This vocal course is for everyone and will focus on the elements of good vocal technique and its application in the singing and songwriting of Bluegrass and Americana music. The class is designed for vocal students of all levels, from those just becoming acquainted with their voices to those hoping to take singing to the next level. We will work on a variety of songs and exercises meant to build confidence, strength, control, and expression in their vocal development. We will will also learn to apply the principles of vocal harmony, blending, and dynamics through a number of group-singing activities.
Finally, in keeping with folk tradition, students will explore the styles of past and present icons who have come to define traditional styles of singing–from the high, lonesome sound of Bill Monroe to the soaring melodies of Joan Baez to the smooth and soulful croons of Tim O’Brien.
Although you do not have to play an instrument to be in this course, you will receive greater benefits if you do.
This course is dedicated to the memory of an amazing “Unsung Heroine of Song” the great singer, Patricia Booth (Julie Sullivan’s mother): April 30 1939-January 26 2016. “Sparkly Patty” was a monumental influence on Julie’s musical career and inspired her to start this camp, and specifically to add in this singing component to invite everyone to use their voice to find joy and give joy back.