Born June 25th 1990 in Surrey, British Columbia, Clayton is a jazz and contemporary dancer, an actor and choreographer. Clayton is very passionate about comedy and dance within the film and arts community.
Clayton completed Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts/Dance program in 2012, where he majored in theatre performance. During his time at Ryerson he trained under the National Ballet’s principle dancer Nadia Potts, Vicki St. Denys, Kate Hilliard, and Derek Sangster. During his time at Ryerson Clayton made his television debut on Wipeout Canada, and is one of the only 48 Canadians to compete in the final Wipeout Zone in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
After graduation, Clayton danced and choreographed comedic work for Vlad’s Dance Company, later he danced for Carly Rae Jepsen on MuchMusic, Alan Thicke, and opened Elton John’s Fashion Cares 25th Anniversary concert. While dancing full time he was choreographing competitive numbers for studios across North America.
Clayton's love for dance is equal to his passion for film and television, Scott spent three seasons acting alongside academy award winner Guillermo Del Toro on FX’s ‘The Strain’ as one of three leading Ancient characters. Additionally he has danced and performed stunts on American Gods, was featured on Orphan Black, Country Crush, Shadowhunters, and Reign. Clayton is excited to be working on the new CBS Series Star Trek: Discovery.
Clayton is looking forward to pursuing acting and dance opportunities, choreographing and adjudicating
Peter DeRoche graduated from the University of Victoria in 1982 with a Bachelor of Music majoring in Instrumental Education. He has gone on to have a very successful career as a Senior High School Music Director, 27 of the past years being right here in Kelowna.
Aside from teaching he has been very active at the provincial level working with the BC Music Educators Association, spending many years as a table officer on the Board of Directors. He was chairperson for the provincial scholarship program for a number of years and was the overall coordinator for the BC Provincial Honour Groups from 2003-2006.
After retiring in June of 2015 Peter continues to be active in the music community by working as a Teacher on Call for the school district and playing in the Kelowna City Band as well as being its assistant conductor. He also directs a community gospel choir called Jubilation Singers.
“My first dance festival as a competitor was in the late 70’s, I remember being scared, excited and most of all proud to have an opportunity to grow and learn from the guest adjudicators. I was excited to meet dancers from other studios, share stories, watch others to be inspired by. Festival was always the ‘treat after the hard work’. To this day I still have every adjudication form from every festival I ever participated in. Merits, Awards, Scholarships and challenging criticisms, the unexpected, the hardships, the most rewarding developments for young artists.”
Andrea trained professionally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and graduated Winnipeg’s School of Contemporary Dancers before moving to Vancouver in 1993. Over the course of 20 years of a professional performing career, she had the honour of working with some of the most prominent Local, National and International choreographers and dance companies. Andrea has garnered much respect, both locally and abroad as a performing artist, teacher, adjudicator, rehearsal director and arts advocate.
Andrea officially retired from the performing world of Dance in 2009 and returned to school to study and graduate with full honours in Massage with much assistance from the Dancer Transition Resource Centre through a full training subsidy grant. She now is focused on her home business and practice ‘Doulandie Nurturing Touch’; offering varied Massage services, Childbirth Education, Dancing for Birth Classes, as well as maintaining her passion for teaching and adjudicating dance and offering specialized career and anatomy classes for aspiring dancers.
Andrea currently resides in the South Okanagan with her family. She is an active volunteer on any arts committee she can be, and is venturing into the theatre world as a Producer, Actor, Stage Manager and fundraiser.
Andrea is extremely pleased to be in Kelowna for this year’s festival and is looking forward to all your passionate performances.
Lyric Baritone, Dale Throness, a native of Grande Prairie, Alberta, received his early musical training in Winnipeg, Manitoba and subsequently obtained his Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the UBC School of Music. Further post-graduate studies were undertaken at various institutions, including the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeburgh, England, and the Vancouver Academy of Music.
Mr. Throness has sung in Kelowna on a number of occasions, including performances of the Brahms Requiem and Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Okanogan Festival Singers, and the role of Marcello in La Boheme for Viva Musica with conductor Tyrone Patterson and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. He has performed a number of other operatic roles, including the title role in Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte, and the Four Villians in The Tales of Hoffmann. He has received high praise as a recitalist in Lieder and art song, and he has performed as a soloist with many prominent musical organizations throughout British Columbia.
Recent concert engagements include Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Bach Cantata 198 with the Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Vancouver Bach Choir, "Tea & Trumpets" with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, a concert of Brahms Lieder for the VSO's Brahms Festival, Bach’s St. John Passion with Vancouver Voices, and various performances of Handel’s Messiah, as well as the Brahms, Fauré, and Mozart Requiems. He has also sung Carmina Burana on numerous occasions, including a performance at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre under conductor Kazuyoshi Akiyama.
Mr. Throness is a highly sought after voice teacher and is on the voice faculties of the UBC School of Music and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. A number of his students have won major competitions and are performing professionally in opera and concert throughout Canada and in Europe.
DANCE / STAGE
Jessica Harvey has delighted in teaching speech arts to students of all ages for nearly a decade. Her teaching practice is informed by over 20 years of experience performing on stage. As a teenager, she played a number of lead roles in film, television and theatre. She also trained for 10 years as a classical soprano singer, competing regularly at the Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival.
Jessica completed her BFA in acting at the University of British Columbia, during which time she was fortunate to train in performing Shakespeare with First Folio expert Neil Freeman, and in speaking verse with Britain’s leading poet-playwright Tony Harrison. Since graduating she has worked steadily as an award-winning professional actor, jazz and soul singer, theatre director and playwright.
Her speech teaching career began at BASA (The Bolton Academy of Spoken Arts) in Vancouver in 2008, where, in addition to private lessons she also assistant directed multiple productions with the theatre program. She then went on to teach speech arts at her own private studio. Jessica was awarded distinction for her ATCL in Speech and Drama from Trinity College London. She recently spent a year living in Belgium where she sang in a gypsy jazz band, taught theatre and improvisation to teenagers in Brussels, and explored Europe.
Jessica is thrilled to be back at BASA as a private speech arts and writing instructor, as well as adjudicator of the West Coast Festival of Performing Arts and the Canadian Communication Certificate Exams. In her spare time, she loves to read, garden, hike, canoe, make art and spend time with her husband and cat.
Sarona has one goal in life, and that is to truly make a difference in the lives of the singers she works with. She firmly believes that through Music one does not only have the opportunity to teach music literacy and musicianship skills, but those life skills and qualities that are universally important. Those of love, compassion, humanity, respect, discipline, passion and joy!
Born and raised in South Africa, Sarona is a graduate of the Teachers’ Training College in Pretoria where she majored in Math, Languages, Psychology and Remedial Education, and specialized in Classroom Music, Voice, Choral Conducting and Drama. Her formal voice training culminated in postgraduate work at the Conservatory of Music at North-West University in Potchefstroom.
Her early singing career included memberships in children’s and youth choirs, as well as completion of theory and practical exams in voice, piano and clarinet through the University of South Africa Conservatory. It later extended to solo recitals, and lead roles in Musicals and Operettas. Following ten successful years of teaching Music and conducting Choirs at Elementary and Secondary School levels, as well as directing Musicals and plays, Sarona immigrated to Canada. In 1997 she founded the White Rock Children’s Choir, which had Choirs at several levels under her artistic direction for 20 years. The Choir participated regularly in International Festivals and traveled as far as Calgary, California, Montreal, Italy, Hawaii, Mexico, South Africa and England, and she conducted them in prestigious venues including Canterbury Cathedral, St Peter’s in Rome, the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, Notre Dame Basilica Montreal, and St Georges Cathedral in Cape Town where the Choir performed for Archbishop Desmond Tutu. One of the highlights for Sarona and her Choir was the invitation by Mr. Henry Leck to perform in Carnegie Hall as part of a Children’s Festival Chorus under his direction in April 2014. Over the past 10 years Sarona organized two Children’s Choir Festivals celebrating diversity and World Music, and also founded and conducted the Cantrix Women’s ensemble.
Sarona has taught in both the public and private school systems here in Canada, where she directed both Elementary and High School Choirs and Musicals. She was on the board for the BC Choral Federation for five years, and has been a guest conductor for several honour Choirs. She regularly serves as Adjudicator at Music Festivals & Clinician for Conductor and Choral workshops, and has taught Vocal, Choral and Leadership workshops on several trips to both Taiwan and South Africa. She has been on the faculty for the BCCF Choral Conducting Course since 2006, and in 2015 received the Willan award for outstanding service to the BC Choral Federation. Sarona has participated in and completed level three of Creating Artistry – Conducting workshops and Master Classes with Henry Leck and Vocal Training with Steven Rickards at Butler University in Indianapolis. Together with Henry Leck she co-conduced a North American Choir with members from the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and the White Rock Children’s Choir on a 14 day Concert Tour of South Africa in 2008. Sarona completed her Instructor training for SongShine - a program designed around the science of neuroplasticity that provides music based vocal therapy for people whose voices are affected by Parkinson's, stroke, neurological disorders, and aging. She recently moved to Gibsons, on the Sunshine Coast, where she will continue to conduct vocal ensembles, teach voice at her private studio, and lead SongShine classes.
DANCE / BALLET & MODERN
ANDREA GUNNLAUGSON FURLAN
Bryan taught music in Nanaimo for 50 years. Since 1997 he served as Chair of MusicFest Canada’s Jazz and Concert Band Divisions and is currently a Board member.
Bryan’s school bands won many provincial and national awards and his groups have performed in Japan, Europe, the US and in every major city in Canada. Many of his former students are professional musicians and music educators, the best known being international stars Diana Krall, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, and Carmella Luvisotto.
Bryan is a Music Fest Canada Hall of Fame member, recipient of the Marshall McLuhan Distinguished Teacher Award for both BC and Canada, BCMEA’s Professional Music Educator Award, and the City Of Nanaimo Excellence in Culture Award.
What Bryan enjoys most is working with music students of all ages.
Kelowna Kiwanis Festival
CHAMBER, ORCHESTRA & STRINGS
SPEECH & DRAMATIC ARTS
A graduate of AMDA in NYC, Peter Jorgensen has earned a reputation as an exceptional musical theatre actor, director, and educator. In 2007, with Katey Wright, Peter founded Patrick Street Productions to produce extraordinary contemporary musicals.
He has directed numerous award-winning productions for PSP and other theatres, including Avenue Q and Rock of Ages (Arts Club), Les Miserables and Fiddler on the Roof (Chemainus Festival), and The Light in the Piazza(PSP, Jessie Award, Best Production), and his musical adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life has been produced at theatres across the country.
Peter is Founder and Director of the Arts Club’s Teen Musical Theatre Intensive, teaches Master Classes through PSP, and sits on the Advisory Board for CapU’s Musical Theatre program. PSP’s Professional Intensive combines the rigor of Peter’s Master Classes with the immersive quality of the Arts Club intensive, and is partially inspired by the Menier Chocolate Factory musical theatre program, which Peter attended in London, UK in 2009.
2018 FESTIVAL ADJUDICATORS
ALTHEA DI GREGORIO
Barbara M. Siemens is an active contributor to the musical community. Since 1986, she has worked with piano students of all levels and ages, gaining considerable experience and insight in the process. Her training includes a Master of Arts in Historical Musicology, and a Bachelor of Music from U.B.C., as well as the A.R.C.T. Performer’s and Teachers’ Diplomas.
As a senior examiner, Ms. Siemens has been with RCM Examinations since 1993 and she has traveled in Canada and the U.S. on their behalf. She also adjudicates regularly as a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association. Her volunteer work includes over eighteen years on the Executive committees of the Vancouver and Provincial Branches of the BCRMTA and twenty-two years with the Vancouver Music Festival Workshop. She is currently president of her local RMT branch.
In addition to her teaching and volunteering activities, Ms. Siemens is the author of the Piano Workbook Series. This set of publications includes eleven assignment books, a Teacher's Manual, and Drill Books for sight reading and rhythm practice. These pedagogical materials have served as the basis for teaching workshops at conventions and RMT events in Canada, Washington, and California.
Following many years of musical training including all styles of dance, formal voice and piano studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Windsor, Althea Di Gregorio embarked on a career of travelling and performing in clubs, salons, concert halls, churches, resorts, cruise ships – she has performed on stage, television, radio, commercials, recorded and enjoyed a lengthy professional career singing several genres of music.
While living in Vancouver, she established ADG VOCAL STUDIO, where she taught and coached voice for 18 years. As she sang at her first Kiwanis Music Festival at the age of eight, she has always encouraged her students’ participation at Kiwanis Music Festival. Althea has so appreciated contributing to her many “kids”’ musical education, successes, and professional careers.
Now residing in Kelowna, Althea is enjoying her role as a Director on the Board for the Kelowna Kiwanis Music Festival. Althea looks forward to guiding young (and older!) singers in their vocal studies and pursuits. And she is most enthused about adjudicating the entrants in the Popular Voice section of the Kelowna Kiwanis Festival!
Anita (A.D.) Perry is proud to call the Okanagan her home since 1997. She has written works for orchestra, concert band, piano, voice and choir as well as seven children’s musicals and five ballets. In 2011 she was honoured with the Summerland Arts Appreciation Award and in 2014 and 2017 won the CFMTA Call for Compositions for her piano work “Skeleton Dance” and her choral work “Go Canada Go”.
Perry is a member of the Canadian League of Composers, an affiliate of the Canadian Music Centre, and a member of the Society for Composers and Authors. She is President of the South Okanagan Branch of the B.C. Registered Music Teachers’ Association as well as Provincial Secretary for that organization and is currently national secretary for the Canadian Federation of Music Teacher Associations.
Perry teaches piano, composition and theory rudiments in Summerland, B.C.
WOODWINDS & BRASS
Raised in Mission on a Christmas tree farm, Calvin Dyck was introduced to the accordion at the age of 5 by a travelling salesman, and started Suzuki Violin at the age of 8.
In spite of a college aptitude test recommending a career as a tug boat captain, Calvin completed a music degree at Biola University, and went on to complete a Masters and Doctorate in violin performance at the University of Southern California with minors in choral conducting, music education and music history.
Calvin has been concertmaster for the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo for 18 years, and directs the summer show “Symphony by the Sea” for the VIS. He is also the director for the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, and in 2014 they toured all 10 provinces in Canada along with the British Columbia Boys Choir. Calvin has played concerts in over 15 countries, and is in demand as a producer, teacher, conductor and adjudicator.
Calvin currently has about 25 students. Some of his former students are currently studying at universities across Canada, and one is now a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Calvin has recorded four CDs to benefit Communitas, a BC charity which provides services to people living with disabilities.
In 2012 Calvin was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the community. In April, 2013 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities by Trinity Western University.