St. Albert Rotary Music Festival

2017 Adjudicators

BAND Dr. William Street
CHORAL Sarona Mynhardt
DANCE Jen Mills
MUSICAL THEATRE Timothy Anderson
Michael Oike
VOCAL Elizabeth Turnbull
Kim Mattice-Wanat
Michael Oike
Brian Thurgood

Dr. William Street


Dr. William Street, saxophonist, has served as Chair of the Department of Music of the University of Alberta since 2015.

Strongly influenced by his former teachers Etheridge, Hemke and Londeix, Street has sought to make heard the music of today’s composers in his concerts. He can be heard on CD recordings Sunthesis: Les Septs Iles, L’Ensemble International de Saxophones; At Your Service with pianist Sylvia Shadick Taylor and the Centaur recording of Evolution V for five saxophonists by Marilyn Shrude, with the Chicago Saxophone Quartet. His recording of Tre Vie, Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra by Malcolm Forsyth with Grzegorz Nowak and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra was nominated for a 1999 JUNO Award and was re-issued in 2009. Other recordings include Quatuor International de Saxophone LIVE; heliosaxoMY VERY FIRST SOLO, Westwind, Canadian Music for Saxophone with Roger Admiral and Hard Rubber, Hard Elastic (2008), featuring music for alto saxophone and piano by Howard Bashaw.

Dr. Street has participated as a jury member and organizer for numerous international competitions. Currently in progress is the 5th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Thailand (2017) where William serves as International Coordinator.

He served as President of the North American Saxophone Alliance from 1992-1994. His published work includes the English translation of Hello! Mr. Sax, ou les Paramètres du Saxophone (Leduc) by Jean-Marie Londeix, Elise Boyer Hall, and The Life of Elise Boyer Hall in Les États Géneraux Mondiaux du Saxophone. Anna and William Street translated into English the Méthode d’étude de Saxophone by Jean-Marie Londeix, published by Éditions Henry Lemoine in Paris. William also served as editorial consultant for the biography Jean-Marie Londeix, Master of the Modern Saxophone by James Umble (Roncorp, 2000).

Sarona Mynhardt

Sarona Mynhardt has one goal in life, and that is to truly make a difference in the lives of the singers she works with. She firmly believes that through music a teacher does not only have the opportunity to teach music literacy and musicianship skills, but those life skills and qualities that are universally important; those of love, compassion, humanity, respect, discipline, passion, and joy.

Born and raised in South Africa, Sarona is a graduate of the Teachers’ Training College in Pretoria. Her formal voice training culminated in postgraduate work at the Conservatory of Music at North-West University in Potchefstroom.

Following 10 successful years of teaching music and conducting choirs, Sarona immigrated to Canada. In 1997 she founded the White Rock Children’s Choir. The choir participated in international festivals and performed in prestigious venues including Canterbury Cathedral; St. Peter’s in Rome; Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral; Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal; and St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town where the choir performed for Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In 2014 they were invited by Mr. Henry Leck to perform in Carnegie Hall as part of a children’s festival chorus under his direction.

She has been on the faculty for the BCCF Choral Conducting course, and received the BCCF Willan Award for outstanding service to the BCCF. Sarona has participated in and completed level three of Creating Artistry – conducting workshops and master classes with Henry Leck and vocal training with Steven Rickards at Butler University in Indianapolis. Together with Henry Leck she co-conducted a North American choir with members from the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and the White Rock Children’s Choir on a concert tour of South Africa in 2008. Sarona recently moved to the Sunshine Coast where she will continue to teach voice at her private studio.

Linda Purves

Linda Purves first studied composition with Bob Myers at MacEwan University. Dr. Myers, a student of Nadia Boulanger at the Paris Conservatoire, was a formative influence on Linda's early works. Ms. Purves continued her studies in Montreal, earning a Bachelor of Music in Composition from McGill University where her principal influences were Brian Cherney, Alcides Lanza and R. Murray Schafer. She has since furthered her piano studies with Sylvia Shadick-Taylor.

Linda has been teaching piano and theory in the Mill Woods community for 20 years, and has served as Mill Woods Music's school director for 10 years. Her passion for bringing the best out of her students in all aspects of their lives is well-recognized in the community. Ms. Purves has taught composition as a component of Red Deer's Contemporary Showcase Festival and for Contemporary Showcase Edmonton's Young Composer Program. She is also a popular adjudicator throughout Alberta.

Linda enjoys writing piano pieces for her students. Her published collections My Alberta, Jazzoo and Small Victories reflect her interest in writing enjoyable, yet educational music for student development. Another piano solo, Three Sisters, is included on Shadick-Taylor's solo piano CD, Expressions (2013). Currently, Linda is focused on composing ensemble works.

Jen Mills

Jen Mills has studied ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and classical piano extensively since the age of three. Since that time she has taken part in various competitions and performances as well as completing her major exams in Cecchetti, RAD, Vaganova ballet techniques, and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Jen has toured with TERPICHICOIRE 1, commissioned by the Minister of Education of Romania as an instructor, choreographer, and performer. As well as promotional work for Calvin Klein, Lancôme and Elizabeth Arden, Jen has taught swing for The Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, and performed as a principal dancer in Bill Robertson’s film The Mystic Village. Other performances include The Grey Cup 1999- 2006; Miss Hawaiian Tropic; Blue Rodeo; Tanya Tucker; Dwight Yoakam, and the Calgary Stampede.

Jen is living her passion as the Artistic Director and owner of Hyperflex Dance Studio in Edmonton. She is a teacher and choreographer to many students, as well as a guest choreographer and judge throughout Canada and the United States. Her expertise has allowed her to work with many talented dancers and help them grow not only as dancers but as amazing people. She is the proud instructor to students on Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable tour, The BET awards, have appeared multiple times on the ‘Ellen Degeneres Show’, and ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Some of her dancers have gone on to be accepted in the prestigious Joffrey Ballet, received protégé status at The Pulse on Tour, become members of the hip hop crew Lil Beasts, as well as Brian Freidman’s Sugar and Spice crew. Performances and campaigns for her students also include shows for Ciara, the Harlem Globetrotters, Sketchers, Target and FIFA.

Jen has also taken her talent in to the figure skating and fitness worlds, working with Olympic figure skating competitors and hopefuls, including previous champions of Canada, Sweden, Finland, and Italy. As well, she has choreographed for the world figure and fitness champions. Within the 24 years in which she has instructed, she and her students have won various awards in Canada and the United States both for their performances and for her choreography.

Jen continues to strive to pursue excellence in the art of dance both for herself and her students, and is excited to be a part of this great festival!

Timothy Anderson

Musical Theatre

Timothy Anderson has worked on the boards of Pro Coro Canada, Cantilena Consort Society, Alberta Playwrights Network, Boyle Street Community League, and was chair of the strategic planning committee of the Writers Guild of Alberta.

He has a certificate in Voluntary Sector and Arts Management from York University as well as degrees in Journalism/Political Science (Carleton); Music/Voice Performance (Ottawa); and Creative Writing (UBC). Timothy currently teaches writing at Grant MacEwan University and the University of Alberta. His first university teaching experience was teaching music at the University of Ottawa.

His performing career has included traditional and contemporary opera, musical theatre, oratorio and recital repertoire across much of Canada and in New York, Singapore and Hong Kong.

His discography includes the Polygram Canadian Highlights Recording of Phantom of the Opera, We Belong to God produced by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Mrs. Widder’s Soiree Musicale: Toronto 1844. He has had many radio and television broadcasts, including winning the inaugural BookTelevision reality TV show based on the 3-Day Novel.

He lives in Edmonton with a writer, a cat, two dogs, and a lot of musical instruments.

Michael Oike

Senior Piano

Pianist Michael Oike enjoys a busy and varied musical life in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He maintains a private teaching studio at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts (MCMA). He is heard in performances as chamber pianist and accompanist, and regularly conducts workshops and masterclasses.

Michael has adjudicated at festivals provincially in Manitoba and all across Canada for over 25 years. He greatly enjoys working with students of all levels.

Michael began his piano studies with Alice Nakauchi, Sydney McInnis, and in Toronto with Boris Lysenko at the Royal Conservatory of Music and University of Toronto where he was awarded the Forsythe Scholarship as the outstanding graduating pianist. Michael has also studied the piano and chamber repertoire with the renowned pedagogue Jeaneane Dowis at her private New York studio and twice as a fellowship recipient of the Waterloo Festival at Princeton University.

Further studies include the piano/vocal repertoire at the Banff Centre with Martin Isepp and the Mountainview Festival in Alberta with Rudolf Jansen.

Peggy L’Hoir
Junior Piano

Peggy L’Hoir was born and raised and currently lives in Biggar, Saskatchewan. In her community she is an enthusiastic musician and enjoys collaborating with vocalists, instrumentalists and local choirs.

Peggy also enjoys being the musical director for local musicals, organizing community events and teaching a large class of piano performance, theory, and composition.

​Peggy is inspired to compose by her desire to create ‘sound art’ for her students.

Elsie Hoover
Preparatory Piano

Elsie Hoover is an Edmonton-area based piano teacher who has studied music extensively for 17 years. She is currently finishing a Bachelor of Music Degree in both piano and organ under Dr. Joachim Segger and Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht.

Last summer she was awarded the Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship and studied at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria. In addition to studying internationally under Dr. Leonel Morales and Dr. Daejin Kim, she has competed in a variety of national and international competitions, including the Canadian Music Competition and the Royal Canadian College of Organists Edmonton Scholarship Competition.

Elsie has studied pedagogy with Janna Olson, an expert in the Edwin Gordon theory of music teaching.

As well as teaching, she is an accompanist for many gigs across Edmonton, including being the accompanist for the Edmonton Christian Male Choir, substitute accompanist for university music students, and is a music director at St. Mary’s Anglican Church.

Aaron Au

A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Aaron Au was a first violinist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for nine seasons and now performs regularly with the orchestra as a violinist and violist. 

 A frequent guest of CBC Radio, Aaron has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician on both violin and viola in concerts across Canada, the U.S., Cuba and Europe. 

Aaron completed his Doctor of Music degree in 2007 at the University of Alberta, where he was a Killam Scholar and was also awarded the University of Alberta PhD Scholarship.

In addition to his musical activities, Aaron is an ordained minister and is privileged to be serving as pastor of a new church plant in Edmonton, Avenue Church. 

Elizabeth Turnbull


Elizabeth Turnbull has been hailed by the critics as “a revelation”, with “controlled passion, acute timing and glistening presence.” Her credits include appearances with major orchestras and opera companies across North America (Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, New York, Florida, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco). She also portrayed Lyubija in the European and Canadian tours of Svadba. Her roles range from the baroque (Juno in Semele); to the romantic (Carmen); modern (Augusta Tabor in the Canadian premiere of The Ballad of Baby Doe); and new (creating the role of Maria Picariello in Filumena).

Upcoming performances include the creation of the role of Elizabeth in Opera on the Avalon’s new John Estacio opera, Ours, as well as a reprise of Maria in Calgary Opera’s 2017 remount of Filumena, and the role of Clytemnestra for Edmonton Opera’s Elektra.

Ms. Turnbull’s discography includes three CDs with Toronto’s Bach Consort, two recordings with the Ukrainian Art Song Project (songs of Lysenko and Stepovyi), as well as a self-produced disc of Irish and Scottish songs entitled The Meeting of the Waters. Many of her Canadian operatic performances have been heard across the country on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.

Ms. Turnbull is an instructor of voice in addition to being director of Opera Workshop at the University of Alberta’s Department of Music, where she has been teaching for seven years.

Kim Mattice-Wanat

Lyle Moore Scholarship Class

Kim Mattice-Wanat is a performer, teacher and director. She founded Opera NUOVA in 1998 and has acted as the Artistic and Managing Director since its inception. She has produced and directed several of Opera NUOVA’s productions including Bock & Harnick's Fiddler on the Roof, Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Offenbach’s La Périchole, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Canadian Première of Mark Adamo’s Little Women and all of NUOVA’s school touring productions; most notably, a Canada Council commissioned opera written by NUOVA alumnus Isaiah Bell entitled The Lives of Lesser Things; and Dean Burry’s Isis and the Seven Scorpions & and The Brothers Grimm.

She is presently an instructor at the University of Alberta in the drama department and regularly works as a clinician for voice and choral teachers and as a musical director for musical theatre productions.

Her commitment to sharing her expertise with young singers, actors, teachers and choral directors has earned her extensive recognition including Global Edmonton Television’s Woman of Vision Award, The City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence in the Arts Award and The YWCA’s Woman of Distinction in Arts and Culture Award. Most recently, she was 1 of 100 Albertans chosen by the Alberta Centennial Celebrations committee who recognized her significant achievement and contribution as a voice teacher and artistic director. In 2006, she wrote and published a vocal pedagogy book entitled Unleashing the Expressive Resonant Voice!

Brian Thurgood

Lyle Moore Scholarship Class

Brian Thurgood obtained a Master of Music Education degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Alberta. He has developed both a successful teaching and a varied performance career.

He has been the Percussion/Drumset department head at MacEwan University since 1980 where he designed, developed and implemented a successful program curriculum. Many of his students have continued to have careers in music either as educators or performers including drummers for such acts as Social Code, Nickleback, Jann Arden, Kathleen Edwards and K-OS.

He has also taught at SummerJazz and MusicAlberta summer camps and has presented numerous clinics for Cantando, UniFest and MusicFest Canada.

Brian’s has performed as both a classical/pop percussionist and as a drum set artist. He has performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Opera, Alberta and Winnipeg Ballet Companies, Tommy Banks, Frank Sinatra Jr., Ian Tyson, Ashley MacIssac and Bela Fleck. He has performed over 60 musicals including those at the Citadel Theatre as well as traveling musicals including Mary Poppins, Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond. 

Brian has also had several articles published in Downbeat and MusicCom magazines. He is also co-writer of Percussion Clinic published by First Stroke Publishing