Meet our team! Next up is our research team, the amazing women behind this project's creation, Dr. Colleen Renihan, Dr. Julia Brook, and Dr. Rebecca Draisey-Collishaw.
Dr. Colleen Renihan, Assistant Professor and Queen's National Scholar in Music Theatre and Opera at the DAN School of Drama and Music, is a musicologist, singer, and voice teacher. Colleen's research is focused on contemporary opera and music theatre in Canada and the US. She writes about the ways that memory and historical processes and forms can be represented and enlivened through opera and music theatre.
Julia Brook is Co-Principal Investigator for the Accessible and Inclusive Music Theatre Research Group at the Dan School, where she is also a faculty member in music education. Julia grew up in Manitoba and also worked as an elementary music piano teacher before pursuing graduate work in education. Julia is looking forward to making music with the participants in Rise, Shine, Sing! and will be playing the piano for the group.
Rebecca Draisey-Collishaw completed her PhD in ethnomusicology at Memorial University in 2017. She currently holds a SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University. Building on her doctoral study of public service broadcasting and music programming in multicultural contexts, her current research explores historical role of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as a producer and facilitator of music in Canada. In addition to elaborating this history, this research provides a foundation for assessing current trends in programming. Rebecca co-edited the Yearbook for Traditional Music Vol. 50 (2018) and curated the Irish Traditional Music Archive's digital archival exhibition, A Grand Times: The Songs, Music & Dance of Newfoundland's Cape Shore (itma.ie/newfoundland). Her research appears in MUSICultures (2012), Ethnomusicology Forum (2018), and Contemporary Musical Expressions in Canada (MQUP 2019).
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