This week long intensive invites singers of all abilities to come together to sing fun and challenging choral music in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Risk taking, experimentation and improvisation are all part of the vocal experience. A varied and eclectic repertoire is always a key feature of the week.
The workshop always aims to achieve a balanced experience: building musical confidence, choral skills and vocal techniques, as well as encouraging new friendships and collaborations, and enjoying some holiday time. Most afternoons and evenings are free so you can relax and just enjoy being in Alpine Nirvana! The week concludes with a community concert and celebration.
Singers of all abilities are welcome to spend time in this beautiful setting enjoying nature, and meeting new people. Please realize that if you do not read music or have little singing experience the week will be especially challenging; our more experienced singers are always helpful and will do their best to bring you along. The instructors and accompanist are also available to go over a tricky part or play your line for you. We also try to make at least some of the songs available ahead of time so you can get a jump start on practising!
The week revolves around our central rehearsal space at St. Andrew’s United Church, one of Kaslo’s unique heritage buildings and in the heart of Kaslo village. It is one block away from shopping, restaurants, B&B’s, Inns and the Kaslo Hotel and Motel. The beach is only 2 blocks away in any direction and the Kaslo River Trail begins right across the street.
Each morning begins with an informal breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the church hall
The first singing session begins at 9:00 a.m. and finishes at 12:00 p.m. each day
Lunch is available in the Hall from 12:00 –12:45 daily
The second singing session is from 1:00 — 2:00 or 3:00 p.m. in the afternoons. The length is often based on a democratic vote dependent on weather, afternoon and evening plans, tiredness etc… or how close we are to the concert!
EVENINGS (ALL optional activities except the final concert!)
Monday: Welcome Beach Barbecue from 3:00 p.m. until sunset — dependent upon weather. The cruiser from Kaslo Ship Yards may be included, depending on its availability — open to family members as numbers permit.
Tuesday: Coaching/Lessons from 3:00 — 4:00 p.m. Soloists, groups, lessons and coaching available…sign up! On your own for the evening to explore and settle in.
Wednesday: Coaching/Lessons from 3:00 — 5:00 p.m. Soloists, groups, lessons and coaching. Optional Talent night for participants to share their individual musical creativity!
Thursday: Coaching/Lessons from 3:30 — 5:00 p.m. Soloists, groups, lessons and coaching. A practice with Judy if you are performing as a soloist or ensemble in the Friday concert.
Friday: 2:00 p.m. Performance (Dress Rehearsal ) at Kaslo’s long term care centre at the hospital. We will decide what to perform. Coaching/Lessons only as needed….
Concert 7:00 p.m. (final warm-up and rehearsal at 6:00 p.m.) Reception to follow! Goodbyes…. until next year!