Many Voices, One Art

Saturday, March 9, 2019


Many Voices, One Art

A Bay Area Choral Festival

Saturday, March 9, 2019
10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore St. (at Jackson), San Francisco

Now in its 4th year, MVOA is a unique musical event eagerly anticipated by singers from around the Bay Area and beyond. Experience the dazzling variety of our local choral offerings in free workshops ranging from Gospel to Chant, Yiddish Folk Songs to Bach, Mozart to Mexican Baroque, Vocal Workshops to Body Music…every year offers something new and different.

The SF Bach Choir hosts this exciting day of singing, learning, making friends, and finding community through music. All are welcome–no music reading or vocal training necessary.

Bay Area Choral Festival Invites Everyone to Participate
San Francisco Classical Voice article on the 2017 MVOA Festival


Time Event Presenter
9:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:30 Opening Sing
10:45 – 11:45 Celebrating Chant Marsha Genensky
Singing Gospel Terrance Kelly
Body Music Keith Terry
Marianna Who? Martines, Vienna, and Music Alexandra Amati
Mexican Baroque Workshop Martha Rodríguez-Salazar
12:00 – 1:00 Maintaining a Healthy Voice Ruth Rainero, M.A.
A Place for Everybody: Tightening The Weave Of Community Melanie DeMore
Life After Death: The Completion of Mozart’s Requiem George B. Stauffer
Song and Movement Evie Ladin
Best Choir Member Ever! Dr. Timothy Seelig
1:00 – 1:50 Lunch
2:00 – 3:00 The Perfect Blend Dr. Timothy Seelig
Zingeray: Yiddish Folk Songs Jeanette Lewicki
Why Bach Matters George B. Stauffer
Gullah Stick Pounding Workshop Melanie DeMore
Mozart’s Magnificent Requiem: A Choral Sampler Magen Solomon
3:15 – 4:00 Closing Sing
Marsha Genensky

Marsha Genensky

Celebrating Chant

An approach to singing chant that reflects its origin as heightened speech, and will resonate with you, whether you sing in a chant group, the SF Bach Choir, a jazz ensemble, or a barbershop quartet.

Marsha Genensky is a founding member of the female vocal quartet, Anonymous 4. She and her colleagues made more than twenty recordings of medieval chant and polyphony, new music, and American roots music. Marsha now works on behalf of the award-winning girls’ choral education organization, iSing Silicon Valley.

Terrance Kelley

Terrance Kelley, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

Singing Gospel

Come make a joyful noise and sing some traditional Gospel songs. We’re going to have a good time!

Terrance Kelly has garnered extensive credentials in both gospel and jazz music. His operatic range and jubilant emotion make him a popular soloist as well as an accomplished director, composer, and arranger. His credits include choral arrangements on albums by Linda Ronstadt and the Kronos Quartet and gospel arrangements of popular music for TV and video soundtracks.

Keith Terry

Keith Terry, Crosspulse, International Body Music Festival

Body Music

Using the oldest instrument on the planet — the human body — we clap, slap, snap, step and vocalize our way through some very fun and funky, original and traditional rhythmic music. BODY MUSIC is an effective way of internalizing rhythmic work, which enhances the development of time, timing, phrasing, listening skills, independence, coordination and ensemble awareness. It is a useful tool for musicians, dancers and movers of all kinds, actors, DJs and film editors — anyone interested in deepening their rhythmic skills. Dress in comfortable clothes and shoes for moving.

Keith Terry has jaywalked the line between music and dance for nearly five decades. Keith tours extensively in the Americas, Asia, and Europe — from Lincoln Center to the Bali Arts Festival and the Vienna International Dance Festival, and has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, PRI’s The World, and CBS News Nightwatch. Keith has been on the faculty at UCLA; produces CDs, DVDs and books for Crosspulse Media; and is the founder of Crosspulse, a 40 year-old, Oakland-based, non-profit arts organization dedicated to the creation, performance and education of rhythm-based intercultural music and dance; Keith Terry is the founding artistic director of Crosspulse’s International Body Music Festival (IBMF). Launched in 2008, this annual week-long festival explores the language of body music from culture to culture and has been produced in the US, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, France and Ghana.

Alexandra Amati

Alexandra Amati, University of San Francisco

Marianna Who? Martines, Vienna, and Music

In this session we will explore the life and works of Marianna Martines, a Spanish-Neapolitan-Viennese composer, and a friend of Mozart, Hasse, Metastasio and many more.

Alexandra Amati, originally from Italy, studied at the University of Pisa (Slavic Studies and Philology), Conservatory of Music of Lucca (piano and composition), and Harvard University (PhD in musicology). Her scholarly interests include the Italian Renaissance, Italian opera, Feminist criticism, and more. She serves as the President of the Harvard Club of San Francisco, on the Harvard Alumni board, and has served on the SFBC’s board and as its president. She is an alto profondo.

Martha Rodriguez Salazar

Martha Rodríguez-Salazar, Community Music Center

Mexican Baroque Workshop

We will be learning two pieces of the Mexican Baroque period, one in Spanish and the other one in Nahuatl (language of the Aztecs). No need to fluent in any of those languages, the only requirement is for you to want to have fun singing ancient music from Mexico.

Martha Rodríguez-Salazar has a multi-faceted musical career that includes work as a conductor, flutist, mezzo-soprano, teacher, and producer who has been bringing Latin American folk, classical and contemporary music to the Bay Area for more than 15 years. She conducts the Coro de Cámara, specializing in classical and folk music of Latin America, and four community choirs for older adults, two of which have spawned a national research project investigating the health benefits of choral singing for seniors.

Ruth Rainero

Ruth Rainero, M.A.

Maintaining a Healthy Voice

Strategies for keeping the singing and speaking voice healthy, and for rehabilitating the voice.

Ruth Rainero holds a Master’s degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague in The Netherlands, and a Bachelor’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts. At her private studios in New York City and San Francisco, Ruth teaches singing, voice rehabilitation, and communication skills. She has taken courses in voice science, and can therefore combine knowledge of anatomy, acoustics, biomechanics, and vocal fold oscillation with her many years of teaching experience.

Melanie DeMore

Melanie DeMore

A Place for Everybody: Tightening The Weave Of Community

How can the power of music, singing, and community heal our hearts in this time of loud strident voices? We’re gonna make harmony! We will explore various vocal and communal traditions, and learn how to sing with and from our whole selves, inspiring you to make music from the inside out.

Gullah Stick Pounding Workshop

Come learn about the Gullah culture through its dynamic music and rhythmic heart. We will learn music from my two sticking pounding choral pieces, ‘Freedom Land’ and ’Sanctuary,’ as I introduce you to their songs and history. Together we will create a foot-stomping, hand-clapping rhythmic community!

Melanie DeMore is a renowned singer-songwriter, choral conductor, and vocal activist who believes in the transformative power of voices raised in song. A founding member of Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, she has conducted the Oakland Youth Chorus, Bay Area Women’s Chorus, and is a Teaching Artist for Cal Performances, and active member of the Threshold Choir movement. She has led vocal workshops for professional and community choirs, and in schools, prisons, and other organizations across the world.

George B. Stauffer, Rutgers University

Life After Death: The Completion of Mozart’s Requiem

When Mozart died in December 1791, he left behind the skeletal score of a grand Requiem Mass. How was it completed, and by whom? Come and find out.

Why Bach Matters

One hears Bach’s works everywhere these days — in concerts, in television commercials, in stores in shopping malls, in elevators. Why is it that this music endures? Why does Bach matter?

George B. Stauffer is Dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Distinguished Professor of Music History at Rutgers University. He has published eight books on Bach and music of the Baroque Era and gives pre-concert talks frequently in New York City.

Evie Ladin, MoToR/dance, International Body Music Festival, Crosspulse

Song & Movement

Based in Appalachian traditional repertoire we’ll explore both harmony parts and rhythmic complexity simultaneous with body movement and body percussion.

Combining adept instrumentation, a singular voice, and the motion and percussion of her body to create “neo-traditional kinetic folk,” Evie Ladin reconnects Appalachian music/dance with other African-Diaspora traditions, and has been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Lincoln Center.

Timothy Seelig

Dr. Timothy Seelig

Best Choir Member Ever!

Of course you want to win that title! We’ll cover rehearsal and performance preparation, memorization tools, appropriate expressions of appreciation for your choir director 🙂 and sing some, too!

The Perfect Blend

What does it really mean to “blend” and is that a good or bad thing? We’ll cover everything from stage deportment to vocal technique so that you are a stand out in your blend abilities!

Tim Seelig is a conductor, singer, teacher and author. He the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Dr. Seelig holds four degrees, including the Doctor of Musical Arts degree and the Diploma from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He has authored seven books and DVDs on choral technique.

Jeannette Lewicki

Jeanette Lewicki, The Gonifs Klezmer Band

Zingeray: Yiddish Folk Songs

Yiddish folk songs for group singing include comic & tragic songs about women, thieves, justice, love, & potatoes, from the last four centuries or earlier. We’ll also look at pronunciation, tone production, characteristic ornaments, & cultural context.

Jeanette Lewicki (say “Levitsky”) performs Yiddish song & accordion music in concert halls, weddings, record studios, dreams & subways around the world. She has taught acclaimed workshops at Yiddish Summer Weimar, Yiddish New York, KlezCaliforna, & Sonoma State University, & once even coached Michael Tilson Thomas in Yiddish song.

SF Bach Choir Artistic Director Magen Solomon

Magen Solomon, SF Bach Choir, SF Choral Artists

Mozart’s Magnificent Requiem: A Choral Sampler

A singing introduction to one of Mozart’s most beloved works, we will explore the different moods, textures, and colors of his choral writing. By learning short portions, we will directly experience Mozart’s genius and style.

Artistic Director of the SF Bach Choir since 2014, Dr. Solomon is active across the US and abroad as a clinician, teacher, and guest conductor of university and civic choral ensembles. In her 24th season directing the SF Choral Artists, she has also conducted at UC Berkeley, and maintains a private voice and conducting studio.