While things have been quiet on the blog front, don't be deceived because I am gearing up for some serious Podium Coverage. I'm even part of a social media team for the upcoming Podium Conference and Festival in Edmonton, AB this May 19-22, 2016!
Meet these three amazing team members who are coming from across Canada to converge upon Podium for social media coverage. Sessions, concerts, and parties - we will be reporting on all of these areas at the ground level. We all have a unique perspective to offer and a command of social media tools to help distribute that message. This is the time to take out your smartphone and start following us on any or all social media platforms you prefer.
Learn more about our team members in this chain interview we conducted with each other.
Vancouver BC. Twitter: @mister_sissy. Instagram: @mistersissy
Clarkson is a bisectional soprano who has been breathing choral music
since her early days of study in Minneapolis, where she co-founded her
first ensemble at age 15. She has lived in Vancouver, BC since 1997, and
has sung with many fabulous local
ensembles and educators. Her choral 'home' has been the Vancouver
Cantata Singers for the last 10 years, and she co-founded and manages
Canada's most flaming classical choral ensemble, Cor Flammae.
is a tireless choral advocate over social media, and created the “hit”
viral video for VCS, Shit Choristers Say, which propelled her into some
strange level of nerd stardom for about 10 minutes.
Missy Clarkson est une soprano bisectionnelle qui fréquente la musique chorale depuis ses premières années d’études à Minneapolis, où elle a cofondé un premier ensemble à l’âge de 15 ans. Depuis 1997 elle habite Vancouver, C.-B., où elle a chanté avec plusieurs ensembles et éducateurs fabuleux. L’ensemble Vancouver Cantata Singers (VCS) est son « chez-soi » choral depuis 10 ans. Elle est aussi la cofondatrice et gérante de l’ensemble choral classique le plus enflammé du Canada, Cor Flammae.
Missy défend sans relâche le chant choral sur les médias sociaux. Elle a créé pour VCS le vidéo Shit Choristers Say qui devint un « hit » viral et la propulsa dans une gloire étrange pour environ 10 minutes!
Jean-Pierre Dubois Godin chats with Missy Clarkson
As the co-founder of Vancouver's Cor Flammae, Canada's most flaming
classical choral ensemble, can you tell us the how and the why this
ensemble was formed?
As a queer person who is a major choir nerd I always felt the need to connect with both communities,
however as someone with classical training I found that the existing
queer singing ensembles were not quite challenging enough for my liking.
We created Cor Flammae to connect these dots and explore unsung queer
perspectives in classical choral music. Performing queer content with
high-caliber queer musicians creates another level of connection to the
stories, and it sounds good too! We want to deepen the understanding of
historical and modern queer experiences for everyone. How does a
rejection by mainstream society in a conservative genre impact art and
career? How can we help queer music lovers and performers to feel
welcome, encouraged, and invited to the choral music world, where they
rarely see reflections of themselves or their journeys in popular
writing and performance? We want to answer these questions through the
often marginalized lens of our shared life experiences as queer
musicians, and we do so in FULL regalia. Everyone can be their true
selves in our rehearsals and concerts - tattoos, wigs, true gender
identities, and all, while rocking out some serious high art!
2. What is your choral piece? What is your favourite canadian choral piece?
absolute fave choral piece at the moment *is* Canadian - I am totally
obsessed with Kristopher Fulton's 'The Twilight Cities' from his new
debut album of the same title. Listening to it is like swimming through a
graphic novel - specifically the one on which the work is based
("L'Enfant Penchée" by François Schuiten & Benoît Peeters) - it's a
full, lush, cinematic sound that rumbles and shimmers. I am *totally*
biased, by the way, as Mr. Fulton is a long-time close pal (we met in
music school!) and I was lucky enough to be able to sing on his album.
Paula Kremer and Vancouver Cantata Singers prepared it in 3 rehearsals
and we basically almost died in the process, but it was so worth it. You
always hear such different bits when surrounded by your fellow
choristers, so hearing all the parts fully mastered in some good
headphones pretty much blew my mind. It is such interesting writing -
both innovative and accessible!
3. Which social media are most into right now: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or other?
me, they all have their specific strengths for specific purposes, but I
find myself on Instagram and FB most often. Twitter is my top choice
for events like Podium!
Is there some more Sh*t Choristers Say? Ever thought about doing a 2nd
video? What are some sayings that you would add to it, if any?
my gosh, since it was released at a time when a 4-minute video could
actually go viral (!), it's really the equivalent of 4 videos these
days! But if I did make another video there is no end to the material
available!! I would probably do a dress-rehearsal-specific video....
"Where are we standing? How do we get onstage? Why are we doing it that
way why not this weird other way? This acoustic is so dry! Do we bow
now? How bout now? Are we currently bowing?? WHERE IS MY FOLDER???"
5. Is there anything you are looking forward to at #Podium2016?
this will be my very first Podium I am looking forward to literally
EVERYTHING. I'm going to bask in the all sights and sounds and humans
and nerdery. I expect some major facemelts from ProCoro and may need a
fainting couch during Conspirare. I am unreasonably excited!
6. What is your favourite Ave Maria?
I would have to say it's the Biebl, which VCS performs at the end of
every one of our Christmas concerts, surround-sound-styles, and the
audience just bawls their adorable eyes out. I was also lucky enough to
bawl my own eyeballs out hearing Chanticleer perform it a few years ago.
For some reason I never get sick of singing or hearing the piece! It
has a certain magic.
Edmonton, AB. Twitter: @misssable; Instagram: @misssable
is an avid chorister as well as a Speech-Language Pathologist with an
interest in Vocology. When she is not working with Voice Therapy
publishing choral musings on The Choir Girl blog, or drinking chai
lattes, she can often be found watching Netflix and coloring in her
Hipster coloring book.
Sable est une choriste passionnée ainsi qu’une orthophoniste particulièrement intéressée par la vocologie. Elle aime regarder Netflix, colorier dans son album à colorier hipster et prendre un chai latté entre ses consultations avec ses clients en thérapie de la voix et ses publications sur son blogue, The Choir Girl
Missy Clarkson chats with Miss Sable
1. What ensembles do you sing with, and what is your favourite thing about singing in choirs?
Currently, I'm singing in Pro Coro Canada's 2015-16 season and with the
Edmonton Opera Chorus and Canadian Chamber Choir if my schedule allows.
2. When and why did you create your blog, "The Choir Girl"?
I began my The Choir Girl Blog back in 2009. I have
always been an avid fan of online means to share personal perspective. I
first began on Livejournal with a personal account but I wanted to
transition over to a public one. I knew that if I wanted to have a
public blog, I would need a concept that would provide continuous
inspiration. A blog focused on choral music and performance was the
natural choice in my mind! It has also challenged me to highlight
different Composers, Conductors, and Choirs throughout the years and
showcase the excellent work they do in addition to my own musings as a
3. What is the most interesting choral blog subject you've ever covered?
One of the topics that I see
continuously come up as a highly read post in my archives is on the
Culture of Fear in rehearsal.
Even though the post is back from 2012, I still get a constant flow of
readers and lots of interesting messages and discussions from it. I
believe it was even reading material for a University level Choral
Methods class so I'm glad it's a topic that helps to stimulate
4. What are you most looking forward to about Podium?
In addition to having a rad roommate in the form of Missy Clarkson
at Podium and singing with Pro Coro Canada at the Festival, I'm really looking forward to how social media can be used
to cover all the conference events and give people an opportunity to be
in multiple places at once just by seeing updates or comments from other
sessions or concerts. It's time for a social media take-over!
5. Which social media media platform do you prefer at the moment?
My preferred social media platform right now is Instagram. I love how
it gives me a visual flow of beautiful and informative images and
videos. In the evenings, you can definitely find me cradling my
smartphone and scrolling through Instagram to see what the world was up
to that day.
6. What's your favourite Ave Maria?
David McIntyre's "Ave Maria." It's effervescent, ethereal, and lush - what's not to like? I have great memories performing that work with Belle Canto Women's Ensemble at the Cork International Choral Festival. It's always nice to find a treble arrangement of a piece that works so well.
Ottawa, ON. Twitter: @Mamydee; Instagram: @amydeechoir
since she sang Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” at her
mother’s wedding at four years old, Cornwall born mezzo-soprano Amy
Desrosiers knew music was her calling. Under the direction of vocal
coach Laurence Ewashko and Sonya Sweeney,
Amy has developed her vocal skills in opera, jazz, and choral singing
and completed a Bachelor of Music and minor in Arts Administration in
2011 at the University of Ottawa.
Amy not only
adores singing with her choir family, but also loves working behind the
scenes as an arts administrator and choir manager for the Capital Chamber Choir. Aside from binge watching Star Wars, she also spends her
time singing with the Capital Chamber Choir, Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus,
and jazzing it up with the Jazz Lines Vocal Quartet on the National Arts
Centre stage and other fun venues in the Ottawa community.
love of social media and writing inspired her to create her blog
“Blonde in the Choir” and strives to support fun arts projects and
initiatives in the Ottawa choral community.
Amy Desrosiers, une mezzo-soprano originaire de Cornwall, a chanté à l’âge de 4 ans « I Will Always Love You » de Whitney Houston au mariage de sa mère. Elle sut dès lors que la musique ferait toujours partie de sa vie. Sous la direction du coach vocal Laurence Ewashko et de Sonya Sweeney, Amy a développé ses compétences vocales en opéra, en jazz, et en chant choral. Elle a complété un baccalauréat en musique et une mineure en administration des arts en 2011 à l’Université d’Ottawa.
Elle adore chanter avec sa famille de chorales et aussi travailler à l’arrière-scène comme administratrice des arts et gérante de chœur pour la Capital Chamber Choir. En plus de regarder Star Wars en rafale, elle chante sur la scène du Centre national des arts et d’autres merveilleuses salles de la communauté d’Ottawa avec le Capital Chamber Choir, le chœur d’Opéra Lyra Ottawa, et le Jazz Lines Vocal Quartet pour jazzer le tout.
Son attrait pour l’écriture et les médias sociaux l’a inspirée à créer son blogue « The Blonde in the Choir » qui appuie les projets artistiques et les initiatives de la communauté chorale d’Ottawa.
Miss Sable chats with Amy Desrosiers
1. Why did you decide to create a Blonde in the Choir?
decided to create Blonde in the Choir back in the summer of 2013
because I wanted to give a voice in the Ottawa choral community. It
began in the middle of Bizet’s Carmen staging rehearsals and I was truly
inspired by what was happening around me. I wanted to extend my joy and
passion beyond the rehearsal hall and open it to the world.
was also compelled to share my experiences in blog posts where my
readers could relate to everyday situations as a musician. Overtime, I
developed my tone and began to shift my focus on interesting topics and
project ideas that I believe will broaden my audience and also allow me
to improve my writing style. I am always learning!
2. What were your initial thoughts when you were asked to join the Podium Social Media team?
I was already planning on attending Podium because I felt it was time
to participate in a conference that embodied my passion for music. The
fact that I will be contributing to the Podium social media platform
with such a great team is both a privilege and a sign that I should keep
this blogging thing going!
3. What do you think is an advantage of social media that more people should be aware of?
A huge advantage with social media is presence. I see so many choirs do
very little with updating their social media platforms and it affects
their following receiving crucial information on upcoming concerts. It
is SO important to take time in your week to get a choir photo or reach
out to your following for feedback. Trust me, people notice.
4. Which sessions/concerts are you most looking forward to at Podium?
for concerts, I am really excited to check out Pro Coro Canada and the
Mozart Requiem choral-orchestral concert. I am familiar with Michael
Zaugg’s work when he was conducting in Ottawa and look forward to seeing
him again in his element with this great group!
sung the Mozart Requiem several times, I have never experienced the
masterpiece from the audience perspective and I look forward to sitting
back and losing myself in the music.
As for sessions, how do I choose!? I love all of them BUT if I had to narrow it down:
Maestra Matters: Women's Leadership in Choral Music-Making and Community-Building
Choral Therapy: How Choir Saved My Life
Programming For Your Audience
5. What are your current social media addictions?
will see me glued to my phone over Twitter. I’ve found so many fun
blogs and people who share the same interests through Twitter more than
any other social media platform. Because I manage four Facebook pages, I
have very little time to devote to other platforms aside from the big
three: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. My friends are slowly
convincing me to get SnapChat.
Ottawa, ON. Twitter: @jpduboisgodin
Dubois-Godin is a bass/baritone in the local Ottawa choral community.
He studied Music, Arts administration, Advertising, and Marketing, in
school and currently sings with the Ottawa Choral Society.
Once, Canadian choral composer Stephen Hatfield asked him for help on French lyrics on a new choral composition. This piece is now published at Boosey.
is welcoming this opportunity to be on Podium's Social Media Team as a
way to get back into blogging and tweeting about
local/national/international choral news (#ChoirX)
Jean-Pierre Dubois-Godin est un baryton-basse de la communauté chorale d’Ottawa. Il a étudié la musique, l’administration des arts, la publicité et le marketing, et il chante présentement avec la Société chorale d’Ottawa.
Stephen Hatfield, un compositeur bien connu du milieu choral canadien, lui a déjà demandé son aide pour écrire les paroles en français d’une nouvelle composition bilingue. Cette pièce est maintenant publiée chez Boosey & Hawkes.
Jean-Pierre est heureux de faire partie de l’équipe des médias sociaux de Podium, et profite de cette occasion pour alimenter son compte Twitter et son blogue (ChoirX) de nouvelles locales, nationales, et internationales du monde choral.
Amy Desrosiers chats with Jean-Pierre Dubois-Godin
1. What inspired you to start your blog, ChoirX?
At the time (2011), I had recently gotten Twitter and would love to
livetweet my choir rehearsals: music we were rehearsing, funny things
choir directors were saying, what was going on behind-the-scenes... I
enjoyed tweeting so much that I expanded its microblogging into full-on blogging. To share my eXperience as a chorister.
2. What was your favourite moment while performing on stage?
There are so many, it is so hard to choose. I can think of at least 4
right off the bat. One of the most memorable performances I did was in
June 2010 when the Ottawa choirs and the NAC Orchestra were joined by
the Orchestre Métropolitain and it choir, from Montreal, to perform
Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin,
both at the National Arts Centre and the Place des Arts. A double-choir
with a double-orchestra, with a "tour" to Montreal. It was a sold-out
show and so amazing. Definitely and unforgettable experience.
3. What choral/opera/classical piece do you always have on repeat?
I have many. At least these 4: Stephen Hatfield's Living in a Holy City,
Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, and Eric
Whitacre's i thank you god for most this amazing day.
4. Why is it important for you to connect with other arts administrators and performers through social media?
Choral singing is really an intimate experience that creates
relationships with people you wouldn't normally cross elsewise.
Sometimes, it's like a language of its own. It's nice to find others on
social media who speak the same "language" as your own.
5. What makes you most excited about attending Podium?
I'm just most excited to see and hear all these choral maestros at
work: Michael Zaugg, Scott Leithead, Morna Edmundson, Robert Filion...
we're in for a treat!