Caron Daley is Director of Choral Activities, Assistant Professor of Music, and Ensembles Coordinator at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University where she conducts the Voices of Spirit, Women’s Pappert Chorale, and University Singers, and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting.
A native of Nova Scotia, Caron has held past conducting appointments with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, University of Toronto, Trinity Western University, Dalhousie University, Salem Academy and College, and St. Michael’s Choir School. Other conducting highlights include the Luminato Festival, National Youth Choir of Canada, Festival Ensemble of the European Music Festival, College Light Opera Company, Maritime Concert Opera Company, Greensboro Opera, and All-State, District, and Provincial Honor Choirs.
A passionate advocate for conductor education, Caron founded the Halifax Choral Conducting Institute in 2013. This week-long training program annually attracts conductors from across North America (visit halifaxsummerchoral.com).
A certified Dalcroze Eurhythmics practitioner, Caron regularly lectures on the sound-gesture relationship in choral conducting, and has presented research at Choral Canada’s Podium Conference, Festival 500 Phenomenon of Singing, Dalcroze USA’s National Conference, the International Coalition of Boys Schools Conference, the Voice Symposium, the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies, and in 2018, the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division Conference and the 3rd Congreso Coral Argentino in Tandil, Argentina, where she will lead a 3-day conducting masterclass.
Caron is published in Anacrusis, Canadian Music Educator, Research Memorandum Series of Chorus America, Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Vol. 4, and upcoming in 2018, Choral Journal. She authors “Podium Perspectives”, a column in Choral Canada’s Anacrusis that explores topics in conductor leadership.
An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Caron is President-Elect of ACDA-Pennsylvania. In 2017, she was a Fellow of the International Conductors Exchange Program to Argentina.
Caron is also active as a solo and choral singer. In 2017, she presented a faculty recital at Duquesne University featuring music by Bach, Barber, and repertoire for soprano and Javanese gamelan. Caron has previously sung with the Voces Solis, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Symphony Nova Scotia, Halifax Camerata, Bel Canto Company, North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Master Chorale and Chamber Choir, Columbus Bach Ensemble, Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Festival Ensemble of the European Music Festival, and the National Youth Choir of Canada.
Caron holds a D.M.A. (Choral Conducting) from the University of Toronto, an M.M. (Choral Conducting) and M.A. (Vocal Pedagogy) from The Ohio State University, an Artist Diploma (Voice) and B.M. (Honours Music Education) from Western University, and an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Canada Diploma (Voice).