MusBac, B.Ed, M.Mus - University of Toronto LTCL (Organ Performance) - Trinity College, London PhD - University of Toronto
Lori has been a professor at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto since 1994. She is Coordinator of the Music Education Department and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral conducting, music teaching and research methods. Her work as an educator is grounded in the teaching of Zoltán Kodály and Carl Orff, practices that have informed the teaching of Elementary Music Education at the University of Toronto during her career. Lori has become passionate about teaching in the Arctic, having completed 17 visits to Iqaluit, Pangirtung and Rankin Inlet singing with children in the schools and conducting an annual Choral Festival. An often sought workshop leader, clinician and guest conductor, Lori Dolloff is a member of the conducting faculty at the annual Choral Symposium held in July at the University of Toronto. Her compositions and arrangements have been performed by choirs around the world, including being featured at the International Children’s Choir Festival held at Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Hall, London, England.
A Great Big Sea - Unison, piano, spoons, and fiddle. "The text tells the story of the economic effects of an especially high sea which flooded the village. The price of fish dropped and the price of flour skyrocketed. This arrangement is a cheeky setting of the folk song which incorporates traditional fiddling style and spoons. The spoons add a counter rhythm to the steady rhythm of the piano accompaniment. The arrangement proceeds through several keys - rising just as the water did - until the final sense of determination to set off for a better life if the conditions didn't improve." - B&H
Arctic Lights, arranged by Dolloff using traditional Inuit melodies and text, performed by the Toronto Children's Chorus, during a concert celebrating Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday. (performance at time 1:18:00)