Transgender Voices Festival
Join One Voice Mixed Chorus for a two-day Transgender Voices Festival April 13 & 14, 2018 in St. Paul, MN! The event offers a safe space for transgender and gender non-conforming singers to explore their voices and identities, grow as artists, and learn techniques for voice care. Workshop video recordings are also planned for voice/music teachers and community choir directors to learn about transgender voices and receive tools to support singers in the classroom and beyond. Continuing education credits for music teachers will be available through MMEA.
One Voice’s Transgender Voices Festival is organized by a team of transgender and gender non-conforming artists, singers, voice teachers and choral directors. This team is working to identify the topics most relevant to participants as they organize workshop leaders, speakers, and performers for the various elements of the Festival.
Anticipated workshop topics include:
- Master classes on transgender voice care with Mari Esabel Valverde
- Transgender Chorus rehearsals with Erik Peregrine
- Group singing and song-writing sessions with Eli Conley
- Poetry and spoken word hosted by Andrea Jenkins
- Exploring choral repertoire with images beyond typical gender roles, and music by LGBT composers
- Exploration of language, rehearsal techniques and choral repertoire that addresses inclusive gender and gender-fluid themes with Jane Ramseyer Miller and Erik Peregrine
- Transgender and Gender Non-Binary 101: Language and Terminology, and Much More
- Shared Stories: A safe space for transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary people to talk about singing and voice
- Individual vocal coaching, exploring vocal issues and voice care for transitioning transgender singers
- Training and workshops for professional voice teachers and choral directors who work with transgender singers
The Festival ends with a celebration and live performance on Saturday evening featuring guest artists from the Festival as well as transgender singers and other artists from across Minnesota. A chorus of transgender singers will perform as a culmination of their rehearsal over the two days. The performance will be live-broadcast and available to stream from anywhere in the world.
Travel stipends will be available to participants from greater Minnesota. Registration will open soon! Questions? Drop us a note.
For more resources on transgender voices visit the GALA Choruses Resource Center.
Meet our guest artists!
Eli Conley is a singer-songwriter & voice teacher. He leads community singing classes for LGBTQIA people and allies in the Bay Area, and teaches singing workshops around the country. He maintains a private voice studio, where he works with singers one-on-one. As a gay transgender man, Eli has a deep commitment to working within diverse LGBTQIA communities to build up their collective power, creativity, & resilience. Eli is a certified teacher of Somatic Voicework - The LoVetri Method™. He completed his training at the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute, and he continues to study to deepen his practice of this functional, body-based method of teaching singing. Eli has studied classical singing at Oberlin Conservatory and jazz vocal performance at Berklee College of Music. He is a former member of the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco and the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus.
Andrea Jenkins is an award winning poet, spoken word artist and trans activist. She has been awarded a Bush Fellowship, a Naked Stages grant, and a Verve Grant from Intermedia Arts. Jenkins co-curates Intermedia Arts' Queer Voices Reading Series, one of the longest running LGBT reading series in the country.
Andrea's work is concerned with the interplay of words, mediums and genres that can be mashed together to create a new narrative. She views her work as collage, working primarily with paper and mixed media as a visual form of curation. Taking various images that have been artfully produced for the purpose of consumerism and mixing them with social justice messages and images brings attention to the issues of inequality towards African Americans, women, Transgender women, and LGBT issues.
In 2015, after 12 years as a policy aide with the Minneapolis City Council, Jenkins began work at the University of Minnesota's Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies where she curates the Transgender Oral History Project (TOHP). In her role as curator of the TOHP, Jenkins is working to expand the trans narratives archived in the collection by recording oral histories from up to 300 individuals, totaling as many as 400 hours of interviews.
Jenkins announced in December 2016 that she will run to represent Minneapolis's 8th Ward on the City Council. Glidden, who presently holds the seat, announced that she would not run for reelection.
Peregrine serves as the music director of the Woodbury Chorus & Orchestra, assistant conductor and youth outreach coordinator for One Voice Mixed Chorus, and has recently been named the next artistic director for Ensemble Companio, an award-winning New England chamber choir. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Peregrine earned his Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of British Columbia and his Bachelor of Arts in Music magna cum laude with honors from Lewis & Clark College. Erik identifies outside of the gender binary and uses the pronouns they/them or he/him.
Mari Esabel Valverde has composed choral, vocal, symphonic, and chamber works. Her music has been featured at conventions and festivals such as Chorus America, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Association of British Choral Directors, and Texas Music Educators Association. Her works are published by earthsongs, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and Walton Music and self-published. She holds degrees from St. Olaf College, the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
130 Macalester Street
St Paul, MN 55105
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