St. Albert Rotary Music Festival

2020 Adjudicators

VOCAL Mireille Rijavec
STRINGS Janet Kuschak
CHORAL Kathleen Luyk
GUITAR Marek Orszulik
FIDDLE Daniel Gervais
UKULELE Ron Mercer 
Han Ding  [Piano]
Ron Long  [Musical Theatre]
Janet Kuschak  [Strings]
Mireille Rijavec  [Vocal]


Han Ding

Senior Piano
Lyle Moore Scholarship Class

Han Ding is a pianist and composer whose work has included solo and chamber performances and original instrumental compositions. His recent performances have included two concerts with the Symphony of the Kootenays as a soloist playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a concert with Timepoint Ensemble, and a solo recital of music from medieval to modern eras. Han participated in the national CMC Stepping Stone competition, the CMC Finals as a pianist and harpsichordist, and the RBC Concerto Competition with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

For Canada's 150th, Han was one of eight composers commissioned by ARMTA for pieces based on Canadian folk songs, with the works published by Palliser. His chamber pieces have been heard at Calgary’s ARMTA Composer Showcase and at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. Recently he worked with students at Dodge Film School, providing music for a short film, and he is currently writing a commissioned piece for the Netherlands-based clarinet duo The Küffner Gals.

Han holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Licentiate and Associate piano diplomas, and a Bachelor of Arts in English. Han has taught piano for fifteen years and is currently a piano instructor at Mount Royal University Conservatory.


Dr. Clark Schaufele

Junior & Preparatory Piano

Alberta-born pianist Dr. Clark Schaufele received his Doctorate in Music (Piano Performance) degree at the Université de Montréal under the guidance of Canadian pianist and educator Paul Stewart.  As the Head of Piano at the Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts, Clark enjoys a multi-faceted career, spanning genres beyond classical piano – on both the keyboards and the double bass, he has been involved in many performances, tours, and studio recordings, ranging from classical and jazz to country and folk. 

His solo folk/pop project, Clark&Marcy, has brought his unique combination of voice and double bass to a wide audience in Montreal, Regina and elsewhere.

A dedicated performer and educator, Clark has been involved in musical theatre productions such as Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, Monty Python's Spamalot, the Broadway hit Grease, Matilda, and Into the Woods.  He has also enjoyed working as a teacher and accompanist at the Banff Summer Strings Program and Regina Summer Strings. 

He regularly performs across the prairies in series such as Gustin House, Ranva House, Regina Musical Club, and the Hands Across series. Between academic seasons, he has performed at the Stratford Music Festival, Regina Chamber Music Festival, and the Orlando Festival in the Netherlands. Clark has benefited greatly from the musical guidance of Paul Stewart, Henk Guitart, Marc Durand, and Jean Saulnier.  


Karen Charlton

Musical Theatre

It has been my privilege to adjudicate 18 years of big city festivals, small town festivals, and Provincials. I am happy to use this bio space to commit to applying all my knowledge and experience to the best of my ability while adjudicating your performers – treating each individual with respect and kindness while providing constructive opinions and suggestions that are supported by practical, technical, and artistic applications.

Festivals are intended to encourage, grow, and appreciate our performers. We can all strive for creating a festival environment that emboldens exciting performances as these artists strive for the highest level of their own personal achievements.

I’d also like to express my gratitude to all the volunteers that make this festival and its invaluable performing opportunities possible.

I can’t wait to celebrate this year's festival together!


Mireille Rijavec


Lyle Moore Scholarship Class

Mireille Rijavec has appeared as a mezzo-soprano soloist with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, the Richard Eaton Singers, Pro Coro Canada, the Edmonton Metropolitan Orchestra, Concordia University Chorus and Orchestra, Opera Breve Vancouver, Western Concert Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, and in productions supported by Edmonton Opera.

She has been heard as the inimitable Julia Child in Lee Hoiby’s Bon Appétit!, an operatic version of one of Julia’s cooking shows, which brought her critical acclaim in Vancouver and at the Edmonton Fringe. Mireille has also been presenting her cabaret Brie, Baguette and a Broad for over 10 years.

In 2013, Mireille appeared in the Edmonton Fringe in the critically acclaimed Lost in Montmartre, a cabaret/wake in honour of the composer Erik Satie, where "...classical singer Mireille Rijavec is the sublime vocal highlight who helps you get lost in Satie's Paris." (Edmonton Journal). In the 2015 Fringe, Mireille was in A Most Beautiful Deception, the story of how a poet was inspired by the music of Chopin, Debussy, Robert and Clara Schumann.

Mireille has a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of British Columbia. She was Music Faculty at the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean from 1999 to 2012 and was on staff at Concordia University of Edmonton from 2006 to 2016 as a voice instructor, Manager and Program Coordinator of Concordia's School of Music.

Mireille has been heard many times on the CBC as a soloist and has been a member of Edmonton's professional choir, Pro Coro Canada since 2001. In 2016, she took on the role of Executive Director of the choir and in June 2018 was elected to the Edmonton Arts Council.

Mireille has a private voice studio and works with students of all levels, from children to adults. Her pedagogy is based in the classical tradition. She stresses the importance of being able to read music, healthy vocal technique, and ultimately the joy of communicating through song.


Bill Dimmer

Band & Brass / Woodwind

Bill Dimmer has been described as a “cornerstone” of Edmonton’s music scene. The structural metaphor explains his selection as an Artist/Builder in Edmonton’s Arts and Culture Hall of Fame 2014.

Between his arrival in 1971 and his retirement from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2014, Bill served as a teacher, mentor, administrator, conductor, and performer, including a potential Canadian record 43 seasons as ESO assistant principal trumpet. Bill played a seminal role in creating the ESO’s educational concert series, which he was involved in for over 20 years and introduced a generation of Edmontonians to the orchestra. The ESO has been at the forefront of educational programming in North America and much of the credit is due to Bill’s talent for engaging young people – he’s been known to don eye-popping theme costumes, from green cats to aliens, to win their attention.

Bill has shared his musical knowledge with countless private students, teaching at post-secondary institutions such as the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan University, acting as clinician and adjudicator at workshops and festivals in Western Canada, and, with students at the MusiCamrose summer music camp, where he served as managing director for several years.

He has performed with several groups including the Tommy Banks Band and the Plumbers Union, is currently music director of the Nova Musica Concert Orchestra, and is active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator.

A skilled pilot, he is an active air crew member and instructor with the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association and ground school instructor at the Edmonton Flying Club. He has been known to fly colleagues to remote northern communities as part of the National Arts Centre’s music outreach clinics.


Janet Kuschak


Lyle Moore Scholarship Class

Cellist Janet Kuschak, an accomplished orchestral and chamber musician, has been a tenured member of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and was a founding member of Toronto’s Esprit Orchestra.

She has performed in the cello sections of some of Canada’s most distinguished orchestras including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Hamilton Philharmonic, Te Deum in Hamilton, Kensington Sinfonia, and was invited as guest principal with the Saskatoon Symphony.

Ms. Kuschak also frequently performs on baroque cello, an added skill that has led her to collaborate with various early music groups such as Spiritus Chamber Choir, Early Music Voices, Rosa Barocca and Early Music Alberta. She currently holds the position of principal cellist of the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Kuschak has in the past taught at the Toronto Waldorf School and, with Suzuki certification, the Calgary Talent Education Society. Ms. Kuschak has her own teaching studio in Red Deer. Her students enjoy performing solo recitals and cello ensembles. She is a sought-after adjudicator and clinician, having been invited to adjudicate at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival on three occasions and nationally with her latest post in Ottawa and Calgary. She is also experienced and comfortable adjudicating all string instrument performances.

Born in Toronto, Ms. Kuschak began cello studies at the age of 11. She is the recipient of a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Vladimir Orloff (former principal of the Vienna Philharmonic) and Daniel Domb (former principal of the Toronto Symphony), and at the Banff School of Fine Arts with Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Aldo Parisot.


Kathleen Luyk


Kathleen Luyk, B.Mus. (University of British Columbia, 2003), M.Mus. Choral Conducting (University of Alberta, 2005), is in her 17th season with the Edmonton-based community choir organization Kokopelli Choirs. As a conductor, Katy strives to pair a growth mindset with the notion that choral singing is an incredible force in building community.

As a conductor and composer on the Alberta choral scene, Katy has been engaged as a clinician, guest conductor, vocal coach, and adjudicator for choirs and singers around Canada. Most recently, Katy appeared as an adjudicator at the Cantando festivals in Sun Peaks and Whistler. Katy is a past president of Choir Alberta, and current president of the Braille Tones Music Society.


Allan Gilliland

Music Composition

One of Canada’s busiest composers, Allan Gilliland has written music for orchestra, choir, big band, film, television and theatre. His music has been performed by some of the finest ensembles and soloists in the world and appears on over 20 CDs. For five years (1999–2004) he was Composer-in-Residence with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and has written concerti for violin, trumpet, harp, cello, flute, oboe, accordion and clarinet.

Some of the soloists who have performed his music include James Campbell, Jens Lindemann, Jim Walker, Dean McNeill, Nora Bumanis and Julia Shaw. His music has been recorded on over 30 CDs including two, Collaborations and O Music, dedicated entirely to his music.

Allan is currently the Dean of Fine Arts and Communications at MacEwan University where he was head of composition from 2004–2016 and chair of music from 2012–2016.


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Marek Orszulik began learning the piano at the age of eight, and guitar at nine. He gained a dual honours degree in Biological & Medicinal Chemistry and Music from Keele University in 2005, where he proceeded on both piano and guitar. He was also awarded a performance diploma on the guitar in 2004 and was selected to perform Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with the university orchestra in 2005.

He continued his studies on the classical guitar with Mark Ashford at the Birmingham Conservatoire, completing his Master of Music degree in 2007. In addition, he has taken part in masterclasses with Robert Brightmore, Graham Devine, Masayuki Kato, Roberto Aussel, and David Leisner.

He has performed as a soloist in the Great Witley Recital Series (Worcestershire, UK), the Church Stretton Arts Festival (Shropshire, UK) and the First Guitar Festival of Valletta (Malta). Recent engagements include recitals for New Music Edmonton, the Edmonton Classical Guitar Society, and a performance in the presence of His Highness, Aga Khan IV. 

Lately he has worked closely with British composer Andrew Glover-Whitley in the realization of his work, giving the world premiere performance of his epic Sonata for Guitar (written in 2006) at 2016 Edmonton Fringe Festival. He has since received several dedications from this composer including Two Pieces for Guitar, which he premiered at the Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions (Wilfrid Laurier University, ON) in 2017.


Michael Massey

Lyle Moore Scholarship Class
Honorary Patron

Michael Massey has been a fixture in Edmonton’s classical music scene for 50 years. He has inspired thousands of young musicians through his 43 years of conducting the Edmonton Youth Orchestra and countless others through musical performance. Michael is an accomplished and versatile musician: he is a pianist, a conductor, an orchestrator, a programmer and a teacher — but most of all, he is a mentor and role model for young musicians.

Even while leading the orchestras, Michael continues to perform, compose, and instruct. As a piano teacher, he has taught classes large and small. He reflects that teaching is very rewarding. “You learn a lot about yourself and you learn a lot about music when you teach it.”

Despite stepping back from larger classes in recent years, Michael continues to make himself generously available to young musicians. He helps students to refine pieces, prepare for auditions, and master advanced skills. This continued dedication to mentorship of the next generation has distinguished Michael as one of Alberta’s most influential classical musicians.

Michael encourages his students to strive for excellence and to develop an individual style. He is passionate about mentorship and considers it the best way to pass down not just knowledge, but enthusiasm and a love of music. He has fervently advocated for the continued inclusion of music in schools, citing his own experience of being exposed to music at a young age.

He was inducted into Edmonton’s Cultural Hall of Fame as an Artist-Builder, and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. In 2016 he was awarded The Alberta Order of Excellence, the highest honour the Province can bestow on a citizen. In 2017 he received the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from the St. Albert Mayor's Celebration of the Arts.

“Music is really a combination of emotion, colour, light, sound, silence, intellectual grasping and seeing the whole picture. All of those things come together in great works of art. This is one of the reasons that music is so important. It helps with the thinking process and brain development and emotional development and skill development in every field, not just in music. That’s why it’s so important and that’s why we still advocate strongly for the inclusion of music education in public schools.” –Michael Massey, on receipt of The Alberta Order of Excellence, 2016


Daniel Gervais


Daniel Gervais has been playing the violin since the age of five. He plays a variety of fiddle styles and classical violin. In 2014, Daniel completed a Master of Music degree in classical violin at the University of Alberta studying with Dr. Guillaume Tardif. During his studies, Daniel was awarded a national-level research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Daniel is the first and only Albertan to win the Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Competition. Daniel first competed in the Canadian Grand Masters in 2003 and returned to this competition in 2004 and again in 2008, finishing in the top 11 both times. He then won in 2011 and later in 2016, the year that the competition was hosted in Alberta for the first time.

Daniel currently teaches as sessional faculty at MacEwan University in the jazz and popular music program. Daniel has had experience teaching a variety of students of different ages and abilities in collaboration with other music organizations such as the National Arts Centre MusicAlive! program, Calvin Vollrath Fiddle Camp and the North Eastern Music Association in St. Paul, AB, the John Arcand Fiddle Fest, Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party and the Pelletie Guitar and Music Camp in Saskatchewan, The Hills are Alive Music and Dance Cultural Fest in Elkwater, AB, Frontier Fiddlers in Manitoba, and the Suzuki Strings and Fiddleheads in Whitehorse, YT. In 2010, Trad'badour in collaboration with Canadian Parents for French completed a school show tour of over 90 presentations in Western Canada.


Ron Mercer


Ron Mercer is the Past President of the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society. His performance history includes bagpiping for the Old Strathcona Pipe & Drum Band, playing trumpet with the Cosmopolitan Community Concert Band, playing banjo for Klondike Kate, and touring with a '50s show band playing tenor saxophone. 

He has recorded three CDs which have been popular on CFCW radio. He currently teaches ukulele, mandolin, banjo and harmonica.


Rong Long

Lyle Moore Scholarship Class

Ron Long completed a Master of Music in Opera and Music Theatre from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

He has performed such roles as Albin/Zaza in La Cage Aux Folles, Beadle Bamford and Anthony in Sweeney Todd, First Officer Murdoch in Titanic the Musical, Papageno in The Magic Flute, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Mars in Orphée Aux Enfer, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas as well as comprimario roles for recent productions of Edmonton Opera including Aida and Salome. Ron also sang the role of Raoul de St. Brioche in Edmonton Opera's production of The Merry Widow.

Ron is a member of the musical comedy group Il Duo which has performed throughout Western Canada. Recordings can be found on iTunes. He has been soloist in various recitals including CBC’s Wednesdays at Winspear concert series which was recorded for CBC Radio 2.

Ron is a Certified Master Teacher (CMT) in Estill Voice. He is also a certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher. He has taught at MacEwan’s Theatre Arts Program and is currently a private voice instructor at MacEwan Conservatory of Music at Alberta College Campus.