2022 Jury

Genevieve Micheletti
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Genevieve Micheletti is a native of Salinas, California, where she began violin lessons at age five. In 2008 she made her solo debut with the Stockton Symphony after winning the Manlio Silva Young Artists’ Competition. Ms. Micheletti earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Music from Rice University, where she studied with Kathleen Winkler. She completed her Master of Music at the University of Michigan, where she was a pupil of Yehonatan Berick, Aaron Berofsky, and David Halen. Ms. Micheletti is a veteran of distinguished programs such as the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Spoleto Music Festival. She is a current member of the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, with whom she will be soloing in coming months. Outside of music Ms. Micheletti enjoys yoga, modern Russian literature, and exploring new cities.

Jani Parsons
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Praised for her “combination of tenderness and vivacious energy” (San Francisco Chronical) and “sheer virtuosity” (LA Splash), Canadian pianist Jani Parsons has established herself as a musician of warmth, brilliance, versatility, and vivid expression. An active soloist and chamber musician, Jani is a founding member and executive director of Latitude 49, a mixed chamber ensemble recently in residence at Princeton University and the pianist of the Lumina Duo alongside oboist Merideth Hite Estévez. 

 

Jani studied with Lorraine Ambrose at the Vancouver Academy of Music (B.M. in Piano Performance), with graduate studies at the University of Michigan under Arthur Greene and John Ellis (M.M. and DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy). She holds a performer’s diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music (A.R.C.T.) and a certificate of theory pedagogy from the University of Michigan. An active teacher, she has taught many award-winning students and presented pedagogical research in various national conferences. Jani has given masterclasses across the United States and served on faculty at the Fresh Inc. Summer festival, the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp and the Piracicaba International Piano Festival in Brazil. She relocated from Chicago where she was a freelance performer and teacher to join the faculty of Baylor University alongside her partner, percussionist/composer Chris Sies, and was recognized as an OVPR Rising Star for her potential for research and early-career development. 

 

Dr. Jani Parsons joined the University of Calgary School of Creative and Performing Arts as Assistant Professor and Head of the Piano Program in June of 2021.

Rolf Bertsch
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Hailed for his passion and natural musicianship, Rolf Bertsch has quickly become one of Canada’s leading conductors. Appointed Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal by Charles Dutoit in January 2000 and named Conductor in Residence for the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons. He has built an impressive reputation as a conductor, pianist, communicator, teacher and adjudicator. His career spans a broad spectrum of musical experience and styles. Accordingly, it has taken him to Europe, Asia, and throughout North and South America.  Mr. Bertsch began his musical studies on the violin and went on to study piano, cello, composition, jazz, and conducting. He also holds diplomas from many prestigious institutions including McGill University, the Mozarteum (Salzburg), the Conservatoire de musique du Québec (Montréal), the Folkwang Hochschule (Essen, Germany), and Phillips Academy (Andover, Massachusetts).