Heard offers school performances, presentations and workshops for children & students ages pre-K through college level.
We are now part of the BOCES Arts-in-Education program! It's a great service that provides funding to help public schools underwrite the cost of our programming. Our id # is 338A.
Our multicultural concerts include musical influences and instruments from Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Brazil, Cuba, the Caribbean & the Middle East--just to name our major influences! Language Arts component includes singing in Ga and Swahili. We currently have two themed-specific programs:
"Place" takes the original music of Heard and brings the audience somewhere special and distinct in each piece-- the crowded bustle of an Accra open air market (Market Song), the inside of an Adirondack red cedar tree, (Red Cedar Sleeps), a winding wintry boulevard in Montreal (Cotes des Neiges) and the summer streets of Brazil. (Danca Verao) Through storytelling around our compositional inspirations, we explore not only cultural and geographical dimensions of other countries and places, but also the importance of what personal "place" means to one's awareness in relation to the artistic process and creative wellspring.
Breakout workshops in world percussion, dance, visual art and creative process complete the residency experience.
Some feedback from a recent Earth Day themed residency:
"A heartfelt thank you to Heard for the wonderful Earth Day experience! Their vision of bringing together a multi-faceted creative experience connected to the wonders of nature was a huge success!”--Kelly Magoolaghan, Susan Odell Taylor School, head
“The audience was captivated during the Earth Day “eco-concert”—the combination of narrative, musical performance and slide show was very effective at getting the students both thinking and feeling about the ecologic themes.”--Kelly Magoolaghan, Susan Odell Taylor School, head
“The musicians of the group “Heard” brought their contagious enthusiasm into our school, along with their knowledge of world cultures and music—all of it made for a very unique spin on celebrating Earth Day. It was inspiring and led us to a place, through the arts, of wonder, excitement and deep respect for our planet.”--Kelly Magoolaghan, Susan Odell Taylor School, head
A holiday program featuring world music arrangements of songs from all traditions.
Some of the schools/libraries/museums we've performed for include:
Troy School 14, Troy, NY
Troy School 2, Troy NY
Van Rensselaer Elem, Rensselaer, NY
Lake George Elementary Lake George, NY
Samaritan Children's Center, Troy, NY
Susan Odell Taylor School, Troy, NY
Robert C. Parker School, East Greenbush, NY
Abram Lansing School, Cohoes, NY
Paige Elementary School, Schenectady, NY
Salem State College, Salem, MA
ACC, Queensbury, NY
HVCC, Troy, NY
College of St. Rose, Albany, NY
World Awareness Children's Museum, Glens Falls, NY
Guilderland Public Library, Guilderland, NY
Albany Public Library--Arbor Hill and Delaware Ave. branches
upcoming: Division St. School, Saratoga Springs, NY
for more information, contact Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius at