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Happy Holidays!

Hello KESNE Friends & Followers!

By now many of you are prepping for your Winter Concerts and scrambling to finish up your holiday shopping! After the concert is over and the dust has settled (or should we say snow?), treat yourself by registering for our final workshop of the 15-16 school year!  If you haven’t yet registered, or would like more information, please click here. Happy Holidays from all of us on the KESNE board!

Have you signed up yet?

We are exactly two weeks away from a fantastic workshop with Donna Menhart, in fact, this is two workshops in one! Come see Past-President of KESNE demonstrate why Kodály isn’t just for elementary school as she shares how she continues to use songs, dances, and games all the way through college.

As if that wasn’t enough, Donna will then take us through the work that OAKE has commissioned as part of the Ruth Boshkoff Prize in honor of Zoltán Kodály. If you haven’t been a regular attendee at the OAKE National conference you have missed some fantastic new music and this will be a great way to catch up.

Click here to register today!

“Double Header With Donna” November 21!

unnamedWhat a great workshop and fantastic presenter!

This dual-purpose workshop will feature two sessions presented by Donna. First, in “Fun and Games in the Kodály Classroom” 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.

About the Clinician

Donna Menhart is Assistant Professor of Ear Training (Kodály) at The Hartt School, University of Hartford and the Level I-III Musicianship instructor for the Kodály Certification program at the Kodály Institute at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She was Director of the Treble Choir for grades 5-8 and the high school Bel Canto Choir at St. Andrew Church from 2004-2013, and since 2006 has successfully coached young singers for participation in the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) National Honors Choirs.

Donna is currently President Elect for the Eastern Division of OAKE and Past President of the Kodály Educators of Southern New England (KESNE), and has served on the KESNE Board since 2008. Donna is published in the Kodály Envoy of OAKE and the Bulletin of the International Kodály Society, and presents on Kodály Pedagogy at local, regional, national and international conferences, including the 21st and 22nd International Kodály Symposia, in Kecskemét, Hungary in 2013, and in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2015.

To register for this event or find more information, please click here.

KESNE’s Annual Fall Sip & Sing!

Eating and sipping and singing, OH MY!!!

sipnsingFall is officially upon us and the KESNE board is gearing up for our annual Sip & Sing to be held on October 23 from 6-9 PM! For those who have never attended, please consider joining us for an evening of eating, drinking and of course singing at the home of John and Lillie Feierabend! Choral packets will be available to all attendees that are tested and approved by the KESNE board. Don’t miss out on the fun (and pumpkin treats)! Only $10 to register! Hope to see you there!

To register for this event or to find out more information, please click HERE.

Fall Tune-up 2015


Workshop Tomorrow, 11/15!

Naomi Cohen_01 (1)Happy Friday, eveyone! Just as a reminder, TOMORROW we will be holding a wonderful workshop with Naomi Cohen (“Jewish Music to Dance and Sing”) in Berkman recital hall at The Hartt School in West Hartford, CT. This workshop will not only focus on the repertoire, but the meaning behind the dances and songs and their importance in the Jewish tradition. If you have not already registered, you may do so online OR at the door! Hope to see you there! (For more details or to register for this workshop, click here.)

Clinician Naomi Katz-Cohen has had extensive experience and training in the folktraditions of the Jewish people. In additions to her Master’s level work on the subject she has presented both regionally and at National conferences on the topic.

Friday Find: Bottle Boys

This weeks Friday Find comes to us from Stacey Tinker from Glastonbury, CT. What a perfect video after the end of a busy week! Enjoy “Under the Sea” performed by The Bottle Boys!

The Friday Find is a weekly feature of and features videos that would appeal to music educators, folk historians, and music lovers in general. You can view an archive of our Friday Finds here. If you would like to suggest a Friday Find please contact our Media Secretary via our contact form and include the subject Friday Find Suggestion.

Win a Complimentary Registration to the OAKE 2014 National Conference!

OAKE has created an initiative to award complimentary conference registrations for each chapter based on newly registered professional members, and KESNE has received one complimentary registration!  KESNE is holding a lottery for any interested KESNE members, and have made it easy to enter.

All you need to is to be a current member of OAKE/KESNE and to complete the form below. You must submit your entry by February 1st. 

This complimentary registration includes the regular conference rate only and does not include additional ticket events. All complimentary registrations must be claimed by February 17th. Once a winner is drawn I will contact the winner with appropriate forms. If you are the winner and have already registered for the conference OAKE will refund your registration fee.

I hope that you will all take advantage of this exciting opportunity and plan to join me in WARM Atlanta this March 20th through 22nd!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

All the best,

Donna Sig

Donna Menhart
KESNE President 2012-2014

Complete this Form to Enter!

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NOTE: All requests must be submitted by February 1, 2014. We will draw winners on February 2, 2014 and notify the winners. All winners must be current OAKE/KESNE members to qualify. Complimentary registrations must be claimed by February 17, 2014.

What are you doing tonight?

Hopefully you have registered for the KESNE Sip and Sing event tonight at 6:00PM at the Feierabend’s home! If you don’t know where the Feierabend’s live here is the address for your GPS.

9 Old Mill Lane
Simsbury, CT 06070

Parking is available on the street as well as in the parking lot directly across from the Feierabend’s home. We hope to see you there!

Workshop Registration Now Open

With the 2012-2013 school year getting underway we are proud to announce that our online registration for the 2012-2013 workshops is now open! Be sure to register today to hold your spot for some of the amazing workshops we have planned for this year.

Here is a quick taste of our workshop schedule, to view more details and to register click here.

September 15th
Ellen Gilson Voth will be leading two sessions in one. Learn first how to incorporate literacy and sight singing skills seamlessly into your choir rehearsals for maximum efficiency. Then learn how to arrange or compose songs directly for your choirs to enable you to grow as an artist and tailor compositions to your choirs specific strengths and needs.

November 17th
Tim Gregory will be sharing the songs and dances of East Africa and helping you understand how to bring them into your classroom in a way that is educationally appropriate, but still authentic and true and respectful to the culture from which they came.

December 7th
KESNE hold’s its annual choral reading session and holiday gathering. Come and enjoy great food, great company, and great music. This $10 session includes more food than you can possibly consume and a fantastic reading packet containing sure fire selections from the KESNE Board.

May 4th
Join Diana Brandt as she explains the importance of building musicality not only within your school, but within your community. In this session Diana will get you thinking beyond just having a music classroom, but building a true Music Community.

So please, sign up today to register for our workshops!