Mollie Stone

A Chicago native who grew up and still lives in Hyde Park, Mollie is internationally renowned for her workshops on black South African choral music. Mollie has served as a conductor at Chicago Children's Choirsince 2005, and at the University of Chicago since 2011.  She also co-directs the monthly Brooklyn World Music Chorus with Patty, now in its second year.  Mollie earned her master's degree in classical choral conducting from Westminster Choir College, and is currently finishing up work on a conducting doctorate from Northwestern University.

Your leadership continues to be inspiring.  I love all that you know and the sounds we create because of you.  I love the people you bring together.  I love the music we sing.  I come home feeling deeply rooted, and also ready to go flying off to another country to meet new people and sing their music.
It was amazing how much you did with us in an afternoon. I listened to the recording and it sounded so good considering the speed in which we learned those songs. You are both such wonderful teachers and musicians.  I really enjoyed learning from you!
Thank you.  Thank you.  I always come away from singing with you feeling more happy, more grounded, more connected to life around me -- it's amazing.

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Patty Cuyler

Yesterday's rehearsal was so much fun!  I learned so much and it was probably the most fun I've ever had in a rehearsal.  There was great music, great people -- you will definitely see me next month.

A resident of the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago since 2011, Patty is co-director of Vermont-based Village Harmony and its professional touring arm, Northern Harmony, with whom she has traveled around the globe leading music study-performance tours for nearly 20 years. She founded Boston Harmony, a Concord, MA community choir for which she still commutes to co-direct, in 2005. An energetic and dynamic workshop leader with special expertise in teaching Corsican, Georgian and South African choral music, Patty's passion for honest, direct music can coax fierce, forthright singing out of any singer, any age.