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Teen Voices: Music & Words

Teen Voices: Music & Words Mash-up

  • Teens • Fridays, March 16-April 20 • 4-5 pm • FREE/6 weeks • Instructors: Rajnii Eddins & Randal Pierce

  • Hoehl Studio Lab 3rd floor of FlynnSpace Map It

  • Please note: Online registration requires payment in full. To request a scholarship or payment plan, please email the FlynnArts Manager or call 802-652-4537.

  • Limit: 18

The Flynn is thrilled to collaborate with the Young Writers Project in offering this new class, which blends online participation with weekly sessions. Teens create and develop musical spoken word pieces, exploring their imagination through a series of writing prompts, developing songs or using live musicians for a spoken word performance. All teens (ages 13-19) writers and musicians—including beginners—welcome. We will perform for the public at a date to be determined.

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Hailing from Seattle, WA with over 7 years as a resident of Burlington, VT, RAJNII EDDINS has been performing poetry and engaging diverse audiences for more than 25 years. First, as the youngest member of the African American Writers Alliance at 11 years old, then, as a polished youth performer at the Seattle Center, in bookshops, cafes, festivals, colleges and galleries.He was chosen as the first youth poet to read original works to the Seattle City Council at 17 and represented Seattle in the National Poetry Slam in '04 and '05. He is a published author of a book of poetry at 18 (A Taste of RAGE), and also wrote/performed a major role in the play Uncle Tom Deconstructed at Seattle Central Community College. In addition Rajnii created and facilitated a curriculum utilizing Hip Hop/Spoken Word to support educators in engaging disaffected youth for the Black Child Development Institute Conference, and currently serves as Founder and Executive Director for the The Poetry Experience which (started in Seattle in 1998) is now hosted at Fletcher Free Library in downtown Burlington. He is also a member of local HipHop powerhouse Bless The Child. Most recently he has been presenting his workshop The Value of Our Stories to students, educators and administrators throughout Burlington School District in addition to co-developing and implementing SEED (Strengthening Education thru Embracing Diversity) for elementary aged students with BSD teacher of the year Rebecca Haslam. All of this for the purpose of affirming positive self identity and sincere community relationship based on integrity, reverence for heritage and mutual respect. He sincerely thanks Burlington for his darling daughter and forgives the harsh winters.

RANDAL PIERCE Randal Pierce is an educator, music director and composer who has a degree in piano performance from McGill University's Schulich School of Music. His composition for theater works have included "The Quarry" commissioned by Vermont Stage Company and produced at the Hyde Park Theater in Austin, Texas, "Orchestriska's Box" at Main Street Landing and music for "Transitions" commissioned by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Internationally, Randal has performed and toured with Montreal's Segal Centre for the Performing Arts, represented the yiddish cultural festival KlezKanada at major North American music festivals and has toured with jazz, classical and Eastern-European folk ensembles around both Canada and the U.S. Locally, Randal has music directed for theater pieces at St. Michael's Playhouse, the Flynn, Spotlight on Dance, Main Street Landing, UVM and through BCA, Vermont Stage Company, the Middlebury Actors Workshop and Theater Kavanaugh.

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