Sixth Annual Sustainability Education Symposium - Keynote Presentation
Friday, 16 May, 2014 | 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Title of Keynote Presentation
And the People Can Sing!
Description of Keynote Presentation
This presentation is about tightening the weave of community through raising voices together in song. If you are breathing and have a heartbeat, then you have everything needed to participate. I will speak and we will sing about the ways that songs feed and carry us in every aspect of our lives. So everybody, just throw your heads back and sing!
Melanie DeMore is one of the most outstanding vocal artists of today helping to preserve the African American Folk Tradition through song and Gullah stick pounding. She was the subject of a documentary titled, 'Stick and Pound,' which showcases this tradition. She has a career spanning 30 years dedicated to teaching, lecturing, mentoring, conducting, directing and inspiring children and adults about the power of song as social and political change. Melanie is a sought after presenter, conductor and soloist at national and international choral and music festivals, including Festival 500 in Newfoundland, Canada and Chorus America. She is adjunct faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies, lead teaching artist for TEMPO at UC Berkeley, and a featured presenter for SpeakOut! the Institute for Social and Cultural Change. She was a founding member of the Grammy nominated, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir and has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such varied artists as Odetta, Richey Havens, Pete Seeger, the Trinity Choir, MUSE Cincinnati Women's Chorus and many others.
Melanie DeMore is a singer, songwriter, composer, conductor, and vocal activist who believes in the power of voices raised together.
She says, “A song can hold you up when there seems to be no ground beneath you.'
Friday, 16 May, 2014
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM