The following adjudicators will be sharing their expertise with the participants and audience members for the 2020 Camrose & District Music Festival:
Originally from Winnipeg MB, Craig Johnson studied privately with a long list of classical and jazz instructors on his primary instruments (Trumpet & Piano). After high school he attended The University of Manitoba furthering his studies in the Performing Fine Arts Program. He went on to study Jazz Arranging, Orchestral Composition, and Writing for Motion Picture and TV earning his General Music Studies degree at The Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Now living in Calgary with over 30 years of teaching and performing experience Craig remains an active clinician and hosting workshops with in the Calgary Board of Education band and music programs. He maintains a large private student base, and has had a number of former students go on to pursue a musical careers at the professional level.
In 2003 Craig accepted the position of Musical Director for a Calgary based big band association where his roles include, writing and arranging a large portion of the bands repertoire for performance.
In addition to performing and adjudicating music festivals throughout Alberta and across Canada, as a band leader he leads his own groups of various sizes and has been commissioned by different
artists both locally and nationally to write music for their specific recording and or performing projects.
Dr. Joy Berg – Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Concordia University of Edmonton. Receiving a piano performance degree, an education degree, and choral conducting degrees, Dr. Berg’s university career has been spent with conducting choirs at Concordia, as well as teaching courses in the music department. She directs the three Concordia choirs – the Concordia Concert Choir (auditioned student choir, with 45 singers), Bella Voce Women’s Choir (with 30 singers), and the Concordia Community Chorus (with 110 singers). For many years, Joy sang alto in Edmonton’s professional choir, Procoro Canada. A life-long learner, Dr. Berg has just completed her second doctorate, a Doctorate of Worship Studies, and often adjudicates and workshops in the area of choirs, speech, voice, junior piano, handbells, and church music.
Steinway Artist, Mayron Tsong, has been taken by her performances around the globe to almost every state in the continental United States, as well as Canada, Russia, Sweden, Italy, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. After her solo recital Debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Harris Goldsmith of The New York Concert Review praised it as “an enlivening, truly outstanding recital.” Fanfare Magazine called her “a genius, pure and simple… perhaps, a wizard.”
Her first CD of Romantic Russian Piano Music released by Centaur Records in 2008 won a Global Music Award and rave reviews in American Record Guide and Fanfare Magazine who compared her playing to Horowitz, Pollini, Andsnes and Laredo, saying “her technique is dazzling, yet subjugated to a controlling intellect and deeply felt sensitivity that removes her from the category `virtuoso’ by nature of her long-range artistic vision.” She is currently engaged in her next recording project of Haydn Piano Sonatas.
Winner of numerous competitions and prizes, Mayron has performed and interviewed for many radio broadcasts, including CBC Radio in Canada, WDAV in North Carolina, WFMT Radio in Chicago, Radio 4 in Hong Kong and NPR’s “The State of Things.” She has appeared as soloist with orchestras around the world, including the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic (Russia), Symphony North (Houston), Longview Symphony Orchestra (Texas), North Carolina Symphony, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra (Canada), and Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra (Canada). Equally active in chamber music collaborations, her summers have taken her to festivals across the United States, Prague, Germany and Italy, including The Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, The Art of Piano at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Eastern Music Festival, Prague International Piano Masterclasses, Texas Music Institute and the Amalfi Coast, Schlern and Orfeo Music Festivals in Italy. Her collaborations with some of the finest chamber groups and musicians in North America include Jeffrey Zeigler (of the Kronos Quartet), Brentano String Quartet, Philharmonic Quintet of New York, Miró String Quartet, Vega String Quartet, James Campbell, George Taylor and Antonio Lysy.
A native of Canada, Dr. Tsong is one of the youngest musicians to complete a Performer’s Diploma in Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto at age 16. While still a student, she was awarded the Millennium Prize for Russian Performing Arts, and she is a three-time recipient of The Female Doctoral Students Grant, a competition that encompasses all disciplines nationwide, awarded by the Government of Canada. Holding graduate degrees in both Piano Performance and Music Theory from Rice University, her impressive pedigree boasts distinguished teachers like John Perry, György Sebök, Robert Levin, Anton Kuerti and Marilyn Engle. A distinguished pedagogue herself, she has appeared around the world as a master class clinician, lecturer, judge and Visiting Professor.
She is an Honorary Member of the Tingshuset Music Society in Sweden along with prominent Swedish Artists like Martin Fröst and Christian Lindberg. Mayron is currently Associate Professor/Artist Teacher of Piano at the School of Music at the University of Maryland. She previously served as Head of Keyboard Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Lethbridge.
Katie Hudson has been acting and singing since she was 12 years old. She has worked as a director and actor with various Edmonton companies including Punctuate Theatre, Thou Art Here Theatre, Cardiac Theatre & Clown Cartel. She is a founding improviser with Grindstone Theatre’s The 11 O’clock Number Musical and has also improvised with Capitol Theatre, and Die Nasty in Edmonton. Katie has taken her improv to Phoenix and New York. Katie teaches drama and improv classes to both children and adults. Katie has also worked in front of the camera as a TV weather and traffic host. Katie holds a Drama degree from the University of Alberta and a Television Diploma from NAIT.
A native of Edmonton, violist Leanne Maitland is an active chamber musician, orchestral player, soloist, teacher, and adjudicator in the Edmonton area. She performs regularly with the Obsessions Octet and as a substitute with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Other past and up-coming projects include playing with the Chamber Orchestra of Edmonton, Vif String Quartet, touring Europe with the Obsessions Octet, playing at the Citadel Theatre, with Early Music Alberta, Alberta Baroque Ensemble, the Bicycle Symphony at the Kaleido Arts Festival, SkirtsAFire festival, Dead Red Pine, and Plexoos Ensemble, and organizing Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night in Edmonton.
Previously, Leanne has played with the National Academy Orchestra, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, at the Banff Centre, Domaine Forget Chamber Music program, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the Montreal International String Quartet Academy. She has studied at the University of Alberta (Dr. Aaron Au), Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester (Prof. George Taylor), and Schulich School of Music, McGill University (André Roy).
Leanne is a viola, violin, and chamber music instructor at Society for Talent Education, and privately at her home studio in west Edmonton. She has also adjudicated at music festivals across Alberta. Leanne is also an active runner, foodie (eating and cooking), and loves going on river valley adventures with her husband and two daughters.
Vocal & Musical Theatre
Soprano Melanie Baux has always loved being surrounded by music. Melanie has a Diploma in Music Performance from Mount Royal University and a Bachelor of Music Performance from The University of Manitoba. Melanie has studied under Winston Noren, Karen Jensen and Canadian coloratura Tracy Dahl. In concert Melanie has performed Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with the University of Manitoba Orchestra, Schubert’s Mass in C with The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Opera Excerpts with The Calgary Youth Orchestra and premiered Elizabeth Raum’s Prairie Alphabet with The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. On the opera stage she has appeared as Venus in Offenbach;s Orphee aux Enfers and Beth in Adamo’s Little Women. This past season, she has performed Handel’s Arcadian duets with the Calgary Bach Festival society as well as Rameau’s In Convertendo and the Charpentier Te Deum. Most recently, Melanie performed Bach’s Easter Oratorio as well as Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Cantare Children’s Choir and The Bach Festival Orchestra.
As a young singer, Melanie participated in the Mount Royal Choral Program, Alberta Youth Choir, Ad Libitum Vocal Ensemble, Spiritus Chamber Choir and The Winnipeg Singers. Melanie is the artistic director of the Cochrane Young Singers choral Program,and has been a vocal coach and rehearsal lead for The Calgary Boys Choir.
Melanie has been a musical director for Grease (Winnipeg, Manitoba) The Sound of Music (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Eve: The True Story (Pincher Creek, Alberta). She has frequently adjudicates at music festivals and gives master classes in both Musical Theatre and classical vocal performance. Melanie teaches private voice lessons as well as group and private Musical Theatre classes. Her greatest joy comes from sharing her love of music with her students and her three little boys.