May 2018 - News!

AIRS News  

  • A new study by Daisy FancourtEffect of singing interventions on symptoms of postnatal depression: three-arm randomised controlled trial, British Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 212 Issue 2, D. Fancourt and R. Perkins, Royal College of Music, London, assessed whether a novel psychosocial intervention could reduce symptoms of postnatal depression (PND) in the first 40 weeks post-birth. Published online.    Link 

  • Stephen Clift has a new publication, Community singing groups for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: participant perspectives. Perspectives in Public Health, Skingley, A., Clift, S. M., Hurley, S., Price, S. and Stephens, L. (2018), 138 (1). pp. 66-75. It is a descriptive qualitative study which included measures of lung function and wellbeing.    Link 

  • AIRS member Anthony Welsh is the editor of a publication, The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1 (1 ed.) Edited by Gary E. McPherson and Graham F. Welch, which aims to guide educators through the full gamut of vocal possibilities: Individual adult voices and choirs, developing young singers, and aging adults.    Link 

  • Presentations by AIRS Members at the at the Podium 2018 Conference, St. John's NL, June 29-July 3, 2018:

June 29 - Multisite interdisciplinary research in singing: The AIRS example [ La recherche interdisciplinaire multisite dans le domaine du chant : l’exemple d’AIRS]  (Annabel Cohen, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada) - Research Paper Presentation 

June 29 - Collegiate colloquium: Roundtable discussion/forum for collegiate choral colleagues | Colloque collégial : table ronde et forum pour les collègues du monde choral collégial (Jennifer Lang, Janet Brenneman, Université de la Saskatchewan, Canada)  

June 30 - Singing: A fundamental human resource promoting wellbeing and health | Chant: Une ressource humaine fondamentale pour le bien-être et la santé   (Stephen Clift, Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, UK) – Lecture (Garrison) 

June 30 - This thirsty land: Addressing contemporary issues through choral composition and performance | This thirsty land : Aborder des enjeux d’aujourd’hui grâce à la composition et à l’interprétation de musique chorale (Marta McCarthy, Université de Guelph, Canada)

June 30 - Take these broken wings and learn to fly: Tracking the learning and retention of singers with dementia in an intergenerational choral program | Suivi de la rétention des apprentissages chez les chanteurs atteints de démence participant à un programme choral intergénérationnel (Carol Beynon, Kathy McNaughton, Western University, Canada) 

July 2, Concerts of note:

Amabile Men’s Choir (Primus), conducted by Carol Beynon and Mark Payne , 28th Amabile Festival 2018 

Sirens, Prince Edward Island's Award-Winning Women's Choral Ensemble  

Full Conference program schedule can be found here.  

  • Rachel Heydon  will co-lead a Provincial Center of Excellence on Early Child Care over the next three years.  Rachel is the lead editor on the forthcoming volume  Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Research in Singing: Vol 3 - Well-being. 

    Rachel with Susan O'Neill has recently published a book "Why Multimodal LIteracy Matters: (Re) conceptualizing literacy and wellbeing through singing-infused multimodal intergenerational curricula.  Link.

  • Sandra Trehub and Laura K Cirelli, University of Toronto, have Published "Infants help singers of familiar songs". Infants are highly selective in their help to unfamiliar individuals. They investigated the effect of infant-directed song and recitation on 14-month-old infants’ subsequent helpfulness and proximity-seeking in relation to unfamiliar performers.   Link

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Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops   view all upcoming

  • PODIUM on the EDGE 2018: Singing from Sea to Sea to Sea,  St. John’s NL, June 29-July 3, 2018. Conference Program includes national-international keynote presentations, interest sessions, lecture-recitals, conducting masterclasses, workshops and reading sessions for conductors, choirs, administrators, students and choral enthusiasts. In addition, choirs will perform in 11 major Spotlight and Highlight Concerts. Program and Sessions schedule can be found here

  • ICAP2018,  International Congress of Applied Psychology & the Canadian Psychological Association's 79th Annual General Meeting, June 26-30, Montreal.  Event Schedule here.   Link 

  • 2018 Symposium on Research in Choral Singing, Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, September 14-15, 2018. The Symposium will combine diverse presentational formats with opportunities for in-depth conversation, inquiry, and consideration of future research directions. Keynote speaker will be Graham Welch (University College of London).    Link 

  • Workshop “Musical ‘Meaning’, Social Interaction, and Teleofunctionalism”, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute for Musicology and Media Science, Research Area “Systematic Musicology”, July 13-14, 2018. Given that theories of representational semantics are not readily applicable to music, this workshop addresses an alternative question, tying in with a different approach taken from the philosophy of mind: teleofunctionalism—namely, whether a musical event can be considered meaningful by virtue of having a certain kind of proper function.  Submissions focusing on your motivations for attending the workshop, of 300 words or less, should be sent in PDF format to by 30 April 2018. Invited participants may indicate their desire to present a poster; selected proposals addressing the topic of this workshop—in all its variety and complexity—might be integrated into the program of workshop as statements (talks). All applicants will be notified of their application outcome by mid-May 2.  Link 

  • 3rd Musicians´ Health and Performance Conference in Helsinki, June 14-16, 2018. Musicians, health care professionals, professionals in music administration and students are welcome to attemd.   Link  

  • Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM18) will take place at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań on 17-20th October 2018. The theme of the conference will be "Meaning and Music". What does music mean? Where does its meaning come from? This conference involves all musicological subdisciplines and paradigms, and all musically relevant disciplines. Call for papers: submission deadline is 23:59 GMT 15 April 2018. More information here.    Link



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