International Symposium III
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500, see www.festival500.com
Festival 500 in cooperation with Memorial
University of Newfoundland will host Symposium III, an integral
academic component of the festival from June 28 to
July 1. The purpose of the symposium is to gather international
expertise, provide a forum for interdisciplinary academic discussion
and the dissemination of research, and to generate further knowledge relating
to the phenomenon of singing. Symposium III takes place
at Memorials School of Music.
A truly international flavour will predominate Symposium III.
In addition to invited guest speakers, selected papers representative
of on-going research in countries such as England, Austria, Sweden,
Brazil, India, Finland, United States and Canada will be presented.
Presentations speak to focus areas including cultural, sociological,
historical, pedagogical, compositional and artistic aspects of
singing. A special theme of Symposium III will be mentorship
and its role in the ongoing production of music. The special
cultural emphasis for Festival 500 2001 will be the music of
Scandinavia.This is in recognition of Newfoundlands recent
celebration of our 1000-year anniversary of the Vikings
arrival in North America.
For more information about the schedule of events
Symposium III is part of a
larger international choral festival that takes place in St.
Johns, Newfoundland. Immediately following the symposium,
there is an eight day choral festival that welcomes individual
singers and conductors to come and participate in music making
and learning. You can hear our guest vocal ensembles (The Real
Group, Rajaton and The Elmer Iseler Singers) and invited choirs
from South Africa, Poland, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Brazil,
England, United States and Canada. You can attend workshops led
by choral experts such as Erkki Pohjola, Richard Gill, Stephen
Hatfield, Nancy Telfer, Horace Clarence Boyer and Lydia Adams.
The public can attend the opening ceremonies and sing in the
Massed Adult Project in the grande finale concert under conductor
Sir David Willcocks. And perhaps best of all, you can attend
the big party at the end of the week.
For further information, contact Dr. Andrea Rose at 737-7602,
Ki Adams at 737-3415, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org;
or check the Web at www.ucs.mun.ca/~singing
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Invited Guest Speakers
Horace Clarence Boyer
Horace Clarence Boyer has performed gospel and jazz music throughout
the United States and abroard. He is a researcher of African
American vocal music, has published over 40 journal articles
and is the author of How Sweet the Sound: The Golden Age of Gospel.
Mr. Boyer was selected as curator of musical instruments at the
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institute, from
1985 to 1987, during which time he served as the United Negro
College Fund Distinguished Scholar-at-Large and directed the
famed Fisk Jubilee Singers.
Libby Larsen USA
One of the most important and celebrated composers working today,
Libby Larsen has created an immense catalogue of works that spans
virtually every genre. She has been called a mistress of
orchestration (The Times Union) as well as the only
English-speaking composer since Benjamin Britten who matches
great verse with fine music so intelligently and expressively
(USA Today). Larsen is a vigorous, articulate advocate for the
music and musicians of our time. The first woman to serve as
a resident composer with a major orchestra, Larsen has held residencies
with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony and the
Colorado Symphony. Larsens numerous awards include a 1994
Grammy (producer) for the CD The Art of Arleen Auger, an acclaimed
recording that features Larsens Sonnets from the Portuguese.
Regula Qureshi Canada
Regula Qureshi is the director of the Centre for Ethnomusicology
at the University of Alberta, where she directs the Indian Music
Ensemble. Qureshis research focuses on music as a social
and discursive process. A specialist in South Asian, Islamic
and Canadian musical practices, she is the author of Sufi Music
in India and Pakistan: Sound, Context and Meaning in Qawwali,
co-editor of Voices of Women: Essays in Honour of Violet Archer,
and a contributor to Ethnomusicology, Asian Music, Journal of
Musicology and Journal of the American Musicological Society.
A cellist and sarangi player, Qureshis current book projects
are Hindustani Musicians Speak and Sarangi: Art Music and Political
Economy in North India.
Erkki Pohjola Finland
Erkki Pohjola is one of the leading personalities of Finnish
music education, an exceptional choral conductor, and a pioneering
figure in the international childrens and youth choir movement.
Outside of Finland, Pohjola is best known as the founder of Tapiola
Choir. With 50 concerts abroad, 20 recordings, and commissions
with many leading Finnish and foreign composers, Pohjola and
Tapiola Choir have become a model for the rest of the choral
world. As a logical continuation of his 31-year tenure as conductor
of Tapiola Choir, Pohjola developed a new concept called Songbridge
2000 project. Recognized by UNESCO as a component of its Music
and Peace program, this project links nations through choral
music and the world-wide cooperation of childrens and youth
choirs and contemporary composers.
Warren Jones USA
Warren Jones has worked with many of the worlds greatest
singers, including Marilyn Horne and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, earning
the title the single finest accompanist now working
according to the San Francisco Examiner. He has an extensive
recording catalogue and, for 10 years, was assistant conductor
at the Metropolitan Opera. Jones will explore the interaction
between the vocal coach and the artist preparing for performance,
during a live interactive video conferencing format, via satellite,
between the Symposium in Newfoundland and the Music Academy of
the West in California. With singers, pianists, teachers and
researchers participating in both sites, this session will focus
on issues of interpretation, style languages and artistry.
This session will be made possible through the work and support
of FESTIVAL 500 sponsor, Newtel Communications, a leading innovator
Comments from past participants...
Newfoundland has touched on
a unique thing they can give the world and hopefully benefit
thereby. This symposium cannot be transported elsewhere. Sharing
Thank you for the very real
opportunity to broaden my horizons.
The thing I liked best was
the new knowledge I gained from passionate individuals devoting
themselves to diverse aspects of singing.