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Saturday, February 8

9:00am PST

Essential Voice Technique for Ensemble and Solo Singers
Singers will learn how to be better ensemble members and soloists by working on essential technical exercises to improve range, flexibility, breath support and much more. Artistry is often compromised when dealing with the limitations of our instruments. Beth will provide tools to help singers address their limitations and improve their tone, range, control and overall musicianship. Participants will be given the opportunity to apply these techniques during the session as a soloist and/or ensemble member.

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Beth Rohde

Music Director, Coast Music
Beth Rohde has had a wide-ranging career in music as a performer and educator. She began her professional career in Boston singing jazz and Brazilian music as a solo artist and with the band Beijo do Brasil. She moved back to her hometown of Minneapolis in 1993 and worked as a jingle... Read More →

Saturday February 8, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am PST
SMHS Innovation 215

10:10am PST

Circle Singing
50 minutes of sound and stillness, spanning from soulful dance party to sound-bath, all through the power of your voice joined with others'. By you, for you.

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Paola Munda

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style." (MAYA ANGELOU) This quote summarizes what's behind every artistic creation that comes from Paola and it's reflected in her art, as a songwriter... Read More →
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Tracy Robertson

LA based vocalist, instructor, multi-instrumentalist and vocal percussionist Tracy LJ Robertson enjoys working in a variety of musical settings. While studying at Berklee College of Music he directed the two-time ICCA winning a cappella group “Pitch Slapped”, and performed in... Read More →

Saturday February 8, 2020 10:10am - 11:00am PST
SMHS Innovation 215

11:20am PST

Creating Vocal Textures
Using an exploratory and collaborative format, the singers of HIVE will demonstrate how to use your voice to create different textures, colors and shapes. Beginning with rhythm section, and adding vocal layers, HIVE creates a rich soundscape using only five voices. Topics will include groove, syllables, vowel shaping, nuance, dynamics, blend, harmony, dissonance and more!

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HIVE is a group of humans making music with just their voices and some crazy sound effects – all while trying to make the world a better place. All HIVE singers are also music educators and not only sing and perform, but also teach workshops on vocal music. Giving back to the musical... Read More →

Saturday February 8, 2020 11:20am - 12:10pm PST
SMHS Innovation 215

2:30pm PST

Arrangement Reading Class
Let’s sing! We’ll quickly learn a few easy/intermediate arrangement samples and make some music quickly. This class is designed to be beneficial to all skill levels. Whether you are a strong sight-reader or a complete novice, we’ll keep everyone engaged and working on something! The more the merrier!

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Andy Degan

A singer, arranger, and educator hailing from Bristol, CT Andy Degan has passionately pursued a diverse and well-rounded understanding of music and all of its elements. His early professional career began in the worlds of choral music and Contemporary A Cappella. Since then, Mr. Degan has... Read More →

Saturday February 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:20pm PST
SMHS Innovation 215

3:40pm PST

Songwriting Unlocked
Do you have an interest in writing original songs but feel intimidated and overwhelmed by the prospect? In this class, we'll talk about overcoming hurdles to songwriting, discuss some key ideas and tips, and write a song together as a group. The world needs your voice and your creative presence. Come unlock your inner songwriter!

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Gina Deaton

President, CASA
Gina has a background in all things vocal music, and got involved in a cappella through a semi-professional group after college. After attending SoJam (ahem) many years ago, she fell in love with the community and started volunteering whenever possible. Most recently, Gina completed... Read More →

Saturday February 8, 2020 3:40pm - 4:30pm PST
SMHS Innovation 215