Carol Woodward Ratzlaff

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Affiliation: OISE/VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto
Presentation: Interest Session, Panel
TitleCreating inclusive spaces in choral organizations (Panel, Session 3) 
AbstractCreating inclusive spaces in choral organizations: This panel discussion will explore several choral organizations across Canada that are working to create spaces of inclusivity and participation to a wider group of singers. Discussion will focus on the different choral inclusion models that have emerged across Canada. Through this panel dialogue, we hope to foster further discussion on how our work as choral organizations can transform lives and foster musical growth for young people of all abilities (with Brad Ratzlaff; Carol Ratzlaff; Jane Gosine; Leanne Kearsey; Mendelt Hoekstra; Susan Farrell; Charlene Pauls and Kellie Walsh)

Biography: Carol Woodward Ratzlaff is a conductor, singer, and educator who began her professional career as a member of the Elmer Iseler Singers. She has continued to sing with professional choirs, most recently with Choir 21. As the Founder and Artistic Director of VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto, her artistic vision is centered on musical excellence and inclusion of singers with disabilities. Carol has prepared VIVA! choirs for international choral competitions and a variety of professional appearances with the National Ballet of Canada, the Toronto Consort, and Canada’s Walk of Fame. Carol holds a M.Mus. in vocal performance from the University of British Columbia, with degrees in vocal performance and music education from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto. She is an Instructor of the Additional Qualifications in Vocal Music at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.