3rd Regional AIRS Summer Workshop – ‘With Voices – We Unite!’: July 21st - July 22nd, 2011, Charlottetown, PE, Canada


"With Voices - We Unite!"

The Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS)  UPEI Research Team will host its third annual AIRS  Regional Summer Workshop on the University of Prince Edward Island campus and at the Confederation Centre of the Arts from July 21 to 22, 2011.


The workshop’s title, “With Voices—We Unite,” sums up the purpose of the event—to review and integrate a variety of topics involving singing.

The three themes of AIRS will be highlighted:


  1. how singing develops in every person; how singing is taught—its technical aspects and
  2. how we can use singing to teach; and
  3. how singing impacts on well-being, including its ability to promote cultural and intergenerational understanding.

The AIRS team will share the exciting research it is conducting with the regional community that promotes dialogue between the university and community, and celebrates the act of singing in the young and old, amateur and professional, individual and group, and the cultural dimension.


Members of the public who have any interest in singing are invited to the event that begins with a master vocal class and concert on Thursday, and a full-day workshop on Friday, featuring interactive demonstrations from the region’s renowned experts in the field of research, singing, education, health-care, music therapy and sound yoga. This year, the workshop’s keynote speaker  (Friday) is vocal coach and musical director, Jeffrey Huard. Toronto-based, Huard is considered one of the best and was the musical director for many theatre productions including Mirvish Productions’ The Sound of Music as well as CBC’s Triple Sensation, along with numerous Broadway productions and national and international tours.


Below is a summary of the program (detailed program is at the end of this e-mail)


Thursday, July 21, 2011—1:30-4:30 pm
Master Vocal Class with Jeffrey Huard
Studio 2, Confederation Centre of the Arts - RSVP required!


Thursday, July 21, 2011—7:00 pm
AIRS Evening Concert featuring a wide array of award winning performers
Art Gallery – Confederation Centre of the Arts


Friday, July 22, 2011—9 am–5 pm
3rd Annual AIRS Summer Workshop - RSVP requested (for planning purposes, i.e., lunch and refreshments)!
Keynote Address: Jeffrey Huard, Broadway/Symphony Conductor, Music Director, Coach and Vocal Teacher
Dr. Steel Recital Hall, University of Prince Edward Island


About Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS)

AIRS is a seven-year major research initiative aiming to understand individual, cultural, and universal influences on singing and the influences of singing on individuals and societies. It entails cooperation with over 70 researchers representing every province in Canada and 15 other countries on 6 continents; individuals share their knowledge and expertise from numerous perspectives, including psychology, musicology, music therapy, education, folklore and medicine.

More exciting details below! We would love to see you there!  Come one day or both!

To RSVP, please contact Kristin, Student Assistant at kristindmacdonald@gmail.com, OR call the AIRS Lab at 566-6023.


Detailed program for Friday July 22, 2011

With Voices – We Unite!
Advancing interdisciplinary research in singing (AIRS)
AIRS 3rd Regional Workshop
University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), Dr. Steel Recital Hall
Friday, July 22, 2011

8:40-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:05 Welcome Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz President UPEI
9:05-9:10 Welcome Dr. Don Desserud, Dean of Arts UPEI
9:10-9:15 O Canada Kyla Cook, PEI
9:15-9:25 Overview of AIRS: Dr. Annabel J. Cohen, UPEI, AIRS Director  and Deborah Annear, AIRS Administrative Project Manager

9:25- 10:05 Theme 1: Development of Singing

9:25-9:30 Dr. Annabel J. Cohen, Director & Leader Singing & Development: Introduction to the AIRS Test of Singing Abilities
9:30-9:45 Leah Stevenson, UPEI Psychology Honours Graduate &
Dr. Bing Yi Pan, AIRS Postdoctoral Researcher
Factors influencing performance on the AIRS Test of Singing Abilities
9:55-10:05 Denise Beaton, AIRS Conference Coordinator and prospective Psychology Honours student: Melody on the spot: An AIRS test of singing ability showcases at the ECMA

10:05-10:15 AIRS: Digital Connection
10:05-10:15 Jonathan Lane, AIRS Information Technology Coordinator:
Developing the AIRS Digital Library

10:20-10:40 - Nutrition Break


10:40-11:55 - Theme 2: Singing and Education
10:40-11:05 Dr. Martha Gabriel, UPEI (Education): Making Music – Singing Music
11:05-11:15 Mike MacAdam, Chuala: Chuala Research for language acquisition research - possible applications for singing
11:15-11:35 Aindrias Hirt, University of Otago, NZ : Why Are We Taught to Sing English Like Italians? Disambiguating Vocal Pedagogy for Teachers
11:35-11:55 Jenny Sullivan, St. FX : Teaching Through Singing – Sing a Song for Word Learning

12:00-12:50 – Lunch
Box Lunch, Main Building provided by AIRS for pre-registered attendees


12:50-1:20 – AIRS Behind the Scenes – Hands-on workshop
(Lower level Robertson Library - AIRSPLACE in CMTC Laboratory-)

• Timon Elmer (visiting student from Basel, Switzerland), Erica Ross UPEI Psychology Major,  Kristin MacDonald UPEI Psychology & Sociology Major • AIRS Test Battery - live!
• Dr. Bing-Yi Pan, AIRS Postdoctoral Fellow • See your singing voice - Computer analysis of musical sound
• Jonathan Lane AIRS IT Co-ordinator • Digital Library - enter a record ... forever?
• Annabel Cohen,&  Dale Sorensen,  • From idea to publication- The case of Psychomusicology: Music, Mind & Brain, The Editors' perspectives

• Workshop, Steeles Recital Hall

Aindras Hirt, University of Otaga, NZ • Fight or Flight: Voice Body Training for the Singer


1:30-2:15 Keynote Address Jeffrey Huard
Introduced by Anne Allan, Artistic Director Confederation Centre of the Arts
JEFFREY HUARD, Broadway/Symphony Conductor, Music Director,
Coach and Vocal Teacher:
“Everybody says Don’t (and other reasons to sing louder)”



2:15-5:00 – Theme 3: Singing and Well-Being

2:15-2:30 Kelly Gillis, UPEI student: Improving Cross-Cultural Understanding through Singing
2:30-3:00 Catherine O’Brien, Artistic Director, Young at Heart: “Young at Heart- Musical Theatre for Seniors”
3:00-3:20 – Nutrition Break

3:20-3:35 Godfrey Baldacchino, UPEI (Island Studies): “The Italian Lesson”
3:35-4:05 Teresa Doyle, Artist & Educator: “Sound Yoga”
4:05-5:00 Group Discussion - To sing or not to sing & Closing Remarks

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