Guy Mendilow Ensemble

Lectures & Master Classes for Universities / Adults 

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Listening to Lost Voices

Preservation vs Distortion of Traditional Cultures

This lecture traces the distortion of Sephardic music from the former Ottoman Empire, exploring  shifts in both their inadvertent and intentional forms. How is it that music from the turn of the 20th century became perceived as Medieval?  Who gains, and who loses, when traditional music is taken beyond its native contexts?

University - Adult Single Session
Length 60-90 minutes | Class visit or public lecture 
Configuration Trio or Quintet
Relevant to History/Cultural Studies/Judaic & Near-Eastern Studies/Global Studies/Music/Ethnomusicology


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Listening Through The Music

Team-Building Through Musical Improvisation

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. 

University /Teacher Training/Leadership Program 1-3 day program
Length 60-120 minute sessions | Class visit 
Group size typically max 15 | Call to discuss Your Goals
Configuration Solo
Relevant to Music Education/Music/Leadership Programs



Rhythmic Vitality: Introduction to Dalcroze Education

In this master class, students gain a first hand experience of Dalcroze Education, a powerful, experiential approach to learning music through the body. Students engage in typical Dalcroze activities and explore some of the pedagogy, principles and teaching strategies for this joyful, non-verbal approach to learning the non-verbal art of music.

University - Adult 1-3 day program 
Length 90 minutes | Master Class
Configuration Solo
Relevant to Music Education/Music


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Around The World In Rounds!

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! 

Ages Grade 5+
Length 60-90 minutes | Single workshop
Suitable for Groups of Any Size


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.