The Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming has partnered with the Diocese of Kiteto in Tanzania in a seven-year relationship. This relationship is reciprocal in design as each diocese will share its gifts and learn from each other. As part of that give-and-take relationship, our very own Rob Rumbolz will be traveling to Tanzania from July 3–19, with a group of 5 other musicians/music educators from the Diocese. The group will be visiting Masai villages within the Diocese of Kiteto, observing their worship practices and working with folks there on music. The hope is to bring back music and ideas to share with our communities here in Wyoming.
This is a 10 day working trip, with travel days on either side. Others in the groups are Veronica Schultz, Riverton; Suzie Shatz-Benson, Sheridan; Christine Jacobson, Rock Springs, Harold Schultz, Riverton; Jessica Reynolds, Casper. They will stay at the Kiteto diocesan headquarters in Kabaya, in northern Tanzania, which is also close to many game reserves.
In October, Rob will attend Diocesan Convention and will give a presentation about his experiences there. He will also do a presentation for us here at St. John’s, sometime in the Fall. St. John’s is providing $2,000 to Rob to cover his expenses for this trip.
Rob has his PhD in ethnomusicology and is on the music faculty at Northwest College. Ethnomusicology is an academic field encompassing various approaches to the study of music (broadly defined) that emphasize its cultural, social, material, cognitive, biological, and other dimensions or contexts instead of or in addition to its isolated sound component or any particular repertoire. Rob is also bringing his trumpet with him on this trip.
The diocese of Kiteto was created in 2009. It includes 8 deaneries, 35 parishes, 140 congregations, and over 15,000 members. The languages spoken in this part of Tanzania include Swahili and Massai. More information at the Wyoming Diocese site.