Wanda Degen has been active as a performer, teacher and arts organizer in the Lansing area, and beyond, for over 25 years. She is an award-winning singer, autoharp and dulcimer player who especially savors touring northern Michigan in the summer. Wanda has shown an affinity for music all of her life- her baby book states she sang before she walked (she was a late walker... and an early talker) and that her first song was "Love and Marriage" (hey, it was the '50's!). Her love of song is nourished through her work with children - approximately 200 children yearly get to know her as "Miss Wanda", their music teacher, through local preschools. Wanda also works around the state as a Teaching Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute and in the Lansing School District with the Lincoln Center Institute through the Michigan Art Project.
|Workshop & Childrens Concert
Songs of Hope and Remembrance / 1:40 - 2:40 pm
A collection of inspirational songs with memorable melodies and catchy choruses by some great songwriters. The heart and spirit of A.P. Carter, Bill Staines, Dougie MacLean, newcomer Diana Jones and Michigan's David Tamulevich combine and shines in this repertoire that spans generations and the Atlantic.
Children's Concert / 11am
Michigan Wolf Trap Sampler: Wanda Degen, Susan Harrison & Corinne Rockow
Wolf Trap is a National Park in Vienna, Virginia dedicated to the Performing Arts. Through Wolf Trap's Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, the Michigan Wolf Trap Program has Teaching Artists who conduct residencies & workshops training teachers of young children to incorporate the Performing Arts in to their classrooms. This interactive concert brings together three singers: Lansing-based Wanda Degen, Susan Harrison from Kalamazoo and Corinne Rockow from Marquette.
All three are long-time Wolf Trap Teaching Artists and all three have performed individually at the Children's Concert Series in the past, but never before all together. Fingerplays and Signed English, as well as guitars, dulcimers & the autoharp will be used to accompany the fun and lively songs.