2020 Adjudicators

Choral: Dr. Joy Berg

Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Concordia University of Edmonton. Receiving a piano performance degree, an education degree, and choral conducting degrees, Dr. Berg’s university career has been spent with conducting choirs at Concordia, as well as teaching courses in the music department. She directs the three Concordia choirs – the Concordia Concert Choir (auditioned student choir, with 45 singers), Bella Voce Women’s Choir (with 30 singers), and the Concordia Community Chorus (with 110 singers). For many years, Joy sang alto in Edmonton’s professional choir, Procoro Canada. A life-long learner, Dr. Berg has just completed her second doctorate, a Doctorate of Worship Studies, and often adjudicates and workshops in the area of choirs, speech, voice, junior piano, handbells, and church music.

Piano: Janna Olson

Originally from Three Hills, Alberta, Janna Olson holds degrees in church music and piano performance and a Masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Alberta where she studied with Janet Scott-Hoyt. Performing, adjudicating, and giving workshops have provided diverse opportunities for her to share her love of music in Canada, the United States and Europe. Janna currently resides in Edmonton teaching privately and as a sessional instructor at The King’s University. She is on the faculty of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning and is passionate about connecting piano pedagogy with recent research on how the musical mind works. She enjoys playing chamber music and frequently performs piano duet and duo repertoire as well as performances with string players. An outdoors enthusiast, Janna spends time hiking, skiing and most recently learning to speed skate.

Band: Don Ross

Clarinetist Don Ross plays some 150 shows a year, split between classical, jazz, world and experimental music. He plays regularly with such groups as Saint Crispin’s Chamber Ensemble, the Gadjo Collective gypsy band, New Music Edmonton, the Alberta Symphony, Crescendo Orchestra, Opera Nuova, The Billie Zizi Swing Band, Mile Zero Dance and many others. He teaches clarinet at the University of Alberta, MacEwan, King’s and MusiCamp Alberta. His work as a composer and project leader have won multiple grants from the Canada Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Edmonton Arts Council . He studied at the Universities of Alberta and Toronto and at Northwestern in Chicago.

Strings: Vladimir Rufino

Brazilian-Canadian violinist Vladimir Rufino has brought his love of music to stages in South America and Europe as well as Canada and the United States. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from the University of Alberta (Canada), a Master of Music degree and Artist Certificate from Azusa Pacific University (USA), and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Universidade Federal da Paraíba (Brazil). He has studied with Yerko Pinto Tabilo and Charles Stegeman. He has participated in music festivals and symposia in Brazil, Canada, and the United States including the Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School.

Vladimir has performed with orchestras in Brazil, the United States, and Canada, on many occasions serving as soloist, concertmaster, and assistant concertmaster. His chamber music experience includes numerous international performances as part of the Quartet Quarta Dimensão, the Camerata Brasílica, the Villa-Lobos String Quartet, and the Vaughan String Quartet. Besides performing the standard classical repertoire, Vladimir has performed and recorded a number of works by Brazilian composers. Vladimir currently performs regularly with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and as first violin of the Vaughan String Quartet, which released its debut CD in 2018.

In addition to his performance schedule, Vladimir adjudicates for festivals and competitions in Alberta and teaches at the MacEwan University Conservatory of Music.

Voice: Dawn Sadoway

Dawn is currently an Assistant Professor, Head of Voice in MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts Program. Before teaching at MacEwan, Dawn worked as a teacher, director and singer/actor across Canada and eventually took on the role of Managing Artistic Director at the King’s Playhouse in Prince Edward Island from 2009 – 2011. She has also previously taught at St. Thomas University, The University of Calgary, Rocky Mountain College and The University of Alberta. Dawn is still an active performer, vocal coach and director. Her most recent creative work includes: Crescendo by Sandy Paddick – Singer/Actor (Edmonton Fringe); Last Light Above the World: A War Litany by Allan Bevan – Actor (RES); Carmen by Bizet – Assistant Director (Mercury Opera) and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Gunderson and Melcon – Vocal Coach (Citadel Theatre).