Upcoming Dates

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Vocal warm-ups
Davis and Elkins College
Elkins, WV 26241

I'll be running vocal warm-ups again, one of my favorite things to do, the week of August 6th.  

Past Dates

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Vocal warmups for Vocal Week
Davis and Elkins College
Elkins, WV

Vocal Week is August 7–12th this year. I'll be leading vocal warmups and acting as liaison for Flawn.

 

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

St. Andrews Lutheran Church
Pittsburgh monthly shape note sing - 1:30
Centre and Morewood
Pittsburgh, PA
Price: free

See the shape note page for details. All are welcome, no experience necessary!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Music for lunchtime in the tent - 12:00
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Price: free

Probably a little of me with my concertina while waiting for my friends to show up – then some shape note singing. We'll be done around 12:35. (For the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy through Calliope.)

Here are some photos of the event.

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Crankie demo - 7:30 PM
2600 South Park Road
Bethel Park, PA 15102

A crankie presentation with Annie Trimble and Ellen Gozion.

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Pittsburgh Regional All-Day Shape Note Sing - 10:00–3:30
7604 Charleston Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Price: Free

Not a performance! Everyone welcome to come sing from the Denson edition of the Sacred Harp. Pot-luck lunch at noon.

 

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Church of the Redeemer
Bach's Birthday - 4:00 PM
5700 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Price: Free

Bach's Birthday celebration with a small choir and some instrumental music and a reception afterwards.

 

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Wilkins School Community Center
Crankie Festival - 7:00 PM
7604 Charleston Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Price: $15 suggested donation

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Vocal warmups and jams
Davis & Elkins College
Elkins, WV 26241

I'll be leading the morning vocal warmups and running some evening jams for Augusta Heritage Center's Vocal Week.

 

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Mini-class: New England Choral Music
Davis & Elkins College
Elkins, WV 26241

Four 75-minute sessions Monday through Thursday of Augusta Heritage Center's week five.

In 18th-century New England a generation of self-taught composers created a new choral style. They were inspired by a grab-bag of materials including Handel’s oratorios, British “fuging tunes”, the “grave and solemne and plaine Tunes” of traditional psalmody, newfangled hymns, and their own unruly imaginations. This music truly lives at the intersection of the oral and written traditions, giving life to the vigorous voices of the working people who made it. It is fun to sing and there are many interesting texts, including William Billings’s “Chester” (arguably the first American national anthem), and the self-referential “Down Steers the Bass with Grave Majestic Air.” Too rambunctious and “incorrect” for the would-be sophisticated churches in the urbanizing northern states, the New England music gave birth to the shape-note tradition preserved in Appalachia and the deep South. We will sing some “plain” tunes, fuging tunes, anthems, and “set pieces,” in three or four-part harmony, selected from the work of Billings and his contemporaries. The ability to read music is helpful though not necessary, but students should be able to match pitch and hold a part.

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

The Choir With No Name at the Mayday Parade - 12:30 ish
Lower Melwood Ave (past the Pittsburgh Filmmakers)
Pittsburgh, PA
Price: Free

The still-unnamed MayDay Choir will sing Cat Jeoffrey again as part of an eclectic mix including a re-imagined shape-note hymn and a new composition by Joel Kennedy. We're also collaborating with the marching band.

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Annual Variety Show
The Choir With No Name at the Variety Show - 8:30 PM
3600 Bethoven St., Polish Hill
Pittsburgh, PA
Price: Free

The still un-named choir variously known as the MayDay Choir and the Anarchist Choir will perform my composition Cat Jeoffrey.

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Ben Avon Community Presbyterian Church
Shape-notes and Early American Hymnody - 7:00 PM
Ben Avon, PA

A lecture-demonstration for the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists on shape-note singing and early American hymnody, with a lot of help from local shape-note singers.

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Eclectic Chorus - weekly 7:30 - 9:00
7604 Charleston Avenue
Swissvale, PA 15218
412 244 8458
Price: $60 for five weeks

Eclectic Chorus: harmony singing from all over the map

 Five-week sessions: Begins September 10th Wednesdays 7:30—9:00 PM$60 for a five-week session.

 Come  sing music from many times and places in two, three, or four parts. Using just our voices and occasionally our hands and feet we will make music drawn from cultures ranging from southern Africa to New England, from the 14th to the 21st century. Some of the sources we can draw on, depending on our personal tastes and talents: African village music, French and English folksongs, medieval chansons, Renaissance madrigals and songs, Balkan and Georgian songs, rounds, and shape-note hymns. Bring your own favorite songs if you'd like to! Singing together in harmony is fun and better than fun--stimulating mind, body, and soul. 

 We will learn parts by ear. Word sheets and occasionally printed music will be provided, but there is no need to read music. All you need is the ability to match pitch and carry a tune

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Sacred Harp workshop - 5:00
Burton, Ohio
Price: 10

A 45-minute participatory workshop singing from the Sacred Harp, with special guest Darlene Dalton.

Friday, August 15th, 2014

A variety of neighborhood musicians - 9:00 PM
304 N Craig Street
Pittsburgh, PA
Price: $5.00

Singing medieval music and shape-note with Nick Stock and Paul Jean Tonsor.

 

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Class: Eclectic Chorus - 7:30 PM
7604 Charleston Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Price: $60 for a five-week class

We are having a great time with our first five-week session! Having this chance to sing music I love with other voices is such a joy—I hope there will be even more of us for the second session.

 

Come  sing music from many times and places in two, three, or four parts. Using just our voices and occasionally our hands and feet we will make music drawn from cultures ranging from southern Africa to New England, from the 14th to the 21st century. Some of the sources we can draw on, depending on our personal tastes and talents: African village music, French and English folksongs, medieval chansons, Renaissance madrigals and songs, Balkan and Georgian songs, rounds, and shape-note hymns. Bring your own favorite songs if you'd like to! Singing together in harmony is fun and better than fun--stimulating mind, body, and soul.   

 

We will learn parts by ear. Word sheets and occasionally printed music will be provided, but there is no need to read music. All you need is the ability to match pitch and carry a tune. Register  with the WSCC online or by mail.   

 

The second of two five-week series of meetings every Wednesday evening.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Class: Eclectic Chorus - 7:30 PM
7604 Charleston Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Price: $60 for a five-week class

Come  sing music from many times and places in two, three, or four parts. Using just our voices and occasionally our hands and feet we will make music drawn from cultures ranging from southern Africa to New England, from the 14th to the 21st century. Some of the sources we can draw on, depending on our personal tastes and talents: African village music, French and English folksongs, medieval chansons, Renaissance madrigals and songs, Balkan and Georgian songs, rounds, and shape-note hymns. Bring your own favorite songs if you'd like to! Singing together in harmony is fun and better than fun--stimulating mind, body, and soul. 

 

We will learn parts by ear. Word sheets and occasionally printed music will be provided, but there is no need to read music. All you need is the ability to match pitch and carry a tune. Register  with the WSCC online or by mail. 

 

The first of two five-week series of meetings every Wednesday evening.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Shape note singing school
Pittsburgh, PA

I'll be teaching a shape note singing class for Calliope's school of folk music in the spring session from March 24th to May 13, 2014.

We'll meet Tuesday nights at 8:15.

Visit http://calliopehouse.org/class/shape-note-sing/ to sign up.

 

 

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main Branch
Crankie showing - 3:30 PM
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Price: Free

I'm a guest crankist at a one-hour performance by Ellen Gozion in the International Poetry Room, second floor of the main branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

 

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Course: Five Yankee Tunesmitths - 1:00 PM
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Price: (see Osher site)

Every Wednesday afternoon for five weeks.

Singers and non-singers alike will enjoy learning about the choral music of early New England, where a generation of composers trained by itinerant singing masters created a new musical idiom. This course focuses on five talented but lesser-known composers of the time. Their music was made for the worship and recreation of ordinary people. It has interesting sacred and secular texts, some of them humorous, many solemn. We explore the cultural history and the subsequent fate of this delightful music. If we have enough singers for three or four parts, we will learn to sing selections from these works. Players of melody instruments (cello, violin, flute, etc.) will also be welcome to join in the music.

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

St. Andrews Lutheran Church
Sacred Harp music for the seventh Sunday of Easter - 11:00
Centre and Morewood
Pittsburgh, PA

St. Andrews Lutheran Church has asked a small group of seven of us to provide music before, during, and after the service for May 12th. 

 

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Garden Gate at Emerging Legends - Noon - 1:00 PM
Cup and Chaucer Cafe, Hillman Library (University of Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
USA
Price: Free

Garden Gate (Ellen Gozion and Penny Anderson) will perform a mix of traditional and new songs in the intimate atmosphere of the Cup and Chaucer coffee shop in Pitt's Hillman Library.

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Alphabet Trail and Tales - 10 AM - 1 PM
Blue Slide Park
PA 15217
USA
Price: Free

The artist and musician Kristin Williams has invited David Witter and me to play and sing medieval music with her for the letter "M" on Frick Park's Alphabet Trail. With costumes researched by Kristin.

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Mountain Keepers Labor Day Gospel Music Festival - 1 - 1:30 PM
Kayford Mountain
West Virginia

A gospel set for the Mountain Keepers

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Mountain Keepers Fourth of July Music Festival - 5:00 PM
Kayford Mountain
West Virginia

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

The Summer Storm - 6:15 PM
Frick Park
Pittsburgh, PA

With Garden Gate.

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Early New England Choral Music (5-week course) - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
315 S Bellefield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Meets weekly for five weeks, ending on June 6th.

First hour: listening and lecture

Second hour: group singing

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Longview Cottage House Concerts
House concert - 8:00 PM
Catonsville, MD

With Garden Gate.