FALL 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 Northern lands, connecting the wild Atlantic Ocean to the Baltic Sea; from Ireland and the British Isles to Scandinavia, Iceland, and Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Traversing ancient trade routes, 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.

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  • DATES: 6 Tuesday evenings, 7:00-9:00pm; September 10 th -October 22 (Note: there

    will be no rehearsal on September 24 th ).

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

  • COST: $120-$140 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 has performed with the acclaimed Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble and directs several community choirs throughout the Bay Area, including the Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir, Headlands Community Folk Ensemble, and Sound Orchard.