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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

UK-based York St. John University International Centre for Community Music (ICCM) and the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community (LCMC) invite you for a weekend conference exploring perspectives on the impact of music in a variety of community sectors at the International Community Music Conference.

Event Information

  • Venue: Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Date: May 11 to 13, 2017


  • Full conference: $125 CAD 
    • Full registration includes opening reception, networking lunches and nutrition breaks on Friday and Saturday.
  • Students (includes part-time students): $75 CAD
  • Day rate: $65 CAD
  • Day rate student: $50 CAD


  • Delta Hotel Waterloo (15 minute walk)
  • Comfort Inn (9 minute walk)
  • Waterloo Hotel (13 minute walk)
  • On-site residence rooms at Hotel Laurier

Keynote Speakers

  • Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, Brisbane, Australia
  • Mary Cohen, Iowa City, USA
  • Glen Carruthers, Dean of Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University

Target Participants

  • Community musicians and facilitators.
  • Undergraduate and graduate music students.
  • Music educators.
  • Studio instructors.
  • Improvisors, composers, songwriters.
  • Ensemble leaders.
  • Social innovators and change makers.
  • Activists who care about community building and justice issues.
  • People interested in growing in community music practice.


Attention Music School Studio Teachers and Administration

Symposium sessions will be offered on modern technology in teaching, changing demographics, reinvigoration of traditional methods and non-traditional practices.

Thursday, May 11


  • Speaker: Glen Carruthers, Dean, Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Music
  • Topic: The Borders are Open: Community Music in Institutional Settings
  • Time: 7 p.m.

Live Performances

  • Christine Vlajk and Jerzy Kaplanek of the Penderecki String Quartet
  • Safe as Houses


To follow with live music at Veritas courtesy of Guelph Youth Jazz Ensembles.

Friday, May 12


  • Speaker: Mary Cohen, University of Iowa, U.S.
  • Topic: Music in Incarcerated Settings
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.

Live Performances

  • Laurier Singers and Percussion Ensemble in the Gahu tradition.

Paper Session 1

  • Theme: Health and Wellness through Music
  • Time: 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Paper Session 1 Presenters and Topics
Presenter(s)TopicRoom Number
David Myers Complex Opportunities: Embracing Intersections Among Music, Meaning, and Well-Being in Intentionally Inclusive Communities A220
Amy Clement-Cortes The Artful Wellness Project: Chamber Music in Unlikely Community Settings A220
Kathy Armstrong Drumming Up Health! A220
Elizabeth Mitchell Musical Identities, Personal Identities: Performance for Children with Exceptionalities A221
Joyce Yip Effectiveness of Community Music Facilitation for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Special-Education Classrooms A221
Bev Foster Locating Music's Role in Caring Communities: Introducing the Ten Domains of Music Care Framework A221
Peter Nikiforuk Mennonite Mass Choir: 50 years of Community Music in Practice A222
Jim Seaborn Church Choirs: What makes them distinctive? Applications to Community Music A222
Christopher Cayari and David Wesley François Virtual Collective Music Communities on YouTube A222
Sharon Johnson Huron Harp School A224
Sarah Morrison and Charlene Pauls All Voices Together: Exploring Youth Self-Expression and Inclusion in Community Singing A224
Elisha Jo The effect of a community program on older adults' quality of life and well-being: Canada Enoch Senior's College (CESC) for Korean immigrant seniors A224

Paper Session 2

  • Theme 1: Health and Wellness through Music (continued)
  • Theme 2: Justice
  • Time: 11:20 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Paper Session 2 Presenters and Topics
Presenter(s)TopicRoom Number
Amy Clements-Cortes Why Aren’t there more Choirs Like This? Choral Singing with Older Adults Diagnosed with Dementia  A220
Heidi Ahonen Processing Refugee Journey and Promoting Self-Healing with Music and Art A220
Sarah Pearson Changing the Culture of Care with Music: A Model for Training Music Care Advocates A220
Gena Greher Music Technology As An Intuitive and Inclusive Pathway to Musical Thinking, Learning, and Doing A221
Sarah Morrison The ‘Voices for Change’ Program: Creating Collaborative Communities through Music A221
Lucas Tensen Contemplative Chants: Merging Ancient Traditions into a Contemporary Form of Prayer and Healing A221
Carolyn Arnason Artful Wellness: An Arts-Based Research Methodology for the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music A222
Jashen Zullo and Justin Edwards Composing Within the Confines of a Juvenile Youth Detention Center A222
Pete Moser Creative Community Composition  A222
Ruth Currie Before you bridge, you must support: Creating a learning community through practice sharing as early-career researchers A224
Lindsey Castellano Musical Opportunities for the Underserved: Providing an engaging and inclusive musical learning space for urban homeless communities A224
Soyeon Kang Reframing Musical Learning Contexts as a Community of Practice in Higher Music Education A224


  • From 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Music and Older People, Leisure and Intergenerationality
  • Chairperson: Andrea Creech, Laval University
  • Symposium members: Roger Mantie, Arizona State University; Marie McCarthy, University of Michigan; Sasha Judelson-Kelly, MA candidate, Laurier
  • Location: A431
Embracing Diversity
  • Chairperson: Deanna Yerichuk, University of Alberta
  • Symposium members: Gerard Yun, Laurier; Jo-anne Gibson, PhD candidate, York St. John’s University; Rich Marsella, Regent Park School of Music 
  • Location: Conservatory


No.1: Making Music from Scratch
  • Speaker: Pete Moser
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. (repeat or continuation)
No. 2: Making Music with Diverse Abilities
  • Speaker: Phil Mullen
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. (repeat or continuation)
No. 3a: Interplay Session
  • Speaker: Mary Cohen
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
No. 3b: Yoga Nidra (Deep Relaxation)
  • Speaker: Mary Cohen
  • Time: 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Book Signing

Join us for the Lee Willingham and Lee Higgin's book signing event at 6 p.m. at Veritas.


Dinner must be pre-purchased during registration.

  • Location: Senate and Board Chamber
  • Time: 7 p.m.

Evening Social

Featuring an Open Mic and Cash Bar at Wilf's Pub.

Saturday, May 13


  • Speaker: Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
  • Topic: Learning from First Peoples' Traditions
  • Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving presented by Darren Thomas
  • Presentation by Glenn Marais and Elder Bob Wabasse

Live Performance

  • Good Hearted Women Singers


  • From 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Bridging Culture Through Song: An Unlikely, Yet Inevitable Relationship
  • Chairperson: Kelly Laurila, PhD candidate, Laurier
  • Symposium members: Lori Dolloff, University of Toronto and Elder Bob Wabasse
  • Location: A431
How to Play Your World
  • Chairperson: Rich Marsella, PhD candidate, University of Toronto
  • Location: Conservatory

Paper Session 3

  • Theme: Indigeneity
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Paper Session 3 Presenters and Topics
Presenter(s)TopicRoom Number
Laura Enns

The Role of Community Music in the Revitalisation of Indigenous Languages in Canada

Glenn Marais Spirit of the North: The songs, hopes and dreams of First Nations Youth A221
Niki Kazemzadeh Connecting with and honouring the Indigenous community through music education A221
Dinuk Wijeratne (Special Guest) Music And Metaphor A431

Paper Session 4

  • Theme 1: Diversity
  • Theme 2: Practical Applications
  • Time: 2:05 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Paper Session 4 Presenters and Topics
Presenter(s)TopicRoom Number
Danielle Sirek Carnival as a site of diverse community music practices in Grenada, West Indies A220
Karen Cyrus Participatory Music in Disadvantaged Situations: Metaphors and Methods A220
Liz Parker-Cook How can Music Educators adapt Community Music Values to Address Gender Issues in Music Education A220
Jamie Arrowsmith A Sound Education: Promoting Individual and Collective Musicality Through Directed Improvisation A221
Mariette Stephenson Move over Jimi Hendrix! Guitar Orchestras: an exciting alternative in Music Education A221
Diana Dumlavwalla Tracking a Transformative Experience: Impressions of Students and Teachers in an Adult Group Piano Class A221
Annie Mitchell And the melody stills lingers on: Building social, cultural and educational capital through community music participation A222
Bernard Szeto Connecting ideas to practice: the influence of Community Music in the development of a recent graduate’s philosophy of music education in a private studio setting A222
Antonella Coppi and Johann van der Sandt Musica per tutti - The manifestation of Community Music in Italy with perspectives on El Sistema and group singing A222
Dave Camlin Sustaining a 'Portfolio' Career in Music A224
Dave Camlin Music In Three Dimensions A224


Gospel Choir
  • Speaker: Karen Burke
  • Time: 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Conference Finale

  • Time: 4:45 p.m.


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