All 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
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.
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.
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!
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.
SongRoots Summer Camp - July 6-10 2020!
We have had to cancel SongRoots Summer Camp for 2020 due to Coronavirus. The great news though is that we are holding 'SongRoots Summer Online' which runs from July 6th to Sept 7th.
This course will mostly be video based and designed for people to move at their own pace. 9 fabulous instructors will be offering courses ranging from Jazz & Swing, Bluegrass, Gospel, Madrigals, Theory, Piano Accompaniment, 'Distanced Duets', Riffs and Licks, Latin American Songs, French Chansons, Vocal Technique and Qigong for Singers.
Join Jennifer Scott, Dawn Pemberton, Sophie Michaux, Lonnie Norwood, Brian Tate, Jenny Lester, Michael Creber, Caitlin Belem and Karla Mundy and sing your heart out all summer!
Registration is now open - to sign up, visit our brand new Online Learning Website
There is a sliding scale for this program – $115 and up! The suggested price for the course is $150-$175. We know that the Coronavirus has created financial hardships for some people so we will have a bit of a sliding scale.
SongRoots - Appalachia
A deep dive into the roots and branches of country singing - duets, trios, lead singing, Primitive Baptist, songwriting and much more!
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
DUETS AND TRIOS!
Sign up now to sing Duets and Trios online! Together we will work on duets and trios, learning to sing all parts, our ability to hear and hold a harmony line and eventually to create one ourselves. This will be a really fun 8 session online course that will allow people to progress at their own pace.
Each session will include
- Three songs (with teaching videos and tracks for all of the harmony parts)
- Vocal warm-ups focusing on technique and style.
- Background reading material and original recordings.
- Chord charts and music theory.
Karla is teaming up with Patrick Metzger (on guitar, bass and lead instruments - a one man band!). The first session of this course will be available on May 8th.
To purchase the course go HERE
Once you have purchased the course - visit the Homepage HERE
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.
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.