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.

Please contact Clayton Parr for more information, by email at , or by phone 517/629-0251.

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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
5 p.m.Dinner
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
5 p.m.Dinner
7:30 p.m.Concert II: Village Harmony traveling teen ensemble

Workshop Leaders

Clayton ParrClayton 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 ParkSuzannah 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 MagatyanaBongani 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 tonic solfa music notation at a very young age, and young Bongani dreamt of becoming a church choir conductor, too. Today he is conducts a 120-voice OAC choir himself, and his folk-inspired choral compositions—popular pieces for South Africa's major choral competitions—are sung by choirs around South Africa and internationally. Currently Bongani teaches at the Zolani Centre in Langa Township, leads an educational musical theatre company, and continues to compose music in a variety of genres, bringing vibrant performances to communities across Cape Town.

Avery BookAvery 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 BäbyIan 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).

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Meal Plans: You Decide!

For Students in the Residence Halls

Students that live in the Residence Halls are required to purchase a Meal Plan. We have replaced the Traditional Meal Plan with the Residential Block Meal Plans in order to provide our students with more flexibility when selecting a plan that's best for them. To enroll, contact Residential Life at . If you're interested in changing your Meal Plan selection, the deadline is 5:00 p.m. on the tenth class day of each semester.

Residential Block Meal Plans

Enjoy carry-out, dine-in and late-night dining at Baldwin Café, The Eat Shop, Read Between the Grinds and The Dub Box. Choose from one of the options below:

15 Block Plan

  • 15 meals (card swipes) per week
  • $50 in Dining Dollars
  • Cost: $5,930 for two semesters

18 Block Plan

  • 18 meals (card swipes) per week
  • $75 in Dining Dollars
  • Cost: $6,020 for two semesters

21 Block Plan

  • 21 meals (card swipes) per week
  • $150 in Dining Dollars
  • Cost: $6,170 for two semesters

The number of swipes reset each Monday at 12 a.m.

Blocks do not carry over at week's end and Dining Dollars expire at the end of each semester.

Card swipes are not to exceed more than four swipes in one day.

Each of the Residential Block Meal Plans includes four guest passes.

For Students Not in the Residence Halls

Students who do not live in the Residence Halls (Fraternity Houses, Briton House Apartments, Burns Apartments, 416 Erie Street Apartments, The Mae, 507 Erie Street Apartment and Commuting) are not required to purchase a Meal Plan. However, The Weekender and Commuter Meal Plans were created specifically with these students in mind. To enroll, contact Residential Life at . If you're interested in changing your Meal Plan selection, the deadline is 5:00 p.m. on the tenth class day of each semester.

The Weekender Meal Plan

If you're set for the week, but looking to get food at your convenience over the weekend, then consider signing up for The Weekender Meal Plan.

  • Six swipes per weekend
  • Valid Friday at 4:00 p.m. through Monday at 12:00 a.m.
  • Cost: $525 per semester
  • May be used at any dining location on campus.

Fifty swipes per semester.

Swipes do not carry over at week's end.

Those individuals who already have a Traditional or Block Meal Plan are ineligible for the Weekender Meal Plan.

Commuter Block Meal Plans

This plan is for students who are looking for the benefits of a Residential Block Meal Plan, but aren't required to be on a meal plan. The following options are available:

75 Commuter Block Plan

  • 75 meals (card swipes) per semester
  • Cost: $1,980 for two semesters

100 Commuter Block Plan

  • 100 meals (card swipes) per semester
  • Cost: $2,530 for two semesters

125 Commuter Block Plan

  • 125 meals (card swipes) per semester
  • Cost: $3,080 for two semesters

Blocks do not carry over at semester end.

Those individuals who already have a Traditional or Block Meal Plan are ineligible for the Commuter Block Meal Plans.

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