School Residency

Bells & Motley Olden Music, Dance and Storytelling
Contact: Sondra Bromka, John Bromka
2 North St.
Marcellus, NY 13108
Phone: (315) 673-2995

Sondra and John Bromka are masterful musicians, playwrights, and teachers with 20 years of experience designing and presenting integrated, curriculum-centered arts programs that meet current Learning Standards. Their thematic musical theatre and storytelling performances inspire and energize students to learn more about history, literature, and the arts. Interactive workshops are available to complement performances, and are carefully crafted to address and integrate the arts (music, dance, fine art, & art history) with curriculum (language arts, social studies, & science) — to meet a full spectrum of learning standards. Workshop, performance, and residency themes include Medieval, Renaissance Arts and History; the Erie Canal and Immigration; The Book; and Multicultural Music/Dance/Literary Heritage and History. Teacher Guides and assessments available to accompany all programs.

Dan Berggren
Sleeping Giant Records
99 Grove Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 490-1809

Fresh, acoustic folk rooted in mountain tradition - songs about neighbors, lovers, patriots, and hard-working folks, written with wit, soul and great choruses. The 30-year folk veteran is known for his Adirondack programs presented with guitar, banjo and a strong rich voice. "Dan is a throwback to the old role of the folk singer . . . he's articulating things that need to be said right now." - author Bill McKibben. Available for concerts, coffeehouses, festivals, community events and Arts in Education.

Connolly, Carol
Contact: Carol Connolly
1100 Niskayuna Road
Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 786-1271

A professional storyteller for over 20 years, Carol performs for both children and adults at schools, libraries, museums, colleges, cafes, nature preserves, festivals and conferences, and for professional and civic organizations in New York, New England and North Carolina. Her constantly expanding repertoire includes myths, folk and fairy tales, literary tales, and modern "real-life" tales. In addition to her solo performances, Carol is a member of the highly acclaimed storytelling quartet, Four Stories High and the multi-award-winning musical storytelling duo, Tales `n Tunes.

Connor, Maureen E.
1663 Van Vranken Ave.
Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: (518) 374-6034

Performs highland bagpipes at a variety of events including concerts, benefits, festivals, and community events. Workshops (education seminars) and lessons (private and group) also available.

Griffith, Gail E.
345 Totem Lodge Rd.
Averill Park, NY 12018
Phone: (518) 674-3052

Dance caller. Gail teaches and calls traditional American, English, and Welsh dances. Specializes in working with beginners, and doing family dances.

Hamlin, Susan
FloodWood Music Productions
PO Box 823,
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: (518) 587-5456

Creative school residencies, songwriting, curriculum and theme-based. Civil War, Ireland: The Land of Song, Reading Rocks, more. Library and camp programs for audiences of all ages. Workshops in creative songwriting, Celtic style rhythm guitar, traditional Celtic and Appalachian style and harmony singing.

Heldeberg Music Together
31 Hampton St.
Albany, NY 12209
Phone: (518) 463-7103

Music Together is the only research-based music program for young children. This program is for young people ages birth through 4 with a caregiver. Classes are being held in Center Square, Albany, NY. Tuition includes 2 identical CDs and a corresponding songbook. Classes are 45 minutes long in 8 - 12 week semesters and use music from one of the nine Music Together collections. Music is culturally diverse with some unusual meters and tonalities.

Holder, Chris
Storysinger Productions
14663 West Lake Road
Hammondsport, NY  14840
Bus/Fax: (607) 868-7249

Acoustic folk music, stories, performances and concerts for children, adults and families. Fee range: $450 - $750 daily. Since 1977 Chris Holder has been a performer of music, storytelling and folk culture for children and adults across the country - at colleges, festivals, libraries, prisons, retirement centers and schools. He's appeared on Garrison Keilor's PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, led scores of community and school residencies and has 3 cassette albums of family songs and stories. Write for a free brochure.

Homespun Traditional Community Dancing with Peter, Paul and George
Contact: Paul Rosenberg
538 Providence St.
Albany, NY 12208-3223
Phone: (518) 482-9255; (800) 908-HOME (toll free)

Homespun Community Dancing teaches the origins, sounds and uses of traditional folk instruments, including fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, clarinet, pennywhistle, and recorder. Students participate in community dancing from more than 40 countries in 6 continents around the world, with an emphasis on American dances that originated in the Europe and Africa. This includes singing games, folk, square and contra dancing.
The daytime workshops incorporate traditional music and dance in order to help children to: learn to respect other cultures and traditions; develop coordination, rhythm, and appreciation of music; foster attentive listening skills; and inspire cooperation and build community.

The Family Dance evening is a school-wide community celebration that involves everyone -- from pre-schoolers to great-grandparents. Students, parents, siblings, teachers and administrators spend an evening dancing in time-honored traditions from around the world. As the culminating activity after a school residency, students will be able to help teach their parents the dances they learned during the day.

The Hudson River Ramblers
Contact: Rich Bala
PO Box 179
Billings, NY 12510
Phone: 845-227-7293

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk and folk musician Rich Bala presents programs about the history of the Hudson RIver Valley from colonial times to the present. They offer the following programs:
- Revolution on the River: songs and stories about the role of the Hudson River during The Revolutionary War
- In Good Olde Colonie Days: The early history of the region during the Native, Dutch, and Colonial periods (circa 1600-1775)
- The River Flows Both Ways: history of the Hudson RIver Valley from the 19th century to the present.

The Ivy Vine Players
Contact: Grian MacGregor
PO Box 62
Lake Hill, NY 12448
Phone: (914) 679-8312

"Puppetry in Any Event." A one-woman puppet theatre with a cast of 75. Unique and original staging. Lots of audience participation in musical stories that will make you think and make the time fly by. Flexible repertoire available for your community celebration, school, festival or fund-raiser.

Kirk, John and Trish Miller
Contact: Trish Miller
PO Box 363
Greenfield Center, NY 12833
Phone: (518) 581-0255

Sharing music & dance traditions with John & Trish is an exciting approach to studying early American life and multi-culturalism. A brief history of people providing their own entertainment through music and dance is presented with fiddle tunes, folksongs, and fancy footwork. By singing timeless songs and trying dances, students are given the opportunity to carry on this rich tradition. Clog dancing adds zesty energy to the show as well as intricate rhythmic accompaniment to live old-time fiddle tunes. Studying clever lyrics is a fun way to develop language arts skills. When music classes join the performers, students are part of the chorus and band. In dance workshops, young people create community when moving together in dance patterns. Building self esteem and relating to others is an important development within these activities. For over twenty years John and Trish have created programs on a variety of school themes such as local history, colonial life, songs of social justice, international festivals and American heritage.

Music Mobile, Inc.
Contact: Ruth Pelham
PO Box 6024
Albany, NY 12206
Phone and Fax: (518) 462-8714

Music Mobile is a not-for-profit arts organization that performs upbeat, participatory concerts, workshops, residencies, special events and professional development programs at festivals, schools, coffeehouses, concert halls, parks, libraries, conferences and other community venues. Program themes focus on self-esteem, cooperation, the environment, family issues, peace, justice and community building. Weather permitting, programs feature the colorfully decorated Music Mobile van that will make single or multiple visits to communities on a fee-for-service basis or through grants.

Nego Gato Afro-Brazilian Music and Dance Ensemble
Contact: Carol Chappell
PO Box 1094, Woodstock, NY 12498
Phone: (914) 687-9001

Dance Band, Traditional Dance Performance, Floor Shows and Workshops. We present the traditional music and dance brought to Brazil by African Slaves and kept alive for the past 400 years. We present performances and workshops in Afro-Brazilian Dance, percussion and music on traditional instruments. Our performances feature Capoeira, an African martial art that involves acrobatics, gymnastics; and the berimbau, a traditional Angolan instrument. Workshops for adults and children.

Shaw, Christopher
PO Box 609
Averill Park, NY 12018
Phone: (518) 674-8282
Fax: (518) 674-2259

Adirondack singer, songwriter, and storyteller Chris Shaw offers a five day songwriting residency targeted at 4th to 7th graders. In this residency, the students choose an event in local or regional history, establish the theme in their own words, then craft that into a song. Chris works with two groups of young songwriters each day, and has time left for classroom visits for some storytelling and a song or two! At the end of the week, the songwriters present their work in concert for the whole school, or in the evening for the whole community! Each schools needs are unique, call 518-674-8282 for the pricing on your event.

Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Inc.
Contact: Ric Chesser
500 Western Ave.
Albany, NY 12203
Phone: (518) 438-5503
Fax: (518) 438-5484

Steamer No. 10 is a 112 seat proscenium theatre that presents professional children's theatre with a focus on regional history and fairy tales.

The Storycrafters
Contact: Barry Marshall or Jeri Burns
PO Box 353
Philmont, NY 12565
Phone: (518) 672-7664

Award-winning tandem storytellers, recording artists, and radio hosts, The Storycrafters creatively integrate ethnic instruments, song and dance into their stories. With programs for all ages, they work in schools, libraries and festivals across the US and UK. They host the award-winning family radio show "Just Imagine."

Tales 'n Tunes
Contact: Carol Connolly
1100 Niskayuna Road
Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 786-1271

Storyteller Carol Connolly and musician Don Darmer bring tales and tunes from around the world to audiences of all ages. This musical storytelling duo performs original songs and creatively blends songs into their stories to engage children and have them singing and clapping along. Adult listeners are also enchanted by their musical stories. Their lively performances provide for plenty of participation.

Let the Stories Begin!
Carol Connolly & Don Darmer
Tales 'n Tunes--Musical Storytelling Duo
Recordings: Travelin' Down the Road: Sing Along Stories from Around the World
   2004 iParenting Media Award
   2004 NAPPA Honors Award
   Rave review in School Library Journal December 2004