Vocal improvization workshops offered

MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy will host a series of three vocal improvisation workshops with vocalist Bidi Dworkin. The workshops will take place on Mondays Jan. 15, 22, 29, 2018, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Maple Street School. Discover your unique voice during this three-part workshop, which is open to everyone who enjoys singing.

At an early age, Dworkin was exposed to and inspired by, The Great American Songbook. As a child, she studied piano and guitar and performed as a folk singer. Bound to an existence largely revolving around musical expression, Dworkin lived in New York City, working as a modern dancer. She performed primarily with the Nancy Meehan Dance Company, and completed her master's degree in dance from NYU.

Eventually, Dworkin moved to southern Vermont. As a trained yoga teacher, she integrated singing and chanting into her classes. She always identified the chants as key to the mastery of breath, as well as a great strengthener for present listening.

Through this vocal exploration, she re-connected with her deep jazz roots, reigniting her desire to share as a vocalist. Dworkin recently completed a year-long vocal improvisation immersion "All the Way In."

Vocal improvisation is fun, creative, musical and often transformative. It creates a bridge to self-expression, communication and community building. Workshop participants will play with melody, rhythm, language and harmony. This workshop requires a minimum of twelve participants. Preregistration is required and costs $45. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111, or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.


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