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Location: California, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
August 15 -20, 2010, 5-night, 6-day singing retreat at the Bishop's Ranch. The cost for teaching, food and lodging is $890.
No audition- rehearse and perform, explore your voice and be in your body. Chill time to swim, move, connect, walk in the countryside, read, and eat prize-winning food.
We will prepare Appalachian, sea chantey, southern gospel, contemporary American and European sacred semi-classical. Arrangers may include Northern Harmony Quartet, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Zara Bode, Portland singer/banjo player/songwriter, Leela Grace, Bounding Main Sea Chantey WI quartet, folk composers/arrangers/singers, Richard Amidon, Malcolm Dalglish, Linda Tillery, Bobby McFerrin, Becky Reardon, Ysaye Barnwell, Melanie Damore & Moira Smiley.

We rehearse and sing our final concert (to which we can invite friends, family and potential chorus singers!) in Bishop's Ranch lovely mission-style, resonant chapel. Grace Cathedral Boy's Choir retreat is concurrent with ours. That means, as a bonus to our own singing, we are invited to listen to them sing Evensong each and every day.

Register and downpayment by July 1 to reserve space. Call: 510 652-1298 or e-mail: My info at Please ask to talk with past singing retreat participants about songs, teaching and general feel of our retreats.

Below, you'll find a blurb about Bishop's Ranch and my bio.

" Bishop's Ranch is about two hours north of San Francisco. The Ranch is high on a ridge overlooking the Russian River Valley at Healdsburg. Participants occupy rooms in buildings on the grounds. The Ranch's 240 acres of pastures, woodlands, and nearby country roads offer opportunities for walking and solitude. There is a large swimming pool."

Lauren Carley, mezzo-soprano, performs with her ensembles Polyhymnia and Schola Adventus, and tours her original cabaret featuring the music of Kurt Weill. Ms. Carley teaches the Joy of Singing for UC Berkeley's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, maintains a private voice studio, teaches Sight Singing 101 for Singers, conducts Bay Area community choruses, and leads the Joy of Singing in Sacred Spaces vocal workshop each summer in Italy. Past appointments include Vocal/Choral Director for the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, Oakland Youth Chorus choral conductor, Guest Professor in Drama at Colorado College, Adjunct Professor of Voice at New York University and NYC American Musical and Dramatic Academy Vocal Faculty.