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The Grey County Kiwanis Festival of Music began in 1932 with a mission to advance and develop musical talent and education in Grey & Bruce Counties. 2017 will be our 85th year!


2017 Adjudicators


Junior Piano

Renee Kruisselbrink

Renee Kruisselbrink has appeared across the U.S. and Canada as an active solo and collaborative pianist, teacher, and adjudicator. Renee is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Piano Performance at Western University, studying with Professor Stéphan Sylvestre. Her performance and research interests include music theory and history, Schenkerian analysis, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century performance practice. Renee’s dissertation, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Works and Diasporic Identity 1890-1945, examines the piano works of Sergey Rachmaninoff, combining an exploration of piano performance and music analysis with social history- and musicology-based research. Her doctoral supervisor is Dr. Catherine Nolan.

Renee holds a Masters of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto. She is also a Gold Medal graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, where she maintained a position on the Faculty of Music Recognition of High Distinction and the Dean’s Honour Roll.

Renee has been first prize-winner at numerous piano competitions, including the Canadian Music Competition National Finals and the F.C.M.F. National Competition. Since Renee’s solo orchestral debut at age 15, she has appeared as guest piano soloist with various symphony orchestras including the Georgian Bay Symphony, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra.

Renee has received performance awards of distinction such as the Donna Steinacher Bursary and the Allison Neck Memorial Award. She has also been the recipient of numerous academic awards, including both doctoral and masters Ontario Graduate Scholarships, the University of Toronto’s Arthur Plettner Graduate Fellowship, the Fairfax Financial Holdings National scholarship, and the President’s Centennial Scholarship.

Her former teachers include Dr. Jimmy Brière (Université de Montréal), Dr. Jamie Parker and Dr. Henri-Paul Sicsic (University of Toronto), Professor Anya Alexeyev (Wilfrid Laurier University), and Arlene MacNay (Wiarton, ON). Renee maintains a private piano and theory studio in Kitchener, Ontario, and is a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teacher’s Association.


  Intermediate Piano & Composition

Susan Griesdale

Susan Griesdale is an award winning Composer, Piano Teacher, Clinician, and Adjudicator. She earned her ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto and studied Composition and Theory with Composers Heather Schmidt, Michael J. Rudman and Julian Miran. An Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), Susan has published collections for piano, violin, flute, chamber music for toy pianos and choral works. You will find her violin music in the 2013 RCM Violin Series and her piano music in the 2015 RCM Piano Syllabus and Celebration Series, the Conservatory Canada Syllabus as well as the ACNMP’s Contemporary Showcase Syllabus. She also has many pieces published in the Canadian National Conservatory’s Northern Lights Publications.

Her piano music has been chosen as required repertoire for Music Festival Composer Classes and is also included in the MusIQ Club software program - an after school program developed for schools across the USA and Canada. Susan is a founding member of Red Leaf Pianoworks - a composer’s collective that provides a web source to access new piano repertoire. Susan has been teaching piano for over 30 years and has worked as a clinician, performing and presenting piano repertoire at both National,  State and Provincial Conventions. She also runs Composition Masterclasses for local teachers and their students.


  Senior Piano

Cheryl Duvall

Cheryl Duvall is multifaceted pianist with a penchant for musical risk taking and adventure.  Equally comfortable in many different musical roles, she regularly appears as a soloist, collaborative pianist, adjudicator, teacher, producer and panelist and has toured and performed throughout Canada, Europe, Argentina and the U.S.  Cheryl’s strong affinity for boundary-pushing and innovative music making led her along with friend and violinist, Ilana Waniuk to co-found the Toronto-based Thin Edge New Music Collective, “One of Toronto hottest and bravest new music collectives” (Michael Vincent - Musical Toronto), now in their sixth season.  In her role as Co-Artistic Director of TENMC, she has been at the helm of many large scale collaborative projects, including ‘Raging Against the Machine’, a collaborative concert, touring and recording project with Montreal-based Ensemble Paramirabo, and ‘Balancing on the Edge’, a radical collaboration integrating new music with new circus practices into a unique and thought-prokoving production. Under the leadership of both Ilana and Cheryl, TENMC has commissioned and premiered over 50 new works for chamber ensemble to date with 15 more slated for their upcoming season and have garnered an exceptional international reputation through tours to Italy, Switzerland, Argentina and across Canada.

As a person who is constantly inspired through collaboration and community building within the arts, Cheryl regularly collaborates with many arts organizations, instrumentalist and vocalists across Canada, including Essential Opera, soprano Maureen Batt, and American violinist Andrew Sords. She is also the collaborative pianist for the internationally renowned Oakville Children’s Choir, to which she has toured and competed internationally with gold standings as well as recorded numerous albums of choral repertoire.

Recently, she was shortlisted as the finalist for the 2016 F.M. Hunter Artist Awards in Music through the Ontario Arts Council and Foundation and in 2009, she was awarded a SSHRC grant for her pedagogical research. Besides performing, she maintains a full private piano studio, adjudicates piano competitions across Canada and appears as a guest speaker in university classroom and festival panels. Cheryl completed an Honours Bachelor of Music, majoring in Piano Performance and Theory and a Diploma of Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as a Master’s of Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Toronto. Her main teachers and influences include Guy Few, Chris Foley, Midori Koga, Carmen Piazzinni, Nina Tichman, Henri-Paul Sicsic, and Anya Alexeyev.

Jocelyn Morlock - Phobos & Deimos, Circling (2008) Cheryl Duvall - piano



Patrick Feely

Guitarist Patrick Feely has made solo appearances at the Sauble Beach Guitar Festival, the Visiting Artists Series at McMaster University, and the Friends of Guitar Festival in Brantford. He has performed concerti by Rodrigo, Ponce and Vivaldi with the McMaster University Orchestra, the Grand River Players and the Brantford Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician Mr. Feely has performed across Canada with his duo partner Dr. Brad Mahon, as “The East West Guitar Duo”, and with his daughter Emilee Feely as “Duo Feely”

Patrick has adjudicated National and International music competitions including the Montreal International Guitar Festival, the Developing Artists Grants Competition at the Hynatyshyn Foundation, the Vancouver North Shore festival, Toronto Kiwanis, London K. W. Kiwanis, Barrie Kiwanis, Burlington Rotary, Guelph Kiwanis and many others.

Mr. Feely’s students have earned top prizes in international competitions (Montreal Youth Competition, Great Lakes Guitar Competition), all levels of the Ontario Music Festival Association Provincial Competition, and have been accepted into Graduate and Undergraduate university performance programs across Canada and Europe.  

Patrick is a faculty member at the University of Western Ontario and McMaster University where he teaches guitar orchestra, guitar pedagogy and private studio instruction. He is a guitar specialist with the College of Examiners (Royal Conservatory) where he examines guitar candidates across Canada and the US.

Patrick received the undergraduate music degree from McMaster University and the Masters of Music Degree in Performance from the University of Toronto. He is the only guitarist to have receive A.R.C.T.’s in both Guitar Performance and Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory - Jeffrey McFadden has been his principle guitar teacher. Patrick is currently completing the Masters of Music in Education Degree at the University of Western Ontario; his research thesis examines the effects of video recording and performance checklists on the self-regulating behaviours of guitar students.

Patrick is the founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of Community Orchestras program at the Guitar Society of Brantford, the Chairman of the Education and Outreach Committee at the Sauble Beach Guitar festival, and the director of the “Guitar Congress” programme, hosted by the University of Toronto. The full day event GTA classroom guitar educators and their ensembles perform for each other, perform en masse, and discuss the future of guitar education in schools.


Strings and Orchestra

  Dr. Vanessa Mio

Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Vanessa is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Education within the Western University Don Wright Faculty of Music, and an Instructor (String Pedagogy; Violin/Viola) at Wilfrid Laurier University and with the Wilfrid Laurier String Academy. Vanessa completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies degree (with a focus on violin pedagogy) from the University of Windsor. She also earned a Master of Music, Bachelor of Music, and Performance Diploma from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied violin with Mimi Zweig, Kathleen Winkler, Baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie, and pedagogy with Dr. Brenda Brenner.

Vanessa's passion for teaching was sparked at Indiana University where she had the opportunity to serve as Mimi Zweig's teaching assistant for several years with the Indiana University String Academy. Vanessa has spent summers touring with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada; participating in the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy; teaching in Tuscany for a Professional Teachers Workshop alongside Mimi Zweig; and studying at the Banff Centre for the Arts with the Très Chic Piano Trio (Chamber Music Residency for Pre-Formed Ensembles).

Recently, Vanessa has had the opportunity to adjudicate various festivals across Canada, present her research at provincial and international conferences, and attend the Starling-DeLay Symposium for Violin Studies at The Juilliard School. Vanessa is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association (CMFAA), Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA), Canadian Music Educators’ Association (CMEA), American String Teachers Association (ASTA), International Society for Music Education (ISME), and the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA).


Choir, School and Community Vocal

Christina Stelmacovich

A native of Toronto, Canada, mezzo soprano Christina Stelmacovich is a winner of several international vocal competitions, and has been described as “an elegant and noble singer whose beautiful voice and attention to diction captivated the listener.” Her career has included performances in Canada, Austria, the United States and Mexico. 

Most recently Christina has appeared as a soloist with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in a celebratory performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah marking Noel Edison’s 20th anniversary as Music Director of this illustrious choir.  As well, she was a featured soloist at the Elora Music Festival performing the title role in Handel’s Solomon, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s B Minor Mass and G Minor Mass and Haydn’s Nelson Mass all under the direction of Noel Edison. This past season Christina appeared with the Tafelmusik Baroque Choir and Orchestra performing Vivaldi’s Gloria under the direction of Ivars Taurins and had the privilege of performing Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 with organ and the Elora Festival Singers. Other recent performances include Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonnelle with London Pro Musica, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Masterworks of Oakville and several performances of Handel’s Messiah. 

This past October Christina was in the UK, recording Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 with internationally-renowned organist David Briggs, accompanied by the City of Birmingham Choir and conducted by Dr. Christopher Robinson, for Chestnut Music. Upcoming performances include Duruflé’s Requiem, Copland’s In the Beginning, Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Messiah.

When not performing, Christina teaches privately and is the Music Assistant at the Cathedral Church of St. James in Toronto as well as the Artistic Director of a monthly Bach cantata series entitled “Cantatas in the Cathedral”.

Trained Vocal & Music Theatre

Louisa Burgess Corbett


Originally from Bristol England, Ms Burgess is a sought after voice teacher, specializing in Commercial Voice, with a focus on Musical Theatre Performance. Louisa Teaches at George Brown College, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, and Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in the Performing Arts Departments.  Louisa is also the Musical Theatre Specialist for the Big Voice Studio in Toronto, and has a busy private studio of her own. Louisa is also proud to have been teaching in Monterrey Mexico and Mexico City since 2007 with the acclaimed Theatre Company DuboForce.

Louisa graduated from the Sheridan College Musical Theatre Performance program, winning the Rosemary Burns Award. She continues to study acting, singing and voice extensively in Canada and New York City.

Louisa has had the pleasure of performing in theatre across Canada and in New York.  She was critically acclaimed for her role in the Bravo short film “In Her Mother’s Eyes”, which went on to win the Sir Tim Rice Award at the Sarasota Film Festival.  Louisa also performed the role of Joan D’Arc in the musical “Divine Heretic” for the Disney Live New Work’s Project in Manhattan. Louisa was thrilled to perform at the Laurie Beechman Cabaret Theatre in New York in Voco Doro’s production of “I am…the Music of Babbie Green”. Louisa was honored to work with Ms Green on this wonderful show! Most recently, Louisa garnered wonderful reviews for her role of “Mother” in Sunday in the Park With George at the Berkley Theatre in Toronto with the Confidential Musical Theatre Project.

In the recording studio, as a voice actor and singer, Louisa’s career has spanned over 20 years. Her work has included animation voice over, commercials, show tunes, demos and most notably the re-occurring role of Aunt Chloe in Nelvana’s animated series Ned’s Newt.

Louisa has had the privilege of Directing and musically directing throughout Southern Ontario over the past 25 years. For 6 years she was the resident Vocal specialist and Musical Director for the Toronto Youth Music theatre Company. In November 2009, Louisa had the honor of being the Musical Director for the Toronto Ensemble for “A Night with Jason Robert Brown” at the Glenn Gould Studio.

Louisa is a busy adjudicator for the National Music Festivals for the Musical Theatre and Commercial Voice Categories.

Recently, Louisa was awarded the distinction of being recognized as one of George Brown College’s Top 20 Faculty Members, making a significant contribution to excellence in teaching and learning.

Brass, Woodwinds and Band

Peter Stoll

Known for his virtuoso energy on stage as well as an easy and entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll teaches clarinet, chamber music, woodwind performance and the Business of Music at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, and is a frequent performer with orchestral and chamber ensembles in southern Ontario. Also a very popular adjudicator up to the national level, he has worked across Canada and in the United States. Peter is particularly known for his enthusiastic, positive comments and detailed suggestions to young musicians.

Peter was a prizewinner in the International Clarinet Society Competition, and has been heard many times on CBC radio featured on several CD recordings and concert broadcasts. First-Prize winner in chamber music in the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals National Finals, he was invited back for the Festival's 50th Anniversary to perform as soloist in the Gala Celebration Concert.

Tours as soloist and with various ensembles have taken him across Europe, to Russia and to the United States. Recent performance highlights have included chamber concerts in Japan and on a tour of 3 Chinese cities, as well as at the International Clarinet Association’s conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 2016 Peter was featured on a recording with members of the Canadian Brass.

Over the past 25 years Peter has been invited to adjudicate at over 100 local festivals across Canada. Fluent in both official languages, he has heard countless bands, orchestras, and woodwind, brass and percussion solos and ensembles coast-to-coast. Above the local level, he has judged at the finals of fifteen Provincial competitions, and has twice been asked to serve as the woodwind adjudicator for the national finals of the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals.

Peter is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music's National College of Examiners, where he is the Discipline Specialist for Winds, and was the Chief Compiler of the 2014 edition of the clarinet examination syllabus.