Voice Works Schedule and Class Descriptions



Here’s how the schedule works – each faculty person will be teaching two classes every day. One of them is described below (this is a partial list). Their second class will be developed on site in real time, in collaboration with other faculty or in response to participants’ requests.

Singing with the Banjo – Hanna Traynham

This session will focus on some old traditional songs like Cumberland Gap and Shady Grove, in alternative G tunings. We’ll also highlight some Old Belle Reed songs, simple ones that will allow us to focus on chord progression with vocals.

Artistry, Arrangements and Repertoire – Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore

This class will cover how to make the song your very own, arranging, and how to perform the song for your audience. We’ll talk about finding the right key, dynamics, performance, and how to get rid of the old “I stink as a singer” mindset that can block you from having a blast while singing. Each day we’ll start with a few exercises to help increase your vocal and dynamic range and we’ll focus day by day on different areas that will help to build up your set list and your voice. Bring a song or two you want to work on – the class is designed to help you as much as possible.

Bluegrass According to Vern & Ray as interpreted by Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick

Vern Williams and Ray Park were California bluegrass heroes in the 1960s and ’70s, and their rich and varied repertoire helped to shape the sensibilities of bluegrass on the west coast. We’ll dive in, learn these great songs, and sing hair-raising harmonies!

Brothers and Sisters – Carol Elizabeth Jones and Vivian Leva

Join Carol Elizabeth and Vivian to learn songs from the repertoires of some of the great families in country music.  We’ll learn the songs and figure out how each group’s singing and harmonies make their styles distinct.  We’re likely to learn songs from The Coon Creek Girls, Delmore Brothers, Girls of the Golden West, Louvin Brothers, Carter Family (okay, they were cousins), and the Everly Brothers.  This class will be a little listening, a little talking, and lots of singing.

Epiphany with Polyphony—with Carl Jones and his daughter Kelli-Jones- Savoy

In this class we’ll learn to sing duets gleaned from The Monroe Brothers, Blue Sky Boys, Jim and Jesse, the Carter Family and others in a counterpoint, or contrapuntal style. Two parts that mingle and interweave, enjoyable when sung separately, yet much more so when combined.

Hope you will join us as:

Count        1        &         2         &         3         &         4
Part 1:      We————will————-have———–Fun—!
Part 2:      We –will—–have—some–sing—-ing—–Fun—-!

The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers – Petunia

Jimmie Rodgers, 1920’s and 30’s major exponent/popularizer of the “blue yodel”, played only a short time, dying of TB at age 33, became known to us as the father of country music through his recordings of blues, country and jazz assimilations. We’ll look at and learn some of these compositions, including yodeling introspectives.