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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.

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.

Summer Camp

SongRoots Summer Camp - July 8-12 2019!

Join our incredible line-up of instructors for 5 musical and magical days in July! Information about instructors and classes being offered will be appearing in late October and November. STAY TUNED!

Registration for SongRoots 2019 will begin the first week of Jan 2019.

Cost for SongRoots this year will be $690 + $25 Registration Fee + GST

Cost includes everything - full tuition, accommodations, food and water taxi. There are several different accommodations that are available for extra cost - they tend to fill up in the first day of registration.

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Songroots in the City

A wonderful chance to study without leaving Vancouver!

-Songs for the Earth - wonderful singing workshops that are also fundraisers for environmental projects! Six Sundays between Sept and June - Jennifer Scott, Jenny Lester, Cassius Khan, Kofi Gbolonyo, Kelly Proznick and Karla Mundy!
Dates are Sept 23rd, Oct 28th, Dec 2nd, Jan 27th, April 21st and June 9th. All are from 10:30-2:00 at the Wise Hall.

 

-Monthly Appalachian Harmony Singing w/ Karla Mundy

This class is now FULL and registration is closed.
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SongWest - Bamfield

Fall Singing Intensive

Friday Sept 28th- Monday Oct 1st 2018 – Bamfield, BC

Cost = $600

SongWest Bamfield 2018 is now over - more info coming as soon as 2019 dates are  confirmed

SongWest is an intensive singing camp inspired by SongRoots –Gambier Island. The camp is open to adult singers of all levels. To register – go here! (link coming soon) Registration begins Saturday March 17th at 10:00 am! (Last year camp filled up in an hour so be ready to register!)

Bamfield is located in Huu-ay-aht Territory on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Bamfield is well known as the trail head of the West Coast Trail, and the home of the world famous Bamfield Marine Science Centre (BMSC). Geographically Bamfield is located on Barkley Sound, on the opposite side of the Pacific Rim National Park and Broken Islands from Ucluelet. Participants will receive a cultural, and musical experience, in the spectacular setting of the west coast. Over the course of the weekend, opportunities will be available to enjoy your surroundings, whether you choose to walk to Brady’s Beach, kayak the protected waters of Bamfield Inlet, or simply chill out in the hot tub at McKay Bay Lodge.

Our student/faculty concert will be held in the Rix Centre of Ocean Discoveries at the BMSC. This conference centre venue, with it’s scallop-shaped roof, and floor to ceiling window, affords a 180 degree view over Trevor Channel and the Deer Group Islands in Barkley Sound. The Rix also has wonderful acoustics and is the site of the annual Music by the Sea classical and jazz concerts. SongWest concert allows anyone who wishes to perform the opportunity to do so. Do you have to solo? No – you will never be asked to perform sole unless you want to.

LINK to REGISTRATION – click here 

When: September 28th-Oct 1st, 2018

Where: McKay Bay Lodge, Bamfield, Vancouver Island

Faculty: Nancy Hendry (Admin); Brian Tate; Jennifer Scott; Michael Creber and Karla Mundy (Instructors)

Cost and registration: Non-Bamfield Residents $600

Bamfield Residents – register using online form; contact Nancy Hendry directly for fee schedule and payment

– Cost includes all classes, food, accommodations, bus to and from Bamfield. Pick up in Nanaimo.

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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!

Coming up!!!

Mining For Magic - New Orleans! - Jan 3-8 2019

A 5 day Jazz Vocal Residency in the heart of New Orleans with renowned performers and teachers - Cindy Scott and Brian Seeger. Mining for Magic - New Orleans! will open new pathways to musical freedom and expression, liberate your ideas and your sound, pump up your technique and encourage you to bring yourself all the way into the process of music making and performance.

For complete information about Mining For Magic go here

To apply go here

Songroutes Louisiana - Jan 9-19 2019

SongRoutes Louisiana will be a 10 day arts and culture tour jam-packed with music, dance, food, history and learning all about this fascinating region that is unlike anywhere else in North America. We will be splitting our time between New Orleans and Cajun and Creole Country - where we will meet and learn from local musicians, artists, cooks and historians.

For complete information about SongRoutes Louisiana go here

Application will go live Monday May 14th at 7:00 pm - link coming soon!

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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!
To read all about our trip go here
SongRoutes is currently working on organizing trips to 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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