Enrollment is currently open for Peninsula College’s spring quarter Vocal Series, focusing on rock-pop, American roots, songwriting, and artist social media.
Instructor Elaine Gardner-Morales has created an exceptional online experience for students during the pandemic, connecting them to musicians and industry professionals that would not have been possible to reach otherwise. “The students have benefited greatly from the talent and professional instruction that has taken place online at Peninsula College this year. We were so fortunate to have the master artists and clinicians that we had during winter quarter. For spring we are expanding into artist development, roots and songwriting.”
Christian Chavarria is a music producer and musician whose 30 years of experience was birthed in a Latin community, and later infiltrated into jazz and classical. Formerly the Director of the Master Artists Program at The Septien Entertainment Group, where Jessica Simpson, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and others stars trained, he oversaw the development of 20-25 artists at a time, which included the supervision of branding, social media, websites, artistic growth, development, and more.
Angela Kelman is a respected vocal coach and author of “The 5 Point Singing System.” A former lead singer for the award-winning group, Farmer’s Daughter, she is also a solo recording artist and gigs with her “dream band,” The Polyester Philharmonic. Angela lives in Vancouver, BC, and guides current and future recording artists in her vocal studio.
Jenna Monroe is a singer, pianist and voice coach from the UK. She is versed in classical and contemporary vocal techniques, and with more than 30-years’ experience, has sung and recorded across England. Her work is yoga informed and includes therapeutic and experimental modalities, resulting in a synthesis which is organic, whole-bodied and pleasurable. Her students experience joyful, free, conscious communication through the voice and singing.
Cort Armstrong is a man with no musical genre to call his own, who reaches far and wide for inspiration, carrying the torch of the songster tradition. In this tradition, picking and singing serve the songs, instead of the other way around. Instead of impressing audiences, the songster within seeks to move them… laughing, crying and dancing are what it’s all about!
Getta Workman grew up in a house of music and musicians and recalls her first songwriting experience—being kicked out of piano lessons at age 10 for repeatedly changing the material. She has experimented with songwriting all her life, never with commercial interest, but rather as a participant in the creative process, and how that process, and song, influences our personal and emotional journey.
In addition to class time with each of these professionals, students will experience the process of developing a professionally-mixed recording of their own.
The Peninsula College Foundation, with sponsorship from The Olympus Group at D.A. Davidson and Sound Community Bank, is pleased to support this exceptional offering for Peninsula College students.
Students wishing to enroll for this class must register by April 2 at pencol.edu/music.
For more information about the vocal ensemble and the College’s Vocal Jazz Program and this series, email instructor Elaine Gardner-Morales at email@example.com.
For information about Peninsula College Foundation, contact Getta Rogers Workman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 417-6400.
For information about Peninsula College, contact Kari Desser.