BRIDGES TO THE EAST
Saturday, February 6, 2021
10 AM - 12 PM EST
Presenter: Erasmia Voukelatos
A first-generation immigrant to Canada, Erasmia Voukelatos remembers the experience of growing up feeling simultaneously an insider and an outsider to diverse cultural worlds. She has worked to create space in her classroom for students to nurture and share their “other selves.” In the process of partnering with Indian families at her school for over a decade, she has discovered fresh insights and connections into her own culture. Erasmia will present Greek and Indian songs, games, and dances that can build bridges within the school community, intersect with social studies themes, and strengthen cross-cultural competency.
About the Presenter:
Erasmia Voukelatos is a Canadian pianist of Greek descent. Solo appearances have included Mozart Concerto in A, K.488 with the New York City ensemble Antara and Bach Keyboard Concerto in D Minor with the Canadian ensemble Mercredi Musique. An educator for over 25 years, she is Director of Choral Music and Lower School Music Teacher at Far Brook School in Short Hills, New Jersey, where she also curates the series Chamber Music & Chocolates. She is Executive Director of My Music Garden which recently presented the opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors. Erasmia presents workshops on song and dance rituals of Greece and India, most recently at the Organization of American Kodaly Educators national conference in Columbus, Ohio. She has been Assistant Director of Cantigas Women’s Choir since 2001, and her choral arrangements of Greek folk songs have been performed by Glass Menagerie in New York and Ss. Cyril & Methodios Youth Choir of Thessaloniki.
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Erasmia holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Piano Performance from The University of Western Ontario and Brooklyn College respectively, and an Associate Performance Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. Her mentors included Seymour Bernstein and Rita Bouboulidi. She was a scholarship student at the Aspen School of Music and has completed training in Level III Kodaly and Level II Orff. Erasmia enjoys making music with her husband, violinist Ashley Horne, and their son Alexi, aspiring cellist and singer; together, they reside in Jersey City.