Sat. Feb. 6 – Apr. 24, 2021
10:00-11:00 AM weekly

Our beloved Many Voices, One Art Choral Festival comes to you!

Join us for weekly workshops exploring and celebrating the rich diversity of music and singing we all share. From Bach to barbershop, spirituals to shape note, Latin American songs to Gregorian chant, Broadway classics to Yiddish folk music: you never know what you might encounter.

Registration is FREE!


April 24, 2021
10-11am – On Zoom

Sing, Dance, Celebrate! – A Musical Journey through Brazilian Folk Traditions

Daniel Afonso

In this session, participants will make a “musical journey” through the five geographical regions of Brazil, and will be introduced to a different folk song from each region, reflecting their respective folk traditions. Participants are encouraged to use small percussion instruments and/ or “non-traditional” instruments (i.e., your own household items).

Widely recognized for his research and performance of Brazilian choral music, Daniel R. Afonso, Jr. is professor of music and Coordinator of Vocal and Choral Studies at California State University, Stanislaus. He received a degree in Educação Artística from the Universidade do Rio de Janeiro (UNI-Rio), a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Afonso has performed with choral groups in Brazil, U.S., and Europe, and has previously taught music at the Conservatório Brasileiro de Música, Universidade do Rio de Janeiro (UNI-Rio), and Doane College (Nebraska). He is the founding director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Chorus and, since 2001, and often serves as a guest conductor with the Modesto Symphony. 

Free registration

Past Events

April 17, 2021
10-11am – On Zoom

Spirituals Through Time: Gullah, Mainland, and New

Melanie DeMore

Join Melanie DeMore and take a deep dive into the rich and varied history of African-American spirituals, singing and exploring their incredible meaning and emotional power.

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.


April 10, 2021
10-11am – On Zoom

Medieval & Renaissance Music for Springtime

Shira Kammen

We’ll explore 1-5 part music from the 13th to the 16th centuries with Springtime texts, including compositions by Guillaume Dufay, Claudio Monteverdi, Anonymous, and more!

Multi-instrumentalist Shira Kammen has spent much of her life exploring the worlds of early and traditional music of all kinds. A member for many years of the early music Ensembles Alcatraz and Project Ars Nova, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata, storyteller/harpist Patrick Ball, singers Azam Ali and Joanna Newsom, the Balkan group Kitka, Anonymous IV, the King’s Noyse, the Newberry and Folger Consorts, The Compass of the Rose, Vajra Voices, Calextone, the Oregon, California and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals, and is the founder of Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to providing music on river rafting trips.


April 3, 2021
10-11am – On Zoom

Dancing with the Gods: Baroque Dance

Jennifer Meller

A noble dancer at the 18th century French Court strove to be a conduit of connection between the earth and the heavens. Multiple dance choreographies that have survived from the 1700s were to be danced for and by Gods, Goddesses, and other mythological characters from the astral plane. In this easeful and lighthearted one-hour dance class we’ll follow in the footsteps of dancers who graced the courtly stages of Europe over 300 years ago, and explore the gestures and passions that transported the audience to that magical place between the worlds.

This is a beginning-level dance class that is adaptable to whatever space you have at home for dancing. No shoes or special clothing required.

Jennifer Meller is a musician and dancer, and enjoys exploring connections between the two disciplines. She is the founder and Artistic Director of San Francisco Renaissance & Baroque Dancers and Director of Creative Development for the New York Baroque Dance Company. She works with early music ensembles in the Bay Area to create performances, reconstruct ancient operas, teach classes and organize workshops and events centered around early dance. Ms. Meller has taught master classes at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s College, Dominican University, College of the Pacific, and at the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Music Discovery Workshop.

Free registration

March 27, 2021
10-11am – On Zoom

Dancing with the Devil: Renaissance Dance

Jennifer Meller

The Medici were an immensely influential family in Renaissance Italy who built an empire of power through sometimes ruthless methods. Having aligned themselves with the Catholic Church, neglecting to pay what you owed to the Medici bank could cause you to be ex-communicated, essentially condemning you to hell. In this easeful and lighthearted one-hour dance class we’ll thwart the flames of eternal damnation with a 15th century dance apparently choreographed by the great cultural patron Lorenzo de Medici (Lorenzo the Magnificent) called Bassadanza Lauro.

This is a beginning-level dance class that is adaptable to whatever space you have at home for dancing. No shoes or special clothing required.

Jennifer Meller is a musician and dancer, and enjoys exploring connections between the two disciplines. She is the founder and Artistic Director of San Francisco Renaissance & Baroque Dancers and Director of Creative Development for the New York Baroque Dance Company. She works with early music ensembles in the Bay Area to create performances, reconstruct ancient operas, teach classes and organize workshops and events centered around early dance. Ms. Meller has taught master classes at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s College, Dominican University, College of the Pacific, and at the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Music Discovery Workshop.

Free registration

March 20, 2021
10-11am – On Zoom

Song & Social Justice

Melanie DeMore

Music has always been an integral part of protest, motivating people and providing emotional and spiritual strength. Join vocal activist Melanie DeMore to experience the incredible power of song in the on-going fight for equality and justice.

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.


March 13, 2021
10-11am – On Zoom

Russian Songs From the Heart

Elena Sharkova

Remember “Moscow Nights,” “Kalinka” and the Red Army Chorus? Sing these memorable tunes and learn new folk and urban songs from Russia, with Elena Sharkova, a Russian-American conductor living in the Bay Area.

A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, conductor Elena Sharkova is passionate about promoting Russian music. She has lectured extensively on Russian choral tradition and premiered several contemporary Russian major choral works outside of her native country. Currently Artistic Director of Symphony Silicon Valley Chorus and Cantabile Youth Singers, Ms. Sharkova is in demand nationally and internationally as guest conductor, lecturer, and jury member at choral competitions and festivals.


March 6, 2021
10-11am – On Zoom

Songs of Solace

Melanie DeMore

Using voice as a tool of service, we will sing in order to bring comfort and release to ourselves and to others, learning songs from many cultures.

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.


February 27, 2021
10-11am – On Zoom

Balkan Vocal Traditions – Demystified!

Janet Kutulas, Kitka

Warm up Bulgarian-style, and sing excerpts from the South Slavic folk repertoire to take a closer look at the unique vocal quality, ornaments, and rhythms found in these beautiful traditional songs.

Beginning her career as a flutist, Janet Kutulas graduated from the SF Conservatory of Music in 1987, and has performed as a member in groups such as the California Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, and as a founding member of Earplay. She has been a vocalist and director of Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble since 1988, and Director of the Kitka Community Chorus Zele since 2013.


Photo by Paul Haggard

February 6, 13 and 20, 2021
10-11am – On Zoom

Body Music

Keith Terry, Crosspulse, International Body Music Festival

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.

3-session series (recommended in sequence)

Feb. 6 – Body Music around the world

Feb. 13 – Mapping the Body with Rhythm Blocks

Feb. 20 – Exploring Independence with Hands, Feet and Voice

Keith Terry is a percussionist / rhythm dancer / educator / body musician specializing in rhythmic work with an international and cultural perspective. He presents workshops and master classes in traditional and contemporary styles of Body Music; rhythmic skill building; lecture-demonstrations that explore rhythmic systems around the world; and performances.

Learn more about Keith’s background here →


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