April 24 to May 8, 2017

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2017 Adjudicators

Band ~ Strings ~ Guitar:       JANIE FRIES

Throughout the course of her teaching career, Janie Fries has taught the gamut from Pre-K to university music education classes including band, strings, choral and classroom music. The majority of her experiences have come from the students in the Moose Jaw Catholic schools. She is a member of both the Moose Jaw Music Festival and the Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival committees. She has been actively involved in Saskatchewan Arts Education curriculum writing, advising and actualizing for the past twenty years and has written lessons for the National Arts Centre Music Alive Program, providing lessons for the non-specialist music teacher in Saskatchewan schools. She is a sessional lecturer at the University of Regina teaching Orff Levels I and II during the summer. Her present musical endeavours include playing viola in the Moose Jaw Community String Orchestra, playing horn in community productions and singing in her church choir. Janie is presently enjoying her new role as retired teacher.


Kathleen Lohrenz Gable's professional career includes experiences as a recitalist, voice coach & accompanist, and as a musical director and rehearsal pianist for opera and musical theatre productions in Canada and the USA. Her studies have taken her to schools in Canada, the USA, and to Europe. Kathleen received her Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University; a Diploma in Lieder from the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria; her Fellowship from Trinity College in London; and her Master of Music in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan. Kathleen has enjoyed an extensive teaching career in Canada and the United States, being called upon to share her expertise as both adjudicator and workshop clinician. Her students have won many top awards, including Regional, State, and Provincial competitions. After completing her graduate work, Kathleen served as Lecturer for the Piano Pedagogy program at the University of Michigan and as piano instructor at the famous Interlochen National Music Camp in Michigan. She has also taught in the music programs for Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Windsor. Currently, Kathleen teaches Applied Piano and is Music Director for the Music Theatre Ensemble at the University of Saskatchewan. Kathleen, with husband/bass-baritone Garry Gable, started The Opera Troupe of Saskatoon (TOTOS). She has served as repetiteur and rehearsal pianist and has performed on keyboards with the Saskatoon Opera Association. Since 2004 she has been a part of the faculty as a teacher and music director for Edmontons Opera Nuova, the national-level summer training program for opera singers and pianists. In 2009 she conducted Puccinis Suor Angelica and previously has conducted Coplands The Tender Land, and Hansel and Gretel for NUOVA. She regularly records live music programming for the CBC, Saskatchewan. Since 1997, Kathleen has collaborated with five of the Young Artist winners for a recital tour of Manitoba and Saskatchewan cities. Kathleen has twice conducted the Saskatoon Symphony and TOTOS in Menottis Amahl and the Night Visitors. She also regularly plays with the symphony. In addition to her university teaching, Kathleen maintains a full teaching/coaching studio at home. She has been a teaching musician in the Music Ambassador Program for the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Kathleen, with husband Garry, have twice been invited to perform and teach at the Tianjin Conservatory and the Wuhan University Conservatory of Music in China. They were heard nationally on the CBC Radio Two program Canada Live in August of 2007. Kathleen was repetiteur for Saskatoon Opera Association's productions of LElisir dAmore and Rigoletto. In July of 2009 Kathleen was invited to Bangkok where she performed as an official pianist for the World  Saxophone Congress, making four World Premiere performances. She was pleased to join Calgary Operas production of Little Women as repetiteur in January of 2010 and has enjoyed being a guest coach for the Emerging Artists program. In July of 2011 Kathleen was one of the Judges for the National Piano Competition at the CFMTA convention. She also performed in a recital and gave workshops and a master class. In 2011, she was Music Director for Trouble in Tahiti with Vancouver Concert Opera Cooperative as a featured presentation for the Vancouver International Fringe Festival. In 2012 Kathleen was nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Arts, Culture and Heritage category.


Joy McFarlane-Burton of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan has studied voice with respected Saskatchewan teachers Georgina Terry, Marilyn Whitehead, and Lisa Hornung. Joy holds a Royal Conservatory of Music Associate Diploma in Singing Performance, and studied Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Saskatchewan with the late Professor Dorothy Howard. She is a Full Member of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), a Registered Music Teacher (SRMTA -CFMTA), as well as being a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association. Joy has been an instructor at the Summer School for the Solo Voice for over fifteen years. She has adjudicated extensively and is active as a teacher, clinician, coach, and enjoys presenting workshops and masterclasses. Joy has enjoyed attending vocal masterclasses at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals (FCMF) National Music Festival since 2007, learning from some of the finest vocal pedagogues in Canada. In 2013 she took part in a NATS Workshop in Spokane Washington, dealing with the changing adolescent voice, and children’s voices. Ms. Burton is an active and enthusiastic teacher enjoying her work with developing singers from across West Central Saskatchewan. She has worked with singers of all levels, and in many genres including Musical Theatre, choral, and standard vocal repertoire. Her students have been regular recipients of Royal Conservatory of Music Medals, achieving the highest marks in the province in Singing exams, as well as receiving awards and scholarships in festivals and competitions. Joy has been involved with the Saskatchewan Music Festival system for decades, as a competitor, teacher, and committee member. She is a Past-President of the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association. Joy is currently serving as Vice-President of the FCMF. Joy was recognized as the 2013 National Volunteer of the Year for Saskatchewan by the FCMF.