2021 e-Festival Adjudicators

Geoff McCausland – Strings

Geoff McCausland (B.Mus McGill, ARCT Royal Conservatory of Music) is a musician of diverse experience and training. Growing up in Saint John, New Brunswick, he was trained in the Classical tradition, which he continued at McGill University's Schulich School of Music as well as through intensive training programs including the Domaine Forget Summer Institute, the Orford Arts Centre Summer Academy, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford University. 

Geoff is himself a passionate teacher, and his love of coaching chamber groups, orchestras, and individuals alike has found him teaching at the North Bay Symphony Summer String Retreat, CAMMAC, Saint John Summer Strings, Wilfrid Laurier’s QuartetFest, and at various conservatories. 

As an orchestral musician, Geoff has sat as Principal 2nd in the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra and the North Bay Symphony, and played section violin with the Thunder Bay Symphony, Symphony New Brunswick, the PEI Symphony, Opera New Brunswick and the Toronto Concert Orchestra. Geoff also coaches and directs the 5th Avenue Strings, an amateur string orchestra in Timmins ON. 

As a chamber musician, Geoff played from 2008-2016 with the Juno and Felix-nominated Silver Birch String Quartet. With the quartet he recorded two albums, commissioned new works from Canadian composers, and toured extensively. As a member of the quartet he performed alongside such notable artists as Peter Longworth, Simon Fryer, Joel Sachs, Erika Raum, Tanya Tagaq, Serena Ryder, and the Penderecki String Quartet. 

In 2013 Geoff joined the Sudbury-based bluegrass band Murder Murder - exploring the art of improvisation, composition and arrangement of music of all genres. They have since recorded two full-length albums which see regular airplay internationally, performed live on BBC, and toured internationally. He has also shared the stage/recorded with other artists including Iskwe, Pistol George Warren, Barry Miles, Carden Cove, and the Nickel City Specials. 

Dylan Maddix – Instrumental

Dylan Rook Maddix is Professor of Music at Cambrian College in Sudbury, ON, where he conducts the wind ensemble, teaches music theory and serves as the head of wind and brass studies. He is also on faculty at Laurentian University where he teaches conducting.  Dylan is founder of the Toronto Winds, host of the podcast The Band Room, and maintains an active career as a sought-after conductor, clinician, trumpeter and adjudicator across Canada.

With a passion for music education and outreach, Dylan maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community. He has been music director of the Milton Concert Band, a conducting fellow with the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, program assistant of the Hannaford Youth Program, and is now co-manager of the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. Dylan has conducted the Northern Ontario Honour Band, Halifax Community Band Festival, Royal Conservatory Brass Ensemble, Northdale Concert Band, Western University New Music, Hannaford Youth Band, Mount Allison University Symphonic Band, Kingston Brass Choir, and Bathurst Chamber Festival Orchestra.

A prizewinner at the 2011 & 2014 National Music Festivals, Dylan has been a featured soloist with the Prince Edward Island Symphony, Weston Silver Band, Greater Moncton Chorale and Orchestra, and Strathgartney Chamber Orchestra. His musicality has led him to numerous festivals in Canada and the United States including the Scotia Festival of Music, Charlottetown Festival, North American Brass Band Championships, Indian River Music Festival, Bathurst Chamber Music Festival, Music Fest Canada and the Luminato Festival. He holds a Master of Music from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University.

Derek Oger – Piano

Derek Oger has held the position of Executive Director of Conservatory Canada since 2014, where he has focused on a complete academic renewal of CC’s core syllabi to make music assessments more accessible to student’s diverse interests. He also oversees the Conservatory’s operations in delivering music exams to students in China, in partnership with the United States Music Certification Exams, led by American pedagogue, Dr. Scott McBride Smith. He is also host of Conservatory Canada Radio, a podcast series which interviews pedagogues, composers, and researchers about topics relevant to studio music teaching.

Derek maintains a private teaching studio and teaches piano performance as a contract lecturer at Lakehead University. He regularly adjudicates at music festivals, gives teacher workshops and webinars across Canada and works as a collaborative pianist. As a new music specialist, he is recorded on a CD entitled, “First Recording” released by New Music North of Thunder Bay.

Derek has lived his entire life in Thunder Bay, ON and received an HBA Music degree from Lakehead University. His main musical influences have been teachers Heather Morrison and the late Peter Longworth and Helmut Brauss. In his spare time, he is keenly absorbed in the burgeoning fields of functional medicine, health coaching, biohacking and craniosacral therapy.

Lise Maisonneuve – Vocal 

Originally from Timmins, Lise is a graduate of the University of Western. She also holds her A.R.C.T. and is an active member of NATS NCR Chapter and ORMTA. Lise has furthered her studies at the University of Ottawa as a graduate student, at the Longy Institute of Baroque Music in Boston, as a member of the Opera Lyra Ottawa Young Artist Programme, and with prominent vocal teachers in Toronto, Montreal, New York, and Europe.

Lise is not only an accomplished singer but has also distinguished herself as a choral and band conductor, a private music teacher, a festival adjudicator, and as a clinician at pedagogical conferences, workshops and educational camps for both vocal and instrumental musicians. She is the founder of le Choeur des jeunes francophones d'Ottawa and is currently head of the music programme at École Séraphin-Marion where she conducts two children’s choir.

She performed for numerous years with the early music ensemble La Favoritte. Lise has appeared in productions broadcast by CBC TV, CBC Radio Two and Radio Canada, and has performed as soloist at the Boston Early Music Festival, the London Early Music Festival, the Sacred Music Festival of the Outaouais, with the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Centennial Choir, Seventeen Voyces, and with numerous ensembles in the Ottawa area.  

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