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Quinte Rotary - Celebrating 46 Years

2022 Adjudicators

Allison Arends         

Allison Arends 2022 adjudicator

Soprano Allison Cecilia Arends is a graduate of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program, and received her Masters of Music at the University of Toronto Opera School and her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Victoria. Her various teachers and mentors have included W. Stephen                  Smith, Mary Morrison, Timothy Noble, Wendy Nielsen, Selena James, Alexandra Browning, Diana Woolrich, and Norma Bertsch.

Allison has taught private voice and theory for over fifteen years and takes a great deal of joy in imparting her musical knowledge to students from various musical backgrounds of all age groups. Her students have been accepted into many prestigious programs, including the Royal Northern College of Music, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, the University of Western Ontario, Wilfred Laurier University, York University, the Randolph Academy for the Arts, the Etobicoke School for the Arts, Cardinal Carter School for the Arts, Claude Watson Secondary Arts Program, Acting Upstage, the Stratford summer training program, Cowtown Opera Summer Academy, Long Reach Opera Workshop, Ontario’s Provincial Choir, the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, and the Toronto Children’s Bach Choir. She has conducted public masterclasses, educational workshops, and vocal/choral clinics for the music department at the University of Mississippi, Opera Atelier, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, the Saskatchewan Music Festival, the British Columbia Provincial Music Festival, Ryerson Oakham House Choir, the Grand Prairie Registered Music Teachers’ Association, the voice studio of Diana Woolrich in Regina, the Regina Conservatory of Music, and the Edna Manley Music College in Kingston, Jamaica. She has adjudicated on various occasions for the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association, as well as the British Columbia Provincial Music Festival, the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s Ontario auditions, Yip Music Festival, and festivals throughout Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Ontario, and British Columbia. She is a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association, the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association, and holds the position of Urban Teacher Liaison for the Ontario Chapter of National Association of Teachers of Singing. Allison was formerly a member of the voice faculty at St. Michael’s Choir School and Timothy Eaton Memorial’s choir school. A Royal Conservatory of Music Certified Teacher, Allison is also a member of the College of Examiners.



Dr. John Burge

Dr. John Burge photoDr. John Burge was born in Dryden, Ontario in 1961.  While still in public school in Calgary, he received his Associate Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto in Piano Performance.  He also holds degrees in Composition and Theory from the University of Toronto (B.Mus. and M.Mus.) and the University of British Columbia (D.M.A.).  Since 1987 he has been teaching at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where he currently holds the position of Full Professor and has served as Director of Queen's Music.  In recognition of his very successful career as a composer, John Burge was awarded a Queen’s University Excellence in Research and Scholarship Prize in 2013, and in 2014 was inducted as a Fellow into the Royal Society of Canada for his leadership in the arts and composition.

John Burge has written a large body of vocal, chamber, and orchestral compositions.  He is particularly well known for his choral music, which has been performed by such choirs as The Elmer Iseler Singers, The BBC Singers, The Amabile Youth Choir, The Toronto Children’s Chorus and The St. Louis Symphony Children’s Choir.  Many of these choral works have been published by Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishers.

John Burge greatly enjoys working with young musicians and in addition to his teaching duties at Queen’s University, he is in demand as an adjudicator at music festivals across Canada.  From 2001-2003, he was the Composer-in-Residence for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada during which time they premiered his work, Sonic Architecture.  A passionate advocate for Canadian music he was a member of the executive council of the Canadian League of Composers from 1993-2007, serving as President from 1998-2006.  He is currently a board member for the SOCAN Foundation and chairs the board of directors for the Music at Port Milford Summer Music School and Festival in Prince Edward County.



John Kraus

John Krauss 2022 adjudicatorJohn is an alumnus of the Western University, where he studied Music Education. He studied clarinet with Jerome Summers, Robert Riesling and Robert Sheffield and conducting with Jerome Summers, Morihiro Okabe and William Gordon. As the founding director of the Durham Chamber Orchestra, the Lakeridge Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the former Music Director of the Clarington Concert Band and the current music director and conductor of the Northumberland Orchestra & Choir, John has worked in many different genres and with many local and international talents, including Mary Elizabeth Brown, Anastasia Rizikov, and the Sultans of String. Recently, John has returned to Ottawa as a guest conductor with the Parkdale Symphony Orchestra. As a clarinettist John performs with the Lavender Chamber Ensemble and as a saxophonist John performs with the Electric City Swing Band. He has dedicated more than 30 years as an educator working with high school students from around the world, sharing his passion for Music. John regularly conducted honour high school ensembles as part of the annual Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival (CISMF), held annually each spring at Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto. He continues to work with students, professionals, and amateur adult musicians who may have entered the arena for the first time or who have returned to something that they began as youngsters, working with the Liftlock New Horizons organization, Peterborough and as an instructor at the Lakefield Summer Music Camp. John is a member of the Ontario Music Educators Association and has led workshops on 'best practices', creativity and composition, and technology in the Music classroom across the province. He was a coach with the woodwind section and sectional conductor of the La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra, Port Hope.


John regularly works with ensembles preparing for festivals and is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association. You can see his list of accomplishments at his website, johnrkraus.weebly.com