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Caitlin T. Austin
Advanced Vocal Skills Lab (by audition)
led by Caitlin Tabancay Austin

15 Wednesday Evenings: February 4 - May 13, 2015
Silk Road House
, 1944 University Ave., Berkeley, CA
Tuition: $300

This new offering is a laboratory for advanced singers looking to build their ensemble singing skills in a supportive environment. Training will focus on listening and vocal production through vocal, physical, and visual exercises. Participants can expect to be challenged. The Lab is limited to 10 participants and selection will be based on recorded audition materials.

To apply: Email two contrasting MP3 recordings or YouTube links that demonstrate your vocal skills by January 20, 2015 to . Please include your name and “Vocal Lab” in the subject of your email.

Selections and registration instructions for The Lab will be announced by January 26, 2015.

Kitka Community Choruses
15 Tuesday Evenings: February 3 - May 12, 2015
Membership Dues: $240
Rehearsal location will be disclosed upon registration.


Contact for information on upcoming Community Chorus sessions.
Two sections:
Berkeley group directed by Caitlin Tabancay Austin & Corinne Sykes.
Oakland group, “Zele” directed by Janet Kutulas.


Berkeley group directed by
Caitlin Tabancay Austin & Corinne Sykes

Caitlin T. Austin Corinne Sykes

The Berkeley group focuses on singing as a fun, inclusive, full-body practice. Each rehearsal includes accessible training exercises designed to stretch singers’ abilities and awareness of their own personal instrument.

For more information, contact:

Janet Kutulas, photo by Sarah SmallZele directed by
Janet Kutulas
in Oakland

Initiated as the first Kitka-run ongoing community ensemble experience, Zele is now entering its 9th season led by Kitka singer Janet Kutulas. The group is comprised of 20+ women of all ages. Learning traditional folksongs and choral arrangements from the Balkans and the Caucasus, the group stops along the way to hone ensemble skills and study regional vocal placement, stylistic subtleties, language, and to enjoy the incredible harmonies of both the music and the good fellowship of the group.

For more information, contact:


Kitka has recently expanded our Community Chorus program, and we now run two community ensembles, both led by Kitka singers. This Winter/Spring season, the groups will meet weekly for 15 sessions to learn traditional and contemporary folk repertoire from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region in the context of a committed ongoing ensembles. Rehearsals include work on vocal technique, ensemble singing, and performance skills. Both ensembles are open to singers of all ages and experience.


This season there are no auditions required to join the Kitka Community Choruses. But it’s essential that interested singers have the ability to match pitch and sing harmony parts in tune. If you have any questions about whether you’d be a good vocal match for the group, please contact the directors (emails below). Previous experience with Eastern European folk singing is helpful but not required. The ability to read music is also helpful but not required, as music is taught using both aural and written methods.


There will be an end-of-season performance for family and friends on the last weekly session night.


We ask that you make a commitment to the 15-week season by paying full membership dues. Membership fees help defray the cost of rehearsal space rental, music preparation, director salary, administrative expense, etc. We try to keep dues low - the cost for the current 15-week season breaks down roughly to $15/rehearsal. But as this is not a drop-in group, we’ve found that it works out most equitably to require full dues from each person regardless of whether it’s known by any member in advance if they will have to miss a rehearsal or two.


$240 for the 15-week season, is due by the first rehearsal. You may register and pay in full, or in 3 monthly or 15 weekly on-line auto-pay installments. Payment periods begin on the day you make your first payment. These payments will be automatically and securely processed through Kitka’s PayPal account.

If you have any questions,
contact the Kitka office at 510-444-0323

You may also mail a check for $240, made out to Kitka, to:

Re: Community Chorus
1201 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Suite 103
Oakland, CA 94612

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