2020 Jury

Lise Boutin, Lethbridge

Originally from northern Quebec, Lise Boutin holds a Master's Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Toronto where she studied with Lorand Fenyves, the Orford String Quartet, and Ruggiero Ricci (at the University of Michigan).

Lise discovered the Baroque violin while studying early music performance practices during her Master Degree program. She has been a member of Tafelmusik, performing nationally and internationally with this ensemble and a member of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Vancouver).  She has worked with Alan Curtis at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy, for performances of a rediscovered score of Sacrati's La Finta Pazza, and with Baroque specialists across Canada including Le Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal, and Aradia in Toronto.

Additionally, Lise maintains an active performance career on modern violin. She was a member of Kensington Sinfonia (Calgary),  concertmaster of the Bach Orchestra (Calgary ), assistant concertmaster of the Phantom of the Opera Orchestra for international tours, a guest concertmaster for the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra and the Brandon Chamber Players, and also performed with several other symphony orchestras across the country. 

Currently she regularly plays with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, holds the principal chair of the second violin section of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, is music director of Sinfonia Allegro and is a member of Rosa Barocca.

In addition to her orchestral work, Lise regularly collaborates on chamber music projects and maintains an active profile as a violin teacher in Lethbridge.  In 2018, she receive the Teacher of the Year Award from the Alberta Strings Association.

Patricia Tao, Edmonton

Pianist Patricia Tao leads an active life as a performer, teacher and concert organizer. Following studies in Boston, Indiana, and New York, she performed throughout the U.S. and Europe for ten years with the award-winning Guild Trio (Joanne Rile Management), and as a soloist, she toured the U.S. for Columbia Artists’ Community Concert series and overseas as an Artistic Ambassador for the USIA. She continues to perform throughout North America with her trio, Trio Voce (Jasmine Lin, violin, Marina Hoover, cello), which has released two critically-acclaimed CDs and performs both community-outreach concerts as well as at well-known venues (Lively Arts Series at Stanford University, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Music Guild of Los Angeles). Trio Voce’s live performances are broadcast frequently on Chicago’s classical music station, WFMT.

Now in her 7th year as Artistic Director of the Edmonton Chamber Music Society’s Summer Solstice Festival, she programs innovative concerts and collaborates with some of North America’s most distinguished soloists and chamber musicians. She actively promotes community outreach programs through the Hear’s to Your Health Concerts at the U of A medical school, which features both local and international musicians, as well as through arranging performances at local schools and organizing master classes by distinguished artists for young Edmonton musicians.

Dr. Tao is a dedicated and passionate teacher and has given master classes in North America, Europe and Asia and frequently adjudicates festivals in Canada. She was an Artist-in-Resident at the University of Virginia for two years, taught at Western Washington University and has been on the faculty at the University of Alberta since 2002, where she teaches piano and chamber music. Her distinguished teachers include Leonard Shure, Gyorgy Sebok, and Gilbert Kalish in piano, and Leon Fleisher, Bernard Greenhouse and Gilbert Kalish in chamber music. 

John Thompson, Calgary

We are thrilled to welcome back John Thompson on our Rotary C3 jury this year.


John Thompson is a well know figure in Calgary's music scene. He is most well known for his 43 year career as Principal Violist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as well as many years teaching, coaching and conducting at The Conservatory at Mount Royal University. 

As a youngster, he played piano and recorder. He soon moved to violin and shortly after switched to viola. His musical studies continued at the Royal Academy in London in 1967. By his fourth year he was principal violist in the  first orchestra, and the conductor was Maurice Handford, who at that time was the director of the Calgary Philharmonic. One day Maestro Handford asked,”how would you like to be principal viola at the Calgary Philharmonic?” And that was that. John and  five other musicians accepted the invitation and as he says: "and that was it". 

John's contribution to Calgary's music education scene is nothing but amazingly impactful. He began coaching chamber music ensembles in 1975 and has conducted both the Calgary Youth Orchestra as well as the Calgary Civic Symphony on many occasions. John has been on the Calgary Concerto Competition Jury many times, offering wonderful comments to the competitors.

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