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A native of southern Alberta, Robert George graduated from W.R. Myers high school in Taber, then studied at the University of Lethbridge and the University of Calgary. He holds Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Education and Master of Music degrees, and a graduate Diploma of Fine Arts in Wind Band Conducting. Mr. George has also completed course work toward a PhD at the University of Arizona.
Mr. George has been an active professional musician in orchestras, chamber music, church music and jazz for over thirty years. He has performed in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor. He has taught at the University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College as well as public school music programs in Calgary, Lethbridge and Coaldale, and has served as Music Director in various churches for over twenty years. He has also been on the Alberta Band Association Board of Directors; as a member at large, and then as Treasurer.
Robert George has been principal bassoonist for the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra since 1993. He instructs music classes at Lethbridge College, where he also directs the Chinook Community Orchestra, the Lethbridge College Community Winds, and the Lethbridge College Community Choir. He also maintains a private music studio of woodwind, theory and voice students, including some who have gone on to distinguished careers in music. During the past decade, he has become increasingly involved in research regarding musician health and injury prevention.
Daniel is a manager in the Edmonton office of Crowe MacKay LLP and has been with the Firm since May 2012. With over 6 years of accounting experience, Daniel has provided professional services in the area of audit and assurance, accounting, business consulting and advisory, and taxation. Among the industries that Daniel works in is not-for-profit and charitable groups. Outside of his financial experience, Daniel has also been an organizer for World Partnership Walk.
Joel Windsor is a passionate music educator, arts advocate, community volunteer and Albertan who lives in High River, Alberta. He completed his Master of Music Education summa cum laude through Boston University in 2015, building on his BA in Music and B.Ed. in Music Education through the University of Lethbridge in 2005.
He serves with the Town of High River Arts and Culture Advisory Committee, Alberta Teachers' Association, and the Alberta Society of Music Festival Friends in addition to the Alberta Music Education Foundation.
He currently teaches music at a rural junior-senior high school in High River, Alberta including two community steel pan ensembles and authored a curriculum for Rock & Pop.
His custom-designed software, MusicFestivalSuite.com, has helped music festivals across the province save thousands of volunteer hours providing high-quality musical performance opportunities for youth. He is also in demand as a Master of Ceremonies at many arts and community events, and as a speaker at conferences.
His passion is for arts, education, and the development of community. To him, "Music Education has as its fundamental purpose the development of lifelong musickers", which has led to his involvement in the Alberta Music Education Foundation.
Hailed for his passion and natural musicianship, Rolf Bertsch has quickly become one of Canada’s leading conductors. Appointed Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal by Charles Dutoit in January 2000 and named Conductor in Residence for the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons, he has built an impressive reputation as conductor, pianist, communicator, teacher and adjudicator. His career has spanned a wide spectrum of musical experience and styles and has taken him to Europe, the Orient, and throughout North and South America.
Laureate of numerous competitions, Rolf Bertsch served for many years as pianist of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, as well as solo pianist and, subsequently, conductor for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. His career as pianist has included a solo performance with the OSM in New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall.
Rolf Bertsch’s career took an important turn when he was named Resident Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held from 1998-2001. During this highly successful tenure he also served as Music Director of the Calgary Civic Symphony Orchestra and Altius Brass, and worked regularly with Calgary’s chamber music ensemble Rosa Selvetica and at the University of Calgary.
Rolf Bertsch has conducted most of the orchestras in Canada including those of Montreal, Toronto, the National Arts Centre, Calgary, Edmonton, Québec, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Nova Scotia. He has collaborated with many of Canada’s and the world’s finest artists.
In the summer of 2005, he was part of an international faculty at the Canton International Summer Music Academy in Guangzhou, China. In the last year, he worked at the Canada Council for the Arts as the Program Officer for the Professional Orchestra and Opera/Music Theatre programs, overseeing the federal granting process for those communities.
Mr. Bertsch began his musical studies on the violin and went on to study piano, cello, composition, jazz, and conducting. He holds diplomas from a number of prestigious institutions including McGill University, the Mozarteum (Salzburg), the Conservatoire de musique du Québec (Montréal), the Folkwang Hochschule (Essen, Germany), and Phillips Academy (Andover, Massachusetts).
In addition to his duties as Music Director and Conductor of the Calgary Civic Symphony, he currently teaches piano and coaches Academy program students at the Mount Royal University Conservatory and works as a freelance conductor, pianist and arts consultant.
Kent Sutherland was born and raised in Edmonton, and has been called “Mr. Arts” by former Edmonton Arts Council Executive Director John Mahon. Kent has been involved with music all his life and has a Bachelor of Education (Music major; German minor) and a Bachelor of Music (Euphonium) from the University of Alberta, and a certificate in Arts & Cultural Management from MacEwan University.
Kent has played euphonium with the Edmonton Winds and Mill Creek Colliery Band (among others), sang with Edmonton’s Greenwood Singers, i Coristi Chamber Choir, the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus, various mass choir projects, the Edmonton Opera Chorus, and was the Tenor Section Lead with McDougall United Church. He played handbells with the University of Alberta Faculty of Education Handbell Ringers, and has exercised his acting/singing/dancing abilities on stage in productions of A Little Night Music, Titanic – the Musical, Anything Goes, among others.
Over the years, Kent has worked for a variety of Edmonton-area arts organizations and currently does work for the Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival, The Shean Strings & Piano Competition, Festival City Winds, and is the Syllabus Coordinator for the Alberta Music Festival Association (AMFA).
As someone who was raised to always give back, Kent has also volunteered with ISME 2000: Music of the Spheres Conference and Festival (Biennial World Conference of the International Society for Music Education), with the Opening & Closing Ceremonies of the 8th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, the City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence Council, among other volunteer opportunities. He is currently in his final year as a Board member for the Edmonton Arts Council.
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 Bublé 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.
Douglas Campbell was employed in the not-for-profit sector for 35 years at national, provincial and local levels dealing with youth, health services, arts and heritage.
He has experience in board governance, operational management, fund development and foundation operations.
Currently, he serves as a Director on the St. Albert Community and Rotary District 5370 Foundations. As part of the Rotary Club of St. Albert, Douglas has been part of the St. Albert Music Festival for over 20 years, serving as fund developer, session secretary and venue coordinator.
Born and raised in southern Alberta, Robyn Hébert has spent the majority of her life enveloped in music education and a love for musical expression and creativity. Having grown up in a musical family, learning to play both piano and alto saxophone, Robyn soon found her niche in vocal performance and composition.
Robyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology degree with a minor in Music from Summit Pacific College, affiliated with Trinity Western University in British Columbia, with a primary focus in voice. She has had the opportunity to learn under several music instructors through the University of Lethbridge and Trinity Western University, including a total of eight years in private voice lessons and two years playing saxophone in the University of Lethbridge Wind Ensemble. While focusing her attention on developing her vocal technique over the years, Robyn has also spent over fifteen years singing and playing piano in the church setting, as well as writing and recording original music.
With several years experience in music retail and office administration, Robyn now finds herself working as an Educational Services Representative for Long & McQuade Musical Instruments in Edmonton, serving schools and music teachers all over Northern Alberta and the Northern Territories. She is also involved in the Edmonton music scene as an active performer in both sacred and contemporary music, focusing most of her attention on singing and playing keyboard in the contemporary party/event dance band, Stiletto. Robyn currently maintains a home studio where she spends her time writing and recording original music, and has a strong passion for singing as well as an interest in musician/vocal health.
Crystal Krips has spent the majority of her life balancing a career in both music and business. Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, she started her musical career by taking piano lessons, followed quickly by flute lessons and band.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, attained simultaneously. Following her formal education, Crystal attained her Certified Management Accountant designation and ARCT diploma. Crystal has worked for Syncrude Canada Limited, Keyano College, Cantando Festivals, and most recently, St. Albert & District Further Education Association, where she was the Executive Director.
She is in demand as a flute clinician, and she maintains a successful private studio of flute and piano students. Crystal plays piccolo and flute in the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to AMEF and is excited to combine her two passions. When not working or practicing, Crystal enjoys taking Pilates classes, walking her dog, and spending time with her family.
Mezzo Soprano Maura Sharkey-Pryma has enjoyed teaching voice and performance artistry to young and mature singers for over 20 years, and instructs from both her private home studio and studio at the MacEwan Alberta College Conservatory of Music in Edmonton. She trains students in classical, musical theatre, contemporary commercial music, song interpretation, extensive breathing and vocal techniques. In addition to teaching, she serves as a provincial music festival vocal adjudicator.
Maura Sharkey-Pryma began voice study at the University of Alberta, continuing her training at the Salzburg Mozarteum Sommerakademie and with various Canadian opera training intensives. She has enjoyed a professional operatic career within Canada as well as the international stage. She is the 1998 winner of the Western Canadian Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, a two-time award winner of the Johann Strauss Scholarship (1997, 1999), and recipient of the Anne Burrows Foundation Scholarship (2001). She also was proud to represent Canada at the Queen Elizabeth Music Competition in Belgium in 2004.
In addition to her work as a freelance vocalist, Maura proudly served on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Music Education Foundation (2011-2016). She has also co-authored a book with her husband, Raymond, entitled, The Essential Music Recital Planner, a step-by-step customizable planner to assist music teachers and students in developing a successful recital. She is a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association and the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association.
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