Workshops at SongFest 2018
Open to everyone, we have workshops to suit singers of all and no ability.
Join a singing workshop or a specialty topic on Saturday morning.
All workshops are $15 and are included in the weekend pass
Lions Park Marquee 10:00 – 12:00 (between acts)
This year Ryan will host a public workshop in the Marquee at Lions Park markets. Between acts Ryan will encourage the public to join Festival singers to sing an easy to learn song.
Sing the Camino 1 – Spanish Tuna
St Georges Family Centre 9:00 – 10:30
Jessie Vintila invites you to try your hand at tuna, a Spanish musical style that predates mariarchi. Emerging in the 13thC, these wonderful Spanish tunes about love, wine, and the countryside, sung in simple, sonorous harmony are still played con gusto today by bands of boisterous men adorned in colourful capes. Based in Northern NSW, “Jessie creates a wonderful sound in her choirs and workshops” Tony Backhouse.
Sing the Camino 2 – Galicia and Portugal St Georges Family Centre 11:00 – 12:30
Join Jessie Vintila for a further musical taste of her Sing the Camino walking trips through Portugal and Galicia, north western Spain. Swoon in the stunning modal harmonies of a heartbreaking love song, revel in a rollicking Galician drinking song, and enjoy the lilting beauty of a Portuguese folk song.
Catholic Church 9:00 – 10:30
“Warm up and sing with Eneksis”
Come and join an Eneksis rehearsal as WAAPA Director Micheal McCarthy takes them, and you, through a professional warm up to perform routine. Then sing alongside them as go through their paces. A long standing Dunsborough SongFest favourite!
Old Dunsborough Hall 9:00 – 10:30
“So you think you should dance?”
Want to know how to have great stage presence – without fancy costumes, lighting cues and choreo? The award-winning Baden Street Singers will give you a few tips. No previous experience is required to attend this fun, hands-on workshop. Just bring yourself and – more importantly – be yourself!
Enchant and A Cappella West
Old Dunsborough Hall 11:00 – 12:30
“Tag – You’re It!”
The 2018 National Champions return from their Hobart success to share some of their trade secrets. Director Jo Oosterhoff, also a member of the fabulous Enchant quartet, will take you through some of the ideas and preparations that have carried her group through to international stardom.
“How I go about arranging a song”
Coralie is the highly regarded director of The Real Sing and Peppermint. Her arrangements of songs such as “Video Killed the Radio Star” have won wide admiration at Dunsborough SongFest and well beyond.
“You don’t need to have a really thorough knowledge of music theory to arrange a song for your choir…just good listening skills – I’ll show you what I hear in songs that you can translate into choir parts with past arrangements as examples then we will do one on the spot. Super fun and hopefully you can put into practice what you’ve learnt from a pleb like me!” Her words, not ours!
A-Frame Church of Christ 9:00 – 10:30
“Songs from Africa”
Get into the rhythms and the joyful spirit of Africa!
Join Corina on a musical journey to Tanzania. The uplifting songs are structured in the characteristic African way of interchanging lead singer and 4-part harmony. They are accompanied by percussion and some simple dance steps. So bring your drums along!
Corina lived in Tanzania for some time, where she sang in several choirs. Back in Switzerland she ran her own “African” choir for more than ten years.