Adjudicators 2017

Joy Berg - Junior Piano
Dr. Joy Berg is a Professor of Music at Concordia University of Edmonton, Director of Choral Activities and chapel “cantor” at Concordia, Joy has played piano since she was 7. She has her doctorate in choral conducting, but her first degree was in piano performance (University of Saskatchewan), and she still regularly plays for worship and accompanies classical vocalists and instrumentalists. She often adjudicates and workshops in the area of piano, choirs, voice, handbells, and church music.

Nancy Watt - Junior Piano

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta and an Associate in Piano Teaching from the Royal Conservatory of Music.  After teaching music programs in both elementary and junior high schools for many years, she now teaches private piano and theory lessons from her home studio in St. Albert.  Over the past twenty years, many of Nancy’s students have been recognized for their achievements in festival performances, in exam results, and for music composition.

 In 2010, Nancy founded the St. Albert Chamber Music Recital Series, a five concert season that highlights the best classical chamber musicians in the region as well as local emerging artists. She continues to act as the chair of the Society and the artistic director of the series. Nancy is also the founder of Keys for the City, St. Albert’s street piano project that has placed eight decorated pianos on the streets of the city for the public to play and enjoy. Nancy is an active member of St. Albert Cultivates the Arts Society acting as the music coordinator for the annual StArts Fest arts festival and serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival.

 An experienced accompanist, Nancy enjoys working with instrumental and voice students. Nancy has a special interest in duet and duo piano repertoire and has done performances in a variety of venues in the Edmonton area.  

 Nancy is an avid runner and cyclist. Nancy finds that her physical and mental training as an athlete relates to the training of musicians and incorporates these coaching principles in her piano teaching.

 Nancy enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of teaching through workshop presentations and adjudicating at music festivals around the province. She looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for music with students and teachers for many years to come.

Edwin Gnandt - Senior/Intermediate Piano
Canadian pianist Edwin Gnandt enjoys a successful career with over five hundred appearances as soloist, accompanist, adjudicator, and workshop clinician. He has been praised by the San Francisco Examiner for his "consistently alluring sound," by the Oakland Tribune for his "ear for phrasing," and by the Los Angeles Times for his "distinct refinement." Mr. Gnandt’s performances have taken him throughout Canada and the United States as well as to Russia and Scotland. Recently, he was invited as a visiting Professor of Music at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, California. He is a piano instructor for the Mt. Royal University Conservatory Calgary Piano Institute and has participated as a guest lecturer at the Point Loma Summer Keyboard Institute in San Diego and has been a regular contributor to the Calgary Arts Summer School Association (CASSA). His book “The Soul of the Music: Gifts from the Golden Age of Piano” (2014) has been recently published and received with excellent reviews.
In recent years Mr. Gnandt has conducted extensive research into the life and music of Frederick Chopin. This has included a trip to the Carthusian Monastery in Valldemossa on the Island of Majorca where Chopin spent the winter of 1838-1839 and composed some of his most famous compositions.

Professor Gnandt presents regularly at international conferences including the annual ‘Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities’, the ‘International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference' in Barcelona, Spain. Upcoming presentations are scheduled for the International IJAS conference at the Ca Foscari University of Venice, Italy.

Mr. Gnandt has studied at a number of prestigious institutions, including the University of Washington (Randolph Hokanson), University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Canada Council Grant), and the Juilliard School of Music (Adele Marcus). He has collaborated and recorded with various artists of national and international stature. His piano students have participated in national and international piano competitions and have gone on to graduate studies at recognized institutions in Canada and the USA. He is listed in the Lexington's Who's Who of Professionals in North America. Mr. Gnandt has served as faculty member at Ambrose University since 1995.

Catherine Glaser-Climie - Choral & Speech
Catherine Glaser-Climie has nurtured and inspired singers of all ages through her acclaimed work with choirs and singers for more than thirty years. Choirs under her direction have won awards at the local, provincial and national level and have regularly performed with Calgary Opera, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and are frequently heard on radio and television. In addition, her choirs have been invited to perform at many prestigious events and have toured extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Her choirs have twice performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip in Edmonton 
and in Ottawa.

Currently she is Founder/Artistic Director of the Cantaré Children’s Choir in Calgary, a nationally-acclaimed programme of one hundred and fifty singers ages six to eighteen She also serves as Minister of Music at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Cross.

In demand to share her expertise with all levels and ages, and known for her captivating warmth and enthusiasm, invitations to appear as adjudicator, lecturer and clinician take Catherine across North America. Recognized as a leader, she is active in many professional organizations and currently serves on the Artistic Committee for Choral Canada’s 
Podium 2016.

Adele Bosse-Morgan - Strings

Mrs. Bossé-Morgan holds a B.Mus. in cello performance from the University of Alberta, as well as several teacher-training courses from the S.A.A. As a student she was principal cellist of the Edmonton Youth Symphony Orchestra, and later co-principal of the University Symphony Orchestra and of Academy Strings. She completed examinations with the Western Board of Music in both cello and piano, and upon completing her B.Mus. degree in performance served a 10 year term as a strings and piano examiner for Conservatory Canada.

Mrs. Bossé-Morgan has been a member of the string quartet “Quartette des Muses” since 1990, and has played in many pit orchestras for the Sherard, ELOPE, and Festival Players Musical Theatre companies. She is currently assistant principal cellist of the Edmonton Metropolitan Orchestra. Mrs. Bossé-Morgan has been teaching with the Society for Talent Education since 1989, regularly teaching private cello lessons, cello group classes, and coaching chamber music. In January of 2016 she was appointed music director for the Society for Talent Eduction.

She has adjudicated festivals in strings, junior piano, and band since 2009. In 2010 she joined the staff of the Suzuki Charter School where she teaches cello, double bass, piano, and mixed-instrument chamber music classes. She also maintains a small private studio in cello, piano, and theory. She has had students compete successfully in the Kiwanis Edmonton festival, provincial festivals, the provincial national class, and the Northern Alberta Concerto Competition.

For several years Mrs. Bossé-Morgan has also been involved with the music ministry at her home church, where she sings alto and plays both cello and piano.

Ron Long - Musical Theatre & Pop Vocals
Ron completed a Master of Music in Opera and Music Theatre from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has performed such roles as Albin/Zaza in La Cage Aux Folles, Beadle Bamford and Anthony in Sweeney Todd, First Officer Murdoch in Titanic the Musical, Papageno in The Magic Flute, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Mars in Orphée Aux Enfer, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas as well as comprimario roles for recent productions of Edmonton Opera including Aida and Salome. Ron also sang the role of Raoul de St. Brioche in Edmonton Opera's production of the Merry Widow.

 Ron is a member of the musical comedy group Il Duo which regularly performs throughout Western Canada. Recordings can be found on iTunes. He has been soloist in various recitals including CBC’s Wednesdays at Winspear concert series which was recorded for CBC Radio 2. Ron is a Certified Master Teacher (CMT) in Estill Voice. He is also a certified Ashtanga Yoga Teacher. 

He currently is a private voice instructor at MacEwan Conservatory of Music at Alberta College Campus and at MacEwan’s Theatre Arts Program.

Maura Sharkey-Pryma - Classical Voice
Maura Sharkey-Pryma has enjoyed teaching voice and performance artistry to young and emerging singers for over 20 years. From her private studio at the Conservatory of Music at MacEwan University in Edmonton, she trains ambitious singers in classical, opera, musical theatre, contemporary commercial music, song interpretation, and extensive breathing and vocal techniques. Her main focus is insuring the voice is technically sound - functioning as it should for optimal vocal ease, quality and longevity. In addition to sharing her expertise in vocal production and technique in her private studios, Maura also shares her knowledge as a vocal adjudicator at various provincial music festivals. She is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association and the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association.

Joined with teaching, Maura has enjoyed a professional operatic career within Canada, as well as the international stage. She began voice study at the University of Alberta, continuing her training at the Salzburg Mozarteum Sommerakademie and with various Canadian opera training intensives. She was the 1998 winner of the Western Canadian Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, a two- time award winner of the Johann Strauss Scholarship (1997, 1999), and recipient of the Anne Burrows Foundation Scholarship (2001). She also was proud to represent Canada at the Queen Elizabeth Music Competition in Belgium in 2004. Her operatic credits include: Carmen in Carmen (Canadian Concert Opera Company); Mercedes in Carmen (Edmonton Opera Association and Manitoba Opera); Cinderella in La Cenerentola (Vancouver Opera Touring Ensemble); Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte (The Opera Project,); The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Opera NUOVA). On the concert stage, Ms. Sharkey-Pryma has appeared with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Chamber Orchestra, the University of Alberta Orchestra in Elgar’s The Music Makers with the late Juno Award winner Malcolm Forsythe, and the Edmonton Youth Orchestra for their 60th Anniversary in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

In addition to her work as a freelance vocalist, Maura proudly served as Chair on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Music Education Foundation and was an active planning committee member of Music Conference Alberta. She also co-authored a book with her husband, Raymond, entitled, The Essential Music Recital Planner, a step-by-step customizable planner to assist music teachers and students in developing a successful recital.

Michel Forestier - Guitar 
Michel Forestier began his classical guitar studies with Carl Lotsberg in Edmonton and he continued his studies during the summers at the Orford Arts Centre in Quebec and at The Shawnigan Summer School of the Arts in British Columbia. He has performed as a soloist and in various chamber music ensembles on television and radio.

In 2012 he and his family appeared as semi-finalists in the national television program “Canada’s Got Talent” and in 2014 they opened Moses Znaimer’s well known conference “Idea City” in Toronto.

Michel is a classical guitar instructor at Macewan University’s Alberta College Conservatory of Music and is also a faculty member at The King’s University in Edmonton. He remains active as a performer, arranger and chamber music coach and has adjudicated at festivals throughout Alberta.
Neil Corlett - Brass/Woodwinds
Freelance trumpet artist Neil Corlett has performed in radio, television, recording and concert settings. He was a regular member of the Tommy Banks Big Band for over 25 years. Other performance credits include the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre. Additionally, he has performed with numerous national and international recording artists.

Mr. Corlett has worked extensively throughout Western Canada as a festival adjudicator and clinician.

In addition to his freelance career, Mr. Corlett is the Managing Director of the Alberta Band Association and Workshop Director for MusiCamp Alberta provincial summer music workshops.