The National Collegiate Choral Organization
7th Biennial National Conference


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Call for Panelists:
“Considering Gender in Our Choirs”

The National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) invites applications for panel members at the 2017 National Conference. The topic is Considering Gender in Our Choirs.

The choral experience is “gendered” in many ways, and one’s singing voice may be inextricably linked with one’s gender identity. For instance, calling sopranos and altos “women” and tenors and basses “men” can be problematic, as it is not necessarily true that students will identify with these assigned genders. How can we adapt our language and vocabulary for choral singers who are increasingly incongruent with gender-normative assumptions? How does the choral experience reinforce gender stereotypes? Will gender variant singers feel comfortable and safe in our choirs? From the names of our choruses to the uniforms we wear, how do we grapple with issues of gender that are wedded so deeply into the fabric of what we do and who we are? We welcome applications from individuals whose research, scholarship, and experience will enrich a discussion of this timely topic.

The panel will be approximately 50 to 60 minutes in length and will include between 3–5 invited panelists plus a moderator, Joshua Palkki (California State University, Long Beach). The goal of the session is to foster dialogue and discussion between and among panelists, not to create individual mini-lectures from all panelists.

To Apply

Each applicant should submit:

  1. A current CV
  2. A brief (1-page) statement outlining your research, scholarship, or experience as it relates to the given topic, highlighting specific ideas or adaptations that they bring to this discussion.

Deadline: All materials must be submitted by April 15, 2017, 11:59p CST.

Notification: Results will be announced by June 1, 2017.