A Chicago native who grew up singing in the Chicago Children's Choir (CCC), Mollie is internationally renowned for her workshops on black South African choral music. Mollie returned to CCC as a conductor in 2005. She has been directing choirs at the University of Chicago since 2011, and co-directs the monthly Chicago World Music Choruswith Patty. Mollie recently completed a doctorate in classical choral conducting from Northwestern University. In 2001 she received a grant from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation to fund a teaching DVD, Vela Vela, to help educators learn and teach black South African choral music in the oral tradition. In 2006, Mollie received a second grant, this time specifically to study how South Africans are using choral music in the struggle against HIV, which was to become the topic of her highly-lauded doctoral thesis in 2015.

Mollie Stone (currently on leave)

Patty—who commutes to Brooklyn from Chicago to work with the choir—is co-director of Vermont-based Village Harmony and its professional touring arm, Northern Harmony, with whom she has traveled around the globe leading music study-performance tours for over 20 years. She founded Boston Harmony, a Concord, MA community choir for which she also commutes monthly to direct, in 2005, and directs the monthly Chicago World Music Chorus with Mollie.  An energetic and dynamic workshop leader with special expertise in teaching Corsican, Georgian and South African choral music, Patty's passion for honest, direct music can coax fierce, forthright singing out of any singer, any age.  Patty has published two volumes of The Folk Rhythm South African teaching DVD/book series, and two books of Georgian folk and sacred songs. With co-conductor Mollie Stone she has published four volumes of the Raising the Bar series of world music teaching DVDs.

the Directors:

"It was amazing how much you did with us in an afternoon. I listened to the recording and it sounded so good considering the speed in which we learned those songs. You are both such wonderful teachers and musicians.  I really enjoyed learning from you"

"Thank you both for all of the many inspirations and guidance you gave us along with these wonderful songs!"

"I'm super excited to keep singing and learning new material with this community of eclectic singer-dancer-tail shakers we've somehow assembled!"

"I can't tell you how much I've learned about (and loved!) the different approaches to singing (and music)."

Patty Cuyler