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Panel: Expanding the Canon

Exploring Choral Literature Curricula

The purposes of this panel are to discuss best practices in regards to diversity, equity, and inclusion in graduate choral literature courses. How might we reshape the curriculum to incorporate a more equitable representation of underrepresented musics and composers? How are we preparing our future conductors/teachers to meaningfully engage with a diverse body of repertoire?

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.

  • Carolann Buff, Indiana University, moderator
  • Emilie Amrein, University of San Diego, NCCO9 Featured Artist
  • André de Quadros, Boston University, NCCO9 Featured Artist
  • Jace Saplan, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, NCCO Director of Affinity Groups

SPEAKER: Carolann Buff

Carolann Buff

Dr. Carolann Buff is a scholar, teacher, and musician regarded for both her research on Renaissance motets and expertise in historical performance. Buff is an Assistant Professor of Music in Choral Conducting at Indiana University. Her principal research interests explore the motet genre in the early Renaissance. She has performed with early music ensembles Liber unUsualis, the Boston Camerata, and Cut Circle. Recently, Buff was on the faculty of the Delaware Choral Academy in France.

SPEAKER: Emilie Amrein

Emilie Amrein

Emilie Amrein (she/they) is a cultural strategist, a community music practitioner, and an advocate for justice-centered choral practice. She is executive producer of The Choral Commons, and co-artistic director of Common Ground Voices / La Frontera, a bi-national community music project that aims to build relationships and understanding across political, demographic, and perceptual borders as an exercise of non-violence. Emilie is Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at the University of San Diego where she teaches courses on the intersection of music and social justice movements, community music, and changemaking.

SPEAKER: André de Quadros

André de Quadros

André de Quadros is a conductor, ethnomusicologist, music educator, writer, and human rights activist who has conducted and undertaken research in over forty countries. His professional work has taken him to the most diverse settings, spanning professional ensembles, and projects with prisons, psychosocial rehabilitation, refugees and asylum-seekers, poverty locations, and victims of torture, sexual violence, and trauma. André de Quadros is a professor of music at Boston University, where he also holds affiliate faculty positions in the African Studies Center, Center for Antiracist Research, Center for the Study of Asia, Initiative on Cities, Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, and the Prison Education Program. He is the 2021 recipient of Chorus America’s Brazeal Wayne Dennard Award.

SPEAKER: Jace Saplan

Jace Saplan

Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan serves as the Director of the School of the Arts and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa where he oversees the graduate program in choral conducting and teaches courses in choral literature and pedagogy, and conducts the UH Chamber Singers who will sing at the 2022 ACDA Western Division Conference in Long Beach. Dr. Saplan is currently the Hawaiʻi ACDA President, the chair of the ACDA Western Region Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and serves as Interest Session Chair for the 2023 ACDA National Conference

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