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Miriam Mahood - Sr. Piano


Miriam Mahood  (462-0159) is a RCM Examiner who exams extensively throughout Canada & the USA  (Vancouver, Surrey, Victoria, Richmond, Mississauga, Fountain Valley CA, Huntington Beach CA, Regina, Yorkton, & Whitby, Saskatoon, Indianapolis IN, Nappanee IN, Fort Wayne IN, & Los Angeles/Santa Monica CA in the past 12 months).  Ms. Mahood adjudicates regularly for the Alberta, Saskatchewan, & B.C. Music Festival Associations, her most recent festivals being Airdrie, Red Deer, & Grande Prairie, & the Edmonton Contemporary Showcase.  Ms. Mahood is a graduate of the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria (Konzertdiplom), Universities of Saskatchewan & Alberta (B. Mus. & M. Mus.), & holds the ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music, & the Associate & Licentiate from the Western Board of Music.  She has been employed by such institutions as Alberta College, The Banff Centre, Universities of Alberta & Manitoba, Western Board of Music, Winnipeg Bible College, & has served as Music Director, Organist, & Choir Director in various churches, most recently at St. Georges Anglican.  For many years she was Scholarship Chair, & served on the Ball Committee, of the Johann Strauss Foundation.  Ms. Mahood runs a prominent Piano Studio dedicated to student success.  Her hobbies are hiking, languages (currently enrolled in the Confucius Institute), & travel. 

Heather Henderson Hryhoriw - Musical Theatre

Heather Henderson Hryhoriw has served the Southern Alberta region as a vocal teacher, performance coach, adjudicator, singer, stage director, choir director and clinician for over twenty five years. She is on faculty at Mount Royal Conservatory of Music, Chinook School of Music and is the facilitator of the Vocal Academy at Mount Royal Conservatory of Music in Calgary, Alberta. She has enjoyed several seasons as a guest teacher, consultant and scene director with Cow Town Opera Summer Academy (COSA).

She has performed with St. Louis Opera Theatre, Opera East, Boulder Festival, Calgary Opera, Calgary Philharmonic, Banff Festival, and Folks Opera. She received her Masters of Music from the University of Houston, a Bachelor’s Degree of Music from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Graduate Diploma from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, further studies include Alexander Technique, Acting, Dance, Yoga and Martial Arts. She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Lynn Dalcin - Jr Piano

Lynne Dalcin Lynne received her ARCT from the Conservatory in 2002 and operates a busy studio, teaching piano and all levels of Theory, Harmony, and History. Lynne has three studios in her home and employs five of her own senior students each year to teach beginner piano. Lynne was honoured in January 2017 with the award of Art Educator of the Year in Airdrie. This award is given for promoting arts and culture in the community through education. Lynne strongly believes that it's absolutely crucial that children are encouraged in art and music. Additionally, she is an active member of Music Coterie in Calgary and is a founding Director of the Airdrie Rotary Festival of Performing Arts. One of Lynne's greatest pleasures in recent years is adjudicating local Festivals in Alberta. In her free time, Lynne especially enjoys volunteering with the Airdrie Foodbank and acting as a Butterfly Host and a Penguin Host at the Calgary Zoo. She also adores spending time with her five beautiful grandchildren who all live in Alberta!

Maria Medlow - Strings

Originally from Argentina, Maria grew up playing the violin and piano. Upon moving to Canada , she was accepted at the Senior Academy at Mount Royal Conservatory. Maria studied the University of Calgary under the direction of Edmond Agopian.

Maria is currently an active member of the Calgary Musicians Association and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Alberta Music Education Foundation. She has performed and recorded solo and chamber concerts with members of the Calgary Opera, Calgary Cowtown Opera, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony, Metropolitan Opera of New York, Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra, Cirque De Soleil and played alongside Michael Buble for his 2014 Canada Tour, Disturbed for their 2016 Canada tour and played alongside 2Cellos for their 2018 Canada tour.  She was invited to record for the Canadian Country Music Awards and was featured in the CBC Television special for the CCMA awards. Maria runs a thriving private studio in Calgary. Her students have been finalists in the Canadian Music Competition, placed in provincials at the Kiwanis Music Festival, and won medals and scholarships for RCM exams. She has prepared her students for successful admission to classical string programs throughout North America. Maria continues her active role as a teacher, adjudicator and performer hosting and playing numerous concerts and fundraisers in support of different charities.

Scott Duncan - Fiddle

Beginning playing at 5 years of age, Calgarian Scott grew up in the dual classical/fiddle world – studying at the Conservatory and touring with the Calgary Fiddlers until he was 18.  He then collaborated with the group’s directors on their new venture which became the fiddle sensation Barrage, and performed with them for 5 years. Currently, Scott tours with numerous artists.  In addition to the live shows, he can be heard on over 30 recordings, including Ian Tyson's new album Carnero Vaquero.  As well, he has done TV and movie work including a small role in The Revenant.

While he enjoys playing others artists' music, Scott also writes fiddle tunes and songs, some of which are regularly played by a few different groups and players and have enjoyed radio play.  Much of his music is now available in his new tunebook called Scottduncan Tunes – Vol. 1, released in 2015

With many new, original tunes based on traditional styles, Scott continues to showcase an instrument whose voice and versatility pleases even the most seasoned fan.  To hear or buy his music and recordings, check out Scott's new project Delta Whiskey and his website ifiddle.ca.

Marlis Gunderson - Int. Piano & Composition

Marlis loves music. She started playing piano by ear when she was 4. She took lessons and finished her RCM Grade 10 while in high school. After graduating she became an ICU nurse, which she has been now for over 35 years. She completed her ARCT with Jaquie Ryan after nursing graduation and has been teaching piano since.


Marlis continues to learn new music by being involved in the Roubakine Piano Club, where she participates in master classes twice a year.

She enjoys adjudicating across Alberta and is organist and accompanist for several choirs and vocal groups. She resides in St. Albert with her husband, close to her 2 grown children and 2 young granddaughters.


Marlis is very excited to be invited to the Highwood Lions Music Festival.

Winston Noren - Voice

Winston Noren is a versatile musician who has been active as a teacher, conductor and soloist for 35 years. Since 1981, he has been a faculty member of the distinguished Mount Royal University Conservatory where he currently has a studio of over 35 students. Several of his former students have gone on to have successful careers throughout Canada, the US and Europe. As well, Mr. Noren continues to give numerous master classes and workshops and is frequently engaged as an adjudicator for regional and provincial music festivals across Canada.

Mr. Noren has extensive experience as a choral conductor and artistic director. For several years, he conducted the Cecilian Singers, a women’s chamber choir which was well known throughout the Calgary region for the high quality of its performances. He has also been a conductor for the Alberta Summer Music Workshop, the Mount Royal Children’s Choir, the Calgary Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the Alberta Centennial Choir.  From 1998 to 2005, he was Director of Music at the Anglican Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary.

As a soloist, Mr. Noren, a baritone, performed frequently in recital and as a guest artist with several regional choirs.  He is a Past President of the Calgary Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and continues to remain very active as a senior examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music.  From 2014-2017, Mr. Noren was appointed coordinator of the Mount Royal Vocal Academy, a weekly program for teens designed to enhance their private lessons through participation in musical theatre and light opera scenes, monthly recitals, master classes and language and musicianship classes.

Tynan Groves - Guitar

Tynan Groves has been teaching guitar for 23 years. Currently Tynan teaches music at Crowsnest Consolidated High School, Matthew Halton in Pincher Creek, and Tynan teaches guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele, piano and drums privately for his own studio Groves Music. He is also the current President of the Crowsnest Pass Music Festival. Tynan Groves has led a varied career path in his musical journey; he has toured Canada as both leader and side man, performing for jazz, folk, and country music festivals in various bands.

Tynan studied music at the Mount Royal music performance program where he studied with improvisational guitar master Ralf Buschmeyer. After his study at Mount Royal, Tynan continued his pursuit of knowledge at Humber College in Toronto where he studied with jazz and improvisation masters such as: Don Thompson, Ted Quinlan, and David Occhipinti. Tynan’s musical tastes have allowed him to develop varied musical disciplines as well as develop facility on a host of other instruments.

Tynan plays fretted instruments, sings, plays drums and piano as well as having a working understanding of most brass and bowed string instruments. The endeavour into other musical instruments has greatly widened Tynan’s understanding of a variety of techniques and musical mind sets. His approach to musical learning is firmly rooted in creativity, ear development, and improvisation. Tynan finds himself fortunate that he can respect the techniques, traditions, and conventions of the past while simultaneously understanding, using, and engaging in current technologies.

Wendy McCallum - Band

Dr. Wendy Zander McCallum is the Instrumental Music Education Specialist and director of the Symphonic Band at Brandon University where she teaches courses in music education and conducting. She has conducted junior high and high school regional, provincial and state honor bands, presented at provincial and international music conferences, and has worked as a solo and ensemble adjudicator and clinician for concert and jazz ensembles in Canada and the United States.  

     McCallum has worked to create professional opportunities for students and music educators in the areas of performance and music education. In August McCallum hosts Avenues:  Exploring Band and Jazz Methods, an annual summer professional development workshop at Brandon University.  She is Faculty Advisor for the Brandon University Student Music Educators Association (BUSMEA) and an Educational Clinician for the Conn-Selmer Division of Education.  

     McCallum worked as Lead Writer of the Manitoba Grade 9-12 Music Curriculum Framework, has published in Canadian Winds, and is a regular contributor to the publication and recording series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band and Teaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Band. She is former President of the Manitoba Band Association and Canadian Band Association. McCallum, active as a conductor and clinician, investigates areas related to teaching and learning, conducting, and instrumental literature as curriculum in the music classroom.

Tammy-Jo Mortensen - Choral

Tammy-Jo Mortensen is the Music Director at Robertson-Wesley United Church in Edmonton where she conducts the choir and two handbell groups.  Together they have recorded a CD and performed extensively.


Tammy-Jo was chosen as the Canadian conductor at the International Handbell Symposium in Jeju, Korea.  She has also taken her groups to Australia, England, Carnegie Hall in New York, and all over Canada. She has also toured the world as a solo organist.


Throughout her career, Tammy-Jo has sought out education and experiences which have advanced her skills to a higher level. She has a Bachelor of Music in Organ from the University of Alberta (Edmonton), a Master of Music in Organ from McGill University (Montreal) and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta. 

Anita Liu - Speech

Anita is a native Calgarian. After completing her Performer’s ARCT at the Conservatory in 1999, she went to UBC and received her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. She continued her studies at UBC and holds a Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary Education. During her studies, she specialized in Expressive Arts and had the opportunity to work with the Music Department, the Visual Arts Department and Drama Department. She also helped produce a small class production of STOMP for the UBC Faculty of Education’s 50th Anniversary. Prior to moving back to Calgary, she taught in the North Vancouver School District. Anita has been on faculty since 2008 and has been teaching both group and private classes. She is looking forward to hosting a week-long summer camp in at MRU.