Caron Daley is Director of Choral Activities and Ensembles Coordinator at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, she has held past conducting appointments with the University of Toronto, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, National Youth Choir of Canada, Salem Academy and College, and St. Michael’s Choir School.
Passionate about conductor education, Caron founded the Halifax Choral Conducting Institute in 2013, a summer training program that attracts conductors from across North America. In 2017, the HCCI featured the Elmer Iseler Singers as Choir-in-Residence. In 2019, the HCCI inaugurated a Women’s Conducting Institute, the first of its kind in Canada, and attracted national media coverage.
A certified Dalcroze Eurhythmics teacher, Caron frequently lectures on the sound-gesture relationship in choral conducting, and is published in Anacrusis, Canadian Music Educator, Research Memorandum Series of Chorus America, Teaching Music through Performance in Choir Vol. 4 and Vol. 5, Choral Journal, and upcoming in Journal of Singing. Her current cross-disciplinary research study with Dr. Heather Leavy-Rusiewicz (Speech Language Pathology) investigates the use of manual mimicry gestures (hand gestures that mimic the spatiotemporal configurations of the vocal apparatus) in the teaching and learning of German speech sounds for singing. She also collaborates with Dr. Greg Marchetti, Physical Therapist and Ergonomist, to investigate injury prevention strategies for conductors.
A third-generation music educator, 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. (Music Education) from Western University, and an A.R.C.T (Voice) from the Royal Conservatory of Canada. She currently serves as President of the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania and Associate Editor with The Choral Scholar.