2024 Adjudicators

Marlis Gunderson - Piano & Composition

Marlis loves music. She started playing piano by ear when she was 4. She took lessons and finished her RCM Grade 10 while in high school. After graduating she became an ICU nurse. Missing her music, she completed her ARCT with Jaquie Ryan, after nursing graduation, and has been teaching piano since. She continues to do private duty nursing.

Marlis enjoys learning new music by being involved in the Roubakine Piano Club, where she participates in master classes twice a year. She has toured Switzerland three times with the Edmonton Swiss Men Choir, as their accompanist. She adjudicates across Alberta and is organist and accompanist for several choirs, vocal groups and violin students.

She resides in St. Albert with her husband, close to her 2 grown children and 6 young granddaughters.

Marlis is very excited to be invited to the Parkland Music Festival.

Jolaine Kerley - Voice, Choral, Speech Arts

Edmonton based soprano and conductor, Jolaine Kerley is active as a soloist, voice instructor, choral conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. She is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Concordia University of Edmonton as well as artistic director of Ariose Women’s Choir, and co-conductor of the Archbishop Jordan High School Choirs. Jolaine holds a BMus and an MMus from the University of Alberta, as well as an MMus from the Early Music Institute at Indiana University’s Jacobs school of Music.

 Jolaine has been heard frequently as soprano soloist with choruses and orchestras throughout North America including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Alberta Baroque Orchestra, Richard Eaton Singers, Luminous Voices, and Pro Coro Canada. Jolaine performs regularly with Early Music Alberta. Recent solo engagements include The Music of Vaughan Williams with the Richard Eaton Singers and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Geistliche Konzerte with Early Music Alberta, Music by Women Composers with the Alberta Baroque Orchestra, Arietta with Early Music Alberta, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major with the Richard Eaton Singers, Alan Bevan’s Nou Goth Sonne Under Wode at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Bach’s Johannes Passion with Calgary’s Professional vocal ensemble Luminous Voices, and an immersive Game of Thrones production with HBO and Giant Spoon Productions in Austin, Texas. Jolaine performs solo recitals throughout the Edmonton area and is frequently heard performing events with HASA, the Health Arts Society of Alberta.  

Dr. Fabiola Amorim - Violin

Violist Fabiola Amorim holds a Doctor of Music degree from the University of Alberta (Canada), a Master of Music degree from Azusa Pacific University (USA), an Artist Certificate from Azusa Pacific University (USA), and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Universidade Federal da Paraíba - UFPB (Brazil). Since the publication of her 2018 doctoral thesis Echoes of the Brazilian Nationalism Movement in Four Works for Viola and Piano (1950-82), Amorim’s work has served as a reference for other researchers on Brazilian music for viola. 

     Throughout her studies she received many scholarships and awards, including the Beryl Barns Memorial Graduate Award and Harriet Snowball Winspear Graduate Scholarship. She studied with Mr. Yerko Tabilo, Mr. Charles Stegeman, and Mr. Robert Becker. She participated in a number of music festivals and symposia in Brazil and United States including the Starling-Delay Symposium at The Juilliard School. 

       Amorim is a founding member of the Vaughan String Quartet, which, since its formation in 2013, has maintained a busy concert schedule with performances in Canada, USA, France and Italy. As a member of the Quartet Amorim was an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre, recorded the piece Apocalypsis by R. Murray Schafer (published by Analekta) in 2015, and in 2017 received the Cultural Diversity Award from the City of Edmonton. This award made possible the recording in 2018 of the Quartet’s debut CD, which included works by the Italian composers Simone Boi and D. P. Runcini, and the Brazilian composers A. Carlos Gomes and H. Villa-Lobos.

     Amorim was a member of the Orquestra Sinfônica da Paraíba (Brazil), and served as principal viola for the Orquestra de Câmara da Cidade de João Pessoa (Brazil), the Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra (USA), and the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra (Canada), with which she also appeared as a soloist in 2014 and 2015. As a chamber musician she has appeared on stages in Brazil, USA, Canada, France and Italy, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Symphony Space (New York), Rolston Recital Hall (Banff), and Sony Centre (Toronto). She was a member of the Villa-Lobos String Quartet (USA) and the Camerata Brasílica (Brazil), and while with the Camerata Brasílica was a prize winner at the 2006 Concurso Nacional de Música de Câmara in the city of Londrina (Brazil).

     Dr. Amorim maintains an active schedule as a concert violist and educator. She currently performs regularly with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Prince George Symphony Orchestra, and holds a position of viola instructor at the MacEwan University Conservatory of Music and adjudicates for festivals and competitions in Alberta.