Dr. Judy Kehler Siebert has earned an international reputation as a pianist, chamber musician and teacher. A native of Manitoba and a graduate of the Eastman Faculty of Music, her appointment in 2002 brought Dr. Kehler Siebert back home to the University of Manitoba Faculty of Music where she began her university teaching career.
In addition to her solo and chamber ensemble performances of the standard repertoire on three continents, Dr. Kehler Siebert has distinguished herself as a proponent of new music by contemporary composers. She has participated in the world premieres of over 20 major commissioned works, many of them recorded for CBC radio broadcast and CD release. She has been a featured artist at seven of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's annual New Music Festivals. Festival highlights have included the world premieres of Heather Schmidt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, T. Patrick Carrabré's The Elements, and a Canadian premiere performance of the two-piano concerto, Heterophony of Two Pianos and Orchestra by Japanese composer, Akira Nishimura with Shirley Sawatzky and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. The latter was released on CD by the CBC/Warner label, Bramwell Tovey, conductor.
Along with saxophonists Dale and Kimm Stammen, Dr. Kehler Siebert is a founding member of the Quarks! Trio. The trio has performed over 350 concerts since 1989; its numerous commissions and recordings have created a new literature for this unique combination of instruments. Quarks! also embraces electronic music, notably the 2002 premiere of composer David Jaffe’s Racing through Time for chamber ensemble and radio drum. A CD of Quarks! commissioned works is being recorded at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and was released in 2004.
Teaching has always been a key part of Dr. Kehler Siebert’s life in music. She has held teaching appointments at Concord College (now Canadian Mennonite University), Sir Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, ON), Syracuse University (NY), Brock, University (St. Catharines, ON), and Brandon University (MB), as well as graduate assistantship teaching at the Eastman Faculty of Music (Rochester, NY). From 1996-2001 she participated in establishing a Collaborative Piano Committee, Music Teachers National Association of North America.
Her foundational mentors included Garth and Marjorie Beckett in Winnipeg and Waterloo, ON, Joan Davies and Martino Tirimo, London, England. She earned her MM Solo Piano degree at the University of Toronto, working with Marek Jablonski, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman Faculty of Music in Rochester, New York, under the tutelage of Dr. Jean Barr. At Eastman her studies focused on collaborative and chamber performance and piano pedagogy. A PEO International Scholarship, an award reserved for female scholars of exceptional promise, supported her studies.
Dr. Kehler Siebert is committed to the view that performing, teaching, mentoring and continual renewal as a scholar are all essential components of her pursuit of excellence as a musician.