2019 Adjudicators:
Monica Punke - Choral / School Choirs

Monica George Punke was born, raised and educated in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. After a period of time living, studying and singing away from here, she and her husband returned to Pictou County and made their home here.  Monica is a graduate of the University of Kings College and Dalhousie University, Halifax, and the University of Melbourne, Australia. She has been involved with the choral arts since childhood, through church and cathedral choirs; school, university, community and city-wide choir programs; NSCF provincial choral camp and youth choir: as chorister; director; resident conductor; school music teacher, grades P to 12; lecturer; conference presenter; workshop leader and clinician.  These varied experiences, coupled with her private voice teaching, continue to provide her with a forum for exploring and celebrating her love of singing.

Monica directed the Pictou District Honour Choir program for twenty five years. During that time there were many sub-choirs including Chor Omega, Chor Vivace, Chor Alpha and Voicemale, the choir for the young men of PDHC. PDHC won many awards locally, provincially and nationally, performing in various places across this country from Corner Brook to Whistler, BC. Internationally, they were invited to sing at Carnegie Hall, New York City, under the baton of Canadian conductor, Jean Ashworth Bartle. At home, they inaugurated and hosted a choir festival for young singers in SATB choirs known as JUVENATA! – now a youth choir program of the NSCF.

More recently, the Pictou District Honour Choir ended its mandate and morphed into a much smaller and select studio choir known as Seinneadair, Gaelic for Songsters. They have been heard in Truro at the Choirs for Comfort concerts.

Monica is also in her fifteenth season of directing the Trinitarians, an adult choir, for the "mature and young of heart", based at Trinity United Church, New Glasgow.

In addition, Monica runs Voicetime Music Studio for young people who want to learn to sing and study the voice.

Jacqueline Sorensen Young – Junior Piano

Jacqueline Sorensen Young is a Charlottetown-based pianist who currently holds positions as Director of Music at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church in Charlottetown, Piano Examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and is in demand as a music festival adjudicator across Atlantic Canada and Ontario. She is a Certified Teacher (Advanced Specialist) of the Royal Conservatory of Music and holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Prince Edward Island, where she also taught as a Sessional Lecturer from 1994-2014.

A versatile pianist she performs regularly with many solo artists representing a wide variety of musical genres from Classical to popular. Some of her past positions include Music Director for “Anne and Gilbert” at the Jubilee Theatre in Summerside during the summers of 2006, 2007 and 2008, Rehearsal Pianist for the Charlottetown Festival’s mainstage production of “Anne of Green Gables” and the Charlottetown Festival’s Young Company, and co-producer and collaborative performer (under the pseudonym of “Suzy Q and Jac”) with singer Suzanne Campbell in “Five Days, Five Plays”, a summer-long children’s entertainment theatre at the Beaconsfield Children’s Festival.

Jacqueline is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association, a past President of the PEI Kiwanis Music Festival Association, and was founder and coordinator of the Contemporary Showcase Charlottetown Centre as well as the Coordinator of The National Music Festival 2004 which was held in August 2004 in Charlottetown. She was the President of the PEI Registered Music Teachers’ Association for six years, and is currently the Treasurer of the PEIRMTA.

In November 2009 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Jacqueline was honoured as one of fifty Canadian musicians to receive a 50th Anniversary Canadian Music Centre Ambassador award for her commitment to the performance of the music of Canadian composers.

Jacqueline is looking forward to the opportunity to share her joy of music-making with the next generation of talented musicians and wishes to encourage all participants to enjoy this valuable performance and educational experience.

Roger Lord - Senior Piano

Pianist Roger Lord from Moncton has won the First Prize in piano in the Canadian National Festival of Music as well as in the Canadian Music Competition. His various engagements have taken him to some of the world's great cities such as Paris, Oslo, Montreal, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, Cairo, Tunis, Melbourne, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, etc. In 2013, he was one of the guest artists in Beijing for the Chinese New Year TV Gala broadcast for hundreds of millions of viewers. He was recently named one of “150 illustrious Canadian things and people” on the popular Chinese website Sina Weibo. Dr. Lord has been an adjudicator for several music competitions in Canada, Texas, Malaysia, and Australia. Dr. Roger Lord studied at Université de Moncton, McGill University, Université de Montréal as well as in Paris and Strasbourg, France. He also attended special summer sessions of the Moscow Piano Institute in Russia at the Gnessin Music Academy. He holds a Doctorate in Music and is Professor of piano at the Université de Moncton.

Monette Gould - Voice

Monette Gould is a soprano with many years of professional experience as a performer and teacher. Born in New Brunswick, she later moved to Toronto, Ontario to pursue her studies in music. Monette holds two performance diplomas, an A.R.C.T. and a Per-formance Licentiate, from The Royal Conservatory of Music, and an Opera Perfor-mance Diploma from the University of Toronto.

After completing her studies, Monette returned to New Brunswick to teach voice at Mount Allison University and l’Université de Moncton. She also teaches privately and works with high school students who want to prepare to enter university music pro-grams. Monette is the founder and director of the well-known Voce dell’Anima Choir. She has also taught courses such as Diction for Singers, Sight-singing, Dictation and Aural Skills, and has given workshops on Stage Presence, How to Practice, Options in Music, and How to Set Up a Private Studio. She is highly regarded and is in very high demand as an adjudicator and clinician across the country. Many of her students have excelled, continuing on to some of the best international graduate programs, and win-ning prestigious awards, competitions and scholarships.

Monette has appeared in several opera productions, and her roles include Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, the Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin just to name a few. In 1998, she appeared as Mimi in Opera New Brunswick’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème. Monette continues an active career as soloist, performing in recitals and concerts throughout the Maritimes.

The human voice being her passion, Monette is dedicated to continually educating herself in the latest vocal techniques, new developments in vocal health, and diction for singers.

Greg Burton - Band & Instrumental

Greg is very happy to have recently returned to the east coast after 12 years of living and working in the Toronto area. He is currently based in Sackville, NB and teaches in the Music Department of Mount Allison University.

Greg was an active conductor, performer and teacher while in the greater Toronto area having been Music Director of the York Symphony Orchestra, Halton-Mississauga Youth Orchestra, the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble and the McMaster University Chamber Orchestra. He performed with and conducted the Niagara Symphony, and was Director of Arts at Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton, Ontario.

Prior to his work in Ontario Greg was a regular conductor and performer with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and a faculty member of Acadia University. Greg earned a Doctorate in Instrumental Conducting from Arizona State University, a Masters in Trombone Performance from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Acadia University.

Maureen Batt – Musical Theatre & Jazz/Blues

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

Maureen is co-artistic director of Essential Opera—an opera company founded in 2010 with Erin Bardua—and part of the Indie Opera Toronto collective. Season 7 begins with a performance of Gianni Schicchi with Orchestra Toronto.

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 with Cheryl Duvall. The third tour took place in January and February 2017 in Halifax, Toronto, and Philadelphia.

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.

Performances from the past season in Nova Scotia include Time of Trouble with Opera Nova Scotia, Mikado with Maritime Concert Opera, and Heathers: The Musical! with Whale Song Theatre. She is also a frequent performer with Open Stage at the Carleton.

While teaching at Bravo Academy (Toronto), Maureen’s voice students won festival competitions; agents; and admission to private arts schools, musical theatre diploma programs, and bachelor of music degree programs. She has also been on faculty at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Maureen teaches and gives masterclasses to singers of all levels and genres in Halifax.