Most Saturdays
Oct. 9-Nov.20, 2021
10:00-11:00 AM weekly

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

Join us online on select Saturday mornings to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of music and singing we all share. With fun, interactive workshops ranging from Body Music to Brazilian, Monteverdi to Medieval: you never know what you might encounter!

Registration is FREE!


November 20, 2021
10-11am – On Zoom

Gratitude, Gratefulness, and Grief

Melanie DeMore

From wanting more to having more than enough. Song of many traditions.

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.

Free registration

Past Events

November 6, 2021
10-11am – On Zoom

Claudio Monteverdi: Inventing a New Style

Robert Worth

Claudio Monteverdi, born in 1567, came of age in the world of the late Renaissance, and became a consummate master of its musical forms. However, he lived well over half of his life in the 17th century, and was one of the leading lights in the development of early Baroque style and genres. We’ll take a look at—and sing!—lots of great repertoire from both sides of the divide, and we will explore how Monteverdi’s music and ideas evolved throughout his long, storied career.

Robert Worth is the founding music director of Sonoma Bach. In 2010, he retired as Professor of Music at Sonoma State University, where he taught choral music, early music and many other subjects for 29 years. In addition to his work in the fields of choral and early music, Bob has a specialty in musicianship training, and for ten years ran the ear-training program at SSU. He was deeply involved in the Green Music Center project in its early years, serving as consultant to the architects on such issues as acoustics, choral performance facilities and the John Brombaugh Opus 9 pipe organ in Schroeder Hall. Bob received his BA in music at SSU in 1980, and his MA in musicology at UC Berkeley in 1982.


October 9, 2021
10-11am – On Zoom

Body Music

Keith Terry

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.

Inspired by that generation of great US jazz tap dancers he was accompanying in the 1970’s, drummer Keith Terry stood up from behind his drums and dove head-on into Body Music (a term he coined) in 1978. He regularly travels the world, performing and teaching in a wide range of settings from villages in Bali to New York City’s Lincoln Center. Keith is a Guggenheim Fellow and the founding artistic director of both the Oakland, California based arts organization, Crosspulse, since 1979; and the International Body Music Festival (IBMF) – launched by Crosspulse in 2008 to explore the language of Body Music from culture to culture. The IBMF’s full festivals and MiniFests have been produced in the US, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, France, Canada, Italy, Greece and Ghana. Keith has produced more than a dozen recordings, dvds, and books for Crosspulse Media. His latest record, Free Dive, featuring Keith, Jeff Cressman, Bryan Dyer, Cecilia Engelhart and Steve Hogan, will be released on November 22, in concert at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage. More info at www.crosspulse.com


October 16, 2021
10-11am – On Zoom

Brazil: At the Intersection of Music and Culture

Daniel Afonso

Exploring the enormous variety of Brazilian music, dance, and food now and in the past

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.


October 23, 2021
10-11am – On Zoom

The Holly and The Oak – Medieval and Renaissance Music with Nature Texts

Shira Kammen

Including compositions by Guillaume de Machaut, Henry VIII, 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.