Joan Singer
Alexandria VA 22302
703-548-6811 or 571-241-7683

Website: www.quintango.com


QuinTango has served Title One schools in Northern Virginia since 2002 under the auspices of Washington Performing Arts. We are excited to have the opportunity to share our expertise with the rest of Virginia through the VCA Teaching Artist Roster. We are private teachers, professionally active freelance musicians, an organist/choral director, a singer/songwriter, a videographer, and a Grammy-nominated composer. We have been classroom teachers in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, and the USA, teaching elementary through university. We are fluent in Spanish, English, French, Mandarin and Russian. We have studied tango dance, trained as a professional soccer player in Argentina, worked in IT, taught cooking classes, and biked solo across the USA. Our members are single, married, parents and grandparents. We are diverse in age, cultural background, and we believe in the power of the arts to create community and change lives.

QuinTango’s teaching is performance-based and process driven. Standing on stage (or in a zoom box) is a moment of truth that can reinforce good habits or make students regret bad ones. Every class or workshop includes a performance by the teaching artists (currently on video).

Educational Background/Training

QuinTango’s six professional musicians combine classical training with a commitment to expanding understanding of the immigrant experience using the lense of tango, one of the great immigrant art forms. QuinTngo has provided workshops to public schools and youth ensembles in Virginia, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Indiana, Mexico, and Guatemala. .QuinTango members hold advanced degrees in music from DePauw University, Yale, Manhattan School of Music, NYU/Stony Brook, and University of Oklahoma. Individually they are faculty members at Levine School and Washington International Conservatory (DC), private teachers in their own studios, composers, a radio host on classical WETA, an organist/choral director, and freelance musicians who perform regularly with the National Symphony, Washington National Opera, Detroit Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, and Choral Arts Society. Both as individuals and a group, QuinTango has appeared as soloists with orchestras in Russia, Cuba, Mexico and throughout the USA. QuinTango members work regularly with youth and seniors and look forward to engaging both throughout Virginia.


$150 per musician per hour. Activity fee to be established as the number of sessions and musicians involved is determined.


ages 9 up (different activities for different age groups – see below)


available throughout the year, subject to musicians’ calendars

Educational Programs

The Story of Tango – kindergarten-HS. A school video concert with zoom Q&A. Tango, the gift the poor immigrant neighborhood in Argentina gave to the world, has taken up residence in Japan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran – and throughout Europe and the Americas. This 45-minute activity traces tango’s birth in the immigrant neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and Montevideo through its arrival in Paris, France, and its ultimate ascendancy to the world stage. Geography, economics, history, and music. Session includes a study guide. 1 session.

StringTango – QuinTango provides student-level tango parts (violin, viola, cello, bass) and a QuinTango performance video to classroom teachers, to be followed with coaching using zoom. Students learn to play a tango and to experience performing with a professional chamber music group. Can include string technique elements, practice skills, orchestra etiquette, and chamber music practice. Elementary – HS. 2 – 10 sessions. An online planning meeting with the classroom teacher/event organizer is required.

Tango/Soccer – QuinTango teaches basic soccer and tango dance elements over zoom, emphasizing the role of respect, repetition and discipline in acquiring skills. For expanded sessions, an original Spanish-language song is taught and/or students write a song with QuinTango. An online planning meeting with the classroom teacher/event organizer is required. Audience: 3-5th graders. 2-10 sessions

Tango Along the Silk Road – Adult audiences. This combination of music on video and discussion on zoom links concert hall and classroom and focuses on how the tango became popular in the Middle East and Asia. History, geography, popular culture. 1 session.

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