SongRoots Summer Camp

SongRoots - Summer Singing Intensive 2016songroots low res

When: July 11th-July 15th 2016

Where:Fircom on Gambier Island

Who: David Francey, Brian Tate, Dawn Pemberton, David Hatfield, Jennifer Scott, Karla Mundy, Jenny Lester, Samantha Taylor and Michael Creber!

How much: $630 + GST (Grand Total $676) Cost includes all classes, food, accommodations, water taxi from Horseshoe Bay, everything!

Registration will begin Jan 5th at 9:00 am! Click here to register!

Below is the daily schedule and class choices (Class One, Two and Ensemble Hour)


Mornin’ Movin’ w/ Samantha Taylor – All Singers (9:15-9:30)

Prepare your instrument for a day of fully embodied singing! Join in this series of breath work and physical exercises that will help us open, awaken and engage the body and breath.

Wake Up and Sing! w/Jennifer Scott – All Singers (9:30-10:00)

Every morning we will spend 30 minutes doing some vocal calisthenics getting ready for a day of singing. Breath work, flexibility, tone production and ease of singing through the ‘seams’ in the voice will be explored and troubleshot. Comprehensive MP3 warmups will be made available to SongRoots participants

Mass Choir – All Singers (10:00-10:30)

Following our physical and vocal warm-ups, we will sing all together for a glorious 30 minutes – creating a beautiful SongRoots Choir! A perfect way to start the day! Four days of singing together with the energized and joyful leadership of Brian Tate, Karla Mundy and Dawn Pemberton!!


Class One (11:00-12:30)

You choose ONE of the following…

Songwriting w/ David Francey (max 10 people)

Capture your ideas and stories and give them voice. In this class we will work with specific writing assignments, learn to write for ourselves, chronicle our times and find the joy in it all. There will be co-writing, group work and time alone in the creative zone along with lots of individual attention. A supportive, creative circle in a beautiful setting.

Your Voice, Your Song – A Singer’s Masterclass with Brian Tate (max 8 singers) **and Michael Creber as accompanist!

Discover your authentic voice through working with a song of your choice in a playful and safe environment. Expand your confidence, connect with your audience, and experience the many ways of expressing yourself through song. You’ll receive one-on-one coaching as well as the invaluable experience of learning from each other. Each session brings new and exciting ways of exploring your voice and your song. Singers of all levels and songs of all styles are welcome! You must bring a song that you are ready to perform (memorized words and music); also, bring the piano music (sheet music or lead sheet)

BodySong w/ Samantha Taylor (no limit)

A class designed to help singers open, engage and strengthen their full body instrument. Stretching, movement, body percussion and breath work will all be a part of this physical and vocal exploration. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat, if possible.

 Voices Wild: Vocal Improvisational Class w/ Heidi McCurdy (max 16 people)

Experience the joyous alignment of body, breath, heart, soul and sound through improvisational singing. In these sessions we will co-create spontaneous soundscapes, harmonies and rhythmic grooves, inspired by the music of the moment. As you stretch your comfort zone, you will also strengthen harmony, rhythm and soloing skills. As you give yourself permission to experiment, you will expand your connection to your inner wisdom.

We will use sound and movement to embody our voices, and explore exercises inspired by Rhiannon’s “Vocal River,” Bobby McFerrin’s tribal Circle-singing, and Expressive Arts practice. This group provides a safe space to connect, sing, support and empower each other in singing our soul’s song.

South African Choral Singing and Gospel Quartets w/ Dawn Pemberton and Karla Mundy (no limit)

Get ready to move, groove and sing with joy! Drawing from two rich, vibrant and soulful singing traditions, we will learn songs, vocal techniques and some dance moves! We will learn the music by ear and get it into our bodies right away!

Alternative Vocal Styles w/ Jennifer Scott (max 15)

In this workshop we will discover the parameters of our voices. Have you wondered how to make different sounds in a healthy way? Are you intrigued by what you need to do find the overtones and other unusual qualities in your voice? This class is for you! Elements of Indian, Middle Eastern, throat singing will be explored with the most basic approaches, so that you can get the effect. We’ll also do a session in production vocals used for cartoon voices and imitation.


CLASS TWO (2:30-4:00)

You choose ONE of the following

Vocal Jazz Overview w/ Jennifer Scott (no limit)

Let’s explore the techniques, harmonies, rhythms and nuances of the wonderful world of jazz. Using exercises, solo and group repertoire, we will get in depth with what makes the swing groove work, what vocal stylings are necessary (and those that aren’t!), how to transform different types of repertoire into a jazzier style – whether it be from the Great American Songbook or from other sources. Basic reading skills and ‘good ears’ will be useful in this class, but not essential.

 Sweet Soul Singing w/ Brian Tate- (max 16 singers)

 This year’s ensemble class features a mixed bag of soulful songs, including old-time (and new-time) gospel quartets, R&B classics, spirituals, and prison and work songs. We’ll learn the songs together and then form mini-ensembles to practice singing one on a part. Lots of soulful solos to go around as well. A funky good time for all!

Bluegrass Singing w/ Steve Charles and Karla Mundy (no limit)

Singing together with bright “laser beam” harmonies and the ‘high lonesome sound’, we will be exploring harmony singing from the Bluegrass Tradition. We will be learning these beautiful and fun songs in three part harmonies – showing you the process of finding the harmonies yourself and giving you the tools to create your own Bluegrass harmonies in the right style.

‘The Next Level’ Performance Masterclass w/ Dawn Pemberton (max 8 singers) **with Michael Creber as accompanist!

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.

 Voices Wild: Vocal Improvisational Class w/ Heidi McCurdy (max 16 people)

Experience the joyous alignment of body, breath, heart, soul and sound through improvisational singing. In these sessions we will co-create spontaneous soundscapes, harmonies and rhythmic grooves, inspired by the music of the moment. As you stretch your comfort zone, you will also strengthen harmony, rhythm and soloing skills. As you give yourself permission to experiment, you will expand your connection to your inner wisdom.

We will use sound and movement to embody our voices, and explore exercises inspired by Rhiannon’s “Vocal River,” Bobby McFerrin’s tribal Circle-singing, and Expressive Arts practice. This group provides a safe space to connect, sing, support and empower each other in singing our soul’s song.

Songwriting w/ David Francey (max 10 people) 

Capture your ideas and stories and give them voice. In this class we will work with specific writing assignments, learn to write for ourselves, chronicle our times and find the joy in it all. There will be co-writing, group work and time alone in the creative zone along with lots of individual attention. A supportive, creative circle in a beautiful setting.


ENSEMBLE HOUR (4:30-5:30)

In the hour before dinner, we will all split into ensembles…we will perform for each other and see what everyone has been up to at the end of camp!

You choose ONE of the following

Hummin’ and Strummin’ – Group Singing For The Ukelele Player w/ Dawn Pemberton (no limit)

This ensemble is open to all singers and beginner ukulele players who love to sing in harmony and strum along to songs they know and love. Everything from traditional folk, gospel, pop favourites and more! No previous experience required. Just wanna strum? No problem! Just wanna hum? No problem! Just come and share in the fun! You will need to bring a ukulele, a tuner and a small, portable music stand.

Roots Jam w/ Wendy Knudson and Ali Romanow (no limit)

Wendy and Ali will bring about 30 popular songs from cross genres, you bring instruments, voices and perhaps a song you would like to lead.  We will learn/discover/apply jam dialogue and etiquette to learn the songs and teach them to each other.

Improv Choir w/ Heidi McCurdy and Jennifer Scott (no limit)

Come and raise your voice in joyous a cappella grooves of our own making! Let go of “getting it right” and embrace letting it just happen. In this choir we’ll explore the  power and mystery of improvisedmusic making and of being alive and present. We’ll hone the arts of the improviser: deep listening, spontaneous expression, fluid awareness of self and others, working with change, and trusting intuition. We” also strengthen our abilities as musical architects: creating melodies, harmony, vocal percussion, bass lines. There are no wrong notes and there’s nothing to memorize – just breathe and sing.  Ah…

The Art of Collaboration w/ Brian Tate and Michael Creber (max 8 people)

Singers are often looking to team up with fellow musicians such as pianists, guitar players, string players, and other singers. Discover how to create a creative, respectful, and sustainable collaboration with other musicians, so that the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Learn the basic lingo of musicians, even if you don’t read music. Come prepared with a song or two of your choice that you already know well, and if you play an instrument, bring it along as well!

Spontaneous Composition w/ Samantha Taylor (max 12 singers)

In this class participants will have the chance to create brand new ensemble pieces. Vocal improvisation exercises will be introduced and played with and finally used as a compositional tool. A playful and practical approach to creating new vocal music!

Duets and Trios w/ Karla Mundy (max 20 singers)

A wonderful chance to work on harmony singing one on a part, communicating with each other non-verbally and learning how to balance with other singers. We will learn songs with some simple harmonies as the full group and then practice singing them in different combinations of singers. This is a fun challenge for singers used to singing alone or with large groups.

After Dinner Drop-In Classes (Extra help with your song or ensemble)

Preparing Your Songs for a Band w/ Jenny Lester
Congratulations, you have just written a song (or learned one) and want to arrange it for others to play.  In this after-dinner session we will talk as a group about topics in timing, chord progressions (charting) and arrangements for musicians.  During the day I will be available to work one on one to help with individual projects.

Singing Together with Samantha Taylor

How is singing together different than singing alone? During these class participants will be guided through a series of exercises designed to help singers intentionally practice ensemble singing skills such as communication, connection, the sharing of intention and technique, and play..

 

 

 

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