Leading through Song: Your Singing Rabbit Song Leaders

This year we are so excited to host a variety of song leaders from around the country, each bringing their own unique voice and songs to share with you. We can’t wait to hear what you think about the song circles they lead when you join us this Labor Day for our 2nd annual community singing event: Singing Rabbit. Learn about your song leaders and the Singing Rabbit schedule below!

Annie Zylstra   

Annie Zylstra is a classically trained vocalist who has transitioned to inspiring the world to sing simply for joy. She loves to share her gift for singing with the world, engaging in song circles from the U.S. to the UK. As a person who lives her life in an offering to song, she brings a magical element to any choir or song group she leads. With a wealth of original songs and a guidance in harmony making, you can feel comfortable to sing along no matter your experience level.

Ishka Shir (Liat Batshira)       

Liat Batshira’s name, given at birth, means “daughter of song.” She has been singing in choirs since before she could read, and has been leading song circles on the East Coast for seven years. Liat is especially drawn to songs that have simple yet powerful lyrics and she believes that songs can be medicine and help us to heal.

Lyndsey Scott​

Lyndsey loves community singing as a shared practice of Playing Attention. “Here we are! Now what?!” Born and still residing in east central IL, lately she’s been bicycling around the Heartland asking what songs it needs. She brings her artist-yogi self to her song-weaving: the wiggle and the weird are welcome. Her homespun ditties hope to get You skipping easily between the sacred, sexy, and sssssilly. Your inner child, exiled banshee, and wise elder are all invited to the circle!

Josh Blaine​       

Josh’s work as a community song leader began as an inquiry into the state of protest songs after the 2016 election, which sent him out on the road to interview dozens of musicians and song leaders for a project called “Finding Our Voice.” Since his return in the fall of 2017, he’s been leading regular community sings in the Texas State Capitol rotunda and other public spaces around Austin to build community and resilience through song. He’s also a regular song leader and organizer at rallies, meetings and marches for various organizations and social justice movements including IfNotNow and the Poor People’s Campaign.

Dodie Whitaker

Dodie is a multifaceted singer, actress, educator and mom who brings her enthusiasm, diverse musical background and passion for singing into connection and collaboration with people of all ages and walks of life. A resident of Viroqua, WI and and active community song leader in the Driftless region of Southwestern Wisconsin, Dodie previously made her home in her native Chicago, where she performed and led vocal workshops in the Chicago Public Schools and at the Old Town School of Folk Music. She currently enjoys sharing the gift of music with students at Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School, Youth Initiative High School, Western Technical College and in such diverse spaces as the Driftless Music Festival, Girls Rock Camp Madison and with residents at Bethel Oaks Memory Care. A musical activist who is on a continuous journey to build community by blending social justice and inclusion with her lifelong love of all things musical, Dodie is beyond excited to connect, share and empower the Singing Rabbit community through song!

Amandacera​       

Amandacera is an artist and song-forager from the East Coast. She is excited to be returning to Dancing Rabbit, where she first experienced the magic and interconnection of a community song circle. She has since led spirit songs for moon circles, women’s groups, and private gatherings. Beyond simply enjoying sweet harmonies, Amandacera utilizes song as a vehicle for self care, re-connection to nature, processing grief, and fully embodying joy. With her passion for this potent medicine, she has made it her mission to share the deep healing of communal singing and to sow some of the myriad treasures of song-seeds so that they may continue to grow.​

Ian Carrick

Ian is a recovering singer based in Bend, Oregon. Other teenage musicians once told him he had a bad voice. Ian’s own work of relearning to love his voice has led him into the heart of a North American cultural revival of aural tradition singing. After a decade of experience of community building, group facilitation and musical leadership, Ian is honored to share his love for singing far and wide, from corporate groups to homeless shelters to Parkinson’s support groups. His original songs are inspired by the non-human world that keeps human spirits afloat in dark times. Ian is also a Full Voice coach, empowering people to re-member themselves by exploring the wild parts of their voices

Vanessa Degrassi, Sean Walsh, and Laura Borealis from the Murmurations Choir

As a community choir in New Orleans, we meet once a week, all-year round. As the seasons turn, so does our song palette. Over the years we have learned many songs. We tend toward the curious, the creative, and the compelling; from elegantly simple to cathartically complex. Here we present selected favorites of ours, focusing on songs we, or those we know, have written, aiming to bring to you songs new, exciting, beautiful.

*Singing Rabbit 2019
*subject to change

Friday, August 30, 2019
Noon- 6pm – Registration: arrive and get settled
4:00pm – Tour of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
6:00pm – Circle up & Dinner
7:30/8:00pm – Fireside Open Song Circle w/ introduction of song-leaders  

Saturday, August 31, 2019
7:00am – 8:00am – Morning Practice 
7:00am – 9:00am – Registration open for any late arrivals
8:00am – 9:00am – Breakfast
9:30am – Morning Circle 
10:15am – 12:00pm – Song Circles
  • Ian – Our Wild Voices 
  • Dodie – Now Let Us Sing!
12:15pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Tour of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage 
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Skill-share/Community Offerings or rest time 
3:15-4:30pm  – Song Circle
  • Annie –  Harmonic Basketry 
  • Ishka – Songs of healing and growth  
4:50-6:00pm  – Song Circle  
  • Murmurations; New Orleans community Choir – Murmurs from New      Orleans
  • Amandacera – Songs That Settle Deep Into Your Bones
6:15pm – Circle up & Dinner 
8:00pm – Fireside Open Song Circle 

Sunday, September 1, 2019
7:00am – 8:00am – Morning Practice
8:00am – 9:00am – Breakfast
8:30am – Ultimate Frisbee (optional) – playing field
9:30am – Morning Circle 
10:00am – 12:00pm – Song Circles 
  • Lyndsey – Grief, Praise, & Pleasure: “Prayers” as Funky as U Are 
  • Josh –  Songs of Healing and Resistance
12:15pm – Lunch
4:00pm – 6:00pm – Song Circle
2:00pm – 3:30pm – Skill-share/Community Offerings or rest time 
  • Songs for Building Community (All songleaders head up 2-3 songs) All      Camp 
6:00pm – Circle up & Dinner
7:30pm – No-Talent Show – Hub 
Dusk – Fireside Open Song Circle  (10pm quiet hours begin – singing okay, no drumming)

Monday, September 2, 2019
7:00am – 8:00am – Morning Practice
8:00am – 9:00am – Breakfast
9:30am – Morning Circle 
10:00am – 12:00pm – Song Circles
  • Annie – The Harvest 
  • Ian – Songs for Recovery
12:15pm – Lunch
2:00 – 3:45pm – Song highlights from the weekend with everyone 
3:45pm –  Closing Ritual 

 

 

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