Fall 2019 Adjudicators
Michelyn Wright - Vocal Adjudicator
Michelyn Wright received her Honours Bachelor of Music Education, and an Artist's Performance Diploma from the University of Western Ontario then her Master of Music in Voice Performance at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. Through these years she studied with such great teacher’s as Bernard Diamant, Lois Marshall, Dr. Darryl Edwards and Ruth Falcon. In 1997 she worked with Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge at the Britten Pears School. Michelyn has performed as a soloist with the Guelph Chamber Choir, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Operetta Theatre, and was a chorister with the Canadian Opera Company Chorus from 1998-2008. Michelyn has been an active Voice Teacher in Markham since 1997. She has been a member of the National Assoc. of Teachers of Singing since 1999 and was on the Ontario Chapter executive board for 15 years. In 2001 she was selected as one of 20 applicants to attend the NATS Intensive Program, a teacher training program for young voice teachers. For NATS Ontario, Michelyn is a past V. P. of Special Projects, where she created the Workshop, "Making the Cut", and was the Chapter Auditions Coordinator from 2007-2014. Currently, Michelyn is a Sessional Lecturer at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, teaching Voice Education to undergraduate instrumental music education majors. Michelyn has been an Artist Educator with the Canadian Opera Company Education Department, Vocal Music Director for the Unionville Theatre Company and a Vocal Instructor for the Bach Children's Chorus. Voice competition adjudication engagements include the Sault Ste. Maria Music Festival, Kiwanis Music Festival of Sudbury, Hamilton Music Festival, Peel Music Festival, Niagara Music Theatre and Voice Festival, Stamford Kiwanis Music Festival, Newmarket Lions Music Festival, South Simcoe Arts Council Music Festival, Music Alive and NATS Chapter Auditions. Michelyn’s students have been finalists at the OMFA Provincials, NATS Regional Auditions, NATS Ontario Vocal Showcase, Pickering GTA Music Festival, Newmarket Lions, Toronto Kiwanis, and North York Music Festivals and recently the 2019 ORMTA GTA Zones and Provincials. Her students have been Silver and Gold Medal Royal Conservatory of Music Winners, and many have continued in music after high school at the University level, attending such schools as, McGill University, University of Toronto, Western University and Wilfrid Laurier University. Michelyn’s Voice Studio in Markham is a warm, welcoming space where students can grow individually as singers and people. Michelyn’s students sing both Classical and Musical Theatre Repertoire and are encouraged to sing at Music Festivals and if appropriate take RCM examinations. Students will learn healthy technique that includes good breath management, vocal production, and body balance. They will perform repertoire that interests them to encourage expressive singing. Michelyn enjoys spending time with her husband and energetic and musical children, Tricia and Warren.
David Potvin - Junior Piano
David Potvin is an award-winning pianist based in Toronto, Ontario. Originally from Nova Scotia, he received a Bachelor of Music from Acadia University, a Master of Music from the University of Toronto, and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Toronto, studying with Marietta Orlov. In 2016 he won U of T’s DMA recital competition, and he has won prizes in the Stepping Stone and Shean competitions. David performs regularly in Toronto and in Nova Scotia, and has made appearances in the United States, France, England and Romania. He has played in masterclasses for Martha Argerich, Janina Fialkowska, John Perry, James Anagnoson, Sydney McGinnis, and Nelly Ben-Or.
David teaches piano at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music, and maintains a studio in his North Annex home. His students have been recipients of scholarships at KCM and prizes at local festivals. As a music scholar, David has given lectures at Acadia University and the University of Toronto about the historical context of Debussy’s music and on performative analysis in the music of Chopin. His doctoral research focusses on Catalan-French pianist Ricardo Viñes, who worked closely with Claude Debussy. At the international conference marking the centennial of Debussy’s death, David presented his research on the connection between the two.
In his spare time, David enjoys cooking, exploring Toronto, watching soccer, and trying to keep up with his very energetic cat.
Coral Solomon - Intermediate Piano
Israeli born pianist, Coral Solomon has been praised for her “distinct sensibility” and “original view” (Radio Romania Musical) and has performed numerous solo recitals throughout Canada, USA, Italy, France, Spain, Romania, and Israel. She has appeared as soloist with over a dozen orchestras across Canada, Italy, and Romania- where she performed with the state philharmonic orchestras of Sibiu, Timisoara, Brasov, Bacau, Arad, Tergu Mures, Ploiesti, Ramnicu Valcea, among others. In the Summer of 2014 she returned to collaborate with the Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra for the 3rd time, as she debuted a piano concerto transcription of Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme by Corelli. The work was written and dedicated to her by conductor emeritus of New Jersey Plainfield Symphony, Sabin Pautza, who also conducted the premier. Coral has been awarded several prizes at competitions and has been interviewed by numerous North American and European television channels. She has participated in intensive international summer festivals such as the Pianofest in the Hamptons (Long Island, NY), the Morningside Music Bridge Institute (Calgary), and the Toronto Summer Music Institute.
Coral moved with her family to Toronto in 2004 and has been a student at the Young Artist Performance Academy of the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has completed her undergraduate degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music and her Master’s degree at Boston University, under the tutelage of Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Pavel Nersessian respectively. During her studies in the United States, she was a recipient of the generous Canada Council for the Arts’ Musician Grant. Coral is currently pursuing her Doctoral of Music degree in piano performance at the University of Toronto with Enrico Elisi, on full scholarship.
During the past two years back in Toronto, Coral has been actively involved in her community including adjudicating the Pickering Rotary Music Festival, Unionville Music Academy Competition, Ann Southerland Award (at the Canadian Contemporary Showcase), as well as the ORMTA Scarborough, Newmarket, Barrie, and Oshawa branches. She enjoys collaborating frequently with instrumentalists and singers in concerts. This season included several concerts with Soprano Nofar Yacobi, at venues such as Mazzolini Hall, Temerty Theatre, and CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio, among others. She holds a teaching assistantship position at the University and maintains a full-time private piano studio at her home in North York.
Shoshana Telner - Senior Piano
Canadian pianist Shoshana Telner has performed across Canada and abroad. She made her solo orchestral début with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the age of 16 and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras including the Québec Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra. Described as an “authentic musician with a sparkling technique” (Le Droit) and “full of fire and warmth” (the New York Times), Shoshana has a passion for engaging audiences with exciting performances and innovative programming.
Shoshana has performed at numerous summer festivals including the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Music and Beyond Festival, the Elora Festival, the Kincardine Summer Music Festival, the Brott Music Festival, and the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival. She has been awarded honors at the International Stepping Stone Competition, the Esther Honens International Piano Competition and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Shoshana’s recordings include solo works of Canadian composer Colin Mack (CanSona), the Grieg violin/piano sonatas (Chestnut Hall Music), Mozart Sonatas and Sonatinas (The Mozart Effect), and the six Bach Keyboard Partitas (Centaur Records).
Shoshana received a Bachelor’s degree on full scholarship from Boston University, a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, and a Doctorate in performance from McGill University. She has taught at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, Wilfrid Laurier University, York University, and currently teaches at McMaster University. She frequently gives masterclasses, adjudicates competitions, and examines for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Shoshana enjoys performing music of living composers, and also advocates for music written by Jewish composers.
Dr. Lisa Tahara - Recital Adjudicator (Piano)
Japanese-Canadian pianist Dr. Lisa Tahara has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in venues across North America, Europe and Mexico. Since her orchestral debut with the Burnaby Symphony at the age of fifteen, Lisa has performed with numerous orchestras including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and most recently, the Danube Symphony Orchestra in Budapest, Hungary.
As a student, Lisa earned numerous top prizes in festivals and competitions including the Canadian Concerto Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, the National Canadian Registered Music Teachers Association and the Shean Piano Competition. After obtaining her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Victoria, Lisa completed both her Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Toronto in performance & pedagogy. While completing her pedagogy coursework, Lisa was a group class teacher and private instructor for the University of Toronto Piano Pedagogy Program.
A devoted and passionate music educator, Lisa recently joined the faculty as sessional lecturer of piano at the University of Toronto. She also maintains an active teaching studio and her students have been awarded many top prizes in local music festivals. Highly sought after as an adjudicator, Lisa has adjudicated at the Kingston Kiwanis Festival, the Merriam Music Festival and Yip’s Music Festival. Upon early completion of her apprenticeship training, she joined the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music in the spring of 2018. More information can be found at