2017 Festival Adjudicators

Gallant Dr. Jeanette Gallant, Vancouver, BC (Musical Theatre and Contemporary Voice)

Dr. Jeanette Gallant is a Canadian musician with over 25 years of diverse experience as a music lecturer, voice teacher, conductor, adjudicator, performer, and administrator in Canada, S.E. Asia, and the United Kingdom. She earned a D.Phil. in Music from the University of Oxford, and studied under Professor Martin Stokes supported by the Overseas Research Students Award Scheme (ORSAS).

Dr. Gallant has held various academic posts at Red Deer College (Alberta), the University of Windsor (Ontario), the University of Reading (UK), Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts (HKAPA), and various Oxford Colleges (UK). She has been a guest vocal and choral clinician for Singapore’s Ministry of Education, the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers’ Association, the British Columbia Choral Federation, the Reading Bach Choir, and various other U.K. choral societies. She was the Artistic Director of the Whistler Classical Music Street Festival for four years, conducted Hong Kong’s first sing-a-long Messiah, and has prepared choirs for international events such as the Calgary International Organ Festival with conductor Simon Preston. Performance highlights include the Whistler Classical Music Festival, a classical radio recital for RTHK Radio 4 in Hong Kong, Handel’s Messiah with Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Hong Kong Bach Choir and Orchestra.
An accomplished ethnomusicologist, Dr.
Gallant has published and presented her work internationally, and her most recent publication is forthcoming in the Yale Journal for Music and Religion next year. Recently returned to Vancouver after twenty years, Dr. Gallant specializes in world music pedagogy for choral educators, and in vocal training for singers of all ages using bel canto and somatic vocal techniques.
EQ Lisa Iwasaki, Toronto, ON (Junior Piano)

Lisa Iwasaki enjoys teaching private lessons in piano to students from ages three to eighty-three. Her students participate in a wide variety of activities, including recitals, festivals, assessments and exams. The studio program includes the study of rudiments, history, keyboard harmony, and pedagogy.
Lisa completed her undergraduate studies with Andrew Markow. She studied piano pedagogy with Samuel Holland and piano with David Karp while at Southern Methodist University. During that time she participated in master classes with Joaquin Achucarro and Philippe Entremont. Lisa's post-graduate studies were with Fernando Laires in Rochester, New York. She also took further study in Vicenza, Italy with Nazzareno Carusi.

Lisa Iwasaki has presented workshops covering an overview of psychological principles of learning as well as theories and cognitive development relevant for piano teachers. She has also conducted several seminars on technique, motivation, recital preparation, developing artistry in the young student, and special teaching concerns for adult students.

Ms. Iwasaki has been active as an adjudicator since 1996, including festivals across Ontario and in upstate New York.

She accompanies a children's choir and also works as a church musician.

EQ Ed Janus, Toronto, ON (Intermediate Piano)

Edward Janus is a graduate of both the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto. His principal teacher was Boris Berlin. Additional studies were undertaken with Earle Moss and Madelaine Bone.

Mr Janus has been teaching piano, theory and history at the RCM since 1973 and is continuing to do so.

In the 1970's and 80's he was principal of the west end division of the RCM (Etobicoke). In the 1990's he held numerous administrative positions at RCM including several years as academic director of RCM Examinations.

Mr Janus has conducted pedagogy and examination seminars in Canada and the USA and continues to adjudicate music festivals throughout Canada and conduct examinations in both Canada and the USA.
EQ Cheryl Duvall, Toronto, ON (Senior Piano)

Cheryl Duvall is a multi-faceted musician and pianist. She is active as a soloist, collaborative pianist, teacher and adjudicator and has toured and performed throughout Canada, Italy, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, England, Argentina and the U.S. She is especially passionate about contemporary music, which has led her along with friend and violinist Ilana Waniuk, to co-found the Thin Edge New Music Collective, now in their fifth season. Thin Edge completed their first Canadian tour in winter 2013, was guest artists in residence at the SoundSCAPE Festival of New Music in Maccagno, Italy in 2013 and at Le Pantographe in Moutier, Switzerland in 2014 and has undertaken a Canadian tour with Montreal’s Ensemble Paramirabo throughout 2015. To date, they are responsible for the commissioning and premieres of 40 new works in the past 4 years with plans for 11 new works throughout their fifth concert season. Other highlights of the 2015-16 season include performances in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montreal, a substantial recording project with Montreal’s Ensemble Paramirabo, a guest artistic residency with Wilfrid Laurier University to celebrate their 40th Anniversary, and a full artistic residency at Array Music in Toronto. Cheryl is also a member of the experimental project, Bespoken, a mixed ensemble of musicians of different genres, who released the album, Aigre Douce – music of Nick Storring and Daniel Brandes, in November 2013 under Divorce Records’ Heavy Fog label.

An experienced choral accompanist, Ms. Duvall is the pianist for the Toronto based Bell Arte Singers and the internationally renowned Oakville Children’s Choir, to which she has toured and competed internationally with gold standings as well as recorded albums of Canadian choral repertoire and Seasonal Music. She was the music director for Essential Opera’s Premieres project and has also collaborated with FAWN New Opera for their premiere of Adam Scime’s L’Homme et le Ciel, with both of these productions having second presentations at Kitchener-Waterloo’s bi-annual Open Ears Festival in 2014. Essential Opera’s Premieres project received a reprise with Ottawa’s Opera Lyra in fall 2015.
Cheryl has attended the Casalmaggiore Music Festival in Italy, the Palazzo Ricci masterclass series, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and held two artistic residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2009, she was awarded a SSHRC grant for her pedagogical research on how to incorporate aspects of the Alexander Technique into lessons with beginner piano students. Besides performing, she maintains a full private piano studio and adjudicates piano competitions across Canada. Ms. Duvall completed an Honours Bachelor of Music, majoring in Piano Performance and Theory and a Diploma of Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as a Master’s of Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Toronto. Her main teachers and influences include Guy Few, Chris Foley, Midori Koga, Carmen Piazzinni, Nina Tichman, Henri-Paul Sicsic, and Anya Alexeyev.

EQ Alison Nystrom, Langley , BC (Junior Voice)

Alison Nystrom, soprano, is a much sought after performer, teacher and adjudicator and is noted for her expressive singing. Her opera credits include: Pamina in The Magic Flute, Diana in Orpheus in the Underworld, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, and the Woodpecker and Innkeeper’s wife in The Cunning Little Vixen. She has performed as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Haydn’s Nelsonmesse, Finzi’s In Terra Pax, Rutter’s Mass of the Children, Bevan’s Nou Goth Sonne Under Wode, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass.

Ms. Nystrom has collaborated with VISI, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Whatcom County Chorale, and the Vancouver Bach Choir. After studying Kinesiology in her undergraduate degree, Ms. Nystrom earned a Master of Music in Opera at the University of British Columbia. Post graduate studies have included singing at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, a Meisterkurs für Liedgestaltung in Husum, Germany and teaching as a NATS Intern at the University of North Carolina. She also holds an A.R.C.T. in Singing Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

For many summers, Ms. Nystrom taught at the UBC Summer Vocal Workshop. She currently teaches voice at Trinity Western University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She has a passion to see young people discover their voices and use them in a healthy way.

EQ Gail Suderman, Langley, BC (Choirs)

As Artistic Director of Good Noise Vancouver Gospel choir, Gail has drawn on both her classical and academic musical studies as well as her natural abilities as a musician and her long-time love of many styles of contemporary music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Pop Music. Gail began her formal music education at age 5, studying piano. Her piano teacher of note was Georgina Williams, who guided Gail through many years of study, focusing both on solo performing as well as accompanying. Very early on, it was evident that Gail possessed collaborative skills as a pianist. At the early age of eight, she started accompanying the Sunday school choir. Over the next few years, Gail “graduated” to accompanying the adult church choir (beginning at age twelve) as well as solo singers and instrumentalists.

From a young age, Gail pursued a two-path musical life, studying classical piano and learning all she could about gospel music, listening to and performing the music of Andrae and Sandra Crouch, Danniebelle Hall, the Hawkins family, and many others. During her teenage years, Gail introduced many people to the gospel music of the day as well as using her classical training extensively, accompanying instrumentalists and singers and winning awards for both solo piano and accompanying. It was while accompanying singers in recital and for festivals that Gail realized her love of the voice. Wanting to study voice herself, Gail was accepted into several post-secondary voice programs, deciding to attend the University of Victoria as a voice performance major, studying with Jean Letourneau and Bernard Turgeon. Gail received a number of scholarships and awards, receiving the President’s scholarship for undergraduate studies, winning the concerto competition, and was awarded a teaching assistantship in conducting and a fellowship for graduate studies in Voice Performance, graduating with honours.

After several years of singing professionally in Opera and Oratorio, Gail began her teaching career, developing an award winning Choral and Voice program at Gladstone Secondary School in Vancouver. During her time teaching high school music, Gail was featured in the Vancouver Sun by Music Columnist Lloyd Dykk as one of the top Music Educators in British Columbia.

Gail’s musical career has continued to include both classical music and contemporary music. Gail is currently Director of Voice and Choral Music at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is Artistic Director of Vancouver’s dynamic Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir. She also has a successful private voice studio, her roster of students ranging from award-winning Classical singers to R&B, Rock, Pop and Musical Theatre Professionals. Gail gives frequent choral and vocal workshops for High School music teachers, community and church choirs, directs weekend Gospel music workshops, and is in demand as a Performer, Voice Teacher, Guest Conductor, Workshop Clinician, Voice and Choral Adjudicator.

EQ Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith, Victoria, BC (Violin and Viola)

Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith has been actively engaged in teaching, coaching and program development for more than fifteen years. She was the director of the strings program at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music in Toronto since 2007 and is the founder of the KCM orchestral program. She is also a certified Suzuki teacher and has prepared students for every level of RCM exam from beginner to university prep.
As a student Elyssa was presented with many valuable collaborative opportunities under the tutelage of Heilwig von Konigslow and as a teacher has an avid passion for creating unique concerts and collaborative opportunities for her students. In 2010 Elyssa started the first string orchestra group. The orchestra is now a full program with three levels that extends to RCM grade 10. The senior orchestra has appeared in annual concerts alongside professional musicians in the Aradia Baroque Ensemble as well as in several projects with the VIVA Youth Choir and the Holy Family Youth Choir including a presentation of Britten's "Noah's Flood". They also appear regularly alongside the KCM faculty and the students are all given opportunities to appear as concerto soloists with the orchestra.

Elyssa remains on the faculty of the Kingsway Conservatory of Music and will continue teaching her long term students with distance Skype lessons. She also has several trips planned each season to participate on the faculty at the chamber music summer workshop and host masterclasses throughout the year.

Since moving to Brentwood Bay in the summer of 2016 Elyssa will be expanding her student base to the violinists of Vancouver Island both young and old.

EQ Jim Littleford, Burnaby, BC (Concert Bands, Orchestras, Brass)

Jim Littleford is a very active freelance musician in Vancouver. He has played trumpet with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra since 1981 as well as extra trumpet with the Vancouver Symphony and the C.B.C. Vancouver Orchestra. In chamber music Jim plays with A Touch Of Brass quintet and the Kwantlen College brass quintet. Mr. Littleford has played with touring organizations such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the National Ballet, Kirov Ballet as well as for productions of Phantom Of The Opera, Les Miserables and Showboat.

Mr. Littleford has a B.Mus. from U.B.C. and attended graduate school at the University of Southern California. As an educator, Jim is in demand as a clinician and trumpet instructor and serves on faculty at U.B.C.. He is Founder / Music Director of the Little Mountain Brass Band, Music Director of the Summer Pops Youth Orchestra and past conductor of the Delta Concert Band. In addition to performing and teaching, Mr. Littleford runs a successful music preparation business.
EQ Dr. Kevin Zakresky, Vancouver, BC (Choirs & Senior Classical Voice)

Kevin Zakresky is conductor of the Pacifica Singers and the founder-director of Sea to Sky Symphony in Vancouver. He is the past Music Director of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and this season has conducted the St Louis Symphony, Sudbury Symphony, West Coast Symphony, Vancouver Chamber Choir and in the Spring of 2016 launched the Sea to Sky Symphony in Vancouver. He has recently been appointed Associate Conductor of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, a touring company that collaborates with orchestras through North America and Europe. He completed his Doctorate at Yale University in 2012.

In Spring of 2016 the Zelda Symphony has brought him to London to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (in Wembley Arena) as well as Montreal, Columbus, Charlottesville and Miami with further dates in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton in the fall.

In December 2013 Zakresky made his CBC/Radio-Canada broadcast debut, conducting Monteverdi, with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, a performance held at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre. In the summer of 2014 Zakresky worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London on an informal mentoring project; he returned to London in August of 2015 for another residency with the BBC.

Zakresky is founding director of the SATB ensemble Orpheum Voices at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music. As part of its inaugural season in 2013, Orpheum Voices sang Fauré’s Requiem with the West Coast Symphony. Since then the group has performed regularly with the Vancouver Symphony and Maestro Bramwell Tovey.

Zakresky received a Doctoral degree in Choral Conducting at Yale University in February 2012; his degree recital featured Cherubini’s rarely-programmed Requiem for male voices and orchestra. At Yale he won the prestigious Aidan Kavanagh Prize for Distinguished Intellectual Achievement, and was director of the University Chapel Choir and assistant conductor of the Yale Camerata. His major teachers were Marguerite Brooks and Simon Carrington, and he coached with Helmut Riling and Stephen Layton. Before studying at Yale he completed a master’s degree in conducting at the University of British Columbia, studying with Bruce Pullan.

He regularly offers master classes and workshops in Western Canada and is a recent winner of the BC Choral Federation’s Youth Music Award. From 2010 to 2012 he was assistant conductor of Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, and the Founder-Director of Chor Leoni’s “MYVoice” program, a choral experience for young men in the Lower Mainland.

He is a past member of the faculty of the innovative Vancouver International Song Institute, serves on the faculty of the BC Choral Federation’s Choral Directorship Course, and acts as an adjudicator and clinician throughout Western Canada. He has held teaching positions at Douglas College and Simon Fraser University.

Since 2013 Zakresky has taught voice and music repertoire at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music, in addition to directing Orpheum Voices. He has sung in the Festivale de due mondi in Spoleto, Italy, volunteered for Musicians without Borders in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and led choral workshops and clinics in Hong Kong. He publishes regularly in choral and vocal periodicals.

EQ Jodi Proznick, Vancouver, BC (Jazz Bands and Combos)

Juno-nominated bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator Jodi Proznick has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists. She has won numerous National Jazz Awards, including Bassist of the Year in ’08 and’09. Her group, the Jodi Proznick Quartet, was awarded the Acoustic Group of the Year and Album of the Year in ‘08 and the Galaxie Rising Star at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in ‘00.
In addition to leading her own group, Jodi has performed with many of Canada’s top jazz musicians, including PJ Perry, Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Hugh Fraser, Oliver Gannon, Dee Daniels, Phil Dwyer, and Laila Biali. She is regularly in demand to perform and record with visiting jazz artists including Michael Bublé, Byron Stripling, Michael Feinstein, David “Fathead” Newman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Thigpen, Jeff Hamilton, Peter Bernstein, Charles McPherson, Seamus Blake, George Coleman, Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, and Lewis Nash. In addition to recording her own Juno-nominated CD as a leader, Jodi has been featured on over 30 recordings as a sideman.
Jodi began playing bass at the age of 13 under the direction of her father David, an award-winning music educator. In ‘93, Jodi received the General Motors Award of Excellence, establishing her as one of the top young musicians at Musicfest Canada, and then went on to receive a scholarship to study bass at McGill University in Montreal. After graduating, Jodi played with many of the top musicians in Montreal, including Juno winners Christine Jensen and Renee Lee as well as Montreal greats Andre White and Greg Clayton. She was awarded the IAJE Sisters in Jazz award in ‘98 as one of the best up-and-coming female jazz musicians.
Jodi moved to Vancouver in ‘00, where she now lives with her husband and collaborator, pianist Tilden Webb, and young son Tristan. Her personal highlights include opening for Oscar Peterson in 2004, performing as a featured soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and recording numerous times for CBC Radio. Another highlight in Jodi’s career was when she was asked to be the featured bassist in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games’ closing ceremonies and soundtrack.
EQ Dr. David Branter, Vancouver, BC (Jazz Bands)

David Branter, currently Department Head at the VCC School of Music, performs as both a classical and jazz saxophonist. Dr. Branter performed the world premier of John Oliver's Cha$e the Money in July of 2003 in Minneapolis and performed the work again with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in April 2004. He performs regularly with jazz groups led by Alan Matheson, including the CBC Jazz Orchestra, and is featured on Matheson's newly released CD Intrada. Dr. Branter also plays soprano saxophone with the saxophone quartet Saxophilia. Saxophilia, established in 1996, has premiered works by Derek Charke, John Burke and others but has a wide ranging repertoire including French works they performed in 2007 for a CBC radio broadcast. Dr. Branter is also saxophonist for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In 2007 he began to perform for Colin MacDonald's Pocket Orchestra and the East Vancouver Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed with John Korsrud's Hard Rubber Orchestra, including a concert in April 2009 featuring the music of Louis Andriessen.

His work as a conductor and band, jazz band and woodwind adjudicator/clinician remain important activities. Dr. Branter participated in the 2009 Cultural Olympiad as conductor of R. Murray Schafer's Music for Wilderness Lake for the Water's Edge Festival. Dr. Branter directed, co-directed or co-produced four CDs, Midnight Sleigh Ride, Mazama, Festivo and Trajectories with the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble and was, until 2000, music director of that group. He premiered Fred Stride's Caverns for tenor saxophone and band for their invitational performance at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) in July 2005 in Singapore. The Pacific Wind Ensemble also premiered Branter's piece Cool in February 2007.

PJ Dr. Wayne Jeffrey, Toronto, ON (Concert Bands and Orchestras)

Dr. Wayne Jeffrey has been described as one of Canada's leading pedagogues in the fields of Performance (Horn), Conducting and Music Education. He holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario, the University of Toronto and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. European studies took place at the Hochschule fur Musik Salzburg (Mozarteum), the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest and the Royal Academy of Music, London.

As a free-lance hornist, Jeffrey has performed in orchestras and summer chamber music festivals across Canada and the U.S as well as in England, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Italy. Frequently in demand as an adjudicator, guest clinician and guest conductor, Dr Jeffrey is invited annually to national, provincial and regional music festivals across Canada from Whitehorse, Yukon to St. John's, Newfoundland. His lectures on 'Do You Hear What I Hear' have been widely attended by music educators and students across Canada.

Dr. Jeffrey has held teaching positions at the University of Windsor, the University of Western Ontario and Kwantlen Polytechnic University in B.C. In addition, he has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), at the University of Cincinnati and a Guest Lecturer at the Faculty of Music University of British Columbia Faculty of Education. Presently, he teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting at the Glenn Gould School of Music, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Ontario

He is very active in promoting Canadian music, pedagogy and repertoire development and arts advocacy at provincial, national and international conferences. As a music director his recent experiences have been in all aspects of programming, broadcasting, recording, as well television and radio interviews.

BLigh Elizabeth Volpé Bligh, Vancouver, BC (Harp & Guzheng)

Elizabeth Volpé Bligh became the Vancouver Symphony’s Principal Harpist in 1982, after six seasons as the Principal Harpist of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. A graduate of University of Toronto’s Bachelor of Music program in 1975, she studied with Judy Loman (Toronto Symphony), Alice Chalifoux (Cleveland Orchestra) and Edna Phillips (Philadelphia Orchestra).

Ms. Volpé’s career includes concerto performances with the VSO and other orchestras, chamber music concerts, movie soundtracks and recordings. She is featured in The Greater Vancouver Album, a collection of works by Michael Conway Baker, and performed the Harp Concerto that he wrote for her with the VSO. It was recorded by CBC and can be listened to on the Canadian Music Centre’s web site. She will be premiering a new piece by Scott Good for harp and strings at the World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia in 2014, and will repeat the performance with the VSO.

Many of Elizabeth’s students have won awards such as the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Edith Lando Gifted Youth Scholarship, and RCM Silver Medal, and four students have been members of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. She has enjoyed watching her students become successful professional harpists. Her teaching career has included teaching privately and at institutions such as the VSO School of Music, Vancouver Academy of Music, UBC, Vancouver Community College, Douglas College, and the Island Mountain Arts Festival. She has had students from all over the world come to study with her including from Hong Kong, Singapore, Ireland and France. She taught and performed at the 6th International Harp Workshop in Sanctuaria del Crea in Italy. She co-founded Canadian International Summer Harp Institute in 2012.

Ms. Volpé has had articles published in the Teachers’ Forum of the American Harp Journal, Dutch Harp Journal, the New Zealand Harp Association newsletter, and online. She has given master classes in China, Italy, New Zealand, the USA and Canada. Her compositions for solo harp, six of which are included in the 2008 Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus, are being taught and performed all over the world. She is currently President of the BC Chapter of the American Harp Society and was the Chair of the 11th World Harp Congress Host Committee. She has been featured in American Harp Society Conferences and was a judge at the OSM Standard Life Competition in 2010.

Bander Olivia Blander, Vancouver, BC (Cello and Chamber Groups)

Originally from Ottawa, Olivia Blander completed her Masters of Music degree at Yale University in the studio of professor Aldo Parisot. She received her Bachelors degree from the Harid Conservatory (Boca Raton, Florida) where she studied with Canadian cellist Johanne Perron.
Olivia has appeared frequently as a soloist and chamber musician on CBC radio, including the nationally broadcast \"Debut Series\". She has been a participant in several major summer festivals including classes at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the fellowship program of the Tanglewood Music Centre.

After returning to Ottawa from the U.S. in 2000, Olivia enjoyed four months working with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and joined the Vancouver Symphony in September 2001.


Dr. Julia Nolan, Burnaby, BC (Woodwinds)

Multi-instrumentalist Julia Nolan (saxophones, flute, piccolo, clarinet, bassoon, oboe) maintains an active performing schedule committed to promoting new works for saxophone. She has numerous commissioned works by Canadian composers with a special interest in those from British Columbia including: Denis Bedard, Dorothy Chang, Stephen Chatman, Keith Hamel, Stefan Hintersteininger, Jacquie Leggatt, Colin MacDonald, Alan Matheson, Alain Mayrand, John Oliver, Robert Pritchard, Jeffrey Ryan, Farshid Samandari, and Fred Stride.

She performs with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver New Music Society, and the Turning Point Ensemble as orchestral saxophonist in addition to performances as soloist.

Recent performances and guest teaching include the American Saxophone Academy (July 2016) and the University of North Texas (January & April, 2016). In April 2016, she performed the U.S. premiere of Jeffrey Ryan’s concerto Brazen with the Lubbock Symphony at the NASA Biennial Conference and premiered the concerto Cool Cut by John Oliver with Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble. In July 2015, she recorded Prestidigtation by Robert Buckley with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy. She is looking forward to performances and recording with Saxophilia Saxophone Quartet (Capilano University) and with Jane Hayes and Joan Blackman as part of the Vetta Chamber Music Series and the Langley Fine Arts Concert Series in 2017.

Nolan has been a guest artist-teacher at international saxophone workshops in Taiwan and Hong Kong and performs regularly at the Regional, National and World Saxophone Congresses. Nolan served as an international judge at the 5th Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition in Dinant, Belgium (2010) and was the head judge at the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC) in Columbus, Georgia in 2012 and 2014.

Dr. Nolan is an Artist-Clinician for Yamaha, Canada Ltd. and Rousseau Musical Products and teaches at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the University of British Columbia.


Hlus Don Hlus, Langley, BC (Guitar)

Don Hlus was appointed Chair to the Music Department in 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance from the University of British Columbia, where he studied with Michael Strutt. He has also performed in master classes for Elliot Fisk, Mark Teicholtz, William Kanengiser, Scott Tenant, Benjamin Verdery, Paul O'Dette, and Stephen Robinson. Post-graduate studies were with the Canadian guitarist Harold Micay. He also studied jazz composition & arranging and guitar performance at Capilano College. In 2003 he completed his Masters Degree in Higher Education (UBC). His research examined how different educational beliefs and values affect the design, development, and implementation of curriculum.

Don has been active in the Vancouver region as soloist and chamber musician. He frequently presents chamber music recitals with members of the Vancouver Symphony, the Vancouver Opera orchestra and the CBC Radio orchestra.

Don has held a teaching position at KPU since the music program's inception in 1993. He is also Founder, Coordinator, and Artistic Director of the Fraser Valley Acoustic Guitar Festival, the largest festival of its kind in Canada. In addition to his duties at KPU, he teaches privately in Fort Langley, and is member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators' Association and the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers' Association (South Fraser).

  Leslie Janos, Langley, BC – Composition

Leslie Janos was born in Liverpool, England. He specializes as a solo recitalist and chamber player. He has performed in the U. S. and Canada and has had numerous programs recorded for the C.B.C.
As a soloist Janos has presented two major tours throughout the western provinces with his own piano under the former Overture Concert Association. C.B.C. Vancouver chose one of his broadcast performances for the ‘signature theme’ of “Vancouver Recital” which was broadcast Canada wide, weekly throughout the year. He has also given many solo recitals for various institutions in the Fraser Valley.

As a chamber music player Janos has collaborated with some of Canada’s foremost musicians including Phyllis Mailing, Robert Aitken, Arthur Polson, George Zukerman, and with music organizations such as The Cassenti Players, The Purcell String Quartet, The White Rock Festival of Strings, The Vancouver New Music Society, The C.B.C. Chamber Orchestra as well as with Esther Glazer, Paul Wolfe, Gerard Haft, The New College String Quartet, The St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in the U.S.

During his student years with eminent pianist Jacques Abram, Leslie Janos was a consistent first place winner of piano competitions such as the ‘Arthur Fiedler’ concerto competition, and performed the Beethoven Emperor concerto with Fiedler conducting the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Janos was first place winner of ‘Talent Unlimited’ competition in London Ontario which resulted in a 30 minute radio broadcast. He holds a B.A. and M.M. degree from the University of South Florida and A.R.C.T. performance diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto.
As a composer, Janos has written music for various genres in the areas of piano solo; voice, flute, violin, ‘cello’, bassoon, (with piano) and for chamber music ensembles as well as for string orchestra. His song cycle based on the poetry of Rumi as well as a song collection and a large work for cello and piano was performed during Canadian Music week in 2007. His music has been performed by prominent musicians such as Isabelle LaPierre, Ian Hampton and George Zukerman in such venues as the Vancouver Art Gallery, University of Nelson B.C., the Langley Community Music School and the Campbell River Concert Society.

Leslie Janos is currently a member of the faculty of the Langley Community Music School, and a former faculty member of Trinity Western University, The Vancouver Academy of Music and The University of Tampa, Florida.