Sing for your Life with shivon robinsong
by Shirley Langer, Tofino
How many times have you heard some say - or said yourself - “I
Balderdash!” says Shivon Robinsong. She says anyone can learn
to sing, and she should know. Shivon is founder and co-director of
Victoria’s Getting’ Higher Choir, a no-audition community
choir that has grown to over 300 members, many who once thought of
themselves as “non-singers”.
Shivon conducted a marvelous Sing For Your Life! workshop in the
area last year. Not wanting to stop singing, people formed soundwaves
which has since grown considerably and meets regularly. By popular
demand, Shivon returns for another Sing for Your Life! workshop Saturday & Sunday,
June 5th and 6th at Long Beach Lodge, from 10am - 5pm.
Robinsong herself spent many years believing she couldn’t sing.
Growing up in a large musical family, she identified as “the
non-musical one”. In the early eighties, she moved to Cortes
Island, where, with a group of friends, she co-founded the workshop
centre called Hollyhock. “In my 14 years at Hollyhock, I took
every singing workshop I could. I had the privilege of studying with
such masters as Susan Osborn, Ysaye Barnwell (of Sweet Honey in the
Rock), and Ann Mortifee, all of whom believed that singing is an essential
part of the human experience, and that music is for everyone. Thanks
to these wonderful teachers, I stopped judging my singing voice as
good or bad, and concentrated only on whether I was using it enough.”
Sing for Your Life! workshop will focus on singing songs from various
traditions that are easy to learn, fun and uplifting to sing, in glorious
3 and 4 part harmonies. Fee is $67 for both days, $40 for one. A limited
number of “pay as you can” registrations is available.
To register, or for further info, contact Shirley Langer at (250)