St. Albert Rotary Music Festival

2018 Adjudicators

BAND Oscar-Jose Garcia  |  Westlock, Alberta
CHORAL Dr. Joy Berg  |   Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
COMPOSITION / MUSICAL THEATRE / VOCAL Melanie Baux  |   Cochrane, Alberta
Eric Nyland   |   Calgary, Alberta
JUNIOR / PREP PIANO Mikolaj Warszynski   |   Edmonton, Alberta
STRINGS Maria Medlow   |   Calgary, Alberta
Dr. Joy Berg  |  Vocal
Maria Medlow   |  Strings

Oscar-Jose Garcia

Oscar-Jose Garcia retired from teaching in 2016 after 34 years as the Director of Bands at St. Mary Catholic School in Westlock, Alberta.

Over his long tenure at St. Mary, Oscar-Jose operated Junior and Intermediate Junior High Concert Bands, a High School Wind Ensemble (Concert Band) and a High School Jazz Band. His schools bands have received countless Superior and Gold Awards at local, national and international music festivals.

He has traveled extensively with his high school Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band to New York, San Francisco and Seattle. He has also taken his school bands to Spain where he performed with the kids in Madrid, Segovia, Avila, Cuenca and Toledo.

Oscar-Jose was also nominated for the Alberta Excellence in Teaching Award. He has appeared as a guest conductor for the Alberta Honour Band and the Fort McMurray Honour Band. His school band program was known all across Canada and was considered to be one of the top small high school band programs in Alberta.

Oscar-Jose is very passionate and has a great understanding of music and conducting student bands. He has an ease and fun way of getting kids to understand the concepts of teamwork in relationship to playing as a complete ensemble. Oscar-Jose’s teaching motto is very simple; “All kids should have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument and the chance to surround themselves in a cohesive group of musicians during their educational years. Music does make you smarter.”

Oscar–Jose is also a very accomplished and recognized flamenco guitarist. He performs regularly with his wife, singer and flamenco dancer Judith Garcia, along with their flamenco troupe “Flamenco En Vivo” which they founded in 1999.

Dr. Joy Berg
Lyle Moore Scholarship Class

Dr. Joy Berg is Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities and Director of Alumni Relations at Concordia University of Edmonton.

As well as teaching courses in the music department, she directs the three Concordia choirs – the Concordia Concert Choir (auditioned student choir, with 40 singers), Bella Voce Women’s Choir (with 30 singers), and the Concordia Community Chorus (with 110 singers).

She is a lifelong learner, and is currently completing her Doctorate of Worship Studies. She often adjudicates and workshops in the area of choirs, voice, junior piano, handbells, and church music.

Melanie Baux
Composition / Musical Theatre /

Soprano Melanie Baux has always loved being surrounded by music. Melanie has a Diploma in Music Performance from Mount Royal University and a Bachelor of Music Performance from The University of Manitoba. Melanie has studied under Winston Noren, Karen Jensen and Canadian coloratura Tracy Dahl.

In concert Melanie has performed Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with the University of Manitoba Orchestra, Schubert’s Mass in C with The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, opera excerpts with The Calgary Youth Orchestra and premiered Elizabeth Raum’s Prairie Alphabet with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

On the opera stage she has appeared as Venus in Offenbach's Orphee aux Enfers and Beth in Adamo’s Little Women. This past season she performed Handel’s Arcadian duets with the Calgary Bach Festival society as well as Rameau’s In Convertendo and the Charpentier Te Deum. Melanie’s performance credits most recently include Bach’s Easter Oratorio and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Cantare Children’s Choir and The Bach Festival Orchestra as well as Mozart’s Requiem with Kantorei choir and orchestra.

Melanie is sought after as a private voice teacher and adjudicator, and is dedicated to enriching the lives of her students through music. As a young singer, Melanie participated in the Mount Royal Choral Program, Alberta Youth Choir, Ad Libitum Vocal Ensemble, Spiritus Chamber Choir and The Winnipeg Singers.

Melanie is the artistic director of the Cochrane Young Singers choral Program,and has been a vocal coach and rehearsal lead for The Calgary Boys Choir. She is a founding member of La VIe, one of Calgary’s premier vocal ensembles. Melanie has been a musical director for Grease (Winnipeg, Manitoba) The Sound of Music (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Eve: The True Story (Pincher Creek, Alberta).

She has frequently adjudicates at music festivals and gives master classes in both Musical Theatre and classical vocal performance. Melanie teaches private voice lessons as well as group and private Musical Theatre classes. Her greatest joy comes from sharing her love of music with her students and her three little boys.

Eric Nyland
Senior Piano
Lyle Moore Scholarship Class

A pianist and professional actor, Eric Nyland holds Associate and Licentiate Performance Diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music, is a Registered Music Teacher with RCM Advanced Teacher Specialization, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Alberta.

He has performed throughout Western Canada as an actor for theatre, film, and voiceover, and has held solo concerts in Edmonton and Calgary, performing through the National Music Centre’s Street Sounds series and the Pro Arts Society. In 2015, Eric appeared as soloist in Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto for the inaugural concert of the Calgary Arts Orchestra. He is the 2013 winner of the Jack Friedenberg Memorial Scholarship for pianists.

Eric is the musical director for the theatre improvisation company The Kinkonauts and for the long-form theatre improvisation duo One Lions, as well as serving as accompanist for instrumentalists and singers. Eric is an active festival adjudicator in high demand.

Eric has developed two courses for the Conservatory at Mount Royal University called Introductory Keyboard for Adults: Play-by-Ear / Improvisation, and Reading Standard Notation. In 2015 Eric was a nominee for Outstanding Actor in a Play for the Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards for his work in the world premiere of Butcher by Governor General Award-winning playwright Nicolas Billon. In 2016 Eric served as a lead actor, pianist, and composer for Station Arts Centre's production of Armin Wiebe's The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz.

Recently, Eric studied with Dr. Irena Kofman in Italy at the Cremona International Music Academy.

Dr. Mikolaj Warszynski

Junior / Prep Piano

Mikolaj Warszynski (D.Mus) has performed in recitals across North America, Europe and Asia, and enjoys a versatile career as a pianist, lecturer, and pedagogue. A Canadian pianist of Polish origin, Mikolaj Warszynski performs extensively as a soloist and as a chamber musician, and is equally comfortable playing music of the baroque, classical, and contemporary repertoire.

Invitations to many prominent music festivals and societies have led to recent performances in South Korea at the Woobong Art Hall, in Warsaw at the Royal Łazienki Park under the Chopin monument and at the Iwaszkiewicz Muzeum, in Gdansk at the Baltic Philharmonic, in the French Alps at the Flaine Opus74 Summer Music Festival, in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts, in Czech Republic at the Janacek Hukvaldy Festival, in Sicily at the Falcone Borsellino Hall, in Rotterdam at the Laurenskerk Cathedral.

In Canada, Warszynski has made recital appearances at the Place des Arts and the Chapelle historique du bon Pasteur in Montreal, at the Gallery 345 and the ‘Nocturnes in City’ series in Toronto, the Verdun Classical Music Society, New Music Edmonton, the Edmonton Recital Society, The Winspear Centre, Banff Centre for the Arts, and in Calgary at the Steinway Concert Hall. During the Chopin bicentennial, Warszynski performed the Chopin F minor concerto across Canada with the Mazurka String Quintet, and has appeared as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, and the Kielce Philharmonic (Poland).

He is also a founding member of the Warszynski Trio, dedicated to the promotion of contemporary Canadian composers, whose album Devil’s Dance was released on Clef Records. As part of the Warszynski Duo, together with his wife, pianist Zuzana Simurdova, Mikolaj gave the Canadian premiere of Disintegration by Claude Vivier for the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec. The Duo has gone on to perform recitals on tour in Canada, Europe, and most recently, China.

Mikolaj Warszynski is a recipient of numerous scholarships, grants, and awards from Canada and abroad, and was a gold medalist in the Festival de Musique du Royaume du Québec. He completed his bachelor’s degree in piano performance at the University of Alberta, and participated in masterclasses at the Aspen School of Music in Colorado and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In Europe, he furthered his graduate studies “cum laude” at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands, where he was awarded a Sauter grand piano on loan from the National Instrument Foundation in Amsterdam.

Upon his return to Canada, Mikolaj Warszynski became artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts before completing both his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Montreal. He is a recipient of a doctoral scholarship from the Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture du Quebec in support of his dissertation entitled Exoticism and intercultural influences in the piano cycle Metopes (1915) by Karol Szymanowski.

Mikolaj Warszynski has worked with many renowned professors, including Janet Scott-Hoyt, Marek Jablonski, Anton Nel, Sergio Perticaroli, Bernard Ringeissen, Krzysztof Jablonski, Jean-Paul Sevilla, Gilbert Kalish, Marc Durand, Paul Stewart, Aquiles Delle Vigne. Dr. Warszynski returned from a two-year teaching position as Assistant Professor in Piano at the Catholic University of Daegu in South Korea, and has been invited to teach annual summer piano masterclasses at the Flaine Opus74 Academy in the French Alps.

Currently, he is director of the Chopin Piano Studio in Edmonton. Warszynski has been heard on radio and television broadcasts across Canada on CBC, CKUA, CJSR and OMNI TV, in Czech Republic (Radio Vltava), and in the USA (WPRB). His most recent CD, with music by Haydn, Liszt, Szymanowski, and Chopin, has been released on the French label Anima Records in 2015, and has received excellent reviews from Fanfare Magazine (New York), Saisons de Culture (Paris), and the WholeNote (Toronto). His next CD entitled Lisztomania will soon be available on the Wirth Institue Label.

Maria Medlow

Lyle Moore Scholarship Class

Originally from Argentina, Maria Medlow grew up playing the violin and piano. Upon moving to Canada, she was accepted at the Senior Academy at Mount Royal Conservatory and studied with Lise Elson, Cenek Vbra and John Lowry. Maria completed her ARCT certification in both violin and piano and moved to complete her music performance studies at the University of Calgary under the direction of Edmond Agopian.

Maria is currently an active member of the Calgary Musicians Association and is also the Registration Chair for the Cochrane Youth Talent Festival and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Alberta Music Education Foundation.

She has performed and recorded solo and chamber concerts with members of the Calgary Opera, Calgary Cowtown Opera, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony, Metropolitan Opera of New York, Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra, Cirque De Soleil and played alongside Michael Bublé for his 2014 Canada Tour. She was invited to record for the Canadian Country Music Awards and was featured in the CBC Television special for the CCMA awards.

Maria runs a thriving private studio in Calgary. Her students have been finalists in the Canadian Music Competition, placed in provincials at the Kiwanis Music Festival, and won medals and scholarships for RCM exams. She has prepared her students for successful admission to classical string programs throughout North America. Maria continues her active role as a teacher, adjudicator and performer, hosting and playing numerous concerts and fundraisers in support of different charities. Maria resides in Calgary with her husband and 7-year-old son Lucas.