Bernard Duerksen - Piano
Bernard Duerksen is a graduate of UBC with a MMusic degree and is on faculty at a number of music schools including the VSO School of Music. He has been actively teaching and adjudicating for 31 years. In 2013 his student Ben Su placed 1st in the New York International Artists Association Competition (age 15 -17 category) and 1st in the American Protégé Competition and performed in Carnegie Hall in February and March. In 2013 Mr Duerksen was the hand double for John Lithgow playing Bach in the movie Rise of the Plant of the Apes.
Bernard Turgeon - Vocal
Ernest Kassian - Bowed Strings
Kassian has adjudicated major music festivals from B.C. to Ontario. He has traveled extensively pursuing post-graduate and doctoral studies in viola and conducting in B.C,. Ukraine, Czech Republic and London, England. Many travels took place during four sabbatical leaves from the University of Regina where he taught as Associate Professor for thirty-three years and where he founded and conducted several musical organizations including the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra, Summer Stage Inc., the Regina Multicultural Orchestra and the Regina Light Opera Society. Kassian has conducted orchestras throughout Canada, Europe and the United States and has appeared as viola soloist on CBC radio and television as well as with the Regina Symphony.
Kassian moved to Courtenay,. B.C. seven years ago where he now teaches violin and viola, plays with the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, and freelances as chamber musician and conductor. Many of Kassian’s students now play in most major Canadian professional orchestras and teach at prestigious musical institutions in Canada and the United States. Recently Kassian received the Canadian Violia Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his many contributions in the areas of performance, teaching and service. Now in semi-retirement, Kassian enjoys traveling, playing a variety of sports including slo-pitch baseball (as well as umpiring), curling, bowling (lawn and five pin), motorcycling, scuba diving, kayaking, downhill skiing and exploring the many treasures found in the beautiful Comox Valley and beyond.
Don Hlus - Plucked Strings
Peter Stigings - Percussion, Woodwinds & Brass
James Weekes - Electronic & Acoustic
After meeting his now wife, Rose, the two of them started Hammer Records. Focusing on audio production, video production and photography they quickly established themselves as the top production team in Vancouver. They’ve covered touring acts such as Firewind, Dragonforce, and Children Of Bodom as well as, provided video production work for artists like Hedley, Scythia and Monster Truck.
Trained in classical and jazz piano, guitar, and bass, James also creates instrumental tracks for various artists around Vancouver, and worldwide via the Internet. Hammer Records’ work has been featured in the Vancouver Sun, CBC Radio 1, and by world famous novelist Darren Shan, among others.
Tyler Carson - Folk Instrumental
Tyler is very much looking forward to exploring all aspects of music with the wonderful musicians on the Sunshine Coast! www.tylercarsonmusic.com
Jordan Allarie - Dance
As his experience with PRP gained momentum, Jordan’s roles grew to include Performance Director for several high-level televised events including the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the 99th Grey Cup Halftime show, Rick Hansen Celebration 25 and the 122nd IOC Session.
Jordan has also established himself as an award-winning choreographer/director, working on such productions as CATS, Oliver, Grease, Cabaret, A Chorus Line, All Shook Up and In The Heights. Jordan is glad to be back adjudicating and sharing his passion for the art, as well as his acquired knowledge gained throughout his professional career with all of the competitors. He wishes them all the best of luck.