At the Spring Festival, students perform a polished solo piece in one of the Festival classes. After each performance, an Adjudicator provides written feedback for the student. Then, at the end of each class the Adjudicator provides verbal comments before awarding each performing student a certificate. This year, we are very pleased to welcome Adjudicators Carmen Morin, Janet Scott-Hoyt and Pat Huck to work with ESPS students.
Having begun her piano study at the age of two with her father Dan Morin, Canadian pianist Carmen Morin has been an active member of Calgary’s musical community for all of her life.
Making her orchestral debut as soloist at the age of 10 years old, as a young musician she was featured several times as guest soloist with orchestras in Canada, as well as to represent the Canadian Embassy in a performance tour showcasing Canadian talent
Ms. Morin holds her ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music and completed her Suzuki Pedadogy Practicum with Merlin Thompson, as well as Suzuki early childhood education under the guidance of Dorothy and Sharon Jones. She studied with Dmitry Nesterov at Mount Royal University to obtain her Diploma in Music Performance, and under the tutelage of Marilyn Engle and Charles Foreman during her time in the Bachelor of Music program at the University of Calgary.
With nearly 20 years of teaching experience, Ms. Morin has a passion for sharing music education with the next generation. She was a faculty member of Mount Royal University’s Conservatory from 2008-2013 before establishing Morin Music Studio in 2014. Alongside her role as a committed pedagogue, she enjoys her position as owner and executive director of Morin Music Studio, a private music school that now offers classical instruction to over 700 students in Calgary, Alberta.
She was the recipient of the 2016 Horizon Alumni Award from Mount Royal University, and is the founder of the Love of Music Calgary Program, a community organization that aims to extend the reach of music education to interested students who may not have the means to otherwise study.
Along with her commitments to teaching, Ms. Morin enjoys an active performance schedule. She has studied and performed in Europe including performances in Coimbra, Portugal at the Coimbra World Piano Meeting held by the Academia Internacional de Música de Aquiles Delle Vigne. Most recently she was awarded first prize in the Coimbra World Piano Duo Competition “Special Prize – Francis Poulenc” with her piano duo partner, Dr. Lana Henchell of the University of Calgary where they performed as guest soloists with the Orquestra Clàssica do Centro in the São Francisco Concert Hall under the direction of Maestro Jose Eduardo Gomes.
Ms. Morin enjoys a balanced schedule that incorporates teaching, adjudicating as well as performance, but feels most privileged for her opportunities to share her love of music with the next generation of artists.
Janet Scott Hoytis a pianist with a wealth of experience on the concert stage and in the teaching studio. Her musical activities have taken her across Canada, United States and Europe. Born and raised in Alberta, she graduated from the University of Alberta, and studied in Europe and at The Banff Centre. She maintained a long association with The Banff Centre, participating as a collaborative pianist during the summer programs from 1973 to 2007. During her career, Janet Scott Hoyt has performed with many internationally renowned artists, including Sidney Harth, Zara Nelsova, Barry Tuckwell, Jeanne Baxtresser, Shauna Rolston and Raphael Wallfisch. Among her many performances are premieres of works by composers Violet Archer, Srul Irving Glick, Malcolm Forsyth and Oskar Morawetz.
An active recording artist, her discography includes a CD with husband David Hoyt and violinist Erika Raum featuring horn trios by Johannes Brahms and Canadian composer Elizabeth Raum. Other examples are “The Passionate Englishman” with cellist Tanya Prochazka, “Inspiration” with Lidia Khaner, principal oboist of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and “From the Library of Joseph Szigeti” with violinist Guillaume Tardif. Her most recent project is a recording of the Brahms Sonatas for Piano and Violin with Martin Riseley.
In 1998, Janet Scott Hoyt joined the piano faculty of the University of Alberta, where she acted as Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Music and supervised the graduate program in piano pedagogy. In 2011, Janet received the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Her interest and expertise in educating young musicians results in frequent invitations from across the country for workshops, master classes and competition juries.
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!