The Hollywood Star, January, 2010
Do you love to sing and want to sing with others on a more regular basis? PDX Vox is a singing program for busy people who love pop music and are looking for a fun, low-pressure way to improve their singing in a friendly, supportive learning environment.
PDX Vox is a cross between a chorus and a “voice band,” performing pop songs in which many of the voices sing the parts of instruments. There are no auditions, though a little singing experience is recommended. Groups meet weekly over thirteen weeks. The winter groups start up the week of January 25, including a Wednesday evening group at Central Lutheran Church, 1820 N.E. 21st Ave., one block north of Broadway. The earlier group meets 6:30–8:30 p.m., and the later group meets 7:30–9:30 p.m., with one overlapping hour for both groups to sing together. The cost is $230, and includes all materials.
PDX Vox is intended to be a learning experience, so you can improve your singing in a group setting. The director teaches brief lessons on vocal technique and music theory. She also provides background on the songs and teaches a bit about the history of a cappella music through recordings and mini-lectures. However, the bulk of rehearsal time is spent learning and refining five or six songs that will be performed at the last class. Lots of people have been singing in PDX Vox since it first began, so it has the continuity and community closeness of a chorus.
Visit www.pdxvox.com to see the full schedule and learn more about this unique program. Director Marie Schumacher can be contacted at moc.x1508712994ovxdp1508712994@eira1508712994m1508712994 or (503) 238-5331.