See the Vocal & Choir syllabus for entry categories.
Our adjudicator for 2021 is Karen Way!
Karyn is very active in Vancouver as a singer, adjudicator, director and music instructor. Some of her favourite performances include Madame Giry in The Phantom of the Opera, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Eva Peron in Evita and the Second Lady in The Magic Flute. Karyn was a member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir for 4 years under the direction of Jon Washburn. She has also sung with the Vivaldi Chamber Choir and the Vancouver Bach Choir. She can frequently be seen in concert performing a mixture of musical theatre, pop, art song and opera.
As a director, Karyn staged Amahl and the Night Visitors for the Vancouver Academy of Music as well as several evenings of opera scenes. She was on faculty at Capilano University as a voice instructor for four years and she was head of voice for Stagecraft Theatre School for eight years. Karyn currently teaches voice, piano and music theory at her home studio, Vocalis Music, the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and also teaches singing for Lights Up Theatre School.
Karyn continues to adjudicate and give masterclasses in voice and musical theatre at festivals across Canada including Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia. At the University of British Columbia, Karyn earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance and a Master of Music in Opera. She also earned Diplomas in Musical Theatre from Grant MacEwan College and the Banff School of Fine Arts. Karyn is a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She also has advanced certification as a voice teacher for the Royal Conservatory of Music and is a member of the RCM College of Examiners.