A World of Song: Teachers' Workshop
Thursday, July 7 & Friday, July 8, 2016
Led by Clayton Parr, Director of Choral Activities, Albion College with guest ensembles, this workshop is designed for choral educators working with grades 5-12 who are looking for ways to integrate world music into their curriculum meaningfully. We'll look in detail at music from Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe/Eurasia, and South and East Asia. The packets of choral scores and arrangements from each of these regions—for equal-voiced or mixed ensembles in 2 and 3 parts, with some 4-part scores included—will be presented with background information on original setting, cultural context, language and pronunciation resources. Through performance, listening, presentations and workshops with leaders of guest ensembles, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the roots of this music to pass along to their students.
- Two days of in-depth world vocal music study
- Six reading packets - world music for 2, 3 and 4 part choirs
- Four guest ensembles
- Repertoire, techniques and approaches you can use with your singers
- 16 SCECH continuing ed. hours available
- Registration $250 (includes reading packets and lunches)
- Overnight accommodation available for $25/night.
Schedule of Events
|Thursday, July 7|
|9:30 - 10 a.m.||Registration, coffee|
|10 - 11 a.m.||Introduction|
|11 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Packet I: world music in context|
|1 - 2 p.m.||Lunch (included)|
|2 - 3:30 p.m.||Packet II: Eastern Europe/Eurasia|
|3:30 - 5 p.m.||Packet III: Latin America|
|7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.||Concert I: Alioni Georgian Choir of Chicago/Battle Creek Boychoir & Girls Chorus|
|Friday, July 8|
|9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.||Packet IV: repertoire of Anima Young Singers of Chicago|
|10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Packet V: South/East Asia|
|12 - 1 p.m.||Lunch|
|1 - 2:30 p.m.||Packet VI: Sub-Saharan Africa|
|2:30 - 4:30 p.m.||Workshop with Village Harmony traveling teen ensemble and leaders|
|4:30 - 5 p.m.||Workshop wrapup, questions, comments|
|7:30 p.m.||Concert II: Village Harmony traveling teen ensemble|
Clayton Parr, workshop leader, is director fo choral activities at Albion College, and music director of Alioni Georgian Choir of Chicago. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, and is editor for the choral series "Music from the Republic of Georgia" for earthsongs publishing. His article "8 Simple Rules for Singing Multicultural Music" was published in Music Educators Journal. He is music director of Battle Creek Community Chorus, and MEME (Michigan Educators Male Ensemble.)
Suzannah Park comes from a family of three generations of ballad singers, storytellers, and dancers and lives in the North Carolina mountains of her birth. She began teaching at Village Harmony in 2000 after participating as a camper since the age of twelve. Her joyous and intuitive teaching style, born of a lifetime of familiarity with traditional music, makes singers old and young feel at home in the songs that she shares and with each other. Whether she's teaching American ballads, South African songs and dances or Appalachian clogging, laughter and good times abound. When not on tour with Village Harmony Suzannah can be found singing with the Starry Mountain Singers, leading the Wild Asheville Community Chorus and kicking up her heels with the Green Grass Cloggers. For more information about Suzannah, visit her website.
Bongani Magatyana is a professional singer, music director, composer, and theatrical producer living in Gugulethu Township in Cape Town, South Africa. He was born in Cape Town in a township called Old Crossroads; his father was a self-taught choir conductor in the Old Apostolic Church. Bongani's father taught him how to read and write
Avery Book has been singing with Village Harmony since 1999, and has been on several Northern Harmony tours. Avery's eclectic musical interests span the gamut from early music to traditional world folk to the music of social movements. He has traveled a number of times to Georgia to study with traditional singers, and is currently working on a set of educational recordings and transcriptions of traditional Georgian music from the province of Svaneti. As an undergraduate, Avery started a class at Oberlin College featuring American shapenote and Georgian folk singing, and more recently founded the Burlington Solidarity Singers, a group of singers and song leaders that lead and adapt songs for Vermont social and environmental justice organizations. Avery is a founding member of the Starry Mountain Singers, the Starry Mountain Trio, and Tenores de Aterúe, a male quartet that focuses on the cantu a tenore tradition from Sardinia. He currently lives in Burlington, Vermont. When he isn't singing, Avery is a community organizer.
Ian Bäby (pronounced "Bobby") has been teaching music at Marshall Public Schools since 1999. In his time at Marshall, he has taught various grade levels and ensembles and is currently the Director of Marshall Middle School Choirs. In his current position with the Marshall Public Schools, Ian grew his choirs from 8 students to a class average of 40 students, 30% of whom are boys. Ian holds a double Bachelors in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and a Masters of Music Education from Western Michigan University, with an emphasis in the female changing voice. Ian sings with the Battle Creek Community Chorus and the Michigan Educator's Male Ensemble, a professional vocal ensemble, and is the founding director of the Marshall Summer Community Chorus with the Music Center's Community Music School. For more information about Ian, visit the Battle Creek Boychoir website.
Registration is $250 (includes packets and lunches) with an additional $25 per night for private room accommodations (linens included).