Elaine case - Voice
Elaine Higgin Case is a third generation singing teacher who maintains an active private studio and adjudicates throughout Western Canada. She has prepared her students for successful admission to classical and music theatre programs throughout North America. Elaine received the Greg Bond Memorial award for distinguished achievement in musical theatre as well as the inaugural Royal Conservatory of Music Distinguished Teacher Award. Elaine is married with two daughters and four young grandsons.
colleen athparia - piano
Colleen Athparia is an internationally recognized pianist, recording artist and pedagogue, touring from Mexico to Russia, Israel, Brazil and the Far East. Placing first in the Canadian Music Competition and receiving a Master of Music degree with distinction from Indiana University, she is on faculty of Mount Royal University and University of Calgary and has been a Senior Examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music since 1980. Two of her students are listed in CBC’s Top 30 Hot Classical musicians in Canada and have won international competitions. Heralded by the National Post as one of the top four Canadian pianists of contemporary music today, she was honoured in Ottawa as one of the top 50 esteemed musicians who have contributed significantly to Canadian music over the past 50 years. In 2017 she was awarded Royal Conservatory of Music Teacher of Distinction in Alberta.
Jeffrey Plotnick - Strings
Jeffrey Plotnick recently retired after completing his thirtieth season as Principal Second Violin with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He also served as concertmaster of the Calgary Bach Society and the Calgary Festival Chorus Orchestras. Jeff has been a member of the faculties of the University of Calgary, Mt. Royal College and the Amici String program in Calgary, and was the founding director and conductor of Mt. Royal’s Intermediate String Orchestra. In addition, Mr. Plotnick has been a faculty member of the Banff International Youth Orchestra Festival, the Valhalla, Nelson, Strings and Keys and the Los Angeles Suzuki summer music institutes, and has appeared as guest artist and clinician at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is currently in demand as a string adjudicator at numerous music festivals.