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Sing and Surrender: A Vocal Massage Class To Free The Body For Song

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If you have a need or desire to communicate your truth in a way that feels good, this virtual class series is for you!

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Your voice is the messenger of your truth.

Guided by singer-songwriter and Oakland CA native, Adrienne Shamszad, you will have the chance to develop and refine vocal techniques that support the empowered and liberated use of your voice. Each 4-week series is dedicated to learning a new, uplifting song written by Adrienne especially for Sing and Surrender where you will learn a mixture of techniques, warm-ups and melodies that encourage self-love, self-acceptance, courage and confidence.

Some of the topics include:

  • Breath control
  • Dynamics
  • Vowels, jaw and tongue placement
  • Harmonizing
  • Vocal health
  • Resonance
  • Singing as a means for healing, relief and activism

For maximum enjoyment, we recommend signing up for the series. Drop-ins are welcome.

Adrienne Shamszad has been performing and teaching for over 2 decades. She is an experienced guide through the complex waters of vocal development and views the process of “learning how to sing” as a path of “learning to be at ease with oneself.” She is actively engaged in empowering people with the skills they need to use their unique voices to sing, and speak their truth with power, beauty and wisdom. Adrienne has learned Western classical technique from baritone Zachary Gordin and studies traditional Iranian vocal arts with Mahsa Vahdat. She has been a songwriter, singer and multidisciplinary performer for a lifetime.

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A note from the facilitators about racism...

We see the rampant anti-black racism in America and the traumatic impact it has had on the Black community and human spirit for centuries. We hear the call from Black voices to white and non-black POC to engage strategically in the fight for Black liberation. Singing has the ability to dislodge stuck emotion, to create a clear pathway for grief, anger and fear to flow through our bodies. As we release these often trapped feelings, we awaken new, with refreshed love and energy for our art, for our activism, for our lives and for the lives of our loved ones. We need all voices on deck right now, clarified and communicating with purpose, to bring us closer to the end of white-supremacy. The facilitators of this singing series, (we are a non-black WOC and a white woman), are committed to maintaining a safe and healing atmosphere for all of us so that we each may leave the classes feeling lighter, stronger and clearer in our voices, our bodies and our thinking.

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Cat Call Choir's mission is to position conversations about race and belonging as integral to the creation of live performances about gendered violence and provide a platform for anyone who has experienced it to spend time with other creative people singing, laughing, battling and healing from this global epidemic one song at a time. Our goal during shelter-in-place is to support performing artists and others whose livelihoods have been compromised by the coronavirus pandemic by offering weekly, accessible, professional-level singing classes, and opportunities for online artistic collaboration and performance.

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