Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Together in Song

Recently audiences from the North Shore were treated to a different kind of choir concert experience. The Gordon College Women’s Choir, under the direction of Faith Lueth, and the Gordon College Children’s Choir, under the direction of Sandy Doneski, came together for a unique collaborative performance of traditional folk songs. But unlike most traditional concerts, where audiences passively listen, Dr. Doneski inspired guests to actively engage in the performance. Audience members young and old learned how to sing special sections of selected folk songs and enthusiastically joined in singing with the choirs, creating a wonderful sense of community. The collaboration of Gordon’s community music programs for children with undergraduate ensemble groups provides a special opportunity for Gordon’s music students to explore a greater sense of community. This mentor program teaches our students how music can transform lives by bringing all ages and cultures together for a common purpose. Our alumni come back and continue to contribute to the collaboration. Serving as assistant instructors, alumni stay actively engaged with this community outreach at Gordon as they grow in their professional lives as public school music teachers.

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