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Meet our 2024 Adjudication Team!


John Tessier

Classical Vocal

The Juno Award-winning Tenor, John Tessier, has worked with many of the most notable conductors and stage directors of our day. Appearances of the recent past and near future include performances at the Teatro alla Scala Milano, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, Oper Frankfurt, Grand Théâtre de Genève, English National Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, New Zealand Opera, the New York Philharmonic, Taiwan Philharmonic, Wiener Musikverein, National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Seattle Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, L.A. Philharmonic and the Toronto Symphony. Equally comfortable in the genres of opera, oratorio and recital, Mr. Tessier is also a full professor at the University of Alberta. His discography includes recordings on the Decca, Naxos, Telarc, BIS, Challenge Records and Dorian labels.

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Kim Mattice Wanat

Musical Theatre

KIM MATTICE WANAT is a performer, teacher, author and director. In 2019 she received her Master of Fine Arts specializing in directing from the University of Alberta. She has been a private voice instructor for over 30 years. She specializes in training actors to sing, and has worked at the University of Alberta for the past 31 years in the Bachelor of Fine Arts professional acting program. Ms Mattice Wanat is the founder of Opera NUOVA, a nationally acclaimed opera program dedicated to the advanced training of emerging Canadian artists, bridging the gap between the conservatory setting and the professional world of opera. She has produced and directed several of Opera NUOVA’s productions including Fiddler On The Roof, (Boch & Harnick), The Secret Garden (Simons), The Magic Flute (Mozart), The Bartered Bride (Smetana), La Perichole (Offenbach), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten), and several opera for school productions, most notably Naomi’s Road. This past year, she directed and played Marmee in Little Women the Musical, and directed a re-imagined Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart) for Edmonton Opera. Her commitment to sharing her expertise with young singers, actors, teachers and choral directors has earned her extensive recognition including Global Television’s Woman of Vision Award, The City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence in the Arts Award, The YWCA’s Woman of Distinction in Arts and Culture Award. She has written and published a vocal pedagogy book entitled, Unleashing the Expressive Resonant Voice. Although busy, Kim is dedicated to making her family (a husband, son, daughter and two Havanese dogs (Oliver & Dodger) a priority!

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Danica Hoffart

Contemporary Vocal & School Vocal

Dr. Danica Hoffart is a singer, conductor, musical director, educator, and adjudicator. She currently teaches privately, directs the Ross Street Singers, and is a vocalist with the Central Alberta Chamber Orchestra. For over two decades, Danica taught post secondary Music and Theatre including private voice lessons, choir, singing for the stage, music history, and ear training. She has performed with Kompany! Dance and has been a soprano soloist with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra. Select musical directing credits include South Pacific, Footloose, Cabaret, The Sound of Music, and The Wizard of Oz. Danica holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Music from the University of Alberta, and a PhD in Music from the University of Calgary. Her research examined best practices in leadership and the empowerment of individuals through participation in choir.

Calgary Vocal Festival Values


We are committed to keeping our festival entry costs reasonable and transparent, without additional fees.


We promise to respect each participants beliefs, feelings and perspectives.


We aim to cultivate an environment. that feels safe for the participant.  We want to cheer each other on, whether we have an 'oops' or an 'aha!' moment.


We aspire to help you stretch your boundaries as you learn with respectful listening and approach our classes with a spirit of 'try again'.


We hope that you leave the Calgary Vocal Festival with optimism - eager to try new ideas, celebrating your accomplishments and  inspired to renew your creative energy!

The Calgary Vocal Festival provides an adjudicated performance opportunity for all Calgary vocal students!

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& singers have the opportunity to progress to the Provincial and National level festivals! 

Our festival aims to inspire and inform emerging vocal skills, by fostering the development of each individual voice, within a framework of professional feedback.


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Festival Director: Rachel Hop

CATSES Liaison: Amanda Hillestad

Financial Coordinator: Laura McClean

Festival Administrator: Grace Fedorchuk

Volunteer Coordinator: Kathy Bauer

Contemporary Voice/Sound System Coordinator:

Naomi Williams

Schedule Coordinator: Winston Noren

Donation Liaisons: Elaine Case & Nathene Arthur

Marketing & Communications: Sarah Hop

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