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Ethnic Identity and Choral Singing: A Conversation

Presented by Hebrew College School of Music at Hebrew College, Newton Center MA

May 15 2019
Ethnic Identity and Choral Singing: A Conversation

A panel discussion exploring issues related to ethnic identity and choral singing.

Zamir Chorale of Boston and Hebrew College’s School of Jewish Music will present an informal round-table panel discussion exploring issues related to ethnic identity and choral singing. Visitors are welcome to listen in to the conversations and will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the participants.

Facilitated by Zamir's Artistic Director Josh Jacobson, participants include Richard Barrett, Cantor at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox ChurchAndré de

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Contact: 617-244-6333

Email: manager@zamir.org

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Zamir Chorale of Boston and Hebrew College’s School of Jewish Music will present an informal round-table panel discussion exploring issues related to ethnic identity and choral singing. Visitors are welcome to listen in to the conversations and will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the participants.

Participants include Richard Barrett, Cantor at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox ChurchAndré de Quadros, Director of Voices 21C, and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Eastern Division Equity and Diversity Chair; Joshua Jacobson, Director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston; Fr. Romanos Karanos, Director of the Melodist Byzantine ChoirNick Page, Director of The Mystic Chorale; José Rivera, Director of the University of North Carolina Chorus and ACDA National Ethnic and Multicultural Chair; Amy Lieberman and Lynn Torgove, Co-Directors of Kol Arev; Carol Marton, Director of Koleinu, Boston's Jewish Community Chorus; Brother Dennis Slaughter, Director of The Boston Community Choir.

The participants will discuss a number of challenges as well as benefits for a chorus that specializes in music from a single ethnic tradition. Does our chorus have an enhanced sense of quasi-family unity because we have a shared interest/background? Do we welcome singers who are not members of our ethnicity? How do we define our repertoire? Do we include repertoire that’s outside of our traditions? To what extent is ethnic material decontextualized, assimilated and acculturated by being arranged for a “Western” chorus and performed in a “Western” concert experience? To what extent is the chorus’s mission the revival a repertoire that is largely lost or ignored? Do we want our repertoire to be more widely known? When is it inappropriate to perform music from another culture’s tradition?

LOCATION

Hebrew College

160 Herrick Rd., Newton Center, MA 02459

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