Voice Works Schedule and Class Descriptions


  • Check in begins at 3:30 at the Centrum office.
  • An extensive welcome and orientation session begins at 8:00pm in the Wheeler Theater. We will introduce each of the singers who are on staff, and ask them to sing a little, and to talk about what they’ll be doing during the workshop. We’ll also talk about the workshop schedule, bring any fresh information, and try to get all of your questions answered.

MEAL TIMES – breakfast: 8:15am, lunch: 12:30pm, dinner: 6pm.

  • (exception to this – the last meal, Sunday breakfast, is at 8am).


  • 9:00: Vocal Warm-ups
  • 9:30 – 10:45: Choice of classes
  • 11:15 -12:30: Choice of classes
  • 2:00 – 3:15: Choice of classes
  • 3:45 – 4:45: Sacred Harp singing, instrumental sessions, wildcard slot.
  • 5:00 – 5:45: Open mike
  • Each of the faculty will be teaching twice a day, at varying times. All classes are open to all comers.
  • Evenings in 204 – faculty led jams, song swaps, dancing, etc.


  • 8am – breakfast
  • 9am – shuttle leaves for airport from Centrum office.


Classes Running Every Day

Joy of Singing – Pharis Romero

We’ll work on singing skills such as breathing, projection, and range.

Sibling Country Harmony: Old Time Songs – Greg and Jere Canote

We’ll explore exactly what makes it sound old time – note choices, style points, twang and feel. Music from the Hoss Hair Pullers “Goin’ Down the River,” to the Carter Family’s “Lonesome Pine Special”.

Sibling Country Harmony: Novelty, Swing and Counterpoint – Greg and Jere Canote

We’ll step it up a bit and explode some well-worn devices like the simple back and forth “call and response” with a few stops along the way, and eventually fall into some full blown interlocking counterpoint parts. From Johnny Lee Wills “What Did I Do With That Thinga-Ma-Jig,”,to the Shelton Brothers “Gonna Let that Bumblebee Be”.

Leading a Band as a Singer – Kelli Jones-Savoy

You’ve got a gig with a band you’ve never played with – how do guide them? With or without an instrument, learn the easiest ways to map out a song and communicate what you want to a group of musicians.

Country Songs That Would Bring a Tear to a Glass Eye – Kelli Jones-Savoy

We’ll learn songs with the saddest most heart wrenching lyrics known to the human race. Bring a hanky.

Early American Shape-Note Singing (a.k.a. Sacred Harp singing) – Tim Eriksen

Learn to sing shape-note music from the Sacred Harp tunebook in a workshop taught by one of the most acclaimed singing instructors, whose students have ranged from inner-city kindergarteners to Nicole Kidman and Jude Law in the film “Cold Mountain.” The Sacred Harp tunebook, first published in 1844 in Georgia, is at the heart of one of America’s most vital homegrown musical practices. Within its pages, “Amazing Grace” meets the toe-tapping “fuging tunes” of early New England, all harmonized for four-part social singing and written in a unique and practical notation system. This workshop, addressed to absolute beginners and more experienced singers alike, begins with the basics of the human voice and group singing and includes an introduction to reading shape-note music, notes on important aspects of traditional practice and lots of full-on singing. No prior experience required.

Traditional American Ballad Singing – Tim Eriksen

The term “American ballad singing” describes a wide range of vocal practices centered in the unaccompanied singing of old narrative songs, particularly of British origin, but often embracing the solo singing of various sacred music forms and songs of more recent, more local and other points of origin. For some people the most important thing is the melodies, for some it’s about the stories and others more about the history and transmission of the music. Whatever your primary interest, learn some of this music’s story and musical subtleties from a master singer, including voice production, ornamentation, timbre, performance practice and effective storytelling. Special attention will be given to honing listening skills. No prior experience required.

Brother and Sister Duets – Laurel Bliss

Music from the old time, country, and bluegrass realms, mining the rich well of American tradition. We’ll learn songs of the Everly Brothers, the Blue Sky Boys, the Delmore Brother, the Girls of The Golden West, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, the Louvins, and especially the Cackle Sisters.

Three part singing (trios) – Tom Sauber, Patrick Sauber, Laurel Bliss

Learn the lead, add a harmony part and find the third note in the chord. That’s all there is to it, but there are oh, so many variations on this theme. Come sing with Tom and Patrick and Laurel, and learn some wonderful songs from the Old Time, Bluegrass and Country repertoires.

Swing and Jazz Singing – Sylvia Herold

Using Great American Songbook standards, we’ll study the components of delivering a song: phrasing, dynamics, rhythm, emotion, storytelling, as well as the mechanics of posture, relaxation, breathing and tone-production. Listen to and mimic famous jazz singers (for vocal insights) and learn some of the best popular songs ever written.

Twangin’ and bangin’ – Bill Kirchen

Bring your Telecaster and a tiny amp, and get some hands-on with the “Titan of the Telecaster.” Meets every day.

Honky Tonk and Dieselbilly: Songs of the Highway – Bill Kirchen

You’ll learn some hardcore roadhouse classics, some originals, some truck-drivin’ stomps, and some songs from that place where the country meets the boogie.

One-time Workshops

Master class – Pharis Romero

Limited to 12 students. Students sign up for instructor-led group feedback on one song.

It’s Not Just the Song – Pharis Romero

Adventures into setting the key, tempo, arrangements and accompanying yourself. If you’d like, bring a song you’re working on.

Sisters of Early Radio – Pharis Romero

We’ll learn a few songs from the likes of the Boaz, Hunter, Boswell, and Andrews’s sisters. Taught with a sister.

Jazz Singing with a Band – Sylvia Herold

Learn bandstand skills, tips and tricks for a performance that is polished and satisfying. Be assertive and give instrumentalists what they need so that you (and they!) can shine.

Make it Swing! – Sylvia Herold

The Swing Triplet: What is it? How do you incorporate it into your singing? We’ll use clapping exercises, recorded source material and singing drills to learn to understand and articulate this important component of jazz and swing styling.

The Songs of Peggy Lee – Sylvia Herold

Sing songs composed by Ms. Lee as well as gems culled from her six-decade career. Regarded as one of the most influential singers of all time, her catalog is a treasure trove of songs beloved by jazz singers.

Intro to Harmony Singing – George Rezendes and Lindsay Hamilton

We will show you simple and intuitive ways to find harmony parts for 2 and 3 voices. We’ll start with a slow version of Blues Stay Away From Me by the Delmore Brothers that will make it easy to hear the chords we are singing. We will work on finding the best keys for our voice and how to blend our voices with the lead part.

Come join us and learn to comfortably and confidently find and sing in harmony.