CMC Vocalpalooza

Continuing our CMC Celebrations concerts, the Voice Deptartment presents Vocalpalooza, featuring a day of voice and singing-related activities that bring together all types of CMC vocalists in performance, education, and choral community—students and faculty alike!

CMC vocalists interested in performing should speak to their CMC voice or choir instructor. All are welcome to sign up to participate in the workshops, and join the audience for the choral summit and recital performances.

Sunday, April 21 from 12:30–7pm
CMC Concert Hall & Recital Hall
FREE (donations are gratefully accepted)

Register here

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Vocalpalooza Schedule of Events:

Choral Summit

Bringing together CMC choirs and vocal ensembles (CMC Concert Hall)

  • 12:30–1pm: warmups, vocal games, and activities led by Zahra Rothschild and Beth Wilmurt
  • 1–2:30pm Concert: featuring CMC Children’s Chorus/Intergenerational Choir, New Voices Bay Area TIGQ Chorus, Coro de Cámara, and more.

Vocal Workshops

Explore diverse facets of the voice, from anatomy to harmony to style, led by CMC voice faculty. Space in some workshops is limited, advanced registration is recommended.

3–3:30pm: From Toes to Nose: The Anatomy of the Voice with Ellen Shea. Enjoy a quick overview of the vocal aparatus. Learn the musculature of breathing, the pharynx and the resonators, and how they all work together. (CMC Concert Hall)

3–4pm: Broadway, Pop, and Jazz Choral Harmonies with Ellen Robinson. Experience the thrill of harmonizing in different musical styles: Broadway, Pop, and Jazz. We’ll sing in three-part harmony in each style using written choral arrangements. Enjoy a show-stopping dramatic Broadway tune, an infectious rhythmic Pop song, and a playfully syncopated Jazz number. This will be fun! Please note: N95 masks will be rquired for this workshop. (CMC Recital Hall) – View/print music for the workshop here

3:30–5pm: Feel Your Voice – A Somatic Experience with Clare Hedin and Nicole Lumetta. This workshop focuses on you! It will support you—through fun and focused exercises—to get in touch with how your voice feels and resonates in your body, and its posture. It will also show how resonance and awareness give you creative choices and connect you to yourself and others. We will use movement, singing, and sound meditation. Technically, we will explore the pharyngeal space/facial musicals, the vagus nerve, and vocal registration to support your ability to improvise, sing, and discover/express your sound authentically. (CMC Concert Hall)

4–5pm: What is this Thing Called Jazz? A Vocal Ensemble with Clif Payne. Students will learn the fundamental elements of jazz (rhythm, improvisation, harmony) and sing the genres’ popular repertoire from classic jazz standards to contemporary jazz stylings. Special attention will be given to the legends of jazz singers and the songs they made famous. This class will have piano accompaniment. (Room 12)

Voice Department Recital

5:30-7pm : A Celebration of Renewal.  A collaborative concert capturing the spirit of spring, rebirth, growth, and the beauty of nature. Featuring performances by CMC students of private studios, group classes, choirs, and CMC Voice Faculty in a wide variety of musical styles, from solos to ensembles. (CMC Concert Hall)

Heath & Safety Precautions

For everyone’s health and safety – there are hepa filters in all CMC facilities, masks are optional for almost all activities. We kindly ask that participants not to attend if they are not feeling well.

N95 masks are required to participate in the Broadway, Pop, and Jazz Choral Harmonies workshop (3–4pm). Thank you for helping keep our community safe!

The celebrations are just beginning! Come help us celebrate the opportunity of our campus expansion with an incredible array of musical and community events, CMC-style:

  • Grand Opening Open House Sunday, February 25, 3–5pm
  • CMC Celebrations Concert Series, Fridays in March
  • CMC Spring Gala Friday, March 8 @ the Palace Hotel
  • CMC Sessions Saturdays: February 24, March 2, May 11, May 18
  • For the Love of Strings String Faculty Concert April 5
  • Mission Music Night with Mission Arts Performance Project April 6, 6–9:30pm
  • Voice Department Vocalpalooza April 21
  • Juliet McComas Keyboard Marathon April 28
  • Student and Faculty Performances

and so much more! Check our calendar for more details.

Date / Time

April 21, 2024
12:30 pm
 – 7:00 pm
Cost: Free

Type of Event



CMC Mission District Branch
544 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA 94110