John Hess is the recognized authority on contemporary opera in Canada. He has been involved with the creation of new productions for the Canadian Opera Company and has collaborated with most contemporary opera company in Canada. He was the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, for which he was recently awarded a Ruby from Opera Canada together with Co-Artistic Director Dáirine Ní Mheadhra. At the Banff Centre, he served as Associate Artistic Director of the 20th Century Opera and Song program. At the music faculty of the Western University, John directs the Graduate programs in Collaborative Piano.