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Holly Loranger | July 2, 2019

We are pleased to announce the finalists for World View’s 2019-2020 Global Music Fellows Program focused on integrating global music across the curriculum with the music of Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei.

The 12 Fellows represent a variety of disciplines across K-5, 6-8, 9-12 and community college. More information about the Fellows will be posted on the World View Global Music Fellows program site this summer.

  • Susan Azzu, ELL, Rashkis Elementary School, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
  • Joann Blumenfeld, EC and Science, Broughton High School, Wake County Public Schools
  • Brock Gerrity, 8th Grade ELA, Broad Creek Middle School, Carteret County Schools
  • Erica Hefner, Orchestra Director, Northwest School of the Arts, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
  • William Jung, Orchestra and Chinese, Millbrook High School, Wake County Public Schools
  • Rick Laws, History, Humanities and Religion, Wilkes Community College
  • Judith Porter, Music, Gaston College
  • Karen Richardson, Middle School Chorus Director, Durham Academy
  • Leslie Roberts, Music, Weddington Hills Elementary, Cabarrus County Schools
  • Candace Williamson, Music, Park Road Montessori, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Glenice Woodard, English and Humanities, Greensboro Technical Community College
  • Katharine Zamarra, 7th Grade ELA, North Buncombe Middle School, Buncombe County Schools

Integrating global music into classroom instruction provides a gateway to exploring and connecting across cultures. Music has always been a vital part of human expression. It has the power to engage, motivate and inspire students and builds bridges between both what is familiar and what is unfamiliar. The integration of music across the curriculum enables students to engage in rich textual analysis of diverse, interdisciplinary primary source materials, as well further develop global competency skills such as recognizing perspectives and communicating across cultures.

This interdisciplinary professional learning opportunity will enhance educators’ global competency skills and expand educators’ pedagogical toolkits for integrating music into their curricula. This program culminates in the creation of a comprehensive teaching toolkit with background information, lesson plans, learning activities and educator resources designed to integrate global music into K-12 and community college classrooms. The teaching toolkit will accompany an original album by Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei, scheduled for release in the spring of 2020. We look forward to meeting the 12 Fellows in Chapel Hill in July for the opening workshop.  In January 2020, the Fellows will reconvene on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill to attend a mini-workshop facilitated by World View and a performance of Invisible(s) with Christina Pato and Mazz Swift, hosted by Carolina Performing Arts. Following the July workshop, the Fellows will engage in ongoing communication and independent work from August to March. The teaching toolkits developed by the Fellows will be published in April of 2020 in conjunction with the scheduled release of Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei’s original album. 

World View received numerous applications, making the decision a very difficult one. We appreciate the interest, efforts and commitment to global education of all the applicants and encourage educators to apply for the 2020-2021 World View Fellows program, to be announced during the spring of 2020.