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
10:30–11:00   Scandinavian Dance
Mary Alsopp & Friends
11:00–11:30 Jamming on the Recorder
Chicago Recorders
Play-Party Games
& Songs for Kids

Meg Dedolph
11:30–12:00 Waltzes
Putting On Aires
12:00–12:30 Jug Band
Skip Landt
Cajun Dance Instruction
Shapenote Singing
Mary J Rogel
12:30–1:00 Cajun Dance
with Sheryl Cormier
Morris Dancing
Pullman Morris
1:00–1:30 Solo Guitar
Joel Paterson
2:00–2:30   Irish Social Dance
The Murphy-Roche Band with Ed Heffernan
Irish Music
Pauline Conneelly and Jonathan Whitall
2:30–3:00  Harmony Singing
Barbara Silverman
Barn Dance
Dan Gellert, Steve Rosen
& Fred Campeau
with Dot Kent & Bill Sudkamp
Mike Compton
Note Special Time
4:00–4:30 Bandura
The Ukrainian Women's Ensemble


Scandinavian Dance Workshop with Mary Allsopp & 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. Traditionally, the morning wraps up with a Grand March. Partners optional, all ages welcome. Walk-through instruction by Roo Lester, and live music throughout.

10:30-11:30,   Third Floor Theater
Join the Jarochicanos for a mini-concert and discussion of their music and tradition.

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
Saturday, 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 Sheryl Cormier
Noon-2:30, Cloister Club  (1st Floor)
Sheryl Cormier's band 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
Saturday, 12:30-1:30, 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.

Solo Guitar with Joel Paterson
1:00–2:00,   Library   (1st Floor)
Western Elsons guitar player Joel Paterson will present a mini-concert and discussion of solo guitar.

Irish Music with Pauline Conneelly and Jonathan Whitall
1:30-2:30, Library   (1st Floor)
Pauline Conneelly and Jonathan Whitall will present an hour of Irish music.

Irish Social Dance
2:00-4:00, West Lounge  (2nd Floor)
Irish Ceilis and Sets are folk dances. Sets are popular throughout the world, even Japan. We dance with partners (don't need to bring one), not solo.  These are "team" dances, so there is an element of time and place.  We don't teach much footwork, and most of that is for timing with the music, which, as you know, drives us.  The workshop is intended as a sampler of our dance concepts. We promise to have everyone on the floor dancing in minutes.

Harmony Singing wtih Barbara Silverman
2:30-3:30, Library   (1st 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 Barb 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 Dan Gellert, Fred Campeau and Steve Rosen
3:00-5:00, Cloister Club  (1st Floor)
Dan Gellert, Fred Campeau and Steve Rosen 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 and Bill Sudkamp.

Bluegrass with Mike Compton
Saturday, 3:15-3:40, Third Floor Theater
Join Mike Compton and his band in the Third Floor Theater for a mini-concert and discussion of Bluegrass music.

Bandura with The Ukrainian Women's Ensemble
Sunday 4:00-5:00, Library   (1st Floor)
The bandura's song has long been the voice and soul of Ukraine. The Chicago Bandura Ensemble will take you on a journey from its 16th century bardic origins to modern vocal compositions. The bandura is a plucked instrument with 60 strings and a sound that resembles a harpsichord. Audiences of all ages will enjoy our beautiful melodies and the chance to strum this amazing instrument in person.

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

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