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DATES - April 13-20 2025

VENUE -Oaxaca City

LEADERS - Roxana Mendoza, Wilmia Verrier Quiñones, Yasbil Yanil Berenice Mendoza Huerta, Tom Landa, Karla Mundy

COST - $2100 CAD + $100 Registration Fee + GST (double occupancy)

-$2525 CAD + $100 Registration Fee + GST (single occupancy)

WHO - This trip is tailored for confident and skilled Treble Voice singers who are comfortable learning by ear and written music.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SHORTLY  and Applications will be reviewed and accepted based on voice part and experience level.


Join us for an exciting 8 day vocal and cultural intensive in Oaxaca City! This trip will be an amazing learning opportunity and an introduction into the rich cultural world of Oaxaca. We will have workshops in Mexican choral music, learn a traditional Oaxacan mass for Easter, have a workshop in traditional Zapotec songs, a workshop in 'Tuna' music  and we will collaborate with an ensemble, Sa'Nashi, that sings in Mexican indigenous languages. Together with Sa'Nashi we will put together a set of Mexican songs and music that we bring to perform in a big final concert with other local choirs.

During our workshop we will stay together very close to the Zocalo in Hotel Posada del Centro. We will be renting out the entire small hotel and will be eating our breakfasts there as well. We have rented an extra airbnb close by in case we have more people wanting single rooms. Our accommodations are right in the heart of the historic city centre and within a short walking distance to markets and other attractions. With the place to ourselves, we can enjoy this beautiful courtyard and outdoor gathering areas!

 


We will be forming a choir and rehearsing throughout the week with Vilmia Querrer Quiñones, Roxana Mendoza and Karla Mundy. We will be working on Mexican choral music (Wilmia & Roxana) and a couple songs from other traditions (Karla) Sa'Nashi will be joining us for the full week and will be helping us form this choir.  Oaxaca has an incredibly rich and diverse musical culture and below are some of the activities we have planned.
  • 5-6 rehearsals with Wilmia, Roxana and Karla.
  • workshop on traditional Zapotec songs
  • learning a traditional Oaxacan mass for Easter
  • a workshop in "Tuna" music (traditional of parading music from 13th Century Spain) and participating in the wandering musical event.
  • Oaxacan music history explorations with Yasbil in Teotitlán del Valley
  • shared performance with Sa'Nashi and local Oaxacan choirs at the beautiful Etla
  • host and participate in a Son Jarocho fandango

Outside of workshops, we will spend some time exploring the city and have these events planned for the group.

  • visit to Monte Alban
  • visit to Roxana & Yasbil's home village of Macuilxochitl for a traditional culinary experience
  • attend a performance of Guelaguetza to experience regional dances of Oaxaca.
  • time off to explore markets, restaurants, cafe and the historic downtown of Oaxaca.
We will be hosted and guided by Roxana Mendoza, Yasbil Huerta, Tom Landa and Karla Mundy.
We have room for 24 singers and we are gearing this trip towards treble voices and experienced musicians.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Cost will include full tuition, accommodations, transportation, all breakfasts and some of our other meals! Cost is based on double occupancy. There are some limited single rooms available for an extra cost of $425.


INSTRUCTORS

ROXANA MENDOZA-HUERTA is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico. She is the founder of "Fomento al Canto Coral México", an organization with 8 years of existence, in charge of investigating, disseminating and transmitting Mexican choral music nationally and internationally. She studied Music-musicology at the Lumière Lyon 2 University in France and at the same time began her studies in Choral Conducting at the National School of Music in Villeurbanne, France. She has a degree in Art Education from the Autonomous University of Querétaro, Mexico and Applicant to the master's degree in Research and Musical Creation in Traditional Arts. She has led the Choral Direction of various choral projects, such as "Choirs and Orchestras for the Prevention of Crime", "Children's and Youth Choirs of the Artistic Linkage Unit of UNAM", "Community Choirs and Orchestras "Voices in Movement" , Choirs and Orchestras of the New School, Virtual Choir of the Ministry of Culture, among others. She is currently the Director of the Sa'Nashi Female Ensemble and Director of the Children's Choir of the Children's Orchestra of the Federal Educational Authority of Mexico City .

Sa'Nashi Vocal Ensemble  "Sa'Nashi" is an a cappella ensemble comprised of young women from Mexico City and directed, since its inception in 2012, by soprano Roxana Mendoza Huerta.
Sa'Nashi strives to create a safe, trusting and expressive space that provides it's singers the  opportunity to explore their voices freely and harmoniously. At the same time, the singers are committed to working as a team to bring high quality, vivacious and fresh music of various genres to life. Most of all, the want to express and spread their love of singing!
The first time that Sa'Nashi was officially presented was on May 3, 2014 at the Orfeo Catalá in Mexico, sponsored by the Vocal Ensemble "Voz en Punto". Since then they have worked in the most representative stages of Mexico, such as the Multifloro Cultural Tlalpan, the Angélica Morales Hall of the Superior School of Music, the El Carmen Museum, the Diego Rivera Mural Museum, the National Museum of Art among many others; in addition to participation in radio and television programs of stations such as OPUS 94.5, Radio UNAM, Radio Educación and Channel 11.
They have also participated in various festivals in Mexico, such as the VIII International Festival of Chamber Choirs of the State of Mexico and internationally, in 2017, they had the opportunity to travel to Colombia within the 1st Meeting "Colombia - Mexico, A Song of Brotherhood"


WILMIA VERRIER QUIÑONES

Wilmia Verrier Quiñones is a Cuban choral director based in Mexico. She is known for her innovative programming and for her commitment to breaking with the traditional and static form of the choral groups she directs.
She has received several awards throughout her career as a singer and choir director. She has given workshops, conferences, master classes and courses in different countries.
Wilmia was a professor at the main conservatories and musical institutions in Havana. She now teaches Choral Conducting at the Music Department of the University of Guadalajara, Jalisco and is the director of their chamber choir  and of the choirs of the Beckmann Foundation, in Mexico.
Wilmia is a member of the International Federation for World Choral Singing (IFCM) since 2022.
She is also the creator and artistic director of FICFE International Festival of Female Choirs in Latin America since 2018, together with her colleagues Fabiana Solana and Maria Eugenia “Loky” Travaglia. Wilmia currently directs Coro Femenina Mahayuel in Guadalajara.


YASBIL YANIL BERENICE MENDOZA HUERTA


TRIP ORGANIZERS

TOM LANDA

For 30 years, Tom has been forging a career in the music industry  with passion, creativity and a DIY attitude. In that time, he has  been a JUNO award winner, a two-time West Coast Music Award recipient, Genie Award winner, singer-songwriter, composer,  photographer, emcee, booking agency owner, a music manager,  festival AD, promoter, panelist, band leader, musical director,  label owner, producer and educator.  

Tom is best known for his work with The Paperboys, who have  been headlining festivals, theatres and performing arts centres,  with their freewheeling blend of Roots, Celtic, Latin folk. That  band is celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2023 with a new  album and an anniversary tour.  

Tom was born in Mexico City, to Mexican/Canadian parents, and  moved to Canada in his teens. In 2006, he received a Canada  Council Grant to study Son Jarocho (traditional Mexican folk  music from Veracruz) in Xalapa, Mexico. Upon returning, he  started writing and arranging music for a future ‘Latin Music’  project. In 2011, that project was born under the name Locarno.  Since then, Locarno has headlined several festivals and brought  joy to folks in Canada, the US, Mexico and across Europe. They  have two albums under their belt and are currently working on a  third album due in 2023.  

 


 

KARLA MUNDY

Karla Mundy is a vibrant, soulful and diverse vocalist, pianist, arranger and choir leader. Karla directs three community choirs in Vancouver and Vancouver Island - Rhythm 'n' Roots, City Soul Choir and Island Soul Choir. She leads harmony singing workshops throughout BC and organizes many singing camps, workshops and singing study trips abroad. Karla is a founding member of the No Sh!t Shirleys, TriVo, Cleia, Plough, Tanglewood Trio and Big Whoop! Karla is passionate about teaching harmony singing, getting the music off the page and digging deep into new musical territory.

In 2014, Karla realized her dream of creating an intensive singer's camp on the West Coast. After years of attending music camps with strong instrumental programs, she was convinced that there was a need and a desire for a retreat focused on singing where students could explore their voices and different styles with a faculty of amazing vocalists. SongRoots Summer Camp was born that summer and 2023 marks the 10th time singers have gathered on Gambier Island for a glorious week of singing exploration, artistic renewal and community celebration.

 

In 2017, Karla began leading SongRoutes trips and has now organized trips to North Carolina, New Orleans, the Republic of Georgia, South Africa and Cuba. She is thrilled to be heading to Mexico for the first ever SongRoutes Mexico trip!

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