Please note: Kitka's Intermediate Georgian Community Choirs' Fall 2018 session is currently full and closed to new registrants. 

To be added to the waiting list, please contact us here.

This workshop series is for experienced singers familiar with traditional polyphonic music from the Republic of Georgia, Lazona, and neighboring Black Sea and Caucasus regions. In addition to learning repertoire, the series will also explore the folklore, history, and ethnographic context of each song while simultaneously developing ensemble skills: blending, vocal placement and quality, pitch, and pronunciation. The series will consist of several intensive workshop days throughout the Fall; including master classes from Georgian master Ketevan Mindorashvili. Kristine Barrett directs the choir.


  • DATES: September 9th, 12th, 14th; October 7th; November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th.
  • LOCATION: East Bay and Sausalito, Locations disclosed upon registration.
  • COST: $150-$200 sliding scale.

Participation in the choir is by audition or invitation only. Space is very limited.


Persons interested in auditioning should send raw a cappella audio (mp3) or video recordings of 1-2 vocal pieces showcasing the singer's ability and range along with a brief description of their singing background. Persons must be familiar with Georgian music and able to strongly maintain pitch, hold one's part, learn material by ear, and take musical direction. All genders and ages are welcome.

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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.