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Young at HeArt: Songs of Olana

Saturday, September 17, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


During this eight-session course, participants will be invited to learn more about the basics of songwriting with award-winning performing songwriters, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. This course will introduce participants of all skill levels to the basics of songwriting, use Olana’s immersive environment as a framework to explore diverse musical genres, connect students’ developing skills to the music of Olana and Frederic Church’s historical context, and finally encourage participants to compose a final song inspired by Olana or a Frederic Church painting.
Each three-hour session will cover the basics of songwriting, genre study, historic songs, songwriting inspired by visual art, songwriting inspired by place, personal lyrics, and performance concepts. Each session includes a performance and demonstration by the artists, hands-on teaching and one-on-one guidance, time for the individual development of final songs, opportunities for class inquiries and discussion, and an opportunity for participants’ songs to be performed at the end of the course, or to be performed by teaching musicians on guitar.
Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle are award-winning songwriters and singers and live near the Adirondacks in upstate New York. Cosby Gibson is an award-winning performing songwriter who lives near the Adirondack Mountains. She writes unique, original acoustic and folk-style songs on guitar and dulcimer. Grammy balloted, and winner Capital District Music Awards for Best Folk Album, 2017 and 2018, and Dorn Space Arts Award for Music Outreach, 2019, and Best Folk Album, 2021. As a duo, they have been performing for twelve years, and tour both regionally and nationally. Together they play originals and favorites with a variety of instruments such as guitar, fiddle, banjo, and harmonica, and in many settings such as festivals, concert series, house concerts, and community events. Their special music programs include; Historic Songs of the Erie Canal, Adirondack Lumber Camp Songs, Poetry Songs, and History Songs, Songwriters in the Round, and the new Labor Union Songs.

Additional dates for this session are: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and November 5 and 9


Saturday, September 17
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Olana State Historic Site
5720 Route 9-G
Hudson, 12534
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(518) 828-0135
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