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Oshawa-Whitby Kiwanis Music Festival

Adjudicators

Abigail Freeman (Voice)

Ms. Freeman has been heard in the roles of the Queen of the Night and Papagena (The Magic Flute), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Blonde (Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail) and The Chair in A Chair in Love, Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos),  Ännchen(Die Freischutz), Suor Genoveffa(Suor Angelica), Fanchette (Le marriage aux lanternes) and Ophelia in Mark Richards’Hamlet.

She has also been the featured soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Bach cantatas Wachet auf and Wachet, betet, and has performed with the Brott Festival, Oshawa Opera, Toronto Opera Collaborative, Opera by Request, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, the Mississauga Festival Choir, the Georgetown Bach Chorale, Counterpoint Chorale, and is a regular performer with Windmill Music. 

Freeman completed a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Toronto (Canada) and a Master of Music Degree from Binghamton University (United States). She maintains a private music studio in Mississauga and is the Assistant Conductor of the Mississauga Festival Youth Choir and is the Music Director at the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga.

Daisy Leung (Junior & Intermediate Piano)

Daisy is making her mark in Toronto as an accomplished collaborative artist whose love for chamber music and collaboration is apparent in her approach. She is employed as a studio collaborative pianist at the University of Toronto and at the Royal Conservatory of Music. For 20 years, she has taught piano, history and theory, and feels fortunate to be able to pass on her love of music to the next generation through teaching and adjudicating festivals across Ontario.

After starting piano lessons at the age of five with Betty Wong and then Wolfram Linnebach in

Edmonton, she moved to Toronto to complete a degree with piano pedagogue Marietta Orlov, where she earned her Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto. She has been privileged to play for many of today's leading pianists, such as Jon Kimura Parker, Jane Coop and 

Marc-André Hamelin. Through her participation in U of T’s chamber music program and as a collaborative pianist, Daisy has also been afforded the opportunity to be coached by Steven Isserlis, Pamela Frank, Pinchas Zukerman, Steven Philcox, Carolyn Maule, Jamie Summerville, Laurence Lesser, Sylvia Rosenburg and Jacques Israelievitch.

Daisy has completed further studies at The Banff Centre, Algonquin Summer Institute, Aria Summer Music Festival and Scotia Festival of Music. She has been a recipient of awards and scholarships from institutions including the Canadian Music Competition, Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival, Alberta College and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Emer McCarthy-Wilson (Choral Speaking)

Emer holds a degree in Drama and English from the University of Windsor.  She began teaching with the DDSB in 1980, and retired in 2014.  She keeps herself busy with family, friends, and travel.  Emer also has a fabulous job with the Pickering Museum Village, conducting education tours as part of the Grade Three Pioneer programme.  Her costume is an 1837 prairie dress, bonnet, and boots. 

During her teaching years, Emer brought her love of theatre to the schools where she taught, and her students always participated in Kiwanis Festival.  Over the years, her students earned Gold Awards for Choral Speaking, Improvisation, and Speeches.

Emer also directed school musicals, Shakespeare Festivals, as well as producing talent showcases.

Emer has been actively involved with "Backwoods Players" for 12 years, performing in the production of "A Spirit Walk", and directing the Duffins' Creek Christmas Pageant.  


Garry Page (Bands)

Garry holds Honours music degrees in Trumpet Performance, Academics and Teaching from the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, England. Garry immigrated to Canada in 1997 at which point he became a member of the Stratford Festival Orchestra. He has performed as soloist at Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, Roy Thomson Hall, and Massey Hall, River Run Centre, Guelph and in the U.K., at Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, Kensington Palace, and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Garry is the founder, Principal Trumpet and Artistic Director of the Kingsway Brass and Brass Pages Quintet and Ensembles and member of the award-winning trumpet and organ duo Page Two.

Recordings include numerous film soundtracks, EMI, Decca, Hyperion, CBC, Sony, and Naxos classical discs, pop, jazz-fusion, Latin and blues for Blue Note and Verve. He has broadcast for national and local radio stations in the U.K., Asia, U.S. and Canada with appearances on BBC, Central, Global, CBS, PBS, ABC and CBC television networks as well as BBC and CBC radio. Mr. Page has toured with British-based Cuban Super Group Como No with Arturo Sandoval, and Irakere at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Clubs in London and Birmingham as well as international jazz festivals in Europe. Garry Page was Co-Lead Trumpet of Svengali, a Gil Evans Tribute Big Band with Guy Barker and Andy Sheppard. In the U.K., Mr. Page has performed with London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Shakespeare Company Orchestra, Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, London Brass, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Brass Consort, City of Birmingham Symphony Brass, and Royal Shakespeare Company Brass. In Canada ensemble playing has included Principal Trumpet for Kingsway Brass, Brassroots, Stratford Festival Brass Ensemble, concerts with Canadian Brass, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London, Hamilton Philharmonic, Canadian Opera Company, Talisker Players, Guelph Chamber Orchestra, and Niagara Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Page has had articles on music published by The Royal Conservatory and has written music critiques for local and national newspapers.

He is active as a freelance performer, teacher, adjudicator, university lecturer, and has examined for the Guildhall, Trinity College and Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music. Garry Page adjudicates for MusicFest Canada, Canada’s Wonderland Festival of Music, Kiwanis, Rotary, and Lion’s Club Festivals in Canada, Music in the Parks, USA. Mr. Page serves as Director of Bands and Director of the St. Andrew’s Academy of Music at St. Andrew’s College, Aurora. In September 2018 he  joined the New Horizons Band of Toronto as Band Director.

Geoffrey Conquer (Senior & Advanced Piano)

Geoffrey  is quickly establishing himself as one of Canada’s most dynamic pianists. He is the only two-time First Prize winner of the McGill Symphony Concerto Competition, the second prize winner of the 2015 Siegfried Weishaupt International Piano Competition in Germany, and has been awarded a Schulich Scholarship, the Mary Feher Prize, two Graduate Excellence Fellowships in Piano, and bursaries from the Art Song Foundation of Canada. A versatile musician with a passion for collaboration, recent performance highlights include Puccini’s La Bohème at Highlands Opera Studio, works by Bartók and Omar Daniel for two pianos and percussion in Walter Hall, Schulhoff’s Hot-Sonate in Mazzoleni Hall, and recital work with vocalists at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, University of Waterloo, and the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. He is a chamber music faculty member at The Royal Conservatory’s Phil and Eli Taylor Academy, a pianist for the renowned Toronto Children’s Chorus, and on the artist roster of Lincoln Center Stage.

Currently, Geoffrey is pursuing a DMA in Piano Performance at the University of Toronto. From 2016-17, he was awarded a prestigious Rebanks Fellowship by the Glenn Gould School, during which he performed in Koerner Hall and across Canada. He earned both his Master and Bachelor of Music degrees at McGill University, where he studied with Marina Mdivani, a legendary Georgian pianist and pupil of Emil Gilels. Through master classes and musical encounters, Geoffrey has gained insight from significant artistic personalities including Martha Argerich, Jacques Rouvier, Daniel Pollack, and Leon Fleisher. He has furthered his studies through residencies at The Banff Centre, The International Holland Music Sessions, Highlands Opera Studio, Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, SongFest, Cleveland Art Song Festival, and the Toronto Summer Music Festival Chamber Music Institute.

In 2007Geoffrey won the Advanced Piano Chairman’s Award at the Oshawa-Whitby Kiwanis Music Festival.

Martha Gregory (Strings)

Martha was born in Rochester, New York where she studied violin, piano and voice at the Hochstein School of Music,The Eastman School of Music, and Roberts Wesleyan College. Her string studies involved classical and Suzuki methods. After moving to Canada in 1974, she established a private studio in Pickering, Ontario that she still maintains. Since her move to Canada, Martha has enjoyed performing, teaching and promoting Canadian music through her work with music festivals. She currently performs with the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra and is principal violinist with the Hamstrings of Durham Trio. She has been an active freelance performer in classical voice, music theatre, violin and piano. Martha has been involved with music festivals for the last 31 years and has been Executive Director of the Pickering GTA Music Festival for 16 years. She is the Executive Director of the Pickering GTA Music Festival, Past- President of the Ontario Music Festivals Association, the Ontario representative on the National Board of Governors  and has enjoyed adjudicating all across Canada.

Shawn Hills (Woodwinds)

Shawn received her Honours Bachelor of Music and her Bachelor of Education from Western University in London. She studied clarinet under Jerome Summers and Avrahm Galper and conducting under Don McKellar, Jerome Summers and Deral Johnson.

Shawn’s clarinet studio focuses solely on students whose path is taking them to study music at the university level. Working at this level, with students who love music and the clarinet as much as she does has been extremely rewarding for her.

Shawn is a retired music educator who thrived and grew as a teacher musician for 30 years with the Kawartha Pineridge board of Education. She considers herself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to share music with so many students over the years. Her focus in her classroom as well as her studio has always been to find ways to help students bring their music to life. Student understanding and satisfaction with the music has always been the most important aspect of her teaching.

Shawn continues to teach privately, has performed with and conducted the Clarington Concert Band and is currently performing with the Bowmanville New Horizons Band. She also continues to work as a clinician and adjudicate non-competitive festivals in KPR. 

 

Vincent Cheng (Choirs)

Since 2016, Vincent has been conducting the St. Michael's School Alumini Choir.  He is currently music director at St. Elizabeth Seton Church. Vincent first established himself as a prominent accompanist in Toronto. He was associate organist at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, principal organist/music director at St. Rose of Lima and St. Luke churches and orchestral pianist/assistant conductor/chorus master for the Toronto Philharmonia  with influential mentor Kerry Stratton. Vincent's conducting experience extends across the United States and Europe, including: founder of award-winning Vocal Horizons Chamber Choir, 3rd prize at Budapest MAV International , and assistant opera conductor in Berlin, Germany . Following a career in electrical engineering , Vincent is now focused on enrichment and healing as a psychotherapist in training.