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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Discriminatory Harassment Policy

"The College prohibits any acts of intimidation, or any behaviors that demean, slur, or stereotype an individual or group on the basis of sexual orientation, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, marital status, or veteran status. These include oral and written remarks, symbolic speech, illustrations, innuendos, and electronic messages or postings" (Albion College Student Handbook, Policies and Expectations).

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Special Interest Housing

Dean Hall

Dean Hall is a women's cooperative housing unit open to sophomore through senior-status students. As a cooperative, Dean offers a unique community living experience. This includes regular community gatherings, shared meals, and other responsibilities as determined by the women living in the hall. All residents are required to be on the Dean Hall board plan.

Dean Hall Applications are due Friday, March 4, 2016 by 4:00 PM.

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I-Space is the living-learning component of the Modern Languages and Cultures curriculum. Language students have the opportunity to hone their language skills by residing with native speakers and other students in their major or minor. Residents also participate in cultural activities open to the campus community. Residents of the Fiske House are required to be on the College Board Plan.

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Student Travel and 15 Passenger Van Usage Policy

I. Student Travel

A. Stipulations regarding class assignments, field trips, and other trips are explained in the Faculty Handbook:

Albion College recognizes that participation in extra-classroom activities such as class trips, departmental trips, club field trips, workshops, and intercollegiate athletics can be of benefit to the students and to the institution. However, Albion College also recognizes that classroom work is at the heart of the student’s progress in courses. Therefore, no College-sanctioned trip will be permitted that results in the absence of a student from classes for more than two consecutive class days without permission of the Provost. Furthermore, no intercollegiate athletic trip will be permitted to remove a student from classes for more than one class day, except by permission of the Provost. Saturdays rather than class days will be used for College-sponsored, extra-classroom activities whenever possible. Limited College transportation is available; inquiries should be directed to the Physical Plant Office and to the Office of Campus Programs and Organizations.

Students should inform their faculty members in advance of an upcoming class absence that is a result of participation in an official College event. Written notification of such absences is required, and must be distributed by the supervising College official. The student thereby merits the opportunity to make up assignments missed.

B. Non-College-sanctioned trips for extra-curricular activities should be planned on weekends instead of class days. Students traveling with groups in organizations that schedule trips while classes are in session are not automatically excused from classes. Each student on a trip may request prior approval from his/her faculty members to be excused from class and to be allowed to make up any missed assignments or work. This approval may or may not be granted.

II. Long Distance Travel

A. All organizations planning off-campus trips over 100 miles away are required to provide the information listed below to the Campus Safety Office before leaving campus.

  1. A detailed travel itinerary.
  2. Travel roster with emergency contacts.
  3. Signed activity statement of responsibility and release form for each person traveling.
    The necessary forms are available in the Office of Campus Programs and Organizations.

B. All individual participants must travel with proof of personal health insurance.

C. At least one person on the trip must have a cell phone available in the event of an emergency.

III. International Travel

A. The Student Affairs staff member, office, or student organization advisor must check with the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory prior to organizing or scheduling student group international travel. If travel is restricted by the State Department, the Student Affairs staff member, office, or student organization adviser must check other appropriate country travel advisories, check “on-the-ground” contacts, and then consult with the vice president for student affairs for approval. Approval is subject to cancellation at a later date if travel is deemed inadvisable.

IV. 15 Passenger Van Usage

These policies apply to the use of all College vans, as well as all vehicles that are rented or leased from outside agencies to be used for College-related travel or activities. Individuals who operate College vehicles must also abide by the Driver Approval and Vehicle Usage Policy, which can be viewed at 

V. Van Driver Certification

All persons who intend to drive a van must first be approved by Campus Safety. Forms for the approval process are available at: /   The approval and training guidelines are explained in the Driver Approval and Vehicle Usage Policy referenced above. 

VI. Van Reservation and Return

A. Individuals or groups who wish to use a van for use should forward a request to Campus Services.

  1. Student groups that wish to use a van must complete the necessary paperwork as required by the CPO office.
  2. Vans may only be used for College-related activities.
  3. Vans may not be used for transportation to bars, taverns, or events that focus primarily on the consumption of alcohol.
    1. Van drivers may not consume alcohol within eight hours of operating a van.

B. Drivers will inspect the van for damage, and will complete the vehicle checklist prior to operating the van.

C. Upon return to campus, drivers will park the van in the Facilities Operations parking lot.

  1. The vehicle checklist will be completed by the driver, and will be placed with the van keys in the key return slot at Campus Services.

VII. Van Travel

A. If a group is traveling with luggage, then no more than twelve people (driver included) may be transported in a van.

  1. “Luggage” does not include backpacks, purses, or other small bags that may be used for day or other short trips.

B. Seatbelts shall be worn by the driver and all passengers at all times while the vehicle is in motion.

  1. It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure, prior to putting the vehicle in motion, that all passengers have their seatbelts properly fastened.

C. No driver may drive a van more than ten consecutive hours, or more than 12 hours in a 24-hour period. In addition, one passenger needs to stay awake to assist the driver.

  1. A driver who drives ten consecutive hours must have at least a four hour rest period before resuming driving of a van.

D. At least one person on the trip must have a cell phone available in the event of an emergency.

  1. Drivers are prohibited from using cell phones while they are operating vans.

VIII. Accident Procedure

A. In the event that a College van is involved in an accident, the driver is responsible for ensuring that the steps listed below are taken.

  1. Contact the appropriate law enforcement agency, so that a police report may be completed.
  2. Contact Campus Safety at 517/629-1234 and advise the dispatcher of the accident.
    1. Notify the dispatcher of injured passengers and the hospital to which they are being transported.
    2. In the event that the vehicle is not drivable, Campus Safety will contact Facilities Operations to coordinate the disposition of the vehicle, the arrangement of alternate transportation and other necessary assistance for those on the trip as needed.
  3. Upon return to campus, notify the Business Office of the accident, to include date, location, and police report number for the incident.

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