The following adjudicators will be sharing their expertise with the participants and audience members for the 2018 Camrose & District Music Festival:

 Val Sherman — Band Instrumental, Community Music

Val Sherman graduated in 1973 from the University of Southern California, with a degree in music education, and has been working with young instrumentalists ever since. She moved to Canada in 1975 with her husband and young family, where she started the first elementary band program in Calgary. She served on the board of directors of the Alberta Band Association, as their treasurer. In Innisfail, Val was the band director at John Wilson Elementary School, Chinook Center School, and the Innisfail Middle School. She also had the position of choir director at the Innisfail United Church for ten years. Val has worked as a flute clinician in Alberta and Los Angeles, and has taught privately for over 40 years. She actively writes and arranges solos and ensembles, as well as concert band music, and has received awards from the Alberta Band Association, the Alberta Composers Association and the Alberta Choral Federation for her choral and band works. Val was honored to be a recipient of the Alberta Band Association’s Vondis Miller Award in 2014, and is currently the Past President of Women Band Directors International. She is co-owner of Entertainment Plus, and has performed musical dinner theatre throughout Alberta. Val has recently retired from her band position at École La Prairie in Red Deer, Alberta, and currently teaches flute at Red Deer College. She also keeps very busy doing clinics and workshops, adjudicating, and performing with Trio Brio.

     Jen Mills — Dance

Jen has studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, hip hop and classical piano extensively since the age of three. Since that time, she has taken part in various competitions and performances as well as completing her major exams in Cecchetti, RAD, Vaganova ballet techniques, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Jen has toured with TERPICHICOIRE 1, commissioned by the Minister of Education of Romania as an instructor, choreographer, and performer. As well as promotional work for Calvin Klein, Lancôme and Elizabeth Arden, Jen has taught swing for The Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, and performed as a principal dancer in Bill Robertson’s film, The Mystic Village. Other performances include; The Grey Cup 1999- 2006, Miss Hawaiian Tropic, Blue Rodeo, Tanya Tucker, Dwight Yoakam, and the Calgary Stampede.

Jen is living her passion as the Artistic Director and owner of Hyperflex Dance Studio in Edmonton. She is a teacher and choreographer to hundreds of students, as well as a guest choreographer and judge throughout Canada and the United States. Her expertise has allowed her to work with many talented dancers and help them grow not only as dancers but as amazing people. She is the proud instructor to dancers with credits such as; the current Janet Jackson ‘State of the World’ tour, Janet Jackson’s ‘Unbreakable’ tour, multiple appearances and performances on the ‘Ellen Degeneres Show’, ‘America’s got Talent’, and The BET awards. As well, she has multiple students on the hit show, J-Lo’s ‘World of Dance’. Some of her dancers have gone on to be accepted in the prestigious Joffrey Ballet, Young American’s, Harbour Dance Center; receive ‘protégé’ status at The Pulse on Tour, become members of the hip hop crew ‘Lil Beasts’ and Brian Freidman’s ‘Sugar and Spice’ crew. Performances and campaigns for her students also include FIFA World Cup, Fashion with Compassion, The Harlem Globetrotters, Sketchers, and Target.

Jen continues to strive to pursue excellence in the art of dance both for herself and her students. She is very excited to share her expertise and passion!

 Mikolaj Warszynski — Piano

Mikolaj Warszynski (D.Mus) has performed in recitals across North America, Europe and Asia, and enjoys a versatile career as a pianist, lecturer, and pedagogue. A Canadian pianist of Polish origin, Mikolaj Warszynski performs extensively as a soloist and as a chamber musician, and is equally comfortable playing music of the baroque, classical, and contemporary repertoire. Invitations to many prominent music festivals and societies have led to recent performances in South Korea at the Woobong Art Hall, in Warsaw at the Royal Łazienki Park under the Chopin monument and at the Iwaszkiewicz Muzeum, in Gdansk at the Baltic Philharmonic, in the French Alps at the Flaine Opus74 Summer Music Festival, in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts, in Czech Republic at the Janacek Hukvaldy Festival, in Sicily at the Falcone Borsellino Hall, in Rotterdam at the Laurenskerk Cathedral. In Canada, Warszynski has made recital appearances at the Place des Arts and the Chapelle historique du bon Pasteur in Montreal, at the Gallery 345 and the ‘Nocturnes in City’ series in Toronto, the Verdun Classical Music Society, New Music Edmonton, the Edmonton Recital Society, The Winspear Centre, Banff Centre for the Arts, and in Calgary at the Steinway Concert Hall. During the Chopin bicentennial, Warszynski performed the Chopin F minor concerto across Canada with the Mazurka String Quintet, and has appeared as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, and the Kielce Philharmonic (Poland). He is also a founding member of the Warszynski Trio, dedicated to the promotion of contemporary Canadian composers, whose album Devil’s Dance was released on Clef Records. As part of the Warszynski Duo, together with his wife, pianist Zuzana Simurdova, Mikolaj gave the Canadian premiere of Disintegration by Claude Vivier, for the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec. The Duo has gone on to perform recitals on tour in Canada, Europe, and most recently, China.

Mikolaj Warszynski is a recipient of numerous scholarships, grants, and awards from Canada and abroad, and was a gold medalist in the Festival de Musique du Royaume du Québec. He completed his bachelor’s degree in piano performance at the University of Alberta, and participated in masterclasses at the Aspen School of Music in Colorado and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In Europe, he furthered his graduate studies “cum laude” at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands, where he was awarded a Sauter grand piano on loan from the National Instrument Foundation in Amsterdam. Upon his return to Canada, Mikolaj Warszynski became artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts before completing both his master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Montreal. He is a recipient of a doctorate scholarship from the Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture du Quebec in support of his dissertation entitled “Exoticism and intercultural influences in the piano cycle Metopes (1915) by Karol Szymanowski”. Mikolaj Warszynski has worked with many renowned professors, including Janet Scott-Hoyt, Marek Jablonski, Anton Nel, Sergio Perticaroli, Bernard Ringeissen, Krzysztof Jablonski, Jean-Paul Sevilla, Gilbert Kalish, Marc Durand, Paul Stewart, Aquiles Delle Vigne.

In addition to an active performing career, professor Dr. Warszynski has been invited to present lectures
and masterclasses in Canada, Poland, and in the United States for the College of Music Society. He has
taught piano in Canada at the Université de Montréal and at the Cégep de Drummondville. Most recently, Dr. Warszynski returned from a two-year teaching position as Assistant Professor in Piano at the Catholic University of Daegu in South Korea, and has been invited to teach annual summer piano masterclasses at the Flaine Opus74 Academy in the French Alps. Currently, he is director of the Chopin Piano Studio in Edmonton.

Warszynski has been heard on radio and television broadcasts across Canada on CBC, CKUA, CJSR and
OMNI TV, in Czech Republic (Radio Vltava), and in the USA (WPRB). His most recent CD, with music by Haydn, Liszt, Szymanowski, and Chopin, has been released on the French label Anima Records in 2015, and has received excellent reviews from Fanfare Magazine (New York), Saisons de Culture (Paris), and the WholeNote (Toronto). His next CD entitled Lisztomania will soon be available on the Wirth Institue Label. For more information on the artist, and full concert schedule, please visit


 Paul Grindlay — School and Community Music

Paul Grindlay began singing in his local parish church choir when he was nine years old. He came to conducting in his thirties after extensive choral and solo vocal performance. He has sung with such notable ensembles as The Carmel Bach Festival Chorale, Vancouver Chamber Choir, musica intima, Chor Leoni, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, Toronto Consort, Phoenix Chamber Choir, Vancouver Cantata Singers, VoiceScapes and Luminous Voices. He was a member of the 1990 Canadian National Youth Choir and the 1991 World Youth Choir. His solo vocal career has taken him to Austria, Japan, England, the USA and across Canada to perform with opera companies, orchestras and choirs. He has recorded CDs of music for NAXOS Records, Marquis and Toccata Classics. Paul has been teaching voice lessons through Mount Royal Conservatory of Music since 2012, at Rocky Mountain College 2007-11 and teaching privately since 2000.

On the podium, Paul has been the Artistic Director of the Calgary Boys’ Choir since 2004, also directing The Airdrie Community Choir and SuperSonic Men’s Choir for several seasons. He works regularly as a choral clinician for many of Calgary’s community choirs and high school music programs. He has been Music Associate at Knox Presbyterian Church since 2009, and formerly sang in the choirs of Calvin Presbyterian in Toronto, St. Mary’s Anglican Kerrisdale in Vancouver, and St. Mary’s, Merton Park in London, England. He has studied conducting with Jon Washburn, Jean Ashworth Bartle, Henry Leck and James Fankhauser, and collaborated with such luminaries as Frieder Bernius, Robert Sund, Bruno Weil, Andrew Parrott, Bob Chilcott, Diane Loomer, Timothy Shantz, Len Ratzlaff and Richard Sparks.

Paul holds a B.Sc. in zoology and a B.Mus. in voice performance and opera, both from the University of British Columbia. He is in great demand as a performer, voice teacher, conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He also enjoys time with his family, fly-fishing, hiking, swimming, cross country skiing, cooking and poetry.


 Melanie Baux — Speech Arts

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. Melanie’s performance credits most recently include Bach’s Easter Oratorio and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Cantare Children’s Choir and The Bach Festival Orchestra as well as Mozart’s Requiem with Kantorei choir and orchestra.

Melanie is sought after as a private voice teacher and adjudicator, and is dedicated to enriching the lives of her students through music . 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 is a founding member of La VIe, one of Calgary’s premiere vocal ensembles.

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.



Frank Ho — Strings

Violinist Frank Ho enjoys a multi-faceted career as a chamber musician, soloist, and pedagogue. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Alberta, as well as a Certificate in Performance and a Master of Music degree from Yale University.

His principal teachers were Evan Verchomin and James Keene (Alberta College Conservatory in Edmonton); Sidney Harth and Erick Friedman (Yale School of Music); and Yfrah Neaman (Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England). He has participated in masterclasses with distinguished artists such as Franco Gulli, Steven Staryk, Gyorgy Pauk, and Jaap Schroder. His performing career as soloist and chamber musician has taken him across three continents. Highlights include concerts at prestigious venues such the Royal Festival Hall and the Purcell Room in London; Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall in New York City; and numerous campuses and concert series in western Canada. Many of his concerts have been featured on the CBC.

Mr. Ho was the director of the Strathcona Conservatory of Music in Edmonton from 2005 to 2010, where he also maintained a private studio. He is currently a faculty member of the MacEwan University Conservatory of Music and sessional violin instructor at King’s University College, as well as a much sought-after private instructor. His students have been prizewinners in local, provincial, and national competitions in Canada, and many have been accepted to institutions such as the McGill Schulich School of Music, the University of Victoria, the University of Alberta, and the University of Ottawa. Mr. Ho is an active adjudicator at music festivals across the country and has been a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto since 2006.

Mr. Ho makes his home in Edmonton with his wife and three children. He currently performs on a violin by Toronto maker John Newton, and a bow by Canadian maker Reid Hudson.


  Rachel Goldenberg — Vocal and Musical Theatre

Soprano Rachel Goldenberg was born and raised in Calgary. In 2012, she received her Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal pedagogy from Shenandoah University where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Graduate Scholar Award for “exceptional aptitude for research and scholarship.”  She also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in voice performance and pedagogy from the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. A winner of numerous awards and scholarships, she has sung with The Banff Summer Arts Festival, Opera Nuova, Westminster Opera Theatre, Cowtown Opera and Chesapeake Concert Opera. As a chorister, she has sung with many of the US’ top orchestras including the New York Philharmonic under such conductors as Sir Neville Mariner, Sir Colin Davis, and Lorin Maazel. She was the regional runner up in the 2012 in the Intermountain NATS Artist Awards (NATSAA) and a national semi-finalist in the 2014 competition.

Dr. Goldenberg has been privileged to study with some of the major authorities on voice of our time including Scott McCoy, Marvin Keenze, Lindsey Christiansen, Jeanette LoVetri, Wendy LeBorgne, Katherine Green and Johan Sundberg. Additionally, she was selected to participate in the prestigious 2011 NATS Intern program at the University of Wisconsin: Eau Claire. She has adjudicated at several local festivals and has been in demand as a guest lecturer, particularly on subjects relating to voice science and pedagogy. 

Dr. Goldenberg’s doctoral dissertation focused on the use of singing lessons as an adjunctive airway clearance technique for Cystic Fibrosis. She has presented her dissertation research and continuing research in the use of singing for respiratory ailments across the United States, Canada and Europe. Her article, “Singing for Respiratory Health: A Literature Review” was recently accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed Journal of Voice. She is co-founder of “Breathe, Sing, Move!” a group singing program for respiratory patients in Calgary. Dr. Goldenberg currently serves as President of NATS Calgary. She teaches voice and pedagogy at Ambrose University and maintains a private studio in Calgary where she lives with her husband and young sons.