Spring 2022

Section 8773 of MUSC8
World Music Appreciation -- : Jan 19 - May 20 2022
Online classes will occur during scheduled class time of Friday 9am-12pm, but attendance is optional; lectures will be recorded & posted for enrolled students to view. There will be 4 in-person meetings in Forsyth 105 on the Santa Rosa campus on the following Fridays from 9 - 11 am (due to COVID room use restrictions) on: January 28, February 11, March 11, and April 15 (dates subject to change according to public health conditions). All class resources, including textbook, will be free for enrolled students to access online.

Fall 2021

Section 1181 of MUSC8
World Music Appreciation -- : Aug 20 - Dec 10 2021

No office hours



Fridays, Noon-1:00 PM, ONLINE 

Miriam Dvorin-Spross is a performing and recording artist, media producer and music arranger. Upon retiring from the Richmond, California public schools, she completed her dissertation entitled "Tune, Tot, and Kin: Constructing Music Praxis in a Humanities Course for Nonmusic Majors" at the University of Washington where she was granted the Ph.D. in Music. Dr. Dvorin-Spross holds a Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies from Sonoma State University entitled "Media Applications in the Study of World Cultures" combining Ethnomusicology, Anthropology, and Communications, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. As orchestral violinist, violist, and mandolinist she has performed in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, and the Golden Gate Theatre and with artists such as Dave Brubeck, Ben Vereen, Rod Stewart, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. On Arhoolie Records, now Smithsonian Folkways, she sings and plays her own "backup" on her multitrack solo album Grandma Soup: Yiddish Songs as well as appearing as vocalist and violinist with The Klezmorim. Performing an eclectic repertoire including jazz violin, bluegrass, and blues fiddle, Dr. Dvorin-Spross gigged in the Bay Area with such musicians as Ward "Bud" Spangler, Pat Klobas, and Jim Nichols.

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