Our judges for this year’s Mary Hildebrand and Mary Gardiner National Awards are Lisa Raposa and Rebekah Maxner. Read more about our jurors below.
A native of New England, Lisa Raposa may be heard with soprano Jenni Cook on the recently released album of Brazilian art song, Terra e Granito and has appeared in concert with distinguished artists including singers Diane Alexander, Marilyn Cronin, Zorana Sadiq, and Jennifer Taverner, violinists Hyungi Kim and Charles Treger, and tubist James Gourlay. In Toronto, she recently performed at the Gardiner Museum in connection with Soundstreams and the Regent Park School of Music, in Walter Hall of the University of Toronto, and on the Life & Music series at St. Andrew’s Church. She also has been featured as a soloist in the Music on the Hill festival in Rhode Island and frequently gives recitals with her husband, pianist Gregory Millar, including several return engagements on the Sunday Rendez-vous series at Stewart Hall in Pointe-Claire, Québec. In the fall of 2017, The Millar Piano Duo made their recording debut on composer Frank Horvat’s release, Me to We.
Lisa has taught piano in various contexts since 1996. She is an active adjudicator, ORMTA Registered Music Teacher and the founder of Lorne Park Piano Lessons in Mississauga, where she provides instruction from the early through advanced RCM levels. Previously, she taught at The Dollard Centre for the Arts in Québec, the Hochstein School of Music in Rochester, New York, Berwick Academy in Maine, and in the Piano Extension Program of the University of New Hampshire.
Lisa Raposa earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Jean Barr and Nelita True. She obtained master’s and bachelor’s degrees at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of New Hampshire, studying with Estela Olevsky and Arlene Kies. Raposa was a two-time recipient of the Eugenie May Award for Outstanding Accomplishment as a Solo and Collaborative Pianist at UMass-Amherst and received an Excellence in Accompanying Award at the Eastman School of Music. Most recently, Dr. Raposa was named Category One Winner of the Virginia Pleasants Accompanist Award in the 34th Annual Competition for Singers hosted by Civic Morning Musicals, Inc. of Syracuse, New York.
Rebekah Maxner has lived in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley her whole life. From the time she was a preschooler she has had an instinct for creating music. Some of her earliest compositions are in print: Kaleidoscope Colors from The Color Collection Junior (composed at around the age of eight), and Ghost Train from Making Tracks Volume One, CNCM (composed at age nine). Now that Rebekah has a family and piano studio, she continues to compose music for children. While at Acadia University (’95), she studied piano with John Hansen and composition with Owen Stephens. Her piano music is listed and published by every major Canadian Conservatory, as well as the London Conservatory of Music, London, England, and is heard in exams, festivals and recitals worldwide. Visit her website at www.notekidds.maxner.ca