We are now accepting registration for our 2015-2016 workshop series! For your convenience, you may view and register for each workshop via our website using PayPal by clicking here. (If you prefer writing us a check or sending us cash in the mail, you can print off your order invoice and send it in the mail with a check.)
Take a look at some of this years’ workshops:
This September, we will feature Marcos Carreras, Executive and Artistic Director of the Children’s Chorus of Springfield (CCS) in Massachusetts. He will share his philosophy and techniques of choral pedagogy. We’ll discuss engaging performers and audience through authentic performance, based on repertoire selection, text significance, and presentation. Together we will work through Carreras’s comprehensive plan for teaching choral technique. We’ll also discuss the process of commissioning new works for your ensembles.
This workshop content is a great way to start the school year, for choral directors at any level who wish to spark their students’ passion for singing! (For more details or to register for this workshop, click here.)
November’s workshop will feature KESNE’s very own Past President (and President Elect for OAKE Eastern Division) Donna Menhart with her dual purpose workshop, “A Double Header with Donna.” First, in “Fun and Games in the Kodály Classrom” we’ll move to chants and songs from the United States and other countries, experiencing level-specific modifications and variations for a traditional classroom space filled with desks. Then, in “Celebrating Contemporary Choral Compositions in Honor of Zoltan Kodály” we will celebrate five Ruth Boshkoff Prize choral works commissioned by the OAKE from 2011-2015. Attendees will walk through a pedagogical analysis and discuss literacy concepts for each piece, sequencing common rhythmic and melodic elements, and enjoy singing and viewing excerpts of the OAKE National Honors Choirs world premiere performances.
As Assistant Professor of Ear Training at the Hartt School and Level I-III Musicianship Instructor for Kodaly Levels at Capital University in Ohio, Donna presents regularly on Kodály Pedagogy at conferences for local, regional, and national professional music organizations. She is a master teacher and provides a great wealth of knowledge and experience to workshop attendees! (For more details or to register for this workshop, click here.)
We will conclude our workshop season in March (BEFORE your concert season is in full swing! Phew!) with “Kenya Sing & Dance: Music and Movement from East Africa (Part 2) with Tim Gregory. Since 1998, Tim Gregory has been making regular pilgrimages to Wamunyu, a village in Eastern Kenya, to collect children’s songs. One inspiring and fascinating aspect of the music from this village is that it is created where music is not a regular part of the school curriculum. Songs are passed down from older students to the younger ones, after school on their own time as well as in their homesteads. Tim feels this is one of the purest forms of folk music he has experienced in his many world travels. This workshop highlights choral works based on Tim’s work in Kenya.
Since 1998, Tim has been working as an ethnomusicologist among the Kamba people of Kenya. He is also the co-founder of Kenya Connect, a nonprofit organization connecting children globally through correspondence and service learning programs. His enthusiasm and knowledge of East African music is just what you need during those sluggish Winter months! (For more details or to register for this workshop, click here.)
And of course we wouldn’t forget to include KESNE’s annual Sip & Sing on October 23! Over hors d’oeuvres and hot cider we share quality choral literature that is both field tested and proven. This choral reading session costs only $10, and will be held at the home of John and Lillie Feierabend. Costumes encouraged! (For more details or to register for this workshop, click here.)