We are pleased to welcome the following adjudicators for this year's festival:
Janine Webster and Geoff Parr
Janine Webster began her musical studies on Oboe and English horn. Upon graduating from high school, she completed a Bachelor of Music with distinction, and a Master of Education in Conducting form UVic. For 32 years, Janine had the privilege of creating music with thousands of students in the Chilliwack School District. She built strong programs at Chilliwack Secondary, Sardis Secondary and G.W. Graham Secondary. Janine taught instrumental, choral, orchestral, composition and musical theatre courses. Janine received the I. Keith Mann Outstanding Band Director Award from MusicFest Canada, the B.C. Music Educators Professional Music Educator – Secondary Award, and Rotary International honoured her with the Paul Harris Fellow Award in appreciation of better understanding and encouraging friendly relations among people of the world. Janine now lives in Victoria, B.C. where she works at UVic with education students, enjoys the cultural scene and continues to make music. Janine has had the honour to adjudicate at many music festivals including MusicFest in Prince George, The Vancouver Island Music Festival in Port Alberni and Ladysmith and Victoria’s Beginning Band Festival. She loves working with students and sharing in their musical journey.
Geoff Parr (BEd – UBC, 1982; MEd – UVic, 2008) retired in June of 2019 after teaching music in the Pacific Northwest for over 35 years. After short terms in the Gitlaxt'aamiks (New Aiyansh) and Port Hardy, Geoff taught concert band, jazz band, and choir for 31 years at Caledonia Secondary in Terrace, BC where he still lives. At “Cal” he was the co-producer and music director for 27 musicals. In the community Geoff has been a member of various arts organizations including the Pacific Northwest Music Festival, Terrace and District Arts Council, Northwest Singers, and Terrace Community Band (TCB). He is currently the music director of the TCB, a position he has held since 2009. Provincially Geoff has been a regular attender of the BCMEA Conferences and served as the treasurer of the BCMEA from 2001 to 2007. In 2012 he received the BCMEA Professional Music Educator’s Award for Secondary Schools.