Frances Farrell recently graduated with her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Toronto. Her interest in vocal improvisation turned into a full-blown doctoral dissertation, Improvisation in the Choral Setting. Currently, Fran conducts two senior high choirs as part of the Halifax Regional Arts Program and an adult community choir called the Dartmouth Choral Society. Fran has also worked as a choral clinician in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta. Recently published works include In Search of a New Tradition-Improvisation in Choral Settings. Fran is also a member of the TVF Pro Certification Program.
This summer, at the TVF Retreat, we had daily vocal improvisation sessions with Fran. As a singer not used to vocal improv, I was unsure what to expect. I was completely blown away. Fran brought such incredible energy and excitement about improvisation. I found myself delighted to try anything she suggested. Her ability to create a safe space with real curiosity and enthusiasm for making music was so inspiring. I was so excited to sit down with her and ask some of my questions.