About This Program:

Join instructor Marie Hayes, and immerse yourself in the rich musical traditions of the Balkans and beyond. Marie Hayes has been singing Balkan harmony music ever since she attended a Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble concert in Oakland in 1990. There were ten woman on the stage, elbows linked in a semi-circle, singing the most captivating music she had ever heard. She was also struck by the rich, refined choral style of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, whose music initially amazed her. Ultimately, it was this exciting and expressive nature of the “village voice” sound that drew her in.

As a teacher of Balkan singing, Marie’s main goal is to help students learn to listen to each other and work together to produce a sound they can be really proud of—and feel the thrill of hitting a perfect chord that makes the whole room ring. For more information about Marie’s background in Balkan music, follow this link https://centerforworldmusic.org/2016/01/marie-hayes-sings-music-from-the-balkans-and-beyond/.

This after-school activity will be held online via zoom. Meeting information will be shared upon registration.


3rd-5th Grade: Wednesdays 4:15-5:15 PM

Instructor: Marie Hayes


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Balkan Music and Traditions

3rd-5th grade, Wednesdays at 4:15-5:15 PM online