A Vocal Mosaic of AIRS 2010 -Charlottetown UPEI, August 12th


UPEI’s Dr. Steel Recital Hall will be the venue for the ‘Vocal Mosaic of AIRS’, a community event from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on August 12 featuring workshops, demonstrations, guest speakers, and an evening concert.  Chaired by Dr. Annabel Cohen, a leading researcher in the field of auditory perception and  music cognition with the UPEI Department of Psychology, the day-long event is designed to share with the community the exciting research that AIRS – Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing – is conducting and to discuss and celebrate the act of singing. The idea of a ‘vocal mosaic’ symbolizes the variety of topics interconnected with song.

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A Vocal Mosaic of AIRS


Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing  (AIRS)

AIRS 2nd Regional Workshop

University of Prince Edward Island, Dr. Steel Recital Hall

August 12, 2010


8:45-9:00 Registration


Chair - Annabel J. Cohen

Welcome - Dean of Arts Richard Kurial

Welcome - Philip Smith, Chair Department of Psychology and AIRS Advisory Board member

9:05-9:10 Oh  Canada


                 Greetings on behalf of the Dean of Arts  and Department of Psychology - Philip Smith

9:15-09:30 Overview of AIRS Annabel Cohen - "You gotta sing" - Serena Ryder


Theme 1: Development  of Singing

9:30-9:35 Intro to the AIRS test Battery Annabel Cohen

9:35-9:45 Kamille LaRosa - (UPEI) -  Component 4 and 10 - Familiar song

9:45-9:55 Ruth Reveal -  (UPEI) Component 7 - Song completion

9:55-10:05 Lauren Mitchell -  (UPEI) Component 8 - Song creation - Lyrics and Visual aspects

10:05 - 10:15 Anick Lamarche -  (UPEI) Component 9- Unfamiliar song  

10:15-10:25 Discussion

10:25 - 10:28  Demo Dale Sorensen The Singing Trombone   and call to Coffee Break      


10:30-10:50 Coffee break*

Keynote Address

Psyche  Loui Ph.D. - Harvard Medical School  & BIDxx




10:50-10:52 Introduction of keynote speaker (Kouri Agawa)



Theme 2: Singing and Education


11:18-11:20 Introduction

11:20-11:35 Martha Gabriel (UPEI - Faculty of Education)       

11:35-11:50 Pamela Campbell (voice teacher and performer, PEI) "JUST MOUTH THE WORDS": Rediscovering the Joys of Singing  

11:50 - 11:55 Questions

11:55-12:15 Aindrias Hiort (U of Otago- New Zealand)  Abair amhrán: saying the song in Gaelic tradition.  

12:15 - 12:20 Discussion


12:20-13:20 LUNCH


13:20-13:35 Kelly  Leighton (UPEI Music student)  confirmed

13:35-13:55 Eva Götell  (Sweden by videoconference) Caregiver singing during dementia care may improve the quality of care.      



Hands-on Workshops


13:55-14:00 Workshop orientation session Anick or Denise   

14:05-15:05 Drop-in Workshops

1) Behind the scenes of the AIRS lab in CMTC-E (Lower Level Robertson Library)     

2) Four basic steps to singing



15:10-15:30 Coffee break*           

15:30-15:50 Jenny  Sullivan (St. Francis Xavier)  Can we teach vocabulary to preschoolers via singing?


AIRS - Connections and Connecting

15:55-16:15  Jonathan Lane (UPEI) Website tour Overview of the AIRS Web Project    Questions            


Theme 3: Singing and Wellbeing:

Cross-cultural understanding, Intergenerational Understanding  & Health



16:20-16:40 Godfrey Baldacchino- (UPEI CRC Island Studies) chair The Italian Lesson: Moving beyond an Exotic Appreciation of Newcomers on PEI

16:40-17:00 Elizabeth Gallant (music therapist, PEI)  Singing to Work.  Singing for Fun!    17:00-17:20 Catherine O'Brien  Director: Young At heart Musical Theatre for Seniors Inc   



17:20-17:40 Theresa Doyle (PEI Performer)  Sound yoga    

Discussion          17:45

17:45- 17:48  Closing remarks and  group singing of AIRS Round     Annabel Cohen

     17:50-18:50 Dinner  - Outdoor Barbeque


7:00 - 9:00  Evening Concert - A Vocal Mosaic of AIRS


9:00 - 10:00 Reception Main building


*During Coffee Breaks - Opportunity to visit demo of language training software from Chuala/ potential applications to singing


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