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Presenters and Adjudicators

The 2014 Oh! Canada! Convention is pleased to introduce the following talented, experienced, interesting, and engaging speakers, clinicians and adjudicators!

Dr. John Burge (Clinician/Adjudicator)

Dr. John Burge was born in Dryden, Ontario in 1961. He holds degrees in Composition and Theory from the University of Toronto (B.Mus. and M.Mus.) and the University of British Columbia (D.M.A.) He obtained his Associate Diploma of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Piano Performance while still in high school in Calgary, studying with Dorothy Hare, and later continued his piano studies with Andrew Markow in Toronto. Since 1987 he has been teaching at the School of Music, Queen's University, where he holds the position of Full Professor.

John Burge's composition output covers virtually all genres from opera and orchestral works to solo instrumental, chamber and choral works. Many of his choral compositions have been published by the firm, Boosey and Hawkes. His composition, Angels' Voices, for SSA choir and orchestra was awarded the 2006 Outstanding New Choral Composition Prize by the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors. The recording of his work, Flanders Fields Reflections, by Sinfonia Toronto on the Marquis Classics label, received the 2009 Juno Award for the Best Canadian Classical Composition.

Dr. Burge enjoys working with student musicians and, in addition to teaching at Queen's University, he regularly adjudicates piano and composition classes at Music Festivals throughout Canada. He has recently become a member of the Red Lead Pianoworks composers collective, a group that inspired him to release his first volume of piano pieces for early to intermediate pianists entitled Parking on Octatonic Trunk. A passionate advocate for Canadian music, he has served as a member of the Executive Council of the Canadian League of Composers for fourteen years, holding the position of President from 1998-2006.

Howard Dyck (Speaker)

Howard Dyck is the Founding Artistic Director of Consort Caritatis as well Artistic Director Emeritus of the Grand Philharmonic Choir (Kitchener-Waterloo) and Conductor Emeritus of the Bach Elgar Choir (Hamilton). He is well-known across Canada as the former program host of Choral Concert and Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on CBC Radio. In 2012 he was Visiting Professor of Music at Yunnan Arts University in Kunming, China, and in 2013 he was conductor-in-residence with the Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra.
Howard Dyck's international conducting career has taken him to twenty countries on three continents where he has conducted countless orchestras in a variety of musical settings. Many singers of international distinction who have performed under Howard Dyck's baton include: Sondra Radvanovsky, Nathalie Paulin, Measha Brueggergosman and many others.

Howard Dyck has received numerous honors for his contributions to musical culture, both nationally and internationally. He holds honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University, and is an Honorary Professor of Music at the Yunnan Arts University (Kunming, China). Howard was inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame, is a Waterloo Region Arts Awards Lifetime Achievement Award winner, is a Member of the Order of Canada, and a recipient of the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.

Janet Fothergill (Clinician)

Ms. Fothergill is a graduate of Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music and Piano Performance from Trinity College of Music (London, England). She also has continued extensive studies in piano pedagogy.

As a faculty member of the Royal Conservatory of Music for 40 years, Janet Fothergill teaches piano, pedagogy, theory, and musicianship. She has helped to select and edit the repertoire for the RCME "Celebration Series" graded books and serves on its Board of Examiners and Council of Examiners.

In addition, Ms. Fothergill frequently adjudicates at music festivals across Canada and United States and conducts clinical workshops on a wide range of subjects including Canadian contemporary music, theory, and musicianship.

Janet has worked for some time with the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects (ACNMP) because of her great interest in promoting the performance of Canadian contemporary music. To this, she serves as one of the coordinators for the Toronto Centre Contemporary Showcase Festival each November. She has also been involved with the Student Composer Workshop project.

Dr. Midori Koga (Clinician/Adjudicator)

Pianist Dr. Midori Koga joined the piano and piano pedagogy faculty at the University of Toronto as Associate Professor in fall of 2004.  Previously, she held the position of Associate Professor of Piano, and Director of Piano Pedagogy at Michigan State University.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of British Columbia, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Michigan, and a performance diploma from the Mozarteum Hochschule für Musik in Salzburg, Austria.

Dr. Koga has been featured as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in music festivals throughout the world, including the Banff Centre for Fine Arts, Mozarteum Sommerakademie Festspiel in Salzburg Austria , the Al Fresno New Music Festival, the Johannesen International Festival of the Arts in British Columbia , the World Saxophone Congress in Valencia Spain, the International Computer Music Festival. Dr. Koga is a prize-winner in national competitions including the Concours de Musique du Canada , and the National Graduate Artist Competition at St. Mary's College-Notre Dame.

Active also as a lecturer, she has presented at the World Pedagogy Conference, the Music Teachers’ National Association National Conference, and the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy.  She has been published numerous times in the American Music Teacher; the article Music Making and Wellness Project: The Positive Effects of Music-Making on the Health and Well-being of Seniors was recipient of the 2001 National Article of the Year Award presented by the MTNA.

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.

Kevin McMillan (Clinician/Adjudicator)

Kevin McMillan is a renowned performer and vocal pedagogue. His performing career has spanned over 25 years with more than 750 concerts, 15 professional recordings, a Grammy award, and a Gramophone award and numerous Juno award nominations.

Critics have praised his "elegant lyric baritone voice" and "singularly remarkable interpretive skills" in appearances with virtually every major North American orchestra, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony. He has also established a presence in Europe, with appearances in centers such as London, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, and Prague, to name a few.

After preliminary schooling at the Universities of Guelph and Western Ontario in Canada, Mr. McMillan studied at the Britten-Pears School in England, and attained a Master's Degree at the Juilliard School in New York. His primary focus has always been the oratorio and orchstral repertoire, and his vocal flexibility and scholarly musicianship have afforded him a broad range of styles and periods - from Monteverdi and Bach to Britten and Penderecki.

Despite and unfortunate farming accident 30 years ago that left him a partial paraplegic, he has had the opportunity to perform a number of operatic roles in concert/semi-staged performances. Mr. McMillan is a pre-eminent recitalist. He has been described as an "outstanding Schubertian" whose "voice of glowing freshness and beauty is at the service of an intelligent, lively, and distinctive personality."

Professor McMillan joined the faculty of the James Madison University School of Music in 2009.

Julie Nesrallah (Speaker)

Julie Nesrallah is an extremely versatile singer, actress and broadcaster who dazzles audiences with her engaging personality, and her rich and deeply expressive voice. Miss Nesrallah is regularly engaged by leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles across North America and abroad.

In 2013, Miss Nesrallah was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her cultural contribution to Canada as the host of CBC Radio 2's national classical music program, Tempo. Miss Nesrallah has been the recipient of several distinguished prizes and awards, including the Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Award & Mid-Career Grant.

On July 1, 2011, Miss Nesrallah sang God Save the Queen for His Royal Highness Prince William and Her Royal Highness Princess Kate during Canada Day festivities in Ottawa on Parliament Hill. She has also performed An Evening for Peace in Montreal for Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan.

Miss Nesrallah is the Executive Producer and star of Carmen on Tap, a rogue opera company she created that performs Georges Bizet's opera Carmen as dinner theater. This summer, Carmen on Tap debuts at the stratford Music Festival, lula Lounge in Toronto, and with the Prince Edward County Music Festival in September.

Glory St. Germain (Speaker)

Glory St. Germain ARCT RMT MYCC UMTC, founder, CEO and author of the Ultimate Music Theory Series. The Ultimate Music Theory Series provides Teachers and Students with the materials needed to build a successful theoretic and pedagogic foundation.

Glory brings over 35 years of remarkably successful teaching experience to the development of the UMT Series and Ultimate Music Theory Certification Course for Teachers. Glory has presented the 3 day Ultimate Music Theory Certification Course in Burlington, Ontario;
Winnipeg, Manitoba; Calgary, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Deerfield Beach, Florida; Seattle, Washington and continues to present across North America. National Workshop presentations include MTNA Chicago, MTNA California, CFMTA Halifax, NCKP Chicago and numerous teacher workshops across Canada.

In addition to traveling across North America as a presenter, Glory is a Registered Music Teacher and continues to teach award winning students for piano, theory and pedagogy at her St. Germain Music Studio. Glory lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband Ray St. Germain, a professional entertainer and producer. They have 5 children (all professional entertainers in the music industry) and 6 grandchildren.

Glory is a sought-after clinician and a Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner (NLP). Glory upholds the NLP philosophy “If you always do what you’ve always done then you will always get what you’ve always got” and to be effective educators, we need NEPD – Never Ending Professional Development. A constant student, Glory continues to research, study, apply, improve and refine her craft daily - always taking her experience and knowledge to the next level.

Through the Ultimate Music Theory Certification Course, Glory shares the most effective teaching techniques and strategies to become the most successful educators on the planet.

Glory has rapidly expanded Ultimate Music Theory across North America and has grown with Executive Director Shelagh McKibbon-U’Ren to include multi-levels of education including teacher courses, theory workbook and exam series, and the highly-read UMT Blog, providing insight and advice on Music Theory, Sharing Ideas, Teaching Tips and working with students of all Learning Styles: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic and Special Needs.

Glory is involved in the music community as she has served as President of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association, Canadian Coordinator for the MusicLink Foundation and Manitoba Coordinator for Music for Young Children (and contributed to the MYC program as a composer). Glory's passion for teaching excellence sets a new standard of achievement in Music Education.

Christine Tithecott (Performer)

Christine Tithecott is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa, studying with Dr. Uriel Tsachor, and Dr. Alan Huckleberry. Ms. Tithecott holds a MMus in Performance and a BMus (Honours) in Music Education from the University of Western Ontario, studying with Gwen Beamish and John Paul Bracey, as well as ARCT Diplomas in Solo Piano and Piano Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

An avid performer, Ms. Tithecott has presented recitals throughout Canada, USA and France. A member of the New Music Group Ensemble 319, she enjoys performing and premiering solo and chamber contemporary music. Ms. Tithecott is a member of ORMTA as well as the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). In demand as a clinician and adjudicator, Ms. Tithecott presents master classes for pianists and workshops on pedagogical topics throughout North America. She has presented and performed at MTNA and CFMTA national conferences, the IMTA 2012 and 2014 State Conferences, and is a clinician for the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA).

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