Dr. Catherine Robbins

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Affiliation: University of Manitoba
Presentation: Interest Session
TitleCalls to Action: Exploring Collaborations with Indigenous Composers and Artists (Session 1) and Your Anacrusis - your journal (Bruce KotowichCaron Daley, Catherine Robbins and Brett Scott (Session 9)
AbstractCalls to Action: Exploring Collaborations with Indigenous Composers and Artists: This presentation centres on understandings that grew out of a commission of a piece by a composer of Cree descent. The composer, a traditional Ojibway singer/drummer, and the commissioning conductor will explore what it means to create respectful and meaningful dialogue between Indigenous artists and culture bearers, and composers, conductors, and choirs.

Your Anacrusis - your journal : In a roundtable format, editors of Choral Canada’s Anacrusis and delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the format, content, and future directions of the journal. It is important for members to hear about new developments in the journal, opportunities to contribute to the journal, and most of all, voice their ideas to help shape future development of the Anacrusis.

Biography: Catherine Robbins is a dynamic music educator known especially for her work in vocal techniques and choral pedagogy. She is in demand as a presenter, clinician, and adjudicator at workshops and festivals in both vocal and choral fields, and keeps a busy schedule as a guest conductor of youth choirs of all ages across Canada.
Dr. Robbins is currently Assistant Professor of Choral Studies and Music Education at the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music. She has presented at national and international conferences in both music education and choral fields. Her current research focuses on the implications and applications of biomechanics and physiological understandings to conducting and singing. Collaborative self-study through life history is another area of Robbins’ research which explores how attitudes, values, beliefs, and knowledge of choral singing and conducting have come to be formed and how this knowledge shapes current practice.