Anyone who enjoys singing is invited to be part of a vocal community with acclaimed song leader, composer, and author Nick Page at a workshop on Saturday, May 2 at the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. The workshop entitled “So Much More than Music” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 2, with a break for lunch from 12-1 p.m.
ORUUC is located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge. The cost to attend is $5 for non-ORUUC participants.
On Sunday, May 3, singers of every level are invited to come to a free community sing led by Page that will be held in the church sanctuary starting at 3 p.m.
Page is dedicated to teaching people of all ages that they are capable of great miracles through the simple yet powerful, act of singing. His workshop celebrates the rich powers of music.
“We will sing songs from many traditions and several Nick Page originals as we explore spirit, body, mind, nature, life, community, and the quest for justice—all through song,” Page said.
He has been described as a master song leader, able to inspire great community singing from people of all ages and abilities. He has led sings at hundreds of churches and synagogues. He seeks the universal in the songs that bring power to our lives whether they are Gospel songs, Islamic prayers, playful children’s songs, pop standards, Chassidic chants, or solemn hymns. He has conducted original works around the world including Carnegie Hall. His song “We Pray” is sung in many places of worship. He is the author of “Sing and Shine On” and the “Sing with Songbook” from Hal Leonard.
Page’s diverse choral styles include the South African Mbube choral style with Joseph Shabalala of Ladysmith Black Mambazo; jazz and pop choral styles with Bobby McFerrin; and African-American vocal styles with Ysaye Maria Barnwell, formerly of the woman’s singing group Sweet Honey in the Rock among others.
More information on Page including videos and recordings can be found at www.nickmusic.com. For more information on the workshop and community sing, call the ORUUC office at (865) 483-6761.