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.
To audition for RnR go HERE
Wednesday 7:30 to 9:30pm, Pacific Spirit United Church (2195 West 45th Ave)
City Soul Choir
The CSC is renowned for its joyful, energetic performances. It draws from the soulful songs of many traditions - soul, R&B, spirituals, gospel, pop, world, folk, and more - music that uplifts, inspires, and transforms. The choir produces several concerts per year, and also sings at community outreach events.
The City Soul Choir is an auditioned Vancouver community choir founded in 2010 by Brian and Patricia Tate. Karla Mundy was thrilled to become the Musical Director in 2019. To learn more about the CSC go HERE
To Audition for the 2022/2023 season go HERE
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 4-8, 2022 & Aug 29-Sept 2, 2022!
SongRoots Summer Camp 'In Person' will be an intensive five-day singing study & celebration on beautiful Gambier Island, BC. This year SongRoots will host TWO camps!
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SUNDAY FEB 13th at 10:00 am!!
From Monday - Friday 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 – to read all about the classes on offer at each camp, read below!
Our instructors for JULY 4th-JULY 8th are Jennifer Scott, Lonnie Norwood, Brian Tate, Sophie Michaux, Adam Jacob Simon, Jenny Lester, Michael Creber, Samantha Taylor and Karla Mundy. To read all about them - go HERE!
To REGISTER for CAMP #1 - go HERE
Our instructors for AUG 29th-SEPT 2nd are Pharis Romero, Beverly Smith, Kathy Bullock, Jennifer Scott, Moira Smiley, Kaitlin Foley, Stella Sanderson, Sarina Partridge and Karla Mundy. To read all about Camp #2 - go HERE
To REGISTER for Camp #2 - go HERE
To keep us safe, we are currently asking that all participants be vaccinated (both doses) 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 will be keeping up to date with all provincial health orders and current Covid protocols. We are currently planning to hold classes & meals in outside and covered spaces. If the Covid situation greatly improves between now and the summer, we will re-think our protocols. **This will possibly be changing as this is an ever-evolving situation!
Camps will be a little smaller than past summers. Each camp can have 80-85 participants at them. Costs for everything have gone up and with only 4 cabins operational and reduced numbers (to accommodate Covid protocols) we have had to bump up costs for this year's camp.
SONGROOTS ONLINE LEARNING
In the spring and summer of 2020, SongRoots began branching out into all kinds of online singing courses and choirs. It became such a big part of what we were doing that we created a second website - Learning SongRoots
Go there to see our full range of Online Courses and learn about the new 'Songroots Singing Hub' coming in September 2022!
Our first online course was Duets and Trios and that is still available on this website (see below!)
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 - France! (June 2-10)
A vocal intensive with 16 singers at a beautiful arts centre in the heart of Burgundy, France. Study solo and harmony singing work at Academie Roche d'Hys with Sophie Michaux, Jennifer Scott, Rene Worst and Karla Mundy.
More info is coming soon!
SongRoutes - Corsica! (June 13-25)
Details are still being sorted (we may all meet the evening of June 12th) but we do know that we will have a study residency in Canari with Jean-Etienne Langiani, Frederic Vesperini and Lysander Jaffe. We will be intensively studying the traditional polyphony of Corsica and after building our repertoire of trios we have excursions for performances and to explore the island. The last couple of days we will change our home base to the seaside town of Ajaccio! More info to come soon!