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Festival Information
The Quinte Rotary Music Festival Committee extends a warm welcome to the participants of our Annual Music Festival, their families and friends.

Since the festival's inception in 1968, we have had the privilege of welcoming over 20,000 talented musicians to this competition, some of whom have made music their careers. The talent in the Quinte area is exceptional and we take pride in playing an important part by offering this opportunity to the musicians.

2017 Adjudicators

Carolynne Davy - Voice and Choral

Carolynne Davy QRMF Adjudicator 2107I have always loved to sing.  My first solo was at age 3 when I stood on a table at a Howard Johnson's and sang the "Star Spangled Banner" perfectly in tune with all the words.  I made my (then) American (now Canadian) mom proud.  Since then, music has always been a part of my life.

I have been singing and teaching professionally since 1976, and as a native of Kingston, Ontario, I went to Queen's University where I received my Honours Bachelor of Music, and Master of Education degrees. I also attended the University of Toronto's Opera School, and discovered I preferred to sing anything but opera.  I performed as a member and frequent soloist with the Elmer Iseler Singers before developing my diverse career as soloist in both the concert and theatre worlds.  As well as having been soloist with numerous orchestras and choral societies across Canada and the U.S., and at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival,  I have also performed at Carnegie Hall, the Guelph Spring Festival, the Toronto International Festival, and with Toronto's Opera in Concert.  As well as being a member of the Guelph Chamber Choir, I continue to teach private voice and piano students.  I am an examiner with Conservatory Canada for both voice and piano and am an accomplished pianist, often accompanying my students and choirs, and even conducting musical theatre shows from the keyboard.  As well as having worked with various schools in the community in the Toronto area as an Artist in the School, I have been vocal music director for numerous theatre productions and children's choirs.  

I am currently the president of the North York/York Region branch of the O.R.M.T.A. (Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association),  served on the Board of Directors for Choirs Ontario for many years, and I continue to adjudicate numerous music festivals as voice, choral and piano specialist.  In my "spare" time, I am also music director and cantor at a church in downtown Toronto.  


Susanne Hughes - Piano

Susanne Hughes QRMF AdjudicatorSusanne Hughes is the winner of the University of Western Ontario gold medal for high standard in performance. She received the ARCT in Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music and the A.Mus. from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music.

Susanne began her music studies at four years of age, having studied with such distinguished teachers as Katherine Horton, Boris Berlin, George Coutts and Clifford Poole.

Susanne`s professional career began as a teacher on the faculty of Alma College in St Thomas, Ontario. Her musical activities for the past several years have been centered around her studio in Woodstock, teaching all levels of piano. Many of her students have graduated with high honours in their Associate Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Susanne has been Director of Music at several churches.

She maintains an active career as a teacher, performer, adjudicator, accompanist and music consultant and appeared with a recital group at the International Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario.

Susanne brings a wealth of knowledge gained through many years of teaching. 


Peter Stoll - Bands, Instrumental and Strings

Known for his virtuoso energy on stage as well as an easy and entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll teaches clarinet, chamber music, woodwind performance and the Business of Music at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, and is a frequent performer with orchestral and chamber ensembles in southern Ontario. Also a very popular adjudicator up to the national level, he has worked across Canada and in the United States. Peter is particularly known for his enthusiastic, positive comments and detailed suggestions to young musicians.

Peter was a prizewinner in the International Clarinet Society Competition, and has been heard many times on CBC radio featured on several CD recordings and concert broadcasts. First-Prize winner in chamber music in the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals National Finals, he was invited back for the Festival's 50th Anniversary to perform as soloist in the Gala Celebration Concert.

Tours as soloist and with various ensembles have taken him across Europe, to Russia and to the United States. Recent performance highlights have included chamber concerts in Japan in 2013 and on a tour of 3 Chinese cities in October 2014, as well as at the International Clarinet Association’s conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Over the past 25 years Peter has been invited to adjudicate at over 100 local festivals across Canada. Fluent in both official languages, he has heard countless bands, orchestras, and woodwind, brass and percussion solos and ensembles coast-to-coast. Above the local level, he has judged at the finals of fourteen Provincial competitions, and has twice been asked to serve as the woodwind adjudicator for the national finals of the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals.

Peter is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music's National College of Examiners, where he is the Discipline Specialist for Winds, and the Chief Compiler of the new 2014 edition of the clarinet examination syllabus. His website is www.peterstoll.ca .