The Tuscany Project
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Tuscany Project Italy:

Locanda del Gallo

Saturday June 27 - Sunday July 5, 2020

I found my voice, and not just in singing...in being able to bring myself forward to show up in life
— Caroline, Australia

The Tuscany Project Singing Retreat

Phillip Woods Returns for Gospel Singing!

Afternoon masterclasses in solo song interpretation available too!

Singing is the birthright of each human being. Whether we sing in the shower, in a choir or with a band: Singing is a joyful way to connect with our creativity and our power. And when shared with others, it creates moments of resonance and community that can touch the soul. 

At the Tuscany Project we bring together people from all walks of life and ranging experiences with singing. We engage them in an artistic process that is guided by the belief that everybody has a unique voice and a story to tell. 

Through work on voice, physical expression, improvisation, song interpretation and harmony singing, we develop and deepen the connection of each participant to their inner resources. In a highly supportive and non-judgmental environment, performance skills are playfully strengthened, creativity is unleashed and singing becomes an expression of self. As a result, each participant is able to sing a solo song with an accompanying pianist, and share it with a small audience at the end of the workshop in a casual concert.

 People walk away from this experience with more confidence and an awareness of their own artistry. They experience their potential to show up in the world with an authentic voice and express themselves with more joy and courage and less critical judgment. Singing becomes a metaphor for being more present in the world and for daring to live life fully and in communion with others. 

By joining our workshop, you will: 

  • Explore your voice and its connection to breath, body and imagination

  • Experience singing as a way to emotional wellbeing as well as a path to unravel stories inside of you

  • Deepen your artistry and the awareness of the unique gifts we all bring to the creative process and a community

  • Discover your physical self as a rich source for vocal power, imagination and expression

  • Understand performing as a way of sharing and connecting with an audience rather than impressing them

  • Sing and play with others in a safe environment where everybody can take risks

  • Develop confidence and skill to sing a solo song, even with little singing experience

  • Combine intense work and the experience of the Italian La Dolce Vita

     We invite you to join us!

Classes

MOVEMENT WORK 

Daily gentle and vigorous movement prepares us for the physical aspects of vocal and performance work and develops fuller freedom of expression in our bodies, connection between breath, body and voice. Anja’s morning sessions encourage the joy of waking up, being present and moving our bodies.

GOSPEL/GROUP SINGING

Experience the joy and community that comes from singing in a group. Phillip Woods brings his experience in the African American Gospel tradition, a passion for music for music and its ability to transform lives to the Tuscany Project once again! An acclaimed pianist, arranger, and choir director for church, community and theater groups for 30 years, Phillip’s extraordinary talent is known throughout the U.S.A. and abroad. Singers are consistently moved by his spirited teaching, by his depth of passion and commitment to music, and by his lively sense of humor!


SONG  INTERPRETATION &  PERFORMANCE

BODY & VOICE

Through acting and improvisational exercises, we connect more deeply with our imagination, physical impulses and emotions. We overcome the inner censor and develop more freedom on stage as well as important skills of performance such as focus, energy, connection and timing. 

Through physical exercises derived from movement and acting work, we connect the voice more to the body and learn to sing from our full physical self. We understand how the body informs the voice and how we can create new sounds and open passages through physical awareness and activity. 

STAGE PERFORMANCE & PRESENCE

We explore pathways to powerful performance of songs: vocal and acting technique, personal and emotional connection to material, and methods to bring forth the “story” in a song. Our focus is to create a genuine connection with one’s self and the audience, with presence, aliveness, and confidence. Students perform their songs at a final celebration.


The Tuscany Project is important, not just for singing, but for art in general. It reminds us that we live in a diverse community, each with our own unique talents that are essential to its growth. We thrive together.
— Jesi Mullins, New York Actor/Singer

Schedule

The Tuscany Project 2020 will offer group and individual work focusing on each person’s growing edge.

2020 Schedule (subject to change)

Saturday June 27th: Arrive no later than 5pm

Sunday June 28th - Tuesday June 30th:

Morning Classes: Movement, vocal warm up and Gospel Choir

Afternoon Classes: Masterclasses on aspects of solo singing/interpretation, presence and making a song your own. **Sign up in advance, space is limited and additional fees apply**

Wednesday July 1st:

Morning Classes: Movement, Vocal Exploration and Gypsy Singing

Afternoon: Free time!

Thursday July 2nd:

The day off! Hang out at the infinity pool, get a massage, go exploring! **We may organize a trip based on interest**

Friday July 3rd:

Morning Classes: Movement, vocal warmup and Gospel Choir

Afternoon Classes: Masterclasses on aspects of solo singing/interpretation, presence and making a song your own and student sharing of songs **Sign up in advance, space is limited and additional fees apply**

Saturday July 4th:

Morning Classes: Movement, vocal warmup and Gospel Choir, and Gospel Concert

Sunday July 5th:

Closing Circle - Depart around 12-12:30 pm.


When do we eat?

Breakfast is before movement every day

Lunch is served...around 1pm

Dinner is usually around 8pm (Italian Time!) We finish the day with a leisurely Italian Dinner while watching the sunset. Nights vary but have been known to be filled with sing alongs, fun with new friends, a performance from the faculty or a casual student concert.


**AFTERNOON SOLO CLASSES:

If you are interested in working on a solo song, you can sign up in advance. Space is limited to 16 participants for the afternoon work and is offered with for an additional fee of 150 Euros. Solo singers will get 2 afternoon classes plus time with Ron and a casual student sharing of your songs.