Kutandara Center Student Performance Class "Shungu" is for students interested in learning more about performing in an ensemble. This class was created for Kutandara Center students wanting to improve their musical skills by playing in front of audiences. The ensemble class provides an opportunity for students to challenge themselves by ³going to the next level² of playing and performing Zimbabwean-style music. The goal of the ensemble class is to provide additional learning opportunities through practice and performance for the more serious Kutandara Center student. The student, upon entering the ensemble class, must be concurrently enrolled in a regular class offered by Kutandara Center.
The Student Performance Class allows open enrollment by students ages 12 and up who have taken at least four sessions of classes and have been approved by Kutandara Center directors (on a space-available basis). New sections of the Student Performance Class are opened periodically according to demand.
Shungu mean "aspiration" in Shona, the language of the Shona peoples of Zimbabwe.
Mhuri is an auditioned group of students and instructors who have completed at least one year in the Student Performance Class, Shamwari or Tamba! and is a ²step beyond² our student performance groups. Members are already comfortable with basic performance skills and easily put together great shows for schools, churches and other educational venues. Current members include Kutandara Center instructors and musicians from Kutandara, Shamwari, Tamba!, Vana Vedu and the Student Performance Class.
Mhuri means "family" in Shona, the language of the Shona peoples of Zimbabwe.
Project Rugare is a hand picked group of students that represent all of Kutandara Center¹s ensembles and projects. The primary focus of this group is to provide musical support for the Boulder Rugare Peace Project as they raise money and awareness for Zimbabwe.
Rugare means "peace through good living" in Shona, the language of the Shona peoples of Zimbabwe.