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Student choirs will perform with South African music expert

January 24, 2012

WAUKESHA, WIS.— Carroll University welcomes guest artist Mollie Stone, an expert in South African music and a distinguished choral conductor. A lecture and performance will be Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, beginning at 7 p.m. in Shattuck Music Center, 218 N. East Ave., Waukesha. This event will include Carroll University’s Concert Choir, and choirs from Waukesha North, Waukesha South, Waukesha West and Muskego high schools. It is free and open to the public, sponsored in part by grants from Target and ArtsWaukesha.

The students will perform songs from their day-long workshop in folkloric vocal harmony with a special focus on choral music of South Africa. Stone’s workshop helps singers strive toward an authentic performance of South African music through instruction on South African languages, dance movements, and the historical and social contexts of the music.

Additionally, the choirs will have a master class clinic with Dr. Kristina Boerger, director of Carroll’s choral activities, to work on their song selections of folkloric tradition. The selections will include music from Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and the Saami tribes of northern Finland. The students also will take a voice technique class with Dr. Thomas Weis, Carroll instructor of voice. Carroll’s Concert Choir will perfect and perform a shape-note hymn, a Spiritual, and two ancient, oral-tradition pieces from rural Italy.

Stone has a Master of Music degree in conducting from Westminster Choir College and has studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She is pursuing her doctorate in choral conducting at Northwestern University. Stone is a conductor at Chicago Children’s Choir, directs the University of Chicago University Chorus, and teaches both classical and South African music across Europe and the United States through Village Harmony camps.

Stone is a recipient of two grants from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. One allowed her to produce a DVD, Vela Vela, which helps American choral directors learn and teach black South African choral music in the oral tradition. The second grant helped Stone return to South Africa to study how South Africans are using choral music in the struggle against HIV.

For more information, contact Boerger at


Contact: Jess Owens 262-951-3104

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