Adjudicators for the Nelson Festival of the Arts 2020


        Ingrid Attrot

Soprano Ingrid Attrot has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with the English National Opera, Opera Northern Ireland and the Pacific Opera.

She has an affinity for contemporary repertoire and has won the Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition. This led to many collaborations with composers such as Peter Maxwell Davies, Geoffrey Burgon, Hugh Wood, Nicola LeFanu, Julian Philips and John Greer. She has sung in major festivals including the Salzburg Festival, the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Holland Festival in Amsterdam and the BBC Proms. In recital, she has appeared at the Concertgebauw (Amsterdam), Le Monnaie (Brussels), Royal Opera House (London), and at the Wigmore Hall (London).

Ingrid is a former student of Selena James at the VCM. Her background includes a Post Graduate Opera Diploma from the University of Toronto and training at the National Opera Studio, London, England.

Ingrid is head of the voice department, Opera Studio, and Director of the Voice Collegium program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.


        Carla Birston

One of the Lower Mainland’s most active string pedagogues, violinist Carla Birston has dedicated her career to fostering the joy of playing and learning with students of all ages and levels. 

Along with a busy career as a freelance musician and private teacher, Carla enjoys working with youth orchestras. For over twenty-five years she conducted the Semiahmoo Strings in White Rock and is currently directing the string ensembles at the VSO School of Music, where she is a member of the violin faculty and Chair of the String Department.

An Examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, Carla is in demand as an adjudicator at festivals throughout British Columbia. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, where she was a student of the renowned violist and teacher, Gerald Stanick.



        Alan Crane

Alan Crane holds a Bachelor of Music   (University of Western Ontario) and a Master of Music in Piano Performance (University of British Columbia).  For nearly 40 years he has been teaching a full class of students ranging from young beginners to pre-professional young musicians to adults. Many of Mr. Crane’s students have gone on to pursue careers in music.  In addition to being on the faculty of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music, where he served a term as Chair of the Piano Department, Mr. Crane teaches part-time at the Langley Community Music School, where he was for many years Coordinator of the Piano Program. As well as teaching, Alan Crane is an active performer. He is a founding director and pianist with the popular Vancouver concert series West Coast Chamber Music. He is a sought after accompanist and has presented solo recitals in Canada and the United Kingdom.  He is also active as a festival adjudicator across western Canada and is a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music.



Dance – Stage
       Greer Whillans

Greer Whillans is a Canadian born professional dancer and choreographer, actor, and model, currently based out of Los Angeles, California. She has received great accolades for her choreography showcased in 2018 Crazy 8s Film Festival ‘Small Fish’ directed by Maxime Beauchamp. Last season Greer was invited as one of six choreographers selected to participate in the Dance Center’s ’12 Minutes Max’ upcoming presentation in the Faris Family Studio Theatre.
       A sought after instructor, she was principal dancer for many years at the Vancouver ‘WE Day’ events, where she taught over 17,000 youth annually the WE Day dance at Rogers Arena. She is a valued crew member at Groove Street Dance Conventions, where she works closely with many of the industry’s top professionals. Greer was assistant choreographer for Disney’s touring artist Desirae, and teaches regularly at Vancouver’s top drop-in studio Harbour Dance Centre. She comes highly recommended as an assistant by many of Vancouver’s top choreographers including Moe Brody and Joanne Pesusich.
       Her breadth of experience includes performing in theatre productions such as Mitac’s ‘Math Out Loud’ directed by Mackenzie Gray, dancing for choreographer Paul Becker on Disney’s original TV movie ‘Girl vs Monster’ and for Heather Laura Gray in the CW Network’s TV show ‘iZombie’. During Canada’s 150th Celebration Greer performed for thousands at HFour’s production for the Cherry Blossom Festival Spring Lights held in Queen Elizabeth Park. She has performed for industrials for Telus, Variety: The Childrens Charity, and the Times of India Film Awards, as well as modeling for Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week. 



Dance – Ballet/Modern 
           Joanna Lige

Joanna Lige is a RAD Registered Teacher, a Certified Progressing Ballet Technique Instructor, a member of the Council of Ontario Dance and Drama Educators, and a member of the International Association of Dance Science and Medicine.

She grew up in Kelowna where she completed her RAD Advanced II examination and was also named 1st runner-up at The B.C. Festival of the Arts for Modern/Contemporary. Additionally, she has trained with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, and Peggy Baker Dance Projects. She completed a Post-Secondary Diploma in Contemporary Dance from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and has performed work by José Limón, Sharon Moore, Michael Trent, Danny Grossman, Julia Sasso, Peter Chin, and Sarah Chase. In 2018 she participated in a residency at The Banff Centre for the Arts with the SITI Theatre Company from New York City and has most recently performed in the Kelowna Fringe Festival with the Evolve Arts Collective. 

She currently teaches at Creator’s Arts Centre, The Canadian School of Ballet, and Ballet Kelowna’s In Motion program. She has won numerous awards for her choreography, including being named top choreographer at the Great Canadian Dance Challenge.


        Michael Perkins

Michael Perkins holds a Bachelor of Music Degree and a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Western Ontario. He taught for 35 years in both the public and private education system in Kelowna and Vancouver BC. He developed the first Secondary School Orchestral program in the BC Interior at Kelowna Secondary School. That program eventually evolved into an innovative collaboration with SD23 and the creation of the Night Owl Community Orchestra. Later he went on to establish another award-winning School Orchestra at Collingwood School in West Vancouver. Mr. Perkins and his various ensembles have won numerous National and International awards as well as being recognized for his outstanding work with the American High School Honours Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Perkins is a professional musician, performer, director, clinician, adjudicator, and retired music educator. He currently performs as a freelance trumpet/flugelhorn player and is Music Director of the Playmor Junction Big Band in Nelson, BC. He performs with the Clinton Swanson R&B Band, Nelson Community Band, Michael Garding Big Band, Justin Glibbery Jazz Quintet, Symphonic Rock Orchestra, Rann Berry Motown Revue, Hugh Parsons and the Burt Bacharach Project, Sea’T’Sky Jazz Band, Okanagan Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, the Symphony of the Kootenays and has worked with such artists as Holly Cole, Jann Arden, Laila Biali, Dianne Schuur, Dee Daniels, Ian McDougall, Mike Marley, Greg Yasinitsky, Horace Alexander Young, Sunny Wilkinson, David Restivo and Mike Rud.