One Man Many Voices<br />

Teaching and Curriculum Development


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A Video of the Rwanda Workshop Experience

 

    Director of Expressive Arts: The Episcopal School of NYC
  • Bill has been at the Episcopal School for over 20 years. He has developed a storytelling curriculum for 2 –5 year olds and also directs the Chapel program.
    Director: Summer Arts Institute, Manhattanville College
  • Summers 2003 - 2009. A 3-credit Graduate level course. Adjunct Professor ( 2003 - Present) Graduate Courses include "Aesthetic Literacy", "An Arts Approach to Literacy" and " Fostering Literacy through Storytelling and Drama".
  • Summer Arts Institute
    Curriculum Designer and Faculty: Jacob Burns Film Center. Media Arts Lab.
  • Seeing Stories: Bill designed 4 distinct programs building media skills through storytelling, viewing and making media for 4, 5, 6 and 7-year olds. He developed the pilot programs at the media center in Pleasantville, NY and began leading the in-classroom programs in the 2009-2010 school year.
  • burnsfilmcenter.org
    Curriculum Consultant: Early Stages
  • With executive director Jackie Pine Bill created the first storytelling residency program in 1998 and continues his work developing curriculum. He contributes to the Early Stages program as a teaching artist, consultant and workshop leader.
  • earlystages.org
    Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology: General Theological Seminary
  • 2008 - 2010: "Nurturing Children's Worship"
  • gts.edu
    Workshop leader: Rwanda Film Center:
  • Bill led workshops with animator Joe Summerhays for Rwandan children. We created stories and animated them in support of the mountain gorilla.
  • A Tribeca Film Inst./Scholastic/Clinton Global Initiative/Rwanda Film Center/Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation project.
  • To see animations and gorilla trek: www.miza.com
    Storytelling Residencies
  • Bill has had numerous multi-session storytelling residencies designing thematic and literacy-based programs for students from Pre-K – 5th grade
  • More than 10 years at PS 150 Tribeca, NYC
  • Other Schools include Collegiate, Resurrection Episcopal Pre-School, Trinity Wall Street Pre-School
  • Special 2 day modeling/workshop sessions – One day working with children in the classroom demonstrating storytelling and activities. Day 2 is an intensive workshop with teachers. St Chrysostom’s Day School, Chicago.


Events

May 11: An Instrument Village Adventure: New Sounds in Town! As part of Saturday May 11th's New York Philharmonic Young Peoples Concert (YPC), two Very Young Composers will guide the way for an audience compositional creation. This will occur on the Grand Promenade as part of the pre-concert activities. Very Young Composer's (VYC) founder Jon Deak and co-producer storyteller Bill Gordh will host new pieces composed by VYCers Vivian Graham and Artemy Mukhin. NY Philharmonic teaching artist Jacinta Clusellashas mentored the process for the two young composers. The story for which the composers have composed centers on life in Instrument Village where all the instruments of the orchestra live. In this adventure, new sounds come into the Village and the result is new music. Vivian will work with a daytime musical setting and Artemy a nocturnal one. Each composer has created a scale that the other must compose with for the part of their pieces that represents after the new sounds have arrived. They have composed for Trombone, Flute, Clarinet and Percussion that will be played by NY Phil teaching artists. Following these pieces, the audience will be asked to contribute new sounds for another day's adventure. The program will run twice beginning at 1:00 PM and admission is included with a YPC ticket.