The Parlor Room School of Music Presents
CircleSinging: A Vocal Improvisation Workshop w/ Laurie Ellington
at The Parlor Room
September 23, October 14, November 11
Drop-in price: $30 GA / Free for MEMBERS
Bundle (3-session) Price: $80 GA / Free for MEMBERS
This course has a minimum enrollment of 4 students.
CircleSinging was developed as an art form by Bobby McFerrin and his collaborators, based on ancient musical traditions. It is a spontaneous, improvised community singing practice, like a drum circle for voices. Circle leaders facilitate the creation of songs using patterns, percussive sounds, rhythms, harmonies, melodies, and recognizable words or invented language. Out of the simplest musical idea, we build something beautiful, groovy, transcendent, ephemeral and completely original. The best part is, it’s all made up on the spot. You don’t need to know how to improvise to do CircleSinging; all you need to bring is your voice and the innate music that you carry in your mind and body.
Laurie Ellington is a vocalist, voice teacher, and choral director who has been leading singing ensembles since 1996. She believes anyone can sing, and that it is our birthright as humans to do so. Since 2019, she has been practicing and teaching improvisation, and has studied with Bobby McFerrin and his talented colleagues, including Rhiannon and Judi Vinar. Known for her supportive, energetic, and affirming teaching style, she brings a sense of play to CircleSinging and is passionate about the musical and social possibilities presented in group improvisation.
The Parlor Room Nonprofit and School of Music's mission is to: Promote a vibrant musical community in downtown Northampton, MA for musicians of all abilities and at all stages of their career. The Parlor Room will bring nationally touring and local acts to our listening room to provide an exceptional experience for the artist and audience and guide musicians and anyone interested in a career in the music industry through our school of music. Learn more at parlorroom.org.
The Parlor Room is a BYOB venue. Tickets are non-refundable.
The Parlor Room is located at 32 Masonic Street Northampton, MA 01060
Date & Time
Sep 23 - Nov 11, 2023