Commemorating Kodály with Cbus Children’s Choir, Pianist Gilbert De Greeve | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


    • Commemorating Kodály with Cbus Children’s Choir, Pianist Gilbert De Greeve

      Gilbert De Greeve

      Capital University will mark the start of its 37th Kodály Institute Sunday, July 16, with an opening concert featuring Columbus Children’s Choir’s New World Singers and famed Belgian pianist Gilbert De Greeve, past president of International Kodály Society.

      The concert will take place at 3 pm in Mees Hall, located on Capital’s Bexley campus, 1 College and Main. It is free and open to the public. The joint performance commemorates 50 years since the passing of Zoltan Kodály and celebrates the anniversary of Capital’s Kodály course, which is part of the summers-only Master of Music in Music Education program for music teachers who want to complete their master’s degree in as few as three summers.

      Candidates choose from three emphases: Kodály, geared toward elementary music education or secondary choral music education professionals; instrumental, especially for concert, marching and jazz band directors; and jazz pedagogy, for educators wishing to focus specifically on the theory and practices of jazz.

      De Greeve will perform pieces by Zoltan Kodály, including:

      • Méditation sur un motif de Claude Debussy (Meditation on a Motif of Claude Debussy)
      • Four pieces from Seven Pieces Opus 11:
        • Lento
        • Székely Lament
        • Il pleut
        • Epitaph
      • Marosszéki Táncok (Dances of Marosszék)

      The New World Singers of the Columbus Children's Choir will perform music Kodály and other Hungarian composers. This will mark the choir’s farewell concert before leaving for a tour to Austria and Hungary. While on tour, the choir will sing with the Vienna Boys Choir in Austria and will serve as the Demonstration Youth Choir for the Choral Academy at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary.


      Zoltán Kodály (1882 - 1967) was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, linguist, educator, author and philosopher who inspired a revolution in the teaching of music in Hungary. He, together with colleagues, established new principles for music education now known as the Kodály Philosophy of music education.

      In 1980, Capital Graduate Gregory Von Stein ('77) and professor of music education Dr. Sandra Mathias established The Kodály Institute at Capital. Endorsed by the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, opportunities include:

      • Study with distinguished faculty of world-class master teachers
      • Direct application and implementation of pedagogy into the classroom
      • Degree completed in a minimum of three summers
      • Obtain their Kodály certification
      • Endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators

      Find out how to apply to the Master of Music in Music Education program and get started on your application right away. If you have questions about whether the program is right for you, contact Anne Mikan at 614-236-6199 or