Mollie Stone serves as Choral Conductor and Lecturer at the University of Chicago, Co-Director of Chicago World Music Chorus (www.chicagoworldmusic.org), Co-Director of the Augsburg / Twin Cities Global Harmony Choir, and as a teacher for Village Harmony (www.villageharmony.org).
Stone lectures and gives workshops on Black South African choral music, 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 African traditional folk songs, political songs, religious songs, and songs that address the struggle against HIV / AIDS.
Stone created the teaching DVD/Booklet Vela Vela, and, along with partner, Patty Cuyler, the Raising the Bar series, which consists of teaching tools to help musicians learn to perform choral traditions from South Africa, the Republic of Georgia, and Bulgaria, more authentically.
In Vela Vela, viewers can hear each song performed, learn individual voice-parts, dance movements, pronunciation, and background information directly 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 foreigners can raise the bar in their performances of music from other cultures with coaching from master teachers, Matlakala Bopape. from South Africa, Shergil Pirtskhelani of The Republic of Georgia, and Elitsa Stoyneva of Bulgaria
To arrange a workshop or guest lecture, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org