This fun and educational workshop, designed for families, musicians, choir members, choral conductors, summer camp leaders and others, is suited for beginner and intermediate harmony singers and song leaders. Workshop leaders and harmony-singing siblings Mollie Ziegler and Emily West (Douglas County Daughters) will lead singers through a progression of lessons starting with the most basic harmony types, including partner songs and canons, and will advance to more complicated homophonic harmony structures. While enjoying lots of singing time together, participants young and old will also learn the basic music theory behind chord structure and how it relates to harmony singing. Pairing this knowledge and experience prepares everyone for the capstone lessons: learning how to make up your own harmony parts, and polishing techniques for tightening harmony parts in groups. Even the most experienced singers will get helpful tips for creating a more refined, professional sound. The workshop will include demonstrations by workshop leaders and harmony singing sisters, Douglas County Daughters, and ends with a sing along, handy for trying out our new skills.
About the Douglas County Daughters:
Sisters Emily West and Mollie Ziegler collaborate as “Douglas County Daughters,” a vintage Americana project dedicated to the voice and the song. Born and raised in Douglas County, Nebraska, the two were encouraged into music in childhood and today combine twenty years of extensive recording and performance experience. Favorite Pacific Northwest stages range from Seattle’s elegant Benaroya Hall to Tacoma’s intimate Antique Sandwich Company, and include Seattle’s Tractor Tavern and Eugene’s Sam Bond’s Garage. Despite informal folk training (their mother taught them three-part harmony with sister, Kelley, in the back seat during car trips), both Mollie and Emily were classically trained in piano, and studied music and performance throughout high school and college in symphonic bands and concert choirs. Mollie holds a Masters in Music Education, and Emily completed a Masters in Folklore with an emphasis in musicology.
Here’s what Douglas County Daughters fans have to say about Mollie and Emily:
“Excellent singing, great harmony, keeping American folk songs alive. I also enjoy the humor and the variety of the tunes.”
“…always great to hear well-matched voices”
“Your a cappella harmonies transcend time. So tight. From a hundred years ago. You’re a Vocal Time Machine!”
“Great Harmony and yodeling. Diction was clear and easy to understand.”
“Love the harmonies! Great variety of music…great musicianship.”