NEXT VOCAL HARMONY EVENTS:
Sunday, July 14 — 1 - 3 PM — Harmony at Play — 2 - 4 PM — an intensive vocal harmony workshop
Sunday July 14 — 3:30 - 5 PM — Harmony Lab — 90 minute harmony singing skills practice workout
Registration info: Follow this link to Eventbrite — or email email@example.com with any questions
Epiphany Space in Hollywood, 1763 N. Gower St., Hollywood CA 90028
Limited space, so please register in advance
Celia believes that anyone can improve as a singer with conscientious and diligent practice and continuing curiosity.
She loves to connect people with their own unique voice and expression, and her specialty is teaching people how to develop harmony singing skills. Her vocal coaching method, whether in a private session or a group workshop, emphasizes that growth is based on the acceptance of each student's unique voice.
Celia integrates her classical training and professional experience in jazz, pop, Americana, rock and musical theater in her teaching. Celia is also co-founder of Empowered Singer Workshops in Los Angeles. She has given many professional and aspiring singers in Los Angeles the tools to improve their listening, blending, improvisational skills and vocal tone for group singing. For the past 15+ years, she has sung professionally from studios to stadiums, as she currently tours internationally as a backup singer as well as in support of her own work as the female half of Petty Chavez. Celia is an accomplished singer-songwriter who has released five recordings of her original songs and two singles on indie labels. This combined experience makes her uniquely suited to the challenges of both singing for hire and singing as an artist.
I've attended this workshop a few times, and I'll be honest: the first time I attended, I wasn't sure I had much more to learn, because I've been harmonizing/singing for so long. Maybe a bit arrogant on my part. 😉 But, wow, guys! I've learned so much! I really tightened up my process, strengthened my listening skills, and now approach my live and studio work with much more awareness and presence.
Some of what we worked on was vocal blend, finding your starting note, staying on your own part, and how to distinguish individual parts more accurately when listening to a recording.
Celia is a supportive teacher and amazing singer!
Fun fact: I also interviewed Celia on episode one of my "The Working Singer" podcast, so listen to hear her story at www.theworkingsinger.com, and then get thee to her workshop!
— JAMILA FORD, HOST OF THE WORKING SINGER PODCAST
Setting the non judgmental tone and demonstrating that EVERYone can sing harmony was the best introduction...Since I've always just gone on instinct and maybe the most basic theory, and often times I'm tentative -- this workshop gave me foundation and some core understanding. So the difference is -- I feel like I have a few new tools and listening skills. But want to do more!
Celia Chavez is an artist and alchemist. Her deep understanding of the theory and practice of vocal harmony makes her a unique force to be reckoned with. Whether in the studio, coffee shop, or on stage at Madison Square Garden, she elevates every performance with her uncanny ability. It has been a privilege to work with her and glean wisdom from her years of experience.
Celia created a very comfortable environment with a well thought out curriculum for teaching harmony. There was a good balance of teaching materials and applying it through singing. (And after the vocal harmony workshop, Celia let us stay to see her concert for free!) I look forward to studying with Celia again!
I took Celia's Harmony at Play Workshop and had so much fun. Whether you're a pro singer or a novice who simply wants to learn to sing with a group you'll learn lots of useful information in this supportive, non-judgmental setting. Celia takes time to explain and implement concepts that might be new to some in her class and gives her students plenty of space to play! Looking forward to the next one!
I’ve taken Celia’s workshop 3 times and each meeting was different. The combination of participants sets a unique tone and Celia adjusts to how large the group is (never more than 10 or 12) and accommodates every level of experience. She clearly express her policy about having a non-judgmental / welcoming vibe. She is warm, open, super knowledgable and completely unpretentious. Even if you have no experience — you will come away from her workshops with something valuable — useful tools you won’t forget! Highly recommend!
Celia is a natural teacher. She knows how to set people at ease, and explain things in a clear understandable manner. Her class was also REALLY fun, and we ended up singing a lot of beautiful harmony. I would highly recommend Celia and her classes to anyone!
I've had the pleasure of working in the music business for many years and in many ways. In the last 15 years the majority of my work has been focused on live performances and more specifically as a drummer, band leader/musical director for a variety of artists. While I respect a musician's talents and skills due to their hard work and dedication, there is nothing more rewarding for me than working with this kind of talent that excels at blending and finding that magical chemistry as it applies to working with other musicians. I was on the lookout several years ago to find this kind of lead and background singer for the Enrique Iglesias touring band and found Celia Chavez. I've found in my years of experience that the cream rises to the top and after speaking with several colleagues about their recommendations, Celia's name was the first name to be brought up. After having the pleasure of touring these last several years with Celia in just about every circumstance imaginable, I would put her at the top of an already tiny list of people when I comes to musicality, talent, blending, professionalism, creative spontaneity, collaboration and all with a sense of caring about her touring colleagues.
-- Van Romaine (Musical director for Enrique Iglesias)