caron daley

Caron Daley

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

Music, Room 206A
Phone: 412.396.1287
daleyc1@duq.edu

Education:

D.M.A., University of Toronto
M.M., The Ohio State University
M.A., The 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 at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she conducts the Voices of Spirit and Pappert Chorale and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. Choirs under her direction have performed across the Northeast, including an invited performance at the 2019 National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference. A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, she has held past conducting appointments with the University of Toronto, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, National Youth Choir of Canada, Salem Academy and College, and St. Michael's Choir School.

Caron's research explores the application of embodied practices to choral and conductor pedagogy. She is published in Anacrusis, Canadian Music Educator, Research Memorandum Series of Chorus America, Teaching Music through Performance in Choir Vol. 4 and Vol. 5, Choral Journal, Journal of Singing, and The Choral Scholar. Her current research studies investigate (1) the impact of hand gestures on the learning and retention of non-native phonemes for singing and (2) injury prevention strategies and curricular implications in conducting.

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 A.R.C.T (Voice) from the Royal Conservatory of Canada. She currently serves as National Chair for Collegiate Repertoire and Resources for the American Choral Directors Association and Past-President of the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania.

Passionate about conductor education, Caron founded the Halifax Choral Conducting Institute in 2013, a summer training program that attracted participants and clinicians internationally. In 2019, the HCCI inaugurated a Women's Conducting Intensive, the first of its kind in Canada. In 2021, Caron leads a new conducting program at Duquesne, Choral Kaleidoscope, in collaboration with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • Conducting Pedagogy
  • Teaching Women Conductors
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Injury Prevention
Publications
  • Daley, C. & Rusiewicz H. L. (2021). Manual mimicry in the teaching and learning of phonemes for singing. Journal of Singing 77(4), 521-532.
  • Daley, C., Marchetti, G. & Ruane, M. (2020). Injury prevention for conductors: Risk factors, exercise interventions, and ergonomic and curricular recommendations. The Choral Scholar 58(3), 7-25.
  • Daley, C. (2020). Generating gestures: Using Dalcroze Eurhythmics to prepare to conduct. In B. Winnie (Ed.), The Choral Conductor's Companion, 55-56. Chicago: Meredith Music Publications.
  • Daley, C. (2020). Finding kinesthesia: Introducing movement-based learning in the voice studio and choral rehearsal. The Voice 25(1), 11-13.
  • Daley, C. (2019). Teacher resource guide: Cantate Domino (Ruth Watson Henderson). In H. Apfelstadt (Ed.), Teaching music through performance in choir (Vol. 5), 409-414. Chicago: GIA Publications.
  • Daley, C. (2019). Teacher resource guide: Miniwanka (R. Murray Schafer). In H. Apfelstadt (Ed.), Teaching music through performance in choir (Vol. 5), 178-183. Chicago: GIA Publications.
  • Daley, C. (2019). Teacher resource guide: God will give orders/Sweet Child (Sarah Quartel). In H. Apfelstadt (Ed.), Teaching music through performance in choir (Vol. 5), 637-641. Chicago: GIA Publications.
  • Daley, C. (2019). Teacher resource guide: Lover's chant (Matthew Emery). In H. Apfelstadt (Ed.), Teaching music through performance in choir (Vol. 5), 375-380. Chicago: GIA Publications.
  • Daley, C. (2019). Teacher resource guide: V'la l'bon vent (Allison Girvant). In H. Apfelstadt (Ed.), Teaching music through performance in choir (Vol. 5), 648-653. Chicago: GIA Publications.
  • Daley, C. (2018). Reimagining conductor score study through the principles of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze's eurhythmics. Choral Journal 58(8), 18-26.
  • Daley, C. (2017). Teacher resource guide: Psalm 100 (René Clausen). In J-M. Scheibe (Ed.) Teaching music through performance in choir (Vol. 4), 338-343. Chicago: GIA Publications.
  • Daley, C. (2017). Teacher resource guide: Ah! si mon moine voulait danser (Trad., arr. Donald Patriquin). In J-M. Scheibe (Ed.) Teaching music through performance in choir (Vol. 4), 531-536. Chicago: GIA Publications.
  • Daley, C. (2017). Teacher resource guide: Rise up, my love, my fair one (Healey Willan). In J-M. Scheibe (Ed.) Teaching music through performance in choir (Vol. 4), 629-633. Chicago: GIA Publications.
  • Daley, C. (2017). Structuring choral warm-ups for chorister success, part II: Developing musicianship skills. Pennsylvania Music Educators Association News 81(3), 46-47.
  • Daley, C. (2016). Structuring choral warm-ups for chorister success, part I: Developing the choral instrument. Pennsylvania Music Educators Association News 81(2), 34-35.
  • Daley, C. (2016). 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, 1-7.
  • Daley, C. (2014). I am the song: Teaching choral skills-internalization through embodied pedagogy - Part 2. Anacrusis 32(3), 13-14.
  • Daley, C. (2014). I am the song: Teaching choral skills-internalization through embodied pedagogy - Part 1. Anacrusis 32(2), 30-32.
  • Daley, C. (2012). A whole-body approach to choral teaching and learning: Dalcroze Eurhythmics in action in the choral context. Canadian Music Educator 52(4), 46-47.
  • Daley, C. (2008). Dalcroze Eurhythmics for conductors: Applications for score study, gesture, rehearsal and performance. Being Music 2(2), 1-4.
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