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Diversity in Song: A January Speaker Series

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An engaging series of three speakers who will speak to the diversity within choral music today! January 11, 19, 26. Join for one or for all!

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Monday, January 11, 2021:

A Transformative Journey Through Song: Michael Brown

Michael is a singer, songwriter, gospel musician, and choir director who leads singers on a transformative journey that is as much about introspection, spirituality, and human connection as it is about learning gospel songs. Michael moved to the northwest corner of Connecticut over twenty years ago and captivated legions of music lovers when he introduced gospel music to the area.

Since then, and under his charismatic leadership, gospel choirs have proliferated throughout the region. Michael directs gospel choirs at the Hotchkiss School, Salisbury School, Westover, Taft and South Kent schools as well as at several churches. He also teaches at Sacred Heart University, and explains that gospel music is "music that is spirited, heart-rendering, and full of joy." Be ready to sing, clap, laugh, cry, and be inspired by one of the most extraordinary gospel musicians you’ll ever meet!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021:

Raising Inclusivity Through Song: Leora Zimmer and Jennifer Wry

Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Boston’s dynamic women's chorus, Voices Rising, will expound upon the chorus’s feminist principles of community, inclusivity, activism, and education. Voices Rising sing together to give voice to the lives of women, identities and beliefs, and to celebrate the diverse LGBTQ community in and around Boston.

While raising voices in joy and solidarity, singers contribute to the growing tradition of the women's choral movement. Come ready to partake in the conversation about a journey of a caring, inclusive community for women and engage with some of the music they sing.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021:

The Multi-Cultural Song: Nick Page

Nick Page is internationally celebrated as a beloved composer, song leader, author, and conductor in the choral world with over one hundred published choral works. He has conducted his works at Carnegie Hall and his children’s opera premiered at Lincoln Center in New York City. Nick has a lifetime of experience conducting both children’s and adult choirs and delights in getting his audiences singing along.

He has written three books on music, including his popular guide to leading multi-cultural song, Sing and Shine On. Nick draws on the music of many cultures, looking for their universal powers while honoring their differences. You will tap your toes and clap your hands as Nick leads us in song and celebration as he provides the “finale” to our speaker series.

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