Adjudicators

Claire Seibold  -  Piano

Claire Seibold is piano and theory teacher, accompanist and adjudicator living in Rosetown, Saskatchewan where she farms with her husband. While studying at the University of Saskatchewan with Robin Harrison, she obtained a Bachelor of Music in Performance. She furthered her piano pedagogy training with Shelia Shinkewski and received an ARCT Teachers’ diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Claire is a member of the Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers’ Association, West Central Branch and has held several leadership positions within her branch as well as with the Rosetown Music Festival Association. Claire serves as organist at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church.

Ron de Jager - Voice / Musical Theatre

A native of Nova Scotia, Ron de Jager is excited to be at Briercrest College for his sixteenth year. In 2009 he took a two year study leave during which he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Recent research and recitals have focused on nationalistic Canadian vocal music, particularly works by Torontonian composer John Beckwith. Throughout his studies Ron has had the privilege of being mentored by Lorna MacDonald, Elvira Gonella, Greta Kraus and most recently, Dr. Janette Ogg.

Recent performances include Bob in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief (October 2017), an all-German recital with Dr. Laura Loewen (University of Manitoba), January 2016 and the role of Cosme McMoon in Souvenir with
Rubarb Productions Inc. (April 2016). In 2012, Dr. de Jager had the honor of singing for Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall at the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan commemorating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen
Elizabeth II. The ceremony was broadcast nationally on CBC and CTV. At the request of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, he was the guest soloist at the inauguration of Pier 21 on Canada Day 2000. In addition, Ron has
enjoyed performing opera, oratorio, solo recitals, musical theatre, film and ballet. Select performances include Dichterliebe; The Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Billy Budd in Billy Budd, Harry Easter in Street Scene, Major General Stanley in Pirates of Penzance, Eli Black in Without a Hitch?, Curly in OKLAHOMA! and the title role in Maury Yeston’s Phantom. In May of 2013 he started Briercrest Summer Stage during where he serves as Artistic Director.

Ron has performed as a recital soloist in Canada, the United States and the Netherlands and enjoys collaborating and performing with his talented wife, pianist Elena de Jager. Favorite recital selections include works by German
composers Schubert, Loewe and Schumann as well as compositions by Handel, Debussy, Poulenc, Laitmann and Beckwith. Reviewers have written, Mr. de Jager’s singing “….showed a refined and precise sense of the colour and atmosphere of the music” (Toronto, 1997), “….in the second act he went on to sing the most touching moment of the evening” (Halifax, 2001) and “the role of the Major General is brilliantly portrayed by Ron de Jager whose
experience is apparent in his brilliant expressions and rendition of the famous tongue-twisting tune.” (Moose Jaw, 2012)

Ron has been honored as a winner in the National Auditions of the American College of Musicians, MATS competition and Kiwanis Festival. He has been awarded the Monica Rychman Award, William Cary Award, Nova
Scotia Cultural Development Grant and was nominated to the Golden Key Society. Additionally, he enjoys serving as a vocal adjudicator and has adjudicated festivals and competitions in Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Virginia.

As an associate professor at Briercrest College, he enjoys teaching private voice, vocal pedagogy, vocal master class, musical theatre workshop and acting. He directs opera scenes, Voices from the Front and serves as the Artistic Director of A Briercrest Christmas. Additionally, he provides leadership to the performance and worship arts department while maintaining a performance schedule. “I am incredibly grateful for the many teachers, collaborators and performers who have generously given of themselves. These people chose to pass on what was given to them and their years of experience and wisdom remain an inspiration to me each day. I hope to do the same.”

Jennifer Lang - Choral

Dr. Jennifer Lang is an Assistant Professor of Music Education and the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Saskatchewan, where she currently conducts the Greystone Singers. While completing her graduate studies at the University of Western Ontario, Jennifer was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship and was an instructor at the Don Wright Faculty of Music and Faculty of Education and the Teaching Support Centre. Currently Jennifer serves as the president on the board of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation, is a member of the Choral Canada Advocacy and Editorial committees, and she occupies the role of
board chair for Musical Futures Canada. Jennifer’s previous work also includes conducting the University of Saskatchewan’s University Chorus, UWO Choir, the Althouse Singers, and she was a member of the conducting team within the Amabile Boys & Men’s Choirs of London organization. Prior to completing her doctorate, Jennifer served as a program leader of vocal and instrumental secondary school music with the District of Niagara Arts Academy in the District School Board of Niagara. Jennifer is also active as a conductor, choral adjudicator, clinician and conference presenter with local, provincial, national, and international invitations.

Gail Murray - Primary Piano

Gail Murray has taught private piano lessons, group music (MYC) and theory classes at Yellow Grass and Weyburn for many years. Her students participate in recitals, music festivals and exams. She is the RCM Exam co-ordinator for Weyburn Centre and is a member of SRMTA, having served on the board for 5 years.

Gail accompanies vocal and instrumental competitors at the local music festival and accompanies “Variations” Community Choir, Weyburn for 15 years. Her musical duties also include playing at Yellow Grass United Lutheran Partnership Church and volunteering to play piano and organ at other events in the area.

Gail and her husband have 3 grown children, 5 grandchildren and reside on a farm west of Yellow Grass.

Her hobbies include camping, gardening, reading, sewing, travelling and anything “musical”.

Lenora Bells - School Music / Speech Arts / Guitar

Lenora received her Bachelor of Education in Music Education and Masters of Education from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. As an active educator, she directs school and community musicals; adjudicates at various
choral, band, and classroom music provincial festivals; and facilitates educator workshops throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Lenora Bells' areas of past/current experience include: Beginner, Junior High and High School Band / Choir; K-8 Classroom teacher includes music, dance, art and drama; Sessional Lecturer at University of Saskatchewan and Medicine Hat College.

Her presentations are offered at a variety of educational level with focus on classroom strategies to encourage student success.

She is a member of several non-profit organizations connecting sport and cultural events with media and corporate sponsors.

David Dick - Bands / Instruments / Strings

Dr. David Dick is the Principal Trombone of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at the University of Regina, where he directs the jazz ensemble, teaches music theory and brass classes, as well as applied trombone lessons for the university and the conservatory. His previous teaching appointments have included University of Memphis, Jackson State University, Belhaven University, and Briercrest College. Previous to his current position, he was the Principal Trombone player of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Dick is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator, working with bands, jazz bands and soloists at regional and provincial music festivals, in addition to performing recitals and giving masterclasses. He continues to perform in a wide variety of settings including orchestras, chamber groups, early music ensembles, jazz ensembles, and blues bands.

Dr. Dick earned degrees from the University of Memphis (DMA), McGill University (MMus), and the University of Regina (BMus).