Dr. Marta McCarthy


Affiliation: University of Guelph
Presentation: Interest Session, Lecture-Recital
Title: This Thirsty Land: addressing contemporary issues through choral composition and performance.
Abstract: This session examines the genesis, intention, and impact of This Thirsty Land, a 25-minute work for choir, oboe, and string ensemble, (premiered in 2018), by composer Leonard Enns. The composer will offer his insights, the Gryphon Singers will perform excerpts, and conductors Robert Cooper and Marta McCarthy will discuss its significance as performance art and as an expression of social conscience.

Biography: Conductor Marta McCarthy, Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, has directed the choirs since 1995. She conducted the 2014 Ontario Youth Choir, the 2017 New Brunswick Youth Choir, and is the immediate Past-President of Choral Canada. Under her direction, the University of Guelph choirs have achieved national and international acclaim at numerous festivals and competitions; their Chamber Singers (now known as The Gryphon Singers) are thrilled to participate in Podium 2018.

The GRYPHON SINGERS (University of Guelph Chamber Singers), consisting of students from diverse programs throughout the University, are committed to performing for charities such as Bracelet for Hope, United Way, and World Aids Day, as well as national events such as Podium (2002 and 2018), University Voices (2002-2012), Festival 500 (2005) in St. John's, Newfoundland, Kathaumixw International Choral Festival in Powell River, British Columbia (2006), and the Elora Festival (2006). The Chamber Singers won First Place in the Collegiate Category of the 2011 National Competition for Amateur Choirs, and were awarded Third Prize in the 2012 Mosbach International Chamber Choir Competition.