Sound Samplers

Sound Samplers • Play • Sing • Create • Winterfest 2021

Join the Department of Music for a variety of exciting and engaging activities as part of the College's WinterFest 2021! Designed for students of all musical backgrounds and activities, the projects below offer opportunities to Play, Sing, and Create together at a distance this quarter.

PLAY – Rhythms Around the World

Rhythms Around the World Sound Samplers

Learn the basics of hand-drumming and call-and-response practices of African, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Brazilian traditions with Jean-Christophe Leroy, Director of the Music Department’s Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble. Participants do not have to know how to read music, nor have any experience playing an instrument. A drum is not necessary as a desk or table will do the job! The series of two workshops will include training in rhythmic patterns and in collaborative engagement and will culminate in an informal, celebratory event, presented later this spring.

Workshops – Attend one or both!

Week 1: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, 11:00 am - noon
Week 7: Saturday, Feb. 27,  2021, 11:00 am - noon

SING – Songs Around the World

Songs Around the World

Join Mollie Stone, Director of the Chicago World Music Chorus, to learn about the musical traditions of the Republic of Georgia, South Africa, and more. Workshops focus on basic components of the particular folk tradition with source materials, demonstrations by guest artists, and the teaching of a specific song. Participants will join together for an informal celebratory event, presented later this spring.

Workshops – Attend 1, 2 or all 3!

Week 1: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Week 4: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Week 7: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Sound Fantastic & Comfort of Music

Sound Fantastic

Experienced musicians as well as novices who are interested in exploring sound creation for the very first time are invited to join together in creating recorded performances for the Department of Music’s project, Sound Fantastic. The Sound Fantastic initiative will enhance the Light Fantastic project by creating sound installations for various locations around campus.

With the assistance of Sam Pluta, Assistant Professor and Director of the Computer Music Studio, Department of Music graduate students Hunter Brown and Theodore Moore lead a series of introductory workshops to assist participants in the creation, recording, and mixing of short audio- or audio-visual performances. Performances can be generated by individuals or by small groups of 2-5 people. Students without formal musical training as well as more experienced musicians are invited to work together to generate these recordings; the Music Department will assist with forming groups of interested students, as needed.

Workshop 1 – participants should plan to attend both sessions

Week 2 – Session 1: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Week 3 – Session 2: Thursday, Jan. 28  2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Workshop 2 – participants should plan to attend both sessions

Week 5 – Session 1: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Week 6 – Session 2: Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Comfort of Music

The Comfort of Music project is designed to create appealing and inspiring soundtracks to share with patients at the Comer Children’s Hospital. Experienced musicians are invited to create and submit remotely recorded performances to share with young patients and their families. Interested musicians can sign-up here.