Meet our Festival of Music Adjudicators!
Benjamin Stein is a singer, composer, music director, writer and multi-instrumentalist. He has plaed or sung for ensembles as such Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Choir, Toronto Consort, Opera Atelier, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Elora Festival Singers, Toronto Masque Theatre and Soundstreams Canada. He has an MA in Musicology/Theory from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Music in voice and classical guitar from McGill University, and is currently pursuing PhD at York University, focusing on the re-emerging art of Western classical music improvisation.
He has written articles on information on his activities which can be found at www.benjaminstein.ca .
Daniel Rubinoff has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in France, Canada and the United States. His discography includes The Old Castle, Daniel Rubinoff Plays the Music of Srul Glick, The Canada Song, The Dance of the Blessed Spirits, and Daniel Rubinoff Plays Denis Bédard. His recordings are broadcast on CBC and have received favourable reviews on CBC Radio and in the American Record Guide. He has appeared on the cover of the International Saxophone Journal with a feature article on his career. He won the ARCT Gold Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music for the highest score in the orchestral instrument category. Rubinoff is an Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at York University in Toronto.
He has performed numerous saxophone recitals with some of Canada’s finest musicians: Sax ' n Ivory, with concert pianist Gloria Saarinen; The Dance of the Blessed Spirits, with organist Chris Dawes; Classical Meets Jazz, with pianist David Braid; SaxAccord, with accordionist Joe Macerollo; and Music Old And New, with harpsichordist Paul Jenkins of the Toronto Consort. Rubinoff has performed recitals for the World Saxophone Congress (Quebec), Octagon Recital Series (Nova Scotia), BC Touring Council (British Columbia), Port Ludlow Community Concerts (Washington), and Colours of Music (Ontario).
Rubinoff’s original compositions have been performed by many of Canada’s leading musicians and ensembles, including the Elmer Iseler Singers, members of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, Hilario Duran and Joe Macerollo. Since 2014, Rubinoff has served as Music Director at Jubilee United Church where he is developing innovative approaches to choral composition and performance. Additionally, he has led performances of Vivaldi’s Gloria for the Canadian Amateur Musicians of Canada (CAMMAC) and other community groups. Rubinoff is a frequent music festival festival adjudicator with expertise in choral, band, orchestra and chamber music.
Rubinoff is an Artist-Representative for the Selmer Saxophone Company of America, and has adjudicated wind examinations for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. He is also the recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship in support of his work in saxophone composition and research. He holds a PhD in Musicology from York University where he studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics.
“Daniel Rubinoff’s saxophone performance is a credit to the instrument...His sound is full, rich, yet delicate. His use of vibrato is perfectly apropos to the given musical situation. His phrasing follows the arabesque of the pieces and makes the musical thoughts dance across the ear...It is a definitive sound and performance.”
-International Saxophone Journal, Boston, U.S.A.
“Saxophonist Daniel Rubinoff interprets with insight, depth...and assurance.”
-Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain, London, England
Dennis Ullman has worked extensively in the areas of music education and performance for over 30 years. He has been in frequent demand as a music festival adjudicator at regional and provincial music festivals throughout Canada, Canada’s Wonderland Festival of Music, March of Dimes Canada adjudicator at Rock for Dimes events and affiliate festivals of MusicFest Canada. Since 2012, he has conducted over 500 clinics/workshops as an adjudicator of concert bands, jazz ensembles, brass, woodwinds and percussion. As guest clinician, he has instructed sessions for regional Honour Band Programs and has conducted performances at various venues throughout North America.
Mr. Ullman was an inspiring teacher in Ontario’s private school system for over twenty-five years and conducted many award winning bands and ensembles at the Secondary and Elementary School levels. He has also directed various school ensembles which have performed throughout North America and regularly at MusicFest Canada’s National Festival.
As a private instructor he has worked with hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to become major contributors to the music industry in cities such as Nashville, Toronto and Montreal. Graduates have performed on the David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Shows, at the Air Canada Centre and with artists such as Brad Paisley, Steel Magnolia, Miranda Lambert, Steven Curtis Chapman, Thomas Rhett, and many other shows including Cirque du Soleil.
Mr. Ullman has been featured as a percussionist in a variety of ensembles including theatre orchestra performances such as the Canadian premier of “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” a musical by Dean Regan. He has also performed with the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and the Peterborough Civic Concert Band. Mr. Ullman has been active with many praise and worship groups. Recordings include ‘Duke’n It Out” with the Kawartha Jazz Ensemble. He performs with Eastview, and previously with the Oshawa Civic Band, Geoff Daye and Dave Espeut.
As President of D.R.U.M.S. Inc., he is a member of Canadian Music Festival Adjudicator’s Association, Canadian Band Director’s Association and the Jazz Educators Network. Mr. Ullman is the founder and Regional Co-ordinator for OCM, an affiliate festival of MusicFest Canada and was a member of Mohawk College’s Applied Music Program Advisory Committee for ten years. He was responsible for the development of the Praise and Worship component as part of MusicFest Canada as a member of MusicFest Canada’s Choral/Vocal Division Committee.
More information is available at www.drumsinc.ca .
Mr. Garry Page holds Honours music degrees in Trumpet Performance, Academics and Teaching from the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, England.
He immigrated to Canada in 1997 at which point he became a member of the Stratford Festival Orchestra. He has performed as soloist at Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, Roy Thomson Hall, and Massey Hall, River Run Centre, Guelph and in the U.K., at Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, Kensington Palace, and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Mr. Page is the founder and Principal Trumpet of the award-winning Brass Pages Quintet and trumpet and organ duo Page Two. Artistic Director and Principal Trumpet of Kingsway Brass. Juno nominated and winning recordings include numerous soundtracks for the motion picture and video game industries, EMI, Decca, Hyperion, CBC, Sony, and Naxos classical discs, pop, jazz-fusion, Latin and blues for Blue Note and Verve. Mr. Page has broadcast for national and local radio stations in the U.K., Europe, Asia, U.S. and Canada with appearances on BBC, Central, Global, CBS, PBS, ABC and CBC television networks as well as BBC and CBC radio.
Mr. Page is an award-winning music educator who has had articles on music published by the Royal Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Canada, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and has written music critiques for local and national newspapers. He is active as a freelance performer, teacher, adjudicator, clinician, university lecturer, and examiner.
For eight years, Mr. Page was tutor of brass at Kingsway College School, Etobicoke and was Director of the KCS Kool Cats Jazz Ensemble. He has served as interim Head of Music for Greenwood College School, Toronto.
Mr. Page has twice conducted the Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival All-Star Jazz Band at Roy Thomson Hall and is enjoying his tenth year association with St. Andrew’s College, Aurora, currently serving as itinerant music faculty member and Director of Bands. In 2016 Mr. Page received an Education Community Service Award for twenty years as the Royal Conservatory of Music Centre Representative for Stratford, Ontario.
Paul Otway is a freelance trumpet player in Southern Ontario. He works with several orchestras including the Windsor Symphony, Ontario Philharmonic, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Talisker Players, Niagara Symphony, and the Peterborough Symphony. Paul has also performed with the Canadian Opera Company, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic. and Orchestra London.
Since graduating from the Univerity of Western Ontario in 1996 with a Master of Music, Performance and Literature degree, Paul has been busy as a brass tutor and clinician, and has adjudicated numerous individuals and ensembles.
Paul has played in numerous Mirvish productions including The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, and Dancap productions including My Fair Lady, Anne of Green Gables, South Pacific, and West Side Story. He has also performed in several productions at the Shaw Festival. Paul has been a part of over 35 professional productions, including ballets, operas and musicals. Freelance work has allowed him to play with many well-known artisits including, in 2015, Idina Menzel and Diana Krall.
Paul's playing has been recorded on several CDs, and broadcast on CBC Radio with a variety of ensembles. Paul can be seen in the movie, "Fever Pitch" (look for the trumpet player!). He has performed for live audiences in 36 states and 7 provinces.
Known for his virtuoso energy on stage as well as an easy and entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll teaches clarinet, chamber music, woodwind performance and the Business of Music at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, and is a frequent performer with orchestral and chamber ensembles in southern Ontario. Also a very popular adjudicator up to the national level, he has worked across Canada and in the United States. Peter is particularly known for his enthusiastic, positive comments and detailed suggestions to young musicians.
Peter was a prizewinner in the International Clarinet Society Competition, and has been heard many times on CBC radio featured on several CD recordings and concert broadcasts. First-Prize winner in chamber music in the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals National Finals, he was invited back for the Festival's 50th Anniversary to perform as soloist in the Gala Celebration Concert.
Tours as soloist and with various ensembles have taken him across Europe, to Russia and to the United States. Recent performance highlights have included chamber concerts in Japan and on a tour of 3 Chinese cities, as well as at the International Clarinet Association’s conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 2016 Peter was featured on a recording with members of the Canadian Brass.
Over the past 25 years Peter has been invited to adjudicate at over 100 local festivals across Canada. Fluent in both official languages, he has heard countless bands, orchestras, and woodwind, brass and percussion solos and ensembles coast-to-coast. Above the local level, he has judged at the finals of fifteen Provincial competitions, and has twice been asked to serve as the woodwind adjudicator for the national finals of the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals.
Peter is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music's National College of Examiners, where he is the Discipline Specialist for Winds, and was the Chief Compiler of the 2014 edition of the clarinet examination syllabus. His website is www.peterstoll.ca