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Kitka Community Chorus:
Two Ensemble Offerings This Season: Zele and the Vocal Skills Lab
Zele Community Chorus directed by
Initiated as the first Kitka-run ongoing community ensemble experience, Zele is now entering its 10th 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.
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Vocal Skills Lab directed by
Caitlin Tabancay Austin
The Vocal Skills Lab 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.
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KITKA COMMUNITY CHORUS
Kitka continues the Community Chorus program led by singers Janet Kutulas and Caitlin Tabancay Austin. This Fall season, Janet will direct the Oakland group (“Zele”), and Caitlin will direct the Vocal Skills Lab. The groups will meet weekly for 10 sessions to learn traditional and contemporary folk repertoire from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region in the context of committed ongoing ensembles. Rehearsals include work on vocal technique, ensemble singing, and performance skills. “Zele” is open to female singers of all ages. The Vocal Skills Lab is open to singers of all identities over age 13, by recorded audition.
More about “Zele”
This season there are no auditions required to join the Kitka Community Chorus. 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 Zele's director Janet Kutulas at
. 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.
Community Chorus, “Zele”, directed by Janet Kutulas
Dates: September 8 – November 10 (Time:TBA) (10 Tuesdays)
Fee: $160 — Registration opens to the public August 1st
More about the Vocal Skills Lab
The Lab focuses on building ensemble singing skills through group training, exercises, and games, with special attention to close listening and embodied singing. Singers are encouraged to challenge each other in a supportive environment.
Previous experience with Eastern European folk singing is helpful but not required. This season the Lab will focus on music from Bulgaria and Georgia. The ability to read Western music notation is also helpful but not required, as music is taught using both aural and written methods. Some fundamentals of reading will be covered in rehearsal.
Enrollment in the Lab is by audition or invitation only. Successful applicants can demonstrate flexibility and control with their instrument, and must be able to sing alone on a part. To audition, email to
- two current recordings (MP3s or YouTube links) that demonstrate your open voice sound (selections from Eastern Europe are useful but not required)
- a few sentences about your experience with music/voice/art, and your motivation for singing with the Lab
Vocal Skills Lab directed by Caitlin Tabancay Austin
Dates: September 9 – November 11, 7-9 pm (10 Wednesdays)
Fee: $200 — Registration opens to the public August 1st
There will be an end-of-season performance for family and friends on the last weekly session night.