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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 - Aug 30-Sept 3rd 2021!

SongRoots Summer Camp 'In Person' will be an intensive five-day singing study & celebration on beautiful Gambier Island, BC.

From Monday August 30th - Friday Sept 3rd we will be staying, eating and singing at beautiful Camp Fircom on Gambier Island, BC. We will enjoy 4-6 hours of singing classes each day – there will be classes on Improvisation, Trio Singing, Songwriting, Bluegrass, Duets, Polyphony, Masterclass, Jazz & Roots Ensemble. 

Our instructors are Jennifer Scott, Brian Tate, Jenny Lester, Michael Creber, Susan Ellenton and Karla Mundy.

To keep us safe, as we slowly emerge from Covid restrictions, we ask that all participants be vaccinated (both doses) before Aug 16th and there are several other precautions we will be taking. I do this to ensure as safe of a working and participating environment as possible.

We can have up to 60 participants and registration will begin on July 6th. To learn more about the registration process (a little different this year) go HERE

 

 

 

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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 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.

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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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