singing classes

Balkan Singing Classes, Spring Edition: April 28-June 2nd

TUESDAYS:April 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26; June 2nd

Apring Edition will meet 6 times on Tuesday nights starting April 28, from 7:30-9:00 pm in Park Slope. The location is close to the R train at Union St.

This is the 11th time Eva is offering this type of class series–each time, there’s been a fantastic mix of people and a wonderful collective experience. Eva’s workshops provide a comfortable and friendly environment, a relatively informal way to learn great songs and lots of Balkan-specific vocal technique, in a small enough group that there’s room for individual attention.

Eva includes a wide variety of repertoire in her classes: single melody/unison songs, melody-and-drone songs, three-part harmony songs, and some polyphony as well. Drawing the majority of her teaching repertoire from various Balkan folk singing traditions, the class may occasionally also include some surprises from neighboring/related traditions. In teaching, Eva takes time and pays close attention to pronunciation, vocal placement and production, ornamentation, stylistic variations between regions, vocal health, and personal expression. By providing source recordings, as well as supplemental instructional recordings (individual parts, pronunciation guides, breaking down ornaments), the songs will stay with you long after the class is over. To read more about Eva’s teaching, please visit www.evasalina.com/teaching/

The series is open to singers with all levels of experience, however, ability to match pitch and interest in singing close harmonies aids in the success of the group learning process. If you struggle with pitch or harmony singing but want to improve in these areas, private lessons could be a great complement to (or preparation for) group classes.

Spring Edition meets for 6 weeks and costs $150. Payment for classes is due in full at the first class meeting. The series is cumulative and full-time participation leads to the greatest results for everyone, so there is no drop-in option. If you have one or two pre-existing conflicts at the time you sign up for the class, please discuss this with Eva at the time of enrollment.

Private Lessons: Eva is also available for private lessons, so for those of you who would like any of the following: preparation for a group singing experience, more in-depth study, work on non-Balkan repertoire, focused one-on-one attention, this may be a good supplement, or a better option for more advanced students. Eva is well-known for teaching Balkan-specific repertoire and technique, but has expanded her teaching greatly in the last few years to encompass general vocal health and performance, working extensively with singers, and instrumentalists who want to work on their singing—singer/songwriters working to improve their interpretations and abilities, or folks who just want a more holistic approach to singing.

Please inquire via email (eva at evasalina dot com) for private or semi-private lessons, and to enroll in the series.

NOTE: Space is limited, so a timely response is requested.

Please also pass this along to friends, colleagues, students…. any other folks you know who might be interested.

THANK YOU!