2019 Chinook Celebration of Music Festival
November 29-December 1, 2019

Each year at CSM, we are pleased to provide a unique learning and performance opportunity for students. In our Chinook Celebration of Music Festival, students perform a musical selection for a professional adjudicator and receive both written and spoken feedback on their performances. 

This high quality, non-competitive, festival is for students in all instruments and of all skill levels. Students are scheduled into classes based on age and skill level. Classes are also available for adult students. All genres of music are welcome.


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Online Registration Registration for the 2019 Chinook Celebration of Music Festival open in the fall of 2019.

The following information is required at the time of festival registration: 

  • Title of musical selection and name of composer.

  • Grade level of the musical selection/name of the book containing the musical selection.

  • Timing of musical selection.


  • The registration fee is $20 per student, per instrument. 

  • Students may enter one selection for performance and adjudication per instrument.

  • Students in Guitar or String Collective will be performing as an ensemble free of charge. The $20 registration fee is required for all solo performances. 

  • No refunds are available after November 15th, 2019.

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Accompanists for string & vocal students

If you are a vocal or string student, an accompanist is available at a cost of $25 which includes a 15 minute rehearsal and the festival performance. This fee is paid at the time of accompanist reservation.

Sheet music for vocalists and string players is due by November 1. 

Please hand in a copy of your accompanist music at the time of registration.

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Festival Locations:

Chinook School of Music
Studio Brava
Lower level: 3522 19 ST SW, Calgary

Steinway Piano Gallery
76 Heritage Gate SE
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Tentative Schedule at a Glance: 2019 SCHEDULE TBA

  • Students will be grouped in classes according to age and grade level of music. Siblings will not necessarily be scheduled in the same class unless they are a similar age and skill level.

  • Performance times are assigned to students and are non-negotiable. 

  • Each class will be approximately 1 hour in length.

  • Adult classes available and will be adjudicated by each specific instrument adjudicator.

  • All classes are non-competitive.

  • Exact class times will be confirmed after November 15. Classes are approximately 1 hour in length.

Meet the 2018 Adjudicators

Rich Coburn

Richard Coburn, Piano

Rich Coburn is a freelance pianist, vocal coach, conductor, composer, organist and founding member of the vocal chamber ensemble Quintus 4. Known for his "subtle and nuanced playing," Rich made his orchestral debut at 17 with the Youth Symphony of the Kootenays and has since appeared in concert throughout Canada, the United States, Italy, France, Austria, and China.

A graduate of McGill's Artist Diploma program studying collaborative piano with Michael McMahon, Rich also holds a Masters and a Bachelors (from McGill and the University of Calgary), as well as an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto diplomas. He is an alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Centre, Music Academy of the West, as well as the Franz Schubert Institute.

Rich is currently Music Director and Organist at the Anglican Parish of St. Lawrence.  His favourite musical experience is playing two piano repertoire with his twin brother, Michael.

Laura Reid

Laura Reid, Violin

Violinist Laura Reid has been involved with the classical music world since an early age, and after studies in the US and Canada, joined the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007. 

She left the CPO in 2015 and her world has widened considerably since then; collaborations with artists in the pop world, entering the world of experimental music as part of Calgary's Bug Incision concert series, regular collaborations with pianist/composer Mark Limacher as a duo and as co-hosts of Unprocessed, a radio programme on CJSW 90.9FM, and was recently named Artistic Director of Calgary's chamber string ensemble Kensington Sinfonia. 

Elaine Quilichini

Elaine Quilichini, Voice

Elaine Quilichini is recognized internationally for her exceptional musicianship, distinguished work and extraordinary gift for inspiringothers. As a Master of Music (Kodály), she has served as a clinician, lecturer, adjudicator and guest conductor across Canada, the United States, and internationally.

In 1995, Ms. Quilichini founded the Calgary Girls Choir, and with her vision and passion has built it into one of the most celebrated choirs in the world. In addition, she is the Artistic Director of highly successful summer choral programs at Wichita State and Nebraska Wesleyan Universities. A notable indication of Ms. Quilichini's stature in the choral community is her successful choral series published by Alliance Music.

A Master of Music in Kodály Methodology has provided a strong philosophical and pedagogical base for Ms. Quilichini's work in music education and choral development. She built successful choirs at Mount Royal Conservatory, and conducted the University of Calgary Women's Choir for 10 years. Her students have achieved great success as music educators, conductors, and professional singers.

She is the recipient of the Alberta Kodály Association and the Alberta Choral Federation's "Con Spirito" achievement awards. This past October, she was honoured by her peers at the Alberta Music Conference when she received the Richard S. Eaton award for outstanding contributions to the choral art.

Darren Young

Darren Young, Guitar

Multi-instrumentalist and music educator Darren Young is one of the hardest working musicians in Western Canada. He performs regularly as a classical guitarist in solo and chamber settings, and is a member of multiple Calgary-based projects including Diatessaron, Jung People, Evan Freeman, and Timepoint Ensemble. His busy concert schedule has taken him across Canada, the UK, US, and France, for which he has received international press coverage in major publications such as Prog Magazine and Metal Hammer. 

In 2015 Darren co-wrote the soundtrack to the film "Empyrean" with his band Jung People, for which they won an AMPIA Award for Best Original Score (Drama, Over 30 Minutes). The film premiered at the 2015 Calgary International Film Festival, and the soundtrack was officially released in September 2017. Darren is currently the President of the Classical Guitar Society of Calgary, an organization that promotes guitar and arts education, and brings internationally acclaimed classical guitarists to Calgary for concerts and Masterclasses. He has twice attended the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and School, and holds degrees in performance from the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto. 

John May

Jon May, Drums

A product of New Hampshire, Jon grew up an avid music lover whose passion for the drums eventually saw him completing a BA in Music Performance, Jazz Studies at the University of Southern Maine, studying under greats such as Les Harris Jr. (USM), Nancy Smith (Portland Symphony Orchestra), and Yoron Israel (Berklee). 

Jon has played everything from Jazz, Folk, Avant-guard Rock, Classical, Bee-bop, Country and beyond with many amazing groups that offered him the experience of touring extensively throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe. As a talented composer, teacher, recording artist and player, Jon brings a thoughtfulness to his craft, allowing his talent and creativity to bridge any gap between genres.

Dennis Dufresne

Dennis Dufrensne, Indie

Denis Dufresne is a musician, artist and composer from Calgary. His extensive career has taken him around the globe many times and he has given featured performances on PBS, ABC, Disney, MuchMusic and the BBC Networks.

He has been honored many times for his work as an artist, songwriter and instrumentalist at the Juno's, Gemini, CCMA's and more.  He is a 6 time CCMA award winner for instrumentalist of the year (fiddle, Mandolin, banjo).  Denis has also won the International Songwriting Competition, ACMA group of the year and has contributed to many film and television scores. He keeps active in the Calgary arts community and has helped his son follow in his footsteps.
Denis is passionate about growing performance and visual arts globally and is eager to work with Calgary youth to help guide their dreams.

Carrie Kalmykov

Carrie Kalmykov, 
Beginner, first time at festival piano classes

The Executive Director and Co-Owner of Chinook School of Music,Carrie Kalmykov obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from Brandon University. At Chinook School of Music, Carrie focuses on implementing new and innovative programming to engage students in self expression through music. Her commitment to fostering a lifelong love and enjoyment of music for students and their families is reflected in both her teaching and involvement in the musical community. Carrie is a passionate teacher and dynamic leader who inspires and encourages her students to be creative minded, independent thinkers. Her students achieve high marks in music examinations and frequently win festival scholarships and awards; many have gone on to pursue music as a career. ­

Carrie is the Past President and General Manager of Cowtown Opera, past Chairperson of Calgary Contemporary Showcase, a member of the Alberta Registered Music Teacher Association and Alberta Piano Teachers' Association. One of the benefits Carrie enjoys in her role at Chinook School of Music is the opportunity to form relationships with families and witness the musical growth of the students.

Lisa MacLeod

Lisa MacLeod, Flute

Lisa MacLeod is an active flute and taiko performer based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  She has been teaching for over 20 years and is in demand as a head start flute clinician.  Her teaching style is inclusive and encouraging, and has allowed her students to excel, including receiving gold medal awards with the Royal Conservatory of Music.  Lisa is dedicated to sharing the love of music and hopes to inspire all of her students to strive for their own musical goals.

Lisa is also passionate about sharing collaborative, accessible music performances and has had the honour of performing with forward-thinking artists such as Chris Hadfield and Michelle Minke. Lisa has performed with numerous ensembles within Calgary, including the Calgary Civic Symphony, Front Row Centre and Morpheus Theatres, and she currently holds positions in the Ambrose Chamber Orchestra, Calgary Wind Symphony, Midnight Taiko Kai, and Yama No Oto.