1:30 – 2:30 PM (Elliot Hall)
The Vocal Instrument 101
Presented by Charlene Pauls
Multimedia, interactive lecture on healthy vocalism, introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the voice / vocal instrument and how the instrument works most efficiently to create sound. We will analyze the instrument as the power source (anatomy and physiology of breathing / most efficient ways of breathing for singing / addressing some breathing myths), the vibrator (the anatomy and physiology of the vocal folds / chest voice & head voice / loud and soft singing / in tune & out of tune singing), and the resonator (the anatomy and physiology of the vocal tract / how vibration becomes resonant sound / vowel modification for high singing / creating tone colours). This session lays an excellent foundation for choristers (and choral directors, too!) to understand their instrument and to better interpret instructions they’re receiving during choral rehearsals.
2:45 – 3:45 PM (Elliot Hall)
Nipiit Katittut – Voices United
Presented by Jackie Hawley, Founding Artistic Director of Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa
The workshop will focus on an educational engagement initiative between young musicians in Ottawa and Iqaluit. Artistic/Educational Directors Jackie Hawley (Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa) and Mary Piercey (Inuksuk Drum Dancers – Iqaluit) partnered to create opportunities for youth in these two communities to connect artistically, culturally and personally to develop leadership and artistic skills and to build community and bonds of lasting friendships through a mutual love of music. This presentation will discuss the vision, rewards and challenges of NKVU and offer insights into the richness of this multicultural educational engagement project. Participants will learn an authentic and useful choral warm up sung in Inuktitut.
4:00 – 5:00 PM (Elliot Hall)
THE MEETING: The Intersections of Choral Music and the Muslim World
Presented by Hussein Janmohamed and Shireen Abu-Khadr
This workshop-meets-reading session will explore the musical intersections amongst diverse peoples, and how choral music innate ability to bring people together can be a medium for mediating the encounters with difference. The workshop-meets-reading session will draw on Arabic Choral music from the Levant and new Canadian choral music emerging through a conversation with the Muslim world. The workshop leaders Shireen Abu-Khadr and Hussein Janmohamed, both doctoral students in Music Education at the University of Toronto, will demonstrate approaches to getting to know the music through a spirit of openness, willingness to discover the unknown, quest for social justice and an ethic of musical hospitality.
1:15 – 1:45 PM Toronto Youth Choir (Sanctuary)
1:45 – 2:15 PM Ave Choir (Sanctuary)
2:15 – 2:45 PM ASLAN Boys Choir (Sanctuary)
3:00 – 3:30 PM Young Voices Toronto (Sanctuary)
3:30 – 4:00 PM Etobicoke Youth Choir (Sanctuary)
4:00 – 4:30 PM University of Toronto Women’s Chorus (Sanctuary)
4:45 – 5:30 PM Massed Choir Rehearsal
7:00 – 8:30 PM Concert of Choirs