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2019 Adjudicators

Marie Anderson

Marie Anderson began her music studies at the University of Western Ontario, receiving an Honors Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education. She has since devoted her life’s work to the study and teaching of voice to singers of all ages and in various forums. Continuous education includes: vocal studies with voice teachers at McGill University, The Royal Conservatory of Music, and the University of Western Ontario and vocal pedagogy and choral technique at Princeton University. Marie completed a Masters of Education from Queens University, with a focus on vocal pedagogy.
Marie founded and directed the award-winning youth choirs, La Jeunesse. Her choirs toured Europe five times, receiving gold medals in four international competitions. Besides touring internationally and recording five CDs, La Jeunesse produced several musicals.
Marie and La Jeunesse were invited to participate in several productions by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, in which she directed the children’s portion of both The Enchanted Forest, with Canadian opera singer Maureen Forrester, and The Palace of the Cinnabar Phoenix each time under the direction of the composer. Marie was music director of the Murray Schafer production The Spirit Garden which was produced by SONG (Sounds of The Next Generation), an El Sistema inspired organization that Marie co-founded to promote exceptional music learning in for under served children in Northumberland County.

Marie has also acted as vocal director and music director for many regional theater productions produced by the Northumberland Players., including Evita, Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Full Monty, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Jesus Christ Superstar, a production that won many Eastern Ontario Regional Theater awards: her award was for musical direction, and the entire show was remounted in Sarnia as one of the best regional productions of the year in Ontario. She is now music director of the Northumberland Players production of Sister Act that just completed a sold-out run.

Marie was assistant conductor of Cantabile Choirs under the artistic direction of Dr. Mark Sirett. She conducted the two youngest choirs and the Womens’ Choir during Dr. Sirett’s sabbatical.

While in Kingston, Marie developed and facilitated a popular group vocal technique program for Queens Conservatory, and has re-established this group here in Northumberland County. She now has a thriving vocal studio in both Northumberland County and in Kingston ON.
Marie taught vocal technique in the St. Lawrence Music Theatre Department. Additionally, she developed a unique youth arts program at Sydenham Street United Church that brought church and community members together in two music dramas, most notably a commission by R. Murray Schafer for the composition and artistic direction of a community-inspired music drama called JoB: A Cosmic Tapestry

In 2013 Marie helped found and provide artistic direction for an El Sistema-based music program for social transformation in Northumberland County and since its inception, it has served 270 young people in our county, with instruction in choir, percussion, and strings several times a week.

Marie has been recognized nationally with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding community contributions, she was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International, and was awarded the first Arts award for community service for Northumberland County. She is in demand as an adjudicator and conductor and has facilitated workshops and music camps across Canada.

John Kraus

A northern Ontario native, John is an alumnus of the Western University, London, where he studied Music Education. While a student there he studied clarinet with Jerome Summers, Robert Riesling and Robert Sheffield and conducting with Jerome Summers, Morihiro Okabe, Wayne Toews and William Gordon. In 2017 John was nominated as one of five candidates for the Heinz Unger Award, a national honour administrated by the Ontario Arts Council, recognizing professional conductors.

As the founding director of the Durham Chamber Orchestra and the Lakeridge Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and the Music Director of the Clarington Concert Band and the current music director and conductor of the Northumberland Orchestra and Choir, John has worked in many different genres and with many local and international talents, including violinist Mary Elizabeth Brown, pianist Anastasia Rizikov, and the Sultans of String. As a performer, John has played with and conducted funk bands, jazz ensembles, musical theatre pit orchestras, wind bands, orchestras, choirs and chamber ensembles. John is the clarinetist with the Lavender Chamber Ensemble.

He has dedicated more than 25 years as an educator working with high school students from around the world, sharing his passion for Music. John has 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 as a volunteer with the Liftlock New Horizons organization, Peterborough and as an instructor at the Lake Field Music summer camp, Lakefield, Ontario.

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. John has been the sectional conductor and coach with the La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra, Port Hope. He regularly works with ensembles preparing for festivals as well as an adjudicator and is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association (CMFAA).


Frank Horvat

Born in Ottawa, Frank Horvat is an award-winning and critically acclaimed composer and pianist. From performing in classical concerts to playing in The Frank Horvat Band, he maintains an active schedule of recording projects and performances of his own compositions. His portfolio of works consists of chamber, pop/rock, electronic, musical theatre, film, and large ensemble pieces. His music has been premiered on four continents and featured on TV networks like the CBC, HBO & Bravo and a variety of radio stations internationally.

Frank has toured across North America, including his 60+ city Green Keys Tour, and performed at many festivals including Music and Beyond Festival (Ottawa), NuitBlanche (Toronto), The Works Art and Design Festival (Edmonton) and NXNE. Released in 2007, his debut recording, “I’ll Be Good”, featured his original compositions for solo piano. His discography has since grown to almost a dozen projects based on social injustices or the wondrousness of life, love and longing.

A graduate of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Frank is also very active within the field of music education. Along with maintaining a private teaching studio working with piano, theory, and composition students, Frank regularly conducts workshops and master classes, adjudicates festivals, and authors articles on music education. Frank is past President of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association and Lakeshore Arts. From 1999 to 2011, Frank was a member of the RCM College of Theory Examiners.

Now residing in Toronto, Frank is an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), a member of the Canadian League of Composers and is passionate about social issues related to human rights and the environment.