55 th Annual Newmarket
Lions Club Music Festival


A festival filled with

enthusiastic, talented

pianists and vocalists for

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Annual Newmarket Lions Music Festival
The next Annual Music Festival begins April 2015.
Festival Location: New Hope Methodist Church
337 Queen Street, Newmarket
Competition Dates:

Junior Piano: April 13 - 17

Intermediate Piano: April 13 - 17

Senior Piano: April 20 - 24

Strings: April 27 - May 1

Vocal: April 27 - May 1

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A Board of Directors appointed by the Newmarket Lions Club governs the Newmarket Lions Music Festival.

Festival Competition Location:
New Hope Methodist Church
337 Queen Street, Newmarket



Lion President

Lourdes Heinzle

Festival Chairman
Rick Metcalfe

Advertising Co-ordinator
Brian Rudderham

Ron Head

Committee Members
All Newmarket Lions

The Board of Directors is deeply indebted to all Volunteers and all Teacher Consultants for their contributions of time and talent to ensuring a successful Festival.

2015 Adjudicators



Junior/Intermediate Piano

Virginia M. Taylor



Virginia Taylor graduated with an A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. She studied with various teachers, including Patricia Blomfield Holt, who was not only a noted pedagogue, but a well known Canadian composer. Virginia pursued post graduate studies, focusing on senior repertoire, with Gordon Hallett. By attending Workshops, Master Classes and Competitions, Virginia continues to enjoy the challenges of further education. She is a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teacher's Association and has served on Provincial Council in the past and is Immediate Past President of the Etobicoke/Mississauga Branch. Virginia is a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music and a piano adjudicator for ORMTA Assessments and music festivals across Ontario. She is a board member of the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects and a board member of Contemporary Showcase, Mississauga. Virginia is a board member and the Piano Consultant for the Davenport Festival of Music; the longest running music festival in the city of Toronto. Her interest and love of Canadian music has led her to encourage and promote this in her teaching. Virginia is a wife, mother and grandmother who approaches life and the teaching of music with love, joy and much laughter and teaches with the hope that her students will maintain an enduring love and appreciation of music their entire lives.


 Senior Piano

Susan Lee



Pianist, Susan Lee is a graduate of both McMaster University (Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude) and McGill University (Master of Music, Performance). Susan has performed all across Canada and parts of the US as accompanist and chamber music performer. She has collaborated with some of Canada's premier musicians including the Penderecki String Quartet, the Elgin Trio, cellist Simon Freyer, violinist Jeremy Bell and clarinetist Mark Thompson. Susan studied with Valerie Tyron, Marietta Orlov, Eugene Plawutsky, Louis-Phillippe Pelletier, Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Master-classed with Angela Hewitt, Julius Levine, Peter Donohoe, Anton Kuerti, Murray Perahia and Mennahem Pressler.

Susan has taught private piano for 25 years and has helped to develop many fine young musicians from the beginning. Her students have acheieved consistently high results in local and provincial festivals as well as accomplishing top marks in RCM exams. She has taught at the college level as well, where she has given several lecture recitals and demonstrations. Susan, along with her husband clarinetist, Mark Thompson, have performed extensively throughout Ontario as well as ran a concert series for 17 years. They produced an album entitled "Blue Skies" which has been played on CBC and NPR in the US. Susan is in demand as an adjudicator and has helped to encourage many young players across Canada. Susan is also a busy mother of two young energetic children who keep her enthusiastic about many other activities in addition to music!



Bethany Horst



Described as possessing a "bright, round and supple sound," (Kitchener-Waterloo Record) Bethany Horst is quickly establishing herself on the stage in both opera and concert. Ms. Horst has appeared in numerous productions with opera companies across Canada, France and the Netherlands. Her roles include multiple Baroque operas, many Classical works and 20th century repertoire. Equally comfortable in concert, Ms. Horst has sung oratorio works with orchestras and major choirs across Canada and the USA.

Ms. Horst has won several international competitions including the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition at Cernegie Hall in New York City. Horst was twice honoured as a District Winner and Regional Finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions. She has received the Encouragement Award at the Met Regional Finals and also at the Palm Beach International Opera Competition. Horst is also a recipient of the prestigious Canadian Opera Grant, the Jacqueline Desmarais Award. Horst has placed first in the Advanced Singer's category at NATS and NATSAA (Chicago and Indianapolis), the NYCO Mozart Competition, the International Aria Competition, the Opera Lyra Ottawa Studio Competition and Conservatory Canada's Vocal Competition. Horst recently placed second at the Brian Law Competition in Ottawa. She has been honoured with Western University's Board of Governor's Award, the A.E. Rose Award, the Doris E. Tanton Award and the Abner Martin Music Scholarship.

Ms. Horst holds a Masters of Music in Literature and Performance from Western, where she currently teaches. She is a frequent guest instructor at Singers Theatre, Eastwood Collegiate and Rockway Mennonite Collegiate and is in high demand for masterclasses and adjudicating throughout Ontario.




Marie-Caroline Bourque 

A native of Montreal, violinist Marie-Caroline Bourque holds a Master of Music degree and a Professional Studies Diploma form the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with David Cerone and David Updegraff. Previously she completed her Bachelor of Music summa cum laude at the University of Ottawa, studying with Claude Richard and Walter Prystawski. She is also a graduate of the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal. Further studies were pursued on scholarhip at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Encore School for Strings, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, the Domaine Forget Academy and the National Arts Centre Young Artists Programme directed by Pinchas Zukerman. Ms. Bourque was a winner of the National Arts Centre Bursaries Competition, a laureate of the Czech and Slovak Music Competition in Montreal, as well as a national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition. 

Ms. Bourque has presented solo and chamber recitals in the United States and Canada and has been featured on Radio Canada and CBC Radio. She has appeared as a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Univesity of Ottawa Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony Strings and Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Bourque has maintained a studio of motivated and enthusiastic students for the past seventeen years and was teaching assistant to David Updegradd at the Cleveland Institute of Music from 2001 to 2003. After having been a member of the Canton Symphony Orchestra from 2002 to 2010, Ms. Bourque returned to Canada with her husband and their four young children. Since then, she has performed with a number of ensembles throughout the region and served on faculty in 2011 and 2012 at Music by the Lake, a summer programme of the Toronto District School Board held on Lake Couchiching. In the fall of 2011, Ms. Bourque cofounded Chamber Music Orillia, which, in addition to its own concert series, has performed for the Barrie and Muskoka Concert Associations. Ms. Bourque has adjudicated several music festivals in Southern Ontario, including the 2013 OMFA Provincial Competition.




Still photographs may be taken between classes if time permits. No photography or videotaping of competitors or adjudicators is allowed during performance (including adjudication). Compliance of this rule is strictly enforced.

Festival of Stars

The 2014 Festival of Stars will be held Sund May 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm. The location will be determined at a later date. Admission is by way of donation. Refreshments will be served following the concert. This is a showcase of the best of the Newmarket Lions Club's Music Festival.