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Lorraine has a Master’s Degree in Vocal Pedagogy from Northeastern Illinois University and an Honours Degree in Music from the University of Ottawa. She has led a varied career across three continents, working in Canada, the United States, and Belgium before moving to Australia in 2012. Lorraine is a professional choral conductor and has also performed as a choral singer in leading choirs around the world, including a choral concert in Carnegie Hall. She is a passionate advocate for sacred choral music as well as music education and firmly believes that we can all develop our inner musicianship to our heart’s content.

A Music Video to Celebrate Tahirih’s Life

We don’t get to choose our place or time of birth. It just so happens that I was born in the 20th century in Canada. From this perspective, where women have freedom of movement, have access to higher education and can choose who they marry, it’s quite difficult to imagine the life of Tahirih, a poet, feminist and activist living in Persia back in the early 1800s. Continue reading

Will We All Be Musicians in the Future?

More than 25 years ago I was praying at the Mansion of Mazra’ih, asking God for guidance on what to do next as I was leaving the Baha’i World Centre after two and a half years of service. While I was thinking of pioneering or travel-teaching, instead, I was startled to hear the word “music” pop into my head. That was so out of left field that it felt like a very clear answer to my prayer. Since then, I have been devoting more and more of my time and studies to music. Over time, I’ve been asking myself about the importance of music in the Baha’i Faith. Here is a small snippet of what I’ve learned so far. Continue reading

Talent or Hard Work? My Thoughts on Polishing Our Inner Gems

I have noticed that when someone mentions an excellent surgeon, the adjective used is often something similar to “highly skilled”. On the other hand, when listening to an excellently played piano concerto on the radio, I often hear people praising the pianist as being very “talented”. Both the surgeon and pianist have probably devoted 30 or more years of their lives painstakingly working, practicing, and honing their skills, so why do we use “skilled” for a surgeon (or other professions) and “talented’” for musicians? One word implies training and practice and other implies an innate ability. In this article, I explore this seeming dichotomy from a scientific perspective and by studying the Baha’i Writings. Continue reading