Pam Buckway

The ‘Jazz Man’ Returns

Trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger, Alan Matheson, is a big fan of the Rotary Music Festival in Whitehorse. He feels it’s an honour to be one of the adjudicators. “It is one of the best-run festivals I’ve worked for, and the enthusiasm and skill of the performers and teachers is inspiring to see.” He’s back …

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Strike Up the Band

By Pam Buckway The band adjudicator in this year’s Yukon Rotary Music Festival is Dr. Wayne Jeffrey, Director of Ensembles at Kwantlen University College on BC’s Lower Mainland. Dr. Jeffrey gives his view of the role: “When I’m adjudicating, I always remember that music is an aural art form that exists to communicate with people. …

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Music in All of Her Life

BY PAM BUCKWAY Junior-piano and voice students and choirs are in for a treat at this year’s Rotary Music Festival. Their adjudicator will be Louise Rose. The Pennsylvania native, who has lived in Victoria, BC, since the 1970s, has had a close relationship with music all her life. Her grandmother said she “came out of …

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Tickling the Ivories and Inspiring Students

BY PAM BUCKWAY Edmonton pianist Sylvia Shadick-Taylor is adjudicator for senior piano at the upcoming Rotary Music Festival in Whitehorse. Known for her diverse talents, she excels as a soloist, yet is equally comfortable as a chamber musician, accompanist and teacher. As a soloist, Shadick-Taylor has a strong interest in contemporary music. Premiering many Canadian …

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