VOCAL, SPEECH ARTS & DRAMA
Gaye-Lynn Kern is a Performer, Teacher and Clinician. Her areas of specialization are Voice, Music Theatre, Drama and Speech Arts. She has a Master of Music (Voice) and a Post Graduate Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, UK. Other post graduate studies include the Mozart Opera Studies Institute and the Pacific Voice Conference.
Ms. Kern has performed over 28 leading roles in opera: (The Medium, Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute), operetta (The Mikade, H.M.S. Pinafore), Music Theatre (The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady) and Plays (Dancing at Lughnasa, Murder at the Howard Johnson's). Her 34 directional credits include: Anne of Green Gables, The Boyfriend, Grease, Li'l Abner, Oliver!, The Real Inspector House, Blithe Spirit and Nunsense. At the International Saxophone Conference 2000 in Montreal, Ms. Kern premiered Songs of Childhood.
Ms. Kern has enjoyed adjudicating at over 155 Music Festivals in Western Canada since 1990. She is the Past President of the Saskatoon Music Festival and Provincial Rep. for the CMFAA.
Twelve of her 38 years of Vocal Pedagogy have been at universities and colleges where she has taught for both Music and Drama Departments and her students are frequent festival scholarship winners at both local and provincial levels. Her students have ranged in age from 4 years (pre-kindergarten) to 88 years (Elderhostel). Ms. Kern coaches professionals in a wide variety of careers.
Gay-Lynn Kern has performed professionally in England, Europe, the United States and Canada. She also performs in Improv Theatre and on the Concert Stage as a soloist and as a member of The Gala Trio. She resides in Saskatoon with her husband, artist Gordon Grant, and four cats: Magnolia, Harrison, Charlotte and Flynn.
Alan Crane holds a Bachelor of Music (University of Western Ontario) and a Master of Music in Piano Performance (University of British Columbia). For over 35 years he has been teaching a full class of students ranging from young beginners to pre-professional young musicians to adults. Many of Mr. Crane's students have gone on to pursue careers in music. In addition to being on the faculty of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music, where he recently completed a term as Chair of the Piano Department, Mr. Crane teaches part-time at the Langley Community Music School where he served for many years as Coordinator of the Piano Program. As well as teaching, he is an active performer. He is a founding director and pianist with the popular Vancouver concert series West Coast Chamber Music, is a sought after accompanist and has presented numerous solo recitals in Canada and the UK. Mr. Crane is also active as a festival adjudicator and is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association and the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
John White served as President of the B. C. Music Educators' Association, the B.C. Choral Federation, the B.C. Administrators of Arts Education, the Pacific Coast Music Festivals Association, and Art Stasrts in Schools. He is also a past Chairman of MusicFest Canada; Canadian Concert Band Festival. Mr. White served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Music Educators' Association, the Western Canada Theatre Company, the B.C. Festival of the Arts, was Vice-President of the B.C. Band Association and just recently finished seven years on the Board and a 3 year term as Vice-Chair of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada. Currently, John is Chair of the B.C. Choral Federation's Willan Council and Vice-Chair of the Michael J. Fox Theatre Society. He also serves as Music Director for the New Westminster and District Band Society - now celebrating its 83rd year of continuous operation.
Mr. White served as a Director of the B.C. Music Educators' Association Provincial Honour Band on three separate occasions, the Saskatchewan Provincial Honour Band anbd hgas many years experience as a performing musician. He has worked extensively as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor throughout B.C., Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. He also served as a judge for Canada's Juno Awards on several occasions.
During his career as an educator, John worked in Whitehorse, Yukon, and in B.C.'s Langley, Coquitlam and Burnaby School Districts. Now retired, Mr. White finished his career after serving 21 years as a Director of Instruction for School District 41 in Burnaby.
KATHY BLOOMFIELD - Speech Arts Adjudicator
Kathy was born and raised in Victoria B.C. where she attended the University of Victoria in the Education Program. She lived in the North for 36 years, teaching public school and speech arts while raising her family of three girls. She and her husband have now retired and moved back to Vancouver Island, residing in Nanaimo. Drama has been an enriching aspect of her life. Teaching in the public school system enabled her to incorporate theatre in many aspects of her teaching. She took great pleasure in nurturing and mentoring young people in Speech Arts and Drama in her studio in Prince George. .