America Cantat 8

Workshops

America Cantat 8 participants sing in one workshop – what some may call a “festival choir rehearsal” – during their time in the Bahamas. Each workshop lasts five days and overlaps with all other workshops over the course of the Festival. Below are schedules of the workshops, as well as brief descriptions each, including who will enjoy them most.

Download the daily schedule for all workshops here.

Cari Classics: Bahamian Classical Music

Cleophas R. E. Adderley (The Bahamas)
August 24 – 29, 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Final concert: August 30

Delve into the classical music of America Cantat 8’s host country!

  • What makes this workshop unique: The fusion of African, European, and Caribbean musical styles
  • What you’ll take away from it: A deeper understanding of classical music being composed and performed in the Bahamas
  • Who will enjoy it most: Intermediate to advanced singers

Cuban Choral Music, From Sones to Guarachas.

Daria Abreu (Cuba)
August 22 – 27, 9 am to 12 noon
Final Concert: August 28

Mix up a musical mojito with these varied styles of Cuban music!

  • What makes this workshop unique: You’ll learn music based on traditional Cuban dance forms, folk songs, and sacred music
  • What you’ll take away from it: A wide overview of the various genres of Cuban choral music
  • Who will enjoy it most: Intermediate to advanced singers

Conducting Master Class

Alberto Grau (Venezuela)
August 22 – 27, 9 am to 12 noon
Final Concert: TBA

Calling all conductors! Learn from one of the greats and find new ideas for getting an even better sound out of your singers.

  • What makes this workshop unique: This is a hands-on conducting experience for the active participants (those who apply to conduct and be coached by Maestro Grau). Passive participants (those who don’t wish to conduct, but would like to sing in the choir) will learn by observation and giving feedback to the conductors.
  • What you’ll take away from it: New rehearsal skills, conducting gestures, and approaches to interpretation
  • Who will enjoy it most: Practicing conductors (as active participants); intermediate to experienced singers, conductors (as passive participants—these people will make up the choir)

Any participant who chooses this workshop may apply to conduct in this workshop. To apply, please send a short vitae and five-minute conducting video sample to ac8@acda.org (Subject Line: Conducting Master Class Application).

Join the Junkanoo!

Sonovia Pierre (The Bahamas)
August 24 – 29, 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Final Concert: August 30

This workshop explores contemporary music of The Bahamas, including pop and sacred works, and everything in between. Led by one of The Bahamas’ biggest recording artists, it’s sure to have the festival feeling of a traditional Junkanoo!

  • What makes this workshop unique: The bold, exciting, carnival-like popular and sacred music of the Bahamas
  • What you’ll take away from it: Unforgettable rhythms and energetic music perfect for a celebration
  • Who will enjoy it most: All ages and abilities

Junkanoo costume

Islands of Song: Folk Music of the Bahamas

Audrey Dean-Wright (The Bahamas)
August 24 – 29, 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Final Concert: August 30

The Bahamas has a rich history; learn more about it through the folk and sacred music of the islands, including works from slavery up through present day.

  • What makes this workshop unique: The insight into traditional Caribbean music and culture
  • What you’ll take away from it: Stories from Bahamian folk traditions, Caribbean sacred songs
  • Who will enjoy it most: All ages and abilities

Voices of Youth – Joy of Singing!

Zimfira Poloz (Canada)
August 22 – 27, 9 am to 12 noon
Final Concert: August 28

Perfect for the younger America Cantat participants, this workshop is non-stop fun just for kids!

  • What makes this workshop unique: This workshop is devoted to fun choral singing for children and younger voices
  • What you’ll take away from it: You’ll learn new vocal techniques and expressive singing through movement and choral music
  • Who will enjoy it most: Children, younger voices

Voices of Unity

Voices of Unity

More workshops and information will be announced soon!
*Workshop Leaders and Workshops are subject to change.

One-Day Ateliers

When not singing in your selected five-day-long workshop, you’ll participate in a one day atelier; these sessions bring participants from several workshops together to learn about and sing different types of music. At America Cantat 8, there are 3 one day ateliers offered, and all participants have the chance to take part in each.

From Excellence in Music to Excellence in Citizenship

Naomi Faran (Israel)
August 22 and 30

Naomi Faran, the conductor and musical director of the Moran Choirs from Israel, has a great vision of connecting excellence in the musical work of the choirs with community involvement and commitment. Activities with and for the benefit of others in the community make up a significant part of the Moran Choirs’ identity. This presentation will share the Moran Choir’s methodology in the development of musical excellence as a means of helping underprivileged populations integrate into mainstream society. The idea is that singing creates a close, independent connection between the singers, enabling them to open their hearts to one another, to give a special gift from within their hearts, and in return to experience the empowerment of giving and sharing.


 

If special accommodations are needed due to a disability, please contact the Festival Development Director Eden Badgett at badgett@acda.org or 405.232.8161 to make any necessary arrangements.