have worked with Michael in
The Next Generation"
Michael Greenfield (bassist)
"Before this class,I didn't know what CircleSinging was.
Now I feel as though I could arrange a simple choral piece!
What's more, me and my two friends sang, drummed,
and played until midnight after the class.
Talk about energy..."
"Doing CircleSinging with Michael was one of the greatest
and most ecstatic experiences that I have had
doing improvisational music making!
Really a wonderful way to connect with rhythm, singing,
and learning to listen to each other..."
Ann Blake, Phd. (vocalist/composer)
"The 'CircleSinging: The Next Generation' workshop
at The Freight & Salvage was an absolute delight!
Michael Smolens’ long teaching experience
really showed in his ability to instantly gauge
where each participant was in their improvisational
experience and give them in-the-moment feedback
to expand their skills. Michael created such a fun,
safe place to “play” that the time just flew by,
and I wanted more, as did the two friends I brought along
who were completely new to CircleSinging."
Eric Rodriguez (keyboardist/composer)
"I have always enjoyed singing in a private setting,
but after this workshop I feel that many of my inhibitions
towards performing publicly have disappeared.
As soon as Michael showed me a vocal technique concept,
I got to apply it for an extended period of time
that kept my voice from stressing out.
For the first time I sang rhythmically challenging ideas
and improvisations, and that felt awesome!"
"Attending Michael's workshop opened me up to
ever new possibilities for vocal exploration
. The challenges were fun and kept me wanting
to come back for more..."