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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 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!

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!

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 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.

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.

 

 

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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!!!

SongRoutes - New Orleans! - May 12-19, 2022

 

SongRoots is thrilled to be returning to New Orleans for a 7 day voyage jam-packed with music, food, history and culture. Get ready to explore this fascinating city that is unlike anywhere else in North America!  

This will be a musical, historical and cultural learning trip - we will meet many wonderful local musicians and learn about the city's unparalleled music scene. We will come away with a deeper understanding of how worlds collided in this port city and created music that has spread and influenced culture around the globe. Our senses will be delighted by the sounds, sights and flavours in this city that invites you to participate fully!

To read all about the trip and learn what activities we will be doing - go HERE

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Mining For Magic - New Orleans - May 19-22 2022

Mining for Magic - New Orleans! will be an intensive 4 night/3 day gathering of six 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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