Scotland Area 2024 Professional Development Day

Scotland Area 2024 Professional Development Day

Event Details

“Everyone on Board” – breaking down barriers to inclusion for singers
With Dr Kathleen Cronie

Sunday 3 March 2024

Victoria Hall, Stirling Road, Dunblane, FK15 9EX

This workshop will focus on what singers need from teachers and song leaders to allow them to participate meaningfully in their practice. Beginning with a reflection on why singers come to us and what they’re hoping to get out of working with us, participants will then focus on barriers to inclusion and the ways in which they can work to remove these in their own practice.

Specifically considering mental health, LGBTQ+ status, disability and neurodiversity, participants will reflect on practical ways to make their practice more inclusive.

Dr Kathleen Cronie is a choral conductor and researcher, with 18 years of experience working as a voice teacher and singer. She is currently the Musical Director of Loud & Proud, Scotland’s First LGBTQ+ Choir, and is experienced in working with LGBTQ+ singers as individual students. Her PhD research explored what singers need from their conductors to fully participate in choral singing, and she now offers support and coaching to choirs and MDs to run rehearsals and performances that are designed to set a shared vision for the group and look after singers’ needs as a priority. She has also undertaken training in working with transgender singers, led the Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People research project and is now beginning work as a Project Manager for musicALL – an inclusive Scottish charity working to deliver high quality music opportunities for disabled children and young people.


  • 10.00am–4.30pm


  • Tea, coffee and water provided at registration and lunch
  • Bring your own lunch


  • Victoria Hall is opposite Dunblane railway station and there is ample street parking nearby. More information here


  • Members: £45
  • Member plus guest: £90 (£45pp)
  • Non-members: £70
  • Students: £15

There is one bursary available for each Area Day. Please visit: for more details and to apply for the Liza Hobbs bursary. Applications must be received by midnight on 3 February 2024, one month before the event.

Contact Scotland Area Representative Kathleen McKellar Ferguson with any queries