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Dr. Janet Brenneman

Affiliation: Canadian Mennonite University
Presentation: Interest Session, Research Paper
Title: Collegiate Colloquium: Roundtable discussion/Forum for collegiate choral colleagues
Abstract: This roundtable session is designed to gather together conductors and colleagues with an association or interest in university and collegiate level choral programs. An aim of this session is to create stronger relationships and community, and to draw upon these colleagues as rich resources for programming, pedagogy, and collaboration. Focused themes for discussion will include: Programming challenges; Strategies for recruitment and retention; pedagogical philosophies; assessment and evaluation guidelines; syllabus and curriculum; repertoire selection; mentorship. The intended outcome of the session is to generate a collection of resources, strategies, and inspired ideas, while reaffirming our relationships with colleagues.

Biography: Dr. Janet Brenneman is Dean and Associate Professor of Music at Canadian Mennonite University where she teaches music education and conducts the CMU Singers and the CMU Women's Chorus. Janet earned Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Michigan State University. She studied conducting with Doreen Rao, Elmer Iseler, and Charles Smith. As a graduate student, Janet was awarded the prestigious Sir Ernest MacMillan Award in Music Education for her research and scholarship in the area of gender issues in music education. Having worked with choirs at all ages and levels, Janet is currently the conductor of Renaissance Voices; the Faith and Life Women’s Choir; and, co-director of the Mennonite Festival Chorus, a symphonic chorus for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys a busy family life with her husband John Balsillie and their two daughters, Lydia and Naomi.