Patty Cuyler South African Workshop

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Patty Cuyler, co-director of Village Harmony, will teach a workshop on South African singing and dance, in Seattle on Monday, March 30, 7:00-9:00 p.m. This 2-hour workshop will cost $20, or $18 if you RSVP on our web site.

(Patty will also teach a workshop on Corsican singing on Tuesday, March 31.

If you have been to a Village Harmony camp, then you know the joy of singing authentic music from other cultures under the leadership of world-class experts. If you haven’t been to a camp, now is your chance to experience that authenticity and joy!


Patty is an energetic, dynamic workshop leader and choral director, internationally renowned for her expertise in teaching Corsican, Bulgarian, Georgian and South African choral music and vocal technique. Patty teaches with exquisitely clear instruction in vocal tone, pronunciation, and—in her popular South African choral workshops—dance movements, while at the same time imparting a concrete understanding of each music’s historical and social context.

Born in California and a graduate of Princeton University, Patty has been co-director since 1995 of the Vermont non-profit Village Harmony and its professional touring ensemble, Northern Harmony. She founded and still directs the 10-year old community world music choir Boston Harmony as well as two other world music choruses in Chicago and Brooklyn.


South African music is joyful, from-the-heart, four-part harmony singing, meant for large groups where many voices can blend. For South Africans, dancing and singing are inseparable. The dances carry the rhythm and help tell the story of the song through gestures. South African choirs have a lot of fun making their own arrangements of traditional songs, adding their own movements, and competing with each other to come up with the coolest and most impressive versions. Singers of any level of experience will enjoy this workshop. Here's a YouTube video of Patty leading a workshop choir in a South African song:
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By: Seattle Harmony

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