March 31, April 19; Center for Educational Innovation Workshops. Bill will lead two days of workshops for the Center of Educational Innovation focused on promoting early literacy through storytelling. The workshops, to be held at PS 115 in Floral Park, NY are open to teachers and librarians who work with Pre-K, K, 1st and 2nd grade students. Bill will share a wide range of stories and activities including his folktale fingerplays, acting out stories, building story activities and suggestions for creating a narrative classroom that will enthrall the young learner. On the April 19th date, participants will observe Bill actively working with classes demonstrating what has been explored in the workshops. To register.
March 19: Very Young Composers at David Geffen Hall. The New York Philharmonic's Young Peoples Concerts return to David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center for their third concert this season. This program is called "Babble and Verse" as the third segment of the "Once Upon a Time" season's focus and includes pieces by Orff, Musorgsky, Rachmaninoff and Salonen. The YPC Overtures produced by Very Young Composer founder Jon Deak and Bill Gordh were inspired by the "Babble and Verse" idea and have challenged 3 young composers to create musical compositions based on Tongue Twisters. The young composers selected for this project are Lucas Alexander, Lily Falkowski and Ming-Xing Hawkins. They have chosen to write for Bassoon, Flute, Trombone, Trumpet and Percussion. It promises to be quite remarkable. The program will be played at 1:10 on the main stage prior to the Young Peoples Concert.
March 11, 2016: Return to Kansas City. Bill will return for the third time this school year to St. Paul's Episcopal Day School in Kansas City on Friday March 11. While at St. Paul's, he will lead the all school chapel and then conduct a series of storytelling classes with the early childhood and first grade classes. Bill will go back to St. Paul's once again in June (6/15 - 17) as a featured speaker at their Early Childhood Conference. The two other presenters are Dr. Sallee Beneke and Bob Sornson.
Jan. 23: Very Young Composers at David Geffen Hall. The second set of YPC Overtures of the season will precede the upcoming New York Philharmonic Young People's Concert with works by three members of the Very Young Composers program (VYC). Graeme Bueher (11), Gabriela Gomez (11) and Joshua Poole (11) have composed new works inspired by stories from the Finnish epic, The Kalevala. The main concert entitled "Myths and Legends" will feature the work of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius who also was inspired by the Kalevala. Additionally the YPC will present works by Very Young Composers from New York and Finland. Preceding the 2:00 PM YPC concert, co-hosts Jon Deak (Founder of VYC) and Bill Gordh will introduce the young composers and the stories that inspired them. The pieces will be played by NY Philharmonic musicians and other special guests and include French Horn, Bass, Clarinet, Flute and Percussion. The Overtures begin at 1:10 PM and admission is included with the YPC ticket.
January 20: Storytelling on The Apple Seed. The Apple Seed on BYUradio will feature Bill's telling of the Swedish folktale "Little Ayla and Old Greybeard" on this week's Jambalaya Show. Bill recorded the story in Nashville with his Tennessee collaborators The Musictellers (musicians Tony Gerber and Seth Ritter). The story tells about the encounter of a young girl and an old king who is afraid that everyone has claws. The show airs at 2 PM EST on Sirius XM Channel 143 or can be streamed online.
April 23: Tribeca Film Festival Family Street Fair. Bill will return to Family Day to host two story hours on the Hubert Street Stage at the annual Tribeca Film Festival Family Day. Bill has participated in the event from its inception in 2002. This year will feature the superb storytellers Therese Folkes Plair and Ron Sopyla as well as Bill with percussionist extraordinaire Justin Hines. The programs will be at Noon and 2:00. Of course there are tons of other things happening as well throughout the day. It's on Greenwich Street in Tribeca from 11:00 - 5:00 PM. It is FREE!