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Caron Daley

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

Room 206A
Phone: 412.396.1287
daleyc1@duq.edu

Education:

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
Biography

Caron Daley is Director of Choral Activities, Assistant Professor of Music, and Ensembles Coordinator at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University where she conducts the Voices of Spirit, Women's Pappert Chorale, and University Singers, and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting. Caron is also Founder and Artistic Director of the Halifax Choral Conducting Institute and Music Director of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Caron has held past conducting appointments with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, University of Toronto, Trinity Western University, Dalhousie University, National Youth Choir of Canada, Salem Academy and College, and St. Michael's Choir School. Other conducting highlights include the Luminato Festival, National Youth Choir of Canada, Festival Ensemble of International Bachakademie, College Light Opera Company, Maritime Concert Opera Company, Greensboro Opera, and All-State, District, and Provincial Honor Choirs.

A certified Dalcroze Eurhythmics practitioner, Caron regularly lectures on the sound-gesture relationship in choral conducting, and has presented research at Choral Canada's Podium Conference, Festival 500 Phenomenon of Singing, Dalcroze USA's National Conference, the International Coalition of Boys Schools Conference, the 46th Annual Voice Symposium - Care of the Professional Voice, the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies, and in 2018, the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division Conference, 3rd Congreso Coral Argentino in Tandil, Argentina, and the Oxford Conducting Institute International Conducting Studies Conference. Her current research explores the effects of hand movements on vocal articulation, the use of Dalcroze Eurhythmics in conducting pedagogy, and the teaching of women conductors.

Caron is published in Anacrusis, Canadian Music Educator, Research Memorandum Series of Chorus America, Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Vol. 4, and Choral Journal. She authors "Podium Perspectives", a column in Choral Canada's Anacrusis that explores topics in conductor leadership.

An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Caron is President-Elect of ACDA-Pennsylvania. In 2017, she was a Fellow of the International Conductors Exchange Program to Argentina.

Caron is also active as a solo and choral singer. In 2017, she presented a faculty recital at Duquesne University featuring music by Bach, Barber, and repertoire for soprano and Javanese gamelan. Caron has previously sung with the Voces Solis, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Symphony Nova Scotia, Halifax Camerata, Bel Canto Company, North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Master Chorale and Chamber Choir, Columbus Bach Ensemble, Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Festival Ensemble of the European Music Festival, and the National Youth Choir of Canada.

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).

Guest Conducting & Presentations
  • Daley, Caron. "Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 1 Chorus Festival." Mount Lebanon High School, Pittsburgh, PA, February 13-15, 2019.
  • Daley Caron. "NYSSMA Zone I Area All-State Treble Choir". University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, Nov 16-17, 2018.
  • Conducting Masterclasses at the 3rd Congreso Coral Argentino, Tandil, Argentina, May 25-29, 2018
  • Daley, Caron. "Non-verbal Techniques in Choral Conducting." Presentation at the 3rd Congreso Coral Argentino of the Organización Federada Argentina de Actividades Corales, Tandil, Argentina, May 28, 2018.
  • Daley, Caron. "Songs of Displacement." Voces Solis. Christ United Methodist Church, Bethel Park, PA, May 20, 2018.
  • Daley, Caron. "Diocese of Pittsburgh Choral Festival." St. Bernard Church, Pittsburgh, PA, May 15, 2018.
  • Daley, Caron and Heather Rusiewicz. "Hands to Mouth: Manual Mimicry in Choral Singing and Conducting." Presentation at the Eastern Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, Pittsburgh, PA, March 8, 2018.
  • Daley, Caron. "Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 7 Chorus Festival." Susquehannock High School, York, PA, January 26-27, 2018.
  • Daley, Caron. "Nassau County Music Educators Association All-County Women's Choir." Tilles Center or the Performing Arts, Greenvale, NY, January 13-14, 2018.
  • Daley, Caron. "Movement Improvisation and Play-based Inquiry in Conductor Education." Paper presentation at the 3rd International Conference of Dalcroze Studies, Québec City, QC, August 2, 2017.
  • Daley, Caron. (Moderator), Hilary Apfelstadt, Morna Edmundson, Magen Solomon, Beth Willer. "Choral Leadership from the Maestra Perspective." Panel presentation at Chorus America's National Conference, Los Angeles, CA, June 22, 2017.
  • Daley, Caron. and Heather Leavy Rusiewicz. "Manual Mimicry in Vocal Pedagogy: Exploring Embodiment and Entrainment in the Teaching and Learning of Speech Sounds for Singing." Presentation at the 46th Annual Voice Foundation Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice, Philadelphia, PA, June 2, 2017.
  • International Conductors Exchange Program of the American Choral Directors Association, Buenos Aires and La Plata, Argentina, May 14-28, 2017.
  • Daley, Caron. "68th Annual Erie All-County Senior High Choral Festival." Baird Hall, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, March 25, 2017.
  • Daley, Caron. "Bach's Birthday - A Concert in Celebration of Bach's 332nd Birthday." Church of the Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA, March 19, 2017.
  • Daley, Caron. "Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 12 Chorus Festival." Penncrest High School, Media, PA, January 13-14, 2017.
  • Daley, Caron. "Sweet Harmony Women's Choir Festival." West Allegheny Middle School, Pittsburgh, PA, November 4, 2016.
  • Daley, Caron. "Choral Eurhythmy: Movement Games for Singers"; "How Do I Gesture That? Developing a Conducting Vocabulary to Capture your Ideal Sound." Presentations at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Summer Conference, Seven Springs, PA, July 12, 2016.
  • Daley, Caron. "How Do I Gesture That? Developing a Conducting Vocabulary to Capture your Ideal Sound." Presentation at the Pennsylvania American Choral Directors Association Summer Conference, Elizabethtown, PA, August 2, 2016.
  • Daley, Caron. (Moderator), Janet Brenneman, Sara Brooks, Debra Cairns, Ardelle Ries. "Maestra Matters: Women's Leadership in Choral Music-making and Community-building." Panel presentation at Choral Canada's National Conference, Podium 2016, Edmonton, AB, May 19, 2016.
  • Daley, Caron. "Charting a Course for the 21st Century Conductor: Preparing Conductors for Creative, Collaborative, and Socially-engaged leadership. Presentation at Chorus America's National Conference, Boston, MA, June 24, 2015.
  • Daley, Caron. "Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Singsation", Toronto, ON, March 5, 2016.
  • Daley, Caron. "Luminato Festival", Toronto, ON, June 23-29, 2015.
  • Daley, Caron. "Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Singsation", Toronto, ON, February 26, 2015.
  • Daley, Caron. "Prince Edward Island Provincial Youth Choir", Charlottetown, PEI, March 5-7, 2015.
  • Daley, Caron. "The Embodied Score: A Whole-body Approach to Studying, Rehearsing and Performing choral repertoire." Presentation at Choral Canada's National Conference, Podium 2014, Halifax, NS. May 16, 2014.
Publications
  • Daley, Caron. "Reimagining Conductor Score Study through the Principles of Émile-Jaques-Dalcroze's Eurhythmics." Choral Journal (2018): 18-26.
  • Daley, Caron. "Slow Conducting: Finding Timelessness and Pleasure in Podium Work". Anacrusis 36, no. 1 (2017): 42-4.
  • Daley, Caron. "Teacher Resource Guide: Good-night." In Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Volume 4, edited by Jo-Michael Scheibe, 284-8. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2017. (Invited).
  • Daley, Caron. "Teacher Resource Guide: Psalm 100." In Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Volume 4, edited by Jo-Michael Scheibe, 338-43. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2017. (Invited).
  • Daley, Caron. "Teacher Resource Guide: Ah! si mon moine voulait danser." In Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Volume 4, edited by Jo-Michael Scheibe, 531-6. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2017. (Invited).
  • Daley, Caron. "Teacher Resource Guide: Rise up, My Love, My Fair One." In Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Volume 4, edited by J-M. Scheibe, 629-33. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2017. (Invited).
  • Daley, Caron. "Structuring Choral Warm-ups for Chorister Success, Part II: Developing Musicianship Skills." PMEA News 81, no. 3 (2017): 46-7.
  • Daley, Caron. "Structuring Choral Warm-ups for Chorister Success, Part I: Developing the Choral Instrument." PMEA News 81, no. 2 (2016): 34-5.
  • Daley, Caron. "Embodied Sound: A Resource Reference Guide on the Use of Movement in Choral Conducting and Rehearsing." Journal of the American Choral Foundation - Research Memorandum Series 209 (2016): 1-7. (Invited).
  • Daley, Caron. "Conducting in Fours: Team-based Podium Leadership and the Summer Singers." Anacrusis 35, no. 1 (2016): 32-3.
  • Daley, Caron. "Maestra Matters: Women's Leadership in Choral Music-making and Community-building." Anacrusis 34, no. 3 (2016): 38-40.
  • Daley, Caron. "Expanding Definitions: Parole Officers and the New Chorister Perspective." Anacrusis 34, no. 2 (2016): 42-3.
  • Daley, Caron. "What Advice Would You Give your 24-year-old Self? Reflective Practice on the Podium." Anacrusis 33, no. 3 (2015).
  • Daley, Caron. "It's Lonely Up Here: Building Supportive Frameworks for Conductor Teaching and Learning." Anacrusis 33, no. 2 (2015).
  • Daley, Caron. "Lifelong Learning: Tuning in to Conductor Continuing Education. Anacrusis 33, no. 1 (2014).
  • Daley, Caron. "I Am the Song: Teaching Choral Skills-Internalization through Embodied Pedagogy - Part 2." Anacrusis 32, no. 3 (2014).
  • Daley, Caron. "I Am the Song: Teaching Choral Skills-Internalization through Embodied Pedagogy - Part 1." Anacrusis, 32, no. 2 (2014).
  • Daley, Caron. "A Whole-body Approach to Choral Teaching and Learning: Dalcroze Eurhythmics in Action in the Choral Context." Canadian Music Educator 52, no. 4 (2012). (Invited).
  • Daley, Caron. "Dalcroze Eurhythmics for Conductors: Applications for Score study, Gesture, Rehearsal and Performance." Being Music 2, no. 2 (2008).

Works in Progress:

  • Daley, Caron and Rusiewicz, Heather. "Manual Mimicry in the Teaching and Learning of Phonemes for Singing."
Courses

MUEN 372 - Choral Conducting
GMPF 331/631 - Directed Studies in Choral Conducting
MUEN 143 - Voices of Spirit
MUEN 139 - Pappert Chorale
MUEN 141 - University Singers