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ELECTIVES, ACCOMPANISTS

Sheryl Kurland-Platt, Ed.M. (yoga)

Sheryl Kurland-Platt has spent her academic and professional career working at
both the policy and hands-on level to strengthen families and increase development opportunities
for children. She received her BA in Psychology from Pitzer College in 1991 and her Ed.M.
from Harvard University Graduate School of Education in the Early Childhood Risk and
Prevention Program in 1995.
Sheryl is a certified Yoga teacher for children, and a Phoenix Rising Certified Yoga Therapy
Instructor/200 hours. She is a graduate of the Mindfulness in Education Institute, and has
co-authored and wrote a curriculum for and taught a six week course on Mindful Parenting. She
teaches Mindfulness and Yoga to prenatal women, parents, and children. Sheryl resides in
Warren Vermont, teaches at the Warren Elementary School, sits on a variety of education boards
and advisory committees, in addition to raising her three teenagers.

 

Mashobane Moruthane 
(Sports & Drums)

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is the gym and sports teacher at the Lake Champlain Waldorf Grade School and High School in Shelburne Vermont. He joined the Lake Champlain Waldorf School faculty in 2001, after working at Waldorf schools in Denver and Buffalo. Growing up under apartheid in South Africa, he chose a career in education because he wanted to have a positive influence on youth by providing them a healthy, meaningful education. He came to Waldorf education because of its inherent belief in spirituality and flexible style of teaching; he also appreciates the philosophy of Anthroposophy. Mr. Moruthane is from Phaahla, in the countryside in the northern section of South Africa. He lived with his grandmother and many cousins in a mud hut with no electricity, running water, or paved roads. He attended Baobob College and, after coming to the United States, received Waldorf teacher training at Sunbridge College. He practices African drumming and is interested in acting, sports, and travel. Mr. Moruthane lives with his daughter, Thabitha.

 

Holly Mugford (Chorus)

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Holly Mugford is a Pre K-12 Music Teacher in Rochester and also enjoys her part time job as a singer in two bands. She is excited to share her love of singing at GMSI. Holly has been teaching public school music classes for 3 years in Rochester and was a paraeducator and long term substitute music teacher in Jericho and Huntington, Vermont prior to that. She organized a Music Enrichment Program after school for students in her instrumental program at Rochester School and aspires to find musical spark for students/campers. Holly is from Randolph, Vermont and attended the University of Vermont earning her Bachelor of.Science in Music Education.

 

Erik Nielsen (Composition)

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Erik is a full-time professional composer who lives in Brookfield, Vermont.  His works have been performed in Canada, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia as well as many locations in the United States including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Recital Hall. His music has been performed by many ensembles both within and outside Vermont. He has won awards and grants from ASCAP, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Community Foundation and the Kittredge Fund.  He has taught music composition and theory for over 20 years.  He is Senior Composition Mentor with music-COMP (formerly the Vermont MIDI Project).  

 

Alison Parsons (Art)

has worked with children and adults as an art teacher for over thirty years. She has taught a variety of mediums over the past 20 years as an elementary art teacher in Vermont, and offered workshops with outside organizations including the Shelburne Museum, Frog Hollow, and the League of N.H. Craftsmen.  Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University and Masters in Education from the University of Vermont.  Alison is a textile artist, who concentrates in the art of batik, a method of fabric design using wax and dye.  In her spare time she enjoys painting sets for local theatre groups, making quilts and discovering new art techniques to share with her students.  Her inspiration comes from the beauty of Vermont and her time spent at camp with her family on Lake Winnipesauke in New Hampshire.

 

Pete Sutherland 
(Traditional Fiddling)

though known especially for his way with Appalachian styles, some would say he's more of a generalist, having spent quality time with Yankee, Irish, Scandinavian and French Canadian fiddling. He has taught and performed at dozens of folk festivals and camps. Pete currently teaches in Monkton and Burlington and is on the Applied Faculty at Middlebury College. The latest CD to feature Pete's fiddling is "Streak o' Lean" on his own Epact Label.

 

 

Accompanist

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Tim Woos (Jazz Piano, Accompanist)

is a versatile composer and performer, writing for acoustic instruments and ensembles, as well as for amplified instruments and electronics. He composes concert music, dance music, and music for multimedia. Tim, a native Vermonter, attended GMSI studied as a student for many years. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and is accompanist for Pam Reit's Vermont Suzuki Violins.