This class is for confident, adventurous singers wishing to study and perform music from areas where group singing has strong roots in tradition. We will explore different ways of producing vocal sound, such as the Balkan “hard voice”, the rounder sounds of South Africa, and the unusual tunings of Caucasus Georgia while learning about the secular and sacred functions of singing in each culture. Nick Brooke’s Singing Translation class will arrange pieces for us to sing from additional countries of interest. Songs will be taught by both ear and notation. Some music literacy is required.