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2021 Adjudicators:
Monette Gould- Choral / School Choirs

I am a soprano with many years of professional experience as a performer and teacher. Born in New Brunswick, I later moved to Toronto, Ontario to pursue my studies in music. I hold two performance diplomas, an A.R.C.T. and a Performance Licentiate, from The Royal Conservatory of Music, and an Opera Performance Diploma from the University of Toronto.

After completing my studies, I returned to New Brunswick to teach voice at Mount Allison University and l’Université de Moncton. In 2009, I was the very first to receive the J.E.A. Crake Teaching Award in the music department at Mount Allison University. I also teach privately and work with high school students who want to prepare to enter university mu-sic programs. I am also the founder and director of the well-known Voce dell’Anima Choir. I have taught courses such as Diction for Singers, Sight-singing, Dictation and Aural Skills, and have given workshops on Stage Presence, How to Practice, Options in Music, and How to Set Up a Private Studio. I adjudicate festivals and give masterclasses across the country. Several of my students have excelled, continuing on to some of the best international graduate programs, and winning prestigious awards, provincial and na-tional competitions and scholarships. Each summer, I teach at the Mount Allison Sum-mer Music Camp. I am a member and the former regional governor of CAP NATS, and member of MTA, NBMTA, CMTA and the Canadian Adjudicator’s Music Association.

I have appeared in several opera productions and recitals across Canada. In 1998, I per-formed as Mimi in Opera New Brunswick’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème. For the Canadian 150th Anniversary, I performed with the NBYO who commissioned a piece by Canadian composer Howard Shore who composed the music for Lord of the Ring. I have toured with Ventus Machina Quintet and will be touring with them again in 2019/2020. In August 2019, I performed the role of Mlle Philomène in the Oratorio La Vallée des possibles written by Jean-François Mallet.

Since teaching is my passion, I am dedicated to continually educating myself in the latest classical, musical theatre and pop vocal techniques, new developments in vocal health, and diction for singers.

Karla Dawe – Junior Piano

Karla Dawe’s career includes a broad range of experience as a music educator, adjudicator, examiner, and performer. She holds B. Music (Honours in Music Education), and M. Music (Solo Performance and Literature) degrees from Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music. She has taught music in public schools in Newfoundland and New Brunswick, at Crandall University (Moncton), Laurentian University, and from 2007P2018 was an Instructor in the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba. She has served as organist and music director at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Sackville, NB and First Presbyterian Church in Winnipeg.

Karla has a keen interest in piano pedagogy and has operated a private studio for over three decades. She enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities and witnessing their personal and artistic growth. In addition to her private teaching activities, Karla is a frequent adjudicator at music festivals, and has served as a piano examiner.

Dr. Edmund Dawe - Senior Piano

“sensitive, engaging, and virtuoso” La Scena Musicale

Dr. Edmund Dawe’s career includes a wide range of activities as a solo and collaborative pianist, administrator, teacher, adjudicator, and lecturer/clinician. He has held academic and administrative appointments at several Canadian universities. His academic career includes 17 years at Mount Allison University and, from 2007-2018, he served as Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba.

Praised for his technical command of the piano and artistic interpretations, Edmund has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.

Edmund has received numerous awards and distinctions in his career including teaching and research awards as well as grants from the Canada Council, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and Provincial Arts Councils. Edmund has been twice nominated for an East Coast Music Award (Best Classical) for his solo recording, Sonatas, and piano duo recording, Dialogue, with colleague Lynn Johnson.

From 2007-2018, Edmund led the Desautels Faculty of Music through a period of growth, including construction of the most modern university music facilities in Canada combining the restoration of a historic building with state-of-the-art new rehearsal, recording, and multimedia spaces. Edmund recently retired from the University of Manitoba, and was appointed Dean Emeritus in October 2018. Edmund and his wife Karla now live in the village of Alma, NB.

Maureen Batt - Voice

Maureen Batt is celebrated for her “rich, warm sound and masterful acting” (Opera Canada). Recently, Maureen’s solo career has focused on promoting Canadian classical contemporary repertoire by collaborating with established and emerging composers to commission, première, and re-perform their works. Her debut album, Lady of the Lake (Leaf Music/Naxos, June 2017) includes song cycles by Schubert and Halifax-based composer Fiona Ryan and was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year (2018) by ECMA and Music Nova Scotia.

Maureen is the co-artistic director of Essential Opera—an opera company founded in 2010 with Erin Bardua—and part of the Indie Opera Toronto collective. In 2015, Maureen founded Crossing Borders, a contemporary classical recital series which has toured programs of art song, opera arias, musical theatre, and electronics to the United States and Canada. This past fall, she toured Colombia with a program featuring Canadian and Colombian composers.

Her formal training includes a Master of Music from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University (French and Spanish). She has been the recipient of awards from the SOCAN Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, SSHRC, FACTOR, Music Nova Scotia, and Arts Nova Scotia.

She has been engaged by the Open Waters Festival, Orchestra Toronto, Classics by the Bay, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, VoiceBox, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Maritime Concert Opera, Opera Nova Scotia, New Hamburg Live!, Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound, Whale Song Theatre, The Toy Piano Composers, and recently performed as part of Neptune Theatre’s bonus features with her trio Diva Station.

Memorable opera credits from the standard repertoire include Musetta, La Bohème (Puccini), Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart); Zerlina, Don Giovanni (Mozart); Despina, Così fan tutte (Mozart); Belinda, Dido and Aeneas (Purcell); Yum-Yum, The Mikado (Sullivan), Polly, The Threepenny Opera (Weill); Morgana, Alcina (Händel); Nina, Chérubin (Massenet). She has also created many Canadian opera roles, including Helen in Monica Pearce’s Aunt Helen, about the folklorist Helen Creighton, and Sister Mary Francis in Elizabeth Raum’s opera, Time of Trouble, about the founding of Mount Saint Vincent University.

Maureen has been on faculty at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival for Massenet’s Cendrillon, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Händel’s Alcina, and returns this year for Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and John Blow’s Venus and Adonis. She is a frequent festival adjudicator, and offers masterclasses and workshops in the Maritimes and Toronto. Maureenbatt.com • FB: /maureenbattsoprano • Twitter: @operaredhead • Insta: @Maureenbattsoprano

Joseph Cormier - Band & Instrumental

Joseph Cormier is a retired Instrumental music teacher, from The Halifax Regional Centre for Edeucation, after 40 years in Instrumental Music and Band. He continues to work part time as a Band and Brass Clinician for Halifax Regional Arts, Dartmouth Campus, as well as a supply teacher for Halifax Regional Centre of Education. His past work includes, Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble, Nova Scotia Junior Wind Ensemble, Various Nova Scotia High School Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, and Chamber Music Ensembles. Over the years, also included the Acadia University Summer Music Academy, Various Summer Band Camps, as well as dozens of High School Musicals and Concert Band Tours in Canada and The United States. He is often sought after as a Band and Chamber Clinician and Adjudicator throughout the province, including, The Atlantic Band Festival, The Nova Scotia Kiwanis Music Festival, Queens Liverpool, Bridgewater and Lunenburg Music Festivals. Very active presenter at Nova Scotia Music Educators Conventions.

Mr Cormier is a graduate of Dalhousie University School of Music in Halifax in 1980, where he performed with the Dalhousie Concert Band and Brass Ensemble. Over the next twenty years, he performed with The Saint Mary's Basilica Choir, The Chebucto Singers and The Chebucto Symphony Orchestra. He presently continues to perform on trumpet with the Sackville Community Band.

Mr. Cormier is the recipient of numerous music and education awards including several Outstanding Band Director and Conductor awards from The Nova Scotia Kiwanis Music Festival, MusicFest Canada, Ovations Music Festivals in Toronto, and The Heritage International Music Festivals in both New York City, and Boston. Many of his students have gone on to the National Youth Band of Canada and the Orchestra of the Americas. In 2012, he was recipient of The Prime Minister's Award of Excellence and Innovation in Teaching. In 2013, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nova Scotia Music Educators Association. His passion to work with all music students continues.

Julie Thomas – Musical Theatre & Jazz/Blues

Julie Thomas is an experiencedperformer and teacher; who specializes in Musical Theater. She holds a BFA with Honours in Musical Theater, specializing in Acting and Repertoire from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Some of her past credits include: Halifax: John and Jen (Neptune Theater), New York: Room 16, Tortoise and the Hare, Hungarian Nights (NYMF), Regional: Room 16 (Goodspeed Opera House), Angels, Sweeney Todd, Follies, Strike Up the Band (Boston). Outside of the theater, Julie has been seen singing the National Anthem for the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks, the Siebel Open, amongst many other professional teams and universities. Julie currently teaches voice with Stagecoach Halifax, in the summer at Ross Creek Center for the Artsand privately in Dartmouth; she has taughtfor the past 15 yearsin California, New York and Boston and truly loves it. When teaching, Julie hopes all of her students are left feeling more confident in themselves, their abilities and their uniqueness both on stage and off. She strives to build an environment where everyone feels comfortable and safe trying new things, challenging their skills, making mistakes and growing in their love of performing.