Vocal Studies to Host New World Music Friday Forum

PhotoYasmin Levy
A new forum celebrating voices and cultures from around the world will be held Friday, October 23rd, 1:00pm-4:00pm on Zoom.

Columbia College Chicago is pleased to announce a new World Music Friday Forum, hosted by Vocal Studies in the Music Department. This virtual event is aimed at inspiring student creativity and providing students with access to an insights from renowned artists from around the world. 

Artists include Israeli singer-songwriter Yasmin Levy, known for her Judeo-Spanish music and contributions to cross-cultural artistry. Levy's work has been recognized twice at the fRoots/BBC Radio 3 Music Awards as well as the César Award for Best Music Written for a Film and the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation Award.

Indian Tamil playback singer Darshana KT will also be joining the event. Darshana KT, who splits her time between India and Chicago, is a renowned vocalist whose work was nominated for the 55th Filmfare (South) awards and who won at the "My Tamizh Movie.com" awards.

Finally, Latin pop/Folk artists Guillermo Otero and Lupita Angeles will be present. Otero, whose upcoming third album remains untitled, has shared stages with the likes of John Fogerty, Luis Fonsi, Pepe Aguilar, Fernando de la Mora, Andrea Bocelli, and many more. 

Coordinator of Vocal Studies in the Music Department Typhanie Coller has said of the project, "I am excited and inspired to create an experience for our students—first remotely and eventually in person—to ignite their passion and creativity in the vocal arts. Specifically, I am interested in creating a platform for conversation in which artists from around the world share their ideas and experiences of the ways they represent their identity and culture through their artistry. The World Music Friday Forum is the first of many programs I will curate to educate our students, expanding their understanding and illuminating the many ways that art and culture are manifested both locally and globally."

For more information on the event and how to participate please contact Typhanie Coller at tcoller@colum.edu. 


Rhiannon Koehler
Communications Manager