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Affecting Social Change through Choral Music
How can you use choral music to uplift disadvantaged communities? What does it take to set up and run a successful choral program?
This session will give you practical advice on using choral music as well as the skills acquired through it to create performance opportunities, youth employment, and to generate funds in disadvantaged communities.
Bonus tips about the arrangement process and how to adapt any song to include the indigenous musical culture are not to be missed.
Ralf Schmitt is a South African musician, conductor, composer and producer. He is currently the conductor and co-founder of the Ndlovu Youth Choir, who he led to the finals of America’s Got Talent in 2019. The choir’s debut album ‘Africa’, co-produced by Ralf, came number one in the South African iTunes chart only a few days after its release.
Ralf is renowned as a specialist of African choral music. His arrangements and compositions are not only regularly broadcast locally and internationally, but have also been featured in international productions, such as in the FIFA World Cup Final (Johannesburg), Britain’s Youth Choir Festival (London), Toronto National Exhibition (Canada), the New Orleans Jazz Festival (USA), etc. Ralf has worked on numerous international productions and collaborated, amongst others, with Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Celtic Women, Shakira, Kygo, and Pink.