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Lakeside Chautauqua Workshops

This summer, Lakeside Chautauqua is collaborating with the Ohio Arts Council, Heidelberg University, and others to present a series of new, engaging music and creative workshops for students, educators, and the community.

These programs are inspired by using the arts and the mission of Chautauqua to help in developing one’s musical skills, creative opportunities, historical and cultural knowledge, and exploring methods for good mental health. Designed for ages 14+, check out these new workshops and opportunities to enhance your creative skills and experiences in music.

Jazz Week

June 13 – 16

Songwriting Workshop

July 18 – 19

Finding Your Way Workshop

July 25 – 26

Chautauqua Jazz Week

Jazz Week Lakeside

The Chautauqua Jazz Week Experience is a new program inspired by the musical art form and lifestyle of Jazz. Featuring a series of artists-in-residence and guest artists at Lakeside, this week includes a series of opportunities for music students, educators and enthusiasts to celebrate Jazz through participation and attendance at workshops, sessions, lectures, concerts and interactive performances.

 
Special Workshops

Blues Workshop | Monday, June 13 at 1:30 – 5 p.m. | Hoover Auditorium | $35
Learn how to use the Blues progression in your playing, applying different patterns and blues melodies, and improvise using various techniques in harmony, melodies, and grooves. Through a series of breakout sessions, large group demonstrations, a master class, and a jam session, participants will develop their craft in playing the Blues in various styles, understanding the human voice as a vehicle of interpretation, explore legendary Blues artists and their recordings, and more.  Register today.

Improvisation Workshop | Tuesday, June 14 at 1:30 – 5 p.m. | Hoover Auditorium | $35
Learn how to approach playing over basic and more advanced chord progressions, using various scales and melodic concepts, and how and what to listen for in playing as a soloist and with a group. Through a series of breakout sessions, large group demonstrations, a master class, and a jam session, participants will develop their skills in improvisation, understanding the human voice as a vehicle of interpretation, explore legendary artists and their recordings, and more. Register today. 

Jazz/Pop Styles Workshop | Wednesday, June 15 at 1:30 – 5 p.m. | Hoover Auditorium | $35
For players of all levels, this workshop covers playing various genres including swing, Latin, ballad, Funk. Learn how to use the genres to interpret melodic lines, improvisation, and more. A culmination of concepts discussed from previous sessions will be incorporated. Through a series of breakout sessions, large group demonstrations, a master class, and a jam session, participants will develop their skills in playing jazz-based styles, explore legendary artists and their recordings, and more. Register today.  

Jazz Singers Vocal Workshop | Thursday, June 16 at 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. | $35
Join Evelyn Wright and Michael Shirtz for a workshop and master class on singing jazz and American Pop music in Orchestra Hall. Open to singers of all levels. Learn how to use the lyrics, melodies, and harmony to interpret your vocal performance. Singers attending workshop are encouraged to have a prepared vocal selection to be asked to sing during the masterclass session. Register today.

Registration for the four Featured Workshops listed above is $35 per workshop, limited space available. Register by Friday, June 10. School groups and groups larger than 5 should call the Programming Office at (419) 798-4461, ext. 259 for special registration rates. Registration includes participation in chosen workshop(s), admission to the Lakeside Chautauqua grounds and parking in the South Gate Parking Lot for the day(s) chosen. Please take the complimentary golf cart shuttle from the Welcome Center to Hoover Auditorium or Orchestra Hall.

The Chautauqua Jazz Week Experience is made possible by the Ohio Arts Council’s 2022 Arts Resiliency Initiative Community grant. The Ohio Arts Council is funded in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature. The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically.

Chautauqua Songwriting Workshop with Jon Torrence

 

Are you a songwriter or want to be one? Do you have songs you’ve written and want to develop further? Or, are you a music enthusiast that wants to know more about creating music?

On Monday, July 18 – Tuesday, July 19, join Chautauqua Songwriting special two-day workshop on songwriting with songwriter/performer Jon Torrence, assisted by composer/performer Michael Shirtz as they explore the world of songwriting with a study on the elements of storytelling, lyrical and melodic development, expression and emotion, and creating various styles used in interpretation.

Sessions include sharing songs, examining other’s work, studying foundational songwriters’ techniques, and master class performances and group writing sessions. Registration is $125 per person and the deadline is Monday, July 11.  Register today. 

Finding Your Way Workshop with Dr. Deforia Lane

 

Deforia Lane

On Monday, July 25 – Tuesday, July 26, join Dr. Deforia Lane with Michael Shirtz for the Finding Your Way Workshop on centering one’s soul, health, and wellness through the power of music and creativity. The turmoil of our world today has unraveled humans’ ability to process, think, and connect.

Our professions have let us become exhausted with work. Our passions have become less of a focus as our attentions have been redirected to stress, confusion, and uncertainty. Through a series of sessions, we explore through music and creativity the work that helps people of all ages, careers, and backgrounds, examine their pathway to healing, hope, and renewal. Learn the tools to help engage with your family, your colleagues and coworkers, and most importantly, yourself. Registration is $175 per person and the deadline is Monday, July 11. Register today!