Presenters and Abstracts


Join us as we welcome over 70 invited presentations (workshops, demonstrations, roundtable dialogues, papers) representing 9 countries including Finland, UK, Norway, Latvia, Indonesia, Austria, New Zealand, USA, and Canada.

What’s in it for me? Chorister recruitment and retention in a university-community choir
ADAM ADLER , ANAHIT ARMENAKYAN , and NATALYA BROWN , Nipissing University, Canada

How do singers relate? Uncovering the link between choral singing and empathy
IRENE APANOVITCH-LEITES , University of Southern California, USA

Gaze patterns of trained singers on a sight-singing task
REBECCA ATKINS , University of Georgia, USA

A nation sings itself: São Paulo Voices and Brazilian popular song
RACHEL BEAUSOLEIL-MORRISON , Carleton University/ The Capital Voices, Canada

The Canadian aria: Repertoire, evolution, and thematic
SOPHIE BISSON , York University, Canada

Old wine skins and new wine: A crusty old teacher adopts Somatic Voicework-The LoVetri Method to address a new population of musical theatre voice students
ROYCE BLACKBURN , University of North Dakota, USA

Lecture-Recital: Community love in contrast to solitude
SUSAN BODDIE and SHERWOOD WISE , College of Saint Rose, USA

Schafer’s soundscape: Vocal improvisation
DAVID BULEY , Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Text and music: An interdisciplinary approach
IAN CAMPBELL , University of Manitoba, Canada

L’enfant et les Sortilèges: A community project
SARA JANE CLETHERO , Opera Mint/Brunel University, UK

The effects of infertility on female singers’ identities
LAURA CURTIS , Western University, Canada

Untangling colonialism’s “we” in choral music education
LORI-ANNE DOLLOFF and DEBORAH BRADLEY , University of Toronto, Canada

Everyone can sing: Strategies for inclusive choral classrooms
ELLARY DRAPER , University of Alabama, USA

Reflections of pre-service music teachers in inclusive choral classrooms (poster)
ELLARY DRAPER , University of Alabama, USA

Arm gestures, our gestures: The role of conducting in coordinating breathing patterns among singers (poster)
WILLIAM DUFFY , McGill University, Canada

A voice in the wilderness: Opportunities and challenges of singing R. Murray Schafer’s environmental music
BROOKE DUFTON , University of Toronto, Canada

When we sing to our city: Psychological well-being in community engagement

Learning to sing the “two-pulse” in Norwegian stev: From core principles to performance
JACQUELINE EKGREN , Ekgren Musikkinstitutt, Norway/USA

Kveding: Its application for contemporary acapella singing
JACQUELINE EKGREN[/Ekgren Musikkinstitutt, Norway/USA

Politicoro: Deconstructing political rhetoric through the medium of choral music
BENJAMIN EWERT , University of Alberta, Canada

Discovering Canadian art song
LESLIE FAGAN and LORIN SHALANKO , Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Messa di voce: The bel canto key to achieving beautiful and energized soft singing
LAURIER FAGNAN , University of Alberta, Canada

Don’t sing, just mouth the words: How being silenced shaped a pedagogy of inclusion
LAUREL FORSHAW , University of Toronto, Canada

Yan zi/The Swallow (燕子): A cross-cultural choral project
JEANETTE GALLANT , Independent Scholar, Canada

A place in the choir: Creating an inclusive environment for individuals living with chronic health conditions
JANE GOSINE and KALEN THOMSON , Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Aerodynamic benefits of voice studio training aids
JULIE GRIVES , University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Hickory, dickory, dock, the vowel ran ’round the clock
KAREN GRYLLS , University of Auckland, New Zealand

Learning to sing again: Collective auto-ethnography, Growing the Voices and Instant Choir

Qaujimavunga Kinaummangaarma – I Know Who I Am: A collaborative commission between Inuk singer-song writer Looee Nowdlaak Arreak and Ottawa composer Laura Hawley
JACKIE HAWLEY , LOOEE NOWDLAK ARREAK , and LAURA HAWLEY , Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa, Canada

Empowering students in the choral rehearsal
MICHAEL HAYDEN , Mira Costa High School, USA

Singing with others: Authentic assessment in the choral classroom

Singing accuracy and the uncertain singer: A pilot study (poster)
ELIZABETH HEARN , University of Alabama, USA

Depersonalizing singing to find one’s true voice
DANICA HOFFART , Red Deer College, Canada

ConcerT: A research-creation project on testosterone and the transgender singing voice
LAURA HYNES and ARI AGHA , University of Calgary, Canada

Delving into the Vietnam era through song
MARY ELLEN JUNDA , University of Connecticut, USA

Singing the gesture
BRUCE KOTOWICH , University of Windsor, Canada, and BRETT SCOTT , University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, USA

Singing in movement : How to improve the connection between body, voice, emotion, and space
LYSIANE LACHANCE , Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

“You are what you eat”: A sixty-year diet of ACDA national conference repertoire
MARVIN LATIMER , University of Alabama, USA

To feed the soul: A sixty-year chronology of ACDA national conferences

Cracking the break
ELISE LETOURNEAU , Carleton University, Canada

Practical exercises combining body movements and singing: To learn and to encourage the usage of natural body movements to improve and facilitate the singing process
PIRJO NENONEN , Music School Johann Sebastian Bach, Austria

Learning to sing with body movements: A holistic way of learning (poster)
PIRJO NENONEN , Music School Johann Sebastian Bach, Austria

Singer, composer, pedagogue: The life and works of Pauline Viardot
DEBORAH POPHAM , Sam Houston State University, USA

The highs and lows of breathing: An historical approach to understanding breathing for classical singing (poster)
DEBORAH POPHAM , Sam Houston State University, USA

Mirror neurons, verbal feedback, and motor learning… oh my! (poster)
DEBORAH POPHAM , Sam Houston State University, USA

Sing a song of psoas
CATHERINE ROBBIN , York University, Canada

The conductor as curator: Designing unforgettable and meaningful choral programs
VAUGHN ROSTE , Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, USA

To sing or not to sing, again
MARK W. RUHNKE , University of Toronto, Canada

Creating your own choral community: Feeding our singing souls
BONNIE SNEED , McLennan Community College/Nave Voices, USA

The language of singing: Translation and interpretation
BONNIE SNEED , McLennan Community College/Nave Voices, USA

Watch Night: Tradition and transformation in the Gullah community
ROBERT STEPHENS , University of Connecticut, USA

Hawaiian choralism in post-WWII Honolulu: Singing as discipline, “soft power,” and alliance-building
KATI SZEGO , Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

The Orff method for singers, teachers, and choir directors
KATHARINA URBSCHAT , Independent Scholar, Canada

Choosing singing repertoire in primary school general music classes: Criteria from the cultural field
JOSÉE VAILLANCOURT , Université Laval, Canada

Joybells ringing in my soul: What gospel music can add to your singing experience
BEVERLY VAUGHN , Stockton University, USA

C3 programming: Choirs, connections, and community building through repertoire
ELLEN GILSON VOTH , Westfield State University, USA

Teaching the transgender singing voice (poster)
BRETT WALKER , McGill University, Canada

Lauda: A model for establishing best practices for creating more inclusive choral communities
KELLIE WALSH and JANE GOSINE , Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

An investigation into the effect of the pitch systems and pedagogy of the Kodály, Jaques-Dalcroze, and Galin-Paris-Chevé techniques
GLORIA WAN , Westminster Choir College of Rider University, USA

Developing leadership skills and confidence through singing: Considering the impact of the Voces Cantabiles Music (VCM) Foundation’s Young Leader Programme on participants and music in schools
ANN WRIGHT , VCM Foundation, UK

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