Joel NewmanSingBig! Virtual Vocal Workshop (4/17, 4/24, 5/1)

Joel is a guitarist/vocalist and music teacher with “Duet with Music” in Frederick, MD and “Cumberland Valley Music School” in Chambersburg, PA. He has several recordings and live credits to his name and has performed with Tim Curry, Dr. John & Dick Wagner. Joel has played in New York City and throughout the Mid Atlantic region and is looking forward to be able to play in public once again with his current band. Joel was the instructor for two BCMC SingBig! summer workshops in 2018 and 2019 and we are delighted to have him back!

Susan KirchnerIntroduction to Movement Composition (5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26)

Professor Susan Kirchner from Towson University brings 35 years of teaching in higher education with 21 years in administration to BlackCat Music Cooperative. Susan is a former dancer with the German Expressionist group from Philadelphia: ZeroMoving Dance Company (1983-1985) and with Moving South Dance Company from South Carolina (1978-1982). She has also taught and toured in Italy, Germany and Mexico.

Professor Kirchner taught at Temple University, University of Maryland, Texas Christian University, Columbia College and Towson University. She created and directed The Children’s Dance Lab (UMD College Park) and supervised TU Community Dance (Towson University). Research foci: dance composition, oral history, modern dance, arts advocacy and connecting communities.

Susan was raised in rural South Carolina and just recently became a resident of Berkeley Springs.