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Vocal Harmony

with Erin Hogan & Nathan Halbur

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

8PM

Vocal Harmony

  • Acoustic
  • Folk
  • In-Person Classes
  • Singer/Songwriter

**THIS IS AN IN-PERSON CLASS**

In the spring section of vocal harmony at Club Passim, Erin Hogan and Nathan Halbur will lead an exploration of group singing as a meditative and healing force to awaken more creativity, peace, and harmony in our everyday lives! As a group, we will explore Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening, Vocal Flow inspired by Bobby McFerrin’s circle singing sessions, improvisation, a cappella and round/group folk song singing, the art of singing in unison, and much more – all aided by meaningful poetry, art, and story! With this one-of-a-kind course offering, we aspire to create a stronger sense of community and belonging within Boston’s vast vocal scene.

This class will be held from 8:00-9:15pm ET on Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, April 3, 10

Please note: The class will be held at The Passim School of Music which is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator.  

Limited to students 16 yrs of age or older;  Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Online sale ends 2 hours before the class begins. Tickets can be purchased at the door. before the class begins. 6 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund.

Erin Hogan

Erin Hogan possesses an angelic and soulful soprano voice equally suited to early, sacred, and devotional music, cross-genre collaboration, and folk-song… 

Growing up in Grafton, WI, Erin’s certainty of a life in music began at age 5. Performing and working on music in churches, school musicals, youth choirs, and bands through her adolescence fostered a love of harmonizing, collaborating, and listening deeply to others. Music and harmony inevitably became the lens through which she could view the world.

Erin’s curiosity and passion for musical connection has led to an eclectic collection of musical experiences, including collaborations with musicians across genres in opera, chamber, early, and sacred music, as well as jazz, folk, and world music. Earning her degrees in vocal performance from DePaul University School of Music (BM ‘17) and Boston University (MM ‘23), she has performed leading operatic roles with the Boston University Opera Institute such as Emily in Ned Rorem’s adaptation of Our Town, Amy in Little Women by Mark Adamo, and Oberto in G.F. Händel’s Alcina. Alongside her studies, she is a three-time Silkroad Ensemble Global Musician, sharing the stage with Mike Block, Jamey Haddad, Maeve Gilchrist, and Abeer Nahme, as well as musicians from all around the world.

Erin continues to immerse herself in the Irish, English, and American folk music traditions, as well as sacred and early music being a full-time chorister at Church of the Advent, Boston. Her diverse interests have brought her to Club Passim, NEC’s Jordan Hall, and various churches across New England. She also performs with the Nightingale Vocal Ensemble and enjoys being a collaborative voice on various albums/EPs and miscellaneous recording projects.

In addition to her musical interests, meditation and mindfulness practices have become essential to Erin’s artistry and spiritual wellness. Inspired by her time as a Namchak Community Compassion in Action Fellow (2022-2023) she organizes Kindred, a gathering series focused on community connection and contemplation through the intersection of the arts and mindfulness. Kindred gatherings happen in partnership with PCUSA and Peace House, a non-profit and monastic residence in Cambridge, MA.

Vocal Harmony

Nathan Halbur

Baritone Nathan Halbur is a singer and composer based in Boston. Praised for his “nimble accounts of [Bach’s] melismas” (Boston Classical Review), his eclectic career has led him to perform semi-improvised opera with Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding in the world première of Wayne Shorter’s …(Iphigenia), to provide the voice of Dr. Seuss’s Grinch for the Boston Pops, to be a soloist in the Carnegie Hall world première of Heidi Breyer’s Amor Aeternus: A Requiem for the Common Man, to tour with Grammy-nominated ensemble Skylark on their program Sub Rosa, to embody an Infernal Spirit in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with Pegasus Early Music, and to sing numerous works by J.S. Bach with Emmanuel Music, Boston Baroque, and Cantata Singers. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by choral and jazz vocal ensembles throughout the United States, and his song “Sigh no more” (set to lyrics by Shakespeare) was recently featured at the Sparks & Wiry Cries GRAND songSLAM in Chicago. He is currently producing an album of completely improvised a cappella music for Nightingale Vocal Ensemble to be titled Composition Sped Up (available December 23). He is also in an experimental pop band called DREAMGLOW, which reimagines music from the classical canon in an electronic lo-fi aesthetic.

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