Workshops will be held in Ida Noyes Hall.  Click here for a map to Ida Noyes.
Workshops will only be held on Saturday this year.

Saturday Workshops

1st Floor
Cloister Club
1st Floor
West Lounge
2nd Floor
3rd Floor
10:00–10:30 Georgian Singing
10:30–11:00 Scandinavian Dance
Roo Lester, Chicago Spelmanslag & Friends
11:00–11:30 Jamming on the Recorder
Chicago Recorders
Play-Party Games
& Songs for Kids

Meg Dedolph
11:30–12:00 Morris Dancing
Pullman Morris
12:00–12:30 Jug Band
Skip Landt
Cajun Dance Instruction
Shapenote Singing
Mary J Rogel
12:30–1:00 Cajun Dance
with T'Monde
Putting On Aires
1:00–1:30 Hurdy-Gurdy
1:30–2:00  Klezmer
Chicago Klezmer Ensemble
2:00–2:30 Sea Shanties
Harmony Singing
Barbara Silverman
Barn Dance
Steam Machine
with Dot Kent
Price Sisters
4:00–4:30 Harmonica
Irish Music
with bohola


Scandinavian Dance Workshop with Roo Lester, Chicago Spelmanslag & Friends
10:30-12:00,   Cloister Club   (1st Floor)
Get your day started moving to the lively tunes of Scandinavia.  We have playful party dances, gentle waltzes and lively set dances.  Partners optional; all ages welcome.  Walk-through instruction by Roo Lester, and live music throughout.

Jamming on Recorder, a Medieval Folk Instrument with Chicago Recorders
11:00–Noon,   Library   (1st Floor)
Join Chicago Recorders, directed by Lisette Kielson, in a recorder performance, demonstration, and jam session.  The recorder was a very popular instrument for friendly gatherings in Europe from the 1400s through the 1700s, and it has an eager following in the 21st century as well.  Bring your recorder (and stand) if you have one.  We'll have a few on hand to borrow.  RSVP to Chicago Recorders President Larry Johnson at ( or just show up!

Play-Party Games & Songs for Kids with Meg Dedolph
11:00-Noon,   West Lounge   (2nd Floor)
This interactive music-making workshop is perfect for families.  Meg Dedolph will lead young children and their families to a world of music through imaginative musical play rooted in the folk music traditions of American and global communities.

Waltzes and More Waltzes with Putting On Aires and Tom Senior
11:30-12:30,   3rd Floor Theater
Putting On Aires will play for an extended time of waltzing.  The workshop will be led by Tom Senior.

Cajun Dance with T'Monde
Noon-2:30,   Cloister Club  (1st Floor)
T'Monde will play for a Cajun Dance. Instruction from Noon to 12:30, with the dance to follow.

Strictly Jug Nuts
12:00-1:00,   Library   (1st Floor)
Strictly Jug Nuts is a 21st century fusion jug band, bringing the fun music of Maxwell Street to contemporary audiences. We've scoured closets, basements and old laundry rooms for instruments, wrangling the results into Chicago's champion jug band. Our workshop will introduce the players, the sounds, the songs and the fun, with opportunities to try the instruments and join in!

Shapenote Singing
Noon-2:00,   West Lounge   (2nd Floor)
Please join us for some robust four-part harmony singing from the Sacred Harp.  First composed by itinerant New England singing masters in the 18th century, then nurtured and developed in the South in the 19th and 20th centuries, these hymns have been a part of American traditional culture since before the Revolutionary War.

Morris Dancing with Pullman Morris
11:30-12:30,   Third Floor Theater
Join Pullman Morris and Sword, from the city's far South Side, for a demonstration and workshop on Morris dancing, an English traditional dance done in teams to live music. Clash sticks, leap high and banish the winter doldrums with this longstanding Chicago tradition.

Irish Music with bohola
4:00‐5:00,   Library   (1st Floor)
Jimmy Keane and Pat Broaders will present an hour of Irish music.

Harmony Singing wtih Barbara Silverman
2:00–3:00,   West Lounge   (2nd Floor)
Come one come all to this sweet-sounding harmony session and sing easy two-part and exciting three-part harmonies from Carter family to rollicking bluegrass, swing chestnuts to early rock n roll classics.  Veteran performer and songstress Barbara Silverman leads with ease and vigor, a talented ”folk festival in a box” who has appeared in concerts, clubs and fests region-wide, on national radio, in multiple recordings, and is a valued member of the Old Town School faculty.

Old-Time Barn Dance with Steam Machine and Dot Kent
3:00–5:00,   Cloister Club   (1st Floor)
Steam Machine will play for an old-time Barn Dance in the Cloister Club on Saturday afternoon.  The dances will be called and instruction will be given by Dot Kent.

Bluegrass with the Price Sisters
3:00–4:00,   Third Floor Theater
Join the Price Sisters in the Third Floor Theater for a mini-concert and discussion of Bluegrass music.

Georgian Polyphonic Singing
10:00–11:00,   Library   (1st Floor)
Ensemble Alioni was founded in 2008 with the purpose of researching and sharing the ancient choral folk music traditions of the Republic of Georgia through performing and teaching. Over the last 10+ years they have performed across the Chicagoland area and for audiences in Montpelier, VT and New York, releasing two CDs and a book in the process. In this workshop, you will learn three-part vocal harmonies from different regions of Georgia, and ensemble members will discuss the traditional contexts of Georgian polyphony -- at table, at rest, at work, and at worship.

Sea Shanties
2:00–4:00,   Library   (1st Floor)
Spitzer & Mareva's sea shanty workshop is an introduction to the world of maritime songs.  Join the duo as they select some of their favorite shanties, and discover how easy it is to sing along to traditional work songs.

1:00–2:00,   Library   (1st Floor)
Join "Chicago's Hurdy-Gurdy Player" Jim Kendros for an Amazing Workshop on the rare Hurdy-Gurdy!  Composer and Hurdy-Gurdy performer Jim Kendros comes to the University of Chicago to share his knowledge of this amazing instrument.  In this engaging and exciting seminar, you'll learn what a Hurdy-Gurdy is (and what it is not), plus the history of this fascinating instrument and how it works to create captivating, mysterious and jubilant sounds.  Why this instrument can sound like a violin...a viola...a organ...with percussion....all in one!  In addition, you'll experience a live performance with Jim playing two different Hurdy-Gurdies, and a hands-on opportunity to play the Hurdy-Gurdy yourself.  Jim will also bring another related instrument, the Nyckelharpa (or Keyed Violin) from Sweden to perform on.  Come and experience these remarkable, mystical, ancient instruments with "Chicago's Rare Instrument Performer" Jim Kendros.

Beginning Harmonica Workshop
4:00–5:00,   Library   (1st Floor)
How to play the Harmonica for total beginners with world-renowned teacher, player, technician and historian, Joe Filisko.  Joe's motto is, "If you can breathe, you can play the harmonica!" Absolutely no experience necessary!  Please bring a diatonic harmonica in the key of "C".  Inexpensive Hohner harps will be available for purchase for adults and given away free to participating children.

10:00–11:00,   West Lounge   (2nd Floor)
Learn about the long and winding history of mariachi music, with accompanying demonstrations.

1:30–2:30,   Third Floor Theater
The Chicago Klezmer Ensemble will present an hour of Klezmer music.

Ida Noyes Hall
1212 E. 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

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