Mollie Stone serves as Choral Conductor and Lecturer at the University of Chicago, Director of World Music and Conductor at Chicago Children's Choir, Co-Director of Chicago World Music Chorus, and a teacher for Village Harmony (www.villageharmony.org). Stone lectures and gives workshops on Black South African choral music across the country, working to promote the work of Black South African composers, conductors and choirs. Stone strives to teach singers how to create more informed and authentic performances of Black South traditional folk songs, political songs, religious songs, and songs that address the struggle against HIV / AIDS.
Stone (along with partner, Patty Cuyler) created the Vela Vela and Raising the Bar Book/DVDs—now with the addition of USB thumb drives with audio & video files—as teaching tools to help musicians learn to perform black South African choral music more authentically.
There is a wealth of material on these three DVDS for choirs. In Vela Vela, viewers can hear each song performed, learn individual voice-parts, dance movements, pronunciation, and background information from South African singers. There are also interviews in which South African singers talk about the power of music in their lives. In the Raising the Bar series, Stone and Cuyler show how high non-South Africans can raise the bar in their performance of South African choral music with coaching from South African master teacher, Matlakala Bopape.
To arrange for me to come lead a workshop for your choir, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org