Eureka College Music Faculty to Begin Free Grant-Funded Workshop Series in Peoria
October 17, 2022
Eureka College Music Faculty Dr. Adriana Martínez and Dr. Sarah Riskind received a grant from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois this past spring to create a series of free workshops for music educators. Eureka Sings: Spotlight Workshops for Music Teachers will enrich vocal and choral music educators’ techniques and provide resources, ultimately benefiting K-12 students. Each workshop will empower them to bring new repertoire and methods to their students that will increase inclusion of underrepresented cultures and composers. The workshops are geared towards K-12 and community college educators, music education students, church choral directors, and anyone interested in incorporating diverse repertoire into their teaching and practice. All music educators are welcome.
The first workshop in the series, "Introduction to Latin American Music" will take place Saturday, October 29. Dr. Adriana Martinez will share vocal and choral repertoire suggestions and teaching strategies for folk, popular, and classical Latin American music, accessible to a range of ages and voicings. She will discuss history and culture, language pronunciation, and programming considerations. Participants will leave with resources and repertoire lists that will enable them to incorporate Latin American music meaningfully into their teaching practice. The workshop will be in two sessions:
Session A Brief Historical Introduction to Latin America and its Music (10 am to 12 pm)
Session B Musical Tour of Latin America (12:30 pm to 2:30 pm)
Educators may attend one or both sessions, in person (recommended) or via Zoom. Up to 4 hours of professional development are available. In-person sessions will take place at Illinois Central College East Peoria Campus 1 College Dr, East Peoria, IL Choir Room: Academic Building 121A. The workshop is free and lunch will be provided.
Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Dr. Adriana Martínez is Assistant Professor of Music at Eureka College, where she teaches music history, music theory, voice, and directs the opera workshop. A versatile singer and scholar, her teaching and research focuses on the role that music plays in the formation of national identity in Latin America and the United States. She has presented her research at national and international conferences, including a lecture-recital on Latin American art song at the Central Region NATS conference in October 2021. As a singer, she appeared most recently as Mimì in La Bohème with MIOpera in Normal and has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in Mexico, Canada, Italy, and Austria. She is also an active choral singer and is currently a member of Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana. Dr. Martínez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Charleston (WV) and a Master’s and PhD in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester (NY).
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register: Please submit the registration form by 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2022.