Whitecourt Rotary Music Festival 2019
Dr. Evelyn Grieger holds degrees from the University of Lethbridge, the University of Alberta and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Evelyn has taught at a number of post-secondary institutions such as The King’s University, the University of Alberta, Concordia University of Edmonton, Taylor University College, and Augustana Faculty of the University of Alberta. Her vast conducting experience includes many choirs at the previously mentioned institutions; community choirs such as i Coristi Chamber Choir, Da Camera Singers, The King’s University Community Chorus, Richard Eaton Singers, Concordia Community Chorus, Sine Nomine Chamber Choir, the Vermilion Festival Chorus, and the University of Illinois Oratorio Society; as well as numerous church choirs.
In the mid-1990’s Evelyn enjoyed being a Choral Artist-in-Residence with the Saskatchewan Choral Federation, where she acted as a choral-music/conducting resource person and presented a variety of workshops for school choirs, church choirs, community choirs, and their conductors. From 2006-2008 she served a 2-year term on the Board of Directors for the Alberta Choral Federation, now Choirs Alberta.
Presently, Evelyn is Music Minister at First Baptist Church, Edmonton and teaches undergraduate conducting at The King’s University. In addition to leading choral workshops, guest conducting and adjudicating, Evelyn also teaches private piano and theory lessons in Edmonton.
Sherri is passionate about dancing, teaching and learning. Sherri has taught in St. Albert for the past 20 years and is a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. She also holds a B ED degree in Elementary education and started her teaching career at Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts. At Victoria school Sherri developed and implemented programming for Elementary students as well as worked with Junior High and High school students.
In 2008, Sherri was hired to start a dance program for both Virginia Park and Mount Royal schools, two Arts Core programs offered through Edmonton Public Schools. In 2010 she started an Arts Based preschool in partnership with DanceCo Dance Studio and enjoyed teaching and choreographing for the DanceCo dancers as part of their Disney performing opportunity in Orlando Florida.
Sherri is currently back teaching dance at Victoria School and looks forward to sharing her passion with all of the students at the Whitecourt Rotary Music Festival.
Marlis loves music. She started playing piano by ear when she was 4. She took lessons and finished her RCM Grade 10 while in high school. After graduating she became an ICU nurse, which she has been now for over 35 years. She completed her ARCT with Jaquie Ryan after nursing graduation and has been teaching piano since.
Marlis continues to learn new music by being involved in the Roubakine Piano Club, where she participates in master classes twice a year. She enjoys adjudicating across Alberta and is organist and accompanist for several choirs and vocal groups.
Marlis resides in St. Albert with her husband, close to her 2 grown children and 2 young granddaughters.
Marlis is very excited to be invited to the Whitecourt Rotary Music Festival.
Dr. Joy Berg - Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities and Director of Alumni Relations at Concordia University of Edmonton. As well as teaching courses in the music department, she directs the three Concordia choirs – the Concordia Concert Choir (auditioned student choir, with 40 singers), Bella Voce Women’s Choir (with 30 singers), and the Concordia Community Chorus (with 110 singers).
Dr. Berg is a life-long learner, and is currently completing her Doctorate of Worship Studies. Dr. Berg often adjudicates and workshops in the area of choirs, voice, junior piano, handbells, and church music.
Larry L. Schrum received Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio. He also did additional study at Berklee School of Music, Boston.
Before coming to Canada, Mr. Schrum taught for 6 years at Junior High, Senior High and College levels in Ohio. Since arriving in Edmonton, Alberta in 1974, he has taught at McNally and Harry Ainlay High Schools as well as teaching arranging at Grant MacEwan College. He has also directed numerous Jazz, Concert and Marching Bands in the community. His Performing groups have been both active and successful in Regional, National and International Festivals. Awards include 3 First place finishes at the National Finals of the Canadian Stage Band festival.
His concert bands have won the Outstanding Band and Senior Sight Reading Awards at the ABA festival numerous times, along with Special Adjudicator’s awards at Heritage Festivals.
Individually, he was the first winner of the Tommy Banks Award and the David Peterkin Award, as well as winning the Elkhorn Award (Alberta Band Director of the Year), three Alberta Achievement Awards and two City of Edmonton Performing and Creative Arts Awards. Mr. Schrum was named as the first Alberta director of the Alberta Provincial Jazz Honour band. He served as a Contributing Editor to the Canadian Band Journal column, Mentor’s Corner. He received a Distinguished band Director Award from the Canadian Band Association in 2002. A percussionist and rhythm section specialist.
Mr. Schrum is active as a clinician, composer/ arranger, adjudicator and speaker at Teacher’s Conferences and Professional Development activities. He is currently working on publishing his own works as well as other Canadian composer’s works through his publishing company, First Stroke Music Publishing. He also directs many groups in the Edmonton area, including the highly regarded River City Big Band and the Grant MacEwan Arts Outreach Big Band. He may be heard playing in the performances and recordings of the Trocadero Orchestra. The River City Big Band recordings “Just Friends” and “River”, containing his compositions and arrangements is available on I-tunes.