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List of Circle Singing classes

Circlesinging can be described lots of ways - vocal improvisation, vocal jamming, add-or-change-a-part, vocal orchestra, voicestra, a drum circle for singers, or just plain make it up singing. It's done all over the world in countless different ways and it dates back to the earliest forms of human singing. Circlesinging is a mistake-free zone. A recent newcomer summed it up perfectly when she said, "It doesn't matter how you sound - the rest of the group makes you sound great! Come try it, it's fun!"

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All Together Now

We believe that music is for everyone-whether you're young or old, experienced or just beginning. Our goal is to provide and promote opportunities for people to sing and play music together in supportive groups. Music is fun, inspiring, and a great way to build community. And the health benefits are an added bonus! We offer a series of singing and musical workshops in Guelph every spring and fall.

Hometown: Guelph, Canada


Allez Chante

Les chorales Allez Chante! m'enchantent pour plusieurs raisons, mais surtout a cause d'Evemarie, la directrice, mieux l'ame chantante, avec qui nous avons le plaisir d'apprendre les chansons dans la bonne humeur et la simplicite. Evemarie, detendue et bien preparee, sait nous encourager, nous motiver et nous faire confiance. Pas surprenant qu'autour d'elle, nous, les choristes, donnons le meilleur de nous-memes et eprouvons ensemble beaucoup de satisfaction a apprendre les pieces.

Hometown: Montreal, Canada


Amsterdam Vocal Circles

Een muzikale ontmoeting, waar de beleving van het samen klinken bovenaan staat. Om jezelf en elkaar te raken. Meldingen in deze groep gaan over het Circle initiatief van Nicoline Snaas. Vragen en aanvullingen over wat AVC is kunnen hier gesteld en gedeeld worden

Hometown: Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Annapolis Morning Song Circle

The Annapolis Morning Song Circle (AM Song Circle), directed by vocalist Elizabeth Melvin, invites new and experienced singers to come together for the pure joy of making beautiful vocal music together. No audition is required, and no music-reading experience necessary. The repertoire is eclectic and fun, drawing from world, folk, gospel and traditional music. You will be amazed at how quickly you'll be immersed in the thrill of singing in three- and four-part harmony.

Hometown: Annapolis, MD


Bay Area Vocal Improv

Monthly classes and workshops facilitating singers and non-singers alike to find their unique vocal expression through sound and singing.

Join Renee Benmeleh for vocal improvisation, the creative activity of making vocal music in the moment, such as scat singing or other wordless sounds.

Renee, your supportive and joyful vocal guide invites you to an age-old practice - singing as a group. She creates an accepting and loving environment to sing and express your authentic emotions and sounds. Class includes vocal and movement games, improvised melodies and rhythms. Everyone is welcome.

Hometown: Oakland, CA


Circle Singing Chicago

The Chicago Circle Singing community gathers for spontaneous, improvised singing. This is an opportunity for individuals to join in community and explore their voices in a free, safe and playful way. Drawing on traditions of chant, rhythm, movement, melody and harmony. Improvised singing is accessible to beginning singers, but can also challenge the very experienced. Ultimately, these gatherings are fun, rejuvenating and community building for anyone with a song in their heart.

Hometown: Chicago, IL


Circle Singing Denver

What is Circle Singing? Circle Singing is a community singing and sounding practice, spontaneous and evolving - like a drum circle for voices.

Here's the basic structure: The circle is divided into sections. A leader creates parts spontaneously - patterns, rhythms, harmonies, melodies, percussive sounds, recognizable words, or invented language - and teaches the parts orally to the sections, layering them together into completely original compositions. Each song is a unique creation, never sung before, never to be sung again.

From this basic structure we build into all types of vocal improv games. You can choose your level of participation.It's a very safe, simple, playful, community experience that will make you feel great! All voices are welcome! No experience necessary!

Hometown: Denver, CO


Circle Singing Melbourne

What is Circle Singing? Circle singing is discovering your vocal expression through improvisation. It is about being in a safe and supportive environment where you can explore your creative potential. Circle singing plays with movement, where your body can also become ´musical´or an extension of your own voice.

We could say it weaves in theatrical and dance mediums to experiment with the body as a creative instrument, for vocal inspiration.

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia


Circlesinging Baltimore

Join CircleSongs Baltimore for singing, community-building, improvisation, and spiritual nourishment. All are welcome!

Hometown: Baltimore, MD


CircleSinging Boston

CircleSinging is a spontaneous, improvisational community-singing experience, a little bit like a "drum circle" for singers. In a circlesong, a leader starts by improvising a line of music and gives it / teaches it to one part of the circle. The leader then develops a second part that goes with the first and gives that part to another section of the circle. CircleSingers learn and repeat the exact part given to them. Soon we are singing a four part (at least) chorus that has never been sung before. This chorus can support individual solos.

Hometown: Boston, MA


Circlesinging London

Circle Singing London, formed in 2014, is designed to explore creativity through vocal improvisation; regularly participating in various music festivals around London - Bloom Festival at The Space, Of Improvisation Festival - and visiting other unusual places to explore sound effects and acoustics - such as Leake Street Tunnels, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park's Bridges, the Stepney Green farm, London Bridge's railway arches.

This project gives an opportunity to jam, create spontaneous sounds, listen to others and express your unique song, while being part of a unified group.

Hometown: London, UK


CircleSinging NYC

CircleSinging is a form of facilitated Vocal Improv which could be described as "a drum circle for singers" or "improvised choral music." During the course of the ever-changing chant, the leader develops and gives parts to a circle of singers, which in turn supports individual solos. Both participating in and witnessing the creation of the music that emerges is often an exhilarating and joyful (many have said spiritual) experience.

Hometown: New York City, NY


CircleSinging Roma

Circlesinging Roma e la prima comunita di circlesinging nella capitale italiana, attiva da gennaio 2015. Ci incontriamo con cadenza mensile per esplorare la libera condivisione, attraverso la voce, i suoni, la body percussion, creando musica spontanea insieme - principalmente tramite il circlesinging. Attualmente gestita da Chiara Cortez e Daphne Nisi, e stata originariamente fondata insieme all'amica e collega Laura Montanari.

Hometown: Rome, Italy


Circlesinging Seattle

Feed your creative soul through freestanding, vocally improvised music! Circle Singing was developed by Bobby McFerrin & supports freestanding pieces of music by layering improvised parts that draw from: call and response, hocketing, vocal percussion, poetics/storytelling and free improvisation. Learning to express music spontaneously will take participants on a journey of self-discovery! As we grow this group will establish a presence on campus...we WILL be heard! Designed for singers of every vocal level we will create & explore improvisation within the comfort of a safe vocal community.

Hometown: Seattle, WA


Circlesinging Southwest

Can you imagine how it feels to sing with complete freedom? Where notes and sound just flow with no judgement or criticism. Where music is created just for fun? For many people singing in a group can be a wonderful community experience, they feel connected and uplifted.

So, come and be absorbed. John and Janey have years of experience running music groups; helping people connect through music to each other; where fun and freedom take over.

Hometown: Cornwall, UK, England


Circlesinging Vocal Jam D.C.

Circlesinging is a spontaneous, improvisational community-singing experience, a little bit like a "drum circle" for singers. It's done all over the world in countless different ways and it dates back to the earliest forms of human singing. We take inspiration from methods developed by Bobby McFerrin and his collaborators. Our experienced circlesong leaders create parts on-the-spot, and lead groups in fun wordless songs. Sing beautiful harmonies without sheet music; promote self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment; and, many circlesingers find that it fosters cooperation, teamwork, and community. It's important to listen deeply -- to each other and to ourselves -- and to be responsive to what is there. This is a "mistake-free" zone, for all levels of singers. Come sing with us!

Hometown: Rockville, MD


Circu-la!

To remember our innate musical intelligence and capacity to share music and meaning with other humans. To sing our essential nature, deepening the quality of our listening. To feel at home within ourselves and let our inner confidence grow... so that we can embrace many ways to learn, in togetherness and by ourselves, that don't require striving onwards and upwards but instead, dropping deep into the joy and wisdom and creativity that lays within each and every one of us.

Hometown: London, England


Olympia Vocal Improv

This is a group of people in the South Puget Sound area -- mostly in Olympia -- who are interested in participating in group vocal improvisation. We share the joyful art of co-creating songs together, using our voices and bodies.

Hometown: Olympia, WA


One Heart CircleSongs

Circlesongs are guided improvisational group songs, usually without words, that are steeped in rhythm and harmony. This tradition is a form constructed by Bobby McFerrin based on historical tribal music.

Any level of singer is invited to participate. Our mission is to provide a safe, mistake-free zone where community comes together to experience the power of voice, frequency of sound and subsequent soothing of spirit.

Marie believes that each person has a beautiful, powerful and unique soundprint whose emergence is essential to the health of our society and planet

Hometown: Portland , OR


OneVoice CircleSingers

OneVoice CircleSingers is an improvisational singing community with a spiritual attitude. We're a "vocal jam-fest with heart," a community gathering of folks who form an improvised choir. Our leadership is offered primarily by members of SoVoSo, an Oakland-based vocal band.

Circlesinging can last as long you want. Our 2-hour monthly circles and our 12-hour annual Sing For Your Life celebration are just the way we do it. People come and go, solo or stay with the group, and sometimes even take a turn leading. There are other groups around the Bay Area, and in other parts of the country, and each has its own flavor - some are more structured, and some are looser. What matters and what's magic is, it's different every time, and singers of all levels of experience are welcome.

Hometown: Oakland, CA


Sampa Circlesongs

Este grupo e um espaco para a organizacão de encontros do que eu chamo de Musica Circular ou Circlesongs, e para trocas sobre essa experiencia fantastica Circlesongs e um termo cunhado por Bobby Mcferrin para designar texturas vocais improvisadas onde melodias, harmonias e ritmos se acumulam em camadas. Esta tecnica cultiva valores tradicionais da pratica coral como timbragem, equilibrio, afinacão e sensibilidade e ao mesmo tempo estimula a individualidade, a diversidade e a surpresa. Apesar de se focar no aspecto vocal, os Circlesongs são parte do movimento conhecido como Musica Corporal, afinal não existe voz plena sem corpo nem corpo pleno sem voz.

Hometown: San Paulo, Brasil


Sing for Yourself

In this meetup, you'll meet like-minded individuals who love to sing and move in a joyful and liberating way. We practice the art of saying YES to what is happening in the moment - exploring sound and movement, expressing ourselves, making stuff up - applying the elements of music to create change in our lives and our relationships. We've noticed, in ourselves and each other, that we are opening up and feeling more freedom in other areas of our lives.

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA


Singing Circle - Free Your Voice

Dieses Meetup ist fur alle, die Lust haben, ihre Stimme zu entdecken, sich (stimmlich) auszuprobieren und gemeinsam mit anderen zu singen - ohne Bewertung, in einem geschutzten Rahmen. Findet heraus, wie gut es tut, die eigene Stimme erklingen zu lassen, und wie verbindend es ist, das gemeinsam mit anderen zu tun!

Hometown: Berlin, Germany


SoarSing

Led by Pollyanna Bush on the 3rd Saturday of every month, SoarSing unites people and offers soul nourishment through the magic of group singing. During the interactive session, participants are invited to connect with others through vocal expression, guided to sing in harmony with interlocking melodic and rhythmic parts and encouraged to explore their creative impulses in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Hometown: Fairfax, CA


Songrise Choir

oin Laurel Murphy and a welcoming circle of spontaneous choral creation! Lose yourself in tribal chants, heavenly harmonies, body-shakin' rhythms.

Discover the joy of improvised choral music with Laurel Murphy. Inspired by Bobby McFerrin's Circle Singing, this is music in the moment, with chant-like grooves, heavenly harmonies and body-shakin' rhythms. For all levels of singers.

This is an antidote to the craziness and disconnection in the world. Let's grow this community and create a joyful noise!

Hometown: Vancouver, Canada


TDot (Toronto) CircleSinging

Sound is a sense of touch and listening is a felt experience. Your life is symphony of felt experiences waiting for you to tune in... and sing. CircleSinging is an improvisational chorus of music made in the joyous moment. We become the instruments of the one song, the ingredients for inspiration.

Hometown: Toronto, Canada


Vocal Improv New England

We gather to create spontaneously with our voices, using both free-form exploration and improvisational structures. What will it sound like? We won't know till we go - from ethereal to funky to undescribable! No experience necessary - just a willingness to listen and "play well with others." Facilitated by Glenn Smith, who has led circles in CA, MA, and Costa Rica over the last 13 years.

More info (and audio samples) at http://www.soundseeds.com/vocal_voyagers/

Hometown: Northampton, MA


Voiceweaving

Voiceweaving is for everyone. Workshops invite self-expression by engaging singers in sound games that flow through a progression of improvisational techniques. They also help to build a supple voice, broaden improvisational range and sharpen musical skills. Group exercises become a medium for intuitive collaboration where chant songs and circle songs are created.

Hometown: Portland, OR

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