Dr. Charlene Pauls


Affiliation: The Oakville Children's Choir/Appleby College/Queen's University
Presentation: Interest Session, Participatory Workshop
Title: Creating a Sisterhood: Working with Adolescent Female Voices in Choral Settings
Abstract: Through the Oakville Children’s Choir female choirs, we work to create a collaborative sisterhood and use the power of singing as a vehicle for positive self-expression. In this interest session, we will address vocal technique aspects specific to female adolescent singers such as voice classification and phases of vocal maturation as well as pedagogical strategies that serve to support these singers.

Biography: Dr. Charlene Pauls has appeared as a Soprano soloist on concert stages across Canada and Europe. She builds on this background as a professional singer and vocal pedagogue to inform her work as a choral director, developing healthy choral technique and blend. In 2016 she became the Artistic Director of London’s Pro Musica Choir, a longstanding community chorus of fifty voices, with an active concert season in the London area. Dr. Pauls has also been affiliated with OCC since 2005 as a vocal coach, Chamber Choir conductor, and most recently as Associate Music Director. Highlights from recent years include winning a gold medal standing at the 8th World Choir Games, as well as directing and producing the Oakville Children’s Choir 2016 CD “Shine On.” Dr. Pauls frequently presents academic work at conferences across the country, and is an active adjudicator and clinician for both choral and vocal festivals.