Meet Our Adjudicators

Instrumental: Don Ross 

    Clarinetist Don Ross plays some 150 shows a year, split between classical, jazz, world and experimental music. He plays regularly with such groups as Saint Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble, Billie Zizi and the Gypsy Jive, the Edmonton Symphony, Opera Nuova, Vinok Worlddance and many others. He teaches clarinet at the U of A, Alberta College, King’s and MusiCamp Alberta.  A good example of his composing is the score to the animated film Patternicity at vimeo.com/79143425 .  He studied at the Universities of Alberta and Toronto and at Northwestern in Chicago.

 

Piano: Shalee Konojacki and Cameron Robert Watson

Shalee Konojacki/Junior-Intermediate piano:  began piano studies late in her teens and, after only a few years of study, she was recognized as a determined and exceptional talent and was accepted into the music program at the University of Alberta.  Following four years of rapid development under Professor Jacques Despres, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Performance.  In the course of her studies she won the Jason Lang scholarship for Exceptional Academic Achievement as well as the Judy R. Shelley Memorial Scholarship in Classical Piano.  Shalee went on to study at Alberta College Conservatory Grant MacEwan University where she has been a winner in annual scholarship competitions.  Shalee has continued performing in the Edmonton area as soloist as well as numerous collaborative concerts with soprano Krista Lessard.  She is an experienced teacher and clinician and has given numerous masterclasses in Edmonton geared specifically to younger students. 

 

Cameron Robert Watson/Intermediate-Senior piano:  brings to the piano a broad view of music and composition. In addition to teaching, examining, adjudication and performance throughout Canada, he has recorded numerous solo programs for CBC; written music for theatre, film and dance; and performed both as pianist and narrator in interdisciplinary projects combining dance, film, visual art and poetry.  Cameron Watson holds a Bachelor of Music with distinction in piano performance from the University of Calgary and a Master of Music in performance and composition from the University of Western Ontario. He has also studied at the University of British Columbia, The Banff School of Fine Arts, and in Europe under the Canada Council.  Cameron has adjudicated  all levels of piano in western Canada in major and minor centers alike in addition to examining for Conservatory Canada.  This includes Vancouver, Coquitlam, Saskatoon, Regina Brandon as well as locally here in Alberta.



Voice: Catherine Abele 

    Soprano Catherine Abele received her BMus degree in Voice Performance from the University of Manitoba, under the tutelage of Canadian soprano, Tracy Dahl. She went on to receive her MM degree in Voice from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, the same institution where she is now a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Voice and Vocal Pedagogy. Ms. Abele was a district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and took the top vocal prize at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition.

         Ms. Abele pursues a keen interest in art song and chamber music. Performance highlights include Argento’s Six Elizabethan Songs and Arnold Cooke’s Nocturnes with the Grandin Chamber Music Festival, John Greer’s Liebesleid-Lieder with the composer at the piano during the Department of Music’s Vocal Arts Week, and Lori Laitman’s I Never Saw An

other Butterfly as part of the University of Alberta’s ‘Music at Convocation Hall’ Series.

         Recent engagements include La Belle Époque, a shared Department of Music Mainstage Concert featuring mélodies by Fauré, Debussy and Ravel, a collaboration with The Aldeburgh Connection’s Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata in a performance of A Country House Weekend, as guest soloist with the Richard Eaton Singers in Handel’s Israel in Egypt, and as a member of the world’s foremost school of German Lieder, the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden, Austria. Performances this season include Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10 with The Enterprise String Quartet, Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus RV 595 with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, and a lecture-recital on the vocal works of Canadian composer, Barbara Pentland.

         Ms. Abele is an active vocal adjudicator and clinician in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. She served as Instructor of Voice, Lyric Diction and Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Alberta's Department of Music from 2009 until 2014. Her students from that program, as well as those in her private studio, have been accepted into opera training programs throughout North America, including Opera NUOVA, Opera on the Avalon, Cowtown Opera Company and Opera Neo in San Diego.

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Speech: Nathan Chan  

 Nathan is located in Calgary AB and manages a private studio teaching speech arts & drama and cello. He has experience teaching students of all ages. Currently, his students are aged 4 to 16. His students actively participate in the Calgary festival and also take practical examinations through the RCM and Trinity College. His students have won awards, including a regional gold medal (highest mark in AB) through the RCM.

    He possesses an Associates diploma (ATCL) from Trinity College London UK in Speech and Drama. Among his university education, he also possesses a Master of Education. He is an orchestral and chamber musician, accomplished visual artist, and taken foundational courses in expressive arts therapy and training. He also has years of corporate experience and among that, has been a corporate trainer in Intercultural Communication in Norway.

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