SUMMEr 2019 session

Ports and harbors are places where culture and ideas are exchanged.  From Norwegian sea spells to Irish sean-nós songs, Headlands Community Folk Ensemble is a women’s vocal arts project exploring song traditions from Iceland, Eastern Europe, the British Isles, the Baltics, Scandinavia, and the Caucasus. Following ancient trade routes over land and sea, we will also explore the folklore, history, and ethnographic context of each song while simultaneously honing our ensemble skills: blending, vocal placement and quality, pitch, pronunciation, and various vocal techniques unique to each tradition. Kristine Barrett directs the ensemble.


  • DATES: 4 Tuesday evenings, 7:00-9:00pm; August 6th – 27th

  • LOCATION: Sausalito Houseboats in Marin; address disclosed upon registration

  • COST: $80-100 sliding scale

Though participation in the choir is by audition or invitation only, previous singing experience is not necessary. Persons interested in auditioning should send a simple, raw a cappella audio (mp3) or video recording (online links) of one-two vocal pieces showcasing the singer's ability. Send inquiries and/or audition materials here. Space is limited to fourteen singers.


For successful auditionees, Kristine Barrett will send details and password for registration at the link below.

Secure link (password required) for registration here.



Kristine Barrett is an artist, composer, and vocalist specializing in traditional music and ritual song. A storyteller at heart, Barrett’s work has been performed, exhibited, and featured in various media festivals throughout North America and Europe, and was recently featured on the acclaimed NPR show The Thistle and Shamrock. In addition to her solo work, Kristine performs with the acclaimed Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble and directs the Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir in Oakland and the Headlands Community Folk Ensemble in Sausalito.