The Southeastern Manitoba Festival is pleased to announce our 2024 program is available on our website.  You can view online or print it out as you like.

adjudicators for the 2024 southeastern manitoba festival


Carolyn Boyes

Carolyn Boyes grew up singing in church and school choirs. Currently, she is a public school choral music specialist in Winnipeg and Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Boys’ Choir (WBC). During her tenure with the WBC, the choir has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and some of Winnipeg’s finest choirs, including Canzona, Prairie Voices, Dead of Winter, and The Phil. Recently, WBC was invited to perform at Choral Canada’s Podium conference in Toronto (2022) and Montreal/New Musics International Festival (2023). Carolyn is Children’s Chorus Director for Manitoba Opera and is an instructor with the University of Manitoba’s Orff Certification Program. She loves adjudicating and guest conducting whenever the opportunity arises!


There will be no Guitar Festival for 2024.

junior piano

Loren Hiebert

Ever since he was a quiet little boy growing up in rural Kansas, Loren has felt a close connection to music. The folks in church always sang in four-part harmony, and there was southern gospel music on the record player. A most significant part of Loren’s musical development was his uncle and piano teacher, Glenn Loewen.

Since 1980, Loren has been sharing that rich musical relationship with 60-70 piano students a year. Drawing on his active professional life as a performer, recording artist, collaborator, and adjudicator, he has been eager to bring his students into that world of vibrant creative experience.

Loren has been the accompanist for many individuals and groups. They have included opera singers Andriana Chuchman, Robyn Driedger Klassen, Victor Engbrecht, Philip Ens and Jerome Hines. He has performed and recorded extensively with violinist Rosemary Siemens. Loren improvised the accompaniments on Canzona’s three CD recordings of German hymns. He currently accompanies the Southern Manitoba Choral Society, the Faith and Life Male Choir, and the Central Manitoba Youth Choir.

In addition to a university music degree, Loren holds Royal Conservatory of Music ARCT diplomas in piano performance and piano teaching. He remains a long-time  member of the piano faculty at the International Music Camp. In 2012 Loren received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work with youth choirs, music within the community, and private music instruction. In 2018 he was recognized as a Teacher of Distinction by the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Loren and his wife Lori live in Altona.

musical theatre:

Laura Kolisnyk

Laura Kolisnyk is a Winnipeg based performer, choreographer, director, writer, and educator. An honours graduate of the University of Winnipeg theatre department she has performed locally and internationally. Specializing in musical theatre for young audiences, she spent ten years with Koba Entertainment, working her way up the ranks from touring performer to assistant to the artistic director. Tours with them included performances across Canada, USA, South Korea, The United Arab Emirates and France. In Winnipeg she most recently performed with Rainbow Stage in The Little Mermaid. She has also written, produced, directed, choreographed and performed in many shows for the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Laura has voiced countless cartoon characters for Dacapo Productions and was the voice director on  Balloopoo. She was the singer/front person for the funkiest kids band around, The Fun-Key Ducks. When Laura is not on stage she is sharing her passion for performing arts and yoga. As an educator she has over thirty years of experience, having taught musical theatre, singing, drama, dance and yoga at many and studios and schools in Winnipeg.

senior piano

Darryl Friesen

Darryl Friesen enjoys a diverse musical career that involves a variety of activities in performance, academic scholarship, and education. He has been praised for his “rich palette of tonal colour” and performances of “intimate, poignant simplicity” (Winnipeg Free Press), and has given acclaimed performances as a soloist and collaborative artist across Canada, the United States, Europe, China, and Brazil, and has been featured many times in concert on CBC Radio. He has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Chamber Music Society, and has appeared on the Virtuosi recital series. As a collaborator and recitalist, he has performed with many distinguished artists, including Elliot Madore, Andrew Wan, Allen Harrington, Jessica Strong, Valdine Anderson, Oleg Pokhanovski, the Adaskin String Trio, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. He also had the rare privilege to serve as rehearsal pianist for a memorial concert featuring Frederica von Stade, Elizabeth Futral, Richard Leech, Thomas Hampson, and Samuel Ramey. Darryl’s debut album, Curlicue: The Solo Piano Works of Karen Sunabacka, was released on the Ravello Records label in September 2022.
Dr. Friesen has been the recipient of many awards and honours. His doctoral studies were made possible through generous grants from the Canada Council of the Arts in both 2005 and 2006, including the coveted Sylva Gelber Foundation Award, given annually to the most talented Canadian classical artist under the age of 30. He was awarded the Nancy Kennedy Wustman Memorial award in Vocal Accompanying at the U of I in 2006, and was the grand prizewinner of the 2003 CBC Arts Encounters Young Performers Competition. He was a finalist in the International Stepping Stone Competition (2004) and Canadian Music Competition (2001), received the Lawrence Genser Memorial Scholarship (2002) as the most outstanding performer at the University of Manitoba School of Music, and has received numerous grants from the Manitoba Arts Council throughout his academic studies. He performed in the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Muriel Richardson Auditorium as a featured artist in the Prairie Performances series, and has participated in masterclasses with such artists as Murray Perahia, Jeaneanne Dowis, and Marc Durand.
Darryl began his piano studies with Darrel Loewen through the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts, with whom his love of the piano and its vast repertoire was discovered and encouraged. After studying with internationally-renowned pedagogue, Lee Kum-Sing, at the Vancouver Academy of Music, he went on to receive BM and MM degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Manitoba as a student of well-known Canadian pianist, Dr. David Moroz. He subsequently completed his DMA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009 as a Fellow of both the University of Illinois (Creative and Performing Arts) and the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Society, studying with Fulbright scholar, Dr. William Heiles, and esteemed collaborative pianist and coach, Prof. Dennis Helmrich.
Dr. Friesen has enjoyed a wide variety of academic successes. From 2011-2015, he held the position of Assistant Professor of Piano and General Music Studies at Providence University College. In addition to teaching piano and chamber music, he taught a variety of core academic courses, including Music Theory, Musicianship, and Music History. He is also committed to the development of community among music teachers and pedagogues, and to that end he co-founded Shop Talk, a masterclass series and pedagogical forum in Steinbach, MB. He is a past faculty member of the celebrated Morningside Music Bridge international summer music program.
Dr. Friesen is in great demand as a soloist, collaborative artist, teacher, and clinician. He and his wife live with their four children in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he currently teaches full time at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music.


Laurel Howard

Laurel Howard has been teaching violin and viola for over thirty-five years. She
enjoys a thriving studio and takes delight in the personal and professional development of
her students, many of whom have made music their careers. A longtime member of
Winnipeg’s Suzuki community, she has also taught for the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras,
Sistema Winnipeg, the Winnipeg and Seven Oaks School Divisions, and at many
workshops and camps. She has adjudicated widely across western Canada.

Laurel instructs the String Techniques class for the University of Manitoba’s
Desautels Faculty of Music and is String Coordinator for the Winnipeg Symphony
Orchestra’s Adventures in Music program. A former member of the Saskatoon Symphony
Orchestra and the Brandon Chamber Players, she is active as a freelance violist in
Winnipeg. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music and a post-
baccalaureate diploma in education. Laurel sings in Winnipeg’s premier women’s choir,
Esprit de Choeur, and serves on the Board of the Winnipeg Arts Council.


Judith Oatway

Winnipeg Soprano, Judith Oatway, has a passion for singing displayed in her commitment to performance and vocal education. Her performances have been described as ‘…polished and dramatic…’ Opera Composer Blog.

Judith serves as a sessional instructor at the Canadian Mennonite University and University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music teaching voice and vocal pedagogy. Judith co-founded the Summer Music Academy at the Community School of Music & the Arts at CMU, a summer program for young singers in Winnipeg. She has served on the boards of the Associated Manitoba Arts Festivals and the MB Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Judith holds a Master’s in Literature and Music Performance from the University of Western Ontario.

Recent performance highlights include a Manitoba tour of the music of John Greer and La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi).  Past performances include Zwei Dame (Die ZauberflöteI), Magda Sorel (The Consul), Mother (Hansel & Gretel), Anne Maurrant (Street Scene) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). She has performed with Manitoba Underground Opera, The Little Opera Company, Kitchener Opera, Halifax Summer Opera, among others.

As a co-founder and Artistic Director of Flipside Opera & Art Song Collective, an independent vocal music organization, Judith believes the future of vocal arts is alive and well in Manitoba.