Gyil Choir (Co-ed)

This group plays arrangements of traditional Dagara melodies on the gyil (pronounced "jeel"), a pentatonic West African xylophone with buzzing gourd resonators. Right and left hand patterns are broken down to learn the song, accompaniment, and solo phrases.

Prerequisite: No drumming experience necessary, instruments are provided.

Date: Two 8-week sessions Sept-Dec, Feb-May. Select Saturdays 12-2pm
Session 1 (Fall): Sept. 8 & 22, Oct. 6 & 20, Nov. 3 & 17, Dec. 1 & 15
Session 2 (Spring): Feb. 9 & 23, Mar. 9 & 23, Apr. 13 & 27, May 11 & 25

Cost: Eight Weeks: 2 sessions/month $100, or $15 per individual class.

Instructor: Karin Rau

Instructor Bio:
Karin attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN to study percussion and music education. She played in the Concordia band, Percussion ensemble, Marimba choir, Javanese Gamelan ensemble, West African Drumming ensemble, and was principal timpanist in the Concordia Orchestra. She has also played percussion in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra and Heartland Symphony Orchestra. She has a Masters of Ethnomusicology from Liberty University that has allowed her to conduct research in musics from cultures all around the world. She has studied drumming and dance in Ghana and Guinea, taken Indian tabla drum lessons, and holds a World Music Pedagogy certificate from Smithsonian Folkways. Karin taught classroom music, directed elementary choirs, percussion ensembles, and African drumming ensembles in Minnesota public schools for five years. She currently teaches private percussion lessons, and instructs the West African drum and dance classes, Zimbabwe marimba ensemble, and facilitates drum circles at the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts in St. Cloud, MN. Building instruments like deerskin frame drums and Zimbabwe-style marimbas, swimming with the Master's swim team, and spending time with her husband and daughter are her favorite hobbies.

Location: Women’s Drum Center
Parking on street. Please enter side door on Hampden Av. (ring WDC bell).

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Contact Us

(651) 206-7617

Women's Drum Center
2242 University Ave West
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114, USA

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