May 22-23, 2021 | Just for You | Price: By Donation
All profits from your donations go directly to building the gls scholarship fund for songwriters.
like a spa day for your musician’s soul…
give your future self a gift right now!
choose to attend some/all sessions:
(specific mini-workshops TBA)
Saturday, May 22
w/ Gary Grundei
– Opening remarks, intention setting, journaling
11-1145: listening exercises
– Learn to sharpen your musical ear with some fun ear-training exercises
2-2:45: embodied voice
w/ Ethie Friend
– Explore the musical possibilities of your voice and body
4-4:45: refreshing movement
– Engage gently with your creativity through easy stretching and movements, helping us to locate alternative sources for songwriting and refresh our thoughts along the way
w/ Siena Friend
– Discover the expansion in creativity that can come from working with a new writing partner. We’ll start with some guided writing exercises and then pair off to finish your songs.
Sunday, May 23
11-11:45: writing games
w/ Gary Grundei
– Delve into some composing and writing games that make room for surprises and random magic
12:30-1:30: yoga/movement class TBA
2-2:45: mission mapping
w/ Rachel Hewitt
– Create a “mission map” of your personal goals for music that can become your foundational language for writing posts, creating pitches, and feeling fulfilled at the same time
4-4:45: harnessing your nervous system
w/ Erica Terpening
– Explore how the state of your nervous system can affect your creativity, and how your creativity can help to regulate your nervous system
8-9: song circle
w/ Siena Friend
– Come share what you’ve been working on over the weekend! Works in progress, ideas, bits and fragments all welcome
What You Get:
→ an itinerary and instruction sheet for preparation
→ 7-10 Zoom sessions/mini-workshops with golden lotus studio teachers and community members spread throughout the weekend and available by recording for 24 hours afterwards
→ much needed filling of the artist’s creative bucket
→ an opportunity to partner with another participant for a co-writing session (instruction and support provided!)
→ a deeper dive into the rich community and lineage at golden lotus studio
→ free access to a private forum for posting progress and questions
→ individual feedback and encouragement from the instructors
→ prize drawings for upcoming golden lotus studio workshops and classes
→ a closing song circle open only to participants to share what you’ve made during the weekend
Donovan Dorrance (he/him/his)
Donovan Dorrance hails from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he trained as a multi-instrumentalist before moving to Brooklyn to work for his sister’s dance company, Dorrance Dance, and pursue his passion for music. As music director, Dorrance has had the opportunity to compose original music and tour internationally with the company for the last six years. Outside of dance, Dorrance composes for film, theatre, podcasts, commercials, and weird passion projects. He’s been with golden lotus studio since the beginning of 2020 and feels very privileged to get to share music with others during such a turbulent time.
Ethelyn Friend (she/her/hers)
Ethelyn Friend is a teaching member of the International Roy Hart Center in France, and a founding faculty member of Naropa University’s groundbreaking MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance Program. Modeled on NYU’s ground-breaking Experimental Theatre Wing, Naropa’s MFA is the first graduate training program to integrate contemporary physical theatre forms, Viewpoints theory and practice, extended range vocal work and traditional contemplative practices. She encountered the Roy Hart Theatre voice work in 1991, a classically trained soprano who had been warned “never to sing below middle C”. The expansion of the literal and figurative range of the voice which followed profoundly revolutionized the course of her life and work. Ethelyn Friend is an award-winning actor, writer, and vocalist with two decades of work in regional theatre and original solo performance. From work with Meredith Monk to leading roles at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and premieres of new contemporary work with Tectonic Theatre Project. Lifelong study of the singing voice make her a unique vocalist, working in many musical styles.
Siena Friend (she/her/hers)
Siena Friend is a singer-songwriter, filmmaker, photographer, writer, and ayurvedic health coach, depending on the day. A self-taught guitarist and songwriter, music has been the main throughline of her life, following her from her home state of Colorado to Los Angeles, where she recorded and released her latest solo EP in 2019. From participating in the first Compose Yourself class at the beginning of golden lotus studio, Siena has been an active part of the gls community for the past two years. She hosts the gls Songwriters’ Open Mic Night, and is a guest teacher of the Friday Afternoon Songwriting Club. Siena works as a health and creativity coach, and brings this holistic perspective to her offerings.
Gary Grundei (he/him/his)
Gary Grundei has composed music for NPR, MTV, the Discovery Channel, New York Stage and Film, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Magic Theatre, GALA Choruses, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He has worked with Meredith Monk, Bill Pullman, Leigh Fondakowski, Caitlyn FitzGerald, and Barbara Dilley. Gary has taught at Naropa University, Occidental College, University of Denver, Whitman College, MICHA and online through goldenlotusstudio.com. He lives in NY and plays with the band High Fiction.
Rachel Hewitt (she/her/hers)
Rachel Hewitt is an equity actor with an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama, and the founder of the Parent Artist Advocacy League. Parent Artist Advocacy League for Arts + Media (PAAL) is a national community, resource hub, and solutions generator for individuals with caregiver responsibilities and institutions who strive to support them.
Adam Kerbel (he/him/el)
Adam Kerbel is a collaborative artist, performer, and educator. An improviser for ten years and co-founder of the groundbreaking ensemble Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, Adam’s choreographic partnerships have received presentations at New York Live Arts, FringeArts, Skirball Cultural Center, Links Hall and was awarded a 2020 Rocky Award – the peer to peer recognition award for intrepid dance action. Adam joined the Golden Lotus Community in 2019 to honor a gut urge to practice songwriting and burrow deeper into the arts of composition. He welcomes communication on the GL forum! @Adamkerbel | www.adamkerbel.weebly.com | @aadmkrbl
Erica Terpening (she/her/hers)
Erica Terpening is a director, teacher, actor, songwriter and farmer in Worthington, Massachusetts. She is the co-founder of the Shakespeare company Anon It Moves and former Literary Manager of Portland Actors Ensemble, both in Portland, Oregon; the former Managing Director of The Strain Theatre in Manhattan, New York; and founder of Hilltown Theatre Anonymous in Western Massachusetts.
Join these amazing teachers and treat yourself to a spacious weekend of community and creativity.
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