2022 Adjudicator for Piano and Voice - Ross Simonds
Ross Simonds, BM (RMT) is owner and operator of Ross’ Music Studio. For the past fifteen years Ross has been teaching piano and voice from his Fredericton studio where he believes strongly that his students can achieve high standards of excellence through study rooted in tradition, while at the same time discovering their own innate musical senses, and pursuing their own individual musical goals. As part of his studio work he also performs as a collaborative pianist, and offers adjudicator and music director services.
Ross taught at St. Thomas University as the STU Singers Director, and as a Professor – Voice Technique. Other activities have included: Music Director for STU’s musical theatre productions; Repetiteur – Vocal Techniques Workshop (Wendy Neilson’s) St. Andrews; Music/ Choral Director – Theatre New Brunswick’s Music Theatre School, Fredericton’s Playhouse, Oromocto High School, and Leo Hayes High School; and Workshop Leader and Mentor – Anglophone West School District.
Prior to opening his studio, Ross had over 20 years of experience as a church musician – Toronto, Fredericton, and Halifax. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Gordon College (Boston’s north shore), and graduate certificates from the Robert Webber Institute of Worship and the Arrow Leadership Training School. Most recently, Ross has done work in Dalcroze Eurhythmics (Longy School of Music, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Dalcroze Canada, Toronto, Ontario.)
Ross is a member of the Dalcroze Society of Canada, the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association, the Canadian Federations of Music Teachers’ Association, the New Brunswick Registered Music Teachers’ Association (Past Council Member), and the Fredericton Music Teachers’ Association (Past President).
2022 Adjudicator for Speech Arts - Patricia O'Hagan
Patricia O'Hagan has been involved in the Visual and Performing Arts for over 50 years.
She has produced over 40 Broadway Musicals at Sussex Regional High School. She has written and directed community theatre and mounted historical pageants. She is also an experienced choreographer, set designer, and costumer.
An actor herself, she enjoys singing and performing in Community Theatre, Musicals, and Dinner Theatre and encourages young people to grow and enrich themselves in the theatre experience.
She has led Drama Workshops for the NB Department of Education, Summer Theatre Camps, and has been a frequent adjudicator for New Brunswick Elementary Drama Fest.