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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Winter 2015 California Schedule

Feb. 2-4  Santa Cruz Private Lessons


Feb. 3  Community Singing Evening at Santa Cruz Waldorf School -open to all


Feb. 5-6  Fairfax Lessons


Feb. 6-7  Introduction to Uncovering the Voice at 

Marin Waldorf School -open to all

Feb. 8  Choir Day at Marin Waldorf School -open to all


Feb. 9-10   Novato Lessons


Feb. 11-12  Sebastopol Lessons (all booked up)


Feb. 13-15  Final Session of the 5th Singing Training  


Feb. 16-18  Loomis  Lessons (all booked up)


Feb. 17   Community Singing Evening at Live Oak Waldorf School, Meadow Vista -open to all


Feb. 18-21  Pedagogical Training Year One, Session One 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

6th Foundational Singing Training

The 6th Foundational Singing Training in California
begins June 11-15, 2015
at Ananda Meditation Center, Nevada City, CA

The 6th Training meets over a 3 1/2 year period, for 5 days each June and 3 days each February. It includes four private lessons per year, group work and choir.

This advanced course is offered to those with previous study of Uncovering the Voice (such as attendance at an Open Course and/or private lessons with Christiaan). 

In this work, the process of singing is viewed holistically, with the aim of the natural opening and balancing of the voice.  The singer is invited to move with confidence and joy towards discovering his or her own voice within the group and in private lessons.  It is a gentle process and the voice is never pushed, but gently liberated through engagement and active participation.  A wide range of specific singing exercises will be developed together with a comprehensive study of Werbeck's book.

Singing Training Topics:

Session 1:  Exercises to Forget the Breathing    June 11-15, 2015
Session 2:  Directing the Sound                        February 2016
Session 3:  Vowels and Consonants                  June 2016
Session 4:  Expansion of the Sound                  February 2017
Session 5:  Reflection of the Sound                  June 2017
Session 6:  Reflection of the Word                   February 2018
Session 7:  Summary and Closing                    June 2018

Annual Tuition:
$800 for June
$400 for February
(this includes two private lessons in June and two private lessons in February)

To Apply:

Please write a paragraph about why you would like to participate in the Training and email it to Sheryl at: healing.round@gmail.com.  Upon acceptance into the Training, you will receive registration information.

Maximum Enrollment:  30 Students

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Annual Singing Retreat 2015

Why attend the Open Singing Retreat?

In various areas of our lives, many of us are now looking for healthier and more holistic approaches and we are feeling a new sense of responsibility for realms such as nature, food, clean air, clean water, etc.  Until recently, people have taken both their speaking as well as their singing voices for granted, as if they come for free and do not require any nurturing.  The renewing thought which the School of Uncovering the Voice brings is that we need to take care of our voices in different ways than was done in earlier days.  

How can we develop our precious, own instruments according to the needs of our times?  In earlier eras of humanity, the singing voice was a central issue in life.  Now our capacity is shrinking rapidly.  We need caring ways of expressing ourselves through our voices and to realize: Through my voice, I express my whole being and by singing, I affect my overall balance and health.  This can be done by the exercises given by Valborg Werbeck Svardstrom, who shows us easy ways to build up relation to all the basic elements needed for singing and care of the voice.   

In a joyful way, we try to experience the musical world as well as to understand the background of our doing; embracing both practicality and understanding.  Werbeck states that if there would be more singing and more righteous singing in our world, the criminality would decrease.  This thought can be understood as follows: Being with our voice connects us to more pure parts of ourselves and develops that what we may as human beings want to become (our more realized selves).  

The Open Singing Retreat provides a safe, welcoming and deeply renewing space in time to do all of this and more.  It is not only for trained singers, but it is also for people who do not yet have faith in their own capacity as singers and who are open to trying new experiences.



Open Singing Retreat
led by Christiaan Boele 
June 19-21, 2015
at Mercy Center
535 Sacramento St. Auburn, Ca  95603
mercycenter.org
 
Friday June 19
8:30 Check In
9:00  Introduction to Approaching the Voice  
10:15   Morning Break 
10:45  Approaching the Voice I: Study of Breath, Sound & Speech
12:00  Lunch
2:00 Movement:  Spacial Dynamics
3:00 Afternoon Break  
3:30   Transitioning to Song
5:15  Dinner 
6:30-8:30  Joyful Exercises and Choir

Saturday June 20
8:00 Breakfast
9:00  Approaching the Voice II: Study of Breath, Sound & Speech
10:15  Morning Break
10:45  Approaching the Voice III:  Study of Breath Sound & Speech
12:00  Lunch
2:00-3:00 Movement:  Eurythmy
3:15-4:00 Conversation
4:15-5:00 Children's Hour: Everyone Welcome
5:15  Dinner
6:30-8:30  Joyful Exercises and Choir

Sunday June 21
8:00  Breakfast
9:00  Approaching the Voice IV: Study of Breath, Sound & Speech
10:15  Break
10:45-12:00 Conclusion  

Tuition Options:  Registrations must be received by June 1st!

1.  All inclusive:  -includes lodging Fri. and Sat. nights in a private bedroom and six meals: lunch/dinner Fri., breakfast/lunch/dinner Sat., breakfast Sun.   $460 by April 15th; $500 by June 1st

2.  Commuter:  -includes six meals: lunch/dinner Fri., breakfast/lunch/dinner Sat., breakfast Sun.  
$360 by April 15th; $400 by June 1st

-Register promptly to secure on-site lodging as rooms are limited.


Additional Details on the Schedule:

Spacial Dynamics:  Graceful movements and activities that enhance the healthy, harmonious continuum between the body and surrounding space.  

Eurythmy:   Movements and gestures that reveal to the eye what language and music bring to the ear.  Speak and sing with the human body, making speech and music visible.

Children's Hour:  During this designated time, children of all participants are invited to come to the course for free, accompanied by their parent, to join in a lively, child-friendly singing session.  Grown ups will also be included in the fun!
     
For more information and to register contact Sheryl at: healing.round@gmail.com or call:  530-210-3208

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Singing is a primal human urge, with the potential for the expression of the core of our being.

Song has accompanied life through the eras of human culture. It holds its ever important place in cultural activities, rituals, and religious ceremonies, as well as through the work and play of everyday life. As a testimonial to this, we find folksongs fitted to the passing of the seasons, festivals, holidays, professions, and almost every other area of life, all across the world.

Today, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find, and develop our most precious and personal instrument, the voice. The School of Uncovering the Voice comes as a timely path to discovery and expression of the individual identity in each voice. From a range of highly differentiated exercises, the healing and regenerative powers of the voice are set free.

Through this process, singing comes to hold more than ever the potential for expression of the innermost core of personality. It is a path to encounter oneself, and tune to inner harmony.

Christiaan Boele

Summer 2015 Tentative Calendar



(Please note that some of the summer dates might change.)

Summer 2015
June 2-4   Lessons
June 5-7  San Francisco Lessons
June 7  San Francisco Lessons or Graduate Course
June 8-10  Novato Lessons
June 11-15  First Session of the 6th Singing Training, Nevada City (confirmed!)
June 16-18  Pedagogical Training Year One, Session Two, Meadow Vista  (confirmed!)
June 19-21  Annual Singing Retreat, Mercy Center, Auburn (confirmed!)
June 22-26  Lessons
June 28  Choir Day
June 29-July 3 Lessons




Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sunday, October 6, 2013


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Interview with Christiaan Boele


Your school is called The School of Uncovering the Voice. What does it mean to “uncover the voice” and how do you do that?
This approach to singing was initiated by Mrs. Valborg Werbeck Svardstrom, a Swedish singer who developed this in cooperation with Rudolf Steiner.  It is based on the belief that every human being has their own unique singing voice.  Through uncovering or unveiling our voices, we can learn to connect more fully to that which wants to speak through our voices:  to our deeper, inner ideals and impulses which we are looking for in our lives.
In the past twenty years there has been an unprecedented increase in the amount of media and electronic music. Is this a threat to the human voice? If so, in what way?
In the moment when we hear music, our instrument, also physically our larynx, responds and moves according to that what it hears.  If it is reproduced music and also the variety of noises in our time (which little children often imitate) it increases the lack of flexibility of our organism and causes damages and problems in different ways.  The voices get lower, lose their higher range and become physically hardened.  That is something which is not only present in the last twenty years but already from the 60’s and 70’s from the last century.

How are children’s voices and their ability and enthusiasm to sing affected by the increase in media?
The media affects the fantasy forces of the children and also gives them too early, too much influx of many kinds of songs and musical impressions than what one would wish for.  For small children, it would be good to stay a long time just with very few, fine lullabies and working songs and to hear the singing voices of the mother, father, brothers and sisters.   Children adapt their own voices towards that which they hear and are imitating the songs of our modern times, media and external noises which cause their voices to become too dominant in many ways.

How can someone begin to “uncover” her voice?
Our schooling is not just for people who already have a good, experienced singing voice.  This is for anyone, for talented singers as well as for someone who has never had the courage to sing; who probably heard as many did in their school time that they didn’t have a voice- that they couldn’t sing.  This is basically untrue.  Often in our singing courses, we may have a trained singer, sitting or standing next to someone who has never had any voice experience; both doing the same exercises and enjoying to do this together.  What we find is that some of the exercises can be done better by the person who is so new to all singing work that they can do it more directly and in a correct way.  The untrained singer has not developed any previous singing habits that need to be overcome.

If someone has never really sung in public and doesn’t really feel confident singing, can she learn to sing?
Yes, but it is an individual matter as to how long this may take.  The time that anyone needs for development of their voice cannot be measured in a certain amount of lessons or a certain amount of months or years.  It is not a question of physical development; it is a question of how one inwardly grows with their voice.

What’s the most important thing that a person can do to protect, strengthen and improve her singing voice?
The most important thing could be to take up one’s own practice of about five to ten minutes a day of singing exercises; always in the morning, and not to look for special results but to the maintenance of the voice and growing a relationship with it. To care for that part is of a growing importance for the future.

Do you have any particular advice for male teachers when singing with younger children?
The very first thing is that one should be thankful for anyone singing with children because it is not so familiar nowadays. For male persons it is not so different as for females, but to take care to have enough lightness in the voice and to not use the voice in too strong of a way.

How often should children sing? Is it important to sing every day?
Yes!  I would say that singing all day is the healthiest way of uttering oneself and also a way of digesting impressions which come from the outer world.  In the moment when a child is in one’s own world through their singing, they show their health and their ability to cope with the surroundings.  If you look at grownups, when they are not singing, it is often a sign of stress and inner tension which hinders them from being harmonious. On the other side, if the children would sing more, every day, it would affect their feelings of balance and harmony and give them strength for their later years.

What is the future of singing?
This is an enormously large subject and I could easily spend a whole evening’s lecture discussing the different aspects.  It is hard to pick out just one detail, but one could say: In singing, you address those forces inside you which you want to become.  To develop those forces is to free your voice and that is one of the most important things for the future.

What’s your summer course like? Do you need to have attended other singing courses?
It is possible to join the Open Singing Course without any previous singing experience.  This course is for everyone, including those who come from stressful environments and want to renew their forces, to let themselves be inspired by music and to approach their voice in a new way.  For people who are hesitant to sing, this gentle approach, singing within the group, helps them to overcome their fears and enjoy singing.  It is especially recommended for people who use their voice alot, both in speaking as well as singing (such as teachers).  The singing work is also enriched and supported with movement through Spatial Dynamics and Eurythmy.

Anything else?
Let’s deepen the experiences with our precious instrument, the singing voice, and find out that it is not only there for fun or for joy but also for gaining depth, protection and health of our whole being.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

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