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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


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, 2017


  • Speaker: Glen Carruthers, Dean, Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Music
  • Topic: The Borders are Open: Community Music in Institutional Settings
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • A welcome reception with live music follows the keynote.

Friday, May 12, 2017


  • Speaker: Mary Cohen, University of Iowa, U.S.
  • Topic: Music in Incarcerated Settings
  • Time: Friday morning.

Day 2 will also include:

  • Laurier Singers and Percussion Ensemble perform GAHU (Ghanaian singing, drumming and dancing)
  • Symposia including topics on Music and Older People (Andrea Creech), Music and Leisure (Roger Mantie), Embracing Diversity (Deanna Yerichuk and Rich Marsella) and on Understanding Community Music (Lee Higgins and Lee Willingham)
  • Scholarly papers/posters
  • Networking lunch
  • Workshops on Making Music with those in Challenging Circumstances (Phil Mullen), Making Music from Scratch (Pete Moser) and Yoga Nidra (Mary Cohen)
  • Book launch: Engaging in Community Music, An Introduction with authors Lee Higgins and Lee Willingham
  • Dinner
  • Song sharing/jam session with Pete Moser

Saturday, May 13, 2017


  • Speaker: Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
  • Topic: What can the experiences of working with First Peoples bring to our understanding of community music intervention?

Day 3 will also include:

  • Smudging ceremony
  • Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving, Darren Thomas
  • Good Hearted Women Singers (Mino Ode Kwewak N'gamowak)
  • Symposia including topics on Building Bridges through Song (Kelly Laurila) and How to Play Your World (Rich Marsella)
  • Scholarly papers/posters
  • Gospel Choir workshop with Karen Burke (founder and Director of the Toronto Mass Choir)
  • Conference Conclusions

Paper and Poster Presenters

Kathy Armstrong

  • Drumming Up Health!

Jamie Arrowsmith

  • A Sound Education: Promoting Individual and Collective Musicality Through Directed Improvisation

Dave Camlin

  • Music In Three Dimesions
  • Sustaining a 'Portfolio' Career in Music

Lindsey Castellano

  • Musical Opportunities for the Underserved: Providing an engaging and inclusive musical learning space for urban homeless communities

Christopher Cayari

  • Virtual Collective Music Communities on YouTube

Amy Clements-Cortes

  • The Artful Wellness Project: Chamber Music in Unlikely Community Settings
  • Why aren’t there more choirs like this? Choral Singing with Older Adults Diagnosed with Dementia

Ruth Currie

  • Before you bridge, you must support: Creating a learning community through practice sharing as early-career researchers

Karen Cyrus

  • Participatory music in disadvantaged situations: black students in a white university

Christine D'Alexander

  • Effects of Participatory Music Making in a Children's Community Music Ensemble

Diana Dumlavwalla

  • Tracking a Transformative Experience: Impressions of Students and Teachers in an Adult Group Piano Class

Laura Enns

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

Bev Foster

  • Locating Music's Role in Caring Communities: Introducing the Ten Domains of Music Care Framework

Gena Greher

  • Music Technology As An Intuitive and Inclusive Pathway to Musical Thinking, Learning, and Doing

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

Sharon Johnston

  • Huron Harp School

Soyeon Kang

  • Reframing Musical Learning Contexts as a Community of Practice in Higher Music Education

Niki Kazemzadeh

  • Connecting with and honouring the Indigenous community through music education

Glenn Marais

  • Spirit of the North: The songs, hopes and dreams of First Nations Youth

Annie Mitchell

  • And the melody stills lingers on: Building social, cultural and educational capital through community music participation

Elizabeth Mitchell

  • Musical Identities, Personal Identities: Performance for Children with Exceptionalities

Sarah Morrison

  • The ‘Voices for Change’ Program: Creating Collaborative Communities through Music
  • All Voices Together: Exploring Youth Self-Expression and Inclusion in Community Singing

Pete Moser

  • Creative Community Composition

David Myers

  • Complex Opportunities: Embracing Intersections Among Music, Meaning, and Well-Being in Intentionally Inclusive Communities

Peter Nikiforuk

  • Mennonite Mass Choir: 50 years of Community Music in Practice

Liz Parker-Cook

  • How can Music Educators adapt Community Music Values to Address Gender Issues in Music Education

Sarah Pearson

  • Changing the Culture of Care with Music: A Model for Training Music Care Advocates

Brent Rowan

  • Mindfulness and Empathetic Considerations for Music Ensemble Directing

Laurie Sadowski

  • We were learning together and it felt good that way.” An outpatient oncology ukulele experience

Jim Seaborn

  • Church Choirs? What makes them distinctive:Their applications to Community Music

Danielle Sirek

  • Carnival as a site of diverse community music practices in Grenada, West Indies

Mariette Stephenson

  • Move over Jimi Hendrix! Guitar Orchestras: an exciting alternative in Music Education

Brenard 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.

Lucas Tensen

  • Contemplative Chants: Merging Ancient Traditions into a Contemporary Form of Prayer and Healing

Joyce Yip

  • Effectiveness of Community Music Facilitation for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Special-Education Classrooms

Jashen Zullo and Justin Edwards

  • Composing Within the Confines of a Juvenile Youth Detention Center


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