Every year we bring in music professionals from throughout Ontario. They work with all our participants to help them excel in their field.

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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.


2018 Adjudicators


Junior Piano

Susan Robinson

Born in Meaford, Ontario, Susan first studied piano with Esme Crichton of Meaford and then Shirley Hawkins of Owen Sound. The Kiwanis music festival was always the highlight of the year for her, growing up in Grey County. Susan participated not only in piano classes, but also violin, choirs, chamber music and school orchestra.  Susan obtained her ARCT in 1986 and was awarded scholarships for Best Piano Performance from 1984 to 1986 at the Grey County Kiwanis Festival. She has also performed at the Provincial Kiwanis Music Competition and with the Georgian Bay Symphony, as well as for the Blue Mountain Festival of the Arts.

Susan studied at the University of Toronto with Patricia Parr and Boyanna Toyich, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1990. She was one of the first graduates of the Licentiate Diploma in Performance and Pedagogy in what is now the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (1992), and also received her Fellowship Diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College of Music, London.

Susan was on the piano faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music from 1991 to 1999, and has been a member of the Royal Conservatory College of Examiners since 1993. Susan is currently president of the Kitchener-Waterloo branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association and has served twice on ORMTA Provincial Council. She is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicator’s Association and has traveled across Canada for her adjudicating and examining. Susan enjoys her private piano studio in Kitchener, and teaches students of all ages.

  Intermediate Piano

Amber Morphy

Amber Morphy, is the owner of Morphy Music; a music studio established in Hespeler Cambridge.

Amber is a recognized pedagogue in the community having taught all levels of piano and voice. She is a vocalist, pianist, a versatile performer, accompanist, teacher, examiner and adjudicator. Amber has been a piano, voice and theory pedagogue for over 30 years. Her teaching has been recognized by the Royal Conservatory of Music by obtaining a Senior Specialist status.

Amber has been affiliated with many musical organizations such as Kindermusik, Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association, Royal Conservatory of Music and many more. She has travelled extensively throughout Canada and the US working as an examiner, adjudicator and clinician.

Amber is passionate about teaching as is evident in the many successful students that have completed all levels of exams and many who have gone on to university to pursue a musical career. She was also an accompanist and coach for singers at an integrated arts high school in Kitchener for over a decade.

Amber began her musical training in Ontario completing a Bachelor of Music in voice and piano at Wilfrid Laurier University. She then graduated with a Masters in Music from the University of Western Ontario. She has has been a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music for 25 years. She examines all levels of piano and voice. She is also an active adjudicator for music festivals and competitions throughout Canada.

Amber has performed extensively in Ontario with Elora Festival, Gallery Concert Series, Kokoro, K-W Opera, Hamilton Opera, Summer Lyric Opera Theatre, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and many more. She is an active recitalist and accompanist throughout the Waterloo Region. Amber had the honour of being the first Artist-in-Residence for the City of Cambridge in 2003. This exciting position allowed for monthly concerts, workshops, performances at community events and the creation of her first self titled CD.

In her spare time, Amber also enjoys teaching yoga, spending time with her daughters and granddaughters.

  Senior Piano

Martha Hill Duncanill Duncan

Martha Hill Duncan is an award-winning composer, choral conductor, piano teacher and an examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music. She began piano lessons at the age of eight and later 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. She later immigrated to Canada with her husband, Queen’s University astronomy professor Martin Duncan, and continued her musical studies with Dr. Samuel Dolin in Toronto.

She is known for her piano, vocal and choral works, several of which are published in the US and Canada with many appearing in educational music publications including The Royal Conservatory of Music, Canadian National Conservatory of Music and Conservatory Canada. Her opera, Searching the Painted Sky, with Waterloo librettist, Janet Windeler Ryan, was premiered by The El Paso Youth Opera at the National Opera Association Convention in New York City in 2014 and in Toronto in 2015.

Martha is grateful to have studied with several inspirational and generous teachers. Composers Donald Grantham and Sam Dolin inspired and encouraged her to express her musical ideas, while influential piano teachers Danielle Martin, Gregory Allen, Errol Haun and Trudy Borden helped to hone her performance and teaching skills.

Martha is a founding member of the composers’ collective, Red Leaf Pianoworks, and conducts the Kingston women’s choir She Sings!. A frequent clinician and adjudicator, she enjoys sharing her musical experience with students, teachers and colleagues. She is has two grown children – Alex, a math professor and Claire, an actress and voice over artist. She also became a grandmother this past year with the birth of Eloise June. For more information, visit

Trained Vocal & Music Theatre

Amanda Brunk 

A proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Amanda Brunk is a cross-over voice teacher with a special interest in vocal health and rehabilitation.  Her curiosity for the mechanics of singing and speech has taken her to study the fields of voice pedagogy, therapy and speech internationally.  Amanda is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association and adjudicates regionally and provincially for classical, choral, pop and musical theatre categories.  She is a published author for the NATS Journal of Singing.

Amanda is the founder and artistic director of  The Singer's Theatre, a Broadway World Toronto winner for Best Youth Theatre Production in 2011.  She has directed the music for over 40 musicals, including the Canadian premiere of Broadway's A Tale Of Two Cities.  She has also served as vocal director for various cruise lines.

Since taking on the position of conductor of The Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir, Amanda has led the choir to win competitions nationally and internationally, and to perform with grammy-winning recording artists and rock groups.

Amanda maintains a voice studio in Waterloo, Ontario, and teaches Contemporary Voice at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Amanda’s voice students have performed as members of the company at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, on North American tours and in Broadway shows.  Others have gone on to complete performance degrees in the top college and university programs for classical voice and musical theatre in Canada.

Drama & Speech Arts

Julia Pal 

Julia earned her A.R.C.T in Speech Arts and Drama from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and was awarded the gold medal at the diploma level.  After graduating from the University of Toronto,  she  performed in children’s theatre and collaborated  with other theatre artists on several  original shows.  She later earned her Bachelor of Education in drama and visual art from Queen’s University and  then went on to   pursue her interest in singing and graduated from the Humber College jazz program.

Julia has been active as a teacher and and workshop leader  for over 25 years with the Royal Conseravtory of Music,   Learning Through the Arts, Kingsway Conservatory of Music,  and  the Toronto District School Board conducting classes in creative drama,  improvisation,  scene study and speech arts.   She  also continues to  coach privately,   adjudicate for speech arts festivals across Canada and is  a  member of the RCM College of Examiners for Speech Arts and  Drama.

In  addition to her teaching commitments, Julia remains active as a theatre artist,  storyteller and singer.   As a teacher she is dedicated to helping students build self-confidence,  increase their expressive skills and develop strong  techniques for oral presentation through speech arts and drama activities.

Choir, School and Community Vocal

Rodger Beatty

Dr. Rodger J. Beatty recently retired as an Associate Professor of Music Education from the Department of Teacher Education, Faculty of Education, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON. During his 22-year tenure at Brock University, Rodger advised/supervised both teacher candidates and graduate students at the masters and doctoral levels, and taught curriculum methods in elementary music education. He served one term as chair of the Pre-service Department (now Teacher Education) and two terms as Associate Dean, Faculty of Education. Prior to his appointment to Brock University in 1994, he taught 17 years in Ontario elementary schools in Sault Ste. Marie, Picton, and Trenton.

Dr. Beatty holds an honors Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from The University of Western Ontario, a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto, an Associate diploma (Vocal Performer's) from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music (now Conservatory Canada), a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Queen's University, and a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

Rodger has served as president of the Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA) [1988-90], the Canadian Music Educators’ Association (CMEA) [1993-95], and Choirs Ontario [2001-2002]. In 2016 Rodger completed his term on the OMEA Board of Directors after serving OMEA for 34 years and also stepped down from the Board of Directors of the Canadian Music Industry Education Committee (CMIEC) following a 20-year term of service.

He has received numerous awards which include:
• Canadian Music Educators' Association Executive Award  (1997);
• Canadian Music Educators' Association Honorary Life Membership Award (2002)
• Choirs Ontario Service Award (2003);
• Ontario Music Educators’ Association Honorary Life Membership Award  (2008);
• Niagara Falls Tourism Opportunity Niagara Program Ambassador Award (2015);
• Ontario Music Educators’ Association Board of Directors Service Award (2016); and
• Canadian Music Industry Education Committee Board of Directors Service Award (2016)

Dr. Beatty has presented his scholarly work and practitioner-focused workshops at numerous conferences. In addition, he has published various book chapters and many articles in provincial, national, and international journals. His research interests include assessment and evaluation in music education, collaborative scholarship, informal faculty mentorship, and historical perspectives in Canadian music education.

As a specialist in choral music education, Rodger continues as a frequent guest speaker, choral conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and workshop leader for various music festivals, teachers' federations, and school districts across Canada and the United States.


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Mariette Stephenson

Mariette Stephenson is a Canadian classical guitarist who has performed in numerous recitals as a soloist and chamber musician. She has premiered works by Canadian composers William Beauvais and Patrick Power, and Brazilian composer Jonatas Batista-Neto. Performances include recitals for the Guitar Society of Brantford, Guitar Society of Toronto and the Organix Festival.

Chamber music collaborations include performances with soprano Brooke Dufton, Stephanie Pesant (flute), Bonchiku Hoshi (shakuhachi), Tom Fitches (organ) and a performance under the baton of Gordon Mansell of ‘The Prayer Cycle’, a work for guitar, choir and orchestra. Mariette is a member of Duo Calixa with flutist Kelly Williamson and performs with soprano Katalin Puscas.

Mariette Stephenson studied with Dr. Jeffrey McFadden, having received her B.Mus from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario and her ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She also earned a Masters of Music (performance) from the University of Toronto. She is the recipient of the Eli Kassner Guitar Scholarship, a University of Toronto Fellowship, a Bernice Adams Memorial Bursary, and an Arts Connect Cambridge grant (Duo Calixa).

Mariette is Music Director for the Kitchener/Waterloo Guitar Orchestra, and has arrangements for guitar available exclusively at Strings By Mail.

Duo Calixa - Algodão doce (Celso Machado) on YouTube

 Strings and Orchestras

Melvin Martin

Mel Martin accepted an invitation to join the performance faculty at Western University in 2005, bringing to his post a wealth of experience as one of Ontario's most highly sought after teachers.

He has held the position of Section First Violinist with London Symphonia (formerly Orchestra London) since 1981, where he has also served as Concertmaster and Assistant Concertmaster, and has been featured as soloist on several occasions.

Mel also serves as Concertmaster of the Stratford Festival Orchestra. In addition to chamber music collaborations at Stratford Summer Music, Mel has performed solo and chamber music recitals in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

A student of Francis Chaplin at Brandon University, and one of the youngest members of the National Youth Orchestra, Mel went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in performance at Indiana University with James Buswell and Franco Gulli, and a Master's degree at the University of Michigan under Paul Makanowitzky and Charles Avsharian.

 Brass, Woodwinds and Band

Linda Wharton

Linda retired from teaching at London Central Secondary School, leading a music department where almost half of the student body participated.  She conducted the Senior Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and the Jazz Band. Linda has received many teaching awards and her ensembles have had numerous successes locally, regionally, provincially, and nationally.

A founding member of the Thames Valley Honour Band and a past treasurer on the board for the Ontario Music Educators’ Association, she is now a valued member of the Jack Richardson Music Awards team.  Linda was the 2015 recipient of the Jack Richardson Lifetime Achievement Award for being an outstanding contributor to the London and area music community. 

In the past few years, Linda has been asked to adjudicate  for Kiwanis Festivals, MusicFest and the Atlantic Band Festival.  She is currently teaching Instrumental  Ensembles Techniques at Western University, Don Wright Faculty of Music. Linda is also an avid Dragonboat paddler!


Composition classes will be delegated to the most appropriate adjudicator.
Martha Hill Duncan will be adjudicating Piano and Voice compositions only.