“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.”
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.”
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.