Bill Schilling
           
    Bill Schilling has been singing and playing various folk instruments (at least 20 with
    variations of several) for over 50 years. He has performed for audiences of all ages in
    many settings from coast to coast. His high-energy performances may include songs,
    slide programs, and/or stories selected specifically for your group. His performances
    often involve members of your group with audience participation songs or activities.

    Bill often performs with others including Rich & Kathy Small and also Linda Sigismondi
    with whom he has recorded “Songs from Canal Days”.

    Since Bill believes that his music should be inclusive, he is involved in many groups
    which share music. A few of them are: Dulci-More: Folk & Traditional Musicians
    (Bill is the founder and leader of this group); the annual Dulci-More Festival
    (Bill is the director); the Canton Folk Song Society (Bill is one of the original members);
    the Dulcimer Society of Trumbull County (Bill has reorganized and leads this group);
    Folknet (Bill is a charter Executive Committee Member & past President); and
    Folk Music at Weatherbury Farm (Bill is one of the originators of this program and
    a workshop leader).

    Bill’s “Dulci-More Public Domain Songbooks” (in several variations) are used by
    clubs around the country.

    Although Bill has played bowed psaltery for about 25 years and led beginning
    workshops for playing it at various festivals, he has almost always kept to very
    simple melody or drone playing styles with it.

    (www.billschilling.org)
 
   
Session
Description
Friday
Session 1
1:00 to 2:00
EST

    Singing Accompaniment with Bowed Psaltery – Part One

     The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the participants to ways to use the bowed psaltery for singing
    accompaniment.  Beyond singing while playing the melody, participants will learn techniques to play bass
    parts as drones, one and five notes of chords with one or two bows, and arpeggios. Songs will include
    Silent Night and Go Tell It on the Mountain
Friday
Session 2
2:15 to 3:15
EST

    Singing Accompaniment with Bowed Psaltery – Part Two

    The purpose of this workshop is for participants to continue exploring ways to use the bowed psaltery for
    singing accompaniment. Beyond singing while playing the melody, participants will work on techniques to
    play bass parts as drones, one and five notes of chords with one or two bows, and arpeggios, and perhaps
    some bass runs, harmonies, and/or descants for those who can think of those parts while singing
        (although the instructor really can’t do that).
    Songs will include Jingle Bells and Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.
Friday
Session 3
3:30 to 4:30
EST

    Variations on In the Bleak Midwinter for Bowed Psaltery

    The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the participants to ways to use the bowed psaltery to add
    variations to the basic melody of a song, especially to make things more interesting than always holding
    out half notes and longer notes. We will use the Gustav Holst melody of In the Bleak Midwinter
    from which to create the variations for participants to add to the written music.
Saturday
Session 1
10:00 to 11:00
EST

    Unknown Christmas Repertoire – One

    The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the participants to two unknown Christmas songs with music
    by Bill Schilling and lyrics by Mac Kelly. This workshop will include God’s Hand Moved from 2000
    and Perhaps from 2003 using bowed psaltery for playing the melody.


Saturday
Session 2
11:15 to 12:15
EST

    Unknown Christmas Repertoire – Two

        The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the participants to two unknown Christmas songs with music
    by Bill Schilling and lyrics by Mac Kelly. This workshop will include Is This the Child from 2001
    and A King in Bethlehem from 2007 using bowed psaltery for playing the melody.

Saturday
Session 3
1:30 to 2:30
est

    Unknown Christmas Repertoire – Three

    The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the participants to two unknown Christmas songs with music
    by Bill Schilling and lyrics by Mac Kelly and Bill Schilling. This workshop will include Joseph’s Song
    from 2002 and Sleepless Dreams  from 2005 using bowed psaltery for playing the melody. These
    two come from a different approach than many other Christmas songs.

Saturday
Session 4
2:45 to 3:45
EST

    Unknown Christmas Repertoire – Four

    The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the participants to two unknown Christmas songs with music
    by Bill Schilling and lyrics by Mac Kelly and Bill Schilling. This workshop will include Through the Darkness
    from 1999 and  Crescent Moon and Shining Star from 2004 using bowed psaltery for playing
    the melody. Although they end with major chords and feelings, these two bring in more minor chords and
    feelings than many other Christmas songs.

Saturday
Session 5
4:00 to 5:00
EST

    Lesser Known Christmas Repertoire

    The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the participants to some lesser known Christmas for their
    repertoire. Depending on the desires of the participants, songs may include one of Bill’s Christmas
    medleys or  The Cherry Tree Carol; Mary Had a Baby; Hush, My Babe, Lie Still
    and Slumber; or possibly even When Christ Was of a Virgin Born.
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