Adjudicators 2019

Musical Theatre Timothy J. Anderson
Senior Piano Dr. Deanna Oye
Speech Jilliane Yawney
Strings Robert Penner
Voice Sonia Reid Noble


Neil Corlett

Freelance trumpet artist Neil Corlett has performed in radio, television, recording and concert settings. He was a regular member of the Tommy Banks Big Band for over 25 years. Other performance credits include the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre. Additionally, he has performed with numerous national and international recording artists.

Mr. Corlett has worked extensively throughout Western Canada as a festival adjudicator and clinician.

In addition to his freelance career, Mr. Corlett was the Managing Director of the Alberta Band Association and Workshop Director for MusiCamp Alberta provincial summer music workshops.


Ken Rogers Ken Rogers taught middle, junior high, and high school band for 32 years, retiring last June from Lethbridge Collegiate Institute teaching Gr. 9-12 band, jazz band, and guitar. He has also taught low brass studio at the University of Lethbridge for many years and currently conducts the choir at McKillop United Church in Lethbridge. Ken conducted the Lethbridge community bands for 20 years and enjoys conducting musicals.

He has taught low brass and conducted bands several times at MusiCamrose, MusiCamp Red Deer, and Red Deer College Adult Community Band Workshop. He conducted the Alberta Band Association’s Northern Alberta Junior Honour Band in 2006 and 2019 as well as the University of Lethbridge High School Honour Band in 2019.

Ken is a member of the band director fraternity Phi Beta Mu, an honourary life member of the Lethbridge Community Band Society, a Past President of the Alberta Band Association, and has served on the boards of the Canadian Band Association and Choir Alberta.

He was the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Legion of Honor Laureate Award in 2015, the David J. Peterkin Memorial Award in 2010 for outstanding service to band music in Alberta, and the Alberta Band Association's Elkhorn Award for Band Director of the Year in 2002.

KATHIE VAN LARE | BandKathie Van Lare

Born and raised in Calgary, Kathie Van Lare received her B.Mus. (Secondary Music Education), Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts (Wind Band Conducting) and Teacher Certification from the University of Calgary. She also completed course work in Jazz Studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia while on sabbatical from the Calgary Board of EducatKathie has been teaching secondary school music in the Calgary area since 1989 and is currently an Instrumental Music Director at Centennial High School.

She is active as a guest conductor and adjudicator and has also served on faculty at MusiCamrose and the Calgary Summer Band Workshop. Since 2005 Kathie has been conductor of the adult community band the Foothills Music Society Concert Band based in Okotoks. A member of the bandmasters fraternity Phi Beta Mu, Kathie was also the recipient of the Elkhorn Award in 2012 as Director of the Year from the Alberta Band Association and was awarded the Vondis K. Miller Legacy award Alberta Music Conference in October 2017, again presented by the Alberta Band Association.

Kathie also continues to be active as a trumpet player and has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony, Calgary Bach Society, Bow Valley Chorus, Prime Time Big Band, Calgary Jazz Orchestra, Southern Stardust Big Band, Alberta Winds, and Altius Brass.


Dr. John Brough

Dr. John Brough began music lessons at an early age, singing as a boy chorister with the Men and Boys’ Choir at Ottawa’s Christ Church Cathedral under Frances Macdonnell. He attended the University of Ottawa and was awarded a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance in 1997. Concurrently, he completed associate degrees with both the Royal Conservatory of Music in Organ Performance and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

While at the University of Ottawa, he sang as a countertenor soloist and chorister with the University of Ottawa Calixa Lavallée Ensemble, as well as an early music group, Musica Divina. Pursuing graduate studies at the University of Alberta, John received a Master of Music in Choral Conducting in 2000, and his Doctor of Music in 2007. His teachers have included Lawrence Ewashko (Ottawa); Leonard Ratzlaff, Debra Cairns, Malcolm Forsyth (Edmonton); Frieder Bernius (Germany); and Jon Washburn (Vancouver).

Dr. Brough has been Artistic Director of Da Camera Singers since the choir’s 2005 season. He has led the choir in concerts featuring such works as Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, Duruflé’s Requiem, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. In 2009, the choir released its first recording under Dr. Brough’s direction entitled Eulogies, a CD comprising Canadian a cappella choral compositions, and has since released a Christmas CD called Kings and Shepherds.

He is adjunct professor and manager of the school of music at Concordia University of Edmonton, where he teaches music history, theory, and conducting, as well as appearing as guest conductor of their choral ensembles. He is organist and director of music at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Edmonton, and appears regularly with Pro Coro Canada.

LaDONA AHENDA | Junior Piano

LaDona Ahenda

LaDona Ahenda holds a B.Mus. from UBC and an ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance. She studied the piano with Dale Jackson and Kum-Sing Lee and the pipe organ with John Searchfield. She was the recipient of numerous scholarships and medals; most recently the Tom and Miggsie Lawson National Teachers’ Travel & Study Scholarship (Conservatory Canada 2006).

LaDona moved back to Calgary after her studies in Vancouver and worked as an accompanist in the Academy for Gifted Youth program at Mount Royal Conservatory. Concurrently, she freelanced as an accompanist for other instrumentalists, choirs, and vocalists, all the while building a private piano teaching studio.

LaDona has served on the Executive of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association (Calgary) and has been active in the Alberta Piano Teachers’ Association and the Music Coterie in Calgary. She is an examiner for Conservatory Canada, an adjudicator, an accompanist, and writes articles on pedagogical topics for local and provincial newsletters.

Her primary focus is her private studio in Calgary, AB where she teaches piano and theory at all levels to students of all ages.

TIMOTHY J. ANDERSON | Musical Theatre

Timothy J. AndersonTimothy J. Anderson has performed musical theatre, opera and non-lyric theatre in a career that has spanned 40 years and several countries. He starred as Archibald Craven for the Canadian premiere of The Secret Garden, sang in the original Canadian cast of Phantom of the Opera, and premiered many roles - performing at NACC (Yellowknife), Carnegie Hall, Dollywood, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, National Arts Centre and regional and local theatres.

He has also directed many musicals (for Stage Polaris, ELOPE, and Acting Out Musical Theatre) and he was librettist-in-residence with the Canadian Opera Company. He has degrees in music, journalism, political science and creative writing and he spent two years in the Music Theatre Studio Ensemble at the Banff Centre.

In addition to his stage career, Timothy juggles an active literary career (plays, books, short fiction and non-fiction), won a reality TV series, wrote the screenplay for the 2014 film Just Keep Breathing, and he exhibits and sells his paintings (watercolours).

DR. DEANNA OYE | Senior Piano

Dr. Deanna Oye Pianist Dr. Deanna Oye is Associate Professor in the Department of Music at the University of Lethbridge (Alberta) where she teaches Studio Piano and Collaborative Piano, and also teaches for the U of L Conservatory of Music. She holds a doctorate in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY), and has given solo and collaborative performances throughout Canada, the U.S., Scotland, Germany and Japan.

As a performing member of the SoWeCa Chamber Music Festival, Deanna has shared the stage with internationally renowned violist Rivka Golani, Israeli flutist Noam Buchman, and members of the Calgary Philharmonic and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras.

A strong commitment to teaching and innovation led to the development of the unique Collaborative Piano/Guitar course series at the U of L, which gives undergraduate pianists and guitarists the opportunity to learn fundamentals of collaborative music-making and develop skills of high level musical partnership in preparation for intensive training at the graduate level. In addition to frequent master class teaching and adjudicating, she is often invited to give career talks to aspiring young musicians.

As part of the wider music community, Deanna is an active member of the Canadian University Music Society, serving as its president from 2008 to 2010, the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association, and the Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region. She is an enthusiastic advocate for new music and music in interdisciplinary contexts, with special interest in helping her students make connections between piano performance and their other passions.

JILLIANE YAWNEY |Jilliane Yawney Speech

Jilliane Yawney is a storyteller, librarian and speech arts instructor. She is active in the storytelling community in Calgary and is the founder of the Calgary Story Slam, a community storytelling event. She is also the founder of A Narrative Approach, where she empowers entrepreneurs and businesses to communicate with impact using story.

Jilliane has an Associate of Speech and Dramatic Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on theatre and a Master's of Library and Information Studies. During her Master's degree, Jilliane wrote a thesis exploring how storytelling can be used as a pedagogical tool.

Jilliane is faculty at Mount Royal Conservatory, teaching speech and dramatic arts lessons in her busy studio. She runs workshops and teaches private and group lessons at MRU and beyond. Jilliane loves helping people to discover their voice and build their confidence with storytelling and performance.


Robert PennerRobert Penner was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, began playing the violin at the age of nine, and played in orchestras a year later. His professional career includes three years as Assistant Concertmaster of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and 32 years a member of the first violin section of the Calgary Philharmonic. He holds a B.Mus. from Brandon University where he studied with the late Francis Chaplin.

Robert is also a baroque music specialist, having studied with Jean Lamon, Stanley Ritchie, and Mark Destrubé. He has performed with the internationally acclaimed Tafelmusik and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra.

Robert also has extensive chamber music experience. He was a founding member of the Kensington Sinfonia and the Zabaglione String Quartet. Cellist Tom Megee is a frequent collaborator, and the duo has played numerous concerts through the CPO’s Outreach and Education programs for children and seniors in Calgary.

Retired from orchestral performance since 2015, Robert has devoted himself to teaching and coaching violinists of all levels. He gives master classes through a broad range of repertoire and is a continuing coach of the Calgary Community String Orchestra, where he also coaches small ensembles. He continues to pass his expertise and love of music to new generations of musicians through adjudicating string classes for various music festivals around Alberta, as well as coaching the annual Youth Orchestra Symposium in Banff.

Robert’s mission is to bring joy through music with compassion, insight, generosity, and his signature good humor.


Sonia Reid Noble

Sonia Reid Noble was born in Toronto, ON, and grew up in Hamilton, ON. She was drawn to music at an early age, and started singing and playing the piano at eight years of age. Her passion led her to studies with the Royal Conservatory of Music and to Redeemer University College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music.

Throughout her singing career, Sonia has been influenced by a wide range of artists. These influences are evident in her musical versatility. The combination of Sonia's unique style of communicating and her passion for music enables her to reach audiences in a dynamic way.

Her professional career has taken her across Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. A gifted songwriter, her debut CD entitled In You was released in 2009.

One of the many ways she shares her love for music is through teaching. For the past 22 years Sonia has taught vocal lessons to students of all ages, inspiring them to become musically confident individuals. It is her belief that music must first resonate within the artist in order to have a powerful impact.