Michael coburn - piano
Michael Coburn’s passion and tenacity for piano performance have led him to become an inspiring and in demand educator. Michael has developed his own teaching philosophy that seeks to transform the way his students understand music by focusing on thought first, action second. By allowing students to understand what happens in the brain, Michael is able to evoke more creative and secure performances. In 2006, Michael was featured as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, shortly before receiving his Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Calgary. He furthered his studies at the Académie Musicale Internationale "Barbara Krakauer" in Vaison-la-Romaine, France, and working with internationally acclaimed pianists such as Paul Badura-Skoda and Emanuel Krasovsky. Michael is currently the Piano Faculty Director at Chinook School of Music, the Artistic Director of Cum Vino Cantus Choir, and the Director of Music at Parkdale United Church, and an adjudicator at music festivals across Alberta.
Andrea case - strings
Cellist Andrea Case has a Master’s Degree in cello performance from McGill University where she studied on scholarship with Antonio Lysy. Andrea is co-founder and cellist of the Lily String Quartet, a group that has completed multiple tours across Canada, has performed for CBC Radio and released a jazz CD with HAT Trio. She plays regularly with The Kensington Sinfonia, was recently principal cellist of the Cambridge Philharmonic (UK) and enjoys performing at folk festivals across Western Canada with folk duo 100 Mile House. At home in a recording studio, Andrea has credits in the classical, pop, folk, jazz and film score genres. Andrea adjudicates regularly at festivals throughout Alberta and British Columbia and teaches at the Amici String Program and Mount Royal University. Andrea currently resides in Medicine Hat with her husband, jazz drummer Karl Schwonik and their sons.
Ron Long - voice
Ron is an Edmonton based voice teacher and performer. He is the first and only Estill Master Trainer in Alberta. It is a worldwide organization that teaches an anatomy based and scientific approach to voice production that helps students speak and sing in many different vocal qualities including belting and opera. He regularly teaches Belting Workshops and provides introduction courses to Estill Voice Work. He also regularly adjudicates Music Festivals around the province. Ron completed a Master of Music from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale in Opera and Musical Theatre. He is a member of Equity, the Canadian actors union and has performed with Edmonton Opera in many roles.