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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.

2018 Adjudicators

Martha Hill Duncan

Martha Hill DuncanMartha Hill Duncan is an award-winning composer, piano teacher and conductor of the Kingston women’s choir, She Sings! A transplanted Texan, many of her piano, vocal and choral compositions celebrate Canadian themes and texts. Several of her piano and vocal compositions appear in the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada Conservatory and Canadian National Conservatory of Music publications and syllabi. Her opera, Searching the
Painted Sky, with Waterloo librettist Janet Windeler Ryan was premiered by The El Paso Youth Opera in New York City in 2014 and in Toronto in 2015. She is a founding member of Red Leaf Pianoworks a cross-Canada composers’ collective and is a piano examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music. A frequent clinician and adjudicator, Martha enjoys sharing her musical experience with students, teachers and colleagues. She is married to Queen’s
University astronomy professor Martin Duncan and has two grown children - Alex, a math professor, and Claire, an actress and voice over artist. For more information, visit www.marthahillduncan.com

John Palmer

John is the conductor of Orchestra Kingston  and BrassWerks and plays bass trombone in the Kingston Symphony.  He teaches low brass, and theory/harmony at his home in Kingston, Ontario. 

He is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre which publishes his compositions. He has been commissioned to compose for strings and has worked with young musicians to compose for Band.

His arrangements and compositions for brass instruments are published by Solid Brass Music Inc. , and flute choir works by Nourse Wind Publications.  

His original compositions and arrangements have won various awards and have been performed by large and small ensembles across North America and more recently in Europe.  Many of his orchestral works were composed specifically for ‘Community Orchestras’ and premiered by Orchestra Kingston.




Lesley Andrew

Lesley Andrew Voice and ChoralMMUS (Performance & Literature), HBA Music (Performance Voice), Diploma in Opera, Second Study – Fine Art

Lesley Andrew has made soloist appearances with many of Canada’s finest orchestras and choirs, including the Vancouver, Windsor, Kitchener-Waterloo, Kingston, Hamilton, Guelph symphony orchestras, Weston Silver Band, Toronto Concert Band, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, Brott Summer Music Festival, Stratford Summer Music, and the Shenandoah Bach Festival (VA, USA).  Ms. Andrew’s recordings have often been heard on CBC Radio.  

Ms. Andrew has had an extended tenure with the Stratford Festival, performing in productions including The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Twelfth Night, Cyrano De Bergerac, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Music Man and Patience.  Other theatrical performances include Menotti’s ‘The Telephone’ and Hopkin’s ‘Three’s Company’ at the Guelph Spring Festival (featuring and directed by Ms. Andrew.)

Ms. Andrew has completed a number of major concert and recital tours, including Argentina (2005) England/Austria/Germany (1989/1990 – Canadian Concert & Jazz Band), the 1999 World Tour aboard the QE II, two USA tours (2002/2003-California/Arizona/Florida/Texas) and a Canadian tour with The Lesley Andrew Trio (2004-Vancouver/Manitoba/Ontario).   

A recipient of many awards, including a Canadian Opera Company Scholarship, and the Maureen Forrester Guthrie Award (The Stratford Festival), Ms. Andrew now adjudicates and conducts masterclasses at festivals, universities and schools of music & drama around the world (voice – classical, Broadway and pop, choral music and speech arts classes

Ms. Andrew now runs her thriving voice and drama studio - Dream in Progress Productions – in both London (where she now resides) and at the University of Windsor, where she currently teaches.   As a director, Ms. Andrew is much in demand in the genres of musical theatre and opera.  Ms. Andrew’s intensive theatre and music program for youth, ‘Summer Glee’, is now in it’s twenty-fifth year, with more programs offered each summer in communities across Ontario, in order to accommodate growing enrollment.

Ms. Andrew has made special guest television appearances, and is a popular motivational speaker, Ms. Andrew is engaged across Canada by Educators, Universities, Corporations, Service Clubs and Student Organizations.

Ms. Andrew’s professional activities have included teaching and stage directing appointments at Wilfrid Laurier University (Opera), and at the Universities of Windsor (Vocal Pedagogy, Studio Voice; Faculty of Music, and The Creative Process; School of Dramatic Arts) and Western Ontario (Studio Voice, Opera - director, Shakespearean drama).  As a pedagogue, Ms. Andrew is very involved with the W Ross Macdonald School for the Blind in Brantford, Ontario, where she helps create and run arts programs for exceptional children.  While maintaining a full teaching schedule in her private studio (London) and as a faculty member at the University of Windsor (Voice performance and Vocal Techniques, Faculties of Music), Ms. Andrew continues to take bookings as a soloist, collaborative recital artist, stage director, adjudicator, and motivational speaker. 


*‘Love … Look Away’ The Lesley Andrew Trio – A stylistic mixture of opera, jazz and musical theatre.

*‘Dream A Little Dream’ - A collection of lullabies ranging in style from classical to jazz, contemporary to traditional.

*‘Celebrating Rogers – Hammerstein & Hart’ with Lesley Andrew and Daniel Lichti – The music of Richard Rogers.