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.
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. .
A champion of new music, Mr. Girard is in the midst of a two-year project for the Centrediscs label, recording concerti by British Columbia composers. He premiered Stephen Chatman's new opera, Choir Practice, released by Centrediscs in May, 2016. He has conducted world premieres of works by Ricardo Zohn Muldoon, Elizabeth Kelly, JungSun Kang and John Liberatore, and has conducted the North American premieres of NONcerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by Richard Ayres and Saturnalia and Endre es Johanna by Emmerich Kalman.
Mr. Girard has worked closely with Maestro Bramwell Tovey at the VSO Summer Institute as assistant conductor, and conducted the 2017 Marrowstone Festival Orchestra. This year, he is launching the UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival for orchestra musicians and conductors in cooperation with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He has also held a variety of prestigious positions at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music, the New Eastman Outreach Orchestra and Waltham Philharmonic (MA), the Brockton Symphony Orchestra (MA) and Portland (ME) Opera Repertory Theatre. At the Eastman School of Music, he studies conducting with Neil Varon and was the assistant conductor of the Eastman Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Philharmonica, and the Eastman Opera Theatre.
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.
Jonathan Girard is a passionate musician who is committed to engaging audiences with thrilling performances. He enjoys a reputation as a musical force equally versed in symphonic, repertoire, opera and new music. As Director of Orchestras at the University of British Columbia School of Music, Mr. Girard dedicates himself to raising the standard of orchestral training in Western Canada. At UBC, he was recently chosen as one of nine 2018 Peter Wall Scholars, and over the next year will be commissioning interdisciplinary works for orchestra and working with the UBC Symphony Orchestra to bring them to life. Recent highlights for the UBC Symphony include Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Holst's Planets, Mozart's Requiem and Brahms' Symphony No. 2. Other landmark performances include two performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with 300 musicians onstage, and a performance of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps that marked the 100th anniversary of the work's premiere.