Eastern European Vocal Skills Lab with Caitlin Tabancay Austin

The Lab is a small, intermediate to advanced group workshop series for singers who wish to develop their ensemble skills in a supportive and challenging environment. Each class includes ear training and vocal exercises, with special attention to close listening and body awareness.

Previous experience with Eastern European folk singing is helpful but not required. Singers will learn music both by ear and with Western music notation. Some fundamentals of music reading will be covered in rehearsal. This semester will focus on music from Bulgaria and the Republic of Georgia. Some class time will be devoted to small sectional work.


Successful applicants must be able to sing alone on a part.

Sign up for an audition time or audition via email (see details below.)

LAB Details

Please note:  Vocal Lab is on "pause", but will continue in 2017.

Space is still available in the Beloved Balkan Folk Songs workshop. Please contact us if you'd like to be added to our Workshop email list.

PAST LAB SESSIONS: 14 Tuesday Evenings
February 2 - May 10, 2016, 7-9 PM
(No session on March 15)
Silk Road House
1944 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Tuition: $280

Live Auditions

January 18 & 19 6-10 PM at the Kitka office
1201 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Suite 103, Oakland, CA 94612

virtual Auditions

If applicants cannot attend the live audition, they may audition via e-mail. Please email the following no later than January 19, 2016:

1) Two current recordings (MP3s or YouTube links) that demonstrate your open voice sound (selections from Eastern Europe are useful but not required)

2) A few sentences about your experience with music/voice/art/performance, and your interest in singing with the Lab

Vocal Skills Lab banner photo by Steven Bollman