Huron Carol

Many choral leaders are wondering whether to teach and perform the iconic and beloved Huron Carol.  On Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Elektra Women’s Choir invited indigenous and non-indigenous musicians, composers, music presenters, and choral educators to a presentation and discussion.  The evening opened with a presentation by ethnomusicologist, Dr. Jeanette Gallant (D.Phil. Oxford) entitled “The Huron Carol: The Construction of a Canadian Musical Icon”. The presentation explored the origins of what is believed to be “Canada’s first Christmas carol” . Following this was an informal discussion of considerations around teaching the carol in classrooms and performing the work in public. Our discussion facilitator was Shelley MacDonald, National First Nations, Métis and Inuit Programs Leader, Learning Through the Arts.