August 2017
Bobby McFerrinDavid WormRhiannonChristiane Karam

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7-Day Inclusive Workshop

Please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register for this workshop.

August 18, 2017 – August 25, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Bobby McFerrin, David Worm, Judi Donaghy Vinar, Rhiannon... See More
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SM17-3907-255Bobby McFerrin, David Worm, Judi Donaghy Vinar, Rhiannon, Christiane Karam, Zuza Gonçalves, Karen Goldfeder, Rizumik (Tiago Grade), Joey Blake, Linda Goldstein,

“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.

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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.
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.

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.

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 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.

Zuza Gonçalves is a graduate of the eclectic sounds, inclusive spirit, and rock’n'roll scene of his hometown, São Paulo, Brazil, as well as UNESP Art Institute's program in conducting/composition. Since 2000, Zuza has been integrating vocal improvisation, body percussion, movement, and cooperative practices, leading workshops in Rome, New York City, and Los Angeles.

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.

Rizumik (Tiago Grade) is an artist mostly known for his rhythmic and improvisational skills, through beatbox, singing, acting, and dancing. He was the lead in The Voca People for many years, as well as the 2012 American Beatbox Champion, 2012 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience, and principal actor in a Grand Marnier campaign.

Throughout the years, Rizumik has been part of many different endeavors, and has participated and collaborated in many projects, albums and events, having performed hundreds of shows around the world.

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.

Linda Goldstein

Linda Goldstein was a young jazz singer whose talent for business was discovered by such greats as Bill Evans and Chet Baker. In 1979, she in turn discovered Bobby McFerrin and began inventing vehicles for his boundless creativity. Along the way, she received a Record of the Year Grammy for “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” and, curiously, is still the only female producer to have earned this honor. She also has guided the careers of Laurie Anderson, Cyndi Lauper, David Byrne, and many others.