Matthew Otto

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Affiliation: Toronto Children's Chorus
Presentation: Research Paper Presentation, Panel
Title: Global Citizenship Education and the Choral Classroom
Abstract: Global citizenship education is a form of learning that emerges out of the ongoing interaction of the subject and the pluralistic world. Exploring the TCC’s mission, this presentation highlights the connections between education in global citizenship and the choral classroom. It benefits choral music educators who seek to foster global awareness, social responsibility and meaningful participation within their choral communities.

Biography: Matthew Otto is a passionate and innovative conductor and educator. As President of Choirs Ontario, he continues establishing himself on the Canadian choral scene. Currently, Matthew serves as the Associate Artistic Director of the award-winning Toronto Children’s Chorus where he directs the Toronto Youth Choir, Chorealis, and co-conducts Chorale. He is also Choir Director & Organist at Christ Church Deer Park, and founder/artistic director of Incontra Vocal Ensemble, a project-based, professional level choir in Toronto. Twice-recipient of the Elmer Iseler Fellowship in Choral Conducting, and finalist in both the Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting (2014) and Sir Ernest MacMillan Foundation Fellowship Award in Orchestral Conducting (2010), Matthew holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition (2007) and a Master of Music in Conducting (2009). Matthew is pursuing a PhD in Music Education at the University of Toronto. His research interests include cultural identity as seen in the choral music of Canada in the twentieth and twenty first centuries, and choral music education in a pluralistic context.