Tuesday, 28 January 2014

OICRM (Université de Montréal-Université Laval-Canada) Postdoctoral fellowship scholarship competition 2014-2015 - English announcement

Chercheure postdoctorale
Coordonnatrice générale et scientifique de l'Observatoire
interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM)
Université de Montréal
Faculté de musique

C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre-ville
Montréal, QC H3C 3J7
514-343-6111 poste 2801

As part of its general scholarships program, the OICRM launchs the
2014-15 Postdoctoral fellowship scholarship competition in musicology,
ethnomusicology, composition, instrumental didactics, or musical
pedagogy for students who will be completing their fellowship under
the supervision of a regular member of the OICRM.
At Université de Montréal and at Université Laval, instruction is
given in French; it is therefore important that students demonstrate a
good knowledge of French (spoken and read).
The fellowship must start between September 1st, 2014 and February
1st, 2015. It will take place in a relevant research environment,
which must obligatory include a laboratory or/and team research of the
OICRM. Candidates must have
received their doctorate after September 1st, 2010 and before the
beginning of the fellowship).

The scholarship has a value of $22,000 per year, for a maximum
duration of 24 months (2 years).

For candidates with Canadian citizenship (or permanent resident
status), the Postdoctoral scholarship is granted insofar as the
candidate agrees to apply for a scholarship from the FQRSC and the
SSHRC for the second year of his or her fellowship. The OICRM
Postdoctoral scholarship may be combined with other scholarships or
research contracts with the exception of FQRSC and SSHRC
excellence-based grants, up to a maximum amount of $45,000.

For foreign candidates, the Postdoctoral scholarship may be combined
with other scholarships or research contracts up to a maximum amount
of $45,000.

Students who have obtained a doctoral degree from Université de
Montréal cannot apply for the fellowship at Université de Montréal in
the same discipline, just as students who have obtained a doctoral
degree from Université Laval cannot apply for the fellowship at
Université Laval in the same discipline.

The OICRM Postdoctoral scholarship is intended to support the career
development of a researcher who has recently obtained a doctoral
degree. Candidates must show, through their project, that they are
undertaking new research, are publishing or will publish the results
of their research, are creating or extending their network of
research-based resource people, will enrich their teaching experience,
and will contribute to furthering and broadening the field of research
of the researcher, research team, or host lab. Selected projects will
be those that meet a maximum of the set goals.

Proposed projects must be defined in terms of the OICRM's lines of
research: Doing, Learning, Understanding ((cf.
http://oicrm.org/axes-de-recherche/), and must integrate with a
research or research-creation project carried out by a regular member
of the OICRM.
Candidates do not need to be members of the OICRM at the time of
application. Applications of candidates must include:
* A duly completed application form (available at www.oicrm.org
<http://www.oicrm.org/> and at the OICRM office, A-769)
* A letter of motivation justifying the choice of fellowship
place (s) and explaining how the candidate will participate in the
scientific activities of the OICRM.
* Three letters of reference: one from the director of research
providing details of the supervision conditions of the fellowship, as
well as the financial support offered to the candidate (form available
at www.oicrm.org<http://www.oicrm.org/>); one from the director of
thesis: one from a researcher who is not a member of the OICRM.
* A recent transcript from the last program of study
* A digital copy of the doctoral thesis or, for those who are
still ending their doctoral studies: some chapters of their thesis and
a recently published article.

Candidates must at the same time also submit an application for
admission to the Faculty of Graduate and
Postdoctoral Studies at the host university.

Application deadline: Friday 9 May 2014

Completed applications must be sent in numerical format (pdf) to the
following email address:

Best regards,

Liouba Bouscant

Chercheure postdoctorale
Coordonnatrice générale et scientifique de l'Observatoire
interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM)
Université de Montréal
Faculté de musique

C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre-ville
Montréal, QC H3C 3J7
514-343-6111 poste 2801

Thursday, 16 January 2014

ACF e-notes

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Choralfest 2014 | Registration Closes This Friday!

Registration deadline this Friday, 17 Jan 2014.

Choralfest is a non-competitive, educationally focused festival for choirs of all ages and levels of experience.  Learn more about Choralfest.

Choralfest North (Edmonton)
Concert Choirs :: 6-8 Mar 2014, McDougall United Church
Vocal Jazz Ensembles :: 10-11 Mar 2014, MacEwan University Alberta College Campus

Choralfest South (Calgary)
Concert Choirs :: 15-19 Mar 2014, Knox United Church
Vocal Jazz Ensembles :: Webber Academy Performing Arts Centre

Introducing our renowned Choralfest evaluators...
Dr. Adam Jonathan Con (Long Beach, CA, USA) | Teri Dunn (Toronto, ON) | Dr. Douglas Dunsmore (St. John's, NL) | Anne Gardner (Calgary, AB) | Christine Helferich Guter (Los Angeles, CA, USA) | Valerie Long (St. John's, NL) | Carrie Tennant (Vancouver, BC)

We look forward to seeing you at Choralfest!

>> http://www.albertachoralfederation.ca/choralfest.asp


WORKSHOP | Choral Soundscapes

presented by Elise Bradley, Artistic Director of the Toronto Children's Chorus

Wed, 5 Feb 2014, 4:15-5:45 p.m.

Thu, 6 Feb 2014, 4:15-5:45 p.m.

This workshop will promote better understanding of the choral sound concept. Participants will learn how to fully realise the vocal potential of their choirs through improved rehearsal and tuning techniques and other tips related to choral pedagogy. 

This season marks Elise Bradley's seventh season as Artistic Director of the Toronto Children's Chorus. Ms. Bradley came to the position from her role as Head of Department, Music at Westlake Girls' High School in Auckland, New Zealand.  In demand internationally as an award-winning conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, Ms. Bradley has garnered praise for her artistry and for her deep commitment to children and the art of treble choral music. 

REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone (780-488-7464 or 1-855-723-6397).

Advance registration is required by Monday, 3 Feb 2014. Registration fee $25.  For more information, contact the ACF office by phone at 780-488-7464 or toll free at 1-855-723-6397, or email us at info@albertachoralfederation.ca.


Alberta Children's Choir 2014 | Concerts


Alberta Children's Choir North (Edmonton)
Carolyn Boyes (of the acclaimed Winnipeg Boy's Choir), guest conductor

with special guests
Cantilon Children's Choir (Elaine Myhre, conductor)
Suzuki Charter School Choir (Jennifer Wolff, conductor)
Eldorado Elementary School Choir (Tammy Flett, conductor)

Saturday, 1 Feb 2014, 7:00 p.m.
McDougall United Church (10025 101 Street), Edmonton
Tickets $15/10 available online at http://accnorth.brownpapertickets.com or by phone at 1-800-838-3006.

Alberta Children's Choir South (Calgary)
Elise Bradley (of the acclaimed Toronto Children's Chorus), guest conductor

with special guests
Calgary Girls School Concert Choir (Quan Le, conductor)
Westside Children's Choir (Elizabeth DiMarino, conductor)

Sunday, 9 Feb 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Temple B'Nai Tikvah (900 47 Ave SW), Calgary
Tickets $15/10 available online at http://accsouth.brownpapertickets.com or by phone at 1-800-838-3006.

A limited number of tickets are available for each concert, so advance purchase is strongly advised.

With questions about either concert, contact the Alberta Choral Federation office by phone at 780-488-7464 or toll free at 1-855-723-6397, or by email at info@albertachoralfederation.ca.

>> http://www.albertachoralfederation.ca/honour_choir.asp


Workshop | The Choral Conductor's Way: Explore, Create, Emote!

presented by the Calgary Orff Chapter

Saturday, 18 Jan 2014
8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Dr. Adam Jonathan Con, clinician

Workshop Part 1: Kinesthetic Movement Activities for Your Singers and Students

Workshop Part 2: Kinesthetic Movement for You: Conductor/Music Educator!

Workshop and Registration Information
Alberta Choral Federation members will be admitted at the Orff Chapter member rate!


>> http://calgaryorff.com/wordpress/


Podium 2014

Podium, Canada's national choral music conference, is taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 15-18 2014.

It is the top meeting place for Canada's choral community and one of the best and most accessible professional development opportunities in the country. This biennial feast of music welcomes choral conductors, music educators, composers, accompanists, administrators, and of course, singers of all ages and stages!

As a delegate, the conference offers an extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in four days of workshops, masterclasses, reading sessions, and presentations by conductors and teachers on a variety of prevalent and innovative topics.  There is also a cornucopia of concerts, from lunchtime 'spotlight' and evening 'highlight' concerts, to 'soundbite' performances around the downtown, such as on the harbour ferry, in the Public Gardens, at the Museum of the Atlantic, and at Alderney Landing.

Other activities include receptions in beautiful historic buildings, a Podium Pub at a local brewery, and a grand finishing evening to the weekend with a lobster banquet, awards presentation, and live entertainment in true, downhome Maritime fashion!

Choral highlights of Podium 2014 include:

 Opening concert featuring Edmonton's Pro Coro (Michael Zaugg) and Halifax's Camerata Singers (Jeff Joudrey)

 The 2014 National Youth Choir of Canada, conducted by Halifax native, Hilary Apfelstadt

 The Grammy Award-winning Kansas City Chorale, conducted by Charles Bruffy

 Two conducting masterclasses, led by Hilary Apfelstadt and Len Ratzlaff

 A chance to watch Franscisco Núñez in action, rehearsing for a Highlight Concert in celebration of youth

 19 guest choirs, over 1000 singers, 25 interest sessions plus roundtable discussions and reading sessions

>> http://www.podium2014.ca


National Choral Awards :: Call For Nominations

The Association of Canadian Choral Communities invites nominations for the National Choral Awards.  The award categories are:

    Outstanding Choral Publication

    Outstanding Choral Composition

    Outstanding Choral Recording

    Outstanding Innovation Award

    Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation (Master's or Doctoral)

    Outstanding Student Essay (undergraduate level)

    Distinguished Service Award

Nominations can be made using the online Nomination Form.  The deadline to submit nominations is 15 Feb 2014.


Alberta Quartet Selected for 2014 National Youth Choir of Canada

Four Alberta choristers have been granted the opportunity to participate in the National Youth Choir of Canada, a biennial project of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities. The Alberta Choral Federation is pleased to announce that the following choristers have been selected to represent Alberta at NYC 2014:

Jennifer Humphries-Micalleff (soprano)
Elizabeth Kreiter (alto)
James Frobb (tenor)
Krishan Power (bass)

To help cover the program costs of this exciting opportunity, each of these choristers will receive an Alberta Choral Federation National Youth Choir Chorister Scholarship from the Alberta Choral Federation in the amount of $800, which is made possible in part by the Debra Cairns – i Coristi Chamber Choir Scholarship Fund.

The National Youth Choir is a professional development program for Canada's best emerging choral singers between the ages of 18 and 25. This year the choir, conducted by Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, the Director of Choral Programs at the University of Toronto will rehearse in Nova Scotia before commencing a tour of the Maritime provinces.


Upcoming Concerts

Click the links below for information about upcoming choral concerts in your area!

Alberta-wide choral concert listings

Calgary choral concert listings

Edmonton choral concert listings

Remember to submit your upcoming concert listings to the ACF. Please include the following information:

concert date(s) and time(s)
name of choir(s)
name of concert
concert venue
brief concert description (optional)
ticket information

This information will be added to the ACF concert listings.  Concert information can be sent to info@albertachoralfederation.ca.

>> http://Visit the concert listings online


Save the Date | Music Conference Alberta 2014

24-26 October 2014
Westin Edmonton, Francis Winspear Centre, McDougall United Church

A conference you will not want to miss!


Alberta Choral Federation

Thursday, 9 January 2014

World Voice Seminar just three weeks away!



Connecting Classrooms Through Song

Wednesday 29th January, 11am – 4pm


Happy New Year from the World Voice Team!


We wanted to remind you that the second World Voice seminar is less than three weeks away.  Here's how our exciting day of singing and sharing is shaping up…



Guests arrive for refreshments




Work Voice in the UK: Some ideas


Seminar commences.  Welcome and introductions.


Discussion Groups


World Voice: What it is and what it could be?


World Voice songs and how to use them


What we have been doing overseas


Refreshments and depart



If you would like to book your free place on this day please email hannah.field@britishcouncil.org.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Places are limited.


The day will include:

·         An update on the programme's work to date and plans for the future both overseas and in the UK.

·         Exploration of the repertoire collected in India, Senegal, Ethiopia, Sudan, Argentina, Jordan and across the UK, including a chance to learn songs collected in the countries we are working with our World Voice Champions and our Artistic Director Richard Frostick.

·         Discussion about how best to use the repertoire as a tool for learning about other cultures.

·         The opportunity to help develop a UK-wide training programme for teachers to maximise the value of the World Voice songs and other teaching resources in the context of the British Council's wider educational work.


More about the event….


The World Voice programme aims to ensure that, through training, collaboration and resources, all young people have the opportunity to use singing to develop their musicality and support wider learning.


This UK event will provide an introduction to, and update on, the World Voice Programme.  Attendees – including classroom teachers with a range of specialisms  and other organisations involved in education and music education – will have the opportunity to look at the aims of the programme and its resources, as well as the current and planned work overseas.  There will also be discussion about the development of resources and a training programme to support teachers in making the most of the opportunities World Voice can provide for the Connecting Classrooms and the International Schools Award programmes.



The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We are a registered charity; 209131 (England and Wales) SC037733 (Scotland). We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

ISME Sistema SIG News Update #18

Wishing you all a very Happy, Successful, Prosperous and Musical New Year!



Submissions for the conference are currently being blind reviewed with a deadline of January 17th for reviewers to respond. The organising committee hopes to have notified all authors by the end of February. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the conference and catching up on news and plans regarding the ISME Sistema SIG.


Please can you continue to let me have your views on

·         the usefulness of these news updates;

·         how you wish the ISME Sistema SIG to develop over the coming months and years;

·         whether you would like to become more involved in developments for the ISME Sistema SIG.


And, of course, please continue to share your information with me and colleagues. Thank you.



Sistema England's November Ensemble is available here


Sistema England is currently leading on two projects – one which involves research spotlighting effective practice in Sistema-inspired programmes in England; and a second, part-funded by the European Union's culture programme, involving children and professionals from Europe and Canada in a joint project, again involving research and professional development as well as young people performing together.


North America

The December issue of The Ensemble is available here and thanks to Eric Booth for bringing the following to our attention:


2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition        Now Open for Entries!

The Kennedy Center invites musicians with a disability, ages 14 to 25, to enter the 2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition. The competition is open to international and domestic musicians, soloists and ensembles of two to five members, and musicians of all genres.


Since 1984, the VSA International Young Soloists Program has identified talented musicians with a disability. The VSA International Young Soloists Competition annually selects up to four outstanding musicians from the United States and around the world, and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career. These emerging musicians receive $2,500, professional development opportunities, and a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  Application Deadline: January 27, 2014  Submission guidelines, application, and more information available at: www.kennedy-center.org/IYS


Thanks, too to Eric for this link with some fantastic work by young people with Special Needs: the link was taken by one of the Sistema Fellows in Venezuela. It is all well worth the 7 minutes it takes to watch, but if you only have a couple of minutes tune in to 3'22" to 5'50"  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5rmvLXNjJI


The January 2014 edition of The Ensemble is now also available here where there is an interesting discussion on repertoire and copyright. Sistema England is also considering how to address this issue (see http://www.ihse.org.uk/sistema-england-library). (Sorry, music here is only available to the English projects who are part of the Sistema England network at present).



A National Sistema Network in Canada – feasibility study and strategic plan phase 2 is available here


Sistema Europe

Well worth 8 minutes of watching this First Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra video clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E58s_bOwU_I with thanks to Bruno Campo for pulling it together.



Defining, dividing lines is a recent contribution by Jonathan Govias which is well worth a read as we all grapple with the practical and philosophical challenges of implementing Sistema-inspired programmes around the world.



Richard J Hallam MBE

Chair ISME Sistema SIG 2012/2014

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phone 01908 690078