PIANO - ANITA PERRY
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) & 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 twenty eight leading roles in opera (The Medium, Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute), operetta (The Mikado, 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 thirty-four directorial credits include; Anne of Green Gables, The Boyfriend, Grease, Li’l Abner, Oliver!, The Real Inspector Hound, Blithe Spirit and Nunsense. At the International Saxophone Conference 2000 in Montreal, Ms. Kern premiered Songs of Childhood. Twelve of her thirty-five 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 3 years (pre-kindergarten) to 87 years (Elderhostel). Ms Kern coaches professionals in a wide variety of careers.
Gaye-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. Gaye-Lynn resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with her husband, artist Gordon Grant and four cats; Magnolia, Harrison, Charlotte and Flynn.
Ms. Kern has enjoyed adjudicating at over 135 Music Festivals in Western Canada since 1990. She is the Past President of the Saskatoon Music Festival and Provincial Rep. for the CMFAA.
Susan Bertoia is a Vancouver based professional theatre artist, actor and teacher. She also serves as an adjudicator at drama and speech arts festivals and as an artist-in-residence through ArtStarts in Schools. She holds a BFA in Theatre from UBC and has adanced studies in commedia dell'arte (mask theatre) and physical theatre from international institutions. As a performer, she has worked with Vancouver's Arts Club Theatre, Kamloops' Western Canada Theatre, the Richmond Gateway Theatre and many other well established theatre companies. Recent accolades include: Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role - Jessie Richardson Theatre Award and The Gordon Armstrong Theatre Artist Award. Susan is also Artistic director of Vancouver's only Italian-Canadian theatre company, BellaLuna Productions. .
VOCAL - GAYE-LYNN KERN
SPEECH ARTS - SUSAN BERTOIA
Peter Stigings, B.Ed., M.Ed., has been involved in Music Education for 52 years. He has taught at the elementary, secondary and post secondary levels. He has served as an adjudicator, conductor, evaluator and workshop clinician throughout Canada, USA and Hong Kong. He has directed bands, choirs, orchestras and jazz ensembles, and is known as a master teacher. His ensembles have toured extensively throughout Canada as well as the USA, Europe, Hawaii and Japan. In 1999, he was awarded the prestigious Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence. He recently retired as Faculty Advisor and Sessional Lecturer at both the University of Victoria and University of British Columbia. At the present time, he is the Musical Director of "A little Night Music Orchestra", a 70 piece community orchestra.
INSTRUMENTAL/BAND - PETER STIGINGS
Anita (A..D.) Perry is proud to call the Okanagan her home since 1997. She has written works for orchestra, concert band, piano, voice and choir, as well as seven children's musicals and five ballets. In 2011, she was honoured with the Summerland Arts Appreciation Award and in 2014 won the CFMTA Call for Compositions for her work "Skeleton Dance". She is a member of the Canadian League Composers, an Affiliate of the Canadian Music Centre, a member of the Society for Composers and Authors (SOCAN) and President of the South Okanagan Branch of the B.C. Registered Music Teachers' Association. A registered music teacher since 1984, Perry currently teaches piano, composition and theory rudiments in Summerland.
2017 FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS ADJUDICATORS
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. .