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Her Story, Her Song 2014

Tuesday, April 29  •  7:30pm  •  Bethlehem Lutheran Church  •  St. Cloud, MN

 

The Department of Music at St. ClHer Story, Her Song 2014oud State University is proud to present the 13th annual Her Story, Her Song. From its inception, Her Story, Her Song has been designed to give performers and audience members an opportunity to explore an aspect of life from the feminine perspective.  In addition, participants seek a community connection each year that will expand awareness of the community’s support systems available to help women and/or children and to provide a worthy service opportunity.  

Past community partners include the Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women, New Beginnings, the Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, the Northstar Club of Sartell Middle School, Parent, Child and Women’s Services of the St. Cloud Hospital, Hands Across the World, the St. Cloud Children’s Home, St. Scholastica Convent, Journey Home, Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Project, the Minnesota Reading Corps and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota.Her Story, Her Song 2014

This year, we are honored to be collaborating with Clara’s House, anorganization whose mission is to offer youth and their families a place to find hope by providing intensive, collaborative, and therapeutic services.  It is a place devoted to providing individualized and specialized mental health and/or chemical addictions treatment to youth ages 5 to 18 in an atmosphere that is warm, nurturing and supportive of their efforts to regain and maintain health. Our collaboration with Clara’s House has included several meaningful interactions: 

  • Deb Stueve, Director of Outpatient Mental Health, and Clara’s House staff members Brad Duea and Whitney Jarnot came to campus to speak with students in both choirs about the organization’s mission and the youth they serve.
  • Throughout the months of February and March, choir members gathered donations of fabric and supplies to be used in a blanket-tying project with Clara’s House clients.  The fabric and supplies collected were presented to Clara’s House and used during our activities together. 
  • On Friday, March 28th and Saturday, March 29th, Women’s Choir and CantHer Story, Her Song 2014abile members traveled to Clara’s House and the Recovery Plus Adolescent Unit to assist the youth there in an activity of making tied fleece blankets.  Using music as a tool for discussion, conversations were held in regard to having confidence in our abilities to handle diversity and difficult times, as well as using music as a means of stress relief and calming.  

  • Women’s Choir members prepared presentations for SCSU’s Community Engagement Celebration on Thursday, April 24th, chronicling their partnership activities with Clara’s House.  Their presentations considered questions of how music might be used to affect social change and how they, personally, have been changed by their experiences in preparation for tonight’s concert.

We are very grateful to our new friends at Clara’s House for their enthusiasm and support of these interactions and this concert.  It has been a very rich collaboration!


Her Story Her Song 2013

Tuesday, April 30  •  7:30pm  •  Bethlehem Lutheran Church  •  St. Cloud, MN

The Department of Music at St. Cloud State University is proud to present the 12th annual Her Story Her Song. From its inception, Her Story Her Song has been designed to give performers and audience members an opportunity to explore an aspect of life from the feminine perspective.  Each year, participants seek a community connection that will expand awareness of the community’s support systems available to help women and/or children and to provide a worthy service opportunity.  

Past community partners include the Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women, New Beginnings, the Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, the Northstar Club of Sartell Middle School, Parent, Child and Women’s Services of the St. Cloud Hospital, Hands Across the World, the St. Cloud Children’s Home, St. Scholastica Convent, Journey Home, Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Project and the Minnesota Reading Corps.

This year, we are honored to be collaborating with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota, an organization whose mission is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  Their programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.  Our collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota has included several meaningful interactions: 

  • Boys & Girls Club’s Eastside Unit Director, Katie Ruprecht, came to campus to speak with students in both choirs about the organization’s mission and the population they serve. She also talked with university students about volunteer and employment opportunities. 

  • Throughout the month of March, Women’s Choir members gathered art supplies.  The supplies collected were presented to the Eastside Boys & Girls Club and used during our activities together. 

  • On Friday, March 22nd, Women’s Choir members traveled to the Eastside Club and assisted Boys & Girls Club members in two activities, each exploring the theme of “identity.”  Using music as a tool for discussion, Boys & Girls Club members were asked to describe traits that we all may have in common, as well as characteristics that might be unique to each of them.  University students also assisted Boys & Girls Club members in designing frames that represented their individual unique qualities.
  • The Cantabile Girls' Concert Choir visited the Eastside Boys & Girls Club on Thursday, April 4. Choir members had discussions with Kindergarten - 2nd graders about respectful audience etiquette, and then shared a brief concert with the group. Girls assisted in cleaning up the cafeteria after dinner, and divided to help with art projects or team up against the staff in a member/staff dodgeball game.
  • A number of Women’s Choir members have pursued long-term volunteer opportunities with the Boys & Girls Club as a way to supplement their preparations as Education Majors.
  • Women’s Choir members prepared presentations for SCSU’s Community Engagement Celebration on Thursday, April 18th, chronicling their partnership activities with the Boys & Girls Club.  Their presentations considered questions of how music might be used to affect social change and how they, personally, had been changed by their experiences in preparation for this concert.

We are very grateful to our new friends at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota for their enthusiasm and support of these interactions and this concert.  It has been a very rich collaboration!


HER STORY HER SONG 2012

April 24th  •  7:30pm - Bethlehem Lutheran Church  •  St. ClHER STORY HER SONG 2012oud, MN

The SCSU Women’s Choir, Cantabile Girls’ Choir and Music Faculty members are proud to present the 11th annual Her Story Her Song concert on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:30pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. From its inception, Her Story Her Song has been designed to give both performers and audience members an opportunity to explore an aspect of life from the feminine perspective.  Each year, participants seek a community connection that will expand awareness of the community’s support systems available to help women and children and to provide a worthy service opportunity for choir members and staff.  

In past years, connections have been made with a wide variety of service agencies, including the Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women, New Beginnings, the Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, the Northstar Club of Sartell Middle School, Parent, Child and Women’s Services of the St. Cloud Hospital, Hands Across the World, the St. Cloud Children’s Home, St. Scholastica Convent, Journey Home and Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Project.

This year, we are honored to be collaborating with the Minnesota Reading Corps, an AmeriCorps program whose goal is to help every Minnesota child become a successful reader by the end of third grade.  The program, designed for pre-school and Kindergarten – 3rd grade settings, places AmeriCorps members in sites to implement researched-based early-literacy efforts to help struggling readers.

With this meaningful connection as a catalyst, music and readings for the Her Story Her Song concert have been chosen to revolve around literature, around the new worlds of experience introduced to us through literature, and around the promise and potential within each child.

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Our collaboration with the Minnesota Reading Corps has included several meaningful interactions: 

  • In January, Minnesota Reading Corps volunteer coordinator, Jackelyn Bekius, came to campus to speak with choir students about the organization’s goals, its processes and the motivational factors behind the program.
  • On Thursday, March 1st, Cantabile members worked as assistants at Madison Elementary School's celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday.  They assisted with checking students in, helped run games and activities, and even dressed up as Dr. Seuss characters and interacted with the elementary students and their families, all while encouraging reading as a fun activity!
  • Throughout the months of March and April, Her Story Her Song participants sponsored a book drive, collecting books geared for students age three to grade three.  The books collected as a result of this drive will be presented to the Minnesota Reading Corps at the concert for use with the students in their programs.
  • On Friday, April 13th, the Women’s Choir will read and sing the tale of “Miss Rumphius” and discuss the relationship between literacy and music with students at Madison ElementaHER STORY HER SONG 2012ry School.
  • A group of Women’s Choir members have committed to long-term volunteering at Madison Elementary School to serve as weekly classroom assistants/reading tutors for the MN Reading Corps program.
  • Women’s Choir members prepared a presentation for SCSU’s Community Engagement Expo on Thursday, April 19th, chronicling their partnership with the Minnesota Reading Corps.
  • Cantabile members created video recordings of themselves reading picture books.  These videos will used with elementary and preschool students in the MN Reading Corps program.

We are very grateful to our new friends at the Minnesota Reading Corps for their enthusiasm and support of these interactions and this concert.  It has been a very rich collaboration. Please join us for the 11th annual Her Story Her Song on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 7:30pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. 

For more information contact Mary Jo Bot mjbot@stcloudstate.edu / (320) 308-3836


HER STORY HER SONG 2011

April 26th  •  7:30pm - Bethlehem LutHer Story Her Song 2011heran Church  •  St. Cloud, MN

From its inception, Her Story Her Song has been designed to give participants and audience members an opportunity to explore an aspect of life from the feminine perspective.  Each year, participants seek a community connection that will expand awareness of the community’s support systems available to help women and children and to provide a worthy service opportunity for choir members and staff.

In past years, connections have been made with a wide variety of service agencies, including the Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women, New Beginnings, the Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, the Northstar Club of Sartell Middle School, Parent, Child and Women’s Services of the St. Cloud Hospital, Hands Across the World, the St. Cloud Children’s Home, St. Scholastica Convent, and Journey Home.

For this, our 10th year, we are honored to be collaborating with Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity Women Build, a Habitat for Humanity International program that encourages women to make a difference by building homes and com2011 Her Story, Her Songmunities. Women Build brings together women from all walks of life and all sectors of the community to tangibly and immediately address the housing crisis that affects millions of women and children.  Our collaboration has included several meaningful interactions:

  • On Saturday, March 19th, Women’s Choir members spent a day volunteering to assist with set-up, decoration, and clean-up at the 2011 Family Reunion, a fundraising event for Central MN Habitat for Humanity.  The event chronicled “One Family’s Journey Home” and raised significant funds for Habitat homes in the Central Minnesota area. Her Story Her Song 2011
  • On Monday, April 4th, Dick Bitzan, board member for Central MN Habitat for Humanity, paid visits to both the SCSU Women’s Choir and Cantabile to share the story of his climb of Mount Kilimanjaro as a means to raise awareness and funds for the Kyle Hanson family home.  The Kyle Hanson family is the recipient of this year’s Women Build efforts.
  • Women’s Choir members prepared a presentation for SCSU’s Community Engagement Expo, chronicling their partnership with the Central MN Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Project.  Michelle Redding, from Central MN Habitat for Humanity joined the students at this event, which was held on Thursday, April 1Her Story Her Song 20114th.
  • Cantabile members participated in a process of pondering and discussing what home means to them.  The students then created origami houses with some of their thoughts and wishes written inside.

With this meaningful connection as a catalyst, music and readings for the Her Story Her Song concert have been chosen to help performers and audience members consider not only various aspects of home, but also the power we each have to create community and to make a difference when we work together for the common good. 

We are very grateful to our new friends at Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity for their enthusiasm and support of these interactions and this concert.  It has been a very rich collaboration.

The tenth annual Her Story Her Song concert will be presented on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 7:30pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

For more information contact Mary Jo Bot

mjbot@stcloudstate.edu / (320) 308-3836


Her Story ~ Her Song 2010

April 27th  •  7:30pm

Bethlehem Lutheran Church  •  St. Cloud, MN

The Her Story Her Song concert gives participants and audience members an opportunity to explore an aspect of life from the feminine perspective.  Each year, participants seek a community connection that will expand awareness of the community’s support systems available to help women and children anHer Story, Her Songd to provide a worthy service opportunity for choir members and staff.

Past connections have been made with the Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women, New Beginnings, the Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, the Northstar Club of Sartell Middle School, Parent, Child and Women’s Services of the St. Cloud Hospital, Hands Across the World, the St. Cloud Children’s Home, and St. Scholastica Convent.

In 2010 Her Story Her Song participants are fortunate to be collaborating with the women and children of Journey Home, a local facility that provides primary chemical dependency programming for women.  Journey Home is unique in that it supports mothers by allowing their children to stay with them and provides structure to assist them with their parenting skills and in fostering healthy relationships with their children.  Residents are encouraged to identify and develop their strengths so they can live rewarding, chemically free lives.  Journey Home is a service of the CentraCare Health System serving women from throughout Minnesota.

Our collaboration with Journey Home has included several meaningful interactions. 

  • Carol Belling, administrator of Journey Home, paid visits to both the SCSU Women’s Choir and Cantabile to share the Journey Home story and to address issues of chemical dependency. 
  • Music Education professors Marcelyn Smale and Christine Carucci visited Journey Home and led a session for mothers and their children, providing the mothers with tools for using music effectively with children. 
  • The Women’s Choir will host a Karaoke Night during which choir members and residents share popcorn, laughter, and the gift of singing. 
  • The Women’s Choir is gathering items to create Welcome Bags that will be given to new program participants as they enter the program and Cantabile Girls’ Choir will be creating Bedtime Bags that will be distributed to the residents’ children.  Both are intended to be signs of support and confidence from the larger community as new residents begin what can be a challenging and critical part of their life journey.

The ninth annual Her Story Her Song concert will be presented by the SCSU Department of Music on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 7:30pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.


2009 Her Story ~ Her Song

April 21st • 7:30pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church • St. Cloud, MN

Each year, Her Story-Her Song gives participants and audience members an opportunity to explore an aspect of life from the feminine perspective. With each Her Story-Her Song concert, the design committee has engaged with a community agency that serves women or children to help deepen the experience for the participants and to savor the art and joy of service. St. Cloud State University Women's Choir

Past connections have been made with the Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women, New Beginnings, the Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, the Northstar Club of Sartell Middle School, Parent, Child and Women’s Services of the St. Cloud Hospital, Hands Across the World, and the St. Cloud Children’s Home.

This year, we hoped to connect to people and their stories, and in the process, perhaps to their wisdom. We were honored to make a special connection with the retired Sisters at St. Scholastica Convent in St. Cloud.

  • The SCSU Women’s Choir hosted a tea party for the Sisters on February 28 during which they shared musical performances, food, conversation and of course, tea served on wisdom placemats made by the members of Cantabile. It was a wonderful afternoon that challenged stereotypes, fostered wonderful conversations and triggered warm relationships.
  • Cantabile members were invited to forge individual relationships with special women of their choice through guided conversations exploring real wisdom in real lives. Many also created personal representations of concert repertoire using various art forms. 2009 Her Story Her Song
  • Present at this year’s concert will be a beautiful, full-scale reproduction of Wisdom Books, the fifth volume in The Saint John’s Bible. Students from both choirs were able to view DVD’s introducing the art of illumination in the St. John’s Bible, and a portion of a BBC Documentary on the project.

This year, the concert takes us on a search for wisdom. The music and readings chosen for this concert help us on our quest, as we seek to better understand this allusive concept.

Is it a rare gift possessed by few, or a part of each one of us, waiting to be acknowledged and embraced? We hope you will join us for the journey, and that you will leave the concert choosing to join in the search.


Donne Voce

2008 Her Story ~ Her Song

April 29th • 7pm • Bethlehem Lutheran Church • St. Cloud, MN

 

Her Story~Her Song honors and celebrates the rich experiences of girls and women through song, word and action. The concert has shown that experiencing fine music and poetry through a feminine lens affirms the journey of women and girls for both the performers and the audience. 

Having evolved over seven years of collaboration and friendship among women faculty members in the SCSU Department of Music, the concert offers powerful opportunities for service learning, provides exceptional mentoring models, and creates respect for diverse experiences.  Joining the SCSU Women’s Choir and faculty for this year’s concert, will be Donne Voce from Sartell High School.2008 Her Story~Her Song

Each year, Her Story~Her Song establishes a community connection with an agency that provides services to women and/or children.  Past connections have been made with the Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women, New Beginnings, the Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, the Northstar Club of Sartell Middle School, Parent, Child and Women’s Services of the St. Cloud Hospital, and Hands Across the World.  In 2008 the musicians are fortunate to be collaborating with the St. Cloud Children’s Home, with a special focus on the adolescent girls of Cottage One.  We are grateful for the way each of these agencies has embraced and nurtured the opportunity to work and learn with us. Through these collaborations we hope to open doors to meaningful engagement, an essential step in creating a nurturing community for us all, and to empower the students involved to discover their own potential to grow, serve and make meaningful contributions to their communities. As a part of this collaborative effort: 

  • During March, university students and faculty toured the Children’s Home and attended a panel discussion presented by adolescents from the program.  Each of these young people graciously shared their own stories, giving all involved a glimpse into their experiences.
  • In consultation with Children’s Home staff, lists were created of items that residents would benefit from having.  The decision was made to focus on arts and craft supplies that students could use for varied art activities, as well as scrapbooking items to be used in a joint scrapbooking day.   SCSU and Sartell High School choir members2008 Her Story~Her Song have begun to collect a wide variety of art supplies that will be donated to the Children’s Home.
  • In early April, university students and Cottage One residents spent a Saturday afternoon scrapbooking together.  An earlier photo shoot was held in order to supply photos for the Children’s Home residents to put into their scrapbooks.  The activity provided an opportunity for meaningful interaction, role-modeling, and joyful camaraderie.
  • These interactions have prompted a number of university choir members to inquire about volunteer opportunities with the Children’s Home.

The Her Story ~ Her Song planning committee is very grateful to our friends at the St. Cloud Children’s Home for their enthusiasm and support of these interactions and this concert.  It has been an inspiring collaboration. The Her Story~Her Song concert is proud to be presented by the SCSU Department of Music. The performance is Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 7pm, Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

For more information contact Mary Jo Bot

mjbot@stcloudstate.edu / (320) 308-3836


Her Story, Her Song

2007 Her Story ~ Her Song

May 1st at 7pm - Bethlehem Luthern Church

  • During February and March Brianda CieHer Story, Her Songdel, the founder of Hands Across the World, and Julie Collins, an Americorps volunteer who assists Brianda, visited the choirs and spoke about the organization, its clientele and about the work they do.  Each of these women provided students with a positive and strong role model of someone who has made a difference in her community.
  • Students were offered the opportunity to volunteer at the South Side Boys’ and Girls’ Club during Hands Across the World morning classes for new immigrants.
  • In consultation with HanHer Story, Her Songds Across the World staff, lists were created of items for adults and children who may arrive in Central MN without things they need.  The list included such items as shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap, towels, and washcloths.  Students and faculty collected these items to create “Welcome Bags” for Hands Across the World to distribute to new immigrants and refugees.  In April, choir members and faculty gathered together to pack these bags for our newest community members.
  • A small collection of books, markers, crayons and paper were collected and donated for Hands Across the World to use with children in the program.
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