May 2014 - News!

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  • AIRS Policy & Planning Committee met at Ryerson University on May 23rd.  The 16 Theme, Sub-theme, and Group Leaders are working to chart the course of AIRS to 2016, with a focus on the (1) theory underlying singing development, education and well being and (2) knowledge transfer to benefit society through research in singing. The evening Annual Business meeting will consolidate the day's discussion and overview the AIRS Student and Early Career Researcher summer workshop and progress on the AIRS Digital Library, among other items.  

  • Successful AIRS ‘Melody-On-The-Spot’ Challenge at the East Coast Music Association

AIRS wishes to thank Mike Speelman and his team of UPEI volunteers who represented AIRS in our partnership with the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) in presenting the ‘Melody-On-The-Spot: AIRS Challenge’ at the 2014 ECMW in Charlottetown, PEI on 3-5 April 2014.

ECMA artists and interested attendees were invited to participate in the fourth edition of the exciting ‘Melody-On-The-Spot’ Challenge contest. The ‘Melody-On-The-Spot’ challenge is a creative, improvisational contest in song-writing where you have a chance of crafting a new song ‘on the spot’ inspired by a choice of visual images provided by the AIRS research team. There’s one minute to compose, and one minute to sing. A panel of industry professionals will judge recordings of the songs, and prizes will be awarded to the individuals with the most creative and entertaining song.


  • At the Podium 2014 Conference, there were two incredible presenters! Both phenomenal leaders, Darryl Edwards and Carol Beynon, shared wisdom and expertise at Podium 2014.

Darryl Edwards    

Darryl Edwards, tenor, began his career a choral conductor, studying at UWO with Deral Johnson, and in summer sessions at Westminster Choir College with Shaw, Trego, Hausemann and Willcocks. He founded the Woodstock Fanshawe Singers, taught vocal/choral music at Saunders SS in London, ON, and then conducted the UWO Chorale. He holds B.Mus., B.Ed., M.Mus. degrees from Western U, and a DMA from U Michigan. He performs as a tenor soloist internationally. He is now Head of Voice Studies at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, and Artistic Director of the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI).

Carol Beynon    

Dr. Carol Beynon is the Vice Provost of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (Acting) at the University of Western Ontario, former Dean of the Faculty of Education, Associate Professor of music education, and the Senior Artistic Director of the Amabile Boys & Men’s Choirs of London, Canada.  A former teacher, her research interests include studies in gender and singing, intergenerational curriculum development in singing, and informal music learning. She has several articles in peer-reviewed journals and co-author/editor of two books: Learning to Teach (2001) and Critical Perspectives in Canadian Music Education (2012).


April 2014 - News!

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  • Congratulations to Charlene Santoni (University of Toronto DMA student, yr. 2, and AIRS sub-theme 2.2 participant), who has won the 2014 NATS Foundation Vocal Pedagogy Award for the USA and Canada

The Award is in support of her dissertation, which will propose the implementation of instructional singing voice techniques in the rehabilitative voice therapy protocol for children with vocal fold immobility.  Charlene also teaches voice at McMaster University and is a research assistant at AIRS (Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing), and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI).


March 2014 - News!

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Attention all AIRS Students and Early Career Researchers

The AIRS Student and Early Career Researcher Workshop will be taking place at Ryerson University in Toronto from June 27 to 29, 2014. Please find below the registration, abstract and travel funding forms.

2014 Registration Form (AIRS Student and ECR Workshop - Toronto)

2014 Student and ECR abstract submission form  

2014 Student and ECR travel submission form


C'était en 2004, lors d'un atelier d'apprentissage de chants, dans l'unité Alzheimer de la résidence des Pervenches (établissement du groupe Hom'Age), à Biéville-Beuville (Calvados). Odile Letortu, médecin coordonnateur, s'est aperçue que des personnes atteintes de la maladie à des stades modérés à sévères, qui oublient le passé et ne sont a priori plus capables de se rappeler une nouvelle information, réussissaient à apprendre des chansons nouvelles, comme, par exemple, J'ai demandé à la Lune, d'Indochine, ou Le Manège, de Stanislas. 


  • AIRS collaborator Alda Oliveira Federal University of Bahia, Brazil, was interviewed in a recent article in Epoch Times. "Pro Pianist Loves Shen Yun." 2 MAR 2014

BOSTON — Alda Oliveira, a pro pianist and music educator, attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Citi Wang Theatre, Mar. 2, together with her husband Gamary, who is a composer.

​Papers include AIRS co-investigator Dr. Petra Hauf's "Emotional engagement and information processing: Infants' shift of visual attention in infant-directed singing and speaking events" co-authored with Murphy, S., and AIRS PhD student Niusha Ghazban's paper "Emotion regulation in distresed infants using maternal vocalizations: Evidence from physiological and behavioural measures" with co-authors Frank Russo, Sandra Trehub, and Jean-Paul Boudreau.


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