The purpose of this conference is to facilitate the growing national conversation surrounding best practices in vocal technique and educational policy regarding transgender and gender non-conforming students in the music classroom. This two-and-a-half day conference, at Earlham College from January 20 - 22, 2017, will consist of training sessions for educators, allies and students, panel discussions on important issues related to safe space, anti-bullying initiatives and helping educators and their students erase the bias surrounding transgender issues. The conference will offer resources and training for those in the field of choral conducting and vocal pedagogy as it relates to transgender singers. There will be opportunities for networking and conversations regarding new directions for research and curriculum development.
Proposed keynote speakers are leaders in the emerging field of transgender vocal pedagogy and transgender choral initiatives, among them Earlham alumna Sandi Hammond of Boston’s Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus, Lindsey Deaton of the LA Transgender Chorus, composer and activist Mari Valverde, and voice teacher and researcher Danielle Steele of Earlham College. Presentations will be made by the ACLU, Freedom Indiana, the Indiana Transgender Network, Indiana Youth Group, and TREES (Transgender Resource, Education and Enrichment Services). Among the events there will be sessions on the transgender voice and hormone therapy, observable master classes of voice teachers with trans singers and a reading session on inclusive programming.
This event is sponsored in part by the Earlham College Choral Program, the Earlham College Center for Social Justice, the Earlham College Center for Global Health, and CoLab, Earlham's newest space focused on highlighting collaborative inquiry on significant national and global challenges in the 21st century. Also sponsored by the Indiana Music Educators Association and Richmond Holiday Inn, official conference hotel.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
There is no age limit for conference attendees (including student attendees). Student attendees must be enrolled in high school or college (undergraduate, master's or doctoral level). Full and part-time students are welcome to attend, free of charge. This event is especially recommended for pre-service teachers.
Fee for all other attendees is $100/person.
Earlham College faculty, staff and students may attend for free - however, registration is required.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Nearby airports include Dayton, OH, Cincinnati, OH and Indianapolis, IN.
Earlham College is located near I-70.
It will be necessary to rent a vehicle for transportation from the airports.
At which hotels can I stay?
The Holiday Inn, Richmond IN
1-765-488-1975 (Mention Earlham College for the Earlham discount)
6000 National Rd. East
Richmond, IN 47374
In order to receive the Earlham promotional discount, reservations must be made prior to January 1st, 2017.
Quaker Hill Conference Center, Richmond IN
765-962-5741 (Tell them you're with Earlham College)
10 Quaker Hill Dr.
Richmond, IN 47374
The conference center has dormatory-style housing with twin beds and is the most cost-effective option for students. If more than 10 students opt to stay at Quaker Hill, breakfast can be arranged for the cost of $9/person.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Danielle Steele, firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the refund policy?
No refunds after Dec. 1st, 2016