What is Circle Singing? Circle Singing is a community singing and sounding practice, spontaneous and evolving — like a drum circle for voices.
Based on practices developed by Bobby McFerrin and his collaborators, Circle Singing is a supportive, judgment-free space to play with your voice. Leaders create songs in the moment — patterns, percussive sounds, rhythms, harmonies, melodies, recognizable words, or invented language — and teach the parts orally to the rest of the group. The parts layer together into completely original compositions, each song a unique creation, never sung before, never to be sung again.
It's a very organic, playful, community singing experience. All voices are welcome!
Circle Singing at Swallow Hill Music
NEW Schedule - Every Second Saturday
When: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Where; Swallow Hill Music
Address: 71 E. Yale Ave, Denver CO (Map)
Price: FREE! (Donations accepted to support Swallow Hill)
Circle Singing in Boulder
Deep Dive, 3-part series
When: Thursday, Octboer 19th
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Boulder First United Methodist
Address: 1421 Spruce St, Boulder (Map)
Price: $55 for all three, (Individual nights = $25 ea)
Workshops and Classes
Vocal Meditation: Singing for Self-Care
One Night In-person Workshop
Next workshop TBD
We'll learn and practice vocal techniques to achieve a calm, meditative state.
We'll use breathing, toning, chanting, and deep listening to focus our attention in the present moment. We'll explore guided sound meditations. We'll allow improvisational "soul singing" to emerge and lead us into a deeper, meditative state of mind.
This practice fosters relaxation, healing, and an increased capacity for creativity.
No singing or meditation experience necessary.
Offered via Swallow Hill Music School
Please register at least 48 hours in advance
Where: Swallow Hill Music
Address: 71 E Yale Ave, Denver 80201
Singing & Dancing Your Authentic Self
Next worskhop TBD
Improvisational Voice and Movement Workshop
with Amy Biondo and Roy Willey
Learn the practice of Contemplative Voice and Movement, an improvisational singing and moving meditation, and discover and celebrate your own authentic voice and movement as you practice over a “sound bed” of layered vocals created in the moment by Roy and Amy.
The practice of sustained, improvisational singing and moving not only calms the nervous system, it grounds us in the present moment and connects us to our creative, intuitive selves.
In this workshop, you'll explore all of these practices from the comfort and privacy of your own home. All voices welcome, no prior experience necessary.
Where: Online via Zoom
Optimizing Zoom Audio
Getting the most out of Zoom Audio is as easy as 1,2,3...
1. UPDATE ZOOM: Having the latest version of Zoom ensures you have the best sound settings available.
2. USE HEADPHONES OR EARBUDS: Using headphones greatly improves our ability to sing unmuted on Zoom, because it reduces the amount of processing zoom has to do to eliminate echoes. (Note: If you have an external microphone, that makes it even better.)
3. TURN ON ORIGINAL SOUND: This is a simple audio setup in Zoom that further improves the sound quality. This can be found in Zoom's Audio Settings. For a step-by-step PDF on setting up Zoom for singing, follow this link:
(Note: We'll never entirely eliminate the "lag" or latency of internet audio, but following the simple steps above will greatly improve the sound quality for everyone.)