The Directors

Mollie Stone

 Mollie serves as the Director of World Music for Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) in addition to directing the Presto Ensemble of CCC’s Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir. She is also a choral director at the University of Chicago, where she leads the University Chorus and Women’s Ensemble. She is the co-founder of the Chicago World Music Chorus, and when she is not in Chicago, she is usually teaching abroad with the organization Village Harmony. Mollie has a Master of Music degree in conducting from Westminster Choir College, a Doctorate in choral conducting from Northwestern University, and has studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

Patty Cuyler

 A resident of the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago since 2011, Patty is co-director of Vermont-based Village Harmony and its professional touring arm, Northern Harmony, with whom she has traveled around the globe leading music study-performance tours for nearly 20 years. In 2005 she founded Boston Harmony, a Concord, MA community choir for which she still commutes to direct. An energetic and dynamic workshop leader with special expertise in teaching Corsican, Georgian and South African choral music, Patty's passion for honest, direct music can coax fierce, forthright singing out of any singer, any age.

It was amazing how much you did with us in an afternoon. I listened to the recording and it sounded so good considering the speed in which we learned those songs. You are both such wonderful teachers and musicians. 

Your leadership continues to be inspiring. I love all that you know and the sounds we create because of you. I love the people you bring together. I love the music we sing. I come home feeling deeply rooted—and also ready to go flying off to another country to meet new people and sing their music!

 Thank you, thank you, thank you, Patty and Mollie! The concert was wonderful, the recording sounds amazing. The CWMC is one of my great joys in life.

 Thank you.  Thank you.  I always come away from singing with you feeling more happy, more grounded, more connected to life around me -- it's amazing.

Yesterday's rehearsal was so much fun!  I learned so much and it was probably the most fun I've ever had in a rehearsal.  There was great music, great people -- you will definitely see me next month.