Vocal Improvisation


Vocal Improvisation

VISIThis session is for the public only, not for VISI students.

Viviane Houle is a vocalist who specializes in improvised and creative music, new music and improvised song.  She has performed in a wide range of genres and contexts including Vancouver Opera, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and the Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville.

In facilitating these workshops, Viviane draws on her experience as a professional singer, as well as her studies with Richard Armstrong (Banff Centre for the performing Arts), Pauline Oliveros (Deep Listening) and Phil Minton (Feral Choir).  Join her for this outside-of-the box workshop exploring voice and improvisation.

This workshop is intended for anyone who is interested in sound, singing, who vocalizes, sings professionally, listens to singers, or works with singers.  No experience with improvisation is necessary.


Workshop description

We all have the innate ability and need to vocalize and sound whether we call ourselves “singers” or not.  This workshop is for anyone who is curious about the full expressive possibilities of the voice. 


No experience in improvisation or singing is necessary, however, these workshops are extremely valuable to singers and vocal teachers who want to explore a new approach to more natural, authentic and satisfying vocal performances.

Improvisation is integral to many vocal traditions – including classical, jazz, and many non-western singing traditions.  Increasingly, contemporary vocal performance requires vocalists to be capable of performing scored music as well as graphic notation or improvisatory passages.

Using exercises in Deep Listening, outside-of-the box vocal warm-ups, gentle movement, breath, and sound exercises, as well as unique sonic compositions, this workshop will help you develop your listening skills, your ability to draw on your unique natural musical impulses, your vocal palette, range of expression and vocal colours, and your ability to free your voice and remain present.

When you improvise you are freer to explore new vocal territories and to find new timbres, ranges, sounds and freedom in your voice.  This in turn can lead to more confidence, joy and freedom in your performance of art song/arias/teaching/speaking.

Vocal improvisation is good practice for life.  It teaches you to be fearless and to be able to adapt to whatever situation arises. 

Developing your improvisatory skills will serve you well as a singer, musician and in your life in general.

Please bring one song, aria, poem or text to the workshop.  You will not be asked to perform the song you bring.

Registration and Tuition:

This session is for the public only, not for VISI students.

Date:  Wednesday, June 16th, 6:30-8:30PM
Location:  UBC School of Music
Cost:  $22 per person

Minimum of 10 Participants/maximum of 20 for each class.

Register directly with Viviane Houle at info@vivianehoule.ca

After you have registered, please pay the workshop fee here.

Visit Viviane Houle's website for more information: http://www.vivianehoule.ca/

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