Classes



Group Classes in A Cappella Singing

Spring 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:
Feb. 5th – May 7th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. No class on March 26th.
Location: Col. Hts. Pres. Church, 2828 SE Stephens St., PDX
Instructor: Steven Patton

Monday group: Harmonic Challenge!:
Feb. 5th – May 7th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. No class on March 26th.
Location: Central Luth. Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave., PDX
Instructor: Aaron Elliott
* 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.

Tuesday mixed group:
Feb. 6th – May 8th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. No class on March 27th.
Location: Central Luth. Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave., PDX
Instructor: Aaron Elliott

Wednesday newcomer/mixed group:
Feb. 7th – May 9th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. No class on March 28th.
Location: Central Luth. Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave., PDX
Co-Instructors: Marie Schumacher and TBD
* 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.

Thursday mixed group:
Feb. 8th – May 10th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. No class on March 29th.
Location: Valley Presb. Church, 8060 SW Brentwood, PDX
Instructor: Steven Patton

Additional Dates for Spring Semester:

Open House and New Member Orientation  – Saturday, Feb. 10th, 1:00 – 2:00. Location: Central Luth. Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave., PDX.
Kick-off and Song Retreat – Saturday, Feb. 10th, 2:00 – 5:00. Location: Central Luth. Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave., PDX.
Mid-semester Combined Group Rehearsal – Saturday, March 24th, 3:00 – 5:00 – Taborspace (5441 SE Belmont).
End-of-Semester Spring Show – Saturday, May 5th, 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.

 


Winter Break Mini-Classes

Ukulele Mini-Classes for Beginners: Come learn the basics of this accessible, sweet instrument – a great one for all singers to know! Two levels will be offered: absolute beginner (never played uke before) and almost beginner (a refresher in the basics for those who have played a little ukulele before or who already play guitar). We’ll learn a few simple songs that are fun to sing and sound great on ukulele.

Dates: 3 Monday evenings in January: the 8th, 15th and 22nd. Choose one group:
6:30 – 7:30 pm: Absolute Beginners Group
7:30 – 8:30 pm: Almost Beginners Group
Location: Colonial Hts. Pres. Church, 2800 SE Stephens St., Portland
Instructor: Steven Patton
Cost: $60

Singing and Creating Vocal Harmony by Ear [FULL]: Get a basic understanding of chords and intervals and learn some tools for finding harmony parts above and below the melody on your own.

Date: Wednesday evening, January 17th 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave., Portland (2nd Floor)
Instructor: Aaron Elliott
Cost: $40

3 Chords and the Truth — Simple Tools for Writing Songs [FULL]: In this class, we’ll work through several activities that will get your musical and lyrical ideas flowing as well as help you frame these ideas within a song structure. We’ll do a fair amount of writing in class, and you’re encouraged to write outside of class, too. The intention is to create an energizing, non-judgmental space to explore the process of building a song. You will also have the option of sharing your songs-in-progress during our 3rd meeting. If you have an instrument that will help with the writing process, please bring it; if not, there will be a guitar and a few small keyboards available to use.

Dates: 3 Thursday evenings in January: the 11th, 18th and 25th
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Valley Community Pres. Church, 8060 SW Brentwood, Portland
Instructor: Marie Schumacher
Cost: $90


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.)

Winter Salon: Saturday, Feb. 3rd, 7pm
Spring Salon: Saturday, May 19th, 7pm

The song salon is a great way to improve and focus your singing, with specific goals and a built-in performance deadline.

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