Sat. Oct. 10 – Nov. 21, 2020
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!

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020
10-11am – On Zoom

Sing We and Chant It!

English Madrigals with Magen Solomon

Playful and silly… or slyly suggestive?  The rich trove of English madrigals has been a source of enjoyment for singers for over 4 centuries.  Join us in singing these wonderful pieces and exploring their history and background and hidden meanings.

With interesting and amusing musicological tidbits provided by SFBC’s Resident Musicologist, Alexandra Amati

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020
10-11am – On Zoom

Terrance Kelly, 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.

Photo by Paul Haggard

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020
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.

Learn more about Keith’s background here →

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.

Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
10-11am – On Zoom

SingAsana—Yoga and Body Awareness for Singers

The workshop will focus on breath and body awareness, as well as the physical and mental postures that best support singing. Singers will learn vocal exercises, breathing exercises (pranayama), and yoga poses that will help free their voices. Comfortable clothing is all that is required—movement will be gentle.

Justin Montigne is an expressive countertenor who specializes in early music, and has also premiered numerous contemporary works with orchestra and in recital. Dr. Montigne sang with the Grammy Award winning men’s ensemble, Chanticleer, performing in venues from Carnegie Hall to Vienna’s Musikverein and appearing on several Chanticleer recordings. As one of the Bay Area’s preeminent vocal pedagogues, Dr. Montigne is the Director of Voice Studies for the Grammy Award winning San Francisco Girls Chorus, the founding co-director of the Bay Area Vocal Academy, and teaches vocal courses at Sonoma State University.

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020
10-11am – On Zoom

Holding on to Hope
Tightening Our Community

Everyone is invited to a traditional Community Sing where we’ll learn a range of sacred and secular tunes from many musical traditions. Let’s build connections through song.

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.

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020
10-11am – On Zoom

Days Gone By – Fun with American Popular Music

We will get playful, enjoying the harmonies and melodies of American pop music from the 1950’s to the 1980’s.

Beth Wilmurt directs the Children’s Chorus and several Older Adult Choirs for San Francisco Community Music Center. She has been teaching singing, acting and movement in the Bay Area for the past twenty years as well as working as an actor, singer, and theater director. She loves singing in groups!

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020
10-11am – On Zoom

Medieval & Renaissance Music for the Winter Season

with Shira Kammen

We’ll explore 1-5 part music from the 13th to the 16th centuries with Wintery texts, including compositions by Guillaume Dufay, Adam de la Halle, Orlando di Lasso, 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. She has worked with students in many different settings, among them teaching summer music workshops in the woods, coaching students of early music in such schools as Yale University, Case Western, the University of Oregon at Eugene, and working at specialized seminars at the Fondazione Cini in Venice, Italy and the Scuola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. Shira directs a chamber chorus called Gallimaufry, and co-directs a women’s vocal ensemble, WAVE, and currently directs the music for the California Revels. She has played on a number of movie and television soundtracks, when weird medieval instruments are needed.