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Inner Mongolian musicians visit UVM

Inner Mongolian Musicians Visit UVM

October 12, 2012

UVM students work with IMUAC studentsBURLINGTON - Music and dance students from the Inner Mongolian University Arts College visited the Department of Music and Dance on Friday, giving interactive workshops on their traditional music and dance. Five student dancers and their faculty mentor began the day with a workshop in Clare Byrne's DNCE 005 - Intro. to World Dance Cultures class. The students performed several traditional Mongolian dances, then taught a few steps to the UVM students. That was followed by the UVM students showing so of the work from their class and teaching it to the IMUAC students.

Later in the morning a group of seven musicians performed in the Recital Hall. After a few pieces that displayed their traditional instruments such as the horsehead fiddle and unique styles such as throat singing, enthusiastic UVM students went up on stage to try out the instruments and techniques. In the evening, the Mongolian students performed an hour-long concert at Ira Allen Chapel.IMUAC students discuss singing with UVM students

The workshops were jointly sponsored by the Journey East program and the UVM College of Education and Social Services, which has an exchange program with the Inner Mongolian University Arts College. As part of that exchange program, Profs. Toner and Riley and music majors Jake Lester and Marshall Dominguez were part of a UVM delegation that travelled to China in May to get a firsthand look at Chinese culture, especially Mongolian music. Prof. Toner led UVM's first delegation to IMUAC in May 2011.

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