Lana Henchell, B.Mus., M.Mus., PhD (Piano Performance)
Mount Royal Conservatory, Calgary
Accompanist, General Programs
Calgary native, Lana Henchell, graduated with her Doctoral degree in piano performance from McGill University in 2010. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano performance at the University of Calgary under the tutelage of Marilyn Engle. She has been the recipient of several awards and grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Max Stern Foundation and the Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival (Rose Bowl).
Lana made her orchestral debut with the Calgary Civic Symphony at the age of 13, and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras including the University of Calgary Orchestra, the Calgary Civic Symphony, the Montreal Chamber Orchestra and the McGill Symphony.
She has received top prizes in competitions such as the International Stepping Stone of the CMC, the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Piano Competition, the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition, the CIBC National Music Festival and the Shean Piano Competition. Her First Prize win at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Piano Competition lead to a six-week concert tour across Canada.
Lana has participated in several festivals and music programs, including the Happening New Music Festival in Calgary, programs at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Académie Musicale Internationale in Vaison-la-Romaine, France. She was also invited to play a solo recital for the 2005 Alberta Scene Festival, which was broadcast live in Ottawa for the Aber Diamond Debut Series on CBC Radio Two.
Lana currently performs solo and collaborative concerts focusing on contemporary repertoire that speaks to diverse audiences. She aims to promote the music of Canadian composers while integrating features and styles of varying disciplines. In addition to performing, Lana teaches privately and sessionally at the University of Calgary, adjudicates music festivals and collaborates with young musicians at the Mount Royal University Conservatory.
Instrumental and Band Adjudicator
Sheryl Bowhay brings 27 years of experience in musical education and adjudication to Edmonton’s Music Enrichment Program as the Support Conductor for the Senior Orchestra. Sheryl graduated with her Bachelor of Education in Music from the University of Saskatchewan and a Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Calgary. She has directed and adjudicated youth bands in Ontario and Alberta, earning many awards of merit for music teaching. Sheryl is the past President of the of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity and is a long-time member of the Alberta Band Association.
Tara Laberge, DMA Vocal/Choral/Speech Adjudicator
A multi-disciplinary artist, Tara Marlena Laberge has performed professionally in Opera, Oratorio, Musical Theatre, & Theatre. US/Canada stage credits include; History Theatre, Troupe America (National/International Tour 2005 & 2007), Prather Family of Theatres (Broadway Palm – Florida), Actors Theatre of Minnesota, Hit & Myth, Fire Exit Theatre, Cowtown Opera, Theatre BSMT, Morris Park Players, Opera NUOVA and the Victoria Conservatory Opera Studio. As a soprano soloist Tara has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Festival Chorus, Calgary Youth Orchestra, the Northrop Summer Concert Series, Theatre Lyra, Opera BOB and GJ Concert Productions.
Since receiving a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance, Dr. Laberge has maintained an active teaching career. She has been engaged as an instructor at Ambrose University, Rocky Mountain College, Augsburg College, the St. Paul Conservatory of Performing Arts, Mount Royal University Conservatory, and Storybook Theatre. She is also active as a Music Director and Stage Director, and is in demand as a Voice and Musical Theatre adjudicator. Dr. Laberge is currently a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association, and the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association.