2016 ORMTA Provincial Convention

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Clinicians and Adjudicators

Kimberly Barber (Clinician/Adjudicator)

Canadian mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber’s eclectic and varied career combines not only the standard repertoire sung on some of the great opera house and concert stages of the world for the last 30 years, but also contemporary and baroque works with smaller, experimental companies. She is a champion of the music of our time, frequently giving world and Canadian premieres of new music. Her operatic repertoire encompasses more than 40 roles, many of them from twentieth century or lesser-known works, and her concert repertoire stems from every genre. She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, CBC Records, Naxos and Dutton Classics. Her wide-ranging career as an operatic performer, concert, recital and recording artist in Europe, Asia and North America and the breadth of her pedagogical experience qualify her ideally to train emerging vocal artists who hope to excel at an international level.

In demand as a guest lecturer, panellist, consultant and pedagogue, Kimberly Barber gives master classes and workshops around the world at universities, conservatories and Young Artist Programs. She adjudicates widely, and is frequently called upon to serve on advisory panels for the arts. In May 2005 she was the live colour commentator for CBC Radio’s coverage of the Montreal International Voice Competition. An Associate Professor of Voice at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2002, she acts as Administrative Coordinator for their Opera Program. Her research interests are centred on the Art of Practice, body-mapping and effective use of the body in vocal pedagogy, as well as the innovative use of e-portfolios in the voice studio to document and reinforce vocal development and effective practice. Now licensed as an Andover Educator®, she teaches Body Mapping to Musicians in workshop settings, privately, and as a cornerstone of her pedagogical model in the voice studio.

Dr. Christopher Foley (Clinician/Adjudicator)

Christopher Foley is a pianist dedicated to the fields of teaching, chamber music, art song, opera, and contemporary music. At the Eastman School of Music, he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1994, majoring in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music as a student of Jean Barr and David Burge. He is on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he teaches piano and vocal literature. He also currently serves as Senior Examiner and Adjudicator Certification Program Specialist for RCM Examinations. For the Royal Conservatory's 2015 Piano Syllabus, he appeared as both performer and Artistic Advisor for the recordings, and was a contributor for the technical requirements and repertoire revisions. Prior to his appointment at The Royal Conservatory, he taught at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Academy of Music. 

As pianist and repetiteur for Tapestry Opera, he has been involved with numerous productions, as well as being on the creative team for Tapestry's unique Composer/Librettist and Director/Musical Director laboratories. In 2010 he was the company's first Leadership Legacy Intern, where he created the Tapestry Songbook, a workshop and recital program aimed at educating emerging singers and pianists in the new opera development process. At the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition, he provided the color commentary for CBC's live global webcast of the final concerto round. As author of the Collaborative Piano Blog, he writes about issues of importance to the collaborative pianist, as well as current musical events in Toronto and elsewhere. Dr. Foley has recently appeared as pianist and coach for the singers featured on the Bravo!Canada reality show Bathroom Divas.

Dr. Jennifer Snow (Clinician/Adjudicator)

Dr. Jennifer Snow is an established educator and performer. She has held the positions of Vice President, Teacher Education and Chief Academic Officer, Examinations for the Royal Conservatory of Music and Senior Vice President of Education with Chromatik. She consults with a range of organizations on curriculum design, teacher education, and interdisciplinary education. A passionate educator, Jennifer was previously on the keyboard faculty at the renowned UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music where she taught piano, collaborative piano, and pedagogy.

Jennifer is a frequent speaker and invited clinician who has presented at a wide range of conferences including Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), European Piano Teachers Association, NGCAE, NATS, National and International College Music Society, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations (CFMTA), International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research Music Pedagogy, the International Society of Music Education (ISME), and numerous state and provincial music teacher conferences. She has served on the editorial board for American Music Teacher magazine, Royal Conservatory Advisory committee, and the CFMTA International Research Advisory Committee. She is a member of the AHRC Research Network on music learning and technology in the U.K. Currently, she is President of the California Professional Music Teachers Association (CAMPT).

In addition to her deep commitment to education, Jennifer is a versatile performer who has appeared as a collaborative pianist throughout Canada, the United States, Asia, and Europe.

Martha Hill Duncan  (Clinician Pre-Session)

Martha Hill Duncan is an award-winning composer, choral conductor and piano teacher. A transplanted Texan, she received a vocal diploma from the Houston High School for Performing and Visual Arts and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with studies in composition and piano. After immigrating to Canada, she continued her musical studies with Dr. Samuel Dolin in Toronto.

Martha is known for her piano and vocal compositions with many of these works appearing in the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada Conservatory, Canadian National Conservatory of Music and Contemporary Showcase syllabi and publications. Several of her vocal and choral works honour her adopted country of Canada. Her opera, Searching the Painted Sky, with Waterloo librettist Janet Windeler Ryan was premiered by The El Paso Youth Opera in New York City in January, 2014 and in Toronto, July 2015.

Martha is a founding member of Red Leaf Pianoworks a cross-Canada composers’ collective and websource for new piano repertoire and conducts the Kingston women’s choir She Sings! She is also a piano examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator. She enjoys sharing her musical experience, insights and challenges with students, fellow teachers and composer colleagues. She lives in Kingston, Ontario with her husband Martin, an astrophysicist. They have two grown children - Alex, a mathematician, and Claire, a singer and voice over artist.

Dr. Janet Lopinski (Speaker)

Dr. Janet Lopinski, Director of Academic Programs at the Royal Conservatory, has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist, and has presented lectures, workshops and master classes across North America, Europe and Korea.  She is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory (ARCT gold medalist), University of Toronto (Bachelor of Music) and University of Cincinnati (Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts).  She has taught piano, piano pedagogy, music history and theory at the Royal Conservatory and is co-author of the music history handbook “Explorations”, published by the Frederick Harris Music Company.  Dr. Lopinski is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Canadian Chopin Society.


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