Speaker: Brandon Leis
From 'Stone Soup' to 'American Idol' and back again: The wrench that modernity threw into music-making and how we're getting meaning back
This interactive talk will give a brief history of how music-making has arrived at the point we are today, and where the new field of Community Music is looking to embrace the opportunities that post-modernity has to offer. From such ideas as shifting consumption to participation, purpose to play, product to process, authorship to co-authorship, and cultural idealism to cultural democracy, Community Music is challenging the ways music has been presented and consumed over the last few hundred years, returning it to a more natural and meaningful place within our societies.
This topic will be of particular interest to those interested in broader ideas of leadership, collaboration, meaning, social engagement, music, ways of knowing, education and competing definitions of authenticity and culture.
Brandon Leis (MACM, HBMus, OpDip) is a lecturer and voice instructor in the Faculty of Music at Wilifrid Laurier University. As the first graduate of the Masters in Community Music program he helped to develop the new undergraduate CM program which is now in its second year. As a professional singer, Brandon is a regular soloist with regionally and nationally acclaimed orchestras and choral societies, specializing in oratorio and concert arias. As a conductor, Brandon has led numerous choral and instrumental ensembles in Waterloo Region and currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Menno Singers organization. As a music minister he also serves as Music Director at Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church in Kitchener. Brandon is also a sought-after clinician, adjudicator, educational resource person and workshop facilitator.
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