Meet Our Adjudicators

Instrumental:Sheryl Bowhay 

Sheryl Bowhay specializes in instrumental music education, and has taught bands, orchestras, and choirs at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels in Alberta and Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Graduate Diploma in Conducting from the University of Calgary. 

Ms. Bowhay has been acknowledged for her leadership in teaching and the arts. She is the recipient of the Rocky View School Division Fine Arts Award of Merit, was a finalist in the Alberta Teaching in Excellence Awards, and has been named to the Chestermere School Hall of Fame as a Bulider in Fine Arts. The Ontario Band Association recently honored her with an Honorary Lifetime Membership. Sheryl has co-presented sessions at the Ontario Music Educator’s Association Conference, and most recently facilitated a session at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas. She is a contributor to the highly regarded series of music texts, Teaching Music through Performance in Band, published by GIA in Chicago.

 Ms. Bowhay actively participates on committees and boards at the local, provincial and international level. Sheryl served various roles on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Band Association, including President, she is the founding President of the Ontario Band Association, and is a Past President of the International Music Fraternity Phi Beta Mu. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Winspear Centre for Music. Ms. Bowhay is active as an adjudicator, guest conductor and clinician.

 Piano: Esther Madsen

Esther Madsen is a career teacher and musician with over forty years of experience in her field of theory and piano studies. She studied with Vera Shean to complete her Associate Degree in Pedagogy/Teaching from the Western Board of Music, now known as Conservatory Canada; whilst working towards that degree, she taught a full studio. Esther has also successfully completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alberta, specializing in music. The Royal Conservatory of Music has acknowledged her as a Certified t Teacher for piano and theory in all levels of instruction from beginner to advanced. Esther has been extremely active in the Sherwood Park Music Festival. Starting as a performer in her own right, she has acted as an accompanist, a volunteer, a proud parent of performers, and finally, as the president of the festival for 8 years and still volunteers to this day. In addition, Esther has just finished a three-year term sitting as a member of the Provincial Executive for the Alberta Music Festival Association.

 Today, Esther continues to enjoy learning through workshops and masterclasses, both as a student and a clinician. As an instructor, beyond preparing her students for their examinations, Esther enjoys teaching music for the sake of music. She is grateful to be able to share her joy and love and passion for music, believing it enriches and fulfills our lives. When Esther is not teaching piano and theory classes, she is conducting the Senior choir of the Elk Island Regional Honour Choir Association. You may also find her improvising on the organ or keyboard, playing for worship services, accompanying for instrument and voice, and playing/singing in praise bands. She loves that she continues to learn from her students on a weekly and daily basis. 

Voice: Adam Robertson

Adam is a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the University of Alberta. He holds a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from that university, as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Lethbridge. Adam works throughout Alberta as a clinician and adjudicator, and remains active as a choral singer as well as conductor. He has sung in numerous honour choirs both provincially and nationally, including the National Youth Choir in 2004. Previously, Adam has directed Lethbridge’s Cantare Girls Choir and Avanti Women’s Ensemble, Sherwood Park’s Festival singers, and has served as the assistant director for Edmonton’s Da Camera Singers. Adam is currently a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta, the co-director of the Edmonton Children’s Choir, and has served as the Assistant Conductor for the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus since 2006.

Speech:  Monic Maddaford

Monica is an Edmonton-based actor, teacher, and voice artist.  A festival competitor throughout her childhood in her hometown of Medicine Hat, Monica now enjoys working as an adjudicator at festivals throughout Alberta.  She is the former Artistic Director of Theatre Zocalo, where her work centered around developing theatre in collaboration with her students, using improvisation and their own imaginations as a springboard.  Monica is a regular performer in the Edmonton theatre community and has contributed as a voice artist in the rapidly-growing video game industry.  She is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s professional stage acting program.