Ms. Potter holds a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Western Ontario, and a Masters Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Michigan. Academic positions held include Lecturer in Piano Pedagogy at the University of Michigan, and Co-ordinator of the All-State Program at the Interlochen Centre for the Arts. She has been recognized with several awards in both teaching and performing, including the Alice B. Kern Excellence in Teaching Award (University of Michigan), and the UWO Gold Medal.
Ms. Potter has appeared regularly as an accompanist and chamber musician for recitals at the University of Toronto, the Royal Conservatory of Music and throughout the GTA. She has also collaborated with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra and the Toronto Wind Orchestra.
As a member the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicator’s Association, her work as an adjudicator takes her on extensive travel throughout Canada. She is also an active Senior Member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music.
She is passionate about the importance of teaching and performing music by Canadian composers, and is currently the Co-Coordinator of Contemporary Showcase Toronto. Ms. Potter currently resides in the Beaches Area of Toronto, maintaining a teaching studio and busy career as a freelance musician. She is the proud mother of two school aged boys.
Jennifer is very active in the Brampton music community as both a performer and teacher. She holds her Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Toronto where she studied with Dr. Midori Koga. Before this, she completed her Bachelor of Music (Education) at the University of Western Ontario, her A.R.C.T. Performer’s diploma, and her Associate Teaching diploma with Conservatory Canada. Throughout her studies, Jennifer was the recipient of several academic awards including the prestigious Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
Jennifer is an active member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners and enjoys adjudicating music festivals throughout Ontario. She is a regular guest clinician at the University of Toronto and her workshop, “The Challenges and Rewards of Teaching Transfer Students: Maximizing Success with Every Music Student” has been received by O.R.M.T.A. groups with positive acclaim.
Jennifer is a versatile, professional vocal and instrumental accompanist. She performs regularly at a variety of venues including nursing homes and churches throughout Ontario. She spent July 2013 completing a collaborative piano internship with Music Theatre Bavaria in Oberaudorf, Germany and recently pursued studies in the field mindfulness practice and performance with Madeline Bruser from New York. Jennifer is currently excited to be pursuing studies in the field Dalcroze Eurythmics, combining her passions for movement, music, and improvisation.
Pianist, Kathryn Tremills, is overjoyed to be returning to her hometown of Owen Sound to adjudicate the Grey County Kiwanis Music Festival. The Festival played an integral role in her development as a musician and person. Kathryn is a virtuoso and versatile musician who is in great demand as a performer, vocal coach, teacher and adjudicator. She holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan and is an alumnus of the Eastman School of Music, University of Colorado at Boulder and University of Toronto. In addition to performing on numerous concert series including the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Off Centre Music Salon, Canadian Art Song Project, Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Thursday Noon Concerts and Pro Musica Detroit, Kathryn has been on the musical staff at the Canadian Opera Company.
She is a member of Women on the Verge with sopranos Elizabeth McDonald and Emily Martin with whom she holds past and upcoming engagements in the US, Canada, France, England and Iceland, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. A two-time Canada Council Grant recipient as a soloist, she has also appeared with numerous orchestras in North America.
Kathryn holds an appointment to the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and in summers, is a faculty member of the Centre for Opera in Sulmona, Italy (COSI) and Canadian Operatic Arts Academy (COAA). She recently released her latest chamber music album, Piano Centric.
Kathryn lives in Toronto with her husband, bass-baritone Giles Tomkins, and enjoys life with their four-year-old son.
Trained Vocal & Music Theatre
Brent Thiessen was nominated for two 2017 BroadwayWorld Awards in Best Actor and Best Featured Actor in a Musical categories for his roles in Beauty And The Beast, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, respectively, for Drayton Entertainment. He has appeared in starring roles for theatres across Canada including Theatre Calgary with Olivier Award nominated director Stafford Arima, and Theatre Aquarius with Drama Desk nominated director/ choreographer Michael Lichtefeld.
As an educator, Brent works extensively with both professional and aspiring performers, with training that focuses on powerful breathing, full body grounding and relaxation, and optimal resonance in an effort to master dynamic phrasing, artistic interpretation of lyrics and effective performance in all styles of music, from classical arias to today’s Top 40.
As one of Toronto’s most sought after coaches, his clients include vocalists from CBC Television, Family Channel, Universal Music Group, Mirvish Productions, and Broadway National Tours. He is a celebrated adjudicator of dance and vocal competitions, has been a guest vocal coach for Sheridan College’s prestigious musical theatre program, and published in Dance Studio Life Magazine. He is passionate about inspiring the next generation of artists, regularly conducting workshops for Mirvish Productions, the Toronto District and York Region School Boards, and performing arts studios across the Greater Toronto Area.
Speech & Drama
Over the past thirty years Andy has performed, directed and taught across Canada. He began his professional career in Toronto at Tarragon appearing in Unexpected Moves, Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Pants On Fire and Fathers and Sons. Other theatre’s include the Stratford Festival, NAC, Banff Centre, Young Peoples Theatre, Soulpepper, Magnus and several seasons acting and directing with Odyssey theatre.
His solo, wordless play Rough House (commissioned by Nightswimming theatre) toured Canada. At many cities Andy also gave workshops in physical theatre. He currently teaches silent comedy at Second City. He has taught at the University of Ottawa, St. Lawrence College, the Ottawa Theatre School, Humber College and is a frequent guest at the Stratford Festival Summer School.
Choirs, School & Community Vocal
Conductor of award-winning choirs for over many years, Ms. Beaupré was the founder and conductor of the Bach Children’s Chorus (BCC) for 30 years and conductor of Guelph Youth Singers for 25 years. Her choirs, which have included choristers from the age of five through university, have won many first place awards at both the provincial and national levels of the Canadian Federation of Music Festivals, including twice receiving the overall national award for Best Choir. BCC has also been awarded three first prizes in the Children’s Choir category of the CBC/Radio-Canada National Competition for Amateur Choirs. Her choirs have released several solo CDs, and the BCC can be heard on soundtracks for movies, television shows, films, and a video by the Canadian Brass, “A Christmas Experiment.” Members of BCC II and III have had many opportunities to work with composer Stephan Moccio, including recording his song “I Believe” for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
Ms. Beaupré has been honoured with a Bi-Centennial Award of Merit from the City of Scarborough, an award given to individuals whose achievements have brought honour and recognition to the City of Scarborough; the 2002 Guelph YM/YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the arts and culture category; in 2013, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for service to her community; and, in 2014 the Helen Hosmer Award for Excellence in Music Teaching by the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Most recently, Ms. Beaupré was named the recipient of the 2018 Choirs Ontario President’s Leadership Award, made to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the promotion and advancement of choral music in their communities.
Linda Beaupré maintains an active schedule as clinician and adjudicator for choirs. She has conducted children’s choir camps, workshops and honour choirs throughout Canada, in the US and as far away as Australia and Indonesia. Along with Jean Ashworth Bartle and Eileen Baldwin, she is co-author of an integrated literacy and ear training programme titled A Young Singer’s Journey, published by Fred Bock Publishing and distributed by Hal Leonard. Workbooks and other materials from A Young Singer’s Journey are currently in use throughout North America and beyond.
Strings and Orchestras
Irene Tandberg’s career as performer and pedagogue spans more than three decades. She has established a large private studio whose students have been the recipients of many prestigious scholarships and awards, and positions in international schools and orchestras.
She is the co-director of Forest City School for Talent Education (FCTE), a performance school comprising more than 30 faculty teaching, coaching, and accompanying 250 violin, viola, cello, bass, classical guitar and harp students. Irene oversees the artistic direction and administration of the program in addition to teaching masterclasses, coaching chamber music and conducting ensembles and orchestras.
Irene was born in Denmark where her first teacher and lifelong mentor was Wolf Notkin. In later years her principal teachers were Gwen Thompson and Dana Mazurkevich at Western University. Irene went on to develop her passion and vocation for teaching and performance with pedagogues including John Kendall, Richard Lawrence, Elaine Klimasko and Tom Wermuth. Her recordings and performances reflect an eclectic range of engagements on modern and baroque violin. She has performed in core, principal and solo positions with many orchestras, chamber groups and quartets.
Irene Tandberg is an experienced and committed pedagogue who has both written and given invited talks on performance, teaching and practice strategies. She is also an active masterclass teacher, clinician in workshops and adjudicator in festivals, music programs and teaching institutions across Canada. In addition to running her private studio and directing FCTE, she teaches violin at Western University.
Brass, Woodwinds and Band
John Kraus is an alumnus of the Music Education program at the University of Western Ontario where he studied clarinet and conducting.
John is the music director of the Northumberland Orchestra and Choir. In 2017, John was nominated for the Heinz Unger Award, a national honour administrated by the Ontario Arts Council.
He has performed with and conducted instrumental and vocal ensembles of all styles. John is clarinetist of the Lavender Chamber Ensemble. An educator for more than 25 years, John continues to work with students, professionals, and amateur adult musicians. A member of the Ontario Music Educators Association, John regularly has led workshops and clinics. John coaches with the La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra, Port Hope. He is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association (CMFAA).
Composition classes will be delegated to the most appropriate adjudicator.