Harmony Singing - Old Time | Oct 11-14, 2018

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Harmony Singing - Old Time | Oct 11-14, 2018


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Instructor: Alice Gerrard & Kay Justice

($252 tuition + $97-427 lodging & meals package of choice)

This class will examine singing styles and harmonies found in traditional rural singing. It will focus on learning to sing a strong lead and then exploring appropriate harmony parts. There will be some listening to recordings, but the thrust of the instruction will be upon learning and singing a variety of songs. The instructors will demonstrate the melody to each song and then give some ideas for harmony lines. Students will be divided into small groups or pairs so that each student can experience lead and harmony. Lyric sheets will be provided. Those who play instruments are encouraged to bring them.

Class Materials: Not required, but if you have a recording device bring it (i.e. phone, cassette recorder, zoom, etc.)

Class Prerequisite: All singers are expected to be able to sing a simple song such as Happy Birthday on pitch.

Class Level: Multi-Level

Alice Gerrard is a singer and songwriter who has performed and advocated for old-time and bluegrass music for over 50 years. She plays old-time fiddle, banjo, and guitar. Her recordings with Hazel Dickens during the 1960s and ’70s influenced a generation of women musicians from Laurie Lewis to the Judds. Her most recent recording, Follow the Music, was nominated for a 2015 Grammy in the Folk category. She is founder of The Old-Time Herald old-time music magazine, and makes her home in Durham, NC. 

Kay Justice has been singing and playing guitar since the mid 1960's. Originally a fan of popular folk music of the day, she began looking for source material and found that she had a special fondness for traditional Appalachian music. While a student at Clinch Valley College in Wise Virginia, Kay met Helen Lewis, a pioneer in Appalachian studies, and through Dr. Lewis's efforts she was introduced to some of the most significant influences in traditional singing including Addie Graham, George Tucker, Roscoe Holcomb, Nimrod Workman, Ralph Stanley, Hazel Dickens, and Jeanette Carter. Kay has taught for many years at various music camps including the Augusta Heritage program, Ashoken Fiddle and Dance, Blue Ridge Old Time Music at Mars Hill and Alleghany Echoes. She has also taught in the jam program at Galax, Va. She has a long recording career including four recordings with Ginny Hawker, a solo recording Hickory Wind and has just finished a new recording project with Alice Gerrard. Kay is known as a patient and encouraging instructor and loves teaching.

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