Singposium 2019

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All Around the Circle:  Celebrating Folk Song and Vernacular Music 

In this workshop, Lori Dolloff will engage us in developing part-singing with our groups, using folk song and other vernacular music as the basis for our music making.  Strategies for collaborating to create ostinato and other harmony ideas with our students will be explored.  We will also examine the role of cultural, linguistic and historical context in providing entry points for student engagement.


Lori-Anne Dolloff has been a professor at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto since 1994.  She is Coordinator of the Music Education Department and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral conducting, music teaching and research methods. Her work as an educator is grounded in the teaching of Zoltán Kodályand Carl Orff, practices that have informed the teaching of Elementary Music Education at the University of Toronto during her career.  Lori has become passionate about teaching in the Arctic, having completed 17 visits to Iqaluit, Pangirtung and Rankin Inlet singing with children in the schools and conducting an annual Choral Festival.  An often-sought workshop leader, clinician and guest conductor, Lori Dolloff is a member of the conducting faculty at the annual Choral Symposium held in July at the University of Toronto.  Her compositions and arrangements have been performed by choirs around the world, including being featured at the International Children’s Choir Festival held at Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Hall, London, England.