Dr. Karen Grylls


Affiliation: University of Auckland
Presentation: Participatory Workshop
TitleChoral sound from the inside out: The conductor's art of listening (Elise BradleyKaren Grylls (Session 2) and The Point of Contact: the Ictus and the Onset (Session 4)
AbstractChoral sound from the inside out: What do we hear when our choir sings? What do we identify - pitch, intonation, rhythm, vowels, vibrancy and alignment of sound? How do we describe what we hear? How are we moved by the singing? This interactive seminar will address the details of choral sound from the inside out.

The Point of Contact: There is a wonderful confluence when the conductor’s ictus and the singer’s onset meet: such is the moment which identifies the first sounds of a performance, with its musical and artistic intent. With the Toronto Children’s Chorus and master clinician, Dr. Karen Grylls, this interactive workshop will offer delegates the chance to explore this relationship.

Biography: KAREN GRYLLS ONZM is Associate Professor in Choral Conducting at the University of Auckland and is Artistic Director of the Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand Trust, the managing body for the NZ Youth Choir and Voices NZ. Dr Grylls was Conductor and Artistic Director of the New Zealand Youth Choir from 1989 to 2011, and Artistic Director of Toronto’s Exultate Chamber Choir from 2011 to 2013. 

Karen is Head of Choral Studies and Undergraduate Advisor at the University of Auckland, where she teaches conducting and is artistic director of the Auckland Chamber Choir. In addition to their a cappella recitals, the choir performs annually with the Auckland Philharmonia. Karen is often an adjudicator for competitions worldwide, is sought internationally as a choral clinician and regularly conducts masterclasses and workshops in Wales, England, North America, Canada, Australia and Singapore.