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 December 23, 2014


Hello, all, I hope these holidays find you in good health and good spirits. When I began writing this e-news I thought it would be short.  Ha!  I guess I’m busier than I thought.  Those of you who know me well are probably not even slightly surprised.  :-) 

I’ve done my best to give you some of the details on my upcoming activities.  I’ll update my website calendar over the next few weeks with links, flyers, etc.  In the meantime, if you have questions about any of these dates, please feel free to email me at judyfjell@mac.com or text or call me at (406)930-1650.


KATIE KNIGHT & JUDY FJELL "MONTANA SEASONS" VIDEO NOW ON YOUTUBE

My partner Katie created a video called "Montana Seasons" which she posted on YouTube a couple of weeks ago. After posting the link on Facebook, there has been a wonderfully positive response to her creation.  All of the images, including the mandalas, are her beautiful original photographs and media work.  For the music she chose my song "Where the Mountains Meet the Prairie" from the Goin' Over Home guitar solo CD.  Here's the link.  We hope you will enjoy it and pass the link on to your friends! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7P0Y0FOnZM&spfreload=10


2014 HOLIDAYS IN SEATTLE

WOODINVILLE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

Katie and I are in Seattle with her son, daughter-in-law and grandson Kai-Biko for the holidays. I very much look forward to playing guitar once again for a Christmas Eve worship service at the Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church with my dear friend the Rev. Lois Van Leer.  If you are in the Seattle area and would like to come to the 9 PM service on December 24, please check out the WUUC website for details.  http://wuuc.org  It would be great to see you there.  Katie and I are enjoying visits with other longtime friends here in the city before heading back to Montana on the 26th.


SPEAKING VOLUMES:TRANSFORMING HATE EXHIBIT - JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2015 - TULSA, OKLAHOMA

I have been very occupied the past couple of weeks helping Katie with the Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate exhibit http://www.speakingvolumes.net We have had quite a few adventures with it, including rebuilding one of the art crates (what a project!), then guiding a group of volunteers from the Montana Human Rights Network in loading the 13 crates, 9 boxes, a roll (and a partridge . . .) into a 20 foot U Haul truck. And last Monday, blessed with good roads, we drove the truck 1500 miles to Tulsa where it is now in the process of being installed at Living Arts. http://www.livingarts.org  Even though Speaking Volumes is a tremendous amount of work for Katie as ongoing curator (and I am glad to do my part in helping her), I know that if you visit the website, you will understand why she and I are so committed to it. It is good to be able to do ongoing work against racism and racial violence, especially considering the recent events across our country.


MONTANA WOMEN'S MURAL DEDICATION - JANUARY 7, HELENA, MONTANA

Our Montana Women's Chorus will sing on Wednesday, January 7, at 4 PM for the dedication of the new Montana Women's Mural painted by Montana mural artist Hadley Ferguson. https:www.montanawomensmural.org  We raised over $3000 for the mural project at our Mothers Day concert this spring in Helena.  If you'd like to find out more about women's history in Montana, see http://montanawomenshistory.org


MUSIC EDVENTURES/SONGWORKS WORKSHOP - SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, BOZEMAN, MONTANA

This free workshop from 10 AM to 3 PM will be a grand opportunity for teachers to get fired up about teaching, even during a cold Montana January day.  I am joining two other very experienced, eager professionals (Dr. Peggy Bennett and Dr. Doug Bartholomew) to present principles and practices which will be immediately applicable in the classroom.  This is a rare opportunity to learn songs, games, masterworks, rhymes, sequences, from those of us who can help make teaching and learning the satisfying experience that we all want it to be. One of my contributions will be to share how I use the SongWorks approach to teach ukulele students with the Good Dog Beginning Ukulele book. 


HOUSE CONCERT AT CHARLOTTE KASL'S - SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, MISSOULA, MONTANA

Immediately following the SongWorks workshop in Bozeman, I will drive to Missoula to participate in a house concert at Charlotte Kasl's in Missoula.  Joining me will be Beth Youngblood (violin), KD Dickinson (guitar), Janet Haarvig (cello), and others.  Concert time will probably be 7:30 PM, I'll post more on the website as details become available.


MISSOULA UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP - SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, MISSOULA, MONTANA

On Sunday morning I will once again lead UU worship at 10 AM.  The title of the service will be "Joy as a Biological Imperative." There'll be plenty of music and singing to lift your spirits.


4TH ANNUAL GATHER THE JOY - MONTANA WOMEN'S CHORUS - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, HELENA, MONTANA

Once again women will gather in Helena from communities around Montana to experience the joy of singing together and learning new repertoire for the Montana Women's Chorus.  Directors Beth Youngblood (Missoula) and Betsy Wise (Bozeman) will join me in this annual "not-to-be-missed" event.  10 AM - 4 PM with a delicious lunch.  More details on this on the website later, too.


FEB-APRIL TOUR - WASHINGTON, OREGON, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO (I’ll add details to my website over the next few weeks)


NW TOUR WITH CRYSTAL REEVES AND TAMI PALLINGSTON

It's very exciting that Crystal and Tami will join me on this concert tour. We relish every opportunity to play together, and I love how they contribute their musical gifts to my songs!

 • Olympia, WA - Traditions - Saturday, February 21, 8 PM

 • Portland, OR - House Concert - Sunday, February 22, 5 PM

 • Ashland, OR - House Concert, Tuesday, February 24, 7 PM

CALIFORNIA IN MARCH

 • Berkeley, CA - Freight & Salvage - Thursday, February 26 - It’s Nancy Schimmel’s 80th birthday - I’ll join her and other of her friends for a musical celebration!

 • Willits, CA - Musician in Residence - M-T-W March 2-4 & 9-11 - I’ll enjoy working again with the wonderful staff and students at Brookside Elementary School leading folk songs and SongWorks games. We'll have more days together this year than ever before thanks to SongWorks classroom teacher Anne Hammond and funding from parent-teacher organizations.

 • Willits and Ukiah - Concerts and workshops the first two weekends in March.  Stay tuned for details.

 • Northern California - recording project - more on this as I get those details nailed down.

 • Healdsburg, CA - WoMaMu at The Bishop’s Ranch - March 27-30 (Friday afternoon - Monday morning)

 Frame Drumming with Rowan Storm http://www.rowanstorm.com

 Singing with the one and only Betsy Rose http://www.betsyrosemusic.org

 Bee Ceremony, Ukulele classes and more . . .

COLORADO IN APRIL

 • Denver - Concert at Oriental Theater - Tuesday, April 7 oriental theater denver

 • Denver - Music EdVentures Conference - April 8-10 http://musicedventures.org

 • Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver Area - UU worship services and workshops - April 12-26

 • Fort Collins - Concert with Harmony Chorale - Sunday, April 19 http://harmonychorale.org

 • Denver - Concert with Harmony Chorale - Sunday, April 26


SUMMERSING IN MONTANA JUNE 12-19

Summersing campers look forward every year to a wonderful week at Camp Mimanagish in Montana.  It will be the usual good fare of classes with a special emphasis on frame drumming this summer with Rowan Storm, whom I met through Stormi Oshun and Shaun Phoenix at Celebrating Women last fall.  Who knows what other surprises might be in store - I’ll finalize staff and program in January.  It will be great to see so many of you in Montana; it’s always a special week.  

Get ready for lots of singing amidst the extraordinary wildflower display at Summersing in June.  Bring your fiddle and mandolin for classes with Beth Youngblood.  You can build your drum skills with Shaun and Stormi (West African and buckets, too) and learn frame drumming from Rowan Storm. Tami Pallingston will be back on staff with cajon drums (maybe even steel drums) and bass lessons. I’ll teach song games and lead guitar and Katie Knight will teach art and photography.  Beth and I will again direct the Summersing Choir and there will be ukulele classes, song circles, and jams whenever we can fit it all in.  And of course the daily Om Tare dance meditation.

All of this and incredible food from our camp cook Kim Kolstad!

If you haven’t seen the beautiful slide show that Katie Knight and her photographers created last summer, check this link out.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RkzXKYPPK8&spfreload=10  Music was improvised right there at camp by Beth Youngblood, Tami Pallingston and myself.  Summersing is a wonderful experience - all women are invited to join in the fun June 12-19, 2015 at Camp Mimanagish.




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