September 2011 - News!

AIRS 4th Annual Meeting - August 22 - 24, 2012

AIRS 4th Annual Meeting is tentatively scheduled for   Wednesday August 22  to Friday  Auguust 24, 2012 and will take place  at the University of Prince Edward Island.  Co-investigators, collaborators, students and partners... Please plan to attend this exciting event that will represent the consolidation of 3 1/2 years of activities and the milestones achieved. The Policy and Planning Committee meeting will take place on Tuesday evening, August 21 from 6:00 to 9:00.  There will be a student workshop  on Tuesday focusing on Methodologies in Singing Research.  August 22nd will entail an overview of all aspects of the project, presented by the AIRS Executive including Director, Theme Leaders, and Sub-theme leaders of each of the themes of Development, Education, and Well-being as well as the other committees (Global Group,  Student group, Ethics Committees)!  A workshop on methodologies in singing research will be presented on August 21st.

A concert is also planned, and involvement of partnerships with the Confederation Centre for the Arts, East Coast Music Awards, Veterans Affairs Canada, to name only a few is expected. 


There are numerous  other  exciting and worthwhile conference opportunities for you this summer as usual.  Please do what you can to make the AIRS meeting a priority and also attend your other meetings as you normally would.  You are also encouraged to present your work on AIRS at your regular conferences, and also to meet with AIRS colleagues there should there be several of you in attendance. 


Other summer conferences

ASA Hong Kong   Deadline Nov 1

Congress Victoria

Voice Society  Philadelphia

VISI   Vancouver

CPA Halifax   Deadline Nov 1

International Federation for Choral Music's "Choirs Transforming Our Worlds: A Symposium" - New Haven

CSBBCS - not determined

ISME - Greece  Deadline  Oct 1

ICMPC - Thessalonika  Deadline December 5

APA - Orlando  Deadline Dec 1

AIRS & Midterm Review  Charlottetown PEI  Deadline   February 15 (tentative)


AIRS Symposium at the International Symposium on Performance Science (August 25, 2011)

An AIRS Symposium entitled “A major collaborative research initiative on singing: Focus on performance” organized by Frank Russo (serving as moderator and discussant) took place in Toronto, August 25, 2011 at the International Symposium on Performance Science. The conference was co-organized by Aaron Williamon and Darryl Edwards. The following papers were presented.

Advancing interdisciplinary research in singing: A performance perspective
Annabel J. Cohen

Have we made ourselves clear? Singers and non-singers' perceptions of the intelligibility of sung text
Jane Ginsborg, Philip Fine, Christopher Barlow

Adults identifying as "non-singers" in childhood: Cultural, social, and pedagogical implications
Susan Knight

Entrainment to speech and song
Pascale Lidji, Caroline Palmer, Isabelle Peretz, Michele Morningstar

Perspectives on singing and performance in music therapy
Laurel Young, Jennifer J. Nicol

Additional papers were presented by members of AIRS in other sessions:

Frank Russo
Lisa Chan
Darryl Edwards
Stephen Livingstone
Johanna Devaney
Ichiro Fujinaga
Richard Parncutt

For more information see


Recent Student Opportunities with AIRS

AIRS has posted four new student opportunities:

1. Two literature survey/ reviews associated with the AIRS digital library initiative:

2. A unique postdoctoral position in research on singing is available through the AIRS at the home institution of a collaborator who agrees to be a supervisor.
3, Support for students interested in conducting research on singing directed toward achieving milestones associated with one or more of the three main AIRS research themes: Development, Education, and Well-being.

Please see student opportunities for more information.

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