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A native of southern Alberta, Robert George graduated from W.R. Myers high school in Taber, then studied at the University of Lethbridge and the University of Calgary. He holds Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Education and Master of Music degrees, and a graduate Diploma of Fine Arts in Wind Band Conducting. Mr. George has also completed course work toward a PhD at the University of Arizona.
Mr. George has been an active professional musician in orchestras, chamber music, church music and jazz for over thirty years. He has performed in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor. He has taught at the University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College as well as public school music programs in Calgary, Lethbridge and Coaldale, and has served as Music Director in various churches for over twenty years. He has also been on the Alberta Band Association Board of Directors; as a member at large, and then as Treasurer.
Robert George has been principal bassoonist for the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra since 1993. He instructs music classes at Lethbridge College, where he also directs the Chinook Community Orchestra, the Lethbridge College Community Winds, and the Lethbridge College Community Choir. He also maintains a private music studio of woodwind, theory and voice students, including some who have gone on to distinguished careers in music. During the past decade, he has become increasingly involved in research regarding musician health and injury prevention.
Mary Elizabeth Archer
Mary Elizabeth is the owner of Communications Archer. She has been working with not-for-profits and primarily arts and culture organizations through her business for more than 10 years. She has over 25 years of experience in marketing, public relations, event management, fund development, media and volunteer management.
Joel Windsor is a passionate music educator, arts advocate, community volunteer and Albertan who lives in High River, Alberta. He completed his Master of Music Education summa cum laude through Boston University in 2015, building on his BA in Music and B.Ed. in Music Education through the University of Lethbridge in 2005.
He serves with the Town of High River Arts and Culture Advisory Committee, Alberta Teachers' Association, and the Alberta Society of Music Festival Friends in addition to the Alberta Music Education Foundation.
He currently teaches music at a rural junior-senior high school in High River, Alberta including two community steel pan ensembles and authored a curriculum for Rock & Pop.
His custom-designed software, MusicFestivalSuite.com, has helped music festivals across the province save thousands of volunteer hours providing high-quality musical performance opportunities for youth. He is also in demand as a Master of Ceremonies at many arts and community events, and as a speaker at conferences.
His passion is for arts, education, and the development of community. To him, "Music Education has as its fundamental purpose the development of lifelong musickers", which has led to his involvement in the Alberta Music Education Foundation.
Timothy Anderson has worked on the boards of Pro Coro Canada, Cantilena Consort Society, Alberta Playwrights Network, Boyle Street Community League, and he was chair of the strategic planning committee of the Writers Guild of Alberta.
He has a certificate in Voluntary Sector and Arts Management from York University as well as degrees in journalism/political science (Carleton), music/voice performance (Ottawa) and creative writing (UBC).
Timothy currently teaches writing at Grant MacEwan University and the University of Alberta, although his first university teaching experience was teaching music at the University of Ottawa. His performing career has included traditional and contemporary opera, musical theatre, oratorio and recital repertoire across much of Canada and in New York, Singapore and Hong Kong.
His discography includes the Polygram Canadian Highlights Recording of Phantom of the Opera, We Belong to God produced by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Mrs. Widder’s Soiree Musicale: Toronto 1844. He has had many radio and television broadcasts, including winning the inaugural BookTelevision reality TV show based on the 3-Day Novel.
He lives in Edmonton with a writer, a cat, two dogs, and a lot of musical instruments.
Hailed for his passion and natural musicianship, Rolf Bertsch has quickly become one of Canada’s leading conductors. Appointed Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal by Charles Dutoit in January 2000 and named Conductor in Residence for the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons, he has built an impressive reputation as conductor, pianist, communicator, teacher and adjudicator. His career has spanned a wide spectrum of musical experience and styles and has taken him to Europe, the Orient, and throughout North and South America.
Laureate of numerous competitions, Rolf Bertsch served for many years as pianist of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, as well as solo pianist and, subsequently, conductor for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. His career as pianist has included a solo performance with the OSM in New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall.
Rolf Bertsch’s career took an important turn when he was named Resident Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held from 1998-2001. During this highly successful tenure he also served as Music Director of the Calgary Civic Symphony Orchestra and Altius Brass, and worked regularly with Calgary’s chamber music ensemble Rosa Selvetica and at the University of Calgary.
Rolf Bertsch has conducted most of the orchestras in Canada including those of Montreal, Toronto, the National Arts Centre, Calgary, Edmonton, Québec, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Nova Scotia. He has collaborated with many of Canada’s and the world’s finest artists.
In the summer of 2005, he was part of an international faculty at the Canton International Summer Music Academy in Guangzhou, China. In the last year, he worked at the Canada Council for the Arts as the Program Officer for the Professional Orchestra and Opera/Music Theatre programs, overseeing the federal granting process for those communities.
Mr. Bertsch began his musical studies on the violin and went on to study piano, cello, composition, jazz, and conducting. He holds diplomas from a number of prestigious institutions including McGill University, the Mozarteum (Salzburg), the Conservatoire de musique du Québec (Montréal), the Folkwang Hochschule (Essen, Germany), and Phillips Academy (Andover, Massachusetts).
In addition to his duties as Music Director and Conductor of the Calgary Civic Symphony, he currently teaches piano and coaches Academy program students at the Mount Royal University Conservatory and works as a freelance conductor, pianist and arts consultant.
Bassoonist and educator Lori Barrett earned her Music and Music Education degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1994, where she studied the Kodály Method with the then-president of the Kodály Society of Canada, Dr. Ki Adams, and world-renowned choral director Dr. Susan Knight.
Lori began her teaching career on Prince Edward Island in the mid-’90s before making her way across the country. She spent the first 16 years of her career teaching school music in five different provinces (classroom music, choir, band, and musical theatre), at all levels from Grade 1 to High School, with intermittent studies in Drama at the University or Toronto. Throughout her career, Lori has also played bassoon in a variety of orchestras including the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, PEI Symphony, Medicine Hat College Orchestra, and since 2003, the Calgary Civic Symphony.
In addition to the CCS, Lori continues her community musical involvement as an accompanist and private piano and bassoon teacher. In recent years she has pursued a career at Mount Royal University working with adults, first as an Employment Specialist in the Transitional Vocational Program, and now as the Field Experience Coordinator in the Department of Education.
Cheryl has worked for the Government of Canada for over twenty years and is currently the Deputy Director at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Regional Office in Edmonton. She grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and her childhood was filled with music. She am thankful that she had the opportunity to sing in choirs, play flute in community bands, and take flute, piano, organ and singing lessons.
Cheryl firmly believes in the value of music education. She has past board experience with the Canadian Evaluation Society and the Canadian Evaluation Society Education Fund. She has volunteered with a number of other organizations in non-Board positions. Cheryl holds a Master of Arts, Communications and Technology from the University of Alberta.
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 and studied with prominent teachers including Lise Elson, Cenek Vbra and John Lowry. Maria completed her ARCT certification in both violin and piano and moved to complete her music performance studies at the University of Calgary under the direction of Edmond Agopian.
Maria is currently an active member of the Calgary Musicians Association and is also the Registration Chair for the Cochrane Youth Talent Festival. 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, Cirque De Soleil and played alongside Michael Bublé for his 2014 Canada Tour. Maria was invited to record for the Canadian Country Music Awards and was featured in the CBC Television special for the CCMA awards in December 2014.
She continues her active role as a teacher, adjudicator and performer hosting and playing numerous concerts, fundraisers in support of different charities. Maria resides in Calgary with her husband and 5-year-old son Lucas.
Crystal Krips has spent the majority of her life balancing a career in both music and business. Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, she started her musical career by taking piano lessons, followed quickly by flute lessons and band.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, attained simultaneously. Following her formal education, Crystal attained her Certified Management Accountant designation and ARCT diploma. Crystal has worked for Syncrude Canada Limited, Keyano College, Cantando Festivals, and most recently, St. Albert & District Further Education Association, where she was the Executive Director.
She is in demand as a flute clinician, and she maintains a successful private studio of flute and piano students. Crystal plays piccolo and flute in the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to AMEF and is excited to combine her two passions. When not working or practicing, Crystal enjoys taking Pilates classes, walking her dog, and spending time with her family.
MUSIC CONFERENCE ALBERTA
Music Conference Alberta Joint Planning Committee
Keyboards for Kids Provincial Coordinator
Strings for Kids Provincial Coordinator
AMEF Student Recognition Awards
Quarterly Newsletter Coordinator
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