Meet the 2020 Spring Festival Adjudicators

Sandra Roberts

Sandra Roberts has worked and traveled abroad and brings years of cross-cultural teaching experience to her growing studio.  She provides regular recitals for her students throughout the year, including the opportunity to perform at the Winnipeg Music Festival as a soloist or in a chamber group.  She has previously taught in public, private, international and Montessori schools and for Suzuki Music Winnipeg and the Prepatory Division of the University of Manitoba.  She holds bachelor’s degrees in music and Education, Levels I-III Orff certification and has completed her Level 6 teacher training in Suzuki piano education.

Ms. Roberts has been the practicing parent of five children in Suzuki piano, cello and violin.  In the community, she serves in music ministry, is a listed adjudicator, and is a board member for the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy.  She is committed to fostering ensemble experiences by bringing young string players and pianist together in her studio for chamber music.

Pat Huck

Pat Huck currently enjoys teaching Piano and Early Childhood Education at the Suzuki Talent Education Society.

Pat studied piano at the Regina Conservatory of Music with Francis England and Thomas Manshardt (student of Alfred Cortot), and voice with Dan Cameron and Ben van der Gudht. While studying in the Bachelor of Music program, she taught piano at the University of Regina. During this period, Pat studied piano pedagogy with Gordon Thompson (student of Claudio Arrau). She enjoyed the demands of accompanying other musicians as well as directing a church choir for many years.

Pat maintained a thriving studio in Regina for over 25 years, teaching and promoting the Suzuki experience throughout Saskatchewan. Her love of the Early Childhood program brought her to Calgary AB. Here, she continued teaching piano in the Suzuki program at Mount Royal University and Early Childhood at STES. A growing enthusiasm for further study of piano has developed at STES under her direction. 

Pat continues to study every year with teachers throughout America and Australia. Her teachers have included Dorothy Jones, Elaine Worley, Haruko Kataoka, and Silvija Abols. More recently, she has completed her studies of book six and seven repertoire with Fay Adams at Beaver Creek, CO.

Pat is credited with a wealth of parenting skills earned as a mother of four and a grandmother of thirteen. She is a keen observer of family dynamics and enjoys working with parents helping them hone their parenting skills. She loves to observe her students, create new ideas to help them develop their ability and watch them grow!

Joseph Fridman

Mr. Fridman has earned two masters’ degrees – as a pianist and opera director – from the world-renowned St. Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia).  He is a concert pianist, teacher, vocal coach and accompanist. He has taught at the Schools for Musically Gifted Children of St. Petersburg and Kiev, and at the Pskov Music College. He has performed with the St. Petersburg and Pskov Philharmonics.

Mr. Fridman served on the faculty of the Alberta College Conservatory of Music in Edmonton from 1991 till 2002 and taught in the Conservatory’s International Music Academy and the University of Alberta.

Currently, Joseph is a director and a piano teacher of the Alberta Music Academy in Edmonton. He lectures and gives masterclasses and workshops in Canada, Ukraine, Russia and the USA and has taught in various summer schools: Strings and Keys (Bergen), Alberta College Summer School (Edmonton), and has been a clinician in the CASSA (Calgary) summer camp.

Joseph has adjudicated a number of festivals and competitions, including the prestigious Canadian Music Competition (2004).  His piano students have received first class honors and medals in RCM Exams, first and second prizes in the Kiwanis Festival, Northern Alberta Concerto Competition and Fall Festival.

Joseph Fridman performs in solo and chamber recitals and has been broadcast frequently on CBC Radio.