Choral Singing

Dates: June 30 – July 7, 2019

Gisela de Villiers is an accomplished pianist and cabaret singer. She is an internationally  published composer of vocal, choral and instrumental works, and writes her own texts.

Her specialty is improvisation, which she will demonstrate during her work in the master class. This workshop will concentrate on the unlocking of every person's innate creativity - an awareness of the art of sound.  Artistic expression in the body and voice is available not only to singers but to all who wish to deepen the expressive natural soundscape present in  human capacity. This will be facilitated by traditional African music in choral and group sessions using specific vocalizing techniques aimed at 'opening' the voice:

  • utilizing the power of sound and word to create an awareness of the voice as a tool for broadening the inner artistic landscape,
  • recognizing the sense of bonding when using sounds and singing to express emotion,
  • learning improvisation techniques and the fusion of various music styles, linking this to words and literature.

This course is for all those who wish to immerse themselves into the world of sound and experience the benefits to mind, body and soul of choral singing.

Open to all, including those who have had no previous experience of singing, the course will focus on breathing, vocal warm ups, the development of rhythmic and listening skills and the performance of songs and choral works from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

Singing has been an integral part of human expression for thousands of years. It is hoped that the course will enable each individual to find their own voice and reveal how by singing together we can literally be in harmony with those around us. No previous experience is needed; the master class is open to beginners and advanced alike.

Teaching Professor: Gisela de Villiers, Pretoria

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