Jan 24, 2015

Teaching American Folksong Traditions

Cleveland Elementary School
745 Cleveland Street, Oakland
9:30am – 1:00pm

Evo Bluestein

Evo Bluestein Folk Song WorkshopEvo Bluestein’s childhood home often hosted an array of America’s great bearers of traditional musical culture: Pete, Mike and Peggy Seeger, Bessie Jones, Jean Ritchie and Elizabeth Cotten, to name just a few.   Over the past 30 years he has crafted this first-hand training and his extensive knowledge of folk songs, dances, games and instruments into weeklong residencies for thousands of California school children, passing on a rich variety of authentic cultural experiences.  We are pleased to offer this workshop, in which Evo will teach a demonstration class of various traditional American songs, games and dances to local 3rd and 4th graders, allowing us to observe his well-honed, practical and compelling teaching style. Evo is a superb performer in his own right, and after sharing a wealth of materials and discussing his teaching ideas, he will balance out the morning with a live performance of songs from various American traditions: Appalachian, African-American, Cajun and Blues.

Evo has been called a national treasure. Don’t miss this chance to experience authentic folk teaching and performing.

May 2, 2015

19th Annual HNU/NCAKE Children’s Choral Festival

The 19th Annual HNU/NCAKE Children’s Choral Festival has space for two more choirs in the afternoon session (2:00-5:30) for older choirs (grades 4-8). The festival will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Holy Names University.  Andrew Brown, this year’s guest conductor, has chosen Mendelssohn’s Abendlied (SA, accompanied, in English translation) and Bardos’s Campfire Song (SSA, unaccompanied, in English translation) for the afternoon festival group repertoire.

Registration has been extended to Feb. 15.   Please download the application form, and return it with a registration fee of $150 to Peggy Spool.

If you have any questions, please call us at 408-979-9997 (Peggy) or 510-436-1314 (Anne) or email: peggy@vivaceyouthchorus.org or laskey@hnu.edu.

Note:  Directors must be members of OAKE in order to participate.  If you are not currently a member, you may register at www.oake.org.

March 7, 2015

Solfege and Sonority
Ideas for Teaching Music Reading in the Choral Classroom

Burlingame United Methodist Church
1443 Howard Ave, Burlingame, 94010

David J. Xiques

David XiquesDavid J. Xiques, Associate Professor of Music in the School of Music and Dance at San Francisco State University, will present techniques and strategies from his recently published book, Solfege and Sonority, a guide to developing music literacy skills in a choral setting.

The Peninsula Girls Chorus will serve as a demonstration choir.