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Music writing workshop

April 22, 2013 · Updated 1:42 PM

Carolyn Cruso / Contributed photo

Orcas Center presents a “Write Your Own Music Workshop” with Carolyn Cruso, a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, composer, recording artist and educator and guest artists Ruthie Foster and Jim Bredouw. Cruso is pictured at right.

Her workshop on songwriting and composition is for youth and adults. She has been a performing songwriter, composer, recording artist and educator for more than 20 years. The six-class workshop covers a different element of music each day: rhythm, melody, chord progression, harmony, lyrics, ensemble playing and performance.

Students will improvise and experiment with each element as well as listen to samples.  Throughout the process, musical gems are gleaned from the improvisations, and used as seeds to develop an emerging composition.  Each day the piece is built upon as students create a group work.

Foster will be the guest teacher on Sunday, May 19. She is a two-time Grammy nominee whose voice is the vehicle for her combustible blend of soul, blues, folk and gospel. Foster is performing at Orcas Center on May 19 at 7:30 p.m. The class culminates in a tour of a professional recording studio led by Bredouw, a composer, recording artist, engineer and producer. At his studio, a performance of the finished piece will be documented on video and later posted on YouTube.

Students must have basic musical background. Both vocalists and instrumentalists welcomed. Bring your instruments of choice. Cruso is a “Community Based Instructor” and Orcas Center is a “Community Based Facility.” OASIS stipends are applicable for the series.

The workshop encompasses six sessions: May 13, 14, 20, and 21 plus Sunday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m. It is for ages 12 to adult and the cost is $180. OASIS CBF and CBI stipends applicable.   Contact Deborah Sparks to register: sparks@orcascenter.org, 376-2281 ext. 2.

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