COMMUNITY RESIDENCIES WITH ELISE WITT

From the melodies of her birthplace in Switzerland, from the rhythms of Africa and Latin America, from her North Carolina childhood, to the writing of her own songs, Elise's music is a gumbo that spans styles, genres, countries, and times. Solo or with her Mezzanine Band, Elise calls her music GLOBAL, LOCAL & HOMEMADE SONGS. In concert you may hear Fats Waller's You're My Dish, Chilean Violeta Parra's Gracias a la Vida (thanks to life), songs by contemporary songwriters like Joyce Brookshire and Walter Hyatt, as well as Elise's own compositions.

But Elise's work is not solely as a performing artist. Much of Elise's time is spent in Community Residencies where she uses music as a tool to help people find their own voices and to build community through group singing.


COMMUNITY RESIDENCIES CAN INCLUDE:


SINGING FOR FUN WORKSHOPS
Community workshops for new and experienced singers - from those who think they can't carry a tune in a bucket to "singers for fun," to professional singers - in short, anyone who wants to expereience the joy of singing in community. The focus is on the enjoyment of singing, while also working with the basics of breath, muscle control, tone production, and vocal technique. Repertoire includes rounds and songs from around the world. Even self professed "non-singers" find themselves, in short time, part of a glorious choir. Music reading is not a pre-requisite. (Click on Singing Classes & Workshops for more details)
One-time Workshop or Extended Class Series
Workshop length: 75 min. - 3 hours

CHORAL WORKSHOP / MASTER CLASS
Combines techniques of Choral Singing (Elise sang for twenty years with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus under the direction of choral master Robert Shaw), Theatre (founding member of Atlanta's Theatrical Outfit), and Movement (bringing in elements of T'ai Chi, Yoga, Alexander Technique, Skinner Releasing, and Dance, to experience the inter-connectedness of voice, mind, and body). Working with established ensembles and choral groups, Elise strengthens technique and style while emphasizing the joy of ensemble singing.
Available as one-time Workshop or Residency (1-2 weeks)
Workshop length: 75 min. - 3 hours

CHORAL TUNE UP
CHORAL TUNE UP is a workshop for College, University, Middle & High School Choral Groups. It reinforces choral teacher's warm-up techniques for proper breathing, diaphragm work, diction, and dynamics. Drawing on her vast experience as a professional soloist, a 20-year member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus under the direction of choral master Robert Shaw, and a student of vocal improvisation with Bobby McFerrin http://www.bobbymcferrin.com, Rhiannon http://www.rhiannonmusic.com, and David Darling http://www.musicforpeople.com, Elise breathes new life and excitement into the process of ensemble singing, giving special attention to the art of listening. Students will learn songs that are polyrhythmic and polytonal, songs that are easy to learn but sounds fabulous when sung in parts by the whole ensemble. The workshop is ideal for developing group dynamics and building Ensemble. (Click on School Programs for more details)
Available as one-time Workshop or Residency (1-2 weeks)
Workshop length: 1-2 class periods

LANGUAGE IS MUSIC IS LANGUAGE
LANGUAGE IS MUSIC IS LANGUAGE is for French, Spanish, Italian, and German classes. Students and teachers alike are amazed how much easier it is to learn a foreign language through songs. Drawing on her vast repertoire of songs from Europe, Canada, South America, Africa, and the United States, Elise involves the students in a discovery of Music as a Language. Each culture brings its own rich linguistic characteristics to its music and has unique rhythms and melodies to share with the rest of the world. As Elise teaches songs she puts them into their cultural context with stories that illuminate each song's origins. Elise is also a stickler for pronunciation, but makes the speaking so much fun, that students find themselves sounding like native speakers in a very short time. (Click on School Programs for more details)
Available as one-time Workshop or Residency (1-2 weeks)
Workshop length: 1-2 class periods

A MUSICAL TRIP AROUND THE WORLD
Multi-lingual, multi-cultural participatory program for Elementary students. Students sing along with Elise in English, Russian, Greek, Kiswahili, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, French, and Sign Language… (Click on School Programs for more details)
Available as Concert, Workshop, or Residency (1-2 weeks)
Concert length: 45-55 min.

CANTAMOS CON RITMO
Bi-lingual celebration/artsloration of Latin rhythms and the Spanish language co-presented with cross cultural percussionist Beverly Botsford (Click on School Programs for more details)
Available as Concert, Workshop, or Residencies
Concert length: 45-60 min.

CONCERT-SINGALONG FOR SENIORS
Features familiar favorites as well as some new surprises. The magic of music works wonders in nursing homes, senior centers, senior clubs, and hospital settings.
Program length: 30 min. - 1 hour

MINI-CONCERTS IN COMMUNITY SETTINGS
Might include noontime concerts, museum openings, civic group meetings, radio and television shows, or any other musical opportunity particular to your community.
Program length: varies with activity


Contact Elise Witt c/o:
EMWorld Records
PO Box 148, Pine Lake GA 30072
e-mail emworld@mindspring.com



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