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At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

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The words of Helen Keller.

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Middle Schoolers Make Music with Rollo Dilworth

Middle Schoolers Make Music with Rollo Dilworth

If you were on campus this past Tuesday and found yourself feeling extraordinarily uplifted, it may be because you overheard Dr. Rollo Dilworth and our entire sixth grade singing "This Little Light of Mine." 

Dr. Dilworth, who has come to GFS to work with our Middle School students each year for the past eight years, is a world-renowned clinician, music educator, arranger, and composer. 

If you were on campus this past Tuesday and found yourself feeling extraordinarily uplifted, it may be because you overheard Dr. Rollo Dilworth and our entire sixth grade singing "This Little Light of Mine." 

Dr. Dilworth, who has come to GFS to work with our Middle School students each year for the past eight years, is the chair of the music education and music therapy department at Temple University (Boyer College of Music & Dance). He is a world-renowned clinician, music educator, arranger, and composer. 

Dr. Dilworth taught Middle School teacher Jeff Torchon when Jeff was an undergraduate and graduate student at Temple University. Speaking about Dr. Dilworth's work with our students, Jeff explains, "We usually chose [in past years] one of his arrangements of an African-American spiritual to perform with the entire 6th grade as a choir and then he would come in and workshop the piece with them before a concert. This year, the sixth grade isn't singing as a choir, but we still thought it was worthwhile to have Dr. Dilworth come in and work with our students. His vocal exercises/warmups/activities are really fun for Middle Schoolers and it was great for them to experience them yesterday."

This year, Dr. Dilworth taught the students a two-part version of "This Little Light of Mine," which engaged kids of all singing ranges and abilities. Jeff comments, "Students always remember this session with Dr. Dilworth and I can remember conversations with Upper Schoolers who remember their time with him fondly."

After he worked with sixth graders, Dr. Dilworth went to Loeb to work with the Middle School Choir (under the direction of Anne Hess) as they prepared for their concert this week.

We're grateful that Dr. Dilworth was able to share his time and talents. Enjoy this little video clip of the lesson!