Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in News, Upcoming Events | 2 comments

6f9a1ed007dedc69ab310127038fc320In deepest (coldest!) winter, I look forward to flying south for a week and bringing everything I’ll need for an arts residency to the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  There’s a small but vibrant Jewish community, and Congregation B’nai Or will be my host as I work my Yiddish magic with a backdrop of blue waters and white sands!  The residency will include a Shabbat lecture on the evolution of Jewish ritual art, a hands-on papercutting workshop, a multi-lingual concert in the beautiful St. Croix Reformed Church, and a visit to The Good Hope Country Day School where I’ll have children singing is a language they never heard before!  If you find yourselves in the Caribbean between February 2 and 9, 2015, join me for a multicultural experience with a yidishe tam!

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On the flip side:  The residency was a warm and brilliant experience with encounters with people making it a daily peak experience.  The 7th through 12th graders at the GHCDS, a sprawling and energetic campus, jumped right in, singing in Yiddish, peppering me with questions, and drawing from their own experiences to make the time we spent together relevant!

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2 Comments

  1. 1-29-2015

    I am the “new, part-time, temporary” vocal music teacher at GHCDS. I am looking forward to your session on Thursday, February 5, in the afternoon. Lunch time is 12:40 p. m. to 1:20 p. m. The middle school chorus (17 students SA) meets in the music room from 1:20-2:10. From 2:10-3:00 a drama class meets in the music room. Your session will be posted in the daily announcements. My cell is 340-514-5673. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Our weather here is wonderful!!!!!

    • 2-6-2015

      Sherry – I just returned to where we’re staying and went searching for your note. For some reason it never reached my email box and was languishing here in the comment section of my website. So sorry! I’d love to stay in touch and certainly maintain a connection to the students. Today’s meeting with your class was a high point of my visit to the island. I should have thought of it while I was with you, but better late than never: I have a recording that I’d like to share with you and your students, so I will mail one to you at school. I will be performing on Sunday night at the Reformed Church at 5:30, so if you happen to be there I will give you the CD then! thank you for welcoming me to GHCDS! -susan

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