Affiliation: Toronto Children's Chorus
Presentation: Interest Session, Participatory Workshop
Title: Ring of Fire: The insider's guide to the repertoire (Session 5) and Choral sound from the inside out: The conductor's art of listening (Elise Bradley, Karen Grylls, Toronto Children’s Chorus, Canada) – Participatory Workshop (Session 2)
Abstract: Ring of Fire will discuss and reflect upon the repertoire chosen for 'Ring of Fire', the year-long performance collaboration between two leading children’s choir organizations - the Hamilton Children’s Choir with Zimfira Poloz, Artistic Director, and the Toronto Children’s Chorus with Elise Bradley, Artistic Director.
Choral sound from the inside out: What do we hear when our choir sings? What do we identify - pitch, intonation, rhythm, vowels, vibrancy and alignment of sound? How do we describe what we hear? How are we moved by the singing? This interactive seminar will address the details of choral sound from the inside out.
This season marks Elise Bradley’s eleventh year as Artistic Director of the Toronto Children’s Chorus. A passionate musician, award-winning conductor, and internationally respected adjudicator and clinician, Ms. Bradley served for many years as Head of Department, Music at Westlake Girls’ High School in Auckland, New Zealand. Since arriving in Toronto in 2007, Ms. Bradley has garnered praise for her artistry, for her deep commitment to children and the art of treble choral music, and for her challenging and eclectic concert repertoire which spans diverse cultures, languages, traditions and musical genres. She has led the Chamber Choir on eight international tours - Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany (2009); Brazil and to the 9th World Symposium on Choral Music in Argentina (2011); Sweden (2012); South Africa (2013); Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (2015); Boston and New York City (2016); Nassau, Bahamas (2016); and Spain, to participate in the Cantonigrὸs Festival and the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music (2017) - and on three provincial tours, to Ottawa (2012), Montreal and Ottawa (2013), and Halifax, Truro and Amherst (2014). She has also prepared the Main Choir to perform as guests of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Bach Consort, Soundstreams, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and Opera Atelier. The TCC’s latest CD, 'Sounzscapes: From Our Lands' – a juxtaposition of contemporary and First Nations music from Canada and New Zealand - was named ‘Outstanding Choral Recording’ in 2014 by Choral Canada. Ms. Bradley continues to receive many invitations to work with choirs and present at conferences around the world, most recently in China, Korea, the United States, Colombia, Jordan, Australia, and coast to coast in Canada.