The Southeastern Manitoba Festival's 2019-2020 Addendum is now available!  This year the Addendum and Entry forms will be available ONLINE only.   DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS DECEMBER 1st!

There will be a paper copy of the addendum available at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre - to view, take a picture or copy.  

adjudicators for the 2020 southeastern manitoba festival


musical theatre:

Manitoba-born and award-winning singer, actor, adjudicator, and educator, Aaron Hutton is one of the province’s most eclectic artists. A versatile performer with a résumé ranging from Baroque to Contemporary Musical Theatre, Aaron has become a sought after crossover vocalist. Having been recognized as “a wonderfully talented tenor” (CBC) and “one of Winnipeg’s busiest musical chameleons” (Winnipeg Free Press), he continues to make a name for himself in both the Musical Theatre and Classical music communities across the prairies.

Being no stranger to the local arts scene, Aaron has performed with some of Winnipeg’s premier theatre companies in leading and featured ensemble roles, such as Rainbow Stage, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Dry Cold Productions, Prairie Theatre Exchange, and Manitoba Theatre for Young People. Aside from his stage performing, Aaron has flourished as a soloist with some of Winnipeg’s most distinguished choral, orchestral, and chamber ensembles, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Canzona: Winnipeg’s Baroque Music Ensemble, the Winnipeg Singers, the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, and concerts with Manitoba Opera.

Aaron obtained his Bachelor and Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Manitoba Marcel A. Desautel Faculty of Music. He is an alumni of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the nationally acclaimed Opera Nuova training intensive. As an up-and-coming artist, Aaron has already made a reputation for himself as a dominant force in the Manitoba music and theatre scene.

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speech/theatre arts:

Bill Millar is a researcher, trainer and budding podcaster, on the nitty-gritty of interculturalism and intercultural ministry. 

Recent public speaking events relating to this research include presentations at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences for the Canadian Theological Society in Regina (2018) and at  Behold I do a new thing: Emerging Perspectives on Ministry in Winnipeg (2018)

A frequent guest on CBC radio, Bill is a retired minister, having served as pastor of Knox United in Winnipeg [one of the most culturally diverse churches in North America] for 14 years. Earlier work included 11 years serving the Winnipeg region in congregational transition and renewal, and 12 years as pastor of Winnipeg Church for the Deaf.  

He has provided training in worship leadership, and intercultural and change-focused ministry for: In-Community Program for Ordination, Diocese of Rupertsland [Anglican], Centre for Christian Studies, Forum for Intercultural Leadership, and the United Church of Canada. 

Also over the years Bill has led numerous community organizing events, provided youth leadership training throughout North America [for Catholic church] and in Appalachia. 


junior piano:

Pianist Nicola Davies divides her time between opera & musical theatre, recitals, teaching, and working behind the scenes in the arts. Her theatre work encompasses well over thirty productions as music director and pianist, including Carmen with Opera Kelowna, La Bohème with Opera NUOVA as assistant conductor, and musicals with Secondary Characters, Gallery 7, and University of the Fraser Valley Theatre in BC.  She works with the University of Manitoba Musical Theatre Ensemble, the Manitoba Theatre for Young People junior production, and freelances as a collaborative pianist. She has taught piano and voice for many years, currently at Balmoral Hall School.


Nicola has instigated various projects over the years including Secondary Characters Musical Theatre, for which she was Co-Artistic Director for nine years. She is now the Executive Director  and Co-Founder of Living Room Live, a classical house concert touring organization founded in 2018 to create intimate live music events for musicians and audiences across Canada.


As a participant at the Vancouver International Song Institute and the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria, Nicola has studied with such teachers as Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles, Elly Ameling, and Margo Garrett. A perpetual student, formal studies have included a Masters in Collaborative Piano at the University of Manitoba with Dr. Laura Loewen and Dr. Judy Kehler Siebert, a Diploma in Voice Performance, a Certificate in Conducting, and a Bachelor of Science.


Elation Pauls is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy and Festival, and has served as Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra since 2009. She is in constant demand for her lush sound and expressive solo and chamber music performances, is violinist with Trio Exchange (clarinetist Micah Heilbrunn, pianist Madeline Hildebrand) and has enjoyed recent collaborations with Andrew Wan, Martin Beaver, David Harding, Ariel Barnes, Paul Marleyn and Martin Roscoe. January of 2018 included a self-directed residency in Israel with support from the Manitoba and Winnipeg Arts Councils. February of 2019 brought Ms. Pauls back to her home province for concerts and master classes with the Rosamunde Festival Players at the University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. She enjoys teaching violin privately and has adjudicated at the Morden Festival of the Arts.

Following studies with the great Hungarian pedagogue Lorand Fenyves at the University of Toronto, Ms. Pauls obtained the highly sought-after Solo Performance (Konzertexamen) degree from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock, Germany, where she studied with Petru Munteanu. As well as playing in the Kammerphilharmonie Berlin-Brandenburg and the Hamburger Symphoniker while under the direction of Andrey Boreyko and Jeffrey Tate, she has performed as soloist with the Neinstedt Chamber Players (Germany), Rosamunde Festival Strings, Banff Festival Chamber Orchestra, and the Mooredale Concerto Players in Toronto. As a chamber musician, performances in this capacity have taken her from Toronto to Berlin, as well as the Schleswig-Holstein, Banff, Domaine Forget, and Kent/Blossom music festivals. She has performed in many of the major concert halls of North America and Europe, including Carnegie Hall (NY), Jordan Hall (Boston), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Leiszhalle (Hamburg) and at the Philharmonie (Berlin), and is looking forward to the WSO’s tour to Holland and Belgium in May of 2020.


Skender Sefa completed the Bachelor of Music (Performance), Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) and Master of Music (Performance) degree programs at the University of Manitoba.  He also attended classes as a scholarship student at Domaine Forget Music and Dance Academy in Quebec.  Skender currently teaches classical guitar performance and music theory at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Music through the preparatory division and is a past president of the Winnipeg Classical Guitar Society.  


Dr. Jennifer Lang is an Assistant Professor of Music Education and the
Director of Choral Activities at the University of Saskatchewan where
she conducts the Greystone Singers and teaches Choral Literature,
Choral Methods, Choral Pedagogy, and Elementary Music Methods.   She
is the organizer of the Department of Music’s Music Education in
Action Series and the founder and organizer of the uSing uSask Choral
Festival.  Recent collaborations with the Greystone Singers include:
Mozart’s Requiem with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (SSO) (2019);
the Hallelujah Chorus with the SSO (2018); Christmas show with The
Tenors (2018), The Armed Man with the SSO and Canadian Chamber Choir
(2018); The Golden Harvest with the SSO (2017); the Saskatoon Chamber
Singers in a Double Treat Choir Concert (2017); Beethoven’s Symphony
No. 9 with the SSO (2016); The Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, Dee Daniels
and Fred Stride in Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert at the Saskatchewan
Jazz Festival (2016).

Dr. Lang’s research examines engagement and agency in music education
programs, including informal music learning in a variety of
educational contexts, music creation in the classroom, and
intergenerational singing programs. Jennifer is also active as a
conductor, choral adjudicator, clinician and conference presenter with
local, provincial, national, and international invitations.   Dr. Lang
has adjudicated most recently at Cantando Festival 2019 in Alberta;
ChorFest 2019 in Saskatchewan; the Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival
2019 in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan; ChoralFest North 2018 in Alberta; 2017
Cantando Sun Peaks Festival in British Columbia; and ChorFest 2016 in
Saskatchewan.  Her recent international conference presentations
include:  International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education
(2019, 2013); Research in Music Education (2019, 2017, 2015); Choral
Canada’s Podium (2018), Progressive Methods in Music Education (2018);
and the International Society for Music Education (2016, 2014, 2012).

While completing her graduate studies at the University of Western
Ontario, Jennifer was awarded a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and was an
instructor at the Don Wright Faculty of Music and Faculty of Education
and the Teaching Support Centre.   Currently Jennifer serves as the
past-president on the board of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation, the
Board Chair for Musical Futures Canada, and a member of Choral
Canada’s Advocacy Committee and Editorial Committee.  Prior to
completing her doctorate, Jennifer served as a program leader of vocal
and instrumental secondary school music with the District of Niagara
Arts Academy in the District School Board of Niagara.

senior piano: