On August 2nd, members of Fordson’s choirs joined Choir Director, Matt Laura, at the Michigan School Vocal Music Association Summer Workshop in Lansing. They led a session entitled “Beyond the Canon: Programming Arab Music.” The purpose of the session was to demystify and highlight Arab musical and cultural inclusion in a choral program.
Director Laura and students collaborated with Michael Ibrahim, the founder and director of the National Arab Orchestra, to introduce Arab music and culture. Students even taught a song to the music teachers in attendance.
The feedback was overwhelmingly positive; the students were treated like celebrities; and were praised for “trailblazing” a new music connection. Above all else, they laid the groundwork for collaborations with high schools and universities throughout Michigan. Shared by Matt Laura