Affiliation: The Braille tones and Semitones/Edmonton Girls' Choir/Edmonton Children's Choir/St. Paul's United Church
Presentation: Interest Session, Panel
Title: Creating inclusive spaces in choral organizations (Panel, Session 3)
Abstract: Creating inclusive spaces in choral organizations: This panel discussion will explore several choral organizations across Canada that are working to create spaces of inclusivity and participation to a wider group of singers. Discussion will focus on the different choral inclusion models that have emerged across Canada. Through this panel dialogue, we hope to foster further discussion on how our work as choral organizations can transform lives and foster musical growth for young people of all abilities (with Brad Ratzlaff; Carol Ratzlaff; Jane Gosine; Leanne Kearsey; Mendelt Hoekstra; Susan Farrell; Charlene Pauls and Kellie Walsh)
Biography: Nova Scotian native Susan Farrell (B.Mus. Mount Allison University, M.Mus. University of Alberta Choral Conducting) has been making waves in Alberta the last several years as a rising choral conductor. Susan is the artistic director for the Braille Tones and Semitones choirs, which serve adults and children with disabilities in Edmonton. She also leads the Edmonton Girls’ Choir and co-conducts the Edmonton Children’s Choir, and can be found leading music at St. Paul’s United Church on the weekends, too! Susan’s sense of fun encourages her singers to create community and her enthusiasm for singing guides them in finding their own unique voices.