Featured Facilitators for
Every year we invite special guests to participate in the Opening Ceremony, facilitate a keynote address, offer Saturday afternoon workshops where you can join women to sing, drum, dance, write poetry and other offerings yet to be determined. Then, on Saturday evening, there is a culminating, collaborative concert!
View our SingFest 2023 talent-filled roster below.
Sing! Drum! Dance! Write!
The SingFest 2023 Committee is excited to announce the preliminary schedule! Click here to see what we have planned for you!
Singer-songwriter Melanie DeMore has a remarkable voice, weaving the fibers of African American folk music with soulful ballads, spirituals, and her own original music. DeMore also facilitates vocal workshops for professional and community-based choral groups and has taught her program called “Sound Awareness” in schools, prisons, and youth organizations.
Barbara Gail is founder of "Women, Rhythm & Ritual: The Tambourine Path”. These frame drum workshops are steeped in the feminine lineage of her teacher, the late Layne Redmond, author of "When the Drummers Were Women: a Spiritual History of Rhythm”. A dynamic alchemist in the teaching arts of rhythm, sound, and movement, Barbara's been a group facilitator of hand-drumming and dance for people of all ages, abilities and challenges, since 1993. She’s performed and presented her transformational programs in over 400 venues and in over a dozen states. Tambourines will be provided!
Singing in Sacred Circle facilitator, Singer-Song/Chant writer, Performer
Shelley’s folksy, personable approach to performing and facilitating Singing In Sacred Circle workshops, draw her audiences down a path of political inquiry, peace, healing, and transformation. Whether she is sharing her music at political events, women’s conferences, coffeehouses, or music festivals, Shelley charms her way into her listeners’ hearts! Carolyn McDade (Spirit of Life) said: “We are fortunate to have Shelley Graff among us. She is generous of heart and skill -- infused with love for the promise that comes when women sing together.”
The Magic of Poetry
Poet, Lay Minister, Community Organizer, Counselor
Please bring a journal or notebook and pen...we will be writing poetry!