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Moravian College to Host Music Workshop for Educators

Children't ChoirBethlehem, Pa., January 16, 2013—Moravian College and The Bel Canto Children’s Chorus will host an all-day workshop, along with the Princeton Girlchoir and the New Jersey Youth Chorale on Saturday, February 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Foy Hall. The workshop is designed for individual music educators and teachers and their students.

Music clinicians Moira Smiley, J. Donald Dumpson, and Steven Fischer, will work with aspiring singers, teachers, and choral directors to enrich their lives with the gift of music, teach them about the history of a cappella, and how to spice up the classroom.

The morning session will consist of three stations in which the singers and teachers will rotate to gain a better understanding of each clinician’s artistic work. The sessions’ topics include Americana: shape-notes, hambone and lonely songs, African-American spirituals for the cotton field to the concert state, and South African singing and dancing. Teachers are allowed to bring up to five singers, but anyone who prefers to arrive alone is also welcome. There will be an afternoon sharing session that will be open to the general public with a $5 admission charge.

Smiley is a singer-composer, who leads Moira Smiley & VOCO. She travels the world as a soloist and creates new work for dance, theater, and film. Her voice has been used in feature films, television, and over 50 recordings.

Dumpson is currently the minister of music and arts at Arch Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. He was the founding conductor and artistic director of the Westminster Jubilee Singers from 1994-2011. Dumpson will lead the group in singing African-American spirituals.

Fischer works as a conductor, composer, and music educator. He also co-founded the Commonwealth Youthchoirs, and since 2001, he has served as associate music director of its members-choir Keystone State Boychoir. He has traveled to South Africa with the Boychoir and will share his South African musical experiences.

For more information contact Professor Joy Hirokawa, Moravian College, at jhirokawa@moravian.edu, 610 861-1671 or Toni Marie Palmertree, The Bel Canto Children’s Chorus at tonimarie@belcantochildren.com or 215 541-4242. Foy Hall is located on Moravian College’s Hurd Campus in historic downtown Bethlehem.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Education Department at 610-861-1558 at least one week prior to the event.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.