Adjudicators | Southeastern Manitoba Festival

Adjudicators

Junior Piano:

Mary Jo Carrabré

Mary Jo Carrabré is known for her quiet demeanor and dedication to work as a musician, performer, teacher and administrator. As an educator, Ms Carrabré has a distinct approach in her teaching style that is both engaging and empowering.

As the Brandon Centre Representative for the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations, Mary Jo has become a recognizable and calming influence for the young exam candidates. She is also sought after as an adjudicator at music festivals throughout Canada, most recently for the Mountain Music Festival and the Canadian Music Competition. These roles bring Mary Jo into contact with thousands of young musicians each year. “Music can play a vital role in how they mature and develop.”

Mary Jo is in her 18th year as the Director of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music at Brandon University. “I feel very privileged to serve in this position and I’m thankful to my colleagues for their encouragement and expertise. We are all proud of the quality of music instruction we provide”.

Mary Jo holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Manitoba where she studied with the late Marek Jablonski and a Master of Music degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Mary Jo is also active on a number of boards, including the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition. “This great organization brings our young Canadian artists to the national stage.”

Ms Carrabré enjoys her active musical life, loves entertaining her friends and colleagues and looks forward to meeting new challenges that lie ahead.

 

Senior Piano:

Madeline Hildebrand

Acclaimed Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker describes Madeline Hildebrand as “an extraordinary young artist whose communicative skills convey the essence of all that she plays. Her pianism is of the highest level, and she has an instinctive understanding of beautiful sound.”

Madeline graduated with a Masters degree from the University of British Columbia where she studied under distinguished pianist Jane Coop. She began her serious piano studies with Judith Kehler Siebert at the University of Manitoba. Her playing has taken her coast to coast in Canada and America, Italy, and Romania. Her recent engagements have included a concerto performance with the Thunder Bay Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, a cross Canada tour with soprano Sarah Kirsch, and a premier of Pat Carrabre’s piano quintet 100,000 Lakes for the Agassiz Chamber Music Festival. Upcoming concerts include a solo piano performance of Philip Glass’s music alongside Philip Glass himself, part of the WSO New Music Festival 2018.

Madeline regularly plays with Manitoba’s foremost classical players in established concert series’ such as Virtuosi Concerts, the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg, Agassiz Chamber Music Festival, Millennium noon Chamber Concerts, Brandon Chamber Players to name a few. She is the gold medalist of the 2012 McLellan competition where she performed as soloist with the WSO, and the silver medalist of Canada’s prestigious Eckhardt Grammate Competition in 2013. She is the pianist in Manitoba’s newly formed trio, Ensemble Exchange.

An in-demand teacher and clinician, Maddy is a regular faculty member at the Rosamunde Summer Festival in Winnipeg. She serves on the board of Virtuosi Concerts where she spearheaded their Young Artists Program, and as an adjudicator she has appeared at numerous Southern Manitoban AMAF festivals. Maddy maintains a large studio of vibrant, enthusiastic piano students.

 

Strings:

Marena Smith

Marena Smith, a native of Calgary, Alberta, began studying music at the age of five on the violin. Her teachers have included Lisa Elson in Calgary, Lorand Fenyves at the Banff Centre, and Francis Chaplin of Brandon. Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Calgary and an ARCT Performance Degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music (First Class Honors). She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and for several seasons, toured with them throughout Canada and the United States. Ms. Smith began her professional orchestral career at the age of seventeen with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and later in her violin career played with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She was a music specialist with the Winnipeg School Division and she has been a faculty member of the Preparatory Studies at the University of Manitoba as well as teaching at Canadian Mennonite University and in her home.

During her years of teaching, Marena has had the pleasure of creating and teaching a program designed specifically for gifted youth. For six seasons Ms. Smith was conductor of the Winnipeg Youth Concert Orchestra. She has been a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music since 1984 and travels extensively on their behalf. Her involvement with the revisions of several series of Repertoire and Technique books, Violin Syllabus and the first ever Royal Conservatory of Music Orchestral Excerpts Volume for violin students was extensive, and subsequently has represented Frederick Harris Music Company as a clinician to introduce these new publications. In 2006, she began working with Bridges International and Prairie Public Television as a composer, arranger, music producer and script editor for numerous television productions that are currently being aired on the network. Ms. Smith is an adjudicator who has participated in local festivals, Provincial Concerto Competitions and Provincial Festival Finals from Vancouver to St. Johns, Newfoundland.

 

Guitar:

David Letkemann

David has a Master’s Degree in Music (classical guitar performance) from the University of Western Ontario. He has studied in master classes with Oscar Ghiglia, David Russell, Alice Artzt, Sergio Abreu, the Amsterdam Guitar Trio and many other world class performers.

He was a sessional instructor at the U of M for a few years, at CMBC for many years and at B U for almost 30 years, and is currently teaching at the Community School of Music and Arts and at his own studio. Together with flutist Stuart McVey he released a recording of flute and guitar music. He is also a composer and arranger who has produced music for himself, his students and the guitar ensemble in Brandon. His own compositions, arrangements and transcriptions have been published by Productions d’oz and Mel Bay.

 

Voice:

Judith Oatway

Winnipeg Soprano, Judith Oatway, has a passion for singing displayed in her commitment to performance and vocal education. Judith is a faculty member of The Community School of Music & Arts at CMU and is a co-founder of the Summer Music Academy at CSMA. Her performances have been described as ‘…polished and dramatic….. her instrument is so beautiful that she can seemingly do anything with it, always at the service of the music.’ Opera Composer Blog.

Recent performances include La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Zwei Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Gertrude in Barber’s A Hand of Bridge and Mother in Hansel & Gretel. Previous roles include Magda Sorel (The Consul), Witch (Hansel & Gretel), Anne Maurrant(Street Scene) and Donna Elvira(Don Giovanni). She has performed with MB Underground Opera, UWOpera, The Little Opera Company, Opera NUOVA, Kitchener Opera, Halifax Summer Opera, and others.

Judith holds a Masters in Literature and Music Performance from the University of Western Ontario studying with Dr. Sophie Roland. Previous teachers include Sylvia Richardson and Valdine Anderson. She currently studies with Canadian coloratura Tracy Dahl and has coached with renowned artists Christine Goerke, Carol Vaness, Wendy Nielsen, and Jane Eaglen.

Judith serves as Co-Artistic Director of Flipside Opera. Judith has served as president of the NATS Manitoba Chapter and as an AMAF Board Member.

 

Musical Theatre:

Kelly Robinson

Singer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Robinson earned a Bachelor of Music with a major in Voice Performance and a Minor in composition from the University of Manitoba, an Associate Diploma (ACCM) in Voice Performance from Conservatory Canada for which she received the Speake Gold Medal, and a Specialist Certificate from Berklee College of Music where she studied pop/rock vocal styles. Additionally she holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba where she majored in microbiology and has special interest in caring for the voice during illness and fatigue. Kelly is a voice examiner for Conservatory Canada and was recently awarded the Teachers’ Travel and Study Scholarship for excellence in voice teaching. She has a strong background in musical theatre and has performed with Rainbow Stage, the Manitoba Opera Chorus, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Winnipeg, and has been involved in premiere performances of works by local composers. Recent roles include Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Mad Margaret in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore, and Mrs. Segstrom in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Productions she has directed for children and teens include Alice in Wonderland, The Granny Awards and Disney’s Aristocats. Kelly maintains a busy private voice studio and is always proud of the wonderful things her students accomplish. She is a strong advocate that the study of music benefits all aspects of learning and development and absolutely delights in encouraging students to love music and the stage.

 

Choral:

Alisa Wiebe

Alisa Wiebe was born and raised in Winnipeg in a family home filled with music. She took piano and violin lessons from a young age. Ms. Wiebe holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts from Canadian Mennonite University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba. Alisa teaches choir, vocal jazz and fiddle at Garden City Collegiate. In addition to her teaching, Ms. Wiebe also conducts the Pembina Trails Voices Boys Choir and sings with the Winnipeg Singers. Other choral experiences include working with the CMCA and EMCA Junior High Choirs and adjudicating at ChoralFest. When she’s not making music, you might find her in the woods, hiking or cross country skiing with her husband.

 

Dance:

Ashley Wolfe

Ashley Wolfe started dancing at the age of 2, taking ballet classes with Rita Jamieson in Winnipeg, MB. She started her Irish dance lessons at the age of 9 after going to see and falling in love with Riverdance! 
She began taking lessons through the Brady Academy of Irish of Dance, and competed and performed at events such as Folklorama, Canada Day, and she has also danced for the Canadian Premier Gary Filman.  Ashley began teaching Irish Dance in 2007, and loves to mix things up by combining traditional Irish steps with new upbeat music, and creating fun character pieces! Her students love to compete at the Manitoba Dance Festival and other competitions both in Canada and the US.

 

Dance:

Kelly Bale

Ms. Bale received her classical ballet training in Regina, SK with Brazilian pedagogue Ana Maria Campos at the Conservatory of Music and Dance. She attended various esteemed programs/schools such as the Quinte Ballet School and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She was accepted into the RW School’s Professional Division Teacher Training Program where she graduated with Distinction in 2000. Ms Bale holds her Licentiate with the Cecchetti Society of Canada (CSC) and ais a committee member of the Manitoba branch of the CSC. She is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and holds her Advanced 2 certificate.

Ms Bale has taught at the Conservatory of Music and Dance (Regina), 5678 Dance Studio (Kingston, ON), Queens University Dance Club (Kingston, ON) and at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Recreational and Professional Divisions. Ms Bale has sat as a jury member for the Professional Division’s First Steps Choreographic Competition and has performed professionally in RWB’s Swan Lake as the Queen Mother. She has adjudicated at the Southeastern Festival for Music and Dance and has sat on the board for the Alliance for Arts Education in Manitoba. Many of her students have been accepted into renowned professional training schools across the country and abroad.

Ms Bale was Principal of the RWB School’s Recreational Division for over 10 years prior to starting a family and looks forward to continuing her teaching within the Recreational Division.

 

Dance:

Maribeth Tabanera

With over 20 years of dance experience, Maribeth Tabanera has a diverse repertoire of street style dance moves and a passion for teaching. She began her dance training at the age of 8 with Magdaragat Incorporated, a Filipino folk dance group. From 2006 to 2013 she was a member of Define Movement, one of Winnipeg’s premiere hip hop dance crews. In 2015, Maribeth represented Winnipeg with Project Company at the Canadian Hip Hop Championships in Montreal, and Canada at Hip Hop International in San Diego. Maribeth is now a core member of B.O.S.S. Dance Crew, choreographing and performing with them. She currently works full-time as the Learning Through Internship Coordinator at the Seven Oaks Met school and Maples Met school, as well as teaching dance freelance.

Maribeth Tabanera is an active member of the street styles dance battle community as a competitor and organizer. Her love and passion for dance are reflected in her specialties; hip hop, breaking, house, dancehall, waacking, vogueing and afro. She won her first All-Style dance battle at Dance for MS 2017 in Winnipeg. Recently, she placed in the top 8 of the breaking category at the Ladies of Hip Hop Festival.

 

Dance:

Joseph Sevillo

Born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba. Joseph Sevillo has been a professional triple threat musical theatre performer, choreographer, and educator for the last nineteen years. He spent nine years in Toronto training and performing in many musicals, two years of that in the Mirvish Production of Mamma Mia at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. He also originated the role of Jojo in the Canadian Premiere of Seussical The Musical at Young People’s Theatre in Toronto.

Joseph’s professional resume extends to such blockbuster musical hits like Miss Saigon (Drayton Festival) Beauty and the Beast (Citadel Theatre/ Theatre Calgary) Westside Story (twice at Rainbowstage and once with The Vancouver Opera Company), Billy Elliot and Evita (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre) and the iconic role of Angel in RENT (Rainbowstage). He was last seen on stage in Rainbowstage’s summer production of Mamma Mia, playing the role of Pepper and is currently performing onstage with the Winnipeg Symphony/Rainbowstage production of A Chorus Line, playing the roles of Mark and Richie.

Choreographically, Joseph has been working with Koba Entertainment for thirteen years , Canada’s leading Children’s Live Stage Entertainment company, working on such shows as Shopkins, Strawberry Short Cake, The Backyardigans, The Doodlebops, Franklin The Turtle, Max and Ruby, Little Bear, Caillou and Busytown to name a few. He been a member for seventeen years with the Canadian Actor’s Equity Association and is currently the Head Instructor for all nine Musical Theatre Levels at The Shelley Shearer School Of Dance.

 

Speech/Theatre Arts:

Krista Jackson

Krista Jackson is Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s associate artistic director and the artistic director of Winnipeg’s zone41 theatre. Directing credits include: Dancing at Lughnasa (Shaw Festival); Bittergirl: The Musical, Private Lives, The Seagull and the upcoming production of Morning after Grace (Royal MTC); The Lion in Winter, Fly Me to the Moon, Much Ado About Nothing (The Grand Theatre); Dying to Be Thin (MTYP); The Miser of Middlegate (zone41/TPM); Village Wooing (zone41). Associate Director: All My Sons (Stratford Festival). Krista holds 2013 Gina Wilkinson Prize for female directors and 2015 Stratford Festival Jean Gascon Award.