Short Course26 July, 16:30 - 1 August 2020, 10:30
Kolding Summer Gospel 2020
A week with lots of joy, fellowship, going deeper. Lots of gospel!
Summer Gospel is for anyone who is interested in gospel - whether you sing in a choir or not. Everyone can join, and no special skills are required.
Kolding Summer Gospel is a very special week, focusing on singing, fellowship and various workshops. It's a holiday with lots of content, great gospel experiences and time for meaningful conversations with other fellow participants and teachers.
We try to keep this course not too big in number of participants, so it is possible to get to know each other and not to "disappear" in the crowd. Maximum number of participants is 70.
Kolding Summer Gospel is a week where there is time for meeting new people, exciting workshops, concerts, gospel cafe, fun and laughter, great conversations and much more.
Come and experience how great and exciting it is to sing gospel - to create something that touches and enriches you!
Looking forward seeing you July 2020!
This Years’ Teachers:
Course leader is, as usual, Steffen Bay. He is a brilliant gospel musician, composer, choir leader - and just a nice guy to be around.
He leads the course together with his great team.
- Wayne Ellington, UK
- Laura Kjærgaard
- Ruth Waldron, NO
- Emmanuel Waldron, NO
- Louise Robinson
- Poul Jeznach Madsen
- May Jeznach Madsen
- Steffen Bay
Every day from 9.00 – 10.25 and 14.00 – 15.30 everyone sings in the group choir where Ruth Waldron, Wayne Ellington and Laura Kjeargaard will lead the choir. In the group choir we work with expression, dynamics, interpretation and more.
In addition to the group choir you can choose a morning and an afternoon workshop.
MORNING WORKSHOPS (10.45 – 12.15)
- Singing Technique & Voice confidence - Laura Kjærgaard (max. 30) – Beginner
- Soloist Workshop (slightly experienced) - Ruth Waldron (max. 10) – Intermediate
- Soloist Workshop - Wayne Ellington (max. 10) - Advanced
- Improv theater — Louise Robinson (max. 12)
- Gospel Piano Masterclass – Emmanuel Waldron (max. 6)
- Write Your Own Gospel Song – Steffen Bay/ Poul Madsen (max. 10)
- Don't want to be a part of a Workshop before noon
AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (16.00 – 17.30)
- Write your own Monolog - Louise Robinson (max. 8)
- Soloist workshop (Slightly experienced) - Wayne Ellington (max. 12) - Intermediate
- Soloist workshop - Laura Kjærgaard (max. 12) - Advanced
- Soloist - Ruth Waldron (max. 12) - Beginner
- Minichoir - May Jeznach Madsen (max. 25)
- Band – Poul Madsen (max. 10)
- Don't want to be a part of a workshop in the afternoon
Throughout the week there will be inspiring morning gatherings where the teachers will talk about relevant subjects. In the evening there will be different arrangements: Teachers Concert, Surprises, Gospel Cafe and Open Stage. In the breaks there will be plenty of activities like: Walks in the beautiful Hylkedal and Seest Moelleaa, cozy atmosphere at the lake, sightseeing in Kolding and more.
Friday 31 July at 16.00 we present the work of the week in an open concert. Family and friends are welcome to Gospel concert.
Entrance fee 50 DKK, children below 12 years are free to join at no cost.
Description of the Workshops
Singing Technique & Voice Confidence with Laura Kjærgaard (max. 30 participants)
Singing technique and voice confidence is for those who want to be better choir singers, with emphasis on singing technique and voice confidence.
Do you experience getting hoarse when you sing? Or that your throat tightens up? Is it hard for you to control your volume? Or vary your sound? Do you experience a lack of freedom and effortlessness when you sing? Are you critical about you own voice and sound? Can you answer yes to one or more of these questions, this workshop is for you.
We'll go through singing techniques in theory, and later in the week in practice, as a choir. There will also be focus on learning to like our voice and the strengths that it already has, while becoming aware of what we can work on. This is NOT a soloist workshop, but there will be work in smaller groups.
Soloist Workshop – Slightly Experienced with Ruth Waldron (max. 10 participants)
You've sung a solo for others, but you would like to work on relating to the content of the song. Would you like to tell a story, express the song and develop tools that can help with the dynamic build up of the song? If that sounds like you, then you're welcome to participate in this soloist workshop for slightly experienced soloists.
You have to:
1. Pick a song that has an instrumental track. It can either be played from a CD or from your phone.
2. Bring something that you can record with (like a phone)
3. Bring paper and and a pencil so that you can take notes.
4. Bring a text for the track, if you'll need it
I look forward to seeing you at the workshop!
Soloist Workshop – Advanced with Wayne Ellington Soloist - Wayne (max. 10 participants) - advanced
The advanced soloist workshop is for those who already have quite a bit of experience with not just singing solo, but also being a soloist in your choir or at other musical events. At this soloist workshop we work on improvisation, interpretation and communication. Don't be afraid to pick up this challenge, to develop your soloist skills!
Improv-Theater with Louise Robinson (max. 12 participants)
Release your inner child. In this workshop we're going back to childhood, where our fantasy could run loose, and playing was completely permitted. This is a workshop where we go through a lot of theater exercises, that will most likely make us laugh, and lead us through different emotions. The many exercises will lead to a little show that we build during the week.
Gospel Piano Masterclass with Emmanuel Waldron (max. 6 participants)
Let's move on with the gospel piano, shall we? We will work with typical gospel phrasing and harmonisation.
The workshop is for fairly experienced pianists.
Write Your Own Gospel Song with Steffen Bay and Poul Madsen (max. 10 participants)
How do you get started on writing your own gospel song? Get relevant teaching and the necessary tools to write your own song. We will work with writing in either small groups or alone and we work at the level that the individual is at.
Bring your own instruments, computer and phone, so you can take notes, write text and record the ideas that you get along the way. The creative process in this workshop is more important than achieving a final product. But there will perhaps be an opportunity to perform the songs at the final concert.
Don't want to be in a morning workshop? It is also possible to take the morning off.
Write Your Own Monolog with Louise Jensen (max. 8 participants)
How do Iexpress a text or a song? How do I tell my history on the stage? That will be the theme for this workshop. You will, through different exercises, end up writing your own MONOLOG. We will work with your MONOLOG, engineer it and work with how dramatically it can be told. Through the week we will also work with different improvisation exercises that will give you more freedom on the stage. And you will get tools to tell your MONOLOG.
Soloist Workshop – Slightly Experienced with Wayne Ellington (max. 12 participants)
You've already been singing for an audience, but you would like to work with more confidence and less anxiety when you're singing for others. You've maybe sung a short solo in your choir, but now you want to get help to dive deeper in to the interpretation and communication of the song. Maybe you also want more tools to develop your song dynamically. If you see yourself in this description, this workshop might be for you.
Soloist Workshop - Advanced with Laura Kjærgaard (max. 12 participants)
This workshop is for those who have experience in singing solo – not just at workshops, but also in your choir and at other musical events. We can all become nervous, and there's room for that, but if you join this workshop, you worked with that nervousness before, so you're not too affected by your anxiety.
On this workshop we work with improvisation, interpretation and performance as a whole. As soloists we have to make choices. We choose to put some things in, but being a soloist is also about the things that we choose to take out. We work with the difference between singing a solo and being a soloist, with emphasis on the last part.
Soloist Workshop - Beginner with Ruth Waldron (max. 12 participants)
This workshop is for the absolute beginner – the person that has been dreaming about singing in front of an audience, but has not stepped out and done it yet. It's for the person that has a longing to sing solo in their choir, and a burning in their heart to do so.
In this workshop the teacher will help you find your own voice, face your fear and help you realise your dream of singing solo, in a safe and supportive environment. The teacher will bring a song to work with. Bring paper and pencil, and something you can record on (a phone or other recording device).
Minichoir with May Jeznach Madsen (max. 25 participants)
In this workshop we're a small group of singers, where we only have a few in each voice group (alto, soprano and tenor). We will work with different exercises, so that you will become a better and more confident choir singer, that dares to take responsibility in your voice group. We will be working with listening to other voice groups and understanding our own role as a singer in the choir. There will be time to go in depth about phrasing, tone, color, expression, dynamic and more. We will perform at the final concert with one or two tracks from this workshop.
Band with Poul Jeznach Madsen (max. 10 participants)
The Band workshop is for those who think music is exciting and want to be in a workshop that isn't necessarily about singing.
We will be playing together as a band, so if you're a bassist, pianist, guitarist or a lead singer, this workshop is for you.
We will work with tracks from the soul genre, because it's often quite close to the traditional gospel. But we can also find a track together, that we would like to work with..
It's not a requirement that you master any instrument to perfection, but a bit of experience isn't bad. Or at least a lot of willingness.
It's also possible to be off in the afternoon, if you prefer not to participate in the workshop in the afternoon.
Please choose from the following options: