The CIRCLE: A gathering for all singers

The CIRCLE: A gathering for all singers

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Love to sing?

Come join in community with other singers for an afternoon of improvised singing and circle songs. This gathering will be an opportunity for participants of all experience levels to come together and find more freedom and playful expression in singing and voice. Using tools of improvisation championed by teachers like Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon, singers will expertly lead through a series of games and exercises to find a deeper connection within and with the collective. Once the group is "warmed-up," circle singing will be the conduit for fun and spontaneous song.

All voices are welcome.

No experience is necessary.

Smiles are guaranteed!

Tickets for this event are priced at $15 (early bird online purchase) or $20 (RSVP & pay at the event) 

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If this is your first time singing with us or if you would like to avail a financial scholarship, please email us at chicagocirclesinging@gmail.com to request a discount code.

Connecting The CIRCLE: An Improvised Singing Workshop

Connecting The CIRCLE: An Improvised Singing Workshop

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Join singer, teacher and sound guide Davin Youngs for this playful and joy-filled workshop in improvised singing and spontaneous song.

Drawing on traditions of improvisation and circle singing championed by artists such as Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon, you will be quickly and effortlessly led into a free and authentic singing experience that emphasizes the beauty and power of your voice as it connects you to the collective.

During this workshop you will learn to:

* Playfully use improvised singing to move beyond inhibition and fear within your voice.

* Explore singing without lyrics and develop your personal language.

* Embody your voice as an instrument to carry both rhythm and melody.

* Listen deeply to your unique sound as it relates to others.

* Lead singing circles quickly and joyfully, drawing groups into singing together in spontaneous song.

**This workshop is appropriate for anyone who loves to sing, but is especially meant to target those who have limited experience in improvisational singing.

***Limited to 20 participants

Whether you are a beginner singer or an experienced musician, you will walk away from this workshop with a new song in your heart and a smile on your face.

This workshop is sponsored by the Chicago Circle Singing community and limited to the first 20 participants.

Tickets are $40

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If the price of this workshop prevents you from attending, a limited number of reduced price tickets will be available upon special request. Please email chicagocirclesinging@gmail.com

Inside The CIRCLE: Leading With Your Voice

Inside The CIRCLE: Leading With Your Voice

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Join singer, teacher and sound guide Davin Youngs for this playful deep dive into the ancient tradition of singing in community. Using the structure of circle songs, you will be expertly guided into the personal practice of improvised singing and taught how to quickly draw groups together in spontaneous song.

Circle songs is a format for improvised singing that has been championed by artists like Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon and is currently practiced by Chicago Circle Singing community. In a circle song, a leader or leaders spontaneously compose rhythmic and melodic patterns to be repeated by singers standing in a circle. What emerges is a magical orchestra of voices that often transcends the boundaries of language, skill and style.

During Inside The Circle, you will learn to:

* Efficiently and effectively create and lead groups in improvised singing circles

* Playfully use improvised singing to move beyond inhibition and fear within your own voice

* Explore singing without lyrics and develop your personal language as a tool for improvisation

* Embody your voice as an instrument to carry both rhythm and melody to lead others


**Some public singing experience is encouraged. No improvised singing experience is necessary, but a desire to sing by yourself and lead others is required.

Schedule:

10am - 11:30am workshop

11:30 - 11:45am break

11:45am - 1pm workshop

1 - 2:15pm lunch (on your own)

2:15 - 3:30pm workshop

3:30 - 3:45pm break

3:45 - 5pm workshop

This workshop is sponsored by the Chicago Circle Singing community and limited to the first 15 participants.

Tickets are $75

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If the price of this workshop prevents you from attending, a limited number of reduced price tickets will be available upon special request. Please email chicagocirclesinging@gmail.com

Everybody SING: A Fall Kickoff for Chicago Circle Singing

Everybody SING: A Fall Kickoff for Chicago Circle Singing

Culminating a weekend of workshops and to kick off the fall singing season, the Chicago Circle SInging community welcomes you to join us for Everybody SING! A evening of circle singing and celebration. The evening will culminate with a potluck, so please bring a dish or drink to pass!

Come join in community with other singers for an improvised singing circle. This gathering is an opportunity for participants of all experience levels to come together and find more freedom and playful expression in singing and voice. Using tools of improvisation championed by teachers like Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon, singers will expertly lead through a series of games and exercises to find a deeper connection within and with the collective. Once the group is "warmed-up," circle singing will be the conduit for fun and spontaneous song.

All voices are welcome.

No experience is necessary.

Smiles are guaranteed!

Tickets for this event are FREE, but advanced RSVP is required!

If you have any questions, please contact chicagocirclesinging@gmail.com

Learn more at ChicagoCircleSinging.com

Vocal River with Rhiannon

Vocal River with Rhiannon

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Rhiannon is a vocal artist with a vision of music as a vehicle for innovation, healing, transformation, and social change. Rhiannon’s book about her life and teaching methods, Vocal RiverThe Skill and Spirit of Improvisation, was published in 2013.  A vibrant, gifted singer, performance artist, composer, and master teacher, Rhiannon lives and works on her farm on the Big Island of Hawai’i using her singing barn Ha Lau Leo Nani, The Gathering Place as a teaching and performance venue honoring culture and community.   

This workshop, Vocal River, is for those singers who have studied with Rhiannon or who are experienced in improvisation. This gathering is limited to 20 experienced  improvisers -- strong, committed singers & vocal teachers who want to be more engaged in improvisation. Using these exercises you will deepen your improvisational vocabulary and intuitive skills inventing personal and ensemble music including physical movement, solo work, song form, small ensemble exercises, and group collaborations from Rhiannon's book Vocal River. Hoping to meet new singers as well as refresh relationships with returning friends. Bring your ears, heart, mind and voice.  Limit 20.

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10:00 am - 1:00 pm
1:00 - 2:30 pm lunch break
2:30-5:30 pm
For experienced singers, teacher and improvisers
6 hours each day
Fee: $300