The adjudicators for the Weyburn Rotary Music Festival have been named, and will be attending the annual music competition as follows.
The piano portion of the Weyburn Rotary Music Festival will be held from March 4-9 at the T.C. Douglas Centre. The adjudicator is Laurel Teichroeb.
Laurel grew up in Springside, Sask., where she began lessons at age seven, studying piano with the late Jean Laube. Coming from a musically rich community, her earliest influences were church music and singing at school. Through the encouragement of her church organist, she began to play and accompany at a young age and began teaching at age 15. It has been her passion ever since with a desire to help students find the joy of music at whatever skill level they are at.
She received her Associateship, Teachers diploma, with the Royal Conservatory of Music and continued further musical studies in electronic and pipe organ. Laurel also received certification in Kindermusik, a program for children ages newborn through six, at the University of Calgary. It was a study which she thoroughly enjoyed and uses in every aspect of her teaching. Most recently she completed a Licentiate diploma in Piano Pedagogy with Canadian National Conservatory of Music and is beginning work on a Fellowship.
Laurel is past president of the Yorkton Registered Music Teachers where she has served in every capacity on the executive. She is an active examiner for CNCM and adjudicates for festivals around the province and Manitoba. She is active in her community as a teacher, accompanist for ballet, and pianist for weddings, funerals and many events. Her favorite pastimes are travelling, cooking and spending time with her husband and two boys.
The vocal portion of the festival is from March 10-13 and the vocal adjudicator is Chris Kelly. Vocal classes will be held at the T.C. Douglas Centre and the Weyburn Comp Cafetorium.
Chris was born in Prince Albert, studied piano with Janet Wendland and was a member of the Prince Albert Boys Choir under the direction of Margo Fournier, eventually serving as their accompanist and director of junior choirs. Chris entered the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan as a piano performance major and voice minor. He studied voice with Dorothy Howard and convocated with a double major, completing performance and academic requirements in both voice and piano. In 1996 Chris received his Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Western Ontario, where he studied under Alvin Reimer.
Chris is currently a sessional lecturer in the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Music, teaching voice and serving as an accompanist. He has also taught keyboard skills and musicianship. He maintains a private voice and piano studio and performs regularly in recital, opera, and oratorio. Chris also helps instruct music theatre classes at a Saskatoon dance studio. Chris has performed as guest soloist with the Saskatoon and Regina symphonies in Handel’s Messiah and Verdi’s Requiem and in the U of S University Chorus’ recent performances. He has also had numerous lead, chorus and accompanying roles with Saskatoon Opera.
In addition to teaching, Chris accompanies singers and instrumentalists, coaches, adjudicates, and is a church organist and choir director. He and his wife, Paula, have two young sons, Graham and William. Chris is a member of the Saskatchewan and Canadian Registered Music Teachers Associations and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
The instrumental classes go from March 13-15 with the adjudicator being Aaron Hiske. These classes will be held at the T.C. Douglas Centre, Weyburn Junior High and the Weyburn Comp.
Aaron Hiske grew up on a farm in the Estevan area. His love of music started at an early age around the family kitchen table. Aaron started band in Grade 5 and continued on through to Minot State University where he achieved his Bachelors of Science in Education with a major in music degree.
Aaron taught in North Dakota for two years and started working on his Masters of Music Education from Minot State. He moved back to Estevan in 1997 to teach at the Estevan Junior High. During his tenure in Estevan, Aaron taught students from Grades 6 through 8. Jazz Ensemble, Concert Bands, and Marching Bands were the focus of the program. Aaron is most proud of providing the opportunities for his band members to participate in the Grey Cup Parade on four different occasions.
Aaron was also fortunate enough to conduct the Cornerstone School Division Mass Band for Music Monday which was a division wide band of over 1,000 students. Aaron continued his studies and received a Masters of Education Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Regina. Aaron is currently the principal of Lampman School and lives on an acreage north of Estevan with his wife Melanie, daughter Morgan, son Maxim, and their miniature Dachshund Hot Dog.
The programs for the Music Festival are now available at Music Craft for a fee of $5 or can be viewed on the website at weyburnmfa.webs.com.