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Voices

Mg 2070
  • Culture | Africa, Cross Culture
  • Format | Workshop, School Assembly
  • Discipline | Music, Literary Arts
  • Level | Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

Step by step, the teaching artist teaches the groups the melodies, the harmonies, the words, and the translations. Starting with vocal warm-ups and call and response, the students get comfortable and gain confidence in singing. Articulation, vocal projection, and rhythm are emphasized. Ultimately, the wonderful sound of choral singing fills the room.

Artists

Marsha Perry Starkes

Marsha Perry Starkes is a multifaceted musician who combines traditional African instruments and musical forms with contemporary influences. Her recordings include Bird Lives! Through the Neo Bass Ensemble, Hit It!, and Bebop meets Bass. She sings and plays the music of Africa, Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean. Marsha holds a B.S. in Theatre Arts from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI.

Women of the Calabash

Women of the Calabash, was founded in 1978, by the late Madeleine Yayodele Nelson. With Joan Ashley, Caren Calder, Susan Rapalee and Caru Thompson, these women combine traditional instruments, vocals, and music forms with contemporary influences to perform music from Africa, the Caribbean, and black America. The Women of the Calabash uses moments during workshops and performances to teach the history and playing techniques of the various instruments used, giving context to the music they perform. Women of the Calabash shared billing with performers such as the Temptations, Richie Havens, Philip Glass, Odetta, and more.

Ivy Austin

Ivy Austin is best known for her work on NPR as the vocalist and comedienne from Garrison Keillor's, "A Prairie Home Companion." After graduating from Colgate with a degree in Biology, she toured with "They're Playing Our Song" and a few years later she made her Broadway debut, in the title role of "Raggedy Ann." She has recorded over one hundred songs with The Muppets on "Sesame Street," and is particularly effective with youth and theatre in the Global Arts: cultural literacy and heritage programs.

Juanita Faulkner

Juanita is a soprano who has studied with renowned vocalists from the New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. With her extensive background in musical theatre, Juanita has toured the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and Canada, giving recitals, church services and performing numerous operatic roles.

Eric Poindexter

Eric Poindexter is an actor, singer, and teaching artist who joined Symphony Space’s Global Arts program in 2016. Eric specializes in afterschool programs that concentrate on theater arts. Eric is also a cast-member of the arts collective and accompanying podcast “In Your Face-New York,” as well as a member of the Yip Harburg Foundation as an actor, singer, and educator dedicated to using theatre to promote education and social change.

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