Learn At Home!
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Activity -

She Sang for a Nation

Here is a lesson about Marian Anderson and her experience as a black woman denied a hall to perform.

Marian Anderson was a classical musician, contralto, American, and black woman who was denied a stage. Instead, she sang “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” also known as “America” at the Lincoln Memorial, changing the lyrics from “Of thee I sing” to “Of thee we sing.” As we consider institutionalized racism, this is an important example.

As You Listen...

  • What is the importance of singing “we” instead of “I”?
  • What is the significance of her singing in front of the Lincoln Memorial?

Learn more by checking out this NPR article and broadcast about Marian Anderson and her experience.

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This week’s lesson features Breanna Sinclaire, the first transgender person to sing the National Anthem at a professional sporting event!

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William Grant Still

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Learn about the Bass with Mark Tomko, Principal Bass of the BSO!

The English Horn

Learn about the English horn with Ken Bronstein, English horn of the BSO!

The Cello

Learn about the cello with Olivia Kingsley, BSO Program Intern!

The Flute

Learn about the flute with Debbie Arthur, Principal Flute of the BSO!

The Horn

Learn about the horn with Kristi Kilgore, member of the BSO horn section!

Conduct with Yaniv

Learn how to conduct with Maestro Yaniv! (Featuring Jonah)

Green Pepper Shakers

Make a Rhythm Instrument from a Green Pepper!

Carrot Kazoo

Make a kazoo from a carrot!

Tona Brown

This week’s lesson features Tona Brown, the first Black transgender woman to perform at Carnegie Hall and to perform for a United States President.

Whatcom Arts Project

The BSO is a proud participant and a founding member of the new Whatcom Arts Project, a group of over 30 community arts nonprofits. The goal of the Whatcom Arts Project is to reach our community during this time of need to provide hope, entertainment, learning opportunities, and a sense of togetherness. Each week, the BSO posts learning activities and videos on our website and to social media as part of the Whatcom Arts Project. To learn more about the Whatcom Arts Project and home friendly activities in our area, please visit: www.facebook.com/WhatcomArtsProject/ or https://www.bellingham.org/whatcom-arts-project/.