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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 6-10 2020!

HOLD THE DATE! 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 2020 will begin Sunday Jan 26th at 10:00 am.

REGISTER HERE (the link will go live on Sat Jan 26th)

Cost for SongRoots this year will be $750 + $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 - Appalachia

A deep dive into the roots and branches of country singing - duets, trios, lead singing, Primitive Baptist, songwriting and much more!

SongRoots Appalachia

Monday Aug 31st – Friday September 4th 

Registration goes live Saturday Dec 14th 2019 at 11:00 am.

Cost for camp is $1000-$1300 depending on accommodations. Camp is limited to approx. 45 participants. 

REGISTER HERE (registration will go live on Dec 14th)

Songroots Appalachia will be a fun and intimate 5 day singing intensive with some of the best singers and teachers in this musical genre. Singers will be learning tons of wonderful songs to sing together - in duets, trios and large groups. Participants will walk away with a much deeper knowledge of the history, context, style and heart that makes up the deep and wide ranging traditions that emerged from Appalachia. Studying some of the roots - ballads and Primitive Baptist singing to early country duets to new music being written today - we will study what the master singers of country music have contributed and learn about how relate to this music and style of singing in our own way.

When: Augst 31st-Sept 4th, 2020

Where: Camp Fircom, Gambier Island, BC

Faculty: Ginny Hawker, Laurie Lewis, Emily Miller, Pharis Romero and Beverly Smith

– Cost of $1000-$1300 includes all classes, food, accommodations and water taxi transport from Horseshoe Bay.

To read all about it - go HERE

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SongRoots Appalachia

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!!!

South Africa Camp - Jan 6-18 2020

SongRoutes - South Africa will be a 13 day musical adventure in South Africa!  This trip will be a combination of intensive music study, dance classes, performances, sightseeing, hiking and wine tasting! An  amazing opportunity to experience the rich music, culture, history, tradition and people of South Africa. We will spend the first week in a beautiful retreat center 90 minutes outside of Cape Town where we will learn South African choral music from amazing teachers- Matlakala Bopane and Bongani Magatyana. The second week will be spent in Cape Town - performing, meeting local choirs and singers, sightseeing and experiencing this incredible city!

For complete information about SongRoutes South Africa go here.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Mining For Magic - New Orleans - Mar 19-24 2020

Mining for Magic - New Orleans! will be an intensive five-day gathering of ten vocalists seeking to find deeper musical connections with themselves and their audiences. Led by Berklee College of Music voice professor and touring artist Cindy Scott, along with University of New Orleans music professor and award-winning producer 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.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

 

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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
Since 2017 - SongRoutes has run trips to Georgia, New Orleans, Cuba and a return trip to Asheville!
SongRoutes is going to take a trip to South Africa in 2020!
Stay tuned for our next adventure - Corsica? return trip to Georgia? Cuba?

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

- Merle Lister (SongRoots Summer Camp Singer)

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