A Choral “Magical Negro”: A Lived Experience of Conducting Choirs in Canada

  • Cynthia Peyson Wahl


In this chapter, the author discusses her experiences in Canada as a Black choral conductor, and how the dominant White choral order adjudicates her presence among them. Using the lenses of Critical Race Theory and film criticism, she explores the prevailing images of Blacks involved in classical music and how these images have influenced both the choral order’s treatment of her and her interactions with them.


Choral music Black conductor Film criticism Tropes Magical Negro Critical race theory in music 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cynthia Peyson Wahl
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Visual and Performing ArtsDaniel McIntyre Collegiate InstituteWinnipegCanada

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