Voice Works Schedule and Class Descriptions

Class Descriptions 2022 – that’s this year!

Choose one class from each session – you’ll be in those three classes all week. 


Class session 1:  9:30 – 11:30

ALBANIE FALLETTA – Early Jazz Songs of the 1920’s
Learn melodies and lyrics of your favorite obscure hits of the roaring twenties. We’ll build a strong foundation to begin (or expand) a life in jazz singing, focusing on the great melodies that were being written in one of America’s most creatively exciting periods.

EPI and CRUZ – Vocal Exercises
Learn the Spanish vowels and intonation and harmony recognition

ELLIE HAKANSON – Singing Without Straining
How can you add strength, projection, and emotion to your singing without straining your voice? We’ll work on techniques like breath support, eliminating tension, and even just choosing the right key to sing in, so that you can sing louder without wearing yourself out.

EVA SALINA – Heaven & Earth: Intro to Folk Polyphony
In this class we will explore a variety of polyphonic songs from the Balkan & Caucasus regions, with the tense and elemental melody-and-drone songs found in many parts of the Balkans but also the wild, independently moving voices as found in Georgia and Albania. The songs will encompass a variety of textures, timbres, ornamentation, and language systems. If you are new to these traditions, fear not—bring your curiosity and love of harmony, and you will be inspired and electrified by new ways of singing with others.

GREG BLAKE – So, You Want to Be a “Bluegrass Singer”?!
You don’t have to be from Appalachia to sing bluegrass, but we’ll look at how and from where it came to be and where it’s going.  We’ll also discover the unique elements of what distinguishes bluegrass vocals from other genres through example and experiment.

PHARIS ROMERO – Beginner’s Guide to Singing
Build up your singing skills in tone, breathing, projection, and range, and find new freedom and confidence to explore and develop your own voice. We’ll do some exceptionally fun exercises, and we’ll learn some beautiful old songs and maybe harmonies to practice our newfound skills on. This is a class for singers with less experience, and the content will vary depending on what folks most desire to work on.

KATHY BULLOCK – Gospel Songs
This will be an ongoing choral session.

 

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Class session 2:  1:00 – 3:00

JEFFERSON HAMER – Harmony Singing: Folk Ballads
Find 3-part harmonies in Celtic, British, and American folk songs.

ALBANIE FALLETTA – Beginning Jazz Improvisation
Learn the foundational elements of improvising over jazz tunes. Starting with a solid understanding of the melody, we’ll work on stretching time, getting creative with rhythm, and tapping into our emotion to tell our own story through the medium of an early jazz tune.

ELIZABETH LAPRELLE AND BRIAN DOLPHIN – Ukrainian Folk Songs and American Counterparts
Brian and Elizabeth will lead us in exploring some of the oldest Ukrainian lyrical and seasonal songs which share plotlines and traditions with songs in the British Isles and America. We will not only geek out and discuss how this far-flung connection between folk traditions exists, but we will teach and sing through Ukrainian polyphonic songs and their American and British counterparts.

We are presenting this workshop because the songs are beautiful, the connections between traditions historically and narratively enlightening, and also in order to highlight Ukrainian folk singing and the communities that cultivate it at this time when so many of these communities (and musics) are being displaced, threatened, or even destroyed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The songs will be presented in the original languages with English transliteration and translation.

ELLIE HAKANSON – Building Vocal Harmonies
Harmony singing is a huge part of bluegrass and folk vocal traditions, so we’ll spend the week singing harmony together. We’ll learn how to find harmony parts, how to blend voices and phrasing, how to sing lead to help people harmonize more easily, and how to pick a key that works for all the singers in your group. We’ll also go over some distinct harmony styles like “brother duets,” classic bluegrass three-part harmony, and call-and-answer patterns.

KATHY BULLOCK – Singing in the Spirit
One-off classes: songs from Africa (incl. songs from South Africa, Ghana, and other countries) and/or Jamaican songs; or a lecture-demonstration on African American music – stories and singing that share African origins/connections, entitled “Singing in the Spirit, African and African American Musical Connections.”

LINDA MCRAE – Songwriting with Intent.
We are all connected but we are also uniquely individual and have our stories to tell. There are song ideas all around us, all you have to do is listen, really listen, and catch ‘em. Let’s explore ways to find your unique voice, mine those stories and tell them in a way that will have your listener think “wow, that song is about me!” Please be prepared to play a song for the class that you feel needs help in some way. Let’s see if we can get it to where it needs to be. Please bring enough lyric sheets for the group.

MARA KAYE – A Singer’s Guide to Storytelling
Through the brave and transformative act of singing, we will learn how to connect to the stories of the songs we love and free our voices in the process. We will be using the blues as our guide to explore the richness and depth of storytelling through song, phrasing, and lyric coloring. These classes and coaching sessions will help you find your own voice, love your own voice, and sing from your soul.
*Participants should come prepared with a song of their choosing that they feel a connection to, preferably of the blues repertoire. 

TIM ERIKSEN – Singing with Tim Eriksen
These classes will adapt daily, and may include shape note singing skills and history, New England and American ballad singing, overtone singing, vocal exploration, and modes and drones for songwriters.

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Class session 3:  3:30 – 5:30

EPI and CRUZ – Learn A Traditional Mexican Song
with harmonized choruses so everybody can participate

EVA SALINA – How to be Happy and Sad at the Same Time: Roma songs from the Balkans
Each day we will visit a song from a different Roma musical tradition, exploring the playfulness, improvisation, and ornamentation of these wonderful (mostly solo) songs, and cultivating our own emotional expression throughout. Along the way, we will also learn about the history and social context of the songs and the Romani people. Note: Romani people have commonly referred to as “Gypsies” for centuries, but the term Roma is their name for themselves, in their language.

GREG BLAKE – Roots Music Harmonies
We’ll explore how to sing 2-, 3-, and 4-part harmony singing as is found in Country, bluegrass, folk and southern gospel.  Even if you’ve never sung a harmony line in your life, you’re welcome to join us in this exploration of simple harmony vocals.

JEFFERSON HAMER – Ghost Stories
Folk music is rich with songs of curses, undead ship captains, and restless lovers trapped in the spirit realm. Especially restless lovers. Let’s meet some of them and give voice to their haunted wailings.

LINDA MCRAE – Performance: Do We Believe You?
Let me help you connect with your true voice and what you’re singing about. That will in turn help connect you with your audience. We’ll explore ways to get “inside” the song and help take your listener on a journey. We will also learn mic technique and the basics of setting up and running your own sound system.

MARA KAYE – A Singer’s Guide to Storytelling
Mara will be teaching the same class in both her daily classes.
Through the brave and transformative act of singing, we will learn how to connect to the stories of the songs we love and free our voices in the process. We will be using the blues as our guide to explore the richness and depth of storytelling through song, phrasing, and lyric coloring. These classes and coaching sessions will help you find your own voice, love your own voice, and sing from your soul.
*Participants should come prepared with a song of their choosing that they feel a connection to, preferably of the blues repertoire. 

TIM ERIKSEN – Singing with Tim Eriksen
These classes will adapt daily, and may include shape note singing skills and history, New England and American ballad singing, overtone singing, vocal exploration, and modes and drones for songwriters.

BALLAD SINGING – Elizabeth LaPrelle
I’ll teach beautiful repertoire that I learned from mentors and from archival recordings, mostly from the Southern Appalachian region – Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky. I love to share context about the way these songs have been sung and passed on in the past, mostly through stories about the lives of the singers. We’ll cover some of the stylistic techniques particular to regions and individual singers, as well as how we as contemporary singers might approach this musical storytelling form and inhabit it in our own voices. I’ll provide lyrics and teach all the tunes by ear.

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