Dr. Charlene Pauls is an award-winning conductor, soprano soloist, pedagogue, and clinician. Drawing from extensive experience as a vocal pedagogue, Dr. Pauls’ approach to choral conducting focuses on developing a beautiful sound through a deep understanding of healthy vocal technique. Over the course of her career, she has directed adult, university and youth choirs. She is completing her first season as artistic director of the Guelph Chamber Choir, a community choir of over 40 singers, and is also associate artistic director of the 250+ strong Oakville Choir for Children and Youth where she directs “Raise Her Voice - Chamber,” an all-female, ambassadorial ensemble selected from within the organization’s senior singers. Under her direction, this group has won various national and international competitions, most recently winning first place in the 2019 National CBC Amateur Choral Competition. Dr. Pauls was thrilled to be awarded the 2018 Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting from the Ontario Arts Council.
Through her connection with Palestinian-Jordanian musician, Natalie Fasheh, Dr. Pauls has created the community-engaged choir project “Mosaic Music Collective,” a group that brings together newcomers to Canada with longer term residents through exploration of global music.