Dr. Charlene Pauls has enjoyed a long and varied musical career, as a choral conductor, vocal soloist, clinician, adjudicator, arts administrator, academic, and pedagogue. Drawing on this extensive experience and training, Dr. Pauls’ approach focuses on developing a beautiful and well-crafted choral sound through a deep understanding of healthy vocal technique. 


Dr. Pauls has appeared as a Soprano soloist 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. Drawing inspiration from these and many others, she has developed a collaborative leadership approach which she has further honed conducting community, university, youth, and church choirs. Successful performances at national and international conferences and competitions, including recent appearances at “Podium” and the World Choir Games, are a testament to the effectiveness of her approach.


This life-long commitment to learning gives Dr. Pauls capacity and capability across a broad swath of the musical canon. Although her formal training includes concentrations in Early Music and a dissertation on Bach, she is well-versed in opera, oratorio, song repertoire as well as musical theatre. Dr. Pauls has also been a proponent of contemporary compositions, and has been involved in numerous commissions focusing on Canadian composers. 


This year has been exciting! Dr. Pauls was awarded the Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting from the Ontario Arts Council this year, and was named the new Artistic Director of the Guelph Chamber Choir. She was pleased to be invited as a guest conductor for two performances with London's Chor Amica (November 2018 and April 2019).

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