dr. John Wiebe is an award‐winning conductor and pianist based in Edmonton, Alberta, where he conducts choirs at the University of Alberta‐Augustana campus, is the Conductor of the Edmonton Youth Choir and is the Artistic Director of the Edmonton Youth & Children’s Choirs. Known for the energy, craftsmanship and passion he brings to his music making, choirs under his dynamic leadership have recorded six CD’s, performed coast‐to‐coast across Canada and around the world (Europe, Russia, South America, China and South Africa), and have received numerous awards for their performances locally, nationally and at the Langollen Music Festival and the World Choir Games.
John has studied at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Alberta, with Frieder Bernius from Stuttgart, Germany, and in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Wiebe is a published author, has presented at numerous conferences, and for his research into the choral music of Carl Czerny, a 19th century Viennese composer, has received several awards, including the Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize for Doctoral Research; University of Alberta Dissertation Fellowship; and the Austrian Canadian Council Dissertation Prize.
Dr. Wiebe is active in the choral community as a clinician and adjudicator for events as diverse as the Western Canadian Music Awards, Kiwanis Music Festivals and Edmonton Arts Council. John has served on numerous boards and is currently the President for Choral Canada, the national service organization for the Canadian choral community. When not busy making music, John enjoys spending time hiking with his family, home renovations, and running.

 Joyanne Rudiak — Speech Arts

Joyanne Rudiak is an Edmonton-based actor, singer and teacher who has performed in various cities, most extensively in Edmonton, Dublin, and Ottawa. She began studying Speech Arts and Drama with Shirley Konrad at the age of 12 and obtained her ARCT Teachers Diploma in 2012. Joyanne also holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Drama from the University of Alberta, which helped further the theatre education she started with the Royal Conservatory of Canada.

After combining her love of theatre with her love of music and performing musical theatre and opera in Edmonton, Joyanne moved to Dublin, Ireland where she spent much of her time working with Music Matters Inclusive Choir as an alternate conductor, and voice and piano teacher. She then shortly moved to Ottawa to pursue theological studies and found herself giving workshops in public speaking and voice production to emerging Ukrainian Catholic clergy, a project she first started in Edmonton. Joyanne also had the good fortune to teach voice and acting classes with The Acting Company and The Ottawa Children’s Theatre, and performance opportunities arose with Orpheus Musical Theatre Society, the NAC Chorus, and The Confidential Musical Theatre Project.

Now back in the Edmonton area, Joyanne has resumed teaching Speech Arts and Drama at The Speech Studio Inc., where she first began her studies. She also teaches voice and piano at Crescendo Music Studios in Sherwood Park, as well as musical theatre and acting classes with the Town of Beaumont. She is very excited to be in Camrose as the adjudicator for Speech Arts and Drama and looks forward to meeting all festival participants.

 

Maria Medlow — Strings

Originally from Argentina, Maria grew up playing the violin and piano. Upon moving to Canada , she was accepted at the Senior Academy at Mount Royal Conservatory and studied with prominent teachers including Lise Elson, Cenek Vbra and John Lowry. Maria completed her ARCT certification in both violin and piano and moved to complete her music performance studies at the University of Calgary under the direction of Edmond Agopian.
Maria is currently an active member of the Calgary Musicians Association, is Director on the board of the Alberta Music Education Foundation and is also the Registration Chair for the Cochrane Youth Talent Festival. She has performed and recorded solo and chamber concerts with members of the Calgary Opera, Calgary Cowtown Opera, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Jazz Orchestra, Alberta Ballet, Red Deer Symphony, Metropolitan Opera of New York, Cirque De Soleil and played alongside Michael Buble for his 2014 Canada Tour. Maria was invited to record for the Canadian Country Music Awards and was featured in the CBC Television special for the CCMA awards. She continues her active role as a teacher, adjudicator and performer hosting and playing numerous concerts, fundraisers in support of different charities. Maria resides in Calgary with her husband and 6 year old son Lucas.

 

Bill Hamm — Vocal and Musical Theatre

Bill Hamm has been the Music Director at Rosebud Theatre and Rosebud School of the Arts since 1989. He conducts choirs, teaches voice and speech classes, has acted in many plays and musicals, and has directed music for numerous shows including Cotton Patch Gospel, Man of La Mancha, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Godspell, and Fiddler on the Roof. Also, he sings with the Canadian Chamber Choir, and with Luminous Voices, a professional choir in Calgary.

Bill has a Masters degree in Choral Conducting form the University of Illinois, a B.A. from University of Winnipeg, and a Bachelor of Religious Studies from Canadian Mennonite University. Bill is Music Director for the Canadian Badlands Summer School. He also performs with a Folk/Bluegrass band.

Bill and his wife Renita have four children and two grandchildren. He enjoys running, mountain biking, hockey, home renos and mechanical work.