British Columbia Kodály Society of Canada

Saturday, April 29 - Vancouver Spring Workshop

April 29 Choral Focus

White Rock, BC

Featuring Darcy Moirrissey, Artistic Director of the Bellevue Girls Choir

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Darcy Morrissey holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Central Washington University and a M.A. in Music Education specializing in Choral Conducting from the University of St. Thomas. For ten years, Darcy taught all ages and nearly every type of music course within the Lake Washington School District.  She is the Founding Managing Artistic Director of Bellevue Youth Choirs made up of over 160 girls in Bellevue Girlchoir (est. 2012) and is proud to serve the 30 boys in Bellevue Boychoir, which is in it’s second season.  Darcy is highly sought after as a choral clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the region and serves as the Chair for Elementary and Youth Community Choirs for Washington State ACDA.  Darcy is the Choir and Conducting Instructor for the Seattle Kodály Levels Program housed at Seattle Pacific University and presents for various workshops and professional development opportunities for educations. As a professional choral singer, Darcy has been privileged to record for commercials, movie previews, movie, and video game soundtracks, including the latest installment of World of Warcraft.  She also sings with Choral Arts under the direction of Robert Bode, along with earning various awards, this group was honored to sing for President Obama and the First Lady at the White House during the 2015 holiday season. Darcy is a proud mother of two boys, Jack (7) and Aaron (5) and wife to Stephen.

Save the Date: International Kodály Symposium 2017


 Symposium Themes

The Circle of Singing …………………..............Vocal Pedagogy and Choral Culture

The Circle of ‘Musiking’…………………….Ethnomusicology and Musicology

The Circle of Teaching and Learning……....Music Pedagogy and Practice students

Kodály’s Expanding Circle ………………………..Revisioning Kodály Pedagogy for the 21st C


World-renowned music educators from 14 countries will be offering active sessions focusing on every aspect of teaching music to children today.  Delegates will be active - making music in workshops, daily communal canon singing, sight - reading new publications and circle singing games.   


The Kodály Symposium Children's Honour Choir under the direction of László Nemes will show the world that Alberta children love to sing!  Canada’s 150th will also be celebrated each evening in the new Augustana concert hall.  From the Borealis String Quartet and Pro Coro Canada to world champion hoop dancer Dallas Arcand and Inuit Juno Award winner Leela Gilday, each day of music will come first circle.


The University of Alberta is offering 2 courses in conjunction with the symposium.

EDEL 597 Kodály Level III - Dr. James Cuskelly (Australia) & Dr. László Nemes (Hungary)

EDEL 595 International Kodály Seminar - Dr. Kathy Robinson (Canada)


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