CHARLENE PAULS, CLINICIAN/ADJUDICATOR
A career as a recitalist, oratorio singer and opera singer alongside many years of teaching voice at universities, conservatories, and a home studio, has provided Dr. Pauls with an extensive breadth of repertoire knowledge. This vocal expertise coupled with her conducting experience has prompted invitations across Canada as a vocal adjudicator for both solo voice and choral festivals. Recently, she has enjoyed adjudicating at vocal festivals in Calgary, Medicine Hat, and Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and Burlington, ON. Recent choral clinics include the Rotary Choral Festival 2018 in St. John's, Newfoundland (April 2018) and Clinician/ Conductor at the Gros Morne Summer Festival (July 2018), with other choral festival appearances in the Toronto area.
Dr. Pauls completed a DMA from the University of Toronto in 2013, where she concentrated on Vocal Pedagogy studies with Lorna MacDonald, and dissertation research on Bach’s Cantata BWV 210 (Gregory Johnston, Advisor). Current research exploring methods of accommodating greater diversity in community choral settings has led to paper presentations for conferences at Memorial University (St. John’s, Newfoundland), Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario), University of Southern Florida (Tampa, Florida), and the Podium 2018 Conference in St. John's NL, and at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Conferences in Las Vegas, Nevada (2018). She is presenting "Building Community - A Community Music Project Connecting Newcomers and Established Residents" at Chorus America's inaugural virtual conference (2020).
Her work as Associate Artistic Director for the Oakville Choir for Children and Youth - Raise Her Voice choirs has generated research titled "Creating a Sisterhood: Working with Adolescent female voices in the choral setting", which combines awareness of physiological vocal development combined with leadership training for young women (as presented at Podium 2018 in St. John's, Newfoundland). Dr. Pauls gave a corollary presentation titled "What Your Mother Never Told You About Your Larynx" about the lifespan of the female vocal instrument, at the inaugural Women's Conducting Institute in Halifax.