Chilliwack Lions Club Music and Dance Festival


With the exception of the Festival Committee, competitors, teachers, parents, and members of the audience are not permitted to speak to the Adjudicator before, during or after any competition.  This ruling must be adhered to due to the tight scheduling of the Adjudicator.

Please avoid hiring the following Adjudicators

as choreographers, clinicians or workshop teachers

for the months prior and during our festival. 


Dance will be announced in Program that will be available in Late-January 2020


Rob Goddard

Rob Goddard received his Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from the University of British Columbia and received his Masters in Education with an emphasis in conducting from the University of Victoria.  


              Rob has performed on trumpet with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra (principal and 2nd), the Vancouver Symphony, the CBC Chamber Orchestra, the Symphonie Canadiana (principal and 2nd), the Mississauga Symphony (principal), the Victoria Symphony (principal) and the Okanagan Symphony (principal).  He was a founding member of A Touch of Brass quintet with whom he toured extensively.  Rob continues to perform on both trumpet and piano throughout the U.S. and Canada.  


              He has been a music instructor at the Langley Fine Arts School since its inception more than 30 years ago where he created a unique music curriculum with an emphasis on chamber music, ear training, theory and composition.   Rob has also taught the Senior Wind Ensemble, Senior Jazz Band and the Langley Fine Arts Orchestra.  These large ensembles have been the recipients of numerous awards and international invitations.  Rob was awarded the Professional Music Educator Award (Secondary) by the British Columbia Music Educators’ Association in 2014.  


          His passion for working with musicians, both young and old, has afforded him opportunities to work as an adjudicator, clinician and as conductor of the Fraser Valley Wind Ensemble (formerly the Kwantlen Alumni Wind Ensemble).  He founded and directs the Langley Symphony Orchestra and Kwantlen Strings.  His conducting has been recognized and endorsed by the likes of Bramwell Tovey, Dr. Dale Lonis, Dr. Wayne Jeffrey and Dr. Jim Sparks to name a few.


Bob Rebagliati

Bob Rebagliati is a native of British Columbia and of Kelowna, in the Okanagan Valley.  He holds a Bachelor of Music degree, a Teaching Certificate from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Music degree from Western Washington University. While an undergraduate, Bob was involved in performances as a clarinetist, pianist and a percussionist.  His main post-graduate activity was the writing of an extensive manual for the development of the young jazz rhythm section.  He has continued to write curriculum in the areas of jazz rhythm section, jazz rehearsal techniques, jazz improvisation and concert band percussion.

For 33 years, in the North Vancouver School District, Mr. Rebagliati directed many awardwinning         junior and senior high school ensembles in both concert band and jazz areas.  In 1976, his jazz ensemble from Hamilton Junior Secondary School won first place in the Canadian Stage Band Festival.  Again,

in 1979, both his Handsworth Secondary Junior and Senior Jazz Ensembles qualified for the National Finals, with the Senior Band being awarded a special plaque “for most significant contribution to jazz”.  In 1986, the Handsworth Junior and Senior Jazz Ensembles won the highest honour in the country – the gold award – first place in their classes.  Again, in 1988, his Senior Jazz Ensemble placed first at the national festival (then called Musicfest Canada).  At Musicfest Canada 2002, the Handsworth Senior Concert Band percussion section was awarded the Zildjian Percussion Scholarship in recognition of “Excellence in the Art of Percussion”.

As a music festival adjudicator and workshop leader, Mr. Rebagliati has travelled throughout B.C., Saskatchewan, and to Brandon, Toronto and Ottawa.  He is well known for sessions covering concert percussion, jazz rhythm section, jazz interpretation, improvisation, and rehearsal techniques.  Bob has been a guest conductor and clinician of honour concert band and jazz groups around the province of B.C.  During many summers, he has been an active group leader and teacher at music camps.  Over the years, Bob has arranged music for jazz and concert bands.  In 2004, his composition TONAL GESTURE for concert band was premiered in Vancouver.

At the 1991 B.C. Music Educators Conference, Mr. Rebagliati was honoured as the first recipient of the Professional Educator Award.  In December 1991, Bob was presented with a Distinguished Citizen Award by the District of North Vancouver.  In 1992, he was presented with a CANADA 125 medal by Mary Collins, MP.  In 1994, he received the North Vancouver Music Educators’ Award of Excellence.  In May 1998, his jazz program at Handsworth School was awarded the High School “Jazz Program of the Year” by Jazz Report Magazine of Toronto.  In 2001, Bob commissioned three compositions to celebrate his 25th year of music teaching at Handsworth School.  In 2004, his final year of (high school) teaching, Bob premiered a musical collaboration by two of his jazz alumni, Renee Rosnes, a well-known pianist and composer, and Darcy Argue, New England Conservatory grad and composer/arranger.  At this time Bob also received the Leadership in Music Education Award from the Coalition for Music Education in B.C. “for many years of outstanding contributions to the music education community”.  In June 2004, his Senior Jazz Ensemble was the first school band chosen to participate in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival Student Intensive, with a performance on the final day of the festival.  Bob was the director of the North Vancouver Youth Band 2005-2008.  Bob received the Jazz Supporter of the Year award from the Envision Jazz Festival in 2009.  He is a Vice Chairman of Instrumental Jazz for MusicFest Canada and is responsible for the auditioning of members of the ConnSelmer Centerstage Big Band and Musicfest Canada jazz scholarships.  Bob directed the Metro Vancouver Firefighters Band from 2010 – 2014.  As of September 2016, Bob assumed the directorship of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music Big band.

Bob holds memberships in the British Columbia Music Educator’s Association, Canadian Music Educator’s Association, British Columbia Band Association, Canadian Band Association, Coalition for Music Education in BC, Coalition for Music Education in Canada and Jazz Educator’s Network.

Throughout his career, Mr. Rebagliati has been appreciated for his dedication and insistence on   excellence.  He resides in Maple Ridge with his wife Maggie, where he is a freelance music educator, guest conductor, pianist, percussionist/drummer.


Jonny Michel

Jonny Michel is a lyric tenor and choral director from Langley, B.C.  As a classical tenor with a special interest in oratorio and concert works, Jonny has been featured as a soloist with the UBC Orchestra, UBC University Singers, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and at Bard on the Beach.  He has been featured as a soloist with the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra, the Arioso Quartet, Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir, and Kwantlen University Chorus. Recently, Jonny made his debut as the Evangelist in Bach’s “St. John Passion” with the Trinity Western University Masterworks Chorus. He was also featured as a soloist in a performance of Brahms’ “Liebeslieder Waltzes” in a celebration of 25 years of the Kwantlen University music program. 


Jonny has been a music teacher and choir director at the Langley Fine Arts School in Fort Langley, B.C. since 2014.  Under Jonny’s direction, LFAS Choirs have engaged in a number of musical and collaborative endeavours including performing and recording Ola Gjeilo’s “Sunrise Mass”, and special performances with visiting artists including Mike Garson.  Last year, the LFAS music program joined the school’s visual art and dance programs to produce and perform a show inspired by the rock group, Radiohead, called Radiohead Re_covered, featuring three original arrangements by Jonny.


Jonny has enjoyed providing choral workshops and doing special projects each summer at the Yukon Summer Music Camp, with honor choirs through The Salvation Army, and with choirs from a number of schools in the Lower Mainland.


Thomas Schoen

Thomas Schoen was born in Dawson Creek, B.C., has a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the University of British Columbia, has studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and Suzuki Institutes in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, Steven’s Point Wisconsin (on scholarship as a Suzuki Teacher Training Scholar), and Seattle Washington.  Thomas has completed and registered all 10 violin units of shortterm teacher training, the violin practicum, as well as an overview of viola books 1-3 and viola book 4 with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.  He has been the recipient of many scholarships, won first prize in the Vancouver Friends of Chamber Music Competition and has received awards in many other festivals and competitions.


Thomas currently resides in Edmonton and enjoys a busy and varied performing career as a recitalist, chamber, and orchestral musician, performing on both modern and baroque violins. He subbed regularly with the Edmonton Symphony, has played with the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony, the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, the Oshawa Symphony, where he played as principal second violin, and the Vancouver Early Music Festival Orchestra among others.  He performs regularly throughout Canada with the Schoen Duo who are well known for their concerts and educational programs and have been recorded by the CBC and broadcast in Alberta on the program Our Music.


Mr. Schoen has extensive experience teaching and adjudicating in both British Columbia and Alberta.  He is currently violin instructor at the Augustana Faculty of the University of Alberta, as well as teaching for the Society for Talent Education in Edmonton, and privately in his home studio.   Former teaching positions include: Red Deer College, the B.C. Conservatory of Music, the Central Valley Academy of Music and Lakeland College.  He has also conducted string ensembles for the Society for Talent Education, has coached string sectionals for numerous youth orchestra and gives frequent workshops in the schools.  His students have been awarded both silver and gold medals for violin from the Royal Conservatory and have been recommended to provincial music festivals.  He has worked with the Vancouver School Board providing class violin instruction and has presented early childhood music workshops for 3 to 5 years old in day cares and preschools.  Most recently he has taken training in Suzuki Early Childhood Education, and now teaches Suzuki music classes for parents and their 0-3 years old. In addition to his teaching duties, Thomas is also director of the Alberta Summer Suzuki Institute held in Edmonton in July.

Thomas has received a Certificate of Achievement from the Suzuki Association of the Americas (2017) and a Teacher of Distinction award from the Royal Conservatory of Music (2018) in recognition of his teaching.


Junior/Lower Intermediate,

Barbara Siemens


Barbara M. Siemens is an active contributor to the local and regional musical community, working with piano students of all ages and abilities for three decades.  Her training includes a Master of Arts in Historical Musicology, a Bachelor of Music, and ARCT Diplomas in Piano Performance as well as Piano Pedagogy.

In addition to instructing, adjudicating, and volunteering, Ms. Siemens has twenty-five years of experience as a senior RCM examiner.  Her publications in The Piano Workbook Series include a selection of Sight Reading and Rhythm Drill Books, and she has recently released a children’s picture book, Carnival of the Animals.

Ms. Siemens is currently the president of the Vancouver /Burnaby Branch of the BCRMTA and she maintains a private piano studio in the Vancouver area. 


Upper Intermediate/Senior,

Jane Hayes

Since her debut with the Toronto Symphony, Jane Hayes’ concerts have taken her across Canada, the United States, Europe and Mexico.  An active recording artist, she has over 20 CDs available on the Fanfare, EMI, Centrediscs, ATMA, Artifact, CBC-Musica Viva and CBC SM5000 labels.  

Jane moved to BC in 1993 to become a faculty member in the newly opened Music Department of Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Langley.  Her passion for teaching was recognized when she received the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award in the Faculty of Arts

In recent years she has appeared regularly on concert stages in every combination from duo through large ensemble, as soloist with orchestra to chamber collaborator.  She is a founding member of Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble, the Yarilo Ensemble and Sea and Sky with clarinetist François Houle, violinist Joan Blackman and saxophonist Julia Nolan. Two new Sea and Sky CDs were released in March 2018 featuring music for saxophone, violin, clarinet and piano. 

Jane enjoyed a year-long sabbatical in 2017-2018 when she devoted her energy to two main projects:  researching possibilities for long-distance music education in northern BC; and giving a series of recitals and master classes at universities and private music schools in the Henan and Guangdong provinces in China to foster professional development among Chinese piano professors.  As a result of her work in China, she was appointed Guest Professor at Henan Polytechnic University and will return annually as a foreign expert.

“Not everyone can bring (the Mendelssohn Concerto) such a cool freshness and momentum, in which there was not the slightest feeling of haste… it was a performance to be remembered.”

Toronto Star

“The [Schumann Concerto] soared effortlessly to its conclusion. This was fine music-making by pianist, conductor, and orchestra and this was the kind of experience one so often looks forward to and fails to get.”

Ottawa Journal

“[John Burke’s “Remember Your Power”] had such an impact that I wanted to hear it again, right away.  No small reason was pianist Jane Hayes’ galvanizing yet superbly poised performance in a difficult part….”

Vancouver Sun



Sheila Christie

Sheila Christie is a classically-trained soprano and passionate educator who has led her students to great personal and professional success in music and performance.  She is a member of the National Association Teachers of Singing (NATS) with more than 15 years of experience teaching classical voice, opera, musical theatre, and contemporary commercial music.  Sheila serves on the board of the Vancouver Chapter of NATS and continues her professional development through attendance at conferences.  Sheila has trained in vocal pedagogy and Estill Vocal Training and believes that all singers have beautiful and unique voices capable of excellence.  In 2018, she was awarded the Teacher of the Year from the Coquitlam District Music Festival.

Sheila is a member of faculty at the Richmond Academy of Dance and maintains a private home studio in Surrey, BC.  Many of her students have been selected to compete in the BC Provincial Music Festivals where, for the past five years, her students have achieved placements in both classical voice (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) and musical theatre (2017, 2018, 2019).  Sheila’s students have gone on to study at the Manhattan School of Music, the University of British Columbia, the University of Lethbridge, the Vancouver Academy of Music, Boston University’s Tanglewood Summer Institute, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Sheridan College, Randolph Academy, the Canadian College for Performing Arts, and Capilano University.  She also consults with the Delta School District in their academies program to offer vocal training to the students of the Delta Opera & Performance Academy with Vancouver Opera and the Delta Film Academy.

Sheila is a sought-after adjudicator and clinician.  In 2018, she adjudicated the Lethbridge & District Music & Speech Arts Festival, presented a masterclass at the University of Lethbridge (her alma mater), adjudicated at the Vancouver NATS Songfest, and conducted a series of masterclasses with the Young People’s Opera Society of BC.  In 2019, Sheila adjudicated the Prince George & District Music Festival and the Lakehead Festival of Music and the Arts in Thunder Bay, Onatrio.  In 2020, Sheila is looking forward to adjudicating at the Chilliwack Lions Club Music & Dance Festival and at the BCTF North Shore Music Festival.

As a performer, Ms. Christie has become known for her versatility and rich, dramatic voice capable of soaring over large orchestras.  Before joining Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program, she was a featured emerging artist in the Georgia Straight’s Fall Arts Preview.  As a member of the YAP, Sheila performed the title role in Gustav Holst’s “Sãvitri” and covered four mainstage roles including, Tosca in “Tosca”, Lady Billows in “Albert Herring”, Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni”, and Elisabetta in “Don Carlo”.  Further highlights include, Soprano Soloist in both Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem” and An Evening in Roma” with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the High Priestess in “Aida” and Giovanna in “Rigoletto” with Vancouver Opera, Hanna Glawari in “The Merry Widow” with Burnaby Lyric Opera, and soprano soloist in Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra.  She also remains active in the local performing community through numerous recitals and fundraisers.  Sheila is a long-standing member of the Vancouver Opera Chorus and is often asked to perform at Vancouver Opera’s community and donor events.



Rob Goddard






Very Important Volunteer Help Needed in a big way!

We Urgently need 2 Dance Co-ordinators; 1 for Acro, Tap, Stage and Song & Dance and also 1 for Ballet and Modern. Small per diem honourarium is available!!! Also needed for Music is 1 Piano Co-ordinator, 1 Vocal Co-ordinator and 1 String Co-ordinator.


For more Info. Contact Lesley Ward #604-799-0821 or [email protected] or Contact Laurie Hirschman @ 604-858-3147 or [email protected]


We also need 1 or two people to assist with Registrations. Small honourarium also available for this assistance. For more info. Contact Laurie Hirschman @ 604-858-3147 or [email protected]

Interested in helping in other ways?

Are you interested in supporting our music & dance students? We need you! A festival this size needs lots of volunteers from selling tickets, taking tickets at the door, working backstage with organizing the dancers, writing for our adjudicators, to assisting in set-up and take down at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre! If you can help in any way, please contact Delia Davies at 604-795-4780 or [email protected]