Featuring Teodora Georgieva-Gitberg, Conductor with Victoria Children's Choir
Teodora Georgieva-Gitberg received her Bachelor of Music Education in Russia, with diplomas in piano and in domra performance, and a Masters of Choral Conducting and Musicology in Bulgaria. In her native Bulgaria, she conducted the opera chorus of the International Danube Opera as well as the Sofia Orthodox Choir. In Canada, her work expanded to include the Canadian Children's Opera Company, Riverdale Youth Singers, St. Michael's Choir School and the Toronto School Board. As Vocal Instructor with the Toronto School Board, she was responsible for training school teachers to teach music and choir in their classroom environment, which included lesson demonstrations, repertoire selection, music literacy lessons, as well as instructions on conducting technique. Since her move to Victoria, she has been conducting with the Victoria Children's Choir and teaching a variety of music courses through Continuing Studies of UVic, often using Kodály’s principles and music education philosophy. Teodora's most recent appointment is of Choral Director at Lester B. Pearson College.
White Rock, BC
Featuring Darcy Moirrissey, Artistic Director of the Bellevue Girls Choir
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.
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
GUEST SPEAKERS | PRESENTERS
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.
MUSIC FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES
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)