Affiliation: Kokopelli Choirs
Presentation: Interest Session, Roundtable Discussion
Title: Creating Safer Spaces for Our Singers
Abstract: The term ‘safe space’ has been used and abused a lot in our culture, but what does it mean to create and promote a truly ‘safer’ space for our choral singers? Using Kokopelli Choirs’ recent experiences as a case-study, this session will explore the many ways we can use choral music as an inclusive force for community.
Biography: Kathleen Luyk (née Skinner), B.Mus. (University of British Columbia, 2003), M.Mus. Choral Conducting (University of Alberta, 2005), is the Executive Director for Kokopelli Choirs and conductor of two choirs in the organization; Òran and Vacilando. Kathleen (Katy) is also a proud alumna of Kokopelli. Katy strives to balance well-researched pedagogical excellence with supporting choral singing as an incredible force in building community.
Katy was the assistant conductor of the U of A Madrigal Singers under Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff and music director at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, leading two adult choirs and a children’s choir. Katy has been engaged as clinician, guest conductor, vocal coach, and adjudicator for choirs around Canada. Recent appearances include the Whistler Cantando Festival in the spring of 2016 and leading Òran at Podium 2014. Katy sits on the Choir Alberta board and an advisory panel for Choral Canada.