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The workshops below are taking place in Amsterdam, but if you want to organise a workshop in your own city, just get in touch! What is a Genetic Choir workshop? click here

To inscribe for a workshop, see the contact form at the very end of this page.


5 + 6 July 2014:

“Melody Makers”

MelodyMakersCarousel_2014Melodies are the storytellers of music. Just start singing a few notes and instantly there is a feeling/atmosphere, the beginning and clear promise of a much longer story. Melodies are also playful creatures, meaning that in bigger numbers they tend to swirl around each other, being looped and copied and transposed, creating ever-new relations and identities with each other, transforming to totally different music or ending in beautiful silences.

In this Genetic Choir weekend workshop, we look at how we use melodies in improvisation singing. Voice work and rhythm will feature along the way, but the focus is on weaving melodies and story. How do you go about it, as an improvisation singer? How do you make it personal and how does ‘meaning’ evolve? But also: how do you work together with other singers in this?
The Genetic Choir approach ensures that you don’t need any particular background to be able to join this workshop. Any level of experience and/or musical styles are welcome.


 18+19 October 2014:

“The Edge of Language”

language_edge_closerA workshop about the moments when sound becomes language and vice versa. This is the fourth Genetic Choir research into ‘text/words’, now with more specific focus on the exciting no-mans-land between the abstraction of music and the literal meaning of words. (more info on this theme, read the description of last year’s workshop here)

Een workshop over de momenten waar klank overgaat in taal en vice versa. Dit is de derde verkenning van de Genetic Choir methode rond ‘tekst/woorden’. We spelen met en verkennen verkennen het spannende gebied tussen de abstractie van muziek en de letterlijke betekenis van woorden. (meer info over dit thema, lees over de workshop die vorig jaar december plaatsvond hier)


Both workshops are at the moment open for pioneers to inscribe for the much lower workshop fee.

Dates will be planned together with the pioneers who inscribe.

Contact us through the form below, if you are interested.

Times and prices

Worskhop times are usually: 10:00-17:00

(unless otherwise stated)

One day workshops (excl. VAT): 60,- € / Pioneers pay 40,- €
Two day workshops (excl. VAT): 110,- € / Pioneers pay 75,- €
Four day workshops (excl. VAT): 200,- € / Pioneers pay 140,- €

You can become a pioneer and pay the lower pioneer price by being one of the first to inscribe to a workshop and commit yourself to the dates. What is this pioneer thing? Click here.

Note that all prices are shown without the 21% tax, as some participants can deduct this part from their costs.
For example the total amount you pay for a two day workshop (110,- + VAT) is at the moment 133,10 Euro. For a one-day workshop it’s 72,60 Euro.

If you are interested to follow a workshop, send us a message through the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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