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Dr. Charlene Pauls

Choir (Session II Director)

Dr. Charlene Pauls

Choir (Session II Director)

Dr. Charlene Pauls is an award-winning Conductor, Soprano Soloist, Pedagogue, and Clinician. Drawing from extensive experience as a vocal pedagogue, Dr. Pauls’ approach to choral conducting focuses on developing a beautiful sound through a deep understanding of healthy vocal technique. Over the course of her career, she has directed adult, university and youth choirs. She is completing her first season as Artistic Director of the Guelph Chamber Choir, a community choir of over 40 singers with a subscription series of four concerts. She is also Associate Artistic Director of the 250+ strong Oakville Choir for Children and Youth where she directs “Raise Her Voice - Chamber”, an all-female, ambassadorial ensemble selected from within the organization’s senior singers. Dr. Pauls has led this group in award-winning performances at various national and international competitions, most recently winning first place in the national CBC Amateur Choral Competition. Dr. Pauls was thrilled to be awarded the 2018 Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting from the Ontario Arts Council.

Through her connection with Palestinian-Jordanian musician, Natalie Fasheh, Dr. Pauls has created the community choir project “Mosaic Music Collective,” a group that brings together newcomers to Canada with longer-term residents through exploration of global music.

Dr. Pauls has appeared on concert stages across Canada and internationally in Germany, England, France and Spain, under the baton of conductors such as Robert Shaw, Bramwell Tovey, and Helmuth Rilling. She has taught Voice at universities in Manitoba and Ontario, and currently maintains an active home studio working with students of all ages. Academic studies include undergraduate degrees from the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba in theology, piano and voice, a Master’s from McGill, specializing in Early Music, and a Doctorate from the University of Toronto in Vocal Performance, with a dissertation on Bach’s Cantata 210.

In addition to her active performing and teaching career, Dr. Pauls frequently presents academic work at conferences, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Conference in Las Vegas and at the Canadian National Choral Conference “Podium” in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Dr. Pauls is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician across the country.

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