Intermediate & Senior Piano Adjudicator
Dr. Jamie Syer
Now living in Alberta, Dr. JAMIE SYER was Dean of the Victoria Conservatory of Music until 2012. He also served as Head of the Conservatory’s Keyboard Department, and taught at the School of Music, University of Victoria. As a lecturer for UVic’s Faculty of Continuing Education, he led two arts related travel tours to France. Dr. Syer completed his graduate degrees at the Yale University School of Music as a student of Claude Frank and Ward Davenny. He has taught at universities and colleges in Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick.
Junior Piano Adjudicator
Helve Sastok is a creative, innovative, published and performed composer, educator, adjudicator and multi-instrumentalist. Her many musical interests and abilities have resulted in a diverse career. Helve uses her varied skills in her positions as teacher, church music director, conductor, piano soloist and accompanist, pipe organist, violinist and guitarist.
As a composition or a piano adjudicator, Helve is comfortable working with all levels of students. She has a positive and energetic adjudication style that draws in the participant as well as the audience. She is able to quickly solve musical problems and make all ages of students experience the joy of music.
Helve has a Master of Music degree in composition and a Bachelor of Music degree (With Distinction) in composition/performance from the University of Alberta. As well, she has earned two piano performance diplomas. Her professional memberships include Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, the Canadian League of Composers, as well as the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association, Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association and the Alberta Piano Teachers’ Association.
Helve's compositions have been performed across Canada and in Europe. Her compositions have been released on CD: her electroacoustic piece ‘Shooting Stars’ on Beat (2019), a performance of her graphic score 'Southwest Soundscapes' on Agglomeration (2016), her electro-acoustic composition 'Sailing the High 'C'' on Cult Figures (Centrediscs/Centredisques - 2008), her piano solo ‘Elegy' on Glossa (1999), and 'Duologue' for cello and piano on Brief Confessions (1997).
For further information, please visit her website at helvesastok.wixsite.com/home
Classical & Popular Vocal Adjudicator
Musical Theatre Adjudicator
Although very tempting to list education and performing experience and teaching experience in the traditional adjudicator's bio, I'd rather you just Google me at https://www.karencharlton.org/ to discover that kind of information.
It has been my privilege to adjudicate 18 years of big city festivals, small town festivals, and Provincials. I am happy to use this bio space to commit to applying all my knowledge and experience to the best of my ability while adjudicating your performers - treating each individual with respect and kindness while providing constructive opinions and suggestions that are supported by practical, technical, and artistic applications.
Festivals are intended to encourage, grow, and appreciate our performers. We can all strive for creating a festival environment that emboldens exciting performances as these artists strive for the highest level of their own personal achievements.
I’d also like to express my gratitude to all the volunteers that make this festival and its invaluable performing opportunities possible.
I can’t wait to celebrate this year's festival together!
Speech Arts Adjudicator
ELLEN CHORLEY is an Edmonton-based playwright, producer, performer and arts educator. She is the current Festival Director of Nextfest, Edmonton’s annual emerging arts festival. Ellen teaches acting and playwrighting to ages 8-18 with Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre and works with public schools to teach acting, playwrighting and more.
Guitar & Instruments Adjudicator