Oklahoma Orff & Kodaly Chapters Workshop - Sept. 2013

Notes for Peter & Mary Alice's 5-hour workshop

Creating a Dynamic Learning Community with Traditional Dance, Song & Storytelling

Saturday, September 29, 2013

Oklahoma AOSA and OAKE Chapters

Many thanks to Trish Ranson who did so much to make this possible, and to everyone else who helped out with the space, food, sound and more.  We had a wonderful time with all of you.

Virginia VMEA post-conference notes Nov. 2013

Virginia MEA Conference Plan • Thursday, Friday, November 21, 22, 2013

Hot Springs, Virginia - Peter & Mary Cay

Many thanks to West Music for sponsoring these workshops, and to Melissa Blum for organizing and handling all the logistics of our trip.

In addition to their work as dance leaders and publishers, Mary Cay Brass and Peter Amidon are also deeply involved in choral music.  They are the music directors of "Hallowell", southern Vermont's a cappella SATB hospice choir.  Mary Cay leads two large community choruses, and is the collector and publisher of "Balkan Bridges" a collection of traditional village songs from the former Yugoslavia that are great for young singers.  Peter is publishing two collections of his and Mary Alice Amidon's SATB choral arrangements and compositions, "Fifty-five Anthems for the Small Church Choir", and "Twenty-five Anthems for Interfaith and Community Choirs" in December and January respectively.

Here are notes on the dances and singing games we did in our three workshops over the last two days: