SongRoots October Retreat

SongRoots October Retreat 

Oct 13th-Oct 15th 2017 – Camp Fircom, Gambier Island

Join Jennifer Scott, Dawn Pemberton, Danielle Gagnier and Karla Mundy for a weekend of digging deeper into grounded and embodied singing and creativity. We will be exploring solo, duet, trio and group singing with small class sizes and time for individual attention. We will also have the opportunity for movement, dance, art, songwriting, forest walks and kayaking (weather dependent).

This weekend will provide you with some deep vocal and artistic work at an unhurried pace and will leave space for you to relax, rejuvenate and do what you need to do.

Cost is $420 + GST and includes all classes (10 hours of vocal instruction  plus arts and movement programming),  basic accommodations, all meals and water taxi. **Various accommodation upgrades are available for extra cost. See ‘Accommodations’ Page for more info.

Registration open Friday May 12th at 7:00 pm – at that time, you can apply here!

See below for class descriptions…

**The hope is that all participants get a chance to participate in the ‘one-on-one classes’ if they want to. All classes taught by Jennifer Scott and Dawn Pemberton are ‘one-on-one classes’ Enrolment is limited to 40 singers so there are 40 spots in all of the one-on-one classes. Therefore people are limited to ONE class with Jennifer or Dawn. Everyone therefore will be guaranteed one class with Jennifer or Dawn and for their other class will be in either Duets or Trios with Karla.

Stretch, Move and Sing 9:30-10:15 – All Singers

 We will wake up both morning with vocal warm-ups (Jen and Dawn) and lots of body movement and dance (Danielle)

Morning Singing Classes (10:45-12:30) **You choose one of these classes 

Voice Spa w/ Jennifer Scott (max 10 singers)
One-on-one attention to help troubleshoot vocal issues is the order of the day. Using repertoire that participants will bring to class, we will find ways to tackle difficult passages in our repertoire. We’ll look at techniques and tricks to smooth the way to vocal ease and flexibility while singing our songs.

‘The Next Level’ Performance Masterclass w/ Dawn Pemberton (max 10 singers)

Ready to explore the edges of your artistic boundaries? In a fun, curious and supportive environment we will dig deeper and play with the elements that help create electrifying  performances.This masterclass is open to singers of all levels and styles. We will learn some fantastic tools to enhance your stage presence and delivery, solo chops, free your voice, build your confidence, inspire your musicality and refine your overall performance techniques. All participants must come prepared to sing one song and must bring a leadsheet/chart or sheet music in their key.

Duet Singing w/ Karla Mundy (no limit)
A wonderful chance to work on close harmony singing one on a part, communicating with each other non-verbally and learning how to balance with another singer.  This is a fun challenge for singers used to singing alone or with large groups. We will learn a few duets in different styles and break off into pairs for practice. We will work on what makes great duet singing!
Creative Afternoon Activities (1:30-3:30)
For this block you can choose between Danielle’s art class (description coming soon), an outdoor activity or free time.

Process, Presence, Pleasure – a gentle journey in painting w/ Danielle Gagnier (no limit)

We’ll start with a silent walking meditation in the forest, immersing ourselves with it’s energy and bring our experience of quietude and silence into movement on the page with colour on the brush.  Focussing on process more than product we’ll explore the freedom of being present in the moment and the pleasure of playing with paint.
Afternoon Singing Classes (3:45-5:30) **You choose one of these
The Individual Singer w/ Jennifer Scott (max 10 singers)
Lets get personal! What makes a song your very own? How can you access your emotional connection without ‘losing it’? Utilizing songs I will provide and also participant’s own repertoire (originals welcome!), we will get inside the music and lyrics like never before.

‘The Next Level’ Performance Masterclass w/ Dawn Pemberton (max 10 singers)

Ready to explore the edges of your artistic boundaries? In a fun, curious and supportive environment we will dig deeper and play with the elements that help create electrifying  performances.This masterclass is open to singers of all levels and styles. We will learn some fantastic tools to enhance your stage presence and delivery, solo chops, free your voice, build your confidence, inspire your musicality and refine your overall performance techniques. All participants must come prepared to sing one song and must bring a leadsheet/chart or sheet music in their key.

Trio Singing w/ Karla Mundy (no limit)

Experience the joy of singing in tight 3 part harmony – learning to lean into the strength of the satisfying sound of three voices together. We will be building up stacked harmonies and then work towards holding our own part. We will be learning the music by ear and no music reading is required.