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Prison Choirs: Seeking All Programs and Directors in US Facilities

I have been researching prison choirs for over 10 years and I founded and direct the Oakdale Prison Community Choir in Iowa (comprised of both incarcerated men and women and men from outside prison) in 2009. I have been compiling a list of all people who come into a prison to direct prison choirs, primarily non-religious choirs, but I am happy to include individuals who come into a prison to direct worship choirs as well. Sometimes prisons pay a contractor to come and teach music, particularly in juvenile faciltiies. I welcome this information as well.
 
This information is both for a book about music and prisons I am writing, and for a new research website that will be a good place to go for more information about the topic. In the book I will be highlighting a number of these programs, as well as discuss strategies for starting a prison choir.
 
I know about the following prison choir directors: Cathy Roma, Bea Hasselmen, Andre De Quadros, Kirk Carson, Elvera Voth, Marles Preheim, Lyle Stutzman, Heather Herschberger, Peg Forstad, Frank Abrahams, and Kate Munger.
 
Who else directs prison choirs in the US (currently or recently)? I appreciate any contacts and details you can provide. If you know people in Canada, I welcome that info as well.
Thank you!
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on July 28, 2013 6:06pm
March 2009 article in
Journal of Correctional Education vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 52ff.
"Choral Singing and Prison Inmates: Influences of Performing in a Prison Choir" by Mary L. Cohen
on February 11, 2014 2:37pm
Mary
 
My name is Arne Olsen and I work in factual television.  I'm interested in doing a series based on prison choirs and I'm wondering if you've been approached about this before, and/or would you have any information that might be of help to me.  I'm up in Canada so I would be particularly interested if you've know of any Canadian choir directors that are doing this that you might be able to put me in touch with.
 
Thanks so much for your time.
 
Arne
 
 
on February 12, 2014 8:31am
hi - here in Edmonton you can find Eva Bostrand
 
regards,
Michael
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on February 13, 2014 8:28am
Mary, I'm currently working with a prison quartet but we're in the the process of inmate chorus recruitment. This is in a FL maximum security facility.
The quartet's interest is gospel, but the chorus will be singing mostly secular music.
Jon
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