Gaye-Lynn Kern is a Performer, Teacher and Clinician. Her areas of specialization are Voice (Solo & Choral), Music Theatre, Drama and Speech Arts. She has a Master of Music (Voice) and a Post Graduate Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, UK. Other post-graduate studies include the Mozart Opera Studies Institute and the Pacific Voice Conference.
Ms Kern has performed over 28 leading roles in opera (The Medium, Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute), operetta (The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore), Music Theatre (The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady) and plays (Dancing at Lughnasa, Murder at the Howard Johnsons). Her 34 directional credits include Anne of Green Gables, The Boyfriend, Grease, Li'l Abner, Oliver! The Real Inspector Hound, Blithe Spirit and Nunsense. At the International Saxophone Conference 2000 in Montreal, Ms. Kern premiered Songs of Childhood.
Ms. Kern has enjoyed adjudicating at over 172 Music Festival in Western Canada since 1990. She was the Past President of the Saskatoon Music Festival and Provincial Rep. for the CMFAA.
Twelve of her forty years of Vocal Pedagogy have been at universities and colleges where she taught for both Music and Drama Departments and her students are frequent festival scholarship winners at both local and provincial levels. Her students have ranged in age from 4 years (pre-kindergarten) to 90 years (Elderhostel). Ms. Kern coaches professionals in a wide variety of careers and is the Music Director at St. Matthew's Anglican Church.
Gaye-Lynn Kern has performed professionally in England, Europe, the United States and Canada. She performed in Improv Theatre and currently on the Concert Stage as a soloist and as a member of The Gala Trio. She resides in Saskatoon with her husband, Gordon Grant and four feline companions: Magnolia, Charlotte, Flynn and Louie.
Alan Crane holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of British Columbia. For over 35 years, he has been teaching a full class of students ranging from young beginners to pre-professional young musicians to adults. Many of Mr. Crane's students have gone on to pursue careers in music.
In addition to being on the faculty of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music where he recently completed a term as Chair of the Piano Department, Mr. Crane teaches part time at the Langley Community Music School where he served for many years as Coordinator of the Piano Program.
As well as teaching, Alan Crane is an active performer. He is a founding director and pianist with the popular Vancouver concert series West Coast Chamber Music, is a much sought after accompanist and has presented numerous solo recitals in Canada and the UK. He is also active as a festival adjudicator sand is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association and the College of examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Bob Rebagliati is a native of B.C. currently residing in Maple Ridge with his wife Maggie where he is a freelance music educator, guest conductor, pianist and percussionist drummer. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree, Teaching Certificate from U.B.C. and a Master of Music Degree from Western Washington University. He has travelled throughout B.C., Saskatchewan and Ontario as a music festival adjudicator, workshop leader, guest conductor and clinician, well known for his sessions and curriculum in the areas of jazz rhythm section, jazz rehearsal techniques, jazz improvisation and concert band percussion.
Bob is Vice Chairman of Instrumental Jazz for MusicFest Canada and is responsible for the auditioning of members of the ConnSelmer Centerstage Big Band and MusicFest Canada jazz scholarships. He has directed many award winning junior and senior high school ensembles on both concert band and jazz areas for 33 years in the North Vancouver School District. His secondary school jazz ensembles have won many awards from 1976 to 1986 when the Hansworth Junior and Senior Jazz Ensembles won the highest honour in the country - the gold award - first place in their classes. Again in 1988, placed first and in 2002 the Handsworth Senior Concert Band percussion section was awarded the Zildjian Percussion Scholarship in recognition of "Excellence in the Art of Percussion". in 2004, his composition "Tonal Gesture" for concert band was premiered in Vancouver.
Throughout his career, Mr. Rebagliati has been honoured with many awards including the first recipient of the Professional Educator Award, the Distinguished Citizen Award, the Canada 125 Medal awarded by Mary Collins, MP, the North Vancouver Music Educators' Award of Excellence, the High School Jazz Program of the Year, and the Leadership in Music Education Award from the Coalition for Music Education in B.C. "for many years of outstanding contributions to the music education community". In June, 2004, Bob's Senior Jazz Ensemble was the first school band chosen to participate in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival Student Intensive. He has directed many other bands over the years, including North Vancouver Youth Band, the Metro Vancouver Firefighters Band and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music Big Band.