Celebrities for a day!



Today we are Brazilian celebrities! We had two television interviews today. The first one was for Rondônia TV.  Dr. Moorman-Stahlman and Jéssica Mayumi were interviewed live where they discussed the cultural exchange program between LVC and the Brazilian students and then Abby Stoner,  Rachel Schultz and, Robin McAnally and I played a bucket drumming piece followed by two songs on the handbells in which Dr. Moorman-Stahlman joined. We thought we were all done when another television studio asked us to have another interview. We hurriedly went to the Escola de Música Villa Lobos and had the second interview. This was followed by a lunch snack where we enjoyed “Tapioca” and wonderful fruit juice drinks. We then were joined by some students from Rio de Janeiro, some of which had been involved in our cultural exchange at LVC. We had a rehearsal at the Primeira Igreja Batista De Rondôia and then dinner (at 9:45 pm).  We had a wonderful first full day in Brazil! I will have a live link for you tomorrow! Boa Noite!

Brazil, Here We Come!

Several years ago my colleague Dr. Moorman-Stahlman traveled to Brazil during her sabbatical. She initially went to perform organ concerts and in the process met a group of music education students. She invited the students to visit our campus and learn a little more about music education in America, and this initiated the Brazilian cultural exchange program. Every January a group of 15-20 Brazilian students come to our Lebanon Valley College campus in Annville, PA and participate in music classes, ensembles at LVC as well as visit music classes in area public schools. The highlight of their visit is when they perform in a concert of Brazilian music. Dr. Moorman-Stahlman has taken several groups of LVC music students to Brazil to give workshops in the performance of handbells and tone chimes. This summer we will add boomwhackers and bucket drumming into the mix. We will be traveling to São Paula, Porto Velho, and Jundiai. I will keep you posted on our adventures.

Brazil, Here We Come!

Screen Shot 2018-05-18 at 5.18.52 PMI was very honored when my colleague Dr. Shelly Moorman-Stahlman asked me to participate in a cultural exchange program this summer to Brazil. The students will be presenting handbell concerts and assisting in workshops for handbells, bucket drumming, and boomwhackers. Dr. Moorman Stahlman will also be performing solo piano concerts, master classes and performing with the orchestra of Villa Lobos in Porto Velho and, Mogi das Cruzes orchestra. She is the guest performer at the Festival do Inverno the largest classical music festival in Latin America…

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Se Essa Rua Fosse Minha: A Traditional Song from Brazil

For the past two years, Lebanon Valley College has been blessed with a cultural exchange program that has brought Brazilian students to our campus. During her sabbatical, Dr. Shelley Moorman-Stahlman an esteemed professor of music at LVC traveled to Brazil to perform piano and organ recitals, and in the process launched this cultural exchange program which has produced a reciprocal exchange of LVC students traveling to Brazil. The Brazillian students have blessed our campus with concerts and beautiful music making and during their recent visit taught me this beautiful traditional children’s song.

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