Band/Instrumental Adjudicator


Lauren Eselson is an Instructor of Flute at Mount Royal University Conservatory.  She is a regular extra musician in the flute section of the Calgary Philharmonic. During the seasons of 2003-2006 she was Acting Assistant Principal Flute with the orchestra.  Ms. Eselson has also performed with the National Ballet Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet Orchestra, Calgary Bach Society, Kensington Sinfonia, Chicago Civic Orchestra, the American Wind Symphony, and in pit orchestras for Theater Calgary and Broadway touring productions. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic, Calgary Bach Society, Kensington Sinfonia and the Calgary Chamber Ensemble, and has been recorded in recital by CBC Radio.

At Mount Royal University Conservatory, Ms. Eselson is also the Woodwind coordinator for the well-known Academy program for gifted young musicians.  She is a Woodwind-Brass examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and is in demand as an adjudicator across Canada.

Ms. Eselson holds a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute, and a Master of Music from Northwestern University. Her principal teachers were Walfrid Kujala , Maurice Sharp , Jim Walker,  Claude Monteux and Geoffrey Gilbert.

Piano Classes Adjudicator


Nancy holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta and an Associate in Piano Teaching from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Nancy began her career teaching music programs in both elementary and junior high schools, including three years in Iqaluit on Baffin Island. She currently teaches private piano and theory lessons from her home studio in St. Albert. With over twenty years as a piano teacher, adjudicator, accompanist, clinician and performer, Nancy has inspired hundreds of people to improve their musical skills, mentored beginning teachers, shared knowledge with colleagues, and supported young musicians.

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 over the past few years has placed eight decorated pianos on the streets of the city for the public to play and enjoy.

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 Albert and British Columbia.

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.

Vocal, Choral and Speech Classes

KIM MATTICE WANAT is a performer, teacher, author and director. She is presently completing her Master of Fine Arts in Directing at the University of Alberta.

She has been a private voice instructor for over 30 years, with a specific focus on training young singers between the ages of 8 to 24 years of age. She specializes in training actors, and has worked at the University of Alberta for the past 28 years teaching singing in the Bachelor of Fine Arts professional acting program.

Ms Mattice Wanat is the founder and Artistic/Managing Director of Opera NUOVA, a nationally acclaimed opera program dedicated to the advanced training of emerging Canadian artists, bridging the gap between the conservatory setting and the professional world of opera. She has produced and directed several of Opera NUOVA’s productions including Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Offenbach’s La Perichole, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Canadian Premiere of Mark Adamo’s Little Women, and all of NUOVA’s school touring production, most notably, Dean Burry’s The Brother’s Grimm and Ann Hodge’s Naomi’s Road.

She has written and published a vocal pedagogy book entitled, Unleashing the Expressive Resonant Voice and facilitates seminars and workshops across Canada, sharing her unique teaching methodology with teachers and choral directors.