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!
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 .
An alchemist in the arts of rhythm & movement.
The lost but not forgotten herstory of women as the primary percussionists in Ancient Times, comes alive in the images of actual artifacts from temples & museums, collected by my teacher & friend, The Late Great Layne Redmond, author of When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm. Named Goddesses, Priestesses, & Unnamed Women are depicted playing the frame drum, the oldest known, most universal drum, dating as far back as 5600 BCE.
Please bring your tambourine and/or other percussive instruments for Barbara's workshop!
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!