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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

Music Director John Kraus has taken  the helm of the Northumberland Orchestra and Choir since the 2013-14 season, following a two-year period as the Music Director of the Clarington Concert Band.  
John has coached the La Juenesse Youth Orchestra, where his daughters participated as members of the strings section. He was the founding Music Director and conductor of the Durham Chamber Orchestra (1996-2007) and the Lakeridge Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.  As a member of the teaching faculty of the CAMMAC/Lake Field Music Camp, John continues to work with adult amateur musicians each summer coaching chamber ensembles, conducting large ensembles and teaching clarinet and saxophone technique. John has had the opportunity to lead ‘honour’ student ensembles (wind ensemble, symphonic band and orchestra) as part of the annual Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival, held annually at Roy Thomson Hall.
He has been active as a clinician and adjudicator for workshops and festivals across Ontario.  John is the Music Teacher and Director of Arts at Lakefield College School. His choral experience includes the years he sang as a member of the Bell’Arte Singers (Toronto) as well as leading his school's Lorelei Chamber Consort, who have received numerous invitations to attend National MusicFest, where on their first visit they earned a Gold Standard.
John’s conducting style has been influenced by his studies with Jerome Summers (University of Western Ontario) and Morihiro Okabe and Wayne Toews, both of whom are proponents of the methods of Hideo Saito, teacher of Seji Ozawa, from Japan.
It has been said that John is skilled at working with musicians of many levels and abilities and creating masterful performances. His own musical interests are widely varied  – from Baroque to Jazz, vocal to instrumental – with a passion for featuring Canadian soloists, composers and arrangers. By participating in these many different genres, John’s concerts have been regarded as ‘balanced and engaging’.


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.