Adjudicators 2021

Junior & Piano Composition

Ian Green

Ian Green was born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario and resides in Hamilton, Ontario. Playing piano since he was 5 years old, Ian enjoys playing all styles of music including: jazz, classical, pop, ragtime, blues, and freely improvised music. A graduate of Queen’s University (BMus, 2006) and the Royal Conservatory of Music at Toronto (A.R.C.T., 2006), Ian maintains a thriving music studio teaching piano lessons, music rudiments, history, and theory at all levels of the curriculum for the Royal Conservatory of Music. He also enjoys incorporating the various elements of Conservatory Canada and the Canadian National Conservatory of Music (CNCM) to offer a well-rounded teaching philosophy and approach.

In addition to teaching piano and theory lessons to students of all ages, Mr. Green has been very busy wearing many hats in the music industry and music community including: working as collaborative pianist for various community choirs in the Greater Hamilton Area; working as pianist, organist and choir director at local churches on a fill-in basis; he has published books of piano music with Debra Wanless Music (Ontario); working as a busy music festival adjudicator, having adjudicated the piano classes for all performance levels across Canada and the United States; working as a busy piano examiner with the Royal Conservatory of Music having traveled across Canada.

Mr. Green is managed by Mercury Artists Group, a talent agency based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is also signed with the independent record label Element-80 Records, based in Vancouver, British Columbia. His artist name is Ian J. Green, he can be found through all music streaming services worldwide.

Mr. Green is a member of many professional associations including: the College of Examiners with the Royal Conservatory of Music (Theory, Piano, and Organ); the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association; the Canadian Federation of Music Teacher Associations; SOCAN; the Royal Canadian College of Organists; and the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association. Mr. Green is an active volunteer and supporter of great music in the local community and is a loyal patron to the arts. By offering scholarships to young students, Ian believes in the strong spiritual and social values that are offered through all performance art.


  Intermediate Piano

Christine Tithecott

Christine Tithecott holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa, as well as a MMus in Performance and a BMus (Honours) in Music Education from the University of Western Ontario. She has worked previously at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.

In high demand as a clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Tithecott presents master classes for young pianists and workshops on pedagogical topics for piano teachers throughout North America. She has presented lectures at national conferences for the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations (CFMTA). Christine is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association (CMFAA), and a clinician for the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA). Additionally, Dr. Tithecott has served as an editor for Conservatory Canada’s New Millennium Series.

An avid performer, Dr. Tithecott has had the opportunity to perform as a solo and collaborative artist throughout Canada, USA, and Europe. Christine has a strong passion for performing and promoting contemporary repertoire, and has performed with numerous new music ensembles including Ensemble 319, and The CNM Ensemble (Iowa City, IA).

Christine currently resides in London, where she is on faculty at Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music. She also works as a collaborative artist, and maintains a full studio of private piano 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.


Trained Vocal, Music Theatre, and Speech & Drama

Marion Samuel-Stevens

Canadian Soprano Marion Samuel-Stevens has been described as an engaging, direct performer and actress. Her performances range from the intimacy of recital performance to the grandeur of opera.  Marion has been the Ontario winner of the Natsaa competition and second runner up in the regional Natsaa competition in Indiana, where her voice was described as “beautiful and rich with evenness and colour throughout”. She was also a semi-finalist in the prestigious Eckhardt-Grammatté competition which gives special attention to new Canadian music. In both competitions Marion was able to show her well-developed ability to switch between a wide variety of vocal and dramatic styles with efficiency and finesse.

Marion has performed across Canada and the United States and Europe. She is a graduate from the University of Toronto’s Voice Performance program. As well as studies at Wilfrid Laurier University she has attended many prestigious enrichment programs across North America and Europe where she had the pleasure of studying with many acclaimed musicians including Elly Ameling, Rudolph Jansen and Martin Katz.

An avid supporter of new music she has had the pleasure of debuting several works by Canadian composer Peter Skoggard, as well as performing works by Ronald E. Beckett, Jake Heggie. Ricky Ian Gordon and John Harbison all under the guidance of the composers themselves. Her unique approach to poetry and ability to interpret challenging works with ease has also allowed her to perform in the   Bohlen Pierce scale. On her portrayal in Ronald E Beckett’s Ruth “Marion Samuel-Stevens was outstanding in the title role. Her warm, full voice floated across the registers, especially to some silvery, shiver producing high notes. I found I was keenly looking forward to her next solo moment. ” -Murray Charters

Marion also has the honour of conducting the Village by the Arboretum Singers and Joyful Noise Children’s Choir as well as choir 2 of the Guelph Youth Singers. As a conductor Marion believes in bringing the beauty of the voice forward through building confidence and skill. Text and attention to dramatic intention are also at the forefront of her preparation, bringing a charismatic and evocative performance to the audience.

Equally comfortable on the operatic and concert stage, Marion is sought after for her subtle interpretations of text and character, as much as for her warm, supple and luminous voice.

Her pedagogical style incorporates a strong anatomical awareness with a passion for exploring and discovering each student’s individual voice. She provides a custom approach to technique and repertoire for each student while maintaining a high level of excellence and a supportive atmosphere. Marion believes that anyone can sing and creates a solid foundation upon which stylistic tools can be taught and swapped. Several of her students have gone on to successful careers in the music industry as performers, music therapists and teachers.


Dr. Vanessa Mio

Dr. Vanessa Mio is a Sessional Instructor within the Faculty of Education and the Music Education (Continuing Education) departments at the University of Windsor. She completed a Doctor of Philosophy (with a focus on violin pedagogy) from the University of Windsor, in addition to a MMus, BMus, and Performance Diploma from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Vanessa studied violin with Mimi Zweig, Kathleen Winkler, Baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie, and string pedagogy with Dr. Brenda Brenner.

She is the Director of the Windsor String Academy program and a violinist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. In addition to teaching and performing, Vanessa has become a sought-after clinician, teacher, and adjudicator. Vanessa is a String Examiner with The Royal Conservatory of Music, College of Examiners, and she has presented her research at provincial and international conferences.


Brass  and Woodwinds

Shawn Hills

Shawn received her Honours Bachelor of Music and her Bachelor of Education from Western University in London. She studied clarinet under Jerome Summers and Avrahm Galper and conducting under Don McKellar, Jerome Summers and Deral Johnson.

Shawn’s clarinet studio focuses solely on students whose path is taking them to study music at the university level. Working at this level, with students who love music and the clarinet as much as she does has been extremely rewarding for her.

Shawn is a retired music educator who thrived and grew as a teacher musician for 30 years with the Kawartha Pineridge board of Education. She considers herself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to share music with so many students over the years. Her focus in her classroom as well as her studio has always been to find ways to help students bring their music to life. Student understanding and satisfaction with the music has always been the most important aspect of her teaching.

Shawn continues to teach privately, has performed with and conducted the Clarington Concert Band and is currently performing with the Bowmanville New Horizons Band. She also continues to work as a clinician and adjudicator.

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