Exploring the world of music making, Nova Deco takes students on a whirlwind tour of musical styles. Names of notes, pitches, how they are written, and where composers get their ideas is the focus of this presentation. Featuring music by J.S. Bach, Thurlough O’Carolyn, and William Grant Still, the duo presents three stories to illustrate the ideas of composition. Ketzel, the Cat who Composed, by Lesla Newman and illustrated by Amy June Bates, is based on a true story of the rabbi and music professor Moshe Cotel and his musical cat. Finding a kitten, Rabbi Cotel is searching for inspiration when the cat jumps on his piano and plays some of the keys. The resulting tune is turned into a prize winning composition! In The Leprechaun’s Gold, by Pamela Duncan Edward, illustrated by Henry Cole, the music of Irish harpist and poet, Thurlough O’Carolyn, sets an Irish tone for this story of competition and good will. William Grant Still, African-American composer of the 20th century, wanted to “impress upon children the need for human understanding.” In this gentle story, The Little Song, a very small melody, only four notes long, embarks on a journey to visit all the children of America. Cultural idioms from Native American, Bayou, Asian American, Latin American, African American, Italian American and Country folk are all touched by the small tune. William Grant Still, long known as the Dean of African-American Classical Composers, is better known for symphonic and sacred music, being the composer of Deep River and other classic spirituals. He was the first African American composer to break into the American symphonic scene. Through these three stories, Nova Deco brings melody and harmony to the students, while exploring the different musical cultures of America.

SECD: Social Awareness, Conflict Resolution, Self-Discovery, Self-Awareness

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Program Details

Appropriate for ages: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5

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Costs: $360 duo performance


Nova Deco: Nancy Johnson and Dominique Corbeil

Nova Deco is a violin duo formed by Nancy Johnson and Dominique Corbeil in 2009. Wichita Symphony members and stand partners, the two violinists bring considerable experience to their performances along with the joy of playing and collaborating together.

Nancy Johnson has been Principal Second Violin in the Wichita Symphony since 2000. She is also on the faculty of Bethel College in North Newton, teaches private violin students, and performs extensively in the greater Wichita area.

Dominique Corbeil has performed with orchestras in the U.S., Europe and Canada. Currently Ms. Corbeil serves as Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Wichita Grand Opera, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. Ms. Corbeil also has a busy teaching studio for violin students of all ages.


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This Organization received funding for general operational support from the City of Wichita The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Board of directors

Jan-Maeve Saggerson

Tim Rogers

Lai-L Daugherty

Teresa Seymour

Rodney Horton

Chris Wendt