Voice and Speech adjudicator
Kimerica (Kim) Parr, the voice and speech adjudicator at the Coronation Music Festival March 4 – 14, completed her Bachelor Degree in Music in voice and then a Bachelor Degree in Education in drama and music at the University of Windsor.
Parr was the Artistic Director of Rose City Rising Stars Theatre Guild Inc. for 14 years. She has also worked as stage director, assistant stage director, stage manager, orchestra conductor and choreographer on many productions for companies such as Michigan Opera Theatre, Comic Opera Guild, Windsor Light Opera, Bloomfield Players, Theatre Intrigue and many high schools and colleges.
She has directed over 50 different productions and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Alberta Registered Music Teacher’s Association, Music Teacher’s National Association and The Alberta Teacher’s Association.
Parr is also endorsed by the Royal Conservatory of Music. She currently maintains an active studio at Keyano College, in Fort McMurray, Ab.
Jolie Van, one of two dance adjudicators, trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Hip-Hop and has studied with many renowned teachers and choreographers.
She has completed the Al Gilbert Tap Examinations and was a feature dancer in his instructional videos.
Her choreography has won numerous awards and has been featured in ‘The History of Rock & Roll’, the annual CFLPA All Star Charity Baseball Game, Bridal Fantasy and The Rainbow Gala.
She has directed her own successful studio for 14 years and her students excel in both exams and competitions, where her own talent is acknowledged with numerous choreography awards.
Many of her students have gone on to pursue careers in the Performing Arts and have graduated from esteemed programs such as Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Van is continually asked to teach at workshops and summer schools. She also enjoys adjudicating at several competitions throughout Western Canada.
Michelle McBride was born and raised in Edmonton, Ab. She began dancing with North Edmonton Performing Art Centre at a young age studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and piano.
McBride also had the opportunity to study with Ruth Carse of Alberta Ballet and Terri Mucha of Shumka.
McBride started touring with an Edmonton based dance troupe at a young age, travelling across Canada and through the United States for five years.
Being a competitive dancer she also performed in halftime shows and parades around the City of Edmonton. She later studied design, film and drama in University.
Recently, she performed with Hula troupe ‘Tropical Dance Society’ – in Polynesian, Maori and Tahitian styles.
McBride has trained in Vancouver, Calgary, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She also continues her training weekly with CLI Studios and on staff with Acrobatic Arts.
McBride is certified in Acrobatic Arts, studies yoga and is certified with Alixa Flexibility. She runs a summer intensive in acrodance and teaches acrobatics during the year.
She also teaches for the City of Edmonton teaching creative moment and various dance styles.
Lynne Dalcin, the piano adjudicator started playing piano when she was seven years old and has always loved playing.
She received her ARCT from the Conservatory in 2002 and now teaches about 45 students each year in all levels, as well as all levels of Theory, Harmony, and History.
Dalcin’s students have received degrees of First Class Honours and Distinction from the Royal Conservatory in both performance and theory as well as numerous awards in our Local Music Festival.
She currently has three studios in her home and employs four or five of her own senior students each year to teach beginner piano.
Dalcin was honoured in January 2017 with the award of Art Educator of the Year in the annual Mayor’s Night of the Arts in Airdrie, Ab.
She has directed choir and accompanied for church at the Airdrie United Church, The Crossfield United Church and Symon’s Valley United Church in Calgary.
She currently accompanies and sings with the Airdrie Community Choir.
Additionally, she is an active member of Music Coterie, a performance group in Calgary. Dalcin is a founding Director of the Airdrie Rotary Festival of Performing Arts and serves as the vice-president and piano liaison on the Festival Board, as well as adjucating local festivals in Alberta.