2018 Community Choral Workshop Registration

Saturday March 24, 2018
3:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Community Choral Workshops at McCaskey East High School (1051 Lehigh Ave. Lancaster, PA 17602)
Free and open to the public


Orfeia – Workshop Time: 3:15-4:00

Founded by internationally acclaimed Bulgarian singer, director, and composer Tatiana Sarbinska, Orfeia Vocal Ensemble celebrates the rich and varied folk music traditions of Bulgaria and Eastern Europe.

Orfeia draws its name and inspiration from the ancient Thracian myth of Orpheus, a symbol of musical journeys and storytelling. From the motifs of village life to the sacred and spiritual, from the medieval to modern-day adaptations, the musical traditions and culture of the Balkans come alive for audiences through Orfeia’s unique and exciting repertoire.

Workshop Description
At the workshop, participants can expect to learn 2-3 traditional Bulgarian songs in two-part harmonies, as well as a brief introduction to Bulgarian vocal warm-ups and technique.

Parkside Harmony – Workshop time: 4:15-5:15

Founded in January of 2015, Parkside Harmony is one of the newest members of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Representing the Hershey, PA Chapter, we are extremely proud and fortunate to join an already thriving arts community here in the ‘Sweetest Place on Earth’ – and welcome passionate singers from all over central Pennsylvania who strive for musical excellence.

One of nearly 1000 choruses that make up an organization which spans the globe, we recognize the importance of fraternity and brotherhood. Our purpose is to do our part to ‘keep the whole world singing.’


– 2017 Barbershop Harmony Society 5th Place Bronze Medalists
– 2016 Mid-Atlantic District Chorus Champions
– 2016 Barbershop Harmony Society 8th Place International Finalists
– 2015 Mid-Atlantic District 3rd Place Chorus Finalists
– 2015 M-AD Western Division Chorus Champions

Workshop Description

Bel Canto for the 21st Century

Any choirs today have a tendency to sing harshly, with poor vocal production or poor choices for the instrument. We at Parkside Harmony refer to that style as Can Belto, however we prefer the gentler bel canto approach. Exploring briefly the three mechanisms of the voice, we will then take workshop participants into the practices of proper choices for the voice and how timbre and phonation choices can increase expressive qualities and dynamic range. Members of Parkside harmony will demonstrate the techniques discussed, and audience members will be able to explore the vocal tools for themselves as well. This is a participatory workshop open to all singers of all levels.

Participants will be able to explore their individual voices using the fundamental and advanced vocal techniques discussed and demonstrated. Much of what is learned can be applied directly to one’s own solo or ensemble singing almost immediately.