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December, 20, 2024
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM




Nora Wilson

Nora Wilson

Celebrating and Supporting Trans and Gender Diverse Students in the Music Classroom

Clinic Synopsis:

Trans and gender diverse students face unique challenges, including bullying, legislative violations, and unsupportive families. Music educators already provide a safe place for self-expression and celebrating differences, but must do more to support this vulnerable population of students. Through story telling and peer-reviewed research, this presentation will dispel false narratives surrounding the trans and gender diverse communities and detail ways that music educators can be better allies.

Nora Wilson - Biographical Information

Dr. Nora Wilson is the Associate Professor of Low Brass at Brandon University. She has performed with several professional ensembles including the Winnipeg and Regina Symphony Orchestras, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, and the Brandon Chamber Players. Although the traditions of classical and jazz trombone will always be important to her, Wilson’s true passion lies in creating new music for her instrument. She has commissioned several new works from Canadian composers, including a new piece for trombone and 8-bit accompaniment by Kenley Kristofferson that she will perform at the 2024 International Trombone Festival. She is also exploring Truth and Reconciliation through a Canada Council for the Arts funded project called Sonic Dreaming. With her collaborators, Peter Morin and Brendon Ehinger, the trio is developing a land-based methodology for music and art making. Their work will result in numerous performances across Canada and a full-length album. Additionally, Wilson is a member of an improvisatory modular synthesizer/trombone duo called wire + bone. Although low brass performance instruction is Wilson’s primary research focus, gender diversity and inclusion has emerged as a personal and important area of research for her. Her presentations on the subject center on the importance of the music classroom as safe space for gender diverse students. She has presented clinics at the Manitoba Music Educators Association Conference and the National Canadian Music Educators Association Conference.