P.O. Box 531
Port Colborne, Ontario
L3K 5X7

"Every day we spend without learning something is a day lost" - Beethoven


Dance Adjudicator – Gaëtane Hughes

Gaëtane Hughes is an examiner with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association, ADAPT, B.A.T.D., D.M.A. Gaëtane has been a dance teacher since 1970, having owned her own studio for over 33 years. Since 2011, she has been teaching at the Port Perry Dance Academy. She is a respected life member & examiner of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association, a member of Dance Masters of America, American Chapter #8, a certified ADAPT instructor and a life member of The British Association of Teachers of Dance.
Gaëtane has taught numerous teacher and student workshops across Canada. Several of her former students have been accepted to the National Ballet, Europe, Limone Dance Company and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Other former students have become teachers themselves or are performing professionally in both Canada and the United States. Gaëtane has adjudicated for many years across Canada.
We welcome Gaëtane to Port Colborne and to our Dance Competition.

Dance Adjudicator – Janette Lindley

Janette Lindley is a retired ballet teacher leaving a career that spanned 55 years. She is a Cecchetti Associate Diploma member and has also completed the Cecchetti Diploma Exam. She is a CDTA licentiate, Ballet Examiner, has held the position of Ballet Division Chair, Ballet Examiners Chair and is an Ontario Branch past President. She has attended and taught at many ballet workshops and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and expertise at The Port Colborne Festival of the Arts.
The Board of Directors welcomes Janette Lindley to this year’s Dance Competition.

Vocal Adjudicator - Linda Fletcher

Linda Fletcher, of Oakville, is very active in the music community as a teacher, composer, singer, adjudicator, clinician, accompanist, and music director. She began her piano studies with Grace Vandendool and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music (honours) degree in Music Education from McMaster University, where she studied piano with Reginald Bedford, and voice with Dr. Gladys Whitehead. She received her Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Teacher Education College and her A. Mus. degree in voice from the University of Western Ontario, for which she was awarded the gold medal for the highest mark in Canada. Linda continued her study of voice with Tom Oliver and organ with Keith Hopkins. She also plays French horn and guitar.
Linda is a composer of choral and vocal solo music, and writes both secular and sacred music. Her first published choral composition, A Song of Sharing, became the publisher’s best-selling song with international sales of over 15,000 copies and has since gained more popularity as a festival and exam selection. Another, Linda’s setting of The Olde Irish Blessing, was performed in Rome for World Youth Day before an audience of 3,000 and continues to be performed worldwide. More recently, she was the compiler and editor of a series of Canadian song books entitled Sing! published by Leslie Music Supply. Since 2021 Linda has been part of the Full Voice team and some of her newest songs are distributed in partnership with Full Voice Music Inc. (www.thefullvoice.com) Some of her music (including those on the RCM syllabus) can be found on her website lindafletcher.com
Linda was a member of the creative team for the 2012 Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) voice series, and recently worked as a compiler and editor for their 2019 voice syllabus. Fifteen of her songs are included in the latest voice syllabus with five of those appearing in the voice repertoire books. In 2019, Linda was invited to be a presenter for the RCM “Artistry and Innovation” Summit.
Linda was co-writer, performer and arranger, with director Tom Oliver, for Voices in the Night, a non-profit fundraising vehicle, created by Linda and Mr. Oliver in 1996, which travelled throughout Southern Ontario for over 10 years. Linda also acted as singer and chorus director for two Juno-nominated recordings of children’s entertainer, Eric Nagler. In 2006, Linda was the recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award, presented at Roy Thomson Hall. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association’s Special Teacher Award. At the 2016 convocation at Koerner Hall, the Royal Conservatory of Music honoured Linda as a Teacher of Distinction in recognition of her commitment to music education and contribution to the field of teaching. Linda was a featured composer in the 2002 Canadian Composer’s Calendar and has also been featured in the magazine Arts About Town.
Linda has served as organist and choir director at Walton Memorial United Church for 43 years where, in addition to multiple weekly worship services, she directs many concerts and music presentations. Walton has a vibrant music programme of over 70 singers in three choirs. Linda has taught piano and voice privately for close to 50 years but in later years has focused primarily on voice. She still maintains a thriving private studio. Her students and choirs have won many local, provincial, and international awards for piano, singing, and composition including numerous RCM gold medals. Several of Linda’s students have gone on to perform professionally on international stages including Disney, Mirvish, Broadway Tours, Stratford, American Idol, America’s Got Talent, and as composers and recording artists.
Linda has adjudicated major music festivals across Canada. She is actively involved in local music festivals as syllabus advisor, concert fundraiser, and accompanist. She is co-founder and President of the Oakville Vocal Arts Festival. She also continues to work as an accompanist for voice and music theatre for the OMFA Provincial competitions.
Linda is a member of ACTRA, NATS, SOCAN, and ORMTA, where she served on the executive for ten years and was a workshop clinician for their 2012 ORMTA Provincial Convention.
Linda continues to reside in Oakville with her husband, John. They are blessed with four children who also share Linda’s love of music, and five grandchildren.
The Board of Directors welcomes Linda to Port Colborne and to our 2024 Festival.

Band/Instrumental Adjudicator - Dennis Ullman

Dennis Ullman has worked extensively in the areas of music education and performance for over 40 years. He has been in frequent demand as a music festival adjudicator at regional music festivals across Canada, Canada’s Wonderland School Music Festival and affiliate festivals of MusicFest Canada. Since 2010, he has conducted over 500 clinics/workshops as an adjudicator of concert bands, jazz ensembles, brass, woodwinds and percussion. As guest clinician, he has instructed sessions for regional Honour Band Programs and has conducted performances at various venues throughout North America including the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.
Mr. Ullman was a teacher in Ontario’s private school system for over twenty-five years and conducted many award-winning bands and ensembles at the Secondary and Elementary School levels. He has also directed various school (public/private) ensembles that 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 the David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Shows, at the Air Canada Centre and with artists such as Brad Paisley, Steel Magnolia, Miranda Lambert, Steven Curtis Chapman, Thomas Rhett, and many other shows including Cirque du Soleil.
Mr. Ullman has been featured in a variety of ensembles including theatre orchestra performances such as the Canadian premier of “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” a musical by Dean Regan. He has also performed with the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, Oshawa Civic Band and the Peterborough Civic Concert Band. Mr. Ullman has been active with the Praise and Worship teams at various churches including Carruthers Creek Community Church, various churches in the Durham Region and is currently active with the Bayfair Baptist Church Music and Worship Ministry. Recordings include “Duke’n It Out” with the Kawartha Jazz Ensemble, featuring arrangements by the late Ron Collier.
After graduating with an Honours Diploma in Applied Music from Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology, Mr. Ullman became President of DRUMS Inc. He has been an active member of Canadian Music Festival Adjudicator’s Association, Canadian Band Director’s Association, Ontario Band Association, Jazz Educators Network and Ontario Music Educators’ Association. Mr. Ullman is the founder and Regional Co-ordinator for OCM, an affiliate festival of MusicFest Canada and was a member of Mohawk College’s Applied Music Program Advisory Committee for ten years. He was responsible for the development of the Praise and Worship component as part of MusicFest Canada as a member of MusicFest Canada’s Choral/Vocal Division Committee.
Mr. Ullman, his wife Rachel and family reside in Courtice, Ontario. Dennis and Rachel enjoy travelling, cooking, soccer and of course the - Detroit Red WINgS. More information is available at www.drumsinc.ca .
We look forward to Dennis Ullman’s adjudication of our Band/Instrumental Solo classes.

Piano Adjudicator - Dr. Karin Di Bella

Dr. Karin Di Bella is an accomplished pianist and educator. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with orchestras in the United States and Canada, and has an active collaborative career with instrumentalists and singers around North America and in Europe. Previously on faculty at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Dr. Di Bella is currently Associate Professor of Piano and Department Chair at Brock University where she teaches studio piano, master classes, accompanying, keyboard harmony, piano literature and piano pedagogy. She is also sought after as an adjudicator for music festivals across Canada and is a senior piano examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her areas of expertise include contemporary Canadian repertoire, particularly the works by Jack Behrens, and historical instruments and techniques of the 18th and 19th centuries. Her CD Variants: Solo Piano Music of Jack Behrens is available for purchase through the Canadian Music Centre (musiccentre.ca), on iTunes, or for streaming on the Naxos database.
The Board of Directors welcomes Dr. Di Bella as this year’s Piano Adjudicator.

Former Adjudicators

2023Peter ZarinsDr. Charlene PaulsDr. Jeffrey ReynoldsSamantha Brooks
Caitlin Russell
2022Guy Few (solos only)Guy Few (vocal solos only)N/AN/A
2021Festival cancelled due to COVID19
2020Festival cancelled due to COVID19
2019Frances BalodisMelanie TellezLinda WhartonKalie Hunter
Sarah Vance
2018Jennifer KnelmanRachel Rensink-HoffRalph De LucaAlexandra Crenian
Annie Chen
2017Allison Wiebe-BensteadGloria GassiCory ApolcerGraeme Goodhall
Rebecca Mastoras
2016Brett KingsburyBarbara Dunn-ProsserDr. Jeffrey ReynoldsShonaugh Campbell
Brittany Derose
2015Clark BryanLesley AndrewKevin WatsonBrian Shaw
Valerie Stanois
2014Allison Wiebe-BensteadJacqueline SadlerDr. Henry MeredithBrandon Fulford
Rebecca Jansen
2013Susan RobinsonJennifer MoirPeter StollLori Hall Brown
Jeanine Henderson
2012Stéphan SylvestreTricia LackeyJohn JasavalaShelley Rennick
Daniella Rousal
2011Shoshana TelnerMary-Ruth RoadhouseSteve FralickTiffany Beauparlant
Laura Ovcjak
2010Marlene FinnDonna GarnerRobert ArnoldLori Hall Brown
Tina Campbell Thorogood
2009Stephanie MaraGail HalakaGordon ClelandLynne McCarthy
Natalie Sebastian
2008Catherine RobertsonJeanette SteevesJeanette SteevesLois Pastor
Deardra King-Leslie
2007Guy FewElisabeth PomésBrian StrachanN/A
2006Peter de SousaSusan Ambrose – vocal
Dr. Carol Beynon – choral
Sharon FitzsimminsMarie Ann Longlade-Link
Lynne McCarthy
2005Joyce GrimesMary Lou Phoenix-SheelerN/ACheryle Bodrug
Kari Bodrug
2004Peter ZarinsNancy TelferN/ALori Hall
June Lawrence
2003Amber MorphyNancy KiddN/ASarah Armstrong-Rood
Tiffany Beauparlant
2002Cheryl StroudJeanette SteevesN/ASarah Armstrong-Rood
Vitek Wincza
2001Catherine RobertsonBrian StrachanN/AN/A
2000Victoria GilbertMelvin James HurstN/AN/A
1999Paul CoatesCarol StrachanN/AN/A
1998Robert HallMark SirettN/AN/A
1997Janet FothergillJames BrownN/AN/A
1996Guy FewRodger BeattyN/AN/A
1995Susan SteeleHenry GoerzenN/AN/A
1994Peter ZarinsRobert Charles HendersonN/AN/A
1993Janet LopinskyHenry GoerzenN/AN/A
1992Katika IsherwoodKatika IsherwoodN/AN/A
1991Lauren McInnesLauren McInnesN/AN/A
1990Joy Tappenden LeeJoy Tappenden LeeN/AN/A
1989Doris MahoneyDoris Mahoney (1st year vocal/choral)N/AN/A
1988Janet FothergillJanet Fothergill (vocal only)N/AN/A
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