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News: 2015-2016 

Entry Form Kick-Off

January 4th, 2016


All are invited to our entry form kick-off.


Saturday, January 9th, 2016

Winkler Library Conference Room

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


This event is to help anyone interested in entering the festival correctly fill out entry forms. Syllabi will also be for sale at this event. We are offering a 33% discount on any syllabus purchases made at this event.


Please contact us if you have any questions!

Meet Our Adjudicators!
Piano Adjudicator

January 4th, 2016


We are very excited to announce this year's adjudicators! Our piano adjudicator this year is Jane Duerksen from Steinbach, MB. 


Jane Duerksen holds a baccalaureate degree from University of Manitoba as well as her Associateships both in Piano Performance and Teaching from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. She has received numerous awards and scholarships including the Manitoba Arts Council, Canadian Daughters’ League, University of Manitoba, Mrs. James A. Richardson and the Royal Conservatory. Her piano studies included Elsie Rempel, Sydney McInnis, Michael Oike and Heidi Peters alongside masterclasses with numerous artists including Edward J. Parker, Lorne Watson, Robert Silverman and Judy Kehler-Siebert.


A current member of MRMTA, Jane has the responsibility of Canada Music Week Student Composer Competition Coordinator for the province. She is passionately involved with a busy studio of piano students both privately and through the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts. Much of her enjoyment derives from developing young pianists into strong capable performers both solo, duo and 8 hands 2 pianos. Her students have competed successfully both locally and at the provincial level. From 1996 to 2003, Jane concertized with Kim Bestvater-Sidorchuk on two pianos. She has been active as an accompanist, adjudicator and workshop clinician throughout Manitoba and Northern Ontario. Acting as chairperson since 2008 for the Southeastern Manitoba Music Teachers’ Association, she oversees the inservices for teachers in her area. Jane currently resides in Steinbach with her husband, Ken; they have recently become grandparents to the four cutest children on earth.

Vocal/Choral Adjudicator

January 4th, 2016


This year we have the wonderful opportunity to have Trish Reimer as our vocal and choral adjudicator.


Trish Reimer is a graduate from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois where she specialized in Church Music with an emphasis in voice.  She also studied at the University of Windsor and the University of British Columbia. 


Trish has had several operatic roles in her career including Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring and the first lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute and has been a member of the Manitoba Opera Chorus as well as Winnipeg Singers.  She has performed as soprano soloist in various oratorios in Chicago, Illinois; Elmhurst, Illinois; Hamilton, Ontario; Windsor, Ontario; Vancouver, B.C. and Winnipeg, Manitoba. 


Trish has given numerous concerts and vocal workshops across Canada and has been recorded by the CBC.  She was the choral adjudicator for the Christian Fine Arts Festival in Ontario and has also adjudicated in several cities in British Columbia as well as in Manitoba. Trish has also been a choral conductor for children and adult choirs in London, Ontario; Vancouver, B.C; Burlington, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Trish was choir director at Calvary Temple in Winnipeg, Manitoba for several years and conducted their presentation of Handel’s Messiah from 1998 – 2002.  She was Minister of Music at Grace Lutheran Church from 2002 – 2008 where her choir won the Golding’s Music Trophy from 2004 – 2008 for the most outstanding church choir at the Winnipeg Music Festival. 


Trish currently teaches piano and voice in her home.  She also taught voice for 18 years at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts in Winnipeg, Manitoba but retired there this past June.

New Year!

November 26th, 2015


Hey all! 


So we are starting to get ready for the 2016 festival. Adjudicators will be posted as soon as we have them confirmed.


The dates for this year's festival are

Piano: April 11th - 15th, 2016

Vocal/Choral: April 18th - 20th, 2016


More information will be posted soon!

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