Meet Our Adjudicators

Instrumental: Dan Davis 

Saxophonist Dan Davis is a member of Edmonton's thriving music scene.  In 2015, two bands that he co-leads were nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for best jazz recording (A/B trio and the Writers' Guild).  Since graduating with a Masters in Jazz Studies from the University of South Florida in 2009, Dan has performed or recorded with Mike Murley, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Glen Miller Orchestra, the Ubiquitous Orchestra, and the Edmonton Jazz Collective, amongst others.  Dan currently teaches at Macewan University, and at Macewan Conservatory of Music at Alberta College, and leads masterclasses and clinics in sessions across the province of Alberta.

 Piano: Marlis Gunderson

      Marlis Gunderson holds an ARCT diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music.  She studied with Sally Capsey, and Jacqueline Ryan.  She belongs to the Boris Roubakine Piano Club where she has participated in master classes given by Gwen Beamish, John Paul Seville, Marek Jablonski, Dennis Lee, Bela Siki, Seymour Bernstein, Roger Woodward, Ray Dudley, Nelita True, Stephane Lemelin & Marvin Blickenstaff.

     She has taught private piano lessons for 32 years. She serves as organist for the St. Albert Lutheran Church, and accompanies the Lutheran Church choir, Vital Grandin  & J.J. Nearing School Choirs, the Sturgeon Valley School of Music vocal students, and the Edmonton Swiss Men’s Choir.  She toured Switzerland three times with the Swiss Choir. She also accompanies Tenor Power, 3 gents with very powerful voices.   Marlis has adjudicated at music festivals across Alberta for several years and enjoys it very much. She has been an ICU nurse for over 30 yrs.     She belongs to the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Assoc. and resides in St. Albert with her husband,  2 young adult children and  2 granddaughters.

     Marlis is very excited to be here in Lac La Biche.

Voice: Mame Helise Goehner 

Mame Helise Goehner, a lyrical soprano has been performing and studying music since the age of six. Studying under the expertise of Opera Nuova’s founder Kim Mattice Wanat and Canada’s top baritone Peter Barcza, she has won several major scholarships and festivals throughout Canada and Europe. Mame was ranked Alberta’s top Musical Theatre performer in 2001.  Mame Goehner was a prominent figure on many stages in Alberta until she made her move to Vancouver where studying at the University of British Columbia, she completed her BMus and MMus under the tutelage of Bruce Pullan and Nancy Hermiston. Mame was the lead soprano at West Point Grey United Church, and a lead member of the UBC Opera Ensemble.

Mame has toured throughout Europe, personally sang for the Queen of England and has showcased many private recitals and performances in Canada. Mame has produced and directed multiple productions across Alberta and British Columbia, including several productions for Victoria’s Saltwater Theatre Company.

Mame is experienced in lieder, opera, 20th Century art song, musical theatre, pop and jazz. Her ability to combine these genres in her performances and teaching technique is extremely unique and sought after.

Mame currently teaches and runs a thriving music school in Calgary, AB. She travels across Alberta doing Masterclasses, teaching clinics and adjudicating. When not singing and teaching, she can be found camping and surfing with her husband , 1-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter.    

Speech:  Lary Benson

Edmonton tenor, Lary Benson graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education Degree Major in  Music .  Further studies in Singing, Dance, Acting and Opera were undertaken at Morley College, London England and at the Banff Center.  Lary has had a lengthy career as an opera singer performing for most major opera companies in Canada including Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera, Manitoba Opera and the Canadian Opera Company.  Lary’s career has included many engagements as a tenor soloist in Oratorio and Musical Theatre, which led to several CBC broadcasts.  He is featured as a soloist and chorister on a 5 disc recording of 35 Sacred Concerti by Bortniansky undertaken by North America’s Ukrainian Millenium Choir.  Lary has been employed as a vocal instructor for many years at

MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts Program and at the Alberta College campus, Conservatory of Music in Edmonton.  In 2008 Lary  received a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award at the Edmonton Mayor’s  Celebration of the Arts. Just recently Lary was honored by the Alberta Music Education Foundation with  the 2015 Music Education Recognition Award.

Lary continues to perform concerts with his versatile group called Tenor Power and also mentors many students who are active as performers in Musical Theatre and the Vocal Arts.