Dr. Jeanette Gallant


Presentation: Interest Session, Research Paper Presentation, Participatory Workshop
Title: Choralscapes: An Ethno-aesthetic Examination of Sarah Hopkins’ Past Life Melodies
Abstract: Representations and performances of non-western vocal traditions are now common. But can pieces based on indigenous soundscapes be viewed as problematic today? This exploration of “ethno-aesthetics” in Hopkins’ Past Life Melodies examines chant traditions as an object of appreciation in the western world, and a gateway to understanding indigenous worldviews.

Biography: Dr. Jeanette Gallant (D.Phil. Oxford) has been a music lecturer, voice teacher, conductor, adjudicator, and performer in Canada, S.E. Asia, and the United Kingdom. Academic posts include Red Deer College (Alberta), the University of Windsor (Ontario), the University of Reading (UK), Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts (HKAPA), and various Oxford colleges (UK). She has done professional development workshops for: Singapore’s Ministry of Education, B.C. Registered Music Teachers’ Association, B.C. Choral Federation, Hong Kong Children’s Choir, and various U.K. choral societies. She was the Artistic Director of the Whistler Classical Music Street Festival, conducted Hong Kong’s first sing-a-long Messiah, and has prepared choirs for international conductors such as Simon Preston. An accomplished ethnomusicologist, she has published her work internationally, her most recent publication being in the Yale Journal for Music and Religion. Dr. Gallant specializes in world music pedagogy, and in vocal pedagogy using bel canto and somatic vocal techniques.