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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.

May 14: Very Young Composers at David Geffen Hall. On Saturday May 14th Jon Deak (Founder of the Very Young Composers - VYC) and co-producer/narrator Bill Gordh will host the final Young Peoples Concert Overtures for the 2015-2016 season. The theme for the afternoon is "Story and Song" and 3 members of the VYC have created new musical works to explore this subject in this pre-concert preceding the Young Peoples Concert. Graeme Buehrer (Age: 11) and Emma Turoff (12) have worked with a Japanese folktale "The Stonecutter" and Maya Lubetsky (13) was inspired by the legend of William Tell. The pre-concert will feature members of the New York Philharmonic and special guest vocalist Amelia Olsen. The concert will begin at 1:10 PM at David Geffen Hall and admission is included with the YPC ticket.

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!

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.

Jan. 9: Storytelling at Scandinavia House. Bill will share an hour-long program of folktales from Scandinavia entitled: A STORYgasbord of Tales. This spread of delectable tales will include stories from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. As always Bill will accompany himself on banjo except for on a special tale from Finland Two Pinecones. For this story Bill will play a 5-string Kantele brought back from Finland by his colleague and friend Jon Deak. The program takes place at Scandinavia House located at 58 Park Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets. The program begins at 11:00 AM and is FREE to the public.

Dec. 12: Very Young Composers at David Geffen Hall. For the first YPC Overtures of the season, 3 Very Young Composers (VYC) Lilly Kravath (11), Isai Rabiu (10) and Nolan Shaffer (11) have composed new works based on a fable from India. Each season the New York Philharmonic's Young Peoples Concert works with a unifying theme. The 4 concerts this season titled "Once Upon a Time" focus on the narrative and music. The Dec 12 concert "Folktales and Fables" will feature Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" and Richard Strauss' "Til Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks". Preceding the 2:00 PM YPC concert, Co-hosts Jon Deak (Founder of VYC) and Bill Gordh will introduce a fable from India about some birds caught in a net trap. This fable has been interpreted by each of the 3 composers and will be played by NY Philharmonic musicians and other special guests and include Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Cello and Percussion. The Overtures begin at 1:10 PM and admission is included with the YPC ticket.

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. www.muddysunshine.com

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.