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Recent News

Sept. 16: Storytelling Tour of Akin Free Library. The Akin Free Library in Pawling New York was built in the first decade of the 20th Century and is a stone Victorian structure standing on Quaker Hill. It is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places and houses a curious and diverse group of collections including old tools used in Dutchess County, a giant python skin, a a water buffalo head, butterfly collection, stuffed birds and spinning wheels. Bill will lead a storytelling tour through the collection, offering folktales from around the world to accompany the viewing of the objects. Come hear stories from Bali, Iceland, Japan, American Indian, Brazil, Finland, African American and more as you examine the many objects on display. The stories will be accompanied by banjo of course. The tours are at Noon and 3:00 and will last about an hour. The event is FREE.

August 1 - 5, 2017: Return to Innova Schools in Lima, Peru. After working with 200 early childhood educators in Lima last August, Bill returns to the Innova Schools to lead professional development in Storytelling with the teachers of English. From August 1 - 4, Bill will offer the teachers an immersion in the use of storytelling to build English comprehension and active use. The Peruvian teachers of English will learn to tell stories, lead story-making activities and energize their young students in the imaginative possibilities as they begin to learn a new language. Each of the 4 eight hour sessions will include folktales, songs, games and phonemic awareness activities that support the upcoming units of study in the Innova Programs. Bill's "Narrative Classroom" approach will be actively explored by the teachers and they will create content that is meaningful to them and their work. Bill first visited Lima and the Innova Schools in August 2014; the schools decided to incorporate storytelling for early childhood in all of their 35 schools. Business Insider named the Innova Schools one of the 13 most innovative schools in the world!

Cody Gordh in Audible News! In a profile published on Audible's Website, Cody describes his relationship with stories and storytelling. Cody is a senior manager at Audible where they are developing some storytelling events for children. Bill Gordh already has almost 10 hours of storytelling available on Audible and now there will be some live shows as well.

July 2017: Central Park and Vail Valley. Bill returns to Central Park this summer to tell stories at the Hans Christian Andersen statue on Saturday morning, July 8 at 11:00 AM. This is the 61st year of Storytelling at the Statue and takes place every Saturday from June until the end of September. Bill will share the program with the world-renowned storyteller and author, Laura Simms. Laura will tell a Romanian Tale entitled "The Wild Rose" and Bill will share one from Ireland "Three Daughters and a Mother's Blessing". Enter the park at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue and walk down to the statue where you can also see people sailing small ships in the fountain. It's FREE and runs from 11:00 AM- Noon. Then out to Colorado for his 11th annual family concert and residency with the Gore Range Montessori School. The concert will be on Thursday July 13th in Edwards on the Riverwalk at 5:00 PM. It's FREE!

June 2017: Kansas City, Austin and Shelter Island. It's an exciting month. Bill will travel to Kansas City as a Featured Speaker for the St. Paul's Episcopal School's early childhood educators' conference entitled "Let's Grow Together" that runs June 16th and 17th. On Friday Bill will lead a full morning interactive workshop on "Storytelling in the Early Childhood Classroom" and on Saturday attendees can watch Bill do his work with a class of pre-schoolers. This is Bill's second appearance at the conference. Bill also returns to the Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools' 2017 SAES Early Learning Conference on June 22 in Austin, Texas. Bill will share the stage with David Madison, Executive Director at SAES and will explore with the attendees approaches for building an effective children's chapel. This is Bill's 3rd appearance at the SAES conference as featured speaker. On June 25 Bill returns to Union Chapel in the Grove on Shelter Island to lead their annual Children's Service. Last year, Bill was inspired by one of the Brigham Windows at the church and built a service around "Hope". This year the service is titled "The Wisdom of the Heart" and will features folktales, songs, Bible readings, Swedish and African proverbs as well as a new song composed by Bill especially for the service. Families are invited. It is free and begins at 10:30 AM.



Nov. 11: Very Young Composers and Bernstein. On Saturday at 1:10, four Very Young Composers (VYC) will premier 3 new works in the pre-Young Peoples Concert showcase on stage at David Geffen Hall. The Young Peoples Concert (YPC) at 2:00 PM will explore the many facets of the career of the great Leonard Bernstein and as always the showcase works with the YPC theme. Very Young Composer Edgar Jaen (12 years old) has written a new piece inspired by the first two movements of the Jeremiah Symphony (the second movement Profanation will be performed during the YPC). Suvani Weerakkody (Age - 12) was inspired by the jazzy Masque from Bernstein's Symphony, The Age of Anxiety to compose her new work. In honor of Bernstein's Broadway songwriting collaborations, Daniela Sarantis (15) has composed a new song with lyrics by Nolan Shaffer (13).Co-producers Jon Deak (Founder of VYC) and Bill Gordh will host the event. The young composers were mentored by composer/teaching artist Trevor Bumgarner. The showcase occurs on the main stage and is included with a YPC admission.


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