Workshop

Circlesongs: Making Stuff Up

Aug 23 - Aug 25 2019 Rhinebeck, NY
Immerse yourself in the improvisational singing practice Circlesongs with Bobby McFerrin and friends.

“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

Circlesongs teachers offer an improvised mission statement for daily living.

 

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.

More Information

Enrollment is limited for this program; register early.

AUGUST 16-23
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.

AUGUST 23-25
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.

Schedule

FRIDAY
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
 
SATURDAY
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
 
SUNDAY
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
1:00 p.m. Check Out

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

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

  • “Music for me is like a spiritual journey down into the depths of my soul. And I like to think ...

Tuition & Fees

Title Price

Circlesongs: Making Stuff Up

$540
regular
$600

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 - 2 Nights

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.

$ 246.00

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.

$ 292.00

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.

$ 398.00

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.

$ 376.00

B Double Cabin Room

Shared 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.

$ 446.00

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.

$ 510.00

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.

$ 548.00

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.

$ 604.00

A Single Cabin Room

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

$ 702.00

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. 

$ 436.00

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. 

$ 628.00

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
$ 55.00 $ 45.00 $ 40.00

Rhinebeck Campus

Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund.

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 $ 25.00

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