What's new for the 2017 Festival?
What is the Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival?
How is the Festival structured?
What makes this festival special?
Who is invited to the festival?
What if I really am not a great singer?
What will I be learning in the workshops?
Will the audience have the words to the songs?
What kind of songs will be sung?
What will I be learning in the workshops?
Is there a schedule of what workshops will be offered when?
Is the free Children's Concert, sponsored by the City of East Lansing, part of the festival?
What other events does the festival have lined-up for children?
How much does the festival cost?
How can I get tickets to the Sings and Workshop Wristbands?
Will I have to get tickets ahead of time?
Who is producing this festival?
Who is sponsoring the festival?
What can I do to support this festival?
How can I get more details about the festival?



What's new for the 2017 Festival?

A lot!

The Mid-Winter Singing Festival has been renamed The Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival.

In an effort to offset continued rising expenses of the singing festival, the Ten Pound Fiddle, producer, has decided to expand the offerings of the weekend to include a Saturday evening concert involving three acts, and five instrument and performance-related Saturday afternoon workshops. What had been solely a singing festival is now a singing and folk festival.

On Friday night, song leader extraordinaire Dan Chouinard will lead a huge Community Sing. Saturday night's concert will feature sets from James Keelaghan, The Sweet Water Warblers, and Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. Ten Saturday afternoon workshops will feature five related to community singing and five which highlight instruments, dancing, and performance. Children's programming will include a FREE 11 am Saturday morning concert, featuring Mark Dvorak.

Friday Evening ticket prices are $20/ $18 members, and ONLY $5 FOR ALL STUDENTS! Bring you favorite student - including college students! The Saturday concert tickets are $30 for General Admission Floor seats and $20 for General Admission Balcony. There are no student prices for the concert. Buy your tickets here.

Saturday afternoon workshop wristbands are $20. Students are FREE!

Saturday at 11:30am in the Hannah Community Center auditorium the Festival will screen the film "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song," sponsored by the East Lansing Film Festival. Click here to view the trailer on YouTube.

The festival dates are also two weeks earlier this year. The Hannah Center was available on Jan. 13-14, 2017, so the 2017 Singing and Folk Festival was booked for these dates. In addition, this earlier weekend is now not in conflict with the 40th Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a favorite of many Michigan folk music fans.

 

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What is the Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival?

The Annual Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival is a festival where, during community singing programming, great songs are sung by both the song leaders on stage and the people in the audience.

The Festival will take place at the Hannah Community Center, East Lansing, Michigan.
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How is the Festival structured?

This year's festival is made up of one Friday Community Sing, one Saturday concert, one 11 am Saturday FREE Children's Show, one 11:30am film viewing, and an afternoon of 10 workshops.


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What makes this festival special?

At this festival, the audience plays an integral part. During the Community Sing and the Saturday singing workshops, the audience sings great songs with their family, friends, and community, led by experienced song leaders.

The people on stage are very talented, enthusiastic song leaders. They love these songs and look forward to sharing them with folks. The real stars of the festival are the songs. The product of the festival is the sharing of these songs and the gorgeous sound made when these songs are sung.
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Who is invited to the festival?

Everyone!
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What if I really am not a great singer?

We invite everyone to sing, whether they think they can or not. The blend of voices will more than make up for individual uncertainty. And even if you feel too shy to sing in public, please do not let that stop you from joining us and enjoying the fabulous sound that will be created when hundreds of people sing wonderful songs.
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Will the audience have the words to the songs?

For the Friday evening Community Sing, every person will receive the lyrics to all of the songs. This is also true of the five Saturday afternoon community singing workshops.
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What kind of songs will be sung?

Folk, gospel, bluegrass, jazz, popular, contemporary, rounds, old-time - a great mix.
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What will I be learning in the singing workshops?

Each workshop focuses on a specific genre of song. In one room, you can sing bluegrass and old-time songs. In another, you will sing gospel and blues. In another, you can practice harmony singing. Some workshops will include basic instruction, but the majority of time will be spent singing. There are workshops going on throughout the afternoon. The problem will be deciding which ones to go to.
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Is there a schedule of what workshops will be offered when?

A complete workshop schedule can be found here, in mid January, 2017.
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Is the free Children's Concert, sponsored by the City of East Lansing, part of the festival?

The City is gracious enough to move the time of their first regularly scheduled Children's Concert to coincide with the Festival. Mark Dvorak will perform at 11 a.m. Saturday morning January 14, 2017. Remember, the Children's Show is free.
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Do I have to reserve a space in the workshops?

Space is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The rooms are quite large, and each workshop-leader will have a microphone to help everyone in the room hear the melodies of the songs.

 

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What other events does the festival have lined-up for children?

All of the workshops are children-friendly. Children under 12 are invited to join their parents in any workshop room.
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How much does the festival cost?

Tickets for the Friday Community Sing is:
$20 (public)
$18 (LAFSS members)
$5 All students, including college students

Tickets for the Saturday Concert are:
$30 for General Admission Floor
$20 for General Admission Balcony
There are no student prices for the concert.

Click here to buy your tickets.

The 11 am Saturday morning Children's Show is Free!

Admission to any and all of the one-hour Saturday afternoon workshops is via a $20 festival wristband*, on sale at the Hannah Community Center that day at 10:30am. Children 18 and under and students are admitted to all workshops free of charge!
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How can I get tickets?

Tickets to the two evening sings can be purchased on line and at the door. Click here to buy your tickets.

Saturday afternoon's workshop wristbands will be for sale at the Hannah Center, starting at 10:30 am on Saturday of the festival. There is plenty of room at Hannah for everyone who wants to attend these one-hour workshops. We will not run out of wristbands. Workshop admittance for all students is FREE!  (Make sure you grab a wristband.)


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Will I have to get tickets ahead of time?

It's hard to tell. Since the announcement of the festival, there has been tremendous enthusiasm for these events. It might be best to pick up tickets ahead of time. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
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Who is producing this festival?

The Ten Pound Fiddle Concert and Dance Series is producing the Friday night Community Sing, Saturday's three-act evening concert, and the ten Saturday afternoon workshops. The City of East Lansing is producing the 11am Free Children's Concert. With help from many community members, Festival Director Sally Potter has secured the line-up for both evening events and for the Saturday afternoon workshops.

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Who is sponsoring the festival?

You are! We've elected not to ask for corporate or private sponsorship of this festival. Therefore the concerts and workshops are funded entirely through ticket sales and workshop wristband sales. Thank you for your support of your festival.
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What can I do to support this festival?

The best way is to purchase tickets and wristbands. Then, invite friends to join you!

Bring folks of all ages to the afternoon workshops. Children 18 and under and students are free! Encourage others to bring folks who might enjoy singing great songs or engaging with instruments, dance and performance. Reach out to your circle of friends and invite them to be a part of this very special community event.
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How can I get more details about the festival?

As they become available, all festival details are here on the Festival's Web Site, www.singingfestival.com. To be mailed a printed version, call 517.267.0410 and leave your name and address.



 

 

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