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Caron Daley

Assistant Professor; Director of Choral Activities; Conductor, Voices of Spirit and Pappert Women’s Chorale; Ensemble Area Coordinator
Mary Pappert School of Music
Choral Department

Room 206A
Phone: 412.396.1287


D.M.A., University of Toronto
M.M., Ohio State University
M.A., Ohio State University
A.D., Western University
B.Mus, Western University
A.R.C.T., Royal Conservatory of Canada

Caron Daley is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she conducts the Voices of Spirit, Women's Pappert Chorale, and University Singers, and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting.

A native of Nova Scotia, Caron has held past conducting appointments with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, University of Toronto, Trinity Western University, Dalhousie University, Salem Academy and College, and St. Michael's Choir School. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Halifax Choral Conducting Institute, a week-long summer professional development event that attracts conductors from across North America (visit halifaxsummerchoral.com).

A certified Dalcroze Eurhythmics teacher, Caron frequently lectures on the sound-gesture relationship in choral conductor score study, rehearsing, and gesture, and is published in Anacrusis, Canadian Music Educator's Journal, Research Memorandum Series of Chorus America, and Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Vol. 4. Her work has been featured at Choral Canada's national conference, Festival 500's Phenomenon of Singing Symposium, Dalcroze USA's national conference, and the International Coalition of Boys' Schools conference. In 2017, she will present new research on the use of hand-gesturing in the teaching of vocal articulations at the Voice Foundation Symposium, and a session on Dalcroze-based improvisation in conductor training at the International Conference for Dalcroze Studies.

Caron sits on the editorial boards of the National Collegiate Choral Organization's Choral Scholar and Choral Canada's Anacrusis, in which she writes Podium Perspectives, a column exploring topics in conductor leadership. An active member of the American Choral Director's Association, Caron is a Fellow of the 2017 International Conductor' Exchange Program to Argentina and President-Elect-Designate of ACDA-Pennsylvania.

Caron is also active as a soloist and professional choral singer, and has performed with Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Symphony Nova Scotia, Festival Ensemble of the European Music Festival, National Youth Choir of Canada, Columbus Bach Ensemble, Columbus Symphony Chorus, North Carolina Master Chorale and Chamber Choir, Bel Canto Company, Toronto Bach Festival Singers, and Halifax Camerata. She currently sings with Voces Solis, a Pittsburgh-based professional choir, and regularly performs in faculty recitals.

Caron holds a D.M.A. (Choral Conducting) from the University of Toronto, an M.M. (Choral Conducting) and M.A. (Vocal Pedagogy) from The Ohio State University, an Artist Diploma (Voice) and B.M. (Music Education) from Western University, and an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Canada Diploma (Voice).