Vocal, Choral and Speech Classes Adjudicator
Dr. Joy Berg – Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities and Director of Alumni Relations at Concordia University of Edmonton.
As well as teaching courses in the music department, she directs the three Concordia choirs – the Concordia Concert Choir (auditioned student choir, with 40 singers), Bella Voce Women’s Choir (with 30 singers), and the Concordia Community Chorus (with 110 singers). She is a life-long learner, and is currently completing her Doctorate of Worship Studies. She often adjudicates and workshops in the area of choirs, voice, junior piano, hand bells, and church music.
Piano Classes Adjudicator
Janna Olson, Pianist
Originally from Three Hills, Alberta, Janna Olson holds degrees in church music and piano performance and a Masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Alberta where she studied with Janet Scott-Hoyt. She is also certified in Piano and Early Childhood Music with the Gordon Institute for Music Learning.
Performing, adjudicating, and giving workshops have provided diverse opportunities for her to share her love of music in Canada, the United States and Europe. Janna currently resides in Edmonton teaching privately and as a sessional instructor at The King’s University. She is on the faculty of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning and is passionate about connecting piano pedagogy with recent research on how the musical mind works. She enjoys playing chamber music and frequently performs piano duet and duo repertoire as well as performances with string players. An outdoors enthusiast Janna spends time hiking, skiing, running and occasionally playing hockey.
Mark Thompson is a passionate music educator dedicated to promoting growth in individual artistic endeavours. Achieving communication with performers and facilitating artistic growth in the individual are his lifelong goals.
He is in demand throughout North America as a clinician and adjudicator, including the Glenn Gould Professional School.He has adjudicated woodwind,brass and chamber music at many festivals across Canada and the United States, including provincial finals in Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and British Columbia as well as the MTNA National finals in New York City. He has adjudicated over 75 music festivals the past 11 years.
As senior examiner for the Royal Conservatory he has been involved in conducting evaluations in both Canada and the United States. He has also served as a mentor to apprentice examiners. Recently he mentored apprentices and conducted evaluations in Los Angeles.
Mark studied at The University of Toronto, Indiana University, and The Mannes College of Music in New York. In 1994, he became the first Canadian clarinetist to win first prize in the Artists’ International Competition subsequently giving his New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Since then, he has enjoyed a diverse musical career spanning from recording for the CBC and BBC to being heard on various jingles and the Disney Channel. Since 1996, he has been Artistic Director of Clearly Classic Concerts in Dundas, Ontario in the capacity as conductor,performer and developer of numerous projects,including Nimmons ‘n Braid, and Marjan Mozetichs’ ‘Angels in Flight’. The Clearly Classic Education programs that he founded have brought classical and jazz music to hundreds of children in the Greater Toronto area.He created one of the first joint music and art programs in the Toronto area recently.He has performed with many of Canada’s orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony and has performed and toured with internationally known ensembles Quartetto Gelato and The Penderecki String Quartet. He has performed at the Arizona Music Festival and also performed as soloist with the Sioux City Iowa Symphony with conductor Ryan Haskins. His CD release ‘Blue Skies’ with pianist Susan Lee has been heard extensively on CBC and National Public Radio. As a teacher several of his students have become RCM Gold medal winners.