On Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., the Georgetown County Library Facebook page will resound with glad tidings of the Christmas season, thanks to the beautiful vocals and lovely strains of a variety of instruments—including Appalachian dulcimer, Autoharp™, guitar, and keyboards—played masterfully by Dr. Jill Trinka. Trinka will perform a free concert, with a special focus on traditional carols from the Southeastern United States and the Deep South, as well as Christmas music from Appalachia and the British Isles, with a classic holiday song or two included for “virtual” sing-a-longs!
Dr. Trinka’s performance is part of the FOWL Musicians Series, a free concert series sponsored by the Friends of the Waccamaw Library (FOWL). The program is openly available to the public online on the Georgetown County Library Facebook page. To view the concert, go to the Georgetown County Library Facebook page at the scheduled date and time: https://www.facebook.com/Georgetown-County-Library-103748677057/?ref=bookmarks You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch the concert on the Georgetown County Library Facebook page. If you miss the concert on Facebook, it will also be made available for viewing afterwards on the Georgetown County Library YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-slNZZqPfl14nl7-faVD9Q?view_as=subscriber
When Jill Trinka, Ph.D., moved to Pawleys Island from St. Paul, Minnesota in 2010, she did not know there was a university in Conway, and little imagined that she would be working there from 2011-2019 as a Professor of Music Education teaching elementary music methods, ear training, classroom instruments, world music, and American music. She is now retired from that post, but she continues to enjoy teaching workshops for music teachers, serving as an artist-in-residence in elementary schools and performing folk music concerts for adults and children. Passionate about keeping traditional folk songs alive, she has traveled throughout the United States and Canada for the past forty years, promoting this music as a foundation for teaching music literacy skills. Dr. Trinka is a Master Teacher of the music education philosophy promoted by Hungarian composer, educator, and ethnomusicologist, Zoltán Kodály.
Jill’s performances bring new life to the musical and cultural treasures of American folk music. Her books and CDs are published by GIA Music and include My Little Rooster, Bought Me a Cat, John, the Rabbit, and The Little Black Bull; Jill Trinka: The Bass Hall Children’s Concerts DVD (Ft. Worth, TX); and Had a Little Rooster, There’s a Hole in the Bucket, and Old Joe Clark. Locally, Jill has performed at Coastal Carolina University, Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of Thousand Candles, Atalaya Christmas, Surfside Sunday Serenades, among many other venues. She also sings with the Carolina Master Chorale, when her schedule permits.