Dr. Adam Adler
Affiliation: Nipissing University/Near North Voices Choir
Presentation: Interest Session, Research Paper Presentation, Participatory Workshop
Title: "From re-creation to creation: Taking your choir "outside of the box" through interdisciplinary performance art"
Abstract: When members of a university-community choir partnered with a performance artist to forge the multi-media performance art work “Choir Chant,” they moved beyond their traditional re-creative roles into the realm of artistic creation. The musical leader in this project will discuss the process as viewed from the perspectives of the participants, and will involve the audience in a workshop in which the elements music will be applied to works of poetry to make them “performative.”
Biography: Dr. Adam Adler (PhD, MMus, BEd, BMA) is Assistant Professor of Music Education in the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University. He previously served on faculty at the University of Windsor and in the Crane School Music at SUNY Potsdam. His research interests include male gender issues and boys’ involvement in choral singing and music education, choral community and sustainability, music teacher preparation, music curriculum policy, voice and identity. Dr. Adler has conducted youth and adult choirs in school, church, community and university contexts. In 2007, he established Near North Voices, a university-community choir for students, staff and faculty at Nipissing University and Canadore College and for members of the North Bay community. The choir facilitates much of Dr. Adler’s scholarly and creative work, and, in the absence of a curricular music program at Nipissing University, provides opportunities for continuing music education through the performance of challenging choral repertoire.