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Strings and Guitar
Originally from Argentina, Maria grew up playing the violin and piano. Upon moving to Canada , she was accepted at the Senior Academy at Mount Royal Conservatory and studied with prominent teachers including Lise Elson, Cenek Vbra and John Lowry. Maria completed her ARCT certification in both violin and piano and moved to complete her music performance studies at the University of Calgary under the direction of Edmond Agopian.
Maria is currently an active member of the Calgary Musicians Association and is also the Registration Chair for the Cochrane Youth Talent Festival. She has performed and recorded solo and chamber concerts with members of the Calgary Opera, Calgary Cowtown Opera, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony, Metropolitan Opera of New York, Cirque De Soleil and played alongside Michael Buble for his 2014 Canada Tour. Maria was invited to record for the Canadian Country Music Awards and was featured in the CBC Television special for the CCMA awards in December 2014. She continues her active role as a teacher, adjudicator and performer hosting and playing numerous concerts, fundraisers in support of different charities. Maria resides in Calgary with her husband and 5 year old son Lucas.
Speech and Dramatic Arts & Choral and Vocal Arts
Adele Clark’s teaching and performance experience span over twenty five years. After obtaining her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of British Columbia she completed her Master’s degree with a major in Opera performance. She served as assistant to the Director of Opera studies at UBC where she also taught voice. Her private studio was established in 1991 and is a thriving enterprise. Many of Adele’s students have gone on to post secondary education in music and professional performing careers. The constant challenge of staying current in vocal pedagogy and performance practices is very exciting to her. Enthusiasm and a positive approach keep Adele in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, and workshop teacher across Canada.
With a diversified repertoire from opera to cabaret Ms. Clark’s repertoire includes roles as wide-ranging as ‘Nellie Lovett’ in Sondheim’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ to the ‘Countess’ in Le Nozze di Figaro” and of course ‘Adele’ in Die Fledermaus, as well as a large collection of crazy ladies and women of dubious repute. Directing credits include opera, cabaret and musical theatre for professional and community theatre.
Ms. Clark is a long standing member of the National Association of Teacher’s of Singing, Music Teachers National Association, the B.C Registered Music Teacher’s Association, and the Canadian Actor’s Equity Union.
Catherine Anne Bundt is a graduate of the UBC Piano Performance program where she studied with Jane Coop and participated in master classes with Fanny Waterman, Menahem Pressler, Elly Ameling and Rudolf Jansen. She was a full scholarship student at the Banff International Centre for the Performing Arts where she studied with Marek Jablonski and later completed two years of further studies with Lee Kum-Sing, again at UBC.
Catherine is an active performer, teacher and adjudicator who strongly believes in the value of music in children’s lives and sees teaching music as giving young students ‘a gift for life’. She has been a BC Registered Music Teacher for the past 30 years and served several terms on the South Fraser branch executive council and festival committees. In an attempt to make music accessible and affordable to her local community, Catherine has also hosted more than 30 “house concerts” in her home featuring performing artists from universities and music schools.
Catherine is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association and has given classes and workshops throughout the province. She is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music College of Examiners and presently maintains a full private studio in Surrey, BC.
Taylor Dolan is a Vancouver-born dancer, performer, choreographer, adjudicator, and instructor. Raised in White Rock, Taylor began dancing as a toddler, training with Spiral Dance Co. Her professional career started at the age of twelve, where she danced for Disney, Nickelodeon and Royal Caribbean Cruises.
After graduating high school Taylor continued to pursue her passion for dance, joining the ballet-contemporary company Lamondance in 2010 under the artistic direction of Lara Barclay and Monica Proenca. At the age of seventeen Taylor was asked to debut her first choreographic work at the Vancouver Global Dance Project. That same year she danced in music videos for various recording artists such as K-OS, Keisha Chante and Sean Desmond. The following year she began her first adjudicating tour across Canada, and has since adjudicated in Canada, the US and internationally.
In 2012 Taylor moved to London UK where she danced with The Greenwich Contemporary Dance Company, and trained musical theatre performers for their West End debuts such as The Lion King, Annie and Miss Saigon. Some of her other European credits include performing at the Much Music Video Awards in Amsterdam, the Tanzart Festival in Germany, and guest teacher and adjudicator at Danza In Fiera in Florence, Italy. After illuminating years of performing and teaching abroad, Taylor has returned to Canada. She is currently enjoying her time back, teaching and choreographing and teaching at various schools in the Lower Mainland, and working with the Ballet Lounge in Vancouver. She has recently concluded working with The Response Dance Society under the artistic direction of Amber Funk Barton, and was the 2015 Stage II & III BC Provincial Adjudicator upon her return. For Taylor, every aspect of contributing to the dance community is her passion and privilege, and she continues to focus on the creative elements of dance.
Winds and Brass
B.Mus. UBC Masters in Composition UVic.
Trumpet player with, Vancouver Symphony, CBC Chamber Orch.,Cave Night Club Orch., Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Broadway Shows, band leader for CBC Dr. Bundolo Radio and TV shows, basically a free-lance musician.
He has recorded with Pacific Salt, CBC Orchestra, Fred Stride Orchestra, and Bob Hales Orchestra.
Don was a founding member of Pacific Salt Jazz Sextet, Lance Harrison. “To Swing or Not to Swing” cd Don Clark Jazz Quintet
He has toured Europe, Canada and U.S. with New Orleans Connection and Chicago Six. His experience includes 40 years of Festival adjudication, clinics and workshops both Provincially and Nationally.