SOUTH AFRICAN CHORAL MUSIC & WORKSHOPS
|For more information, contact Mollie Stone at VelaVela@MollieStone.org|
|Mollie Stone gives workshops on South African choral music at universities, schools, children's choirs and community choirs across the country.
In her workshops, Mollie teaches a number of songs with instruction in vocal tone, pronunciation, and dance movements, while providing an understanding of the music's historical and social context.
Workshops provide an opportunity to learn about another culture's music, and gain an understanding of how music can be directly connected to political and social change.
Participants will have the chance to learn songs in different South African languages, and explore a range of traditional folk songs, political songs, religious songs, and songs about the current struggle against HIV / AIDS in South Africa.
|Mollie Stone is a conductor at Chicago Childrenís Choir. She received her bachelorís degree from Amherst College in 2001, her masterís degree in conducting from Westminster Choir College in 2004, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in choral conducting at Northwestern University. While serving as the Graduate Associate for the Amherst College music department in 2001, she received a grant from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation to create a DVD on black South African choral music. She has since received another grant to study how South Africans are using choral music in the struggle against HIV. Mollie gives workshops on black South African choral music across the country.|
|VELA VELA is a DVD & booklet designed to help conductors, educators, and singers learn about black South African choral music, and learn to teach it in the oral tradition.|