Caron Daley is Director of Choral Activities and Ensembles Coordinator at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she conducts the Voices of Spirit and Pappert Chorale and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. Choirs under her direction have performed across the Northeast, including an invited performance at the 2019 National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference and performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2015 and 2021. 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. She regularly guest-conducts festival choirs in Canada and the US.
Caron is a certified Dalcroze Eurhythmics teacher and frequently lectures on the sound-gesture relationship in choral conducting. She 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. 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 2019, the HCCI inaugurated a Women’s Conducting Intensive, the first of its kind in Canada.
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.