Scott Leithead

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Affiliation: Kokopelli Choir Association
Presentation: Interest Session
Title: Choral Leadership on the Edge
Abstract:   Beyond musical knowledge and skills, choral conductors must be strong leaders in order to inspire singers and bring their art to life. This session will challenge choral directors to rethink leadership, and will provide tangible ways in which they can decentralize power from podium, and instead lead from the edge.

Biography:  Scott Leithead is the founder and Artistic Director of the Kokopelli Choir Association and TIME Association. He has been invited to conduct provincial and state honour choirs on twenty-one occasions and he has presented workshops in North America and beyond. Notable appearances include: conducting the Alberta Youth Choir for the Alberta Choral Federation’s 40th Anniversary; conducting the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Ellison Canadian Honour Choir; and conducting the 2016 ACDA NW Regional Youth Choir in Seattle. He has adjudicated both the ACCC National Competition for Amateur Canadian Choirs and the Kathaumixw International Choir Festival (2014 and 2016). Under his direction, Kokopelli was the winner of both the 2015 CBC National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs and both the 2015 and 2016 Canadian National Music Competition.