Sinsce 2003 Schools across Manitoba have been awarded Artist Residencies with Sister Dorothy. She brings a program of music performance and songwriting to Northern, rural and First Nation communities who may not have a music program. Students learn to play instruments such as recorder and guitar, sing in a choir, and perform in a final concert for schoolmates, family, and the wider community.
Sister Dorothy has recorded and produced 10 full-length CDs and over 30 videos of her own songs.
She performs regularly in Winnipeg and across Canada at festivals, concert series, schools and hospitals and coordinates the Guitar program at International Music Camp.
Sister Dorothy has extensive experience working with First Nations Elders, native language speakers, teachers and students, helping children learn and retain their language and appreciate their heritage. She collaborated with students and teachers at Sagkeeng First Nation to produce 2 CDs and 5 videos.
She enjoys sharing her art.
Sister Dorothy encouraged our students to not only come out of their comfort zones to perform, but also to explore their language of Ojibwe and to write songs and play musical instruments. This will not only lead to the preservation of the language and culture, it will build bridges of healing and reconciliation. Her vision never falters and no matter the challenges Sister Dorothy consistently remains a positive role model, implementing a highly dynamic program with students and staff.
—Ms. Heather Dram, E.C.E.,B.A.,B. Ed, Sagkeeng Anicinabe High be HIgh S
As an educator of Early Years children I was inspired by Sister Dorothy's energy and enthusiasm for sharing her talent with our students. I also enjoyed watching students who don't always see themselves as musicians develop their confidence as performers. The students genuinely enjoyed every aspect of the program. We heard them singing these new songs on the playground or in their bus lines at the end of the day.
—Lisa Hildebrand Chrystal City Early Years School
It was such a pleasure having you in our school this week! You have such an amazing talent and connection with the kids. They all enjoyed it immensely.
—Miniota School students and staff