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The Choral Tales Project  selected four folk tales from China, Mexico, Tanzania and Scotland. Each tale is distilled into a poem, in English, which is then set to original choral music, and acted out in narrative dance as the choir sings.

The four tales are to be produced as a video, presenting the on-stage musical performance of the four works by a choir with dancers.  The video will be suitable for broadcast on public television and other media outlets and made available at no charge via the net world wide. 

The resulting pieces can be performed by youthful, nonprofessional dancers, and by community choirs or college choirs anywhere in the world, thereby aiding them to reconnect with their cultural roots, while also learning to appreciate the virtues of cultures in other parts of the world.

Ludwig Tuman,

Creative Director & Composer


Kevin Locke

Sherene Melania



Creative Director & Composer

Ludwig Tuman, the creator of the Choral Tales Project, is an international award winning composer. He is also active as a performing pianist, producer, educator, speaker and writer.

Ludwig has been a faculty member of the Chicago Conservatory College, where he designed and taught courses in composition, theory, and non- Western music. His studies in music composition and related areas were at Harvard (B.A. cum laude), UC Berkeley (graduate level), and San Francisco State University (M.A.).

Dr. Jonathan Talberg
Conductor of Chamber Choir of California State University, Long Beach

The Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir
California State University, Long Beach

Kevin Locke
Native American Dance, South Dakota

Nzing Camara
African Dance, Modern Dance, California State University, Long Beach

Sherene Melania
Near Eastern & Central Asian Dance, Ballet, San Francisco

Norberto Martinez

Latin American Dance, Modern Ballet, San Francisco

Shirin Sabri

Poet and Author, Czech Republic

His work, Variations for Piano, won top honors in the 2012 Concorso Counterpoint-Italy, an international competition based in New York City.  In recognition of the award, the Variations for Piano were premiered in January  of 2014 in New York.