August 2016
David WormJudi DonaghyRhiannonChristiane KaramKaren GoldfederJoey Blake

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7-Day Inclusive Workshop

Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for this workshop.

August 19, 2016 – August 26, 2016
Rhinebeck, NY
David Worm, Judi Donaghy Vinar, Rhiannon, Christiane Karam... See More

Bobby McFerrin is taking a much-needed sabbatical this year, undergoing a course of treatment for Lyme disease and resting his beautiful voice.

We are happy to let you know that we will still offer the Circlesongs workshop this summer at Omega. We invite you to join Bobby's hand-picked team of inspiring teachersJoey Blake, Karen Goldfeder, Christiane Karam, Rhiannon, Judi Vinar, and David Wormfor a special edition of the workshop.

Together we'll celebrate Bobby's gifts to each of us and to our singing tribe. We'll make joyful noise, pray for his full recovery, and return to our midst, and work on developing our own singular voices to carry his legacy forward. Tuition has been reduced by half, as Bobby McFerrin won't be in attendance. Room, board, and facilities charges remain the same.

“Improvisation involves coming into a situation without rigid expectations or preconceptions. We must keep going forward, fearful or not, and be ready for anything that comes our way. That’s how life is. Remembering that life can be full of surprises is always useful. We’re improvising all the time—it’s good to recognize that.”

—Bobby McFerrin

Join Bobby McFerrin's team of inspiring teachers for a weeklong workshop in the improvisational singing technique called Circlesongs.

This experiential workshop offers an immersion in sound, creativity, learning, and community. Accessible to beginners, yet challenging for even the most advanced, the program invites you to embrace the freedom to play, sing, invent, and imagine—in music and in life. Past attendees describe this full week program as a life-changing journey.

Bobby developed Circlesongs during his many years touring as a solo artist. He began enlisting the audience; he gave them parts to sing, using call and response, layering harmonies and rhythms, and conducting entrances. These Circlesongs—spontaneously composed choral pieces—not only made beautiful music, but also cultivated a deep sense of community and joy. He refined the technique further with his a cappella group Voicestra and in workshops with singers all over the world.

Circlesongs embrace all musical influences: tribal music, Bach, R&B, plainchant, Indian ragas, folksongs, doo wop, and more.

The Circlesongs technique builds the fundamentals of musicianship, including harmony, counterpoint, rhythmic precision, and deep listening. It also cultivates and develops the traditional skills required for ensemble singing—blend, balance, tuning, and sensitivity. The program features large group classes, smaller groups guided by individual faculty, and elective seminars. Elective topics include vocal and body percussion, looping, Balkan and a cappella choirs, freestyle language improvisation, and vocal technique.

The Circlesongs program is invaluable for singers and musicians at all levels, teachers and group facilitators, and for anyone interested in creating community, building trust, nurturing creativity, and embracing life to the fullest. Every song, every voice has a place in the circle.

We encourage all participants to register for the full 7-day program. Those who cannot attend the full program may register after March 1 for any available spaces in the 2-day introductory or the 5-day advanced program. Registration is by phone only. Call 877.944.2002.

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We encourage all participants to register for the full 7-day program. Those who cannot attend the full program may register after March 1 for any available spaces in the 2-day introductory or the 5-day advanced program. Registration is by phone only. Call 877.944.2002.

August 19–26: Friday 7:00 p.m.–Friday 12:15 p.m.
Circlesongs: 7-Day Inclusive
Course 3907-675/Tuition $1,750 reduced to $875
This 7-day workshop, open to all levels—from beginners to professionals—includes both the 2-day and 5-day programs.

August 19-21 Friday 7:00 p.m.–Sunday 12:15 p.m.
Circlesongs: Entering the Circle
Course 3902-676/Tuition $645 reduced to $322.50
Enter the circle for an immersion in sound. This 2-day introductory workshop is open to singers of all levels—from beginners to professionals.

August 21-26 Sunday 7:00 p.m.-Friday 12:15 p.m.
Circlesongs: Expanding the Circle
Course 4005-677/Tuition $1,290 reduced to $645
This 5-day session focuses on deepening musical skills, community, and creativity. Ideal for professional singers, conductors, music and voice teachers, students, community organizers, and those building a spiritual practice, this 5-day option is open only to previous graduates of the Circlesongs workshop; other experienced singers and improvisers may request special approval to register.

David Worm

David Worm, a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, has remained a regular performer with McFerrin, featured on recordings and touring internationally. A founding member of the a cappella group SoVoSo, the improvisational trio WeBe3, David Worm has more than 50 recording credits as a session singer, vocal percussionist, and songwriter.

Judi Donaghy

Judi Donaghy Vinar has thrived for more than 30 years as a singer, songwriter, director, arranger, and teacher of Jazz, R&B, folk, musical theater, gospel, and Classical music. She has released two cds, Sink or Swing and Ballads and Bossas.


Rhiannon is a singer, performance artist, composer, and teacher with a vision of music as a vehicle for innovation, healing, transformation, and social change. She has been bringing her blend of jazz, world music, improvisation, and storytelling to audiences for four decades, as a part of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra and many other performances and collaborations.

Christiane Karam

Lebanon native Christiane Karam's eclectic vocal style stems from her love for different musical traditions. In addition to peforming, she is an award-winning songwriter and is currently on the faculty of Berklee College of Music where she continues her work of bringing awareness and positive social change through music and the arts.

Karen Goldfeder

Karen Goldfeder has sung repertoire from Gershwin to Penderecki to Machaud to Joni Mitchell with ensembles ranging from Musica Sacra to The Screaming Headless Torsos to her own band Magpie. Jazz, folk, oratorio, new music, free improvisation, early music, South Indian music, opera, musical theatre, and R&B have all shaped her musical perspective. She works with Bobby and his management team to bring Bobby's approach to ensemble singing all over the world, and serves as the program and curriculum coordinator for the Circlesongs workshop.

Joey Blake

Joey Blake, a founding and current member of Bobby McFerrin's a cappella ensemble Voicestra, was also a founding member of the a cappella group, SoVoSo, WeBe3, and the Singing Tribe, which models what is possible in the world by functioning as an international community working together for global unity.

Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrin will always be the guy who sang “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” but he's also the 10-time Grammy Award winner who changed everyone's idea of what voices can do. The New York Times credits him with sparking the current revival of a cappella music. The beatboxing community claims him as an inspiration, the jazz community claims him as a legend, and the classical world celebrates his innovative spirit. Bobby McFerrin's latest album, spirityouall, is a re-imagination of the American folk spiritual tradition and an outpouring of heartfelt joy.