Alice Hietala

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Affiliation: Spectrum
Presentation: Interest Session, Participatory Workshop
Title: Creating Heart-Space in Choir
Abstract: Choirs can be places of empowerment, refuge, and belonging. But how do we foster such connective groups? Newfoundland and Labrador's first LGBTQ community choir, Spectrum, will facilitate this interactive workshop exploring community development, accessibility, empathy, support, and human connection in choir.

Biography: About Spectrum
Founded in 2011, Spectrum is the first LGBTQ community choir in Newfoundland and Labrador. Spectrum is a non-auditioned, mixed-voice choir that welcomes all who want to sing, build community, and celebrate the voices of LGBTQ people. The choir is a space of support, peer connection, and empowerment for those who are marginalized and challenges the barriers that hold LGBTQ people back from full choral participation. Spectrum is a choir that prioritizes community development and uses choral practice as a way to explore how we can build safer, more compassionate, connective social spaces.

About Alice Hietala, Spectrum Director
Alice Hietala is a trained choral conductor with a passion for activism and community work. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Western University, a Masters of Choral Conducting from Memorial University, and recently completed a diploma in Social Service Work from George Brown College. Alice is the founder and director of Spectrum Choir, and dedicates her work to building community spaces that are grounded in empathy, connection, justice, and empowerment. Born and raised in Toronto, she now lives and works in St. John's, NL.