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July 2019

$15 – $42

Le Vent du Nord 2019

Wed, July 17, 7:30 PM
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Rehearsal, Opera Dress (7/19)

Thu, July 18, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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$15 – $30

Piano Series: Spencer Myer and Mario Diaz-Moresco 2019

Thu, July 18, 2:30 PM

Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone; Spencer Myer, piano An afternoon of songs, old and new: Brahms, Schubert, and Barber will make up the first half; gems by Respighi, John Musto and Amy Beach will round out the program.

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$15 – $42

Badi Assad, Diego Figueiredo 2019

Thu, July 18, 7:30 PM

Brazil’s Badi Assad is lauded as one of the world’s most unique performance artists of this generation. She transcends traditional styles of her native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and world/ethnic sounds from around the world. Combining an extraordinary guitar talent, unique mouth percussion and beautiful singing, Assad creates an exciting, fresh sound. Fellow Brazilian Diego Figueiredo, a virtuoso with an infectious, joyful feeling, is a fast-rising star among the world’s greatest jazz guitarists. His superb technique and imagination have made him one of the hottest international names as he unites a fusion of Brazilian music with jazz. Twice a winner at the Montreux Jazz Competition, Figueiredo is also a producer, arranger, orchestrator and multi-instrumentalist.

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$15 – $30

Kathleen Grace 2019

Fri, July 19, 2:30 PM

Kathleen Grace has forged a remarkable career that has sent her around the globe playing for audiences who appreciate her eclectic musical tastes that range from jazz, to blues, to indie folk. Following a year recording with the iconic Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) and performing with the chart-topping rock band, Portugal. The Man, Grace returns to the Music Festival performing her nostalgia-driven songs. Her upcoming albums, Tie Me to You and Like a Radio, feature unique collaborations with…

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Guitars in the Mendocino Village 2019

Fri, July 19, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

If you’re out and about Mendocino on Friday afternoon July 19 during the Festival you may happen upon a little Bach, some bossa nova, or even a classic pop song being conjured up on one or more guitars. The Mendocino Guitar Workshop, in co-operation with the Mendocino Music Festival, will unleash another eclectic crew of guitarists in shops and galleries around the village to add a little spice to the fortnight’s already festive air. Watch for signs indicating the locations…

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Anne Woodhead 2019

Fri, July 19, 6:30 PM

Lecture admission is included with your concert ticket. Ann Woodhead, Stage Director for this year’s opera, L’elisir d’amore,  is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, actor, and director. This is her second production for the Mendocino Music Festival. Now a full-time Mendocino Coast resident, Ann lived in Sonoma County for 30 years, teaching at Sonoma State University from 1975-2001, where she was Professor of Dance.  She has performed as a dance soloist in the U.S. and Europe; toured with her own dance…

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$15 – $52

Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore 2019

Fri, July 19, 7:30 PM

Guest conductor Mary Chun. Stage director Ann Woodhead. Donizetti’s enduringly popular comic opera features a spunky and beautiful landowner, a poor but good-hearted country boy and a puffed up sergeant who vie with each other for her affections, and a quack doctor who specializes in love potions that may bring two of them together. But which two? Beautiful arias and duets fill this two-act opera. Aurelie Veruni, Adina; Kevin Gino, Nemorino; Alex DeSocio, Belcore; Bojan Knezevic, Dulcamara; Ana Lucas, Gianetta;…

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Rehearsal, Big Band (7/20)

Sat, July 20, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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$15 – $30

Alex de Grassi and Andrew York 2019

Sat, July 20, 2:30 PM

Fingerstyle guitar master Alex de Grassi is the founder of the Mendocino Summer Guitar Workshop which runs concurrently with the Mendocino Music Festival. Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist, composer and guest workshop teacher Andrew York joins him again this year in a concert program featuring their solo and duo compositions and arrangements that blend the sonorities of steel-string and classical guitar. They will be joined by members of the Mendocino Summer Guitar Workshop in the premier of a composition for guitar…

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$15 – $55

Festival Big Band: Tribute to Aretha, featuring Kim Nalley 2019

Sat, July 20, 7:30 PM

With a reputation as one of the world’s best jazz and blues vocalists, Kim Nalley is back to join the big band musicians in a tribute to the incomparable Aretha Franklin. She has pipes to burn, a 3½ octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, and projection that can whisper a ballad yet is capable of filling a room with no microphone.

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$15 – $30

Brahms: His Life and Times, featuring Susan Waterfall 2019

Sun, July 21, 2:30 PM

Brahms’ momentous meeting with Clara and Robert Schumann when he was only 20 forged a bond of love and familial connection that lasted throughout Brahms’ and Clara’s lifetimes. Susan’s lecture will be supplemented with images and recorded examples. The two chamber concerts divide Brahms’ life roughly in half: before and after 1878, when he grew the bushy beard he was able to hide behind for the rest of his life.

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$15 – $52

Ruthie Foster 2019

Sun, July 21, 7:30 PM

Hailing from rural Texas, Foster is a singer-songwriter of blues and folk music. Mixing a wide palette of American song forms, from gospel and blues to jazz, folk and soul, she is often compared to Bonnie Raitt. Drawing influence from legendary acts like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, Foster has developed a unique sound not contained in a single genre. That sound echoes a common theme in Ruthie’s life and career—marching to the beat of her own drum. Click here…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/24)

Mon, July 22, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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$100

Ledford House: the Iconic Festival Dinner Party 2019

Mon, July 22, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Enjoy a delightful evening of gourmet food and music at one of the area’s leading restaurants, with premium wines generously supplied by Husch Vineyards, and an intimate musical performance by TBA. The Ledford House Restaurant is located seven miles South of Mendocino on Highway One in Albion, California. Its bluff top location on the Albion headlands allows panoramic views of the Pacific ocean and breathtaking sunsets. The Restaurant reflects the provencal style of Southern France, and accommodates 65 to 90…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/24)

Tue, July 23, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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$15 – $30

Brahms: Clean-Shaven-2019

Tue, July 23, 2:30 PM

Susan Waterfall will play the Four Ballades Op. 10; Miles Graber, Larry Lowe, and Jay Zhong will essay the Horn Trio in E-flat Major Op. 40; and Carolyn Steinbuck, Jay Zhong, Tammie Dyer, Susan Freier, and Stephen Harrison will interpret the F minor Piano Quintet Op. 34.

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$15 – $42

Carolyn Wonderland 2019

Tue, July 23, 7:30 PM

A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.

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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/24)

Wed, July 24, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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$15 – $30

The Odd Dogs 2019

Wed, July 24, 2:30 PM

The Odd Dogs’ sound is a melting pot of dynamic rock and world music, expressed through jazz and improvisational sensibilities. The band draws from a rich pallet of musical influences: Rush, Tool, Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, Joe Zawinul, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Frank Zappa, and Thelonious Monk. Each an accomplished musician in his own right, the members of The Odd Dogs have a combined 200+ years in the music world. Their versatility and experience is exactly what made it possible for them…

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Kayleen Asbo, Ph. D. 2019

Wed, July 24, 6:30 PM

Kayleen Asbo is a passionate scholar: a cultural historian, musician, writer and teacher who weaves myth, music, psychology, history and art with experiential learning. A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for seventeen years, Kayleen also teaches regularly for the Osher Life Long Learning Institutes at UC Berkeley, Sonoma State University and Dominican University. Her classes on a wide array of topics ranging from Depth Psychology to Dante to Contemporary Classical Music have been hailed as “inspirational,”…

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$15 – $52

Festival Orchestra 2, featuring Spencer Myer 2019

Wed, July 24, 7:30 PM

Festival Orchestra with pianist Spencer Myer The concert will open with Mendelssohn’s evocative concert overture, The Hebrides; long-time crowd favorite Spencer Myer will bring his warm and intelligent interpretation of Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54; and Brahms’ last symphony, No. 4 in E minor Op. 98 will wrap up the evening. Ticket price includes pre-concert lecture at 6:30

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (no chorus) (7/27)

Thu, July 25, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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$15 – $30

Brahms: Bearded 2019

Thu, July 25, 2:30 PM

Susan Waterfall and Eric Kritz will play the Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 120; Christopher Nomura and Daniel Lockert will sing Vier Ernste Gesänge; and Jay Zhong, Tammie Dyer, Susan Freier, Stephen Harrison, and Danny Sheu will play the String Quintet No. 2 in G Major Op. 111, “Prater.”

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$15 – $42

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band 2019

Thu, July 25, 7:30 PM

Grammy-award winner Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter who started his career as a Blue Grass Boy in 1964. By Bill Monroe’s own admission, Peter sounded a lot like him and when the two harmonized, they were said to have reached “heavenly heights.” The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band is made up of outstanding musicians; joining guitarist Peter Rowan are Keith Little, banjo; Paul Knight, bass; Chris Henry, mandolin; and Blaine Sprouse, fiddle. The band plays original songs written by Rowan along…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/27)

Fri, July 26, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/27)

Fri, July 26, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
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$15 – $30

Emerging Artists Concert 2019

Fri, July 26, 4:00 PM

The annual recital by the enormously talented young string players from the festival’s Emerging Artists Program is anticipated by all who love chamber music.

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$15 – $52

Sweet Honey in the Rock® 2019

Fri, July 26, 7:30 PM

Sweet Honey is a well-known Grammy Award-winning (and many times nominated) a cappella ensemble that expresses their history as African American women through song, dance, and sign language. Rooted in the hymns, gospel music, and spirituals, the troupe seeks to preserve and extend the traditions of African American vocal music while addressing the critical issues of our time. This vibrant group educates, entertains, and empowers with a compelling theatrical flair and beautiful singing. There will be a sign language interpreter…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/27)

Sat, July 27, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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$15 – $30

Business Casual 2019

Sat, July 27, 2:30 PM

Bay Area vocal band Business Casual explores a wide range of genres including pop, jazz, soul, folk and swing to produce fresh a cappella versions of vintage chart toppers, today’s top 40 hits, and award-winning original songs. In 2018, Business Casual was named National Champion at the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival and their first original single, “Ain’t No Way,” was released. With the powerful leads, floor-thumping bass, and sizzling beats in this energetic show, audiences can’t believe the singers…

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Daniel Lockert 2019

Sat, July 27, 6:30 PM

As a soloist or collaborator, Daniel Lockert is equally versatile on the piano, organ and harpsichord. A native of San Diego, CA, he began formal piano studies at the age of five. Throughout high school, he exclusively studied the organ. After getting his Bachelor’s in Piano Performance and a minor in organ from Loma Linda University, he attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and obtained an advanced degree in the specialized field of Accompanying, studying with the…

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$15 – $55

Festival Orchestra 3, featuring the Festival Chorus 2019

Sat, July 27, 7:30 PM

Festival Orchestra and Chorus The season finale will feature Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major; Brahms’ orchestrally-accompanied choral work, Schicksalslied Op. 54; and Beethoven’s great choral Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125, with soloists Shawnette Sulker, Betany Coffland, Christòpheren Nomura, and Alex Boyer. Ticket price includes pre-concert lecture at 6:30

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September 2019

Mendocino Music Festival Chorale Auditions

Mon, September 9, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Monday, September 9, 11-1:30 and 6-8.

September 9, 11:00 AM-1:30 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM. The Mendocino Music Festival Chorale is looking for singers for its small auditioned ensemble. Particularly seeking tenors, and potentially other voice types, for two concerts per year plus possible involvement in the Festival Opera. Rehearsals are Sundays 6:00-8:00 PM. Please prepare a song (accompanist will be provided) and be prepared to sightread a brief passage. Email jenny.matteucci@gmail.com for an audition slot, indicating which window of time you would like.

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December 2019

$50

Festival Christmas Concert and Celebration 2019

Sat, December 7, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Festival Christmas Concert and Celebration Saturday, December 7, 2:30-5:00 Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, and Larson Hall $50 per person, to benefit the Mendocino Music Festival adult education department. Join us in the warm redwood embrace of the lovely 1904 sanctuary for the first half of the concert, in which the Festival Chorale, directed by Jenny Matteucci, will present music ranging from contemplative, to joyous, and to the sublimely beautiful. Pieces include Ola Gjeilo’s ethereal arrangement of “The…

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February 2020

$15

Wonder Women: Hidden Heroines of Music History, Kayleen Asbo, Ph. D.

Sat, February 8, 2:30 PM

Composer, musicologist and pianist Kayleen Asbo, the acclaimed cultural historian for the Santa Rosa Symphony, will introduce us through lecture and performance to four of the most fascinating women from music history. Meet Hildegard von Bingen, a Benedictine abbess of the 12th century whose art, music and writings about nature contain revelations of wonder for our own time; Italian courtesan Barbara Strozzi, whose ravishing works for voice and lute are models of intimate sensuality; the genteel Fanny Mendelssohn, who was…

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$80

Vocal Masterclass (8 times, 1/20-3/9)

Mon, February 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Mondays, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM, January 20-March 9 (eight weeks). Join a small group of singers who want to hone their skills and become better at their craft. If you sing in a local chorus, at church, at events, or even privately, this class will help you find better vocal technique and artistry, and help you refine your voice and performance skills. Best for singers who have taken the beginning voice class, Finding Your True Voice, or who have had some private training.

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$80

The World of Duets, Trios and Small Ensembles (8 times, 1/20-3/9)

Mon, February 24, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Mondays, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM, January 20-March 9 (eight weeks). Enjoy singing with others but get lost in a big group? Let us introduce you to the small ensemble repertoire. You will be partnered with another singer(s) and learn the skill of singing and holding your part.

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$80

Solo Singing for the Meek and Humble (8 times, 1/20-3/9)

Mon, February 24, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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Mondays, 5:30-7:00 PM, January 20-March 9 (eight weeks). Emerge from just singing in the car, the shower, or even in a group, to become a more confident solo singer. Students will learn better vocal techniques as well as interpretive skills to unleash the solo singer buried deep inside, all in a safe and supportive environment to become brave and confident.

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$80

Sight-Singing 2 (8 times, 1/20-3/9)

Mon, February 24, 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM
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Mondays, 7:15-8:30, January 20-March 9 (eight weeks). For those who attended Sight Singing I . Daniel Lockert will continue with the book Successful Sight Singing as well as enhance the class with the tricks and hacks to make sight singing easier.

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April 2020

$20

A Jubilant Song

Sat, April 18, 2:30 PM

Join the Festival Chamber Chorale in a concert featuring the music of some of America’s greatest composers. Included in the concert are the haunting melodies of Samuel Barber, the edgy harmonies of Norman Dello Joio, choral super-star Eric Whitacre, as well as glimpses into the Mendocino Music Festival’s final concert with foot-stomping selections by Aaron Copland. The featured work will be Randall Thompson’s great choral cycle Frostiana. Spend the afternoon basking in our rich American musical heritage.

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$125

MacCallum House Winemaker’s Dinner with Graziano Wines

Thu, April 23, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

A perfect pairing: scrumptious food from MacCallum House’s celebrated chef Alan Kantor and elegant wines from Graziano. An all-inclusive bargain at $125, the evening includes hors d’oeuvres and wine at 6:00, followed by dinner with wine at 7:00.

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May 2020

$80

Advanced Masterclass (7-week course, 3/23-5/10; not 4/20)

Sun, May 10, 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, May 4

One event on Sun, May 10 at 6:00 PM

Mondays, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM, March 23-May 4 (except 4/20), plus a student public performance on Sunday, May 10 at 6PM. Come join a small group of seasoned singers who want to hone their skills and become better at their craft. If you sing in a local chorus, at church, at events, or even privately, this class will help you find better vocal technique and artistry, and will help you refine your voice and performance skills.

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$80

Beginning Masterclass (7 times, 3/23-5/10; not 4/20)

Sun, May 10, 6:00 PM
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One event on Sun, May 10 at 6:00 PM

Mondays, 5:30-7:00 PM, March 23-May 4 (except 4/20), plus a student public performance on Sunday, May 10, at 6 PM. This class is designed for the beginning singer who is ready to spread their wings. Music will be assigned based on voice type. New genres and styles will be introduced. Singers will be scheduled to sing for the class and work on songs in a nurturing, encouraging environment. Focus will be on vocal technique and presentation, to bring the shyest of singers out of their shell.

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$80

Coping with Copland (7 times, 3/23-5/11; not 4/20)

Mon, May 11, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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One event on Mon, May 11 at 4:30 PM

Mondays, 11:45AM-1:00 PM, March 23-May 11 (except 4/20). This class will focus on basic vocal technique while tackling the Old American Songs of Aaron Copland.

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$80

Sight-Singing 3 (7 times, 3/23-5/11; not 4/20)

Mon, May 11, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 4:30 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, May 4

One event on Mon, May 11 at 4:30 PM

Mondays, 7:15-8:30, March 23-May 11 (except 4/20). The next class for those who attended Sight Singing 1 and 2. Daniel Lockert will continue with the book Successful Sight Singing as well as enhance the class with the tricks and hacks to make sight singing easier. The Old American Songs by Aaron Copland score will be used for part of the class. A $10 score fee will be collected at the first class.

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June 2020

$80

Advanced Masterclass (8-week course, 6/8-7/27)

Mon, June 29, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Mondays, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM, June 8-July 27. Come join a small group of seasoned singers who want to hone their skills and become better at their craft. If you have sung in a local chorus, at church, at events, or even privately, this class will help you find better vocal technique and artistry, and will help you refine your voice and performance skills. Choose Participant or View-only mode.

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$80

Beginning Masterclass (8-week course, 6/8-7/27)

Mon, June 29, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, July 27

Mondays, 4:00-5:30 PM, June 8-July 27. This class is designed for the beginning singer who is ready to spread their wings. Music will be assigned based on voice type. New genres and styles will be introduced. Singers will be scheduled to sing for the class and work on songs in a nurturing, encouraging environment. Focus will be on vocal technique and presentation, to bring the shyest of singers out of their shell. Register as full Participant, or choose “View-only” at a reduced fee.

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$80

The Basics of Singing (8 times, 6/9-7/28)

Tue, June 30, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until Tue, July 28

Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 PM, June 9-July 28 (eight weeks). Unravel the mysteries of vocal technique with this course on the basics of singing. Cover everything from breathing, to resonance, to vocal health and more. Keep your voice in shape while sheltering in place, and learn some new skills to further your singing and build your voice. Good for beginners and seasoned veterans who want to brush up their skills.

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July 2020

$80

Lunchtime Lecture Series

Wed, July 1, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, July 29

Eight Wednesdays at noon, June 10-July 29. An eight-week series of weekly Wednesday noontime talks curated by Jenny Matteucci and Daniel Lockert. Topics range from the art of accompaniment to talks with composers, recitalists and more. Buy individually or as an eight-week series. Virtual; attend from anywhere. Missed the first one or two? For a limited time, buy the remaining (7 or 6) lectures at the series price ($80), still a savings.

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