2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Empowering Treble and Women’s Ensembles and Taking Our Programs Forward

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Broadmoor Hall D/E

Clelyn Chapin
Regis University, Director of Choral Activities

Dr. Clelyn Chapin has spent the last 12 years teaching and conducting secondary, collegiate, and community ensembles in Texas, Colorado, and Michigan. She recently completed her doctorate in Choral Conducting at Michigan State and is now the Director of Choral Activities at Regis University. She also serves as the Artistic Director for the Denver Women’s Chorus, a choir founded for members and allies of the LGBTQ community. She is an active clinician and presenter throughout the country.


In this session, I will discuss ways in which conductors can use treble and women's choirs not only as a place for making music, but also as a place in which singers can be validated and empowered. We will discuss program structure, repertoire selection, developing leadership skills, and other strategies for building up and embracing singers in women’s and treble ensembles. Treble and women's choirs have historically been viewed as the least prestigious ensembles in a given choir program. A number of scholars have highlighted that singers in treble and women's choirs have often felt inferior and undervalued in choral programs, which can have lifelong impacts on singers’ views of their musical and personal self-worth. It is our mission to combat these negative stereotypes through the work that can be done in women’s and treble choirs.

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