Choral Fest Workshops
Every day during our week at Ferry Beach is devoted to singing. Mornings start with the opportunity to join the pick-up chapel choir that includes singers from the GAYLA gay men’s conference, also in residence during Choral Fest week. We are looking at creating a mix of optional and mandatory rehearsals for performances that will include two hour morning sessions and some afternoon and evening reading sessions for fun and exploration. One evening we will join GAYLA with Tim Horne at the piano to sing our favorite Broadway hits. The week ends with the chance to shine as the group takes the stage to wow the crowd during Ferry Beach's Talent/No Talent show.
By popular demand, we have enthusiastically invited Drew Collins to join us again as our workshop leader. Drew is a choral conductor, composer, and educator. He is Director of Choral Activities for Central Connecticut State University and choir director at All Souls New London Unitarian Universalist Congregation. As a tenor, he has sung solo under several renowned conductors and he also sings with the professional choirs Concora and Voce. As we discovered last summer, he has an uncanny ability to bring joy to learning and singing that is contagious. We learned so much about vocal techniques, how to interpret music and how to blend as a chorus. We are all looking forward to being with him again next summer as we explore new musical genres and learn new choral pieces.
Tim Horne, music director at the UU Society of Oneonta, NY, will again provide piano accompaniment for the group and will also lead us during morning chapel. He is also the accompanist for the Catskill Choral Society, Hartwick College Choir, and Oneonta High School.
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Special Additional Conference at the start of Choral Week: (Conference fee is waived if you are attending Choral Fest)
Believing Out Loud: From Wrestling with Privilege and Oppression to Building Beloved Community with Alex Kapitan
Churches of all kinds have struggled with multicultural culture-building because providing safe, welcoming and celebratory spaces to people of all sexual orientations, races, classes, abilities and gender identities requires an attentiveness to the complexities of identity that is hard to come by. Power and privilege lead to oppressive systems and behaviors that impact our welcome and our community-building. All of us are part of a culture that, more often than not, values whiteness, maleness, straightness, money and able-bodiedness above all else. As a result, these values are so embedded in our consciousness, we fail to recognize them and, therefore, don’t do the work of unlearning them.
Please join Alex Kapitan for Believing Out Loud: From Wrestling with Privilege and Oppression to Building Beloved Community, a powerful experience on building compassionate connection and meaningful relationships in our faith communities. During this gathering, we will create safe space to get to know one another, work, and worship together. We will explore the subtle and not so subtle ways that we create and live into oppressive systems in communities of faith. We will learn about the significance of intersectionality in our ministries and how to develop anti-oppressive and anti-racist environments that move us beyond inclusion and into celebration of all that makes us who we are.
Alex Kapitan is a transgender and queer faith-based anti-oppression activist, organizer, and educator who helps people of faith practice radical inclusion and also does interfaith work to help queer and trans folk connect to religion and spirituality. Alex worked for the Unitarian Universalist Association's national office for more than five years and is now starting a new ministry involving transformational change work in faith communities. Alex is on the steering committee of TRUUsT, the Unitarian Universalist transgender religious professional organization, serves on the leadership of the spirituality track for the LGBTQ Task Force’s annual Creating Change conference, sings with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, and plays for United Front, the world's first all/no-gender roller derby team. Alex's writing can be found in anthologies including Falling Into the Sky and Becoming, and at the blog Roots Grow the Tree.
The workshop will begin on Friday afternoon from 3pm to 5:30pm. Friday evening will be free, but an opportunity to watch a movie relevant to our time together will be provided. And the gathering will resume on Saturday from 9am until 3pm (with lunch and a break).
Friday July 15th & Saturday July 16th
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Coordinators: Suzanne Adams
- Adult $38 per day on campus
- Commuter $50 (includes lunch)