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Voicebox: Elise Witt
New Orleans, LA
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NEW NOISE is pleased to announce Voicebox: Elise Witt, the latest installment of our workshop series for theater makers with master artists from around the country!

Harmony: A World View is a two-day singing workshop for experienced singers as well as the less musically inclined. No singing experience necessary! Full workshop description below.

Friday, April 11, 6-10 pm and Saturday, April 12, 10-6 pm


"Harmony" in the world can be defined as people of many different cultures, customs, and beliefs recognizing and celebrating each others' differences while also identifying with and sharing the traits common to us all as one human family. Likewise in music, harmony is the celebration of different sounds that, blended together, are pleasing to the ear and the spirit. However "pleasing" to one ear may be strange to another. Harmony is subjective and cultural. In this workshop, we explore harmonies from many different cultures and traditions  from the familiar Triad Harmonies of folk, blues, bluegrass, spirituals, country, and gospel, to vibration unifying chants from Africa and the Middle East, to the exciting tight harmonies of the Balkans and the Appalachians. Through song and improvisation, singers experiment with creating different kinds of harmonies to become more confident and creative harmony singers.

Born in Switzerland, raised in North Carolina, and living in Atlanta since 1977, Elise speaks 5 languages and sings in at least a dozen more. She has taken her concerts of Global, Local & Homemade Songs to Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and community centers around the country. She has been a cultural ambassador to South Africa, Italy, Nicaragua, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, and China.

Elise has created a life combining her two passions: language and music. From her farm-ette in Pine Lake GA, she travels far and wide, instigating Impromptu Glorious Chorus adventures for singers and people who think they aren't singers, but secretly know that's a lie. "She could get a colony of ants singing!" enthused a workshop participant.
Elise sang for 20 years with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus as well as the Robert Shaw Singers, with whom she performed annually at Carnegie Hall. She now composes music for choirs in the Elise Witt Choral Series, arranged by Michael Holmes.

As a life-long student herself, Elise has studied extensively with masters of improvisation Bobby McFerrin, David Darling, and Rhiannon, African vocal expert Dr. Fred Onovwerosuoke, and Sweet Honey in the Rock's Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell, all of whose pedagogy she incorporates into her own teaching and composing.

Currently Elise serves as Artist-in-Residence at the Global Village Project, a school for teenage refugee girls from Afghanistan, Burma, Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iraq, Somalia, and Central African Republic, using singing to teach English and write songs about math, science, social studies, and life. More at
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New Orleans, LA 70116
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Education > Workshops
Music > Choral
Music > World

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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