2023 Adjudicators

Senior/Intermediate Piano - Susanne Ruberg-Gordon

Quoted by the Chronicle Herald as “A superb musician”, Swedish-born pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon is a highly regarded and sought-after chamber-musician and collaborative pianist. She is recognized for her artistry, nuance, interpretation, and curiosity, and has performed in Canada, the US, China, and UAE with artists such as Dame Evelyn Glennie, Andras Diaz, Ron Leonard, Ian Swensen, James Campbell, Desmond Hoebig, John Kimura Parker, Josh Jones, Arnold Choi, Nikki Chooi and Sydney Lee.

Susanne is the pianist and core member of the Juno nominated Land’s End Ensemble in Calgary, a piano-trio that is dedicated to excellence in performance and recording of Canadian and International new music, and to enriching collaborations with eminent composers and artists. www.landsendensemble.ca

As a passionate educator, Susanne is on faculty at the Mount Royal University Conservatory Academy and APP Programs where she teaches Piano, Chamber Music and is the Artistic Facilitator of Collaborative Pianists. She also teaches at the Valhalla Summer School of Music.

Her piano students have pursued University degrees and careers in music and her chamber music coaching have seen her students win Regional and Provincial level music competitions as well as being recommended to the National level competition for CMC.

Since 2001, she has been a Collaborative Artist for the prestigious and acclaimed Morningside Music Bridge program in Canada, China, Poland, and the US.


Susanne holds a master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Edsberg Institute of Music in Stockholm, Sweden.

Junior Piano - Michèle Wheatley-Brown

Michèle Wheatley-Brown is an accomplished pianist, teacher, adjudicator, and examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is passionate about helping her students, of all levels, realize their potential for joyful music-making.

Michèle holds a Master of Arts (Music) degree and a Graduate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy Research from the University of Ottawa. She has a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto and is a Licensed Body Mapping Educator.

Michèle runs a thriving piano studio in High River, Alberta, where she is also the founding Artistic Director of a highly successful classical music concert and education outreach program. She strongly believes in making music a vital part of community life.

As well as being a member of the RCM College of Examiners, Michèle serves on the board for the Association for Body Mapping Education, an international organization of music educators dedicated to teaching the principles of biomechanical technique to musicians. She was one of the first licensed Body Mapping Educators in Canada and is now a Mentor Teacher for apprentice teachers seeking certification.

As a Body Mapping Educator, Michèle is in demand as a specialist helping musicians improve their performance and avoid pain and injury through a proper understanding of anatomical structure and biomechanical principles. She regularly presents clinics, masterclasses, and workshops to music programs at universities, colleges, and conferences throughout Western Canada. She also offers private and group lessons in Body Mapping. Michèle has published articles and papers in Arts Biomechanics Journal, ARMTA Tempo, and APTA News and Views.

Michèle takes particular pleasure in her role as an adjudicator. With a spirit of supportive collegiality, she loves to bring a fresh set of eyes and ears to celebrate students’ performances.

Vocal - Naomi Williams

Naomi Williams (B.Mus, Honours Voice Performance, Laurier) has been teaching vocal students of all ages in classical, musical theatre, rock, and pop, for 20 years. She is the owner and operator of her micro-business AvidDiva Vocal Training (a triple-threat vocal cross-training & performance-focused music studio). Her full roster of current students ranges from incredibly active performers & recording artists to recreational singers, brand-new learners, and parents of her younger singers (they decided they couldn't just let their kids have all the fun!).

Students who applied themselves to a life in music have continued their vocal studies at schools including McGill, Western, Sheridan College, and the National Theatre School of Canada. An active singer herself, Naomi has performed in, music directed, and won awards in community and professional musical theatre productions, sings in event bands as a rock/pop lead vocalist, has sung with the Calgary Opera Chorus, and has been a performer and writer for Cowtown Opera.

She music-directed the Morpheus Theatre Gilbert & Sullivan Jr. Theatre Program from 2011-2016 and was the director/head instructor for the Kids & Music program with the Youth Singers of Calgary from 2016 - 2020.

Naomi is also a proud recipient of the prestigious Joan Frey Boytim Award for Independent Teachers (NATS) and is actively involved as Director of Development for NATS Intermountain, is a member of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association, and was accepted into the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicator's Association. She especially loves changing the narrative around voice lessons and voice-related businesses as a member of the SpeakEasy Cooperative.

Naomi was born & raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, and is extremely thankful for the arts community there who nurtured her passions and talents. She wants to especially thank her parents for getting her that Phantom of the Opera double cassette at the library when she was 10. It changed her life.

Musical Theatre/Speech - Angela Siemens

Angela Siemens holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Music from Augustana University College in Camrose, AB. She continued her studies in Victoria, BC at the Victoria Conservatory of Music where she played leading roles in Opera Studio’s productions of Brother XII and Romeo and Juliet. She also holds a Voice Teacher’s ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and earned her Student Certificate in Yodelology. Recently, she was delighted to play the role of Coco’s sister in the world premiere of “It’s Coco!”- a musical fusion opera written by Cheryl Cooney and Anna Maria Kaufmann. Mrs. Siemens was voice adjunct at the Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, AB for two years.

Mrs. Siemens enjoys performing, adjudicating, and teaching. She has a thirst for knowledge and spends much of her time searching for fresh ideas to incorporate into her teaching. She has discovered that her passion is working with young singers. Her students have earned numerous scholarships and awards, but more importantly, have cultivated a deep appreciation for music and love of singing. She believes that music is an important part of life, and strives to share her joy of music with everyone she works with. She currently teaches from her private studio in Red Deer, and loves working with her choir, The Inglewood Sunshine Choir.

Guitar - Tyson Oatway

Tyson Oatway is a dynamic and versatile performer who is equally comfortable with Classical music as he is with popular music genres. A multi-instrumentalist who both teachers and performs many different genres of music. He has a bachelor's of Music from the University of Alberta and a Masters's in Music with Distinction in guitar performance and pedagogy.

Tyson has studied with and performed in numerous masterclasses with Roland Dyens, Benjamin Verdery, Scott Tennant, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Marcin Dylla, Similia Duo, Martha Masters, and Pavel Steidl. He has performed in numerous festivals, musical productions, solo and ensemble concerts, and recording projects as a session musician.

Tyson is a very active teacher based in Edmonton, teaching through his own studio and as a director of the guitar program at Suzuki Charter School. He is a qualified teacher with both the Royal Conservatory and the Suzuki of the Americas Association and is also a registered teacher with ARMTA. Currently, he performs in solo concerts and in the Northern Lights with Flautist Dorie Gold, and in a guitar duo with Marek Orszulik.

Strings - Keith Hamm

Keith Hamm is a native of Rosebud, Alberta. He received his training at the Glenn Gould School of Music under the instruction of Steven Dann, and at the Mount Royal Conservatory with Nicholas Pulos. Other influences include Pinchas Zukerman, Mark Fewer, Richard Lester, the London Haydn Quartet, and especially formative summers at the Chamber Music Program at Le Domaine Forget.

While still a student, Keith was named Principal Violist of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and performed there for eight seasons. In the fall of 2019, Keith took up that same position with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Keith is an alumnus of the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove; the Sarasota Music Festival and programs at the Banff Centre. Keith has been featured on CBC Radio, Toronto’s Classical 96.3, Minnesota Public Radio and was named one of Canada’s Hottest 30 Classical Musicians Under 30 by CBC. A dedicated chamber musician, Keith has shared the stage with Anssi Kartunnen, Ernst Kovacic, Richard Lester, David Geringas and members of the Smithsonian Chamber Players. Keith has been invited to perform at the Ravinia Festival as guest violist with the Royal Conservatory’s Grammy-nominated ARC Ensemble, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, Stratford Summer Music, Sweetwater Music Festival, Edmonton Recital Society and Music By The Sea in Bamfield, BC. Keith has been a guest with the Juno Award-winning Amici Ensemble and frequently performs with Continuum Contemporary Music, Skylight Series in Toronto’s Distillery District, Echo Chamber Toronto, and Stereo Live as performer and producer.

Keith is Founder and Artistic Director of the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival in Rosebud, Alberta and co-founder of the Rosebud String Quartet. Look for their upcoming release of Haydn Op. 77 on Leaf Music.

Instruments - Bob Bailey

Bob Bailey has taught band for 40 years, at all levels including High School, Junior High, and Elementary. In that time, he has taught at Rocky Mountain House, Manning, and Camrose, where he has been for the last 35 years. Bob's bands have consistently earned Superior Band awards at the Alberta Band Association Provincial Festival of Bands, and have received high accolades over the years. In addition to concert bands at each grade level, his music program includes choral, jazz and chamber ensembles as well.

He has acted as guest conductor/clinician at Sifton Summerfest, Grande Prairie Regional College Summer Band Camp, Adventures in Summer Music in Red Deer, and MusicCamp Alberta and is in demand as an adjudicator in music festivals throughout Alberta. In 2005, Bob was honoured by an invitation from the Alberta Band Association to conduct the Southern Alberta Junior High Honour Band.

In 2009, he was co-recipient of the inaugural University of Alberta (Augustana) Fine Arts Achievement Award for contributions to the fine arts. He also received an Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2015 Bob was awarded the Canadian Band Association, Alberta Chapter (Elkhorn) Band Director of the Year Award. He is a member of the Alberta Choral Federation, the International Bandmasters' Fraternity Phi Beta Mu, and the Alberta Band Association for which he has served on the Board of Directors for several terms.

Bob plays trumpet in various ensembles in his free time - the Camrose & District Community Band, the Battle River Big Band, and the Simply Brass Quintet. He has served on the executive of the Camrose and District Music Festival Association as well as the Camrose & District Community Band, having acted as President in both organizations. Bob is an avid movie buff and enjoys playing golf in his free time.


Andriy Talpash is an active composer, conductor, and educator. He has composed works for many notable North American ensembles and soloists. His works have been performed throughout Canada and the United States, in addition to several performances in Asia and Europe. His works have been broadcast on Canadian, Australian, Spanish, and Turkish national radios. He has received grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Andriy attained the degrees of BMus (composition and saxophone performance) from the University of Alberta (1997), MMus (composition) from McGill University (1999), and DMus (composition) from McGill University (2005).

Since 2005, Dr. Talpash has been teaching music composition, theory, and orchestration at the University of Alberta, and is also the music department’s New Music Coordinator.