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Panel: Women in Higher Education Choral Music

This panel will feature NCCO members who identify as women discussing their experiences navigating higher education. What challenges are unique to women in academia? How do you balance service, scholarship, and teaching, and what are the expectations in each area? What recommendations would you make to women-identifying junior faculty members and their peer evaluation committees?

The 75 minute session will include 50 minutes of panel discussion and 25 minutes of breakout time. The goal of the session is to foster dialogue and discussion between panelists and attendees.

  • Marguerite L. Brooks, Yale University emeritus, NCCO Honorary Life Member & moderator
  • Felicia Barber, Westfield State University
  • Caron Daley, Duquesne University
  • Janet Galván, Ithaca College emeritus, NCCO Honorary Life Member
  • Lisa Wong, College of Wooster

SPEAKER: Marguerite L. Brooks

Marguerite L. Brooks

Marguerite L. Brooks joined the Yale faculty in 1985 as chair of the choral conducting program at the School of Music and director of choral music at the Institute of Sacred Music. Active as a guest conductor, teacher, and clinician, she has been a juror for the Eric Ericson conducting competition in Sweden; she has conducted, given master classes, taught, and adjudicated in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. She has served on the faculties of Smith and Amherst Colleges, and was director of choral music at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Brooks was cited by the Yale School of Music for cultural leadership in music, and has received alumni awards for distinguished work in her field from both Mount Holyoke College and Temple University. The Connecticut chapter of the ACDA honored her with its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. She is most proud to have been honored recently as a Woman in History by the Barnard School.

SPEAKER: Felicia Barber

Felicia Barber

Felicia Barber is the Director of Choral Activities at Westfield State University in Westfield, MA, where she conducts ensembles and teaches courses in conducting & choral methods. Dr. Barber's research includes teaching strategies, diversity initiatives, and the performance practice of African American Spirituals. Her book, A New Perspective for the Use of Dialect in African American Spirituals: History, Context, and Linguistics, will be released in 2021. She holds a B.M., M.M., and Ph.D.

SPEAKER: Caron Daley

Caron Daley

Caron Daley is Director of Choral Activities at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Choirs under her direction have performed across the Northeast, including an invited performance at the 2019 National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference. A native of Nova Scotia, Caron has held past conducting appointments with University of Toronto, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, National Youth Choir of Canada, Salem Academy and College, and St. Michael’s Choir School.

SPEAKER: Janet Galván

Janet Galván

Janet Galván recently retired from Ithaca College where she was Director of Choral Activities. As a guest conductor of choral and orchestral ensembles, she has conducted professional and university orchestras including Virtuosi Pragenses and the Madrid Chamber Orchestra. She has conducted national, divisional, and state choruses throughout the United States for ACDA, NAfME, and OAKE. She has also conducted and taught throughout North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Brazil She has been on conducting symposium faculties, including the Transient Glory Symposium, Oberlin Conducting Institute, and Curso de Dirección de Coro in Madrid. Awards include the Ithaca College Faculty Excellence Award, Distinguished Alumni Award from UNC-G, and NYACDA Outstanding Director Award.

SPEAKER: Lisa Wong

Lisa Wong

Dr. Lisa Wong is Director of Choruses for The Cleveland Orchestra and Associate Professor of Music at The College of Wooster. She oversees all choral performances for The Cleveland Orchestra and prepares the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Blossom Festival Chorus for performances throughout the season.At The College of Wooster, Lisa co-chairs the Music Department, directs the Wooster Chorus, and teaches courses in conducting, choral literature, and music education.

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