Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Call for Papers: The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium IX July 7-10, 2013 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

If you are interested in singing...

The place to be in the summer of 2013 is Newfoundland and Labrador. Indulge your musical, creative and scholarly spirit and join us for this exciting event!

Festival 500, in cooperation with Memorial University of Newfoundland, invites proposals for presentations at The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium IX. This highly acclaimed symposium is an integral academic component of Festival 500. Its purpose is to gather international expertise and provide a forum for interdisciplinary discourse and performance, the dissemination of research, and the generation of further knowledge relating to the phenomenon of singing. The Symposium invites submissions relating to all aspects of singing and the voice.

Go to to download the Symposium Call for Papers and Presentations brochure... OR continue to read on for information on the following items:
  • Proposal Information
  • Submission Information
  • 2013 Invited Keynote Presenters
  • Earn Graduate Credit - Festival 500 Choral Institute
  • Festival 500 Sampler
  • Registration
  • Web Links: Newfoundland and Labrador, City of St. John's, Memorial University, and Festival 500
PROPOSAL INFORMATIONProposal submissions should consist of a 250-300 word abstract addressing the /phenomenon of singing/ in focus areas such as artistic, physiological, cultural, sociological, historical, pedagogical,
psychological, compositional... and beyond! Submissions relating to the Symposium's sub-theme, the Power of Song, are also encouraged.

A diversity of presentation formats is welcome. These could include research paper presentation, lecture-demonstration, lecture-recital, panel and/or roundtable discussions and poster presentations. Standard presentations are generally 20-minutes in length, followed by a 10-minute discussion period. Selected papers will be published in the Symposium Proceedings.

Proposal submissions are due October 15, 2012. All submissions will be reviewed anonymously by an international selections panel. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by November 15, 2012.

With your submission, please include full name, mailing address, institutional/organizational affiliation (if applicable), phone and email contact information, and intended presentation format.

Proposals may be submitted by mail or email:
The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium IX
c/o Festival 500
PO Box 2333, Station C
90 O'Leary Avenue
St. John's, NL, A1C 6E6
T: 709.738.6013
F: 709.738.6014

For inquiries, please contact Symposium Co Directors:
Dr. Andrea Rose
Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland
T: 709.864.7602

Prof Ki Adams
Associate Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland
T: 709.864.3415

Francisco J. Núñez (USA)
Francisco J. Núñez, a recipient of a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship presented to individuals for their "exceptional originality in and dedication to their creative pursuits," is the artistic director of the Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC), a composer, conductor, visionary, and
leading figure in music education. In 1988 he founded YPC to provide children of all ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds with a safe haven for personal and artistic growth. YPC is widely recognized for its exceptional caliber and was recently presented by First Lady Michelle
with a 2011 National Arts & Humanities Youth Award, the nation's highest honour for youth programs. Francisco composes countless compositions and arrangements in all musical formats and styles, from classical to pop, for choirs, orchestras, and solo instruments, all of which are published
by Boosey & Hawkes. With the creation of his Transient Glory commissioning series of concerts, recordings, symposia, and publications, Francisco has greatly expanded the repertoire of choral
music for young people with more than 60 works by today's most distinguished composers.

David Moss (Germany)
David Moss is at the forefront of new, composed and improvised, contemporary music. A singer, percussionist, composer, performer, teacher, curator, improviser, theatre-maker, and actor, David is a
pioneer of the solo concert form and has presented over 1000 solo percussion and voice concerts around the world. First as a percussionist, and now as a singer and unique vocalist, he has
collaborated with composers, theatre directors, and opera houses throughout Europe, Japan, and the USA. Over the past two decades David has become known as one of the most innovative singers and powerful, extreme vocalists in the world. David Moss has expanded his musical work to include stage/screen performer, theatre actor, opera singer, and performance/voice character in experimental avant-garde art works. Because of his four-and-a-half-octave range and his wide vocabulary of
vocal sounds and characters, David is in demand internationally as a "unique and powerful voice" for a new generation of composers and opera directors.

Mia Makaroff (Finland)
Mia Makaroff is a composer, arranger, music teacher and choir leader. In 2003 Mia graduated from the Sibelius Academy with a Master of Music in Music Education Studies. Her work experience includes teaching music to school children and young people, master classes and teaching at the
Sibelius Academy, and conducting special education projects based on music therapy. Finnish folklore and poetry are great sources of inspiration in her composing work. Many well-known song groups and choirs have brought Mia's music to a wider audience, among them the
Finnish a cappella group Rajaton and Britain's The King's Singers.

Daniel Taylor (Canada)
Daniel Taylor is recognized as "Canada's star countertenor" and "Canada's most prolific recording artist". Appearing on more than ninety recordings, Daniel receives invitations from an ever-widening circle of the world's leading early and contemporary music ensembles, appearing in opera (Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne, San Francisco, Rome, Welsh National Opera, Canadian Opera, Opera North, Montreal, Munich); oratorio (Gabrieli Consort, Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists, Bach Collegium Japan, Les Arts Florissants, Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik,
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, King's Consort); symphonic works (Cleveland, St. Louis, Lisbon, Philadelphia, Tonhalle Zürich, Toronto, Gothenburg, Rotterdam, Montreal); recital (Vienna Konzerthaus, Frick Collection, Forbidden City Concert Hall, Lufthansa Baroque Festival, Wigmore Hall), and film (Podeswa's /Five Senses/). A Professor of Voice at the University of Ottawa, an Adjunct Professor at McGill University, and a Visiting Artist at the University of Toronto and the University of Victoria, Daniel was just named artistic director of the Québec International of Sacred Music. He is also Artistic Director and Conductor of the Choir and Orchestra of the Theatre of Early Music.

Tim Sharp (USA)
Tim Sharp is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the national professional association for choral conductors, educators, scholars, students, and choral music industry representatives in the USA. An active choral conductor, researcher, and writer, Tim has varied his career with executive positions in higher education, recording, and publishing. He currently is Artistic Director/Conductor of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to his leadership of ACDA, Tim was Dean of Fine Arts at Rhodes College (Memphis, Tennessee) and, earlier, Director of Choral Activities at Belmont University (Nashville, Tennessee). Tim's research and writing focuses pedagogically in conducting and score analysis, and various published essays betray his eclectic interests in regional music history, acoustics, creativity, innovation, and aesthetics.

Fr. Paul Poovathingal (India)
Fr. Paul Poovathingal, popularly known as "paadum paadiri" (Singing Priest of India), is an ordained priest in the religious congregation of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate founded by Kuriakose Elias Chavara. With doctoral studies in Karnatic music and Christianity, Fr. Paul is a world-wide performer and ambassador of Karnatic music. Believing that music is a means for God realization, his repertoire includes themes of Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and other world religions. As the first vocologist in India, Fr. Paul is the General Secretary of the Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences Voice Foundation, Thiruvanathapuram and founded the Chetana National Institute of Vocology, the first vocology
institute in India. Currently, Fr. Paul is Principal of Chetana Music College, Thrissur, Kerala, India. A prolific composer, Fr. Paul has composed over 1000 songs and produced 40 albums which include Kriti, Keertanam. Bhajans, devotional songs, dance drama, national integration songs, and awareness songs.

SPECIAL PANEL PRESENTATION: Growing Choral Communities
Begun in 2011, Festival 500 brings together international choral leaders in a panel presentation to explore issues, challenges, and possibilities related to building choirs and choral organizations. Panelists will share how national and international organizations are providing resources, support and professional development for conductors, choirs, and managers.

Marian Dolan (USA) - Panel Moderator
Marian Dolan is the Founding Artistic Director of The Choir Project (Naples, Florida) whose mission is "to build community chorally" through various collaborative choral projects with local, national and international ensembles and organizations. With degrees from Sweet Briar College and Boston University, Marian received Yale University's first choral conducting doctorate granted to a woman. Her specific performance and research areas include multi-cultural and international choral music, the choral works of Bach, Brahms and Mozart, choral music from the Baltics, and issues in theology and the arts. As an editor, Marian helped establish the International Federation for Choral Music's new
series of international choral octavos, Cantemus, published by earthsongs and is the series editor of the international sacred choral collections, Let the Peoples Sing, published by Augsburg-Fortress Press.

Festival 500 and Memorial University of Newfoundland offer opportunities for graduate study through the Festival 500 Choral Institute. Memorial's Faculty of Education and School of Music collaborate to offer a complement of three graduate courses in the areas of choral conducting, vocal/choral pedagogy, and singing traditions and practices. Through guided and mentored participation in both The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium IX and the choral festival, graduate students can expand their knowledge of and experience with all aspects of
singing... and earn graduate credit at the same time! Capacity is limited so be sure to enquire about this opportunity and register early. Additional information and application procedures are available at .
Separate fee structure applies.

Symposium delegates are invited to take advantage of a one- two- or three-day participation package for Festival 500 (July 4, 5 and/or 6). This festival sampler offers opportunities to attend workshops, observe rehearsals; choral and vocal master classes, and hear choirs perform at the evening World of Music concerts. Visit the website at or contact the Festival 500 office for additional information on these sampler options. This offer is available to Symposium presenters and delegates only.

Registration form and fee schedule will be posted on the Symposium website soon.

Meals and Accommodations
All delegates are responsible for the cost of their own accommodation, travel and meals. Please contact the Festival 500 office or visit the website for related information, advice and links.

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City of St. John's:

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