Adele Clark’s teaching and performance experience span over twenty-five years. After obtaining her Bachelor of Music degree at UBC she completed her Master’s degree with a major in Opera Performance. She served as assistant to the Director of Opera Studies at UBC where she also taught voice. Her private studio was established in 1991 and is a thriving enterprise. Many of Ms. Clark’s students have gone on to post secondary education in music and professional performing careers. The constant challenge of staying current in vocal pedagogy and performance practices is very exciting to her. Enthusiasm and a positive approach keep Adele in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, and workshop teacher across Canada.
With a diversified repertoire from opera to cabaret Ms. Clark’s repertoire includes roles as wide-ranging as ‘Nellie Lovett’ in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd to the ‘Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro and of course ‘Adele’ in Die Fledermaus, as well as a large collection of crazy ladies and women of dubious repute. Directing credits include opera, cabaret and musical theatre for professional and community theatre.
Ms. Clark is a long-standing member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Voice Foundation (professional level), Music Teachers National Association, the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association, and the Canadian Actor’s Equity Union.
Christina Rogers - Speech Arts - 2016
Christina Rogers has been a speech arts enthusiast for over 20 years. She holds an ARCT in speech arts from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto where she received the Florence Memorial Scholarship and gold medal for the highest mark in Canada. She has also completed exams with Trinity College, London, England and spent several years teaching at the well-respected Speech Arts Studio in Edmonton AB. While in her youth, Christina began studying with esteemed speech arts coach Shirley Konrad. She also has trained with multiple voice instructors including Carol Anderson who she credits most for inspiring her as a voice teacher. Christina has won numerous scholarships and awards for her performances, including the best overall speech award 4 different times, the best overall voice award, the Telus Scholarship and first place at the provincial level. Christina has also used her skills to do radio interviews, and is a published author and poet. Christina finds great joy in teaching, adjudicating, and doing workshops. She currently works with groups and private students in Northern BC, where she lives with her husband and three children.
Cvetozar Vutev - Strings/ Instrumental - 2016
Cvetozar Vutev was born in Pleven, Bulgaria. In 1983 he completed his bachelor's degree in music at the State School of the Arts at his home city, with concentration in violin. In 1990 Cvetozar earned a master's degree in violin performance at Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. He also attended violin master classes under famous violinists such as Yfrah Neaman (UK) and Wolfgang Marschner (Germany). Cvetozar has more than 25 years of experience in violin teaching and performing. He has performed in numerous solo, chamber, symphony and opera performances in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Holland, Denmark, Switzerland, Greece, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, as well as in Rep. of Korea, Japan and Canada. Before his move to Canada in 2005 Cvetozar was a member of several orchestras.
Cvetozar has served as the Concertmaster of the Kamloops Symphony since September 2005. He teaches violin, viola, chamber music and string orchestra with the Kamloops Symphony Music School. Cvetozar has served as an instructor in strings, chamber music and symphony orchestra with the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music since 2010. He is also a first violin player with the Okanagan Symphony and a concertmaster of the Opera Kelowna Orchestra. From 2005 until 2012 Cvetozar performed with several other orchestras in British Columbia, such as Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Vancouver), Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Kootenays, Prince George Symphony Orchestra and Kelowna Festival Singers' Orchestra. He appears regularly as a soloist of the Kamloops Symphony, as well as the Kamloops Brandenburg Orchestra. Cvetozar is also constantly involved in chamber music performances in Kamloops, Vancouver and the Interior of BC.
Cvetozar has given violin master class at the Cantando Music Festival at Sun Peaks, BC in 2013. He has served as an adjudicator at the Vernon Community School Music School Award Competition for several years between 2007 and 2014, as well as a violin adjudicator at the Kelowna Community Music School Festival in 2009.
Since 2007 Cvetozar has been the music director of the Vivace Chorale in Kamloops, BC. He is a founder and a music director of the Kamloops Brandenburg Orchestra since 2012. In 2013 Cvetozar began teaching and conducting the Thompson Rivers University Chorus in Kamloops, BC. Currently he lives and enjoys the country life style in Kamloops together with his wife, Antoaneta and his two boys, Christo and Ivan. In 2014 Cvetozar, Christo and Ivan released their first CD with Bluegrass and Country Fiddle music.
Ed Schnellert - Band - 2016
Ed Schnellert is a lifelong musician, learner, and educator who is driven by a passion for meaningful and inspirational music for everyone. He is deeply committed to excellence in public school music education, having built many music programs to wide acclaim and success across 27 years of teaching and guiding musicians. In his current role as Senior Music Director at Okanagan Mission Secondary, he has expanded the program to become one of the most successful in Western Canada - he now oversees over 500 music students in Concert Band, Jazz Band, Commercial Music, Choir, and Musical Theatre courses. He founded and co-directs the OKM FAME Academy (Fine Arts Music Education) to bring high levels of enrichment to performing students across all the Arts.
Mr. Schnellert holds a B’Ed in Secondary Music Education, and a Masters in Education/Music technology, with piano proficiency at ARCT level. He is a professional musician who has performed in dozens of bands and vocal ensembles since 1981 with repertoire that covers a very broad spectrum of music from different eras and styles. He has directed 9 international music festivals in Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Croatia, and Austria. In the Central Okanagan School District, Mr. Schnellert has served as Fine Arts Department Head since 1995 and is currently a “Curriculum Instruction Assessment” instructional leader who coaches teachers across the District in best practice. He has presented at provincial and local music educators’ conferences, and has created transformational instructional and assessment techniques using technology. This all informs his approach to grading/judging/adjudicating - it’s done in constant partnership and in real time with students, where everyone knows the criteria for excellence and monitors our own listening and learning. This lowers the emphasis on external judgment and competition, and raises the focus towards self-awareness and the foundational cornerstone of music - the intrinsic - our enjoyment, fullfilment, and deep expressions made in our musical experiences. Best wishes to everyone in the Festival!
Ken Grieve - Creative Writing - 2016
I'm a baby boomer, born in the early 1950's. I lived the first half of my life in Port Coquitlam. I received my bachelor's degree in English and teaching certificate from SFU and my master's degree in Educational Administration from San Diego State University. I'm a retired school administrator and teacher. I spent the bulk of my educational career in School District #27 (28 years to be precise) in six different schools. I have lived in Williams Lake for the past 26 years. I currently occupy my time by working out in the gym, volunteering for several organizations, reading, cooking (my wife very much likes this idea), and generally being a house husband. I have recently started dabbling in writing as a hobby (I completed an as yet unpublished murder mystery novel...I'm waiting for the best offer from several publishing houses who are fighting over the rights and I'm likewise weighing the benefits of several movie options).
Rita Attrot - Piano - 2016
Rita Attrot has been teaching piano students of all ages and levels for thirty years. She received her early training at the Victoria Conservatory, where she took her diploma in Teacher Training with Winifred Scott Wood. Ms. Attrot went on to complete her Bachelor of Music at the University of Victoria with Bruce Vogt and followed up with a Master of Music degree in performance from the University of Western Ontario where she studied with Dr. Damjana Bratuz and Ronald Turini. As a graduate student and post graduation, Rita specialized in Accompanying and Chamber Music.
Ms. Attrot held the position of Staff Accompanist at Acadia University in Nova Scotia for 9 years, worked as a free-lance accompanist for instrumentalists and singers in Toronto, and served as a coach and repetiteur at the University of Toronto Opera School. She has collaborated with: violinist Mishan Han- releasing a CD from a live performance at the Glenn Gould Studio, pianist Lynn Johnson- performing piano duo and two-piano recitals in the Maritime provinces, the Appassionata Trio and the Erato Ensemble- serving as principal pianist in concerts throughout Vancouver, Victoria and the Lower Mainland. Above all, Rita is passionate about working with vocalists and can be heard in recital performing innovative programs of great song literature with frequent collaborator, soprano- Catherine Laub.
Ms. Attrot is Head of the Piano Department at the B.C. Conservatory of Music in Burnaby, where she has many private students and teaches the Piano Pedagogy course. She is also a member of the piano faculty at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School. As a church musician, Ms. Attrot has held many posts as organist and choir director: she is presently the Music Director at St. Thomas' Anglican Church in Vancouver.