Howard Dyck's international conducting career has taken him to twenty countries on three continents where he has conducted countless orchestras in a variety of musical settings. Many singers of international distinction who have performed under Howard Dyck's baton include: Sondra Radvanovsky, Nathalie Paulin, Measha Brueggergosman and many others.
Howard Dyck has received numerous honors for his contributions to musical culture, both nationally and internationally. He holds honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University, and is an Honorary Professor of Music at the Yunnan Arts University (Kunming, China). Howard was inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame, is a Waterloo Region Arts Awards Lifetime Achievement Award winner, is a Member of the Order of Canada, and a recipient of the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.
Janet Fothergill (Clinician)
Ms. Fothergill is a graduate of Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music and Piano Performance from Trinity College of Music (London, England). She also has continued extensive studies in piano pedagogy.
As a faculty member of the Royal Conservatory of Music for 40 years, Janet Fothergill teaches piano, pedagogy, theory, and musicianship. She has helped to select and edit the repertoire for the RCME "Celebration Series" graded books and serves on its Board of Examiners and Council of Examiners.
In addition, Ms. Fothergill frequently adjudicates at music festivals across Canada and United States and conducts clinical workshops on a wide range of subjects including Canadian contemporary music, theory, and musicianship.
Janet has worked for some time with the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects (ACNMP) because of her great interest in promoting the performance of Canadian contemporary music. To this, she serves as one of the coordinators for the Toronto Centre Contemporary Showcase Festival each November. She has also been involved with the Student Composer Workshop project.
Dr. Midori Koga (Clinician/Adjudicator)
Pianist Dr. Midori Koga joined the piano and piano pedagogy faculty at the University of Toronto as Associate Professor in fall of 2004. Previously, she held the position of Associate Professor of Piano, and Director of Piano Pedagogy at Michigan State University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of British Columbia, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Michigan, and a performance diploma from the Mozarteum Hochschule für Musik in Salzburg, Austria.
Dr. Koga has been featured as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in music festivals throughout the world, including the Banff Centre for Fine Arts, Mozarteum Sommerakademie Festspiel in Salzburg Austria , the Al Fresno New Music Festival, the Johannesen International Festival of the Arts in British Columbia , the World Saxophone Congress in Valencia Spain, the International Computer Music Festival. Dr. Koga is a prize-winner in national competitions including the Concours de Musique du Canada , and the National Graduate Artist Competition at St. Mary's College-Notre Dame.
Active also as a lecturer, she has presented at the World Pedagogy Conference, the Music Teachers’ National Association National Conference, and the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy. She has been published numerous times in the American Music Teacher; the article Music Making and Wellness Project: The Positive Effects of Music-Making on the Health and Well-being of Seniors was recipient of the 2001 National Article of the Year Award presented by the MTNA.
Dr. Janet Lopinski (Speaker)
Dr. Janet Lopinski, Director of Academic Programs at the Royal Conservatory, has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist, and has presented lectures, workshops and master classes across North America, Europe and Korea. She is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory (ARCT gold medalist), University of Toronto (Bachelor of Music) and University of Cincinnati (Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts). She has taught piano, piano pedagogy, music history and theory at the Royal Conservatory and is co-author of the music history handbook “Explorations”, published by the Frederick Harris Music Company. Dr. Lopinski is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Canadian Chopin Society.
Kevin McMillan (Clinician/Adjudicator)
Kevin McMillan is a renowned performer and vocal pedagogue. His performing career has spanned over 25 years with more than 750 concerts, 15 professional recordings, a Grammy award, and a Gramophone award and numerous Juno award nominations.
Critics have praised his "elegant lyric baritone voice" and "singularly remarkable interpretive skills" in appearances with virtually every major North American orchestra, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony. He has also established a presence in Europe, with appearances in centers such as London, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, and Prague, to name a few.
After preliminary schooling at the Universities of Guelph and Western Ontario in Canada, Mr. McMillan studied at the Britten-Pears School in England, and attained a Master's Degree at the Juilliard School in New York. His primary focus has always been the oratorio and orchstral repertoire, and his vocal flexibility and scholarly musicianship have afforded him a broad range of styles and periods - from Monteverdi and Bach to Britten and Penderecki.
Despite and unfortunate farming accident 30 years ago that left him a partial paraplegic, he has had the opportunity to perform a number of operatic roles in concert/semi-staged performances. Mr. McMillan is a pre-eminent recitalist. He has been described as an "outstanding Schubertian" whose "voice of glowing freshness and beauty is at the service of an intelligent, lively, and distinctive personality."
Professor McMillan joined the faculty of the James Madison University School of Music in 2009.
Julie Nesrallah (Speaker)
Julie Nesrallah is an extremely versatile singer, actress and broadcaster who dazzles audiences with her engaging personality, and her rich and deeply expressive voice. Miss Nesrallah is regularly engaged by leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles across North America and abroad.
In 2013, Miss Nesrallah was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her cultural contribution to Canada as the host of CBC Radio 2's national classical music program, Tempo
. Miss Nesrallah has been the recipient of several distinguished prizes and awards, including the Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Award & Mid-Career Grant.
On July 1, 2011, Miss Nesrallah sang God Save the Queen
for His Royal Highness Prince William and Her Royal Highness Princess Kate during Canada Day festivities in Ottawa on Parliament Hill. She has also performed An Evening for Peace
in Montreal for Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan.
Miss Nesrallah is the Executive Producer and star of Carmen on Tap
, a rogue opera company she created that performs Georges Bizet's opera Carmen as dinner theater. This summer, Carmen on Tap
debuts at the stratford Music Festival, lula Lounge in Toronto, and with the Prince Edward County Music Festival in September.
Glory brings over 35 years of remarkably successful teaching experience to the development of the UMT Series and Ultimate Music Theory Certification Course for Teachers. Glory has presented the 3 day Ultimate Music Theory Certification Course in Burlington, Ontario;
Winnipeg, Manitoba; Calgary, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Deerfield Beach, Florida; Seattle, Washington and continues to present across North America. National Workshop presentations include MTNA Chicago, MTNA California, CFMTA Halifax, NCKP Chicago and numerous teacher workshops across Canada.