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FINDING YOUR WAY Chautauqua Workshop at Lakeside with Dr. Deforia Lane & Michael Shirtz

A special workshop on centering one’s soul, health, and wellness through the power of music and creativity. The turmoils of our world today have unraveled human’s ability to process, think, and connect. Our professions have let us become exhausted with work. Our passions have become less of a focus as our attentions have been redirected to stress, confusion, and uncertainty. Through a series of sessions, we explore through music and creativity the work that helps people of all ages, careers, and backgrounds, examine their pathway to healing, hope, and renewal. Learn the tools to help engage with your family, your colleagues and coworkers, and most importantly, yourself.

Attendees can register for sessions or participate in the entire workshop experience. Special focus for professionals, family, and generational-age groups will be offered.

Monday, July 25

9 a.m. Morning Session: “Getting to Know You”
Welcome session and opening activities getting to know the participants in the workshop.

10:30 a.m. Chautauqua Lecture (public lecture)
Finding Your Way: How Music & Creativity Impact the Human Experience
A presentation by Dr. Lane and Shirtz that examines the engagement in music therapy and exploring methods of creativity in our lives. Why are these experiences essential in establishing a mindful presence in the human soul? Through stories, examples, and discussion, Dr. Lane and Shirtz share how music and creativity generate a response that calms, connects, and creates our human experience.

Noon Lunch Break

2 p.m. Afternoon Session: “The Deceptive Cadence”
Using music, explore the concepts of resolution, suspensions, modulations, and cadences. Comparing life challenges with musical composition and engaging in listening to the relationships of unity in variety within the sounds of music.

3:30 p.m. Break Out Sessions Session (45 mins and switch)

“Exploring the Lyrics & Singing the Blues”
Participants will work in both sections exploring the concepts of lyrics and songwriting, and how to use those lyrics to work through their own life challenges and goals. This includes exploring the freedom of improvising and engaging in the soul of the combination between the music and the text.

5 p.m. Sharing
A brief wrap-up of the day’s activities and sharing the opportunities discovered during the workshop experiences.

Tuesday, July 26

9 a.m. Morning Session I: “Life is Rhythm”
Using various genres, participants explore the movement in the music, learn to find their groove, develop a sense of energy regulation, and use the sounds and rhythm to connect to their own spirit. Activities include multiple experiences that can be used in self-care and centering with various occupations or at home with family and friends.

10:30 a.m. Morning Session II: “Life is Art”
Humans connect over creativity. Discover a series of new experiences that engage your soul, your thoughts, and your connection with others using art. Learn the practice of making art a part of discussion, reuniting, and healing. Activities include multiple experiences that can be used in self-care and centering with various occupations or at home with family and friends.

Noon Lunch Break

2 p.m. Afternoon Session I: “Life is Words”
What we read and what we say, can connect us in every way! Using language and poetry, creative expression through writing can connect heal and rejuvenate, as well as provide humor and fun to our souls. Activities include multiple experiences that can be used in self-care and centering with various occupations or at home with family and friends.

3:30 p.m. Afternoon Session II: “Life is a Song”
Expanding on the concepts from the “Exploring the Lyrics & Singing the Blues” sessions, participants create their own blues composition and have them performed as a ‘personal theme’ to take with them and use as a source of entertainment, rejuvenation, fun, engagement and healing.

5 p.m. Sharing
A brief wrap-up of the day’s activities and sharing the opportunities discovered during the workshop experiences. Includes discussion on how to incorporate the workshop into your life, your colleagues, and your life.

Register by July 11
●      $175 (includes 1 gate and 1 auto pass  for Monday & Tuesday)
●      $125 (with Chautauqua Season Pass Holders)

Housing and meals not included in workshop registration.Hotel arrangements are made by attendees on their own. Lakeside Hotel Lodging includes continental breakfast. Lakeside has many restaurants to choose from for lunch and dining options.

Organizations attending “Finding Your Way” as a group should contact Programming department about group registration fees for groups of five for more participating.

Click Here to Register

Workshop Leaders:
Dr. Deforia Lane
Deforia Lane serves as Associate Director of the Seidman Cancer Center, & Director of Music Therapy at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Seidman Cancer Center and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. With early intentions of pursuing a singing career, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and began graduate studies at the Curtis Institute of Music.

She attended Cleveland State University for her master’s degree and earned her PhD in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University. She holds board certification as a Music Therapist and is certified by the American Music Therapy Association for Faculty Authorization.

Dr. Lane has designed and implemented music therapy programs for such diverse populations as the mentally handicapped, abused children, geriatric clients, behaviorally and psychiatrically disturbed, adult and pediatric cancer patients and the terminally ill. Among the institutions that she has served as consultant are the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Mayo Clinic, Ohio Hospice Organization, the National Department on Aging, and Sesame Street (Children’s Television Workshop).

Dr. Lane is a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society for which she composed and recorded the song “We Can Cope”. Public notice of her work extends from recognition in publications such as Reader’s Digest and Coping Magazine to forums such as National Public Radio, Cable News Network, CBS This Morning, Wall Street Journal TV and ABC World News with Peter Jennings. Some of her many awards include the first grant from the American Cancer Society to investigate the “Therapeutic Effects of Music on Oncology Patients”, the Oncology Nursing Society’s Mara Mogensen Flaherty Lectureship Award, and the Cleveland Negro Business & Professional Women Award. In 1994 Dr. Lane received honorary membership into the Oncology Nursing Society, the highest honor they confer.

Dr. Lane is distinguished by her ability to empathize with her clients because of her personal struggle with cancer. She is married to Cleveland architect, Ernest Luther Lane, and they have two sons, Curtis, an engineer in Cincinnati and Martin, an engineer in Chicago.

Dr. Lane regularly gives workshops on the use music in teaching Christian concepts to ages 2-10. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Cleveland’s City Mission, at Cedarville College, and at the Board of Directors of International AID, a Christian relief organization that supports hospitals, churches and missionaries around the world.

Michael Shirtz
A performer, producer, composer and conductor, Michael Shirtz is known for his versatility with jazz, contemporary and classical music. Credited as a “songsmith” for his vocal interpretations and arrangements, Shirtz is an active singer, vocal coach, and music director for educational, repertory theatre, collegiate, and pops music productions. He has worked with such artists as Dave Brubeck, Kevin Mahogany, Melissa Manchester, Elizabeth von Trapp, among others, and currently performs and serves as music director/producer for Maureen McGovern. As a performer Shirtz incorporates his interests in composing and arranging music with jazz, blues, funk, gospel, and singer/songwriter material. Shirtz released his first solo album, “Blue Skies” in 2018.

Shirtz has served on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Capital University, American Music Academy, music faculty chair and dean of Business, Arts & Communications at Terra State Community College, guest director with Pellissippi State College, and associate director/project manager of the Tri-C JazzFest. Through education, he has focused on the methods of creativity, innovation, and performing arts to build cultural enrichment and opportunities of economic and community development. Shirtz was recognized by Ohio Magazine for Excellence in Education, Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award, and the Jazz Education Network’s President’s Service Award for developing programs that provided experiential learning and impacted regional communities through the arts.

Currently, Shirtz teaches music composition and arts entrepreneurship at the Heidelberg University School of Music & Theatre, conductor of the Symphony Chorale and Firelands Symphony School of Music, and artistic producer of the Jazz@8 Series presenting jazz concerts, workshops, with artists-in-schools programs. Shirtz has written music for choirs, orchestras, jazz bands, and theater, including the musical Headliner. Shirtz received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Capital University and Master of Music in Conducting from California State University, Los Angeles. Shirtz is a member of ASCAP, African American Jazz Caucus, American Choral Directors Association, Jazz Education Network, and an advocate for mental health awareness.


Jul 25, 2022


9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Hoover Auditorium


Hoover Auditorium
115 West 3rd Street, Lakeside, Lakeside Marblehead, OH, USA
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