Amanda Brunk (BacMusPerf, MA/Community Music) is a PAVA-Recognized Vocologist and Designated Linklater Teacher specializing in contemporary voice technique and voice habilitation. Amanda teaches voice for singers at Wilfrid Laurier University and periodically coaches actors at Sheridan College/University of Toronto. She also maintains a successful private studio in Waterloo, Ontario. Her voice students have gone on to perform throughout Canada, on North American tours and in Broadway shows. As conductor of the Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir for eight years, Amanda led the choir to win competitions nationally and internationally, and to perform with
Grammy-winning recording artists and rock groups.
A passionate advocate for the education and inspiration of young artists, she was the Founder and Music Director of the Music Theatre Academy at Laurier, an intensive three-week performance program for pre-professional emerging artists. Amanda is also the Founder and Artistic Director of The Singer's Theatre, a summer music theatre training program that attracts singers from across North America since 2002, and has served as vocal director for various cruise lines. She is the proud recipient of two Professional Development Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Amanda adjudicates regularly for classical, choral, pop and music theatre categories. from coast to coast. She is vice-president of the Ontario chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is a published author for the NATS Journal of Singing and VASTA Voice and Speech Review.
Gordon Craig was the Clarinet Professor at the Dan School of Drama and Music, Queen's University, and Music Director of the Queen's Symphony Orchestra for many years. He has premiered many major works written for him by faculty and Alumni of the Dan School of Drama and Music both as a soloist and as a chamber musician.
During his tenure at Queen's, he was also the Music Director of the Queen's University Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Clarinet Choir. His students have pursued successful careers as teachers, performers, and conductors across Canada and down through the United States.
Gordon was Principal Clarinet of the Kingston Symphony and for many years and was also a member of Trio Chanteclair. Gordon was active as Music Director for the Kingston Youth Orchestra and is well known as an adjudicator and guest clinician.
As Music Director of the Quinte Symphony in Belleville for 25 years, Gordon received awards from both the City of Belleville and the Quinte Arts council for his contribution to the arts in the Quinte region.
For the last several years Gordon has been active in the Music Theatre community and has appeared in such shows as Shrek, Anne of Green Gables, Matilda and many more.
In the spring of 2024, Gordon will take the podium for the Orion Theatre production as Music Director for Jesus Christ Superstar.
Martha Gregory grew up in Rochester, New York where she studied violin, piano and voice at the Hochstein School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and Roberts Wesleyan College. She attended Our Lady of Mercy High School for Girls from 1968-1971 and was in every musical the girl's school and the boy's school had those 4 years. Her early administrative training was at Hochsteins where she worked her way up to assistant to the Dean of the School to help pay for her and her siblings' lessons. She also spent summers working for the Federal government program to bring arts to the Inner Cities.
Her string studies involved classical and Suzuki methods. In College, she worked at a Major in Music Education and Classical Voice with double minors in Violin and Piano. Marrying in 1974, she moved to Toronto and continued her Voice Studies with Megan Rutledge at the Royal Conservatory of Music and free-lance performing with many orchestras. She also taught for The Toronto District School Board in an outreach program for strings in Cabbagetown schools.
When she established a private studio in Pickering in 1982, that she still maintains she also spent 12 years touring with the Jean McDonald Singers, performing in Choral, Opera and Musical Theatre. She is enjoying the challenge of online and live teaching this year.
Jean was also her first introduction to the Music Festival world by entering her in local competitions. She did win all her classes, but unfortunately, was too old to go to Provincials by this time, sadly. Jean involved her in the Pickering Rotary Festival and trained her as first Vice -President in the Pickering Metro East Festival. In 2000, Martha took over the Festival and has run an independent Music Festival, the Pickering GTA Music Festival ever since by herself.
After accompanying her competitors from her local to Provincials she was approached to be a Member of the Provincial Board of Directors. Starting as a Member-At-Large and eventually becoming the President of OMFA, she was President for 8 years and has been Past-President for the last 4 years.
After commiserating with Pam Allen about adjudicators, Pam invited her to try her hand at adjudicating in the Toronto Kiwanis, a daunting task indeed! Adjudicating has become her passion for the last 23 years.
Since her move to Canada, Martha has enjoyed performing, teaching and promoting Canadian music through her work with music festivals across the country.
She has been performing with the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra for the last 28 years under Marco Parisotto's baton and was principal violinist with the Hamstrings of Durham Trio for 12 years, performing at weddings and corporate events. She also enjoyed Christmas Caroling for several years for Corporate and Community Events.
Not long ago she was awarded an Ontario Volunteer Service Award for 20 years.
Martha has been involved with music festivals for the last 33 years and has retired as the Ontario representative on the National Board of Governors.
In between times, she went to Nursing School until she had her first child and spent 7 years working as a Special Ed assistant for the Durham District School Board. Martha has 3 children and 2 granddaughters that, unfortunately, live too far away, in Nova Scotia. Martha finally became a Canadian Citizen in 2013.
Her slice of Heaven is her 2-and-a-half-acre island in the Kawartha's where she spends as much time as possible 3 seasons of the year. This is where she also met her husband of 49 years.
In July of 2019 she became the Artistic Director of the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival, the largest festival of its kind in Canada. She is proud of her local festival that celebrates 24 years this year and will be returning to a live and virtual festival this year.