Irene Apanovitch-Leites


Affiliation: University of Southern California
Presentation: Interest Session
TitleHow do singers relate? Uncovering the link between choral singing and empathy.
Abstract: What role does choral singing play in enhancing perspective taking? This session will present findings from a survey conducted with 102 singers on the relationships between choral experience and dispositional empathy. Findings suggest that participants with more years of experience may be more empathetic than their less experienced peers.

Biography: Irene Apanovitch is a DMA candidate in Choral Music at USC Thornton School of Music, currently in her second year of studies. In addition to teaching undergraduate coursework in conducting, she is also a Teaching Assistant Fellow with USC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching. In her research, Irene explores perspective-taking and empathy in choral ensemble settings. Initially trained as a pianist, Irene holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta. Recently, Irene was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2017 ACDA Graduate Conducting Competition – a position limited to eight conductors across graduate programs in the United States. She has conducted choirs of all levels and ages, including a recent post as Sessional Professor of Music at King’s University in Edmonton, Alberta.