Mailing has adjudicated competitions and has served on the boards of EMC, the Vancouver New Music Society (of which she was a founding director and, 1972-9, president), and the Canadian Music Centre (1979-87). Though she does not neglect the standard repertoire, Mailing has specialized in contemporary music, appearing regularly with NMC, NOVA MUSIC, the SMCQ, and (1973-86) the Vancouver New Music Society. She was a soloist 1972-4 in operas at Stratford, Ont, and in the late 1970s and early 1980s she appeared with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera Association, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, and at the Victoria International Festival. She performed in Hungary in 1979, in Paris in 1980 (sponsored by Radio France), at the Scotia Festival of Music in 1981, and for the Edmonton meeting of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in 1985. She has increasingly devoted time to workshops, masterclasses, and lectures, eg, the National Association of Teachers of Singing summer workshop on contemporary music (Vancouver 1990).
Mailing has sung (or sung in) the premieres of many of the works of R. Murray Schafer (to whom she was married 1960-75), including Three Contemporaries (1958), Kinderlieder (1963), Minnelieder (1965), Loving (1966), Protest and Incarceration (1967), Requiems for the Party Girl (1967), Dream Passage (CBC 1969), Sappho (1970), Music for the Morning of the World (1971), Patria II (1972), and Okeanos (1972). She also performed Requiems for the Party Girl in 1972 in the New York Philharmonic 'Prospective Encounters' series conducted by Bruno Maderna. In addition she has sung in premieres of works by Anhalt (La Tourangelle, 1975; Thisness, commissioned by the Vancouver New Music Society for Mailing, 1986), Babiak (Three Songs of Time, 1956), Behrens (The Lay of Thrym, 1968), Coulthard (The Pines of Emily Carr, 1969; Two Songs for Midsummer, 1970), Goldberg (Daedalus, 1977), Healey (Seabird Island, 1977), Mather (Au Château de Pompairain, 1977), Pannell (Exiles, 1973), Pauk (Underneath an Afternoon, 1977), Pentland (News, 1971; Sung Songs 4 and 5, 1972; Disasters of the Sun, 1977), Somers (The Fool, 1956), Truax (She, 1974; Trigon, 1975), Turner (The Brideship, 1967), and Wilson (Summoning of Everyman, 1974).
Mailing's voice is rich and warm, and she displays dramatic capacity as well as lyrical intensity; her versatility in her repertoire is considerable. She received the Canadian Music Council Medal for outstanding service to Canadian music in 1977.
Author Bryan N.S. Gooch
Anhalt Foci Instr Ens of Montreal, Anhalt conductor. 1973? RCI 357/6-ACM 22
Quatrains: Papineau-Couture - Archer - Schipizky - Pentland. Aide piano. 1983. Centrediscs CMC-1083/(Pentland) 6-ACM 25
Ravel - Chausson - Hindemith. Purcell Str Quar. 1973. CBC SM-228
Schafer Minnelieder. Toronto WW Quin. RCI 218/RCA CCS-1012/5-ACM 3
- Kinderlieder - Falla - Seiber. Jordan guitar, Bampton piano. 1970. CBC SM-141
- Requiems for the Party Girl. SMCQ Ens, Garant conductor. 1970. RCI 299/5-ACM 3
- Requiems for the Party Girl. Schafer conductor. 1975. Mel SMLP-4026
Truax She, a Solo; Trigon. Cernauskas alto fl, Thompson piano. 1977. Mel SMLP-4033
See also La Tourangelle.
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