Celia Ramsay

Vocalist, Dance Caller, Songwriter, Teacher

Upcoming Harmony Workshop

How do teachers learn to teach? Just because you do a thing well, doesn't strictly mean you can teach it. To teach anything, you must understand your students. What do they already know? What DON'T they know? What might get in their way and how do you present new ideas in a way that will make sense to the greatest number of people? And what must a student know at a minimum that will allow them to connect the landmarks (or fill in the spaces between them) that we can offer in the limited time a workshop provides?

Libby McLaren and I have spent a lot of time thinking about answers to these questions, and we think we found some good ways to teach harmony singing - even if you're new to it. We can show you how to find your vocal range, offer tips for practice and tricks for orienting your ear to the strange experience of singing different parts simultaneously with other people. There are two of us, so we can really demonstrate the things you'll want to learn. For us, that's exciting - having a knowledgeable teaching-partner means one of us isn't relying on a piano to model the harmony. For singers, it offers the benefit of two lifetimes worth of experience in one workshop. If your New Year's resolution is to sing harmoniously, Libby and I will be a teaching small group of 10 - 12 people on Saturday, March 4, from 2 - 5:00pm, at my home studio in North Berkeley. $50 covers the three-hour workshop and any materials we hand out. Space is limited, so save the date, and. I'll confirm you're in and supply instructions on where to go and how to pay.


Kathy, Joe, and I will take Fortunate Strangers to the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City, NV on Saturday, February 11 at 7:30pm. You can be sure that we'll include some opportunities to join the singing, and we promise to provide plenty of songs about love in all its various permutations (and there are many!) Find out how one clever maid avoids a pirate's unwanted attentions, or hear about the lad who kisses his lass through a window - and encounters some unexpected difficulties. With songs of love lost and love found, this show is perfect for sharing with your Valentine!