Circlesongs

Workshop

Circlesongs

7-Day Inclusive Workshop

Aug 18 - Aug 25 2017 Rhinebeck, NY

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

Join musical adventurer Bobby McFerrin and his team of inspiring teachers for a week of improvisational singing in Circlesongs.

“Music is powerful. It’s a spiritual art. It goes right to the heart and to the mind. Artists have a huge responsibility to feed the soul good things, positive things.”
—Bobby McFerrin

Enter the circle for a life-changing adventure. Breathe. Sing. Open your heart. Listen to the music all around you. The Circlesongs workshop is an immersion in sound, creativity, and community. Accessible to beginners, challenging for professional musicians, the program invites participants to play, sing, invent, and imagine—in music and in life.

Join us for a weeklong exploration of the improvisational singing technique called Circlesongs, created by Bobby McFerrin. Circlesongs are spontaneously composed a cappella pieces that use anything we’ve ever heard and everything we can do with our voices: call and response, global rhythms, soaring melodies, lush harmonies, funny noises, invented language, silence, prayers, and laughter. Together, we create a profound and unforgettable experience of connection and joy.

Master teacher Bobby McFerrin will be present as our spiritual guide. Intensive daily Circlesong practice will be led by an inspiring and diverse group of teachers trained and mentored by Bobby: David Worm, Judi Donaghy Vinar, Rhiannon, Christiane Karam, Zuza Gonçalves, Karen Goldfeder, Rizumik (Tiago Grade) and Joey Blake. Bobby’s long-time manager/producer Linda Goldstein will also be on hand to contribute.

In the words of one participant: “We were guided by leaders who model proficiency, commitment, generosity, grace, presence, courage, willingness, authenticity. That set in motion the essence of the work—setting the circle, listening deeply, filling it with inspiration, nurturing, generosity, and direction—giving wings to desire and possibility.” (Jan Koerwitz, Circlesongs workshop participant 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

The program features large group sessions, smaller groups guided by individual faculty, and seminars. Electives include body percussion, beatboxing, looping, Balkan and a cappella choirs, freestyle language improvisation, and vocal technique. Circlesongs develop fundamental musicianship and traditional skills prized for ensemble singing—blend, balance, tuning, and sensitivity. The program is transforming for singers, teachers, group facilitators, instrumentalists, conductors, activists—for anyone. Make music, create community, build trust, nurture creativity, and embrace life to the fullest. Every song, every voice has a place in the circle.

“Just start singing. Don’t think about what you’re going to do. Just start singing something, and then see what happens.”
—Bobby McFerrin

The first 2-day segment provides an introduction to the practice and the community; the 5-day program builds on that foundation. We encourage all participants to register for the full 7-day program if possible. Call 877.944.2002. Registration is by phone only.

More Information

Enrollment is limited for this program; register early. The first 2-day segment provides an introduction to the practice and the community; the 5-day program builds on that foundation. We encourage all participants to register for the full 7-day program if possible. Call 877.944.2002. Registration is by phone only.

August 18-25: Friday 7:00 p.m.-Friday 12:15 p.m.
Circlesongs
7-Day Inclusive Workshop
Course 3907-255/Tuition $1,350
This 7-day workshop, open to all levels—from beginners to professionals—includes both the 2-day and 5-day programs. 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.

August 18-20: Friday 7:00 p.m.-Sunday 12:15 p.m.
Circlesongs: Entering the Circle
2-Day Introductory Workshop
Course 3902-256/Tuition $600
Enter the circle for an immersion in sound. This 2-day introductory workshop is open to all.

August 20-25: Sunday 7:00 p.m.-Friday 12:15 p.m.
Circlesongs: Expanding the Circle
5-Day Advanced Workshop
Course 4005-257/Tuition $1,150
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.

Meet the Teachers

  • Bobby McFerrin will always be the guy who sang “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” ...
  • David Worm, a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, has remained a r ...
  • Judi Donaghy Vinar has thrived for more than 30 years as a singer, songwriter ...
  • Rhiannon is a singer, performance artist, composer, and teacher with a vision ...
  • Lebanon native Christiane ...
  • Zuza Gonçalves is a graduate of the eclectic sounds, inclusive spirit, and rock’n'roll ...
  • Karen Goldfeder has sung repertoire from Gershwin to ...
  • Rizumik (Tiago Grade) is an artist mostly known for his rhythmic and improvisati ...
  • Joey Blake, a founding and current member of Bobby McFerrin's a cappella ensembl ...
  • Linda Goldstein was a young jazz singer whose talent for business was discovered ...

Tuition & Fees

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

Title Price

Circlesongs

$ 1350.00

Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight.

Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services. A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute below).

TYPE Rate - 7 Nights

A Double Deluxe

Shared Room With Private Bath
2 double beds. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Wheelchair-accessible rooms available. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 1645.00

A Single Cabin Room

Private Room With Private Bath
1 queen-size bed. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi.

$ 1883.00

A Couples Cabin Room

Private Room With Private Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
1 queen-size bed. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi.

$ 1330.00

A Double Cabin Room

Shared Room With Private Bath
2 double beds. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Wheelchair-accessible rooms available. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 1456.00

B Single Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 queen bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 1589.00

B Double Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
2 twin beds. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 1176.00

B Couples Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
1 queen bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 1036.00

Dorm Single

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 twin bed. Hall bath shared by 5-to-12 guests. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Pillow and blanket provided. You may rent sheets and towels for a small fee, or bring your own. Dorms are generally single gender, but may be coed.

$ 1001.00

Tent Cabin Single

Private Room With Shared Bath
2 twin beds. Wood-framed, screened walls with canvas roof. Bathhouse nearby. No heat. No air-conditioning. Please bring your own sheets or sleeping bag, blanket, towels, and pillows. You may rent sheets, blankets, towels, and pillows for a small fee. Reserve as a private room.

$ 1015.00

Tent Cabin Double

Shared Room With Shared Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
2 twin beds. Wood-framed, screened walls with canvas roof. Bathhouse nearby. No heat. No air-conditioning. Please bring your own sheets or sleeping bag, blanket, towels, and pillows. You may rent sheets, blankets, towels, and pillows for a small fee. Register with a companion.

$ 791.00

Camping

1 pre-assigned campsite. Bathhouse nearby. Bring your own tent and all appropriate camping gear. Stoves, campfires, and recreational vehicles are not allowed on campus.

$ 658.00

The commuter fee includes the benefits of our unique All-Inclusive Stay, without the cost of accommodations. A list of Local Hotels and Inns is available.

1 Night/Per Person Rates

Friday or Saturday Sunday-Thursday 7-Night Stay
$ 50.00 $ 35.00 $ 35.00

Rhinebeck Campus

Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund. Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.

Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.

Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any Omega program or stay for one year following date of issue.

No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund. Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions.

For more cancellation policies, see individual workshops or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.

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Continuing Education

Certificate of Attendance $ 25.00

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