Dr. Joel Tranquilla

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Affiliation: Trinity Western University
Presentation: Interest Session, Reading Session
Title: Celebrating Canada: A catalogue of choral music
Abstract: This session presents a catalogue of songs performed in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial that highlights the names of titles and Canadian composers that have been at the forefront of the celebration. In addition to presenting the catalogue of songs, members of the Choral Canada Advocacy Committee will lead a reading session that presents a variety of music captured in this collection for all musical stages and levels. It is our hope that making this information available to you might be of assistance with your future programming of Canadian repertoire.

Biography: Dr. Joel Tranquilla is a conductor and music educator noted for his versatile musicianship and creative programming. As the Director of Choral Activities at Trinity Western University he oversees a program of six choirs and teaches various other courses within the School of the Arts, Media + Culture. Joel is also the Associate Conductor of the Canadian Chamber Choir, the Conductor of the Coastal Sound Youth Choir and the Valley Festival Singers, and an Affiliate Conductor with the Vancouver Chamber Choir. In high demand as an adjudicator and clinician, Joel is a past Guest Conductor of the New Brunswick Youth Choir and the Manitoba Provincial Honour Choir and was the Assistant Conductor of the 2012 National Youth Choir. He holds degrees from Mount Allison University, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University where his doctoral research was in the area of Canadian choral-orchestral works.