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Acclaimed Conductor Panda van Proosdij to Lead Movement Workshops

Shallaway Youth Choir is thrilled to welcome the world’s leading choral movement specialist to Newfoundland and Labrador. Originally from Holland, Panda van Proosdij is a highly respected figure in the world of choral arts, renowned for her expertise in movement and expression. Her first time in Canada, van Proosdij will spend ten days, March 3-12, working directly with the over 350 choristers of Shallaway, the 100 choristers of Holy Heart High School, and 15 members of Ullugiagatsuk choir from Nunatsiavut, Labrador.

“After meeting Panda at the World Choral Symposium in Istanbul last year, I knew that her energy, spirit and practice would be a wonderful fit with the choral community in Newfoundland and Labrador.” – Robert Colbourne, Director Shallaway Noble Choir

While in St. John’s van Proosdij will be offering professional development to teachers and choral leaders in the region. Her unique philosophy, ‘supporting the voice by creating physical awareness as a means to let movement contribute to the quality of singing’, has the potential to significantly impact the practice of choirs, choristers, and choral leadership in this province.

These workshops have been made possible with the support of The Bruneau Centre. The mandate of the BCECM is to support ‘the realisation of projects that have the potential to stimulate excellence in community music-making at local levels both across the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and on national and international levels.