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About SongRoots

SongRoots brings music into your life. Somewhere along the way, many of us became musical spectators instead of participants. Singing is a joy that belongs to all of us – no matter what age or experience level! Through engaging, challenging and fun choirs, camps, workshops, online courses and singing study trips, SongRoots fosters deep musical learning, connection and community.

Karla Mundy deeply loves harmony singing and all that it creates – beauty, connection to the present moment and each other, a common goal and the way it opens people’s hearts and faces!

Rhythm ‘n’ Roots Choir

Rhythm ‘n’ Roots is a joyful, adventurous and soulful choir– fearlessly singing powerful songs drawn from many diverse vocal traditions of the world.
Rhythm ‘n’ Roots is for singers who want to move, groove, learn, grow and embody beautiful and inspiring songs and rhythms from around the world. We are an auditioned SATB choir that meets every Wednesday – the material is quite challenging and we perform all of our music off book. We regularly work with special guest artists and perform at least three times a year.

Wednesday 7:30 to 9:30pm, East Vancouver

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EarthSounds Choir

EarthSounds is a world music choir drawing on vocal folk traditions of North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, South Africa and more… From Jubilee Gospel Quartets to Georgian lullabies to South African song and dance – we will stretch our voices in many directions, widen our knowledge of singing styles from around the world and deepen our understanding of where the music comes from. EarthSounds is a non-auditioned choir that meets one or two Thursdays a month on Bowen Island.

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Roots ‘n’ Wings: A choir for women’s voices aged 19 and up.

Roots ‘n’ Wings sings music that moves you and grooves you! We explore the world’s music and experience the wonder and deep delight that comes from a community of voices soaring together.

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Harmony Mountain Singers

Harmony Mountain Singers is a perfect combination of musical challenge, fun and laughs. Our music draws on the worlds of pop, folk and bluegrass (with the occasional gospel and world music song thrown in). We are an auditioned SATB choir that meets every Tuesday in North Van. We perform at least two concerts a year and collaborate with wonderful local roots musicians. HMS is a very welcoming and social group that creates a joyful and relaxed environment for people who love to sing!

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Camps & Workshops

Take a real break from your every day life (no driving, cooking, dishes, todo lists) and sink into a rich world of community and music making. It’s very hard to cram musical exploration and creativity into a busy schedule and it is amazing what unfolds when you allow yourself the time to step away from your schedule and immerse yourself in singing, sharing food, being outside and being surrounded by others who love music too.

This year there are two camps being offered – SongRoots October Retreat and SongRoots Summer Camp (both held at Camp Fircom on Gambier Island)

SongRoots offers out of town residential retreat workshops and also SongRoots In The City. This is a chance to study with some incredible singing instructors without having to leave home. Here are some of the instructors that we have hosted – Ysaye Barnwell, Linda Tillery, Brian Tate and Tony Backhouse.

Songroots in the City

A wonderful chance to study without leaving Vancouver!

 -Building A Vocal Community®: Singing In The African American Tradition

w/ Dr. Ysaye M Barnwell

August 25-27 2017 – St James Community Hall – 3214 West 10th Ave

 

-Monthly Shape Note/Appalachian Harmony Singing w/ Karla Mundy

The first Thursday of every month running from Oct 5th 2017- June 7th 2018

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October Retreat

Oct 13th-Oct 15th 2017 – Camp Fircom, Gambier Island

Join Jennifer Scott, Dawn Pemberton, Danielle Gagnier and Karla Mundy for a weekend of digging deeper into grounded and embodied singing and creativity. We will be exploring solo, duet, trio and group singing with small class sizes and time for individual attention. We will also have the opportunity for movement, dance, art, songwriting, forest walks and kayaking (weather dependent).

This weekend will provide you with some deep vocal and artistic work at an unhurried pace and will leave space for you to relax, rejuvenate and do what you need to do.

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Summer Camp

Karla is currently planning SongRoots Summer Camp 2018. Instructors and class descriptions will be finalized in the fall so check back here then for more details.

For now – save the dates – July 9-13 2018

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Karla is working away on developing an online harmony singing course. Together we will work on our ability to hear and hold a harmony line and eventually to create one ourselves. This will be an ongoing monthly course – each month there will be a new song to learn and various listening and theory exercises to build our knowledge base. This course will be a lot of fun and will allow people to progress at their own pace. There will be practice tracks, links to related harmony singing and lots of singing tips. More info coming soon…

 

SongRoutes offers an incredible way to travel and to deeply experience a place and its culture…through singing immersion! SongRoutes ran it’s first very successful trip to Asheville, North Carolina in April 2017 – over 40 singers traveled to the Blue Ridge Mountains to study with Alice Gerrard, Beverly Smith, Ginny Hawker, Tracy Schwarz and Suzannah Park. We immersed ourselves in duet singing, old-time ballads, early country, gospel, clogging and square dancing!
SongRoutes is currently working on organizing trips to Georgia, New Orleans/Cajun Country, Cuba, South Africa and a return trip to Asheville!

“Have signed up for my fourth year! It just gets better and better!”

– Merle Lister (SongRoots Summer Camp Singer)

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