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Jan 6, 2018: Very Young Composer Showcase at Lincoln Center. Founder Jon Deak and co-producer Bill Gordh host 3 Very Young Composers who have composed new works in a program entitled New York Echoes. They will have their premiers at David Geffen Hall on Saturday at 1:00 PM. This showcase will precede the 2:00 PM New York Philharmonic's Young Peoples Concert (YPC). The composers, Aaron Tyutyunik (12), Roma McHugh (11) and Elizabeth Harris (11) have each selected a piece by a favorite composer and used it as inspiration for a new work. These new pieces will be played by an ensemble of 5 musicians including members of the New York Philharmonic. The compositions were written for clarinet, oboe, cello, viola/violin and percussion. A fanfare Fanfaria Para NY was written especially for the showcase by VYC graduate from Venezuela, David Loyo Blanco. The showcase is free for holders of tix for the YPC.

Dec. 17: Live Storytelling on Audible's Story Party. Audible has just launched a new program of live storytelling for families call STORY PARTY. Each party is themed and features storytellers across the country recorded live and brought together for this special project. Each party is 35 - 45 minutes long and features 4 or 5 storytellers. Bill has a story on three of the eleven "parties". His stories were recorded live last summer at his annual family concert in Edwards, Colorado sponsored by Gore Range Montessori. More than 50 folktales recorded by Bill with his banjo can be found on Audible.

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.

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.

March 16 - 18: Virgina State Reading Association Annual Conference. Bill will be a featured speaker at the Virginia State Reading Association's Annual Conference March 16 - 18 in Roanoke, VA. He will be presenting storytelling workshops on Friday and Saturday drawn from his book Stories in Action: Interactive Tales and Learning Activities to Promote Early Literacy. It is the 50th anniversary of the conference and is being held at the Hotel Roanoke. While in Roanoke Bill will also lead a children's chapel at St. John's Episcopal Church on Sunday morning, March 19th .

March 11: Very Young Composers Showcase at Lincoln Center. At 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 11 at David Geffen Hall, The VYC (Very Young Composers) Showcase will present new works by Jordan Millar (10), Mondriana Villegas (13) and Mia Micic (14). The showcase which precedes the New York Philharmonic's Young Peoples Concert presents these three young composers' musical answer to the question "What is the sound of the world right now?". The Young Peoples Concert is The Ages of Music: Modern and features the work of John Adams and the showcase moves modernity into the compositional hands of these 3 young composers. The event is produced and hosted by founder Jon Deak and Bill Gordh. The musicians for the showcase include Satoshi Okamoto on bass, Anna Urie on flute, Howard Wall on horn, Justin Hines on percussion and features vocalist Alma Micic. Attendance at the showcase is free for YPC ticketholders.

Feb. 11: Scandinavia House.

Bill will present a family program of storytelling entitled "The Man Who Sold His Beard" and other Scandinavian tales on Saturday Feb 11 at 11:00 AM at Scandinavia House. Tales from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland - clever girls, shepherd boy, trolls and fairies and a pig who wants to change its living conditions, not to mention the man who sold his beard! It will be an exciting morning. Scandinavia House is at 58 Park Avenue (Between 37th and 38th Streets). The Program is FREE.

January 21: Very Young Composers at David Geffen Hall. New works by 3 Very Young Composers will be performed on stage at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center on Saturday, January 21 at 1:10 PM. Ming-Xing Hawkins (12), Edgar Jaen (11) and Ziyi Tao (14) have worked with folktales from their shared heritages to compose pieces for the showcase entitled Romantic Ramblings Around the World. This mini-concert precedes the New York Philharmonic's Young Peoples Concert The Ages of Music: Romantic. The pieces will be played by outstanding musicians including members of the orchestra. They are Michelle Farah (Oboe), Alexia Y. Gonzales (Cello), Peter Kenote (Viola), Satoshi Okamoto (Bass) and Anna Rabinova (Violin). The young composers worked with mentor/Teaching Artist Polina Nazaykinskaya. As always, the showcase will be hosted by Jon Deak (founder of VYC) and Bill Gordh (co-producer and storyteller). Admission is included with ticket to the Young Peoples Concert.

Dec. 3: Very Young Composers at David Geffen Hall. Constructing Classical: The Rondo is the title of this Very Young Composers' Showcase featuring new pieces by composers Davis Luengthada and Theo Olsen. Each has composed a rondo to illustrate how this form still speaks ever since the Classical era of music represented in the New York Philharmonic's Young Peoples Concert in an all Mozart program. They have also completed colorful graphic scores to illustrate their work. The pieces will be played by Anna Urey (Flute), Ben Fingland (Clarinet), Peter Kenote (Viola), Alexei Yupanqui Gonzales (Cello) and Justin Hines (Percussion). Trevor Bumgarner was the composer mentor for this project and the program will be hosted by co-producer Bill Gordh and VYC founder Jon Deak. The program begins at 1:10 preceding the Young Peoples Concert and admission is included with the YPC ticket.

Oct 22, 2016: Very Young Composers at David Geffen Hall. Austin Celestin, Maya Lubetsky and Michael Pineda are composing new works to be played on stage at David Geffen Hall for the Young People's Concert (YPC) Overtures preceding the 2:00 PM concert on Saturday Oct 22 at 1:00 PM. Working from the theme of Baroque Music to be explored at the YPC, these Very Young Composers are writing passacaglia in a program entitled Building the Baroque in which the composer/architects have designed original Baroque Chapels for Instrument Village, the little town where are the instruments of the orchestra live, work and play. Since the instruments do everything with their music, the building of the new chapels will take a musical form. In that both Baroque and contemporary Hip-Hop share the notion of a basso continuo, these new pieces created by the young composers will bring together these two musical forces. The pieces are written for Bass, Percussion, Violin, Viola and Clarinet and will be performed by NY Philharmonic members. Bill Gordh and Jon Deak (founder of the VYC) will continue in their roles as co-producers and hosts of the concert.

Aug. 1 -10:Innova Schools - Lima, Peru. Bill returns to Lima to continue work with the Innova Schools. On this trip he will be leading storytelling workshops for 200 early childhood educators who work in the more than 30 Innova Schools across the country. He is the storytelling curriculum consultant guiding the inclusion and development of storytelling as a integral part of literacy skill building as well as English language learning. Following the week -long workshops, Bill will visit a number of the schools to see how the newly designed early childhood curriculum is empowering the children. They will be returning for their second semester and Bill will have a chance to revisit classrooms he observed and led classes in during his March, 2015 visit. Between the 2015 visit and this upcoming trip, Bill traveled last summer to UC-Berkeley to work with an Innova team of educators.

July 7: Free Family Concert in Edwards, Colorado! Bill returns to Colorado for storytelling classes with the children at the school and his 11th annual family concert presented by Gore Range Montessori. The hour long program features Bill with his banjo sharing stories and songs for families. The stories drawn from a vast repertoire of folktales from around the world, that Bill retells especially for families will include a delightful adventure from Iceland called "The Tale of Bukholla's Tail", the story of a cow with a very special tail. The concert will be at The Backyard at Riverwalk in Edwards on Thursday, July 7th at 5:00 PM. This is at 225 Main Street (on the riverside of the Opal Building). The concert is FREE.

June 26: Union Chapel in the Grove Family Service. Bill has designed and will lead a family service at Union Chapel in the Grove on Shelter Island, NY. The chapel which was built in 1875 host services on Sundays throughout the summer. The service was created especially for families and will include a poem, stories, songs, readings from the Bible and prayer. Children will narrate the readings. The program was inspired by one of the stained glass Brigham Windows at the chapel that has Hope as its theme. Entitled "The Window of Hope", Bill will share tales from Turkey, Greece and Scotland to illuminate the notion. Likewise the songs and readings will reflect on the importance of hope in our lives. Bill has written a new song "Here's Hoping" especially for the service. Everyone is welcome. The service begins at 10:30 AM on Sunday, June 26th.

June 20 - 22: Copenhaver Institute. Roanoke College hosts its annual education conference on its campus in Salem, Virginia from June 20 - 22. This year's conclave is entitled: Developing Lifelong Readers and Learners and will feature lifelong reading advocates/authors Donalyn Miller and Steven L. Layne. Bill will be leading a break out session on approaches he has been exploring with his notion of The Narrative Classroom.

June 16 -17: Kansas City Early Childhood Conference. St Paul's Episcopal Day School in Kansas City is hosting a 2 day early childhood conference entitled Let's Grow Together. The conference, organized by the Director of the Early Childhood program at St Paul's Sheila Abio features 3 nationally recognized experts in early childhood. Salee Beneke, an associate professor at St. Ambrose University will be speaking on "The Project Approach" to Early Childhood curricula. Bob Sornson, the founder of the Early Learning Foundation will work with attendees on discovering and sharing the joys of math in the early childhood classroom. Bill Gordh will lead an interactive session on storytelling and early literacy as well as explore further "The Narrative Classroom", an idea that began developing during his work last fall at St Paul's.

June 11: Storytelling at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue. Celebrating 60 years of storytelling at the statue, The Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center once again offers a summer filled line-up of storytelling every Saturday from June through September with a sampling of the premier tellers in the region (and beyond). Bill will share the June 11th program with the fabulous storyteller and musician Navida Stein. Navida will tell the Egyptian tale "The Well of Truth" as well as another surprise story. Bill (with his banjo) will recount the Icelandic tale of "Bukholla, the Magical Cow". There will also be a couple of tales shared by some young (middle school) storytellers. The event is FREE at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 11 and is an hour long program. The performances are in front of the HCA statue in Central Park, that can be reached by entering at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue, by the boat basin.

Nov 7th:,2009 The New York Philharmonic’s KIDZONE at the Young Peoples Concert, Avery Fisher Hall. Jon Deak and Bill Gordh’s “Instrument Village: The Instruments’ Guide to Young People” with new music by 10 and 11 year old composers from the Bridge Composers Programs.

October 31st : The Haunted House – a special 2 hour event designed for 6 and 7 year olds at the Jacob Burns Film Center Media Lab.

October 17th: A Program of Swedish Tales; Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, NYC. 11:00 AM. Free to the Public.

September: 2 Songs on New Bluegrass Recording: 2 songs Bill wrote with Billy Boone Smith "Whippoorwill" and "Regardless" appear on Billy’s new CD "Live from the Moose Lodge". Other songs on the album include ones Billy wrote with the legendary Tom T. Hall, Grammy winner Paul Overstreet and Irene Kelly.

September 18: Curriculum Consulting and Development: Trinity Wall Street Pre-School, NYC has arranged for Bill to work with its faculty for a series of workshops throughout the school year.

September 11: Storytelling Workshop: Bill led a 3 hour Storytelling Workshop for Children’s Librarians at the Midtown –Manhattan Branch for the New York City Public Library.

Aug 3rd – 6th : Workshops for Children of new Curriculum: Seeing Stories Summer Workshops at Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY. Newly created curriculum for very young filmmakers (ages 6 and 7) incorporating stories, storytelling, music, watching and making movies.

July 22 – July 30: Workshops and Performances for Children in Music Composing Instrument Village: The Haunted House (15th Instrument Village adventure) Very Young Composers of Eagle County, CO. Mentoring workshops and public performances for 8 – 13 year olds with composer/educator Jon Deak. Performed by NY Philharmonic musicians. Sponsored by The New York Philharmonic and The Vail Valley Music Foundation.

August 2: 4th Annual “Spin the Globe” Family Performance: presented by Eagle Montessori near Vail Colorado. Venues have included Gerald Ford Amphitheatre, Minturn Amphitheatre and the Lundgren Amphitheatre in Gypsum.

July 14th – 17th. Seeing Stories Summer Workshops at Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY. Newly created curriculum for very young filmmakers (ages 4 and 5) incorporating stories, storytelling, music, watching and making movies.

July 11th – 13th – Workshop Leader at the Episcopal Women’s Triennial, Anaheim, California.

July 6 – 10: Director of Manhattanville College’s 7th annual Summer Arts Institute. 3- credit – Graduate level program.

June 28 – July 2nd Guest Storyteller and Workshop Leader: Hollins University Graduate Program in Children’s Literature.

June 20th : Program of Greek and Cypriot Tales – Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum, Houston, Texas.

June 18th – 19th: Featured Speaker. Early Childhood Retreat, Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools, Houston, Texas.