ChoralFest Adjudicators 2015
Senior Years School, Community and Church Choirs
Dominic Gregorio is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Choral Music at the University of Regina where he conducts the University Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, teaches voice, vocal pedagogy, conducting and is an occasional conductor of the University Orchestra. Dr. Gregorio graduated with the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting, Music Education and Voice from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2012 and was awarded the USC Order of Areté Medal, the highest honour accorded graduate students upon graduation. Dr. Gregorio also holds a triple major Masters of Music degree from Temple University with majors in Choral Conducting, Voice Performance and Music History, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Guelph. Dr. Gregorio is a former chorus master of the USC Thornton Opera, former conductor of the McMaster University Choir, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, USC Thornton Apollo Men’s Choir, Toronto Singing Out, Siren - the University of Guelph Women’s Choir, and is a former assistant conductor of the Guelph Youth Singers, USC Thornton Chamber Singers, the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation and the University of Guelph Symphonic Choir. Dr. Gregorio has won numerous awards including the Presser Music Award which enabled him to live and study for a semester in Vienna, Austria, the G. Nixon Leadership Award, the Carrow Teaching Award, the Edward Johnson Foundation Award, and is listed in the “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.” In 2009, Dr. Gregorio was a semi-finalist in the ACDA Graduate Student Conducting Competition and in 2002 was the winner of the Westminster Choir College Graduate Voice Competition. As a baritone soloist, Dr. Gregorio has recently performed with the Per Sonatori Baroque Ensemble, the Regina Philharmonic Choir, the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.
Pat, founder and Artistic Director of Women of Note, conducts all three ensembles: WoN Chorale,WoN Chamber Singers, and WoN Massed Choir. She first became involved in choral activity in Winnipeg as a young singer in The Winnipeg Girls' Choir under the leadership of Beth Cruikshank. Since that time, she has become well known as a singer, conductor, choral clinician, and adjudicator in activities throughout Manitoba and Canada. A music educator, she has taught music at every level in both private and public schools in the city. She has conducted all levels of school choirs and several community choirs, including The Winnipeg Girls' Junior Choir and The Winnipeg Boys' Choir.
Pat has sung in many choirs including The Baltimore Choral Art Society, The Winnipeg Singers, and The Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir. She has been a soloist in many choirs and musical events including performances of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
In addition to her professional work, Pat has been very involved with professional choral organizations and has served as president for the Manitoba Choral Association and on the executive committee of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors. She has also served as president of the Board of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and on the Board of Manitoba Opera.
Having recently retired from Luther College High School in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he was covering a two-year educational leave, Stewart Wilkinson is currently serving for a second year as the director of the newly established Saskatchewan Youth Choir. Born and educated in Canada, Mr. Wilkinson received his BA and BEd (music majors) from the University of Saskatchewan, and his MMus (choral conducting) from the University of Regina.
For many years Mr. Wilkinson was chair of the Fine Arts Departments at Campbell Collegiate, Regina, Saskatchewan, where his choirs enjoyed international acclaim. With his top vocal jazz ensemble, The Classics, Mr. Wilkinson presented workshops and performances at the International Society for Music Education conference in Seoul, South Korea, several cultural exchange concerts in the People’s Republic of China, a showcase concert at the International Jazz Educators Association conference in San Antonio, Texas, and two performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. In 1999 Mr. Wilkinson was selected to direct the first-ever Saskatchewan All-Star Vocal Jazz Ensemble as part of the educational component of the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.
In the fall of 1999 Mr. Wilkinson moved to Austin, Texas, where he served for twelve years as choral director at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. While there, Mr. Wilkinson organized several performance tours for his select ensemble, The St. Stephen’s Madrigal Singers, including New York City, San Francisco, Banff, Taiwan, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Washington, D.C., and the People’s Republic of China. In January 2007 Madrigals were one of only two high school choirs from the state of Texas to be selected to participate in the National Endowment of the Arts’ American Masterpieces Festival: Crossing the Divide, where they presented a showcase concert and participated in a massed choir of some 600 voices.
Personal honors include having shared the first-ever Downbeat Magazine Award for excellence in music education in 1990, and having received both the Saskatchewan Choral Federation’s 1992 Pro Musica Award and the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association’s 1993 Outstanding Achievement Award. Mr. Wilkinson has frequently served as a choral and vocal jazz adjudicator and clinician throughout his career. In 2004, despite having been out of the country for some six years, Mr. Wilkinson received an award of merit from the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors in recognition of his 25 years of service to choral music in Canada.
Early Years School Choirs
MIDDLE YEARS SCHOOL CHOIRS
Brenda Harvey was born and raised in the province of Newfoundland, where she studied voice, violin and piano and sang in many school choirs. Her violin studies led her to Mount Allison University where she graduated with music and education degrees. After moving to Manitoba, she took further studies at the University of Manitoba, receiving her Orff Teaching Certificate.
Brenda enjoyed a wonderful career as a music specialist in the Pembina Trails School Division in Winnipeg, leading boys and girls choirs, Orff and Recorder Ensembles, string programs and sharing her passion for music with the children in her classes. She was honoured to receive the Morna-June Morrow Award for excellence in music education in Manitoba and the Winnipeg Music Festival Michael J. Proudfoot Award for Passion for Excellence in Choral Music.
Moving to Victoria has been an exciting adventure for Brenda. Now she has time to sing in three choirs, study voice at VCM, volunteer for the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival and travel back to Winnipeg each summer to teach in the Orff Certification Program. She is very excited to have the opportunity to teach children here at the Conservatory.
Vocal Jazz Ensembles
Matt Falker is on faculty at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA, where he directs the Frequency vocal jazz program and teaches theory and piano classes. His previous faculty positions include USC and Cal State Northridge. He is the founder and director of the Oceanside Jazz Festival, a non-competitive vocal jazz and big band festival hosted at MiraCosta.
A native of northern Michigan, Matt is an active performer and clinician internationally, primarily at educational festivals such as the Monterey Jazz Festival. Many of Matt’s vocal arrangements are published by Sound Music Publications and UNC Jazz Press, and he also distributes music through his own publishing company, Matfal Music. He sings in the professional vocal jazz ensemble ‘True North’. Both True North and the Matt Falker Quartet performed featured sets at the 2015 Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference. In 2015, Matt was also one of a select group of teachers chosen as a quarter- finalist for the GRAMMY’s Music Educator Award.
Matt recently released his first solo CD ‘Playpen’ and it is available on CD Baby and iTunes. More information about Matt is available at www.mattfalker.com and his music is available at www.matfalmusic.com.
Chandelle Rimmer is an internationally recognized music educator in jazz and contemporary popular music. She is Assistant Professor of Music and Section Head of the Vocal Department at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta where she has taught for over 21 years. She is the founding director of the MacEwan A Cappella Ensemble (Jazz Choir) and remains a much sought after clinician and adjudicator in voice, jazz and contemporary popular music.
As a performer, Chandelle is one of Alberta’s most recognized jazz vocalists, noted for her jazz proficiency as an improviser and outstanding vocal abilities. In 2012, Chandelle released her CD “Perspect-ism,” which blends traditional and modern contemporary jazz. She has performed as a guest vocalist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Edmonton Jazz Orchestra, and has had the honor of performing alongside Tommy Banks, Sheila Jordan, Guido Basso, and PJ Perry. Highlights of performances include the Sasktel Jazz Festival, Edmonton’s International Jazz Festival and regular appearances at Edmonton’s premium Jazz club, the Yardbird Suite.
Chandelle attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where she received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. In 2011, Chandelle completed a Masters of Music in Music Education from Boston University.
- Taught choral music, vocal jazz and musical theatre at RDParker Collegiate in Thompson for many years prior to 1987
- President of the Thompson Arts Festival for many years in the 70’s and 80’s
- Directed a Ladies’ Chorus in Thompson from 1970 to 1987 - the Aurora Singers.
- Taught choral music, vocal jazz and directed musicals at Glenlawn Collegiate from 1987 - 2005
- Was rehearsal accompanist for the Winnipeg Singers for many years.
- Was a guest conductor for Provincial Honour Choirs, Central Manitoba Youth Choirs
- Westman Youth Choirs and Eastman Youth Choirs
- Directed numerous vocal jazz ensembles throughout the years:
- Jazz Junction (Glenlawn) • The Perfect Fifths
- Five of a Kind
- Wholly Jazz (CMU)
- Vocalease (U of M)
- The Dubs (U of W)
- Presently on the Scholarship Committee for Rainbow Stage, on the Board of MCA and Chair Person for the MCA Provincial Honour Choirs
- Has a place in the Manitoba Volleyball Hall of Fame