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Jazz Singer Heather Bambrick & Dr. Laurel Trainor to Present Keynotes at OMEA Conference

The Ontario Music Educators Association (OMEA) is holding its annual conference, called Counterpoint 2018, in Hamilton, ON next week from Nov. 1-3. The association has announced that the keynote speakers will be highly-regarded jazz vocalist and vocal actor Heather Bambrick as well as Dr. Laurel Trainor from McMaster University’s Institute for Music and the Mind.

Bambrick is one of Canada’s top jazz vocalists, having collaborated with folks like Phil Nimmons, Fred Hirsch, Gene DiNova, and more. As well, Bambrick is also a busy voice actor, appearing on numerous commercial campaigns and voice acting several characters on Emmy-nominated animated series for Disney, PBS, Comedy Network, and NBCKids.

Trainor is a professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University, as well as a research scientist at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Hospital, Toronto, and the director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM). She has pioneered the study of musical development, showing that infants acquire the music system of their culture without instruction, just as they acquire language.

The OMEA has now released the full conference schedule of speakers and workshops on its website, as well as the list of exhibitors.

For more information, go to www.omea.on.ca.

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Mike Raine is the Senior editor of Canadian Musician.