SAT. FEB. 12
Singing Workshop, Pot Luck, & Concert w/ Elise Witt
@ the home of Ginny Moreland and David Groce
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Impromptu Glorious Chorus: a singing for fun workshop
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Pot Luck Dinner – Bring a dish to share
7:00 p.m. Concert of Global, Local & Homemade Songs
Workshop Cost $25 paid by Feb. 1 / $40 after Feb. 1
Concert Cost $10 at the door * Free with Workshop Registration
Info: Ginny Moreland, 828-328-3477
IMPROMPTU GLORIOUS CHORUS
Singing in Community – A Vocal Workshop w/Elise Witt
Learn songs come from Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Explore the rainbow of colors inherent in our voices. Join with other daring singers to create vocal landscapes, soulful harmonies, and impromptu sonic masterpieces. Bring the voice you have been given and explore the joy of singing in community. This workshop is open to everyone from new singers to professionals. Music reading is not a prerequisite.
“Global, Local & Homemade Songs
The producer of the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage calls Elise Witt “a performer to remember with international savvy & personal charm.” Elise was born in Switzerland, raised in North Carolina, and since 1977 has made her home in Atlanta. She speaks five languages fluently, sings in over a dozen more, and has been a cultural ambassador to South Africa, Italy, Nicaragua, Switzerland, and China. A concert with Elise takes listeners on a glorious and rollicking journey, visiting lands of gypsy jazz, smoky cabarets, and funky swing, as well as acapella vocalises and poignant ballads. A songwriter and composer, she recently premiered the Elise Witt Choral Series, and has just released Valise, her 11th recording for EMWorld Records. Elise has studied with vocal masters Bobby McFerrin, Rhiannon, and Ysaye Barnwell, and she sang for 20 years under the baton of Robert Shaw in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus. Elise has earned a reputation as a masterful educator, encouraging even the shyest singers to revel in their voices. As a Residency Artist, she works with students in elementary schools through universities, as well as with professional ensembles and community groups. Her workshops and concerts use music as a language to celebrate our cultural diversity while appreciating our connections as one human family. Her concerts are famous for turning audiences (even self-professed “non-singers”) into an impromptu glorious chorus.
A word from Elise:
“So many people in this western culture have had someone at some point tell them they are “unmusical,” “tone deaf,” or some other deflating and demoralizing criticism. That is the reason I teach my classes – because I just don’t believe that there is anyone who can’t sing. We are all born singing, and in cultures before this busy, hectic, modern one, singing was the main way we had of communicating and remembering our stories. We sang babies into the world, sang to celebrate marriages and festive occasions, sang our grief, and sang to accompany someone to the next life. Singing vibrates our bodies and brings healing and joy. We all need to sing – as individuals and as community!”