Adjudicators

Abigail Freeman (Voice)

 Ms. Freeman has been heard in the roles of the Queen of the Night and Papagena (The Magic Flute), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Blonde (Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail) , The Chair in A Chair in Love, Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos),  Ännchen (Die Freischutz), Suor Genoveffa (Suor Angelica), Fanchette (Le marriage aux lanternes) and as Ophelia in Mark Richards’ Hamlet.


She has also been the featured soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Bach cantatas Wachet auf and Wachet, betet, and has performed with the Brott Festival, Oshawa Opera, Toronto Opera Collaborative, Opera by Request, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, the Mississauga Festival Choir, the Georgetown Bach Chorale, Counterpoint Chorale, and is a regular performer with Windmill Music. 

Freeman completed a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Toronto (Canada) and a Master of Music Degree from Binghamton University (United States). She maintains a private music studio in Mississauga and is the Assistant Conductor of the Mississauga Festival Youth Choir and is the Music Director at the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga.

Daisy Leung (JUNIOR & INTERMEDIATE PIANO)

Daisy is making her mark as an accomplished collaborative artist whose love for chamber music and collaboration is apparent in her approach. She is employed as a collaborative pianist at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music, as well as with Toronto Children’s Chorus. She has performed around North America and recently had a performance broadcast on CBC Music.

For over 20 years, she has taught piano, history and theory, and feels fortunate to be able to pass on her love of music to the next generation through teaching and adjudicating festivals across Ontario.

After beginning her music studies in Edmonton, Alberta (under the tutelage of Betty Wong, Wolfram Linnebach, and Thelma O'Neill), Daisy moved to Toronto, Ontario where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Toronto with renowned piano pedagogue Marietta Orlov. She also completed further studies at The Banff Centre (under the baton of Jorge Parodi), Algonquin Summer Institute (with Helmut Brauss), Aria Summer Music Festival (with Marietta Orlov), and Scotia Festival of Music (with Marc-André Hamelin, Jamie Summerville, and Andrew Dawes)

Daisy has been privileged to perform for many of today's leading classical musicians, including Steven Isserlis, Pamela Frank, Pinchas Zukerman, Jon Kimura Parker, Steven Philcox, Mary Morrison, Laurence Lesser, and Sylvia Rosenburg.


 

 

Dennis Ullman (Woodwinds, Brass & Guitar)

Dennis has worked extensively in the areas of music education and performance for over 35 years.  He is in demand as an adjudicator at music festivals throughout Canada including:  Canada’s Wonderland, Rock for Dimes, Kiwanis and Lions Club sponsored festivals and MusicFest Canada.   Since 2015, he has conducted over 500 clinics/workshops. As guest clinician, he has energetically instructed sessions at St. Andrew’s College, Regional Honour Bands, and has conducted performances at various venues throughout North America.  

Mr. Ullman was an inspiring and passionate teacher in Ontario’s private school system for over twenty-five years and conducted many award-winning bands and ensembles.  He has also directed various ensembles which have performed throughout North America and regularly at MusicFest Canada’s National Festival.  

As a private instructor he has worked with hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to become major contributors to the music industry in cities such as Nashville, Toronto and Montreal.  Graduates have performed on many Late Night Shows, at the Air Canada Centre and with artists such as Thomas Rhett, Miranda Lambert, Steven Curtis Chapman, and many other shows including Cirque du Soleil. 

Mr. Ullman has been featured as a percussionist in a variety of ensembles including various theatre orchestra performances. He has also performed with the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, Page Two, Whitby Courthouse Theatre, Peterborough and Oshawa Civic Bands.  Mr. Ullman is extremely  active with contemporary praise and worship ensembles.  Recordings include ‘Duke’n It Out” with the Kawartha Jazz Ensemble.  

As President of D.R.U.M.S. Inc., he is a member of Canadian Music Festival Adjudicator’s Association, Canadian Band Director’s Association and the Jazz Educators Network.  Mr. Ullman is the founder of OCM, an affiliate festival of MusicFest Canada and was a member of Mohawk College’s Applied Music Program Advisory Committee for ten years.  

More information is available at www.drumsinc.ca

 

 


Dr. Benjamin Smith (Senior & Advanced Piano)

Canadian pianist Benjamin Smith holds degrees from Juilliard, the Glenn Gould School, the University of Toronto, and Stony Brook University. Principal teachers have included Andrea Battista, James Anagnoson, Julian Martin, and Christina Dahl. He has performed across Canada and the United States, including appearances as soloist at both Alice Tully and Carnegie halls. Other concerto engagements include the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra, the Ontario Philharmonic, the Burlington Symphony, the Windsor Symphony, and Orchestra London.

As a chamber musician, he was a member of the Israelievitch-Smith-Ahn piano trio, and has partnered in recital with prominent international soloists as well as principal players from many of North America’s major orchestras. Previously a member of the piano faculty at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Smith currently resides in Toronto, maintaining a concert schedule and serving on the faculties of the Glenn Gould School and the Taylor Academy at the Royal Conservatory.

 

 


Emer McCarthy-Wilson (Choral Speaking)

Emer holds a degree in Drama and English from the University of Windsor.  She began teaching with the DDSB in 1980, and retired in 2014.  She keeps herself busy with family, friends, and travel.  Emer also has a fabulous job with the Pickering Museum Village, conducting education tours as part of the Grade Three Pioneer programme.  Her costume is an 1837 prairie dress, bonnet, and boots. 

During her teaching years, Emer brought her love of theatre to the schools where she taught, and her students always participated in Kiwanis Festival.  Over the years, her students earned Gold Awards for Choral Speaking, Improvisation, and Speeches.

Emer also directed school musicals, Shakespeare Festivals, as well as producing talent showcases.

Emer has been actively involved with "Backwoods Players" for 12 years, performing in the production of "A Spirit Walk", and directing the Duffins' Creek Christmas Pageant.  

Meagan Turner (Strings)

A violist with a powerful imagination and natural instinct, Toronto-native Meagan Turner was recently named one of Canada’s “Top 30 Under 30 Musicians” (CBC).   From 2018-2020, Meagan held the position of young artist in residence at Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, a program that combines musical excellence, teaching, community engagement, entrepreneurship, and leadership.  She completed her Masters degree at The Juilliard School as a full-scholarship student of Samuel Rhodes. 

 A two-time recipient of the Felix Galimir Award for Excellence in Chamber Music, Meagan has collaborated with members of the Dover, New Orford, and St. Lawrence Quartets; renowned pianists Stephane Lemelin, Pedja Muziejvic, and Walter de la Hunt; and esteemed string players Ralph Kirshbaum, Miriam Fried, and Paul Biss. Meagan has appeared at the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, Tippet Rise Arts Center, the Luminato Festival, the Orford Arts Center, Tanglewood, and the Ravinia Festival (Steans Music Institute).  

 As an orchestral musician, Meagan has served as principal violist of the Juilliard Orchestra, Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Centre Orchestra. In addition to an active freelance career, she is currently on the substitute rosters of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Solisti Ensemble, Shattered Glass Ensemble, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and the Canadian Opera Company.

 Meagan is the recipient of numerous awards, recently being named one of Canada’s “Hottest Musicians Under 30” by the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). She was a recipient of a Rachel Elizabeth Barton Pine Foundation Career Grant in 2017 – an award intended for the advancement of young artists’ careers - and is a past scholar of the Virtu Foundation.

 Additionally, she works closely with the Carnegie Weill Music Institute as a teaching artist, actively striving to advocate for the place of music in a community. Most recently, Meagan joined Carnegie Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson in a performance and workshop series at Sing Sing Correctional Institute in conjunction with Carnegie’s Musical Connections Program.

 Meagan completed her studies in violin and viola at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Erika Raum and Eric Nowlin, and at The Juilliard School as a full-scholarship student of Samuel Rhodes.