WorldSongs Presents


featuring music facilitators
Ana Alvarez, David Harris and Alan Gasser

A week of singing, learning and making music together
culminating in a local community concert!

Monday, Aug 4 - Sunday, Aug 10

Location: the peaceful and intimate setting of
Sugar Ridge Retreat Center, just south of Midland, Ontario

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Ana Alvarez
Ana Alvarez was born in Cali, Colombia, where she began studying voice at the Conservatorio Antonio Maria Valencia. Since 2001 she has studied conducting at the Ponitificia Universidad Javeriana, the University of Victoria and the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

Ana Alvarez is deeply experienced as a conductor, beginning in Colombia, with Anita y el Coro Sound, and continuing in Canada with the Philomela Women’s Choir, the University of Victoria Wind Symphony, the Missisauga Festival Youth Choir and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Symposium. Her research specialty for the DMA degree is Latin American music.

David Harris
David Harris has pursued study and performance of Sephardic music throughout North America, Greece, Israel, France, Turkey, Poland, Bosnia, Spain, and Morocco.

His fieldwork and performances have received support and awards from the Luce, Rockefeller, and Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundations.

He is the founder and singer with Voices of Sepharad, besides widely varied appearances – as a singer, actor, and dancer – with the Minnesota Opera, Zorongo Flamenco, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Corning Dances and Company, Ensemble Espanol, Guthrie Theater, North Star Opera, In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theater, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and Illusion Theater.
Alan Gasser
A fabulous teacher who inspires enthusiasm and delight, whether he's leading a Georgian lullaby, a classical piece, or a Woodie Guthrie song