“Music at the Meetinghouse” is excited to announce the dates for another uplifting “Shoreline Soul” Community Choral Gospel Workshop at the First Congregational Church “on the green” directed by Madison’s own Angela Clemmons. All levels are welcome to participate.
The five 2-hour workshop sessions will culminate in a hand-clapping, foot-stomping concert, where the participants will perform the traditional and contemporary gospel songs they’ve learned. In celebration of our 10th anniversary, the songs chosen will be from past workshops: The “Best of” Shoreline Soul.
“Our weekly sessions are upbeat, fun and very user-friendly,” Clemmons said in a prepared release. “No one needs to know how to read music. All songs are taught by ear and everyone is given a practice CD. Because it’s all about the music and not a church service, we get singers from all faiths and even the faith-less. It works well. It’s amazing how much the choir learns and how confident they become in five short weeks, particularly when many have never sung gospel before.”
There will be five Monday sessions, April 25, May 2, 9, 16 and 23rd, from 6:45-8:45 PM, at the First Congregational Church “on the green”, 26 Meetinghouse Lane, Madison, CT. The concert, which is free and open to the public will be on Sunday, June 5 at 3:00 PM, with a pre-concert rehearsal at 1:45 PM.
The workshop registration fee is $90.00. Early registration paid by April 11 is $80.00. Registrations are being accepted by phone: 203-245-6944, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and snail mail: Shoreline Soul, PO Box 462, Madison, CT 06443. Some scholarships are available. Although the workshop is primarily for adults, youth who are able to follow a lyric sheet are welcome to participate.
Shoreline Soul’s director, Angela Clemmons, was a professional jingle and background singer for over 20 years. She worked with Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Jewel, Vanessa Williams, Gregory Hines, Sarah Brightman, Steely Dan, Roberta Flack, Smokey Robinson, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Bolton, Elton John, Shania Twain, George Benson, Michael Jackson, among many others.
Her voice could be heard on TV and radio jingles for Burger King, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Coke, KFC, Slim Fast and many more. She did two albums for CBS Records, which included the #4 disco hit “Give Me Just A Little More Time”. Now the mother of two children, Angela resides in Madison, CT.