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MUS 183

Off Campus Extended Studies

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Winter Term information

Kristina Boerger

183A: Chamber Singers South Africa Tour (off-campus)

Our musical and cultural host-teachers of Village Harmony will set up a three-day rehearsal retreat near a nature reserve in the north (near Limpopo). Singers will rehearse in the mornings, take local excursions in the afternoons, and attend evening workshops on Black South African choral singing. These evening sessions will be taught by Black South African choral directors. These evening sessions will also feature presentations on South African music, languages, history, culture, and politics. The song study will include singing in various languages and will also incorporate the traditional dance movements proper to each song. These songs will be added to the Chamber Singers' concert program. After the retreat, Chamber Singers will take the program on tour, stopping along the Garden Route (driving through Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban) and ending in Cape Town. We will visit cultural and historical sites along the way and perform with many different types of South African choirs (e.g. university choirs, church choirs, children¿s choirs, township choirs). Our varying accommodations in our host cities will include home stays, retreat centers, and hotels.