Workshops for Adults & Youth (Ages 13+)

The Guy Mendilow Ensemble and their work is a vital and vibrant way to illustrate the possibilities of interfaith and intercultural cooperation. The fact that the band includes members from Israel and Palestine, North and South America makes their music a global experience that is helping to heal the world. They are among the finest musicians I have ever heard, and I would recommend them strongly to any university or college campus that cares about diversity, multiculturalism, interfaith cooperation and world peace.
— Greg Mcgonigle, President of the National Association of College & University Chaplains; Tufts University, Medford, MA

Sailors, Sirens & Kings: Traditions & Change in Ladino Song

• Length: 60-90 minutes • Ages: 13 Years - Adult • Single Session • Suitable for Groups of Any Size • Available as Post-Show Talk or Independent Session

This interactive, often witty, lecture-demo introduces Ladino song types, history and language. Field recordings from various Ladino communities are presented both as musical examples and as illustrations of the songs’ functions within traditional contexts.

The session zooms out to explore broader performance issues and challenges faced by musicians working with traditional repertoire in general. Topics include:

  • In what ways have traditional Ladino songs adapted to new cultural environments, both historically and in modern times? 

  • What are implications for questions of authenticity? 

  • What roles, responsibilities and obstacles do performing artists have when working with traditional material?

Demonstrations from members of the award-winning Guy Mendilow Ensemble and samples of other artists’ interpretations provide an entry-point into a discussion of the tension between preservation and change within a tradition. 


Listening *Through* The Music: Team-Building Through Improvisation

• Length: 60-120 minutes • Ages: 15 Years - Adult • Single Session or Multi-Day Residency • Maximum Group Size: 15  • Teacher Resource Materials Available

Exciting, quickly learned improv games give participants experience critical to working with others: the abilities to tune in, connect, and respond spontaneously and meaningfully to one another to make fresh, fulfilling music.

Geared for music educators as well as classroom teachers, this experiential workshop delves into the theory and practice of team building and the cultivation of leadership through games in musical improvisation.

This workshop requires no previous musical experience. Participants should come ready to move and play. This workshop has used by mediation organizations like Seeds of Peace and featured at universities and conservatories including the Longy School of Music of Bard College and Moravian University.


Around The World — In Rounds!

• Length: 60-90 minutes  • Ages:  Adult  • Single workshop • Suitable for Groups of Any Size

Join us for a fun participatory song session. Rounds are an easy, exciting way for everyone to be part of fulfilling music-making, regardless of previous experience. Avid round collector Guy Mendilow shares some gems from around the world, skillfully accompanied by his band. No prior training needed - just come prepared to have a great time singing together. Have a favorite round to share? Bring it! 

Geared for song leaders looking to use rounds in their work and for all lovers of song.


Guy Mendilow

M.M. Longy School of Music; International Certificate, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Longy School of Music; B.A. Oberlin College

Guy Mendilow is Director of Music and Education for the Guy Mendilow Ensemble, "An international tour de force” (Bethlehem Morning Call) from the Middle-East, South and North America. The Ensemble combines world-class musicianship with cinematic storytelling in shows that “explode with artistry, refinement, and excitement” (Hebrew Union College), whisking audiences to distant times and picturesque places to stir highly resonant connections to contemporary struggles and dilemmas.  

The Guy Mendilow Ensemble was distinguished by the National Endowment for the Arts for public engagement with diverse and excellent art and the strengthening of communities through the arts, and is the recipient of grant awards from foundations like The Boston Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, Arts Midwest and Western Arts Alliance.

Alongside performance, Mendilow is active in music education, pursuing Dalcroze Education as a means of cultivating musicality while fostering vital skills such as deep focus and the sense of contribution, capability and belonging that together form esteem. Mendilow designs custom artist residencies for leading performing arts organizations like Celebrity Series of Boston and including innovative storytelling/songwriting projects with at-risk populations.

Mendilow’s research interests include music and culture of Sephardic communities  of Salónica,in the early twentieth  century.

Mendilow is a guest artist-lecturer in  universities across the U.S. including Harvard University, Cornell University, Brandeis University, Oberlin College, University of Oregon and the University of Washington, leads children's workshops in schools worldwide and directs the Dalcroze School of Boston, offering Dalcroze Education for children and adults in the Boston area.