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Symposium on Voice, Agency, and Improvisation

In preparation for the symposium, the Thinking Spaces reading group is presenting a series of free vocal workshops, to be held on Sundays from 12-2 at Silence Guelph. If you're interested in attending, find out more here. These gatherings will result in a performance at the Summit.

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Symposium Schedule - June 26th, 2014


9:45-10:00am - Opening comments by Chris Tonelli & Lauren Michelle Levesque and "Wake Up Call" by Rob Wallace

10:00-11:30am - Panel - Voices, Alliances, Identities

  • 10:00 Kati Szego - Hawaiian Falsetto Singing through the Prism of "Alliance Studies"
  • 10:30 Gabriel Dharmoo - Hearing Cultural Identity in Vocal Sound
  • 11:00 Kara Ann Attrep - "Between a Dance and a Scream": Yoko Ono and the Gendered Global Voice

11:30-12:30pm - Public Interview with Phil Minton and Maggie Nicols

12:30-1:30pm - Lunch

1:30-3:30pm - Open Vocal Workshop with Phil Minton and Maggie Nicols

3:45-5:00pm - Artists Panel Discussion with Maggie Nichols, Phil Minton, Paul Dutton, Christine Duncan, and W. Mark Sutherland

8:00pm - Free Concert with Maggie Nichols, Phil Minton, Paul Dutton, Christine Duncan, W. Mark Sutherland, and the Guelph Vocal Exploration Choir


We’ll all be more innovative if we participate in collaborative webs and share more openly. Creativity is always a collaboration and it’s always a form of improvisation, written large in the social world.

– Keith Sawyer