Classes



Group Classes in A Cappella Singing

Summer 2017 Pick-Up Choir

Over the summer, we offer a 4 stand-alone rehearsals where we teach 1-2 a cappella arrangements. It’s a drop-in, casual rehearsal where you can sample favorite arrangements we have sung over the last year.

We’ll be meeting on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00:
June 28th – featured songs: “Imagine” and “I Will Wait.”
July 5th – featured songs: “Happy Together” and “History Has Its Eyes on You.”
July 12th – featured songs: “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Fix You.”
July 19th – featured songs: “Seven” and “Somebody to Love.”
July 26th – song party and open mic. We’ll sing the summer tunes and host an open mic for anyone who wants to participate.

Location: Col. Hts. Presb. Church, 2828 SE Stephens St., PDX.
Instructors: all of the PDX Vox instructors will tag-team through the summer rehearsals, with 2 instructors co-leading each event.

You can sign up here.

Fall 2017 Semester Schedule

Our core program is on a semester schedule, where singers sign up for a group that meets for 13 weeks and learns 5-6 songs together. In the spring and in the fall, we offer 5 different groups during the week in three locations.

Monday mixed group:
Sept 18th – Dec 18th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. No class on Nov 20th.
Location: Col. Hts. Pres. Church, 2828 SE Stephens St., PDX
Instructor: Steven Patton

Tuesday mixed group:
Sept 19th – Dec 19th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. No class on Nov 21st.
Location: Central Luth. Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave., PDX
Instructor: Aaron Elliott

Wednesday beginner/mixed group:
Sept 20th – Dec 20th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. No class on Nov 22nd.
Location: Central Luth. Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave., PDX
Instructor: Marie Schumacher
* This group is for both new and returning members who are looking for a little more direct instruction on the basics of singing and music. Lessons will be woven into the song work that we do together.

Wednesday  group: Harmonic Challenge!:
Sept 20th – Dec 20th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. No class on Nov 22nd.
Location: to be determined
Instructor: David Anderson
* This group is for singers who are looking for a higher commitment and additional challenge. The ability to attend every rehearsal, learn parts independently, read music, and hold your own part against neighboring parts are all recommended skills.

Thursday mixed group:
Sept 21st – Dec 21st, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. No class on Nov 23rd.
Location: Valley Presb. Church, 8060 SW Brentwood, PDX
Instructor: David Anderson

Additional Dates for Fall Semester:

Open House and New Member Gathering  – Saturday, Sept 16th, 1:00 – 2:00. Location: Central Luth. Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave., PDX.
Kick-off and Song Retreat – Saturday, Sept 16th, 2:00 – 5:00. Location: Central Luth. Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave., PDX.
Mid-session Song Rehearsal – Sunday, Nov 5th, 4:00 – 6:00 – Taborspace (5441 SE Belmont).
End-of-Semester Show – Saturday, Dec 16th, 3:00 – 5:00 – Taborspace (5441 SE Belmont).

You can sign up here.

You can read more about the PDX Vox teaching staff by clicking here.

 


Vocal Coaching and Seasonal Song Salon

Four times a year, the PDX Vox instructors offer vocal coaching packages to individuals, duos and small groups who want to work on 1-2 songs with an experienced guide and get them performance-ready. We offer a package of 3 hours of individual coaching plus one group class that is a low-key performance. The total cost per group is $200. So, if a quartet decides to work on 1-2 songs together, the cost is $50 per person. (There is an additional fee of $15 per coaching session if instructors are required to travel to the coaching session.)

The summer salon performance event is scheduled for Wednesday evening, August 2nd, at 7:00pm. This is a great way to improve and focus your singing, with specific goals and a built-in performance deadline.

If you want to work on 1-2 a cappella songs in a small group but are not currently involved with an existing group, we can help! We can match you up with other singers to form an ad hoc group, and you can work together with a coach to learn and refine a song or two. For more details, email Marie Schumacher at marie at pdxvox dot com.

Instructors are also available to provide individual vocal coaching on an hourly basis. If you are interested in this option instead, please contact Marie at the email address listed above.

You can sign up here.


VOCAL ARRANGEMENTS

A FEW SONGS THAT WE HAVE LEARNED AND PERFORMED

Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
The Temptations

Ants Marching
Dave Matthews Band

Angel
Sarah McLachlan

Aquarius
The Fifth Dimension

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
The Andrews Sisters

Chicago
Sufjan Stevens

Galileo
Indigo Girls

Good Vibrations
The Beach Boys

Human
The Killers

I Will Wait
Mumford and Sons

In Your Eyes
Peter Gabriel

It’s Time
Imagine Dragons

King of Pain
The Police

Madness
Muse

Make You Feel My Love
Bob Dylan/Adele

Peg
Steely Dan

River of Dreams
Billy Joel

Viva la Vida
Coldplay

Waiting in Vain
Bob Marley / Annie Lennox

Walking on Sunshine
Katrina and the Waves

You’re No Good
Linda Ronstadt