Thursday, May 4 - Sunday, May 7, 2017
Folly Beach (near Charleston, SC)
Come listen, absorb, and let your Voice soar!
In the Singing Journey Retreat we explore the world of improvisation and what our voices teach us. We will allow our voices to help us connect more deeply with the body, mind, and self. Singing together unites, supports, and encourages us to also voice our unique selves.
- Join group chants, song circles, and improvisatory exercises with focus on breath, tone, & movement
- Explore a vast array of tones we can employ, expanding our palate of sounds
- Stretch your creative self while learning key elements of group and individual improvisation
- Singing in an historic beach house on Folly Beach, our location and schedule allows for beach play and Charleston exploration
* Singers need not read music yet should have some singing experience with sense of pitch, rhythm, and desire for vocal exploration, improvisation, and adventure!
CHARLESTON AND THE GULLAH COAST
Charleston, considered one of the birthplaces of jazz and Gullah tradition, continues to hold and cherish these art forms with its rich history and African roots. Influenced and informed by our surroundings, we will be nourished by the ocean and music in one of America’s first ports and the Gullah rich coast.
Workshop cost includes breakfast Friday to Sunday, lunch Friday & Saturday
With housing - $700/$650 before April 1st
Without housing - $400/$350 before April 1st
With housing - $500/$450 before April 1st
Without housing - $350/$250 before April 1st
Contact: Alicia Fancini
Virginia Schenck is an accomplished jazz vocalist who often spices up her shows with world music influences from her own vocal exploration and of CircleSinging, which she studied under legendary Bobby McFerrin and his Voicestra member, Rhiannon. In her retreat, Virginia brings the same immediacy and emotional connectivity brought to her work as a performing artist.
Virginia’s therapeutic work of SoulSong Circle using improvisation is published in the International Dictionary of Music Therapy.
“Virginia is committed to growing her heartfelt, jazz influenced vocals at the same time as she happily shares her knowledge about the healing that is evident when song is sung into a circle of singers, into the air, all around us.”
— Rhiannon, vocal improviser & member of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra
“What she does with vocal improvisation is original and unique. The techniques are groundbreaking.”
— Dr. Jerry Ulrich, Director of Choral Activities, Georgia Tech University
“I’ve watched Virginia grow into a special voice in our community of musicians. She’s studied with the vocal masters — Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon — and taken their lessons to heart. Her workshops are an amazing experience. Discover your inner voice and sing loud!”
— Scott Freeman , author of Midnight Riders: The Story of the Allman Brothers Band and Otis! The Otis Redding Story.
“You are a great model for losing yourself in the music, something I keep having to give myself permission to model for my clients.”
— Becky Engen, PhD, MT-BC, Associate Professor & Director of Music Therapy, Queens University Of Charlotte