Voice (2017 Listing)

These are classes from 2017. Stay tuned for the 2018 listings.

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Doo Wop Vocal Group

Price: $100

Days: MTWThF/MTWThF, July 17–28

Times: 5:30–7:00pm

Instructors: Marsha Knobel, Teresa Harbaugh

Location: Christ Lutheran Church - Social Hall

Let’s go back to the 50s and 60s and sing the songs you already know all the words to! Join this no-audition required choir to revisit the lyrics, 4-part harmonies and moves of this special musical era. There will be some performance opportunities in addition to having a good time.

Energetic Dance and Song

Energetic Dance and Song

Price: $40

Days: TTh (week 1), July 18 & 20

Times: 2:30–3:30pm

Instructors: Gianna Drogheo, James Yoshizawa

Location: Dance Theatre Fairbanks

“Energy is Everything!” And so let’s dance and sing our energies into the best, most brilliant selves we can imagine. Join James and Gianna as we embrace and raise our energies into joy and laughter and good health for body, mind and spirit.
We stand on the shoulders of thousands of years of dancers, singers and drummers who knew how to cleanse and renew our souls.

Balinese Kecak

Price: $25

Days: W (week 2), July 26

Times: 3:15–4:15pm

Instructor: Mara Mayer

Location: Christ Lutheran Church - Sanctuary

Mara will lead a workshop on the traditional Balinese Kecak or monkey chant. The Kecak is often learned as an introduction to Balinese Gamelan music and is an energetic interactive piece where the human voice is used as a percussion instrument. In its most common form consists of three interlocking rhythmic vocal parts. We'll learn the three parts separately and then hear how they combine synergistically to form the whole.

Cabaret — Sing Your Song! (evening)

Cabaret — Sing Your Song! (evening)

Price: $275

Days: MTWTh/MTWTh, July 17–27

Times: 5:30–7:50pm

Instructor: Ron Drotos

Location: Music 217 - McGown Room

Do you like to sing pop songs like Adele, rock 'n' roll a la Billy Joel, jazz like Tony Bennett, or classic Broadway show tunes? If so, then “Sing Your Song!” is for you! Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned professional, this course will help you develop your own personal singing style while preparing for a fun and amazing Cabaret performance (or two). You'll be coached on choosing songs, interpreting lyrics, phrasing and tempos, setting one's key, stage presence, patter, and microphone technique. Singers should bring sheet music for one song per week they are considering performing. [more]

Cabaret - Sing Your Song! (evening - week 1)
$140

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Cabaret - Sing Your Song! (evening - week 2)
$140

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Cabaret — Sing Your Song! (morning)

Cabaret — Sing Your Song! (morning)

Price: $275

Days: MTWThF/MTWThF, July 17–28

Times: 10:00–11:50am

Instructor: Ron Drotos

Location: Music 217 - McGown Room

Do you like to sing pop songs like Adele, rock 'n' roll a la Billy Joel, jazz like Tony Bennett, or classic Broadway show tunes? If so, then “Sing Your Song!” is for you! Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned professional, this course will help you develop your own personal singing style while preparing for a fun and amazing Cabaret performance (or two). You'll be coached on choosing songs, interpreting lyrics, phrasing and tempos, setting one's key, stage presence, patter, and microphone technique. Singers should bring sheet music for one song per week they are considering performing. [more]

Cabaret - Sing Your Song! (morning - week 1)
$140

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Cabaret - Sing Your Song! (morning - week 2)
$140

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Gospel Choir

Gospel Choir

Price: $100

Days: MTWTh/MTWThF, July 17–28

Times: 6:30–7:50pm

Instructors: Bobby Lewis, Eustace Johnson

Location: UCPC Sanctuary

Come celebrate with us! This class is open to all who love to sing, ages 15 and up. Study with renowned conductor Bobby Lewis and acclaimed pianist Eustace Johnson. Singers of any level of experience are welcome to register, no training or ability to read music necessary.

Jazz Vocal Workshop — with Special Topics

Jazz Vocal Workshop — with Special Topics

Price: $200

Days: MTWTh/MTWThF, July 17–28

Times: 2:30–3:20pm

Instructors: Greta Matassa, Darin Clendenin

Location: Music 301

Interested in singing jazz, but don't know how? Love to sing jazz, and want to brush up on some specific jazz techniques? Either way, this workshop is for you! We will work on general jazz singing techniques, such as phrasing, individual style, how to count off a tune, how to use song structure in your presentation, how to find the best key for your voice, etc. Bring sheet music for a song or two that you want to work on. In addition, we will offer special topics on several days. Come for the full two weeks, or pick the days you want! Students may be invited to perform with the Vocal Jazz Performance class, with instructor approval.

Jazz Vocal Workshop: Learn Some Standards With Greta
$30
M (week 1)
Learn to sing jazz with the wonderful Greta Matassa! What songs does a jazz singer sing? If you’re new to jazz singing, you can learn about the jazz repertoire. If you’re an experienced singer, come and refresh your skills. We will learn some classic jazz standards, a different selection every session.

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Jazz Vocal Workshop: Learn Some Standards With Greta
$30
T (week 1)
Learn to sing jazz with the wonderful Greta Matassa! What songs does a jazz singer sing? If you’re new to jazz singing, you can learn about the jazz repertoire. If you’re an experienced singer, come and refresh your skills. We will learn some classic jazz standards, a different selection every session.

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Jazz Vocal Workshop: Conversational Phrasing
$30
W (week 1)
Sing ballads from the heart. Why does it sound like Carmen McRae is talking to you when she’s singing? Why does Frank Sinatra seem to be in the same room with you while he’s singing “One For My Baby”? Learn some of the methods to personalize your ballads and make them more powerful.

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Jazz Vocal Workshop: Red, Hot and Bluesy
$30
Th (week 1)
Learn to sing the Blues! Greta will share some of her secrets for giving your songs grit and soul. By studying gospel and blues singers, you will learn how to add a run or melisma to your improvisation. Learn some important safety tips on "belting". Learn Greta’s exercises and warm ups to free you up to be more soulful in your phrasing.

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Jazz Vocal Workshop: Learn Some Standards With Greta
$30
M (week 2)
Learn to sing jazz with the wonderful Greta Matassa! What songs does a jazz singer sing? If you’re new to jazz singing, you can learn about the jazz repertoire. If you’re an experienced singer, come and refresh your skills. We will learn some classic jazz standards, a different selection every session.

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Jazz Vocal Workshop: Trust Your Ears
$30
T (week 2)
Learn a song from the inside out! This is Greta’s amazing method to teach you to sing and listen at the same time – the basis of jazz improvisation. She will play "mystery" songs for you, without melodies, and show you how to identify - by ear - the song form, structure and chord progression. You will make up your own melodies to go with the chords. This is an excellent workshop for instrumentalists as well as vocalists. Did we mention that this is a blast?

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Jazz Vocal Workshop: Grow Your Ears
$30
W (week 2)
‘Big Ears’ are important in jazz – we want to be fully immersed in the experience of creating the music. Quiet your inner critic and open up to new possibilities in improvisation! We’ll practice hearing the music as it’s happening, and allowing ourselves to respond without editing.

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Jazz Vocal Workshop: Beginnings and Endings
$30
Th (week 2)
Have trouble finding your way in when you’re singing with a band? Are you doing just fine ‘til you get to the end, and suddenly have no idea how to finish the tune? Learn some of the ways to begin and end jazz tunes; how to find your tempo, and how to communicate that plan to the instrumentalists.

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Jazz Vocal Workshop: Jazz Singer Clinic: The Wrap Up
$30
F (week 2)
As we wrap up the two weeks of work, revisit some of the big topics and grand ideas of jazz singing. Try out the songs you’ve been working on, with your own phrasing and improvisation. Once again, did we mention that this is a blast?

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Opera Chorus

Opera Chorus

Price: $100

Days: MTWThF/MTWThF, July 17–28

Times: 9:30am–12:00pm

Instructors: Jaunelle Celaire, Timothy Cheek, Lorna Eder, Rebecca Grimes, Chris Meerdink

Location: Davis Concert Hall

No audition needed. All Opera/Musical Theatre registrants will join together to rehearse and perform 3 or 4 large scenes making use of the full chorus.

Singin’ Country

Singin’ Country

Price: $80

Days: TWThF (week 2), July 25–28

Times: 11:00–11:50am

Instructor: Ann-Marita Garsed

Location: UCPC Music Room

If your car radio is constantly tuned to your favorite country station, and you sing along to every song, you will enjoy this course! We will look at how country music has evolved through the decades, and with that, how the singing style has changed, also how the vocal style differs from other styles of popular music. Participants will pick one song each and bring sheet music/chord chart, either traditional country, modern country, or Americana. We will work on vocal style, vowels, “twang”, maybe adding a bit of yodel where needed, then performing the songs in a group setting. [more]

Singing Norwegian Folk Music

Singing Norwegian Folk Music

Price: $65

Days: TWThF (week 2), July 25–28

Times: 10:00–10:50am

Instructor: Ann-Marita Garsed

Location: UCPC Music Room

We continue (see Monday's Introduction class) with some brief, entertaining history on traditional Norwegian folk music and Norwegian folklore, including some examples of singing styles and songs. Then we'll tackle singing some simple Norwegian songs in a group setting, practicing the lyrics phonetically, and exploring how vowel sounds and consonants differ from the English language. As you become more familiar with Norwegian pronunciation, you will be amazed how you are able to sing in Norwegian. Come join the fun of singing! All levels.

The Performing Songwriter

The Performing Songwriter

Price: $60

Days: TWTh (week 2), July 25–27

Times: 9:00–9:50am

Instructor: Ann-Marita Garsed

Location: UCPC Music Room

Are you a songwriter, aspiring to perform your songs for other people? Then this class is for you. We will perform our songs in a round, and also in a performance setting, with all participants having the opportunity to give constructive feedback and ideas. We will also discuss the various ways a singer/songwriter can build their audience and their following, book their own shows, improve their live performances, and record their own music, among other things. You are welcome to accompany yourself or bring an accompanist.

Vocal Jazz Performance

Vocal Jazz Performance

Price: $200

Days: MTWTh/MTWThF, July 17–28

Times: 3:30–5:20pm

Instructors: Greta Matassa, Clipper Anderson, Darin Clendenin, Zach Compston

Location: Music 301

Live the dream! This workshop teaches you how to sing with a professional jazz combo – and gives you the opportunity to do it! We’re going to the next level this year – Greta will include some of her advanced singers’ clinics in these sessions. Singers should memorize up to 4 songs – we will provide a list of hundreds of jazz standards that you can choose for this workshop. Greta will provide practice tracks in advance so that you can be ready to fine-tune during class. Want to sing something that is not on the list? Please review it with Greta before Festival so that the combo can be ready.

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