Allison Arends
Newmarket Voice Festival

Junior Classical Adjudicator 2019 - Allison Arends

A graduate of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program, the University of Toronto Opera School (M.Mus) and the University of Victoria Voice Performance Program (B.Mus), soprano Allison Cecilia Arends has performed across Canada, the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, England, Israel, and China. Highlights include Gilda (Rigoletto) with the Southern Ontario Lyric Opera, Violetta (La Traviata) with the Cambridge Symphony, Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) with the Cathedral Bluffs Orchestra, Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) with Opera York, and premiering Canadian compositions with Calgary Opera, Tapestry Opera, and Soundstreams. Active as a concert soloist, among her many performances of note are the Carmina Burana with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Mass in Cm with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus, Handel’s Messiah with the Amadeus Choir, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Toronto Concert Orchestra, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Toronto Philharmonia, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Oakville Masterworks, Haydn’s Creation with Chorus Niagara, Handel’s Solomon with Pax Christi Chorale, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the Toronto Sinfonietta, and R. Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Calgary Civic Symphony and Etobicoke Philharmonic. Allison toured with the Brahms Symphony Orchestra across China in a series of Viennese concerts, and was honoured to perform at Rideau Hall, as well as for International Dignitaries in Calgary and Toronto. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Hnatyshyn Foundation Artist’s Grant, a Metropolitan Opera Encouragement Award, and a B.C Arts Council Senior Award, among others.

In addition to her performing, Allison maintains a busy private voice and theory studio in Toronto, is a voice examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and regularly adjudicates music festivals from coast to coast. Having formerly taught for St. Michael’s and Timothy Eaton Memorial’s Choir Schools, Allison has conducted choral, vocal, and educational workshops and masterclasses for the Edna Manley Music College in Jamaica, University of Mississippi, British Columbia Provincial Music Festival, Regina Conservatory of Music, Ryerson Oakham House Choir, Opera Atelier, and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. A few years ago, Allison was thrilled to combine her passion for teaching, children, music, and social justice by co-founding and running the Mini Mozarts Music Camp for underprivileged children in Kingston, Jamaica.

Barbara Steed
Newmarket Voice Festival

Musical Theatre Adjudicator 2019 - Barbara Steed Young

Ms Young holds an Honours Music Degree in voice and piano from the University of Western Ontario, with additional studies in opera at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, England. Barbara has worked in Canadian theatre for more than 40 years as a director, conductor, performer, and teacher.

In the 1980s Ms Young started the instrumental music and music theatre programs at the Etobicoke School of the Arts (ESA) in Toronto, Canada’s first publicly funded art school. With an international reputation for creative programming and high standards, the school has grown from a hundred students to one that auditions thousands. Barbara conducted the ESA Symphony Orchestra and large chorus for 20 years.

Barbara has also founded music theatre programs at the National Music Camp in Orillia, St. Lawrence College in Brockville, and the Stratford Festival Education Department. Barbara has a voice studio in Stratford and is a highly sought music adjudicator. Barbara has adjudicated in 9 provinces as well as USA.

As a conductor and Music Director, Ms Young has worked with orchestras in Toronto, Ottawa, Charlottetown, Banff, Kitchener-Waterloo, Grand Bend, and Mexico City. Barbara was the Music Director of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra along with Berthold Carrière for four seasons and has been appointed Music Director Emeritus. As a director, Barbara has worked in Toronto, Vancouver, Banff, Kingston and the Stratford Festival.

Barbara worked with Bert Carrière, the Festival’s Music Director, on all the Festival musicals from 1996 to 2008. As well she was the composer for the music of Henry V (2001) and To Kill a Mockingbird (2007). She has been the composer of the Festival’s Shakespeare on Wheels program from 2001 until the present.

Barbara has been appointed to the Dean’s Advisory Council, Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University. In 2016 Barbara was nominated as Woman Of The Year For Arts And Culture in Stratford.