Adjudicators 2020

Choral/Vocal/Speech Classes Adjudicator

ADAM ROBERTSON

A native of Burnaby, British Columbia, Adam is active throughout Alberta as a conductor, choral and vocal clinician, adjudicator, and teacher. Holding degrees in vocal performance from the University of Lethbridge (BMus) and choral conducting from the University of Alberta (MMus), he completed his DMus in choral conducting from the University of Alberta in 2018. During his time in Edmonton, Adam has conducted several ensembles including the Sherwood Park Festival Singers, Da Camera Singers, and Edmonton Children’s Choir. He is currently the director of the Concert Choir at the University of Alberta as well as the longest serving assistant conductor of the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus.

In 2019 Adam founded the All Points West Chamber Choir, a 32-voice mixed ensemble whose goal is to advocate for musical inclusivity by creating programs that fuse traditional choral repertoire and popular music. Though primarily a conductor, Adam remains active as a vocalist and maintains an associate membership with Pro Coro Canada.

As an Instructor at the University of Alberta Adam teaches courses in a number of areas including conducting, music history, and music theory. His current area of research deals with the advocative role of honour vocal ensembles for choral music in the community at large.

Fiddle Classes Adjudicator

ZAVALLENNAHH HUSCROFT

Zavallennahh Huscroft is an innovative, spunky fiddler, violist, pianist, composer, educator and community builder who has put her unique style on the international folk music map. She creates exceptionally evocative original acoustic music, and is a bright spark who brings people together through many diverse creative projects.

Zavallennahh is founder and director of Fiddleworks, dedicated to sharing the joy of music, building life skills and developing community through innovative fiddle education, resources, and music camps.

She has released two award winning albums, “Reach” and “Spark” on the Dog My Cat Record label.  Before she entered Motherdom, Zav toured internationally playing fiddola and keys with Canadian folk legend James Keelaghan, and has shared the stage with Natalie MacMaster, Liz Carrol, Martin Hayes, Alasdair Fraser, Oliver Schroer, Daniel Lapp, Pierre Schryer, Colin Adjun, Catriona MacDonald, Jerry Holland, Raffi, David Francy and Yves Lambert. Her original writing is winning international composing accolades, and her music has been featured on CBC’s Vinyl Cafe and radio stations around the globe.

Zav also loves to share her music with kids, through teaching and school shows. She has often been found in her mukluks and parka teaching fiddle to youth in the Yukon & Northwest Territories, or enthusiastically working her magic at fiddle camps.  She holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano and Composition from the University of Victoria, and loves to also compose and perform classical music (viola & piano).  Zavallennahh currently lives in Creston BC.

Band/Instrumental Adjudicator

Craig Johnson

CRAIG JOHNSON
Performer / Educator / Adjudicator / Arranger & Composer
Originally from Winnipeg MB, Craig studied privately with a long list of classical and jazz instructors on his primary instruments (Trumpet & Piano). After highschool he attended The University of Manitoba furthering his studies in the Performing Fine Arts Program. He went on to study Jazz Arranging, Orchestral Composition, and Writing for Motion Picture and TV earning his General Music Studies degree at The Berkley College of Music in Boston.

Now living in Calgary with over 30 years of teaching and performing experience Craig remains an active clinician and hosting workshops with in the Calgary Board of Education band and music programs. He maintains a large private student base, and has had a number of former students go on to pursue musical careers at the professional level.

In 2003 Craig accepted the position of Musical Director for a Calgary based big band association where his roles include writing and arranging a large portion of the band repertoire for performance.

In addition to performing and adjudicating music festivals throughout Alberta and across Canada, as a band leader he leads his own groups of various sizes and has been commissioned by different artists both locally and nationally to write music for their specific recording and or performing projects.

Piano Classes Adjudicator

Bianca Baciu

DR. BIANCA BACIU
has led an active career as soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. She has performed throughout Europe and North America and has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Serban Lupu, Vagram Saradjian and Tanya Prochazka. After establishing her early career in Europe, at age 24, Dr. Baciu moved to Canada, where she has received numerous awards including the Marusia Yaworska Scholarship for the most talented musician in Canada, and the prestigious Izaak Walton Killam PhD Scholarship for research at the University of Alberta.

Bianca Baciu received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (2000) and a Diploma in Advanced Pedagogy (1999) from Transylvania University in Romania. She earned her Master’s in Piano Performance from the University of Western Ontario (2002), and her Doctorate in Piano Performance from the University of Alberta (2006) in Canada, and has worked under the guidance of pianists such as Radu Lupu, Jacques Despres and Victor Rosenbaum.

Dr. Baciu’s live performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio 2 and CKUA (Canada), WDR (Koln, Germany), and Radio Romania Tineret (Romania). In 1998, she recorded her first CD featuring works by Beethoven, Brahms and Ravel, released under the patronage of the Auslandgesselschaft Nordrhein-Westfalen and The Romanian Embassy in Bonn, Germany. After moving to Canada in 2000, she completed a series of recording projects featuring solo and chamber music works by Canadian composers, and in 2006, she recorded a world premiere CD featuring piano solo works by Canadian composer Jack Behrens at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her CD presenting Behrens’s Homages for piano solo was released by Centaur Records in 2008. Dr. Baciu’s book “Death of the Author – A Tribute,” discussing postmodernism in Jack Behrens’s piano music was also released in 2008 by VDM Publishing in Germany.

Dr. Baciu has served on the ARMTA Edmonton Executive as the Artistic Director of the Northern Alberta Concerto Competition and the Young Artist liaison. She has offered numerous traveling workshops for ARMTA and APTA, and is a RCM Certified Advanced Specialist. In addition to her administrative and performance engagements, Dr. Baciu is a dedicated teacher and a sought-after clinician and adjudicator. She has taught at “Transylvania” University in Romania, the University of Western Ontario in London and the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She currently teaches piano and piano literature at Alberta College, Grant MacEwan University, and also maintains a full private teaching studio in Edmonton. Her students have received numerous awards and scholarships from the University of Western Ontario, Victoria School for the Arts in Edmonton, Edmonton Community Foundation, Conservatory Canada, ARMTA, APTA, Alberta College, Canadian Music Competition, the Kiwanis Festival and the Fall Festival in Edmonton.

In 2017, Dr. Baciu received a number of grants that facilitated her extensive study of mindfulness and stress reduction in performance, which led to her certification as a mindfulness and meditation instructor. This has enabled her to bring mindfulness strategies for improved focus and awareness into her studio teaching. She is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music College of Examiners, and a certified Performing Arts Medicine practitioner.

Bianca’s other interests include the study of neuroplasticity and neurodiversity, ballet, yoga and world travel.