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Emeric Viani (Co-Founder & Artistic Director) Cambridge Youth Gamelan
Emeric Viani is a music educator in the greater Boston area with special interests in non-traditional curriculum, world music, community music education, choral music, and Balinese gamelan. He is the Lower School music teacher at the Pike School in Andover, MA where he directs the after-school chorus for students in Grades 3-5 and an after-school Balinese gamelan ensemble for students in grades 3 – 6. He holds an M.A. in Music Education, & Ethnomusicology, B.M. in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music.
Recommended by Nick
I met Emeric when he was studying at Eastman school of music in Rochester, one of the top schools. He headed up a student chapter of MENC, a national support group for music educators.
Interviewed by Patricia and Olivia
The Mystic Chorale Mission
Emeric loves singing opportunities for adults. He sees Mystic as serving an underserved population ie. Community groups, singers age 30+.
As a conductor, teacher and community leader
A conductor at Boston Children’s Chorus for 5-6 years. He now teaches music and conducts children’s choirs at a school in Andover. He helps kids know that they all have a voice and something to offer.
Determined, a problem-solver, fast on my feet, well-organized, good sense of humor, enjoys challenges. Doesn’t wait for others to solve problems.
All his choruses have had a wide range of music skills. Leading children, he has learned to help the singers focus and make progress that is satisfying to them.
Research, surfing the internet, networking
He likes to create medleys. He will create multi-voice arrangements but may use others’ arrangements if outside his wheelhouse. He would need a pianist at rehearsals.
Working with Guest Artists and Instrumentalists
He does not have many outside connections. He would need our help.
Working with leadership
Styles of Music
everything, not much classical or country music.
Singers and Soloists
Yes, 100% off-book. If someone is struggling, allow them to hold music or lyric sheets. There is a shift in music performance toward using written music in concerts.
Concerts and Audience Participation
Yes, at the school concerts.