“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.”
If you love to sing, you are welcome to join Circlesongs with the legendary vocal virtuoso Bobby McFerrin and his inspiring team of master teachers. If you are new to Circlesinging, this 2-day program of fun and games, for all singers, is especially perfect for beginners.
Bobby first developed Circlesongs as a solo a cappella performer, when he needed other voices to help manifest his musical ideas. He gave the audience parts to sing, layering harmonies and rhythms, using call and response, conducting and composing his spontaneous inventions. During his years of worldwide touring, evolving along with his groups Voicestra and Gimme5, his Circlesongs celebrated every kind of music, like Americana or classical, R&B, gospel, folk songs, pop, rock, beatboxing, and more—combined with any sound he ever heard or imagined.
In this workshop, Bobby is joined by his diversely gifted team of Circlesinger/teachers—including Voicestra and Gimme5 members David Worm, Judi Vinar, Rhiannon, and Joey Blake, as well as international Circleleaders Christiane Karam, Zuza Gonçalves, Rizumik (Tiago Grade), Gaël Aubrit, and other members of this thriving global singing tribe.
Bobby and his teachers lead us on a Circlesinging adventure to build confidence and trust, nurture our creativity, and discover new approaches and techniques for improvisation. The program features large and small group sessions for experimentation at all levels. Peer-group electives might include harmony, body percussion, music theory, freestyle language improvisation, vocal embodiment techniques, and much more. You also have the opportunity to schedule or customize your experience.
While developing the traditional skills required for ensemble singing (blend, balance, tuning, and sensitivity), Circlesongs also is an intuitive and direct experience that builds the fundamentals of musicianship (including harmony, counterpoint, rhythmic precision, and deep listening). The program is transformational for singers, teachers, group facilitators, instrumentalists, conductors, or anyone who loves to sing. Every song, every voice has a place in the circle.
The 2-day program is designed especially for beginners, but will be fulfilling for everyone; there is also a 7-day program open to singers at any level of Circlesong experience. You will be invited to fill out a survey upon registration to let us know about your singing experience and particular interests. Teachers are subject to change. Limited spots are available.
Enrollment is limited for this program; register early.
Circlesongs: It's About Us
Course 3907-150/Tuition $1,350 ($1,250 Members)
This joyful 7-day workshop focuses on deepening musical skills, creativity, and community. It is ideal for professional singers, conductors, music and voice teachers, students, and everyone who loves to sing.
Circlesongs: Making Stuff Up
Course 4102-200/Tuition $600 ($540 Members)
This lively 2-day workshop is open to anyone who wants to sing, especially beginners. Filled with fun and games, this program explores the fundamentals of Circlesinging and vocal improvisation.
Please note that there is a special schedule for this course:
|4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)|
|7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m.||Welcome & Orientation|
|8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.
Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Meet the Teachers
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Tuition & Fees
Circlesongs: Making Stuff Up
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).
2 Nights Commuter Fee
If you are a commuter not staying in Omega accommodations, this non optional fee covers Omegas overhead costs, all meals, and use of the facilities, which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all guest services. An off-campus referral list is available.
Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund.
Refunds are available (less a $55 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.
Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $55 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.
For more cancellation policies, see individual workshops or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.
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|Certificate of Attendance||$25|