What's new for the 2020 Festival?
What workshops will be at the 2020 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 2020 Festival?

On Friday night, House of Hamill will open the evening, and Liz Carroll with Nic Gareiss and harpist Maeve Gilchrist, will headline the festival.

On Saturday night, a huge Community Sing will be lead by festival songleading favorite, Dan Chouinard.

Saturday afternoon from 12:20-4, the festival will offer 6 workshops related to community singing. Song sheets for each singing workshop will be given out by the presenter. No need to pre-register! Just come to the Community Center, purchase a $10 workshop wristband, pick workshops that interest you, pop into the rooms, and enjoy! (18 and under and all students are free to all workshops.) View workshop schedule here.

On Saturday morning at 11 am, there will be a FREE Children's Concert, presented by Mark Dvorak, and sponsored by the City of East Lansing. Kids of all ages are encouraged come to the Hannah Community Center and sing folk songs.

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What workshops will be at the 2020 Festival?

12:20 – 1:20 pm

“Nostalgic Hellos and Goodbyes”

Wanda Degen and Kay Rinker O’Neil will lead a wide variety of songs which capture the sentiment of arriving or departing. Lyric sheets provided.  (Banquet Room)

“Fantastic Four Chord Magic:
Play (Almost) Every Song In The World”

Ben Hassenger will show participants the secrets of four-chord songs, complete with projected music, chords and lyrics. Ukuleles and other instruments are welcome! (Room 235)

1:40 – 2:40 pm

“Spontaneous Folk Ensemble”

Each year, Mark Dvorak weaves his musical ensemble magic with folks in the room. All play and sing, at each person’s level, to create a harmonious sound that wraps each in the communal spirit of the hour. Instruments welcome! (Banquet Room)

“American Standards”

Sarah Elizabeth Wallace is an opera singer by training yet also loves to sing the Great American Songbook. With accompanist Dan Chouinard, Sarah will lead singers through American Standards, including “Tonight,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Once Upon a Dream,” and “Summertime.” Lyric sheets provided. (On Stage, Auditorium)

“Songwriting Part One: Mostly Lyrics”

Accomplished songwriter and community member, Joel Mabus will present two, one-hour workshops surrounding the art of writing songs. Part one will involve ‘mostly lyrics.’ (Room 235)

3 – 4 pm

“Songwriting Part Two: Mostly Music”

Joel Mabus continues his exploration into songwriting, this time, surrounding ‘mostly music.’ (It is not necessary to attend Part One to participate in Part Two.) (Room 235)

“Songs of Ireland”

Irish American and Michigan native Kitty Donohoe has collected her favorite Irish songs and will share them with her Mid-Michigan friends and fans. Lyric sheets provided. (Banquet Room)

“Festival Choir” (3 – 4:30 pm)

Director Rachel Alexander, with accompanist Dan Chouinard, will lovingly guide all-comers through an SATB arrangement of, “Lord, Give Me Just A Little More Time.” (Albert E. Brumley, arranged by Derrick Fox) Participants learn this piece and sing it during the Saturday evening Community Sing. (On Stage, Auditorium)


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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 Concert, one Saturday Community Sing, one 11am Saturday FREE Children's Show, and an afternoon of 6 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 Saturday evening Community Sing, every person will receive the lyrics to all of the songs. This is also true of the 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 country and old-time songs. In another, you will sing songs of heartbreak and love. 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.
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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. 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 both evening events are:
$20 (public)
$18 (LAFSS members)
$5 All students, including college students

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 $10 festival wristband, on sale at the Hannah Community Center that day at 10am. 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 events produced by the Ten Pound Fiddle Concert and Dance Series 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 12:30 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 concert, Saturday's Community Sing, and the 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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