Sunday, June 26, 2011


The Sunday before graduation, ABC held a Baccalaureate service for the graduating Seniors. Jonathan gave both the Invocation and Benediction. The chapel was packed. The kids and I listened from outside.
My Assistant Choir Director, Amayi Abusa(pastor's wife) and proudly serving the Malawian Army.
2011 ABC Valedictorian and Malawian Police Officer
 JJ and Georgia "helping" with the reception.  JJ posing with tables full of Fanta.
Christian (ABC Sophomore) and her daughter

 Enettie and Amayi (mom)

JJ and Abambo a Enettie (Enettie's Dad)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Music Theory II

Back: Chikondi, Dennis, Mayamiko, Joseph Middle: Me, Pempho, Faith  Front: Humphreys, John

There were 35 students in Music Theory I. Similar to theory classes in the US, a large number did not continue into this second semester, leaving our Music Theory II with the 8 sophomores you see in the photo(freshmen had a scheduling conflict)

There is something unique about teaching a small group of motivated and bright students. Written musical notation is brand new to all of them. We began with a nice Hungarian Ear Training curriculum.(Kodaly based) They were challenged to sing their weekly homework assignments in front of their classmates. We became like a little family-lots of laughing and joking, mixed with genuine hard work.

For the final we took a hymn and learned the solfa for the Soprano, Alto and Tenor lines. Then they broke into groups of three and performed for the class. I was very proud. Singing notation is difficult even for experienced musicians.  I already miss my Tuesday mornings!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Traditional Clothing

 Georgia and Grace
The most affordable new clothes are those made from chitenji (African cloth) and sewn by a local tailor. Georgia wanted a purple dress and JJ asked for something blue.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Super Saturday

 Field Day @ABC
Beginning with the men's bike race
 Freshmen with a game plan
 Pempho biking for the Sophomores
 JJ cheering his favorite Senior
 400 meters
Georgia Mae and Becca