“Music is powerful. It’s a spiritual art. It goes right to the heart and to the mind. Artists have a huge responsibility to feed the soul good things, positive things.”
Watch Bobby McFerrin's improvisation during Sing! Day of Song.
If you love to sing, you are welcome to join the Circlesongs workshops with legendary vocal virtuoso Bobby McFerrin and his inspiring team of master teachers for seven joy-filled days of improvised music-making. If you are new to Circlesinging, we also offer a 2-day program of fun and games for all singers, which is especially perfect for beginners.
Bobby first developed Circlesongs as a solo a cappella performer, when he needed other voices to help manifest his musical ideas. He gave the audience parts to sing, layering harmonies and rhythms, using call and response, conducting and composing his spontaneous inventions. During his years of worldwide touring, evolving along with his groups Voicestra and Gimme5, his Circlesongs concerts celebrated all kinds of music, Americana or classical, R&B, gospel, folk, pop, rock, beatboxing—combined with any sound he could imagine.
In this workshop, Bobby is joined by his diversely gifted team of Circlesongs teachers—including Voicestra and Gimme5 members David Worm, Judi Vinar, Rhiannon, and Joey Blake, as well as international Circlesongs teachers Christiane Karam, Zuza Gonçalves, Rizumik (Tiago Grade), Gaël Aubrit, Varijashree Venugopal, Goussy Célestin, Juan Andrés Opsina, Sofia Ribeiro, and other members of this thriving global singing tribe.
This Circlesongs adventure with Bobby and his teachers builds confidence and trust, and nurtures our creativity to deepen individual and community musical expression through improvisation. The program features large and small group sessions for experimentation at all levels. Peer-group electives might include harmony, body percussion, music theory, freestyle language, vocal embodiment techniques, exploration of musical styles, and much more. Everyone will create their schedule from multiple electives to customize their experience.
While learning techniques required for ensemble singing (blend, balance, tuning, and sensitivity), Circlesongs also provides an intuitive and direct experience that deepens our fundamental musicianship (including harmony, counterpoint, rhythmic precision, and active listening). The program is transformational for singer-songwriters, teachers, composers, instrumentalists, conductors, classically-trained or self-taught. Every song, every voice has a place in the circle.
This 7-day “It’s About Us” program, open to singers at any level of Circlesongs experience, focuses on deepening musical skills, creativity, and community. There is also a 2-day “Making Stuff Up” program, filled with fun and games and designed especially for beginners, but fulfilling for everyone.
Enrollment is limited for this program; register early. Teachers are subject to change.
You will be invited to fill out a survey from the Faculty upon registration to let them know about your singing experience and particular interests.
Circlesongs for children will be taught each morning by Goussy Celestin, open to all kids ages 4-12 enrolled in the Omega Children’s Program.
CHOOSE YOUR CIRCLESONG EXPERIENCE
Circlesongs: Making Stuff Up
Course 4102-517/Tuition $600 ($540 Members)
This lively 2-day workshop is open to everyone who wants to sing, especially beginners. Filled with fun and games, this program explores the fundamentals of Circlesongs and improvisation.
Circlesongs: It’s About Us
Course 4207-518/Tuition $1,350 ($1,250 Members)
This joyful 7-day workshop focuses on deepening musical skills, creativity, and community. It is ideal for professional singers, instrumentalists, songwriters, conductors, music and voice teachers, students, or anyone who loves to sing.
The course begins Sunday, August 23rd at 7:00 P.M. and ends Sunday, August 30th at 12:15 P.M. A detailed schedule for the week will be posted on campus. The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the Faculty.
Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
This workshop is by application only. Please submit your materials according to the directions on this page.
Regrettably, this workshop has been cancelled.
Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight
Stay With Us
Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services.
A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute).
7 nights commuter fee
The commuter fee includes the full benefits of our unique Accommodations & Meals Package, excluding the cost of accommodations. A list of local Local Hotels and Inns is available.
See our Cancellation Policy.
Certificate of Attendance : $25