Cuba and Music: An immersion in the musical culture of Havana



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Immerse yourself in local Cuban life in Havana via the sounds of its people, streets, restaurants, universities and music clubs to inspire performance and music research. Uniquely designed and offered in partnership and consultation with Music Contact International (MCI),this music course centered in Havana will engage performing choirs or choral groups seeking high quality concert experiences while learning about Cuban culture and its musical language.

Enjoy collaborative, instructional activities while rehearsing and performing Cuban vocal music and other styles in many public performance settings, experiencing the fundamental joy of making music. All voice student participants receive multiple ensemble workshop opportunities to prepare for a series of choir concerts occurring in a variety of performance venues, including opportunities to learn and practice techniques that involve communication, gesture, breathing, cueing, blending and listening as a singer.

Receive specialized vocal (and ear training) coaching to improve individual voice technique and musicianship suited for Cuban music interpretation, as a variety of choral repertoire will include works by Cuban composers. Occasionally these works will also include unwritten folk music dance rhythms (salsa, son, rumba, mamba and trova) introduced and instructed by renowned Cuban conductors and musicians in rehearsals, performance demonstrations, lectures and workshops.

Naturally the music learning experience includes insight into Cuban history by attending lectures and concerts hosted by Cuban presenters, visiting local museums, initiating conversations with community leaders beyond rehearsing and performing Cuban music. Participants learn about the relevance or societal context of Cuban music in the economy, government, community activism, environment and education.  All are encouraged to make an effort to initiate informal conversations, write short reflections and document activities to better enhance and illustrate a knowledge and understanding of the course study.

  • Please note that a course pre-requisite necessitates a minimum 30 minutes rehearsed and performance ready repertoire, either “a capella” style or with an accompanist, prior to arrival to fulfill curriculum needs. Various percussive type or instrumental accompaniments are also acceptable.
  • Custom course dates are available upon request. 

This program is in partnership and consultation with Music Contact International (MCI), which helps performers share their music in new places, see new sights and discover the world’s variety of cultures and ways of life in music. MCI is a premier organizer of customized performance tours, the preferred representative of festivals around the world for choirs, bands and orchestras and experienced consultant to performances worldwide.

Cuba Program at Burlington College                          Music Contact International
351 North Avenue                                                          119 S. Winooski Ave
Burlington, Vermont 05401                                              Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: 802-923-2390                                                     Phone: 800.624.0166
E-mail: jcarteratburlington [dot] edu                                        Email: cubaatmusic-contact [dot] com

Immerse yourself in the music and culture of Havana, Cuba. There are 5 different Cuba and Music trips scheduled starting in November 2014.