spring singing class series information:
Wednesday Night Balkan Singing Classes, SPRING Edition, April 3- May 15
Dates of Class Meetings:
April 3, 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15
Class will meet on Wednesday nights from 7:30-9:30pm in Park Slope. (Close to R train at Union St).
This is the 7th time I have held this type of class series.
It’s a comfortable and friendly environment, a relatively informal way to learn great songs and Balkan-specific vocal technique, and it’s a small enough group that you get individual attention.
We’ll learn a number of songs about Spring from different Balkan musical traditions. As always, I’ll pick from my favorite songs, and include a wide variety of repertoire in my classes: single melody songs, melody-and-drone songs, three-part harmony songs, and some polyphony as well. Repertoire will be drawn from various Balkan folk singing traditions–also possibly some surprises from neighboring/related traditions.
In class, I’ll take time and pay close attention to pronunciation, vocal placement and production, ornamentation, stylistic variations between regions, and personal expression.
To supplement the classes, I provide source recordings, and multi-track recordings of myself (singing the parts, going over pronunciation, breaking down ornaments) so that the songs will stay with you long after the class is over.
The class is open to singers with all levels of experience, however ability to match pitch and interest in singing close harmonies is really helpful in the group learning process. If you struggle with pitch or harmony singing but want to improve in these areas, private lessons could be a great complement to group classes.
The 7 class series is $140, due in full at the first class meeting. The series is cumulative and full-time participation leads to the greatest results for everyone, so there is no drop-in option. If you have one or two pre-existing conflicts at the time you sign up for the class, I will honor those and pro-rate accordingly. To enroll, please send an email to bookevasalina at gmail dot com.
Eva is an experienced, skillful, passionate, vibrant, and exacting teacher who effortlessly breaks down technical, linguistic and stylistic elements, while encouraging and nurturing individual expression and joy in her students. Eva has been teaching Balkan singing since she was a teenager, and chooses rich, meaningful repertoire as a vehicle for learning more about the varied singing styles she teaches. Eva’s energy, wit, ability to demonstrate subtlety and ornamentation, and her unfailing attention to detail make her a unique teacher in high demand.
Eva is based in Brooklyn, NY, where she teaches privately and occasionally offers series of singing classes in addition to teaching at numerous workshops throughout the country every year.
For rates, availability, and more information about workshops with Eva, please write to
bookevasalina (at) gmail (dot) com
Upcoming teaching engagements:
May 19-20, 2012: SHELBURNE FALLS, MA
Weekend Workshop with Yuliyan Yordanov (Bulgarian/Balkan Dance) and Eva (Balkan Singing)
June 23-30, 2012: Mendocino Balkan Music & Dance Camp (www.eefc.org)
May 7-11: NEW YORK, NY
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Presents: MUSICAL EXPLORERS 2011-2012.
April 29-30: CINCINNATI, OH
Workshop with MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, in preparation for their Spring Concert and their competition in the 2012 World Choir Games.
March 23-25: FAIRLEE, VT
Turtle Dove Harmony Weekend Singing Workshop w/ Brendan Taaffe and Luke Hoffman
October 20 CHICAGO, IL
American Harmony Singing workshop at Old Town School of Folk Music.
October 15 CINCINNATI, OH
Balkan Singing Retreat with MUSE, the Cincinnati Women’s Choir.
September 2-5 HIGH VIEW, WEST VIRGINIA
World Village Music and Dance Camp Labor Day Weekend at Timber Ridge.
Eva Salina Primack- Balkan Romani Singing.
August 13th-20th ASHFIELD, MA
Village Harmony’s August Adult Residential Camp
Eva Salina Primack, Larry Gordon and Kathy Bullock.
July 2nd-9th MENDOCINO FOLKLORE CAMP
Mendocino Woodlands, Mendocino, CA
June 25th-July 2nd MENDOCINO BALKAN CAMP
Mendocino Woodlands, Mendocino, CA
Two Classes: Balkan Basics and Kids’ Balkan Singing.
May 25th, 2011 VASHON ISLAND
Balkan and Georgian Song workshop with Eva and Aurelia.
May 21st, 2011 SEATTLE
Once or Twice a Year: Tuesday Night Balkan Singing Series (Albanian, Romani, Bulgarian, Macedonian and other Balkan Songs)
Teaching Engagements (partial list):
Mendocino Balkan Music and Dance Camp: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Iroquois Springs Balkan Music and Dance Camp: 2009
Village Harmony: 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011
Williams College Concert Choir, Bulgarian Choral Music: 2010
Santa Fe University: 2011
Laguna Festival, Laguna Beach, CA: 2003
Kolo Festival, San Francisco: 2010
Mendocino Folklore Camp: 2011
Slaveya (Washington, D.C.) 2011-present
MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir (Cincinnati, OH) 2011-present