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Date: February 15, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7970

Award-Winning Native American Singer to Perform at Montgomery College
Joanne Shenandoah at Rockville Campus in March

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Montgomery College will feature the music of award-winning Native American singer/songwriter Joanne Shenandoah in a series of workshops and a concert in March. A Wolf Clan member of the Iroquois Confederacy–Oneida Nation, Shenandoah was selected as Native Artist of the Year in 2002. She has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award for her solo work. For the 2005 Grammy Awards, Shenandoah was one of the featured artists on the award-winning album “Sacred Ground.” 
Shenandoah will appear in concert on Wednesday, March 8, at 8 p.m., on the College’s Rockville Campus.  The concert will take place at the Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.  Shenandoah will perform with special guests—the Montgomery College World Ensemble; Elizabeth Osgood leading the Montgomery College dancers; and Dawn Avery, an award-winning cellist/composer and professor of music at Montgomery College.  Donations of $10 are suggested for this concert with proceeds going to the United Nations’ Water for Life projects. 

The free workshops with Shenandoah will take place: 

  • Tuesday, March 7, at 11 a.m.
    Montgomery College-Rockville, Humanities Building, Room 210, 51 Mannakee Street
    Shenandoah and her husband, Doug Kanentiio, a member of the Bear Clan, will talk about Iroquis women, suffrage, democracy, and current issues.
  • Wednesday, March 8, at 4 p.m.
    Montgomery College-Rockville, Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md. 
    Shenandoah will participate in a panel discussion on creativity and indigenous women.  Other panelists include Dr. Carolina Robertson, an anthropologist, enthnomusicologist, and artist who has worked with shamans; and Janet-Marie Rogers, a poet and performance artist from British Columbia.

Shenandoah’s appearance is part of the World Arts Festival’s “Women, Health and the Arts” conference. The conference features workshops, lectures, discussions and performances that speak to the healing power of community. The World Arts Festival is a year-long celebration of music, dance, storytelling, film, and visual art at Montgomery College featuring artists-in-residence, workshops, lectures, and performances. 

For more information about the concert, contact the Montgomery College Music Department at 301-279-5209 or log on to:

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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