Circlesongs
August 2016
Judi DonaghyRhiannonChristiane KaramKaren GoldfederJoey Blake

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Circlesongs

7-Day Inclusive Workshop

August 19, 2016 – August 26, 2016
Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
Course:
SM16-3907-675
Teacher:
Judi Donaghy Vinar, Rhiannon, Christiane Karam, Karen Goldfeder... See More
Tuition:
$875
Plus accommodations
SM16-3907-675Judi Donaghy Vinar, Rhiannon, Christiane Karam, Karen Goldfeder, Joey Blake,
Description


Circlesongs at Omega: an annual tradition, a thriving community. Bobby McFerrin can't be with us this summer, but he has personally trained and mentored our faculty—Joey Blake, Karen Goldfeder, Christiane Karam, Rhiannon, and Judi Donaghy Vinar. Join our team of inspiring teachers for a life-changing adventure.

Tuition has been reduced by half, as Bobby McFerrin won't be in attendance. Room, board, and facilities charges remain the same.



“Improvisation involves coming into a situation without rigid expectations or preconceptions. We must keep going forward, fearful or not, and be ready for anything that comes our way. That’s how life is. Remembering that life can be full of surprises is always useful. We’re improvising all the time—it’s good to recognize that.”

—Bobby McFerrin

Join Bobby McFerrin's team of inspiring teachers for a weeklong workshop in the improvisational singing technique called Circlesongs.

This experiential workshop offers an immersion in sound, creativity, learning, and community. Accessible to beginners, yet challenging for even the most advanced, the program invites you to embrace the freedom to play, sing, invent, and imagine—in music and in life. Past attendees describe this full week program as a life-changing journey.

Bobby developed Circlesongs during his many years touring as a solo artist. He began enlisting the audience; he gave them parts to sing, using call and response, layering harmonies and rhythms, and conducting entrances. These Circlesongs—spontaneously composed choral pieces—not only made beautiful music, but also cultivated a deep sense of community and joy. He refined the technique further with his a cappella group Voicestra and in workshops with singers all over the world.

Circlesongs embrace all musical influences: tribal music, Bach, R&B, plainchant, Indian ragas, folksongs, doo wop, and more.

The Circlesongs technique builds the fundamentals of musicianship, including harmony, counterpoint, rhythmic precision, and deep listening. It also cultivates and develops the traditional skills required for ensemble singing—blend, balance, tuning, and sensitivity. The program features large group classes, smaller groups guided by individual faculty, and elective seminars. Elective topics include vocal and body percussion, looping, Balkan and a cappella choirs, freestyle language improvisation, and vocal technique.

The Circlesongs program is 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. Every song, every voice has a place in the circle.

We encourage all participants to register for the full 7-day program. Those who cannot attend the full program may register after March 1 for any available spaces in the 2-day introductory or the 5-day advanced program. Registration is by phone only. Call 877.944.2002.

More Information

We encourage all participants to register for the full 7-day program. Those who cannot attend the full program may register after March 1 for any available spaces in the 2-day introductory or the 5-day advanced program. Registration is by phone only. Call 877.944.2002.

August 19–26: Friday 7:00 p.m.–Friday 12:15 p.m.
Circlesongs: 7-Day Inclusive
Course 3907-675/Tuition $1,750 reduced to $875
This 7-day workshop, open to all levels—from beginners to professionals—includes both the 2-day and 5-day programs.

August 19-21 Friday 7:00 p.m.–Sunday 12:15 p.m.
Circlesongs: Entering the Circle
Course 3902-676/Tuition $645 reduced to $322.50
Enter the circle for an immersion in sound. This 2-day introductory workshop is open to singers of all levels—from beginners to professionals.

August 21-26 Sunday 7:00 p.m.-Friday 12:15 p.m.
Circlesongs: Expanding the Circle
Course 4005-677/Tuition $1,290 reduced to $645
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, this 5-day option is open only to previous graduates of the Circlesongs workshop; other experienced singers and improvisers may request special approval to register.

Schedule

Please note there is a special schedule for this course, with lengthy extended hours.

FRIDAY
4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Workshop
 
Saturday
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Workshop
7:15 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Workshop
 
Sunday
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Workshop
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Workshop
 
Monday
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Workshop
 
Tuesday
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Faculty Concert
9:30 p.m.–11:00 p.m. After-party/Dance
 
Wednesday
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Workshop
7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Workshop
 
Thursday
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop
2:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
7:30 p.m.–11:00 p.m. After-party/Dance
 
Friday
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshop/Class Ends
 

Participants and faculty will offer lunch-time concerts daily from 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

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

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

Teachers
Judi Donaghy

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. judivinar.com

Rhiannon

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. rhiannonmusic.com

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. christianekaram.com

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.

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. joeyblake.com