Fall Into Music

It’s that glorious time of year again…feeling so satisfied from a beautiful, full summer and getting ready to settle back into some kind of routine -start singing with all of my choirs again and finally getting to dig into the music that I’ve been working on all summer. It’s time to work, learn, reflect, explore…

This fall will see some exciting changes in my choir world… Sept 25th is the first rehearsal for my brand new choir - Rhythm N’ Roots! We have an amazing group of 50+ singers and I can not wait to get started and dive into this new beautiful sound. I have been wanting to do a choir like this for a long time – world and roots music, lots of rhythm, lots of life!

I am now the sole director of the Island Soul Choir as Brian Tate just got too busy to do it all.  I am thrilled to be the director of this group of such dedicated, fun and heart felt singers. We are at 115 singers and standing in front of that massive sound and energy is amazing.

Home Cookin’ is welcoming new co-director Andy Hillhouse! This is exciting for lots of reasons -Andy is an incredible musician, singer, choir leader, all around great person…and I’m really looking forward to working with Andy again! Andy has been out in Toronto getting his PhD and we haven’t worked together since the Cleia days!

Harmony Mountain Singers are looking forward to another great year…HMS is such a steady, dedicated group of singers that always show up ready to sing and have fun. We had a really special year and learned so much last season and there is alot of energy pushing us forward. HMS and Rhythm N’ Roots will be having a special workshop with Moira Smiley in October.

All choirs are currently full (Island Soul Choir will be open for new members in January) I’m accepting singers on the waiting list for all of my choirs and opening may come up. Please contact me if you are interested and I may have a new intake of singers in the new year!

In other news – Trivo is busy working away on a CD and we have a really exciting show coming up on Sunday Oct 20th with Moira Smiley and VOCO! (more info coming soon) This summer saw the Shirleys sing at the Vancouver Folk Festival which was so inspiring and incredibly fun! The summer was also full of teaching workshops – a very successful Summer Tune-Up and Trivo teaching in Nanaimo and Naramata.

I’m working at organizing a Rhythm N’ Roots Children’s Choir starting January for boys and girls ages 7-11. More info to come…

That’s all for now…Happy Fall!

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Happy New Year!

2013 is just around the corner and it’s going to kick off with a busy, full, fun Jan/Feb! Dawn Pemberton and I are really excited to be leading a 2 day workshop with the Universal Gospel Choir at the beginning of January. TriVo (Dawn, Brian and I) are leading various private workshops throughout the month at different music schools and then we are hosting a big public workshop and concert on Bowen Island (Jan 26th and 27th).

Home Cookin and HMS will perform their Winter Concert on Thursday Jan 31st at St Clements Church in North Van. This will be a really great night of harmony singing and beautiful music. Then Feb 1st – TriVo will be joining City Soul Choir and Marcus Mosely Chorale at St Andrews Wesley for a concert in celebration of Black History Month.  This was a real highlight for me last year!

Then Feb 16th (Bowen Island) and Feb 17th (Rogue Folk Club) will be my official CD Release Concert for Way Back. Featuring Dawn Pemberton, Steve Charles, Tim Tweedale, Patrick Metzger, Keona Mundy, Kori Myanishi…I am so excited for these two events. More is available under ‘Performances’

Hope to see you at some of these events!

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Holiday Shopping Deal!

For the month of December, I will be selling three CDs at a discounted holiday price…’Nutrify’ – The No Sh!t Shirleys, ‘Plough’ – Plough and ‘This Side of Main’ – Cleia will all be available for $10 each. Visit the Music/Albums page to learn more..

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Merry Christmas!

Choir concert season is just wrapping up and it has been fabulous! I got to conduct my first concert with the Island Soul Choir and it was truly a thrill – 120 voices, a fantastic band, working with Brian Tate..I loved it! I also got to play piano with the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir at the Orpheum which is always wonderful. My 2 choirs – EDNA and The Larks just had their Winter Concert on Dec 7th and it was a beautiful night. We packed the church and the choirs sang with such joy, focus, beauty…as always, there were many songs that had never sounded so good as they did that night. We were backed up by Steve Charles, Patrick Metzger and Tim Tweedale and our new band got to have our first live performance and it felt so good! My other two choirs – Harmony Mountain Singers and Home Cookin’ are waiting out the Christmas rush and our Winter Concert will be Thursday Jan 31st. I am currently planning a big choir show (with all my choirs) for March…details coming soon. I’m also working out a new round of workshops for the new year. Stay tuned for lots of fun music events coming up!

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Hello Everyone

Welcome to my new website – here you can find information about my new CD ‘Way Back’, upcoming shows and vocal workshops. I also have an overview of the 5 choirs that I lead with links to their own websites. I have a new facebook page that you can visit me at https://www.facebook.com/karlamundymusic and I have a CBC Artist profile at http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Karla-Mundy where you can listen to a few tracks off the album. Enjoy!

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