community singing & improvising vocal groups
(Vancouver & North Vancouver)

Simple enough for beginners and still fun for experienced singers, Kate’s non-auditioned community singing classes are the perfect way to bring more vocalizing into your life. A bit of music reading skill is a help but really not necessary as audio examples are also supplied. These groups are the perfect fit for anyone who wants to sing AND swing!

Or perhaps you are interested in vocal improvising that moves beyond the boundaries of ‘singing’? The VOXYmusic Community Improv group might be for you. Scroll down past the choirs to the Improvised Singing section.

Questions about Group Singing Classes? Please see Singing FAQ
Questions about VOXYmusic? Please see VOXYmusic FAQ

“I really appreciate your upbeat energy and how you make newcomers to the group feel so welcome. Your enthusiasm is also a very happy thing!” —Michelle D.

“Great! I loved the material, the lighthearted feeling, and the really nice people. I’ll be back for sure.” —Sheila N.

“Kate does a bang-up job. I look forward to the next season.” —Karen D.

“Kate’s classes are always a great experience. I recommend it, and look forward to more .” —Simon N.

“The perfect combination of learning and fun with nice people and good music. Kate is friendly and welcoming, and I loved the repertoire. ” —Susan P.

“Thanks so much for providing this opportunity to be part of a fun and friendly singing group. I am new to Vancouver, and I’m looking forward to doing more.” —Andrea C.

Read more of what Kate’s students say…

Community Singing

A variety of classes

spring session 2016
6 Thursday evenings, February and March. Dates TBC
Location: East Vancouver
15-20 voices
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Fee: $125 for six sessions.
All materials are provided, including audio practice parts.
Registration: please contact help!
registration begins November 2014
Please note that the choir requires registration of a minimum of 12 people to run. You will be put on a list and notified as soon as possible.

The Capilano Jazz Swingers (Please check back here for dates.)

Read more about this fun and friendly North Vancouver swing choir on Kate’s community education page! It’s offered by Capilano U in North Vancouver as part of their Continuing Education program.

We will return!
Please watch this space for upcoming details on dates and location.
Capilano U in North Vancouver (part of the Continuing Education division).

improvised singing

VOXYmusic A spring workshop series celebrating vocal improv

space available
Saturday mornings, 10-noon, in April and early May, 2016. Stay tuned for more details. We meet and sing in East Vancouver.
Admission is $5 per workshop. Come to the whole series or whenever you can.
To join the VOXYmusic mailing list, please contact help!

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VOXYmusic, the Vancouver-based improvising group workshop series, was founded in 2007 by singer/performers Kate Hammett-Vaughan and Carol Sawyer. VOXYmusic’s mission is to celebrate the human voice, and to inspire singers of various musical and cultural traditions to explore a meeting place that is based in improvisation.
Workshops are led by professionals from the music, dance, theatre, spoken word and visual art realms, creating a space for singers with a wide variety of musical backgrounds and levels of experience to experiment, take risks, and extend their vocabulary as improvising performers.

VOXYmusic is a no-budget/self-funded community group. With the generous help of Vancouver Community College, grunt gallery, Playwrights Theatre Centre, and The Western Front, VOXYmusic has facilitated seven highly successful seasons of workshops that investigate vocal improvisation.
The workshop series often culminates in a very casual workshop/performance of small and large-group pieces that are created by workshop participants. It is fun to put together all of our ideas in a slightly formalized setting. Participation in the performance is not obligatory. We hope you will come because you have found the workshops interesting and fun.

Choir FAQ

Do I need previous choir experience?
No. Come and enjoy singing!
Auditions?
No. All you need is to love singing.
What if I am not a professional singer?
Singers of all levels are welcome. Come and sing!
Repertoire?
Kate’s three part arrangements of swing standards and some classic pop tunes.
Do I need to read music?
No. Written and audio parts are provided, so learning is easy for everyone.
What if I can’t make all the sessions?
No problem. We know people are busy. Come when you can.
Do I need to practice between sessions?
A bit of practice won’t hurt, but we sing and learn each session.
Is there a recital or a performance?
Yes! At the end of each season (fall and spring) we meet for a very informal and fun recital/performance at a local East Vancouver venue. You can invite a guest or two to come along! If performing is not your thing, please don’t stress. We put the emphasis on having fun, and it is not compulsory.
Other questions?
Contact me. help!

VOXYmusic FAQ

What if I am not a professional singer?
You don’t need to be a professional. You just need to want to sing and explore your voice.
What do I bring to the workshop?
A bottle of water and $5. Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move and breathe in. Sometimes we use the floor for exercises, so it should be something you are OK with for sitting or moving on the floor.
What if I can’t make it to every workshop?
Not a problem. Come to any workshop that you are available for.
Is there a performance at the end of the series?
Yes. We organize a very casual small event that allows us to experiment with the materials we have used. It’s very lighthearted and fun, and not even slightly formal. Just a great way to wrap up and share our voices with each other. Family, friends, and other interested folk are welcome to come and watch. If you have not done all the workshops, you can still participate in the performance.
**How do I register and join the mailing list? **
Contact me. help!
Other questions?
Contact me. help!