Enrollment for Fall 2017 classes is now open at Christina Cultural Arts Center (CCAC). Registration can be done online, by phone or in-person.

CCAC offers youth and adult classes in music, vocals, dance, drama and visual arts. The center is located at 705 Market Street. For more information or to register, call 302-652-0101.

Christina plans to offer the below class in the 2nd week in February (Wednesday, 6:00-7:00pm). The first class free, but students MUST reserve a spot in advance. To reserve, call 302.652.0101.

Circle Songs is a community singing practice developed by Bobby McFerrin. Circle singing is founded on the idea that everyone is born with an innate understanding of music, and that singing together in a circle is a way to build community: one of the oldest human practices across cultures. People with all levels of singing experience can work together to create vocal music without language. Individuals use simple improvisational techniques to express their own voices and be supported by the group. Although there is a facilitator, there is no hierarchy; in singing together as a group, we learn to listen to each other and work together in a collaborative way. Because each circle song is spontaneous, there is no pre-planned music, no right or wrong, and each circle song is unique in that moment in time.

Noelle Picara began Circle Songs Wilmington in August 2017. They've been meeting in Brandywine Park on Monday nights (6 events so far). You can view the Facebook Group, currently with 42 members. The News Journal reported on the circle songs event in September. Ideally, Noelle would like Circle Songs Wilmington to be a way to help empower people to trust in the importance of their own voices and to build community by bringing together people from various backgrounds and areas of the city.

Noelle Picara has taught voice, music and dance for 13 years both in Germany and in Wilmington. Since 2011, she has been a choir and musical theater teacher at The Tatnall School. She has performed regularly as a singer/songwriter and pianist in the local Wilmington music scene, at venues such as The Queen, The Grand Opera House and Shipley Lofts, and she volunteers with Network Delaware in community organizing. In 2017, she produced several "artivism" events at the Ladybug Festival and the Wilmington Art Loop to promote funding for the arts in Wilmington and arts education. In 2016, Noelle began studying Circle Songs at the Omega Institute with Bobby McFerrin, and she is currently developing curriculum for teaching middle and high school choir from a basis of group improvisation.


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