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Sine Musica Nulla Vita
How would you like to come to Venice, Italy with me to sing this September?

[Please note: this trip is now full and only accepting waitlist registrations]

Can you imagine spending 7 playful days singing and exploring in one of Italy's capitals of the ancient musical world, Venice? How about a true lifetime adventure of living and singing in a 15th century Palazzo, on a canal, eating Venetian family fare cooked by a chef? If 14 of you are seasoned travelers, can get to Venice, walk its cobblestones, plan and execute your special get-aways on your own, and take care of yourselves in a foreign county, you are an ideal candidate for this trip.

September 13 - 20, 2014, I will teach a Vocal ensemble singing workshop in Venice. The group's double occupancy accommodations and daily life will be at the lovely Palazzo degli Angelii. We will have the opportunity to sing in churches, in Venice's many squares and calles and in subterranean ghettos. In the afternoons, we will walk some of the mysterious alleys on which the mystery writer Donna Leon's protagonist, Detective Brunetti pursues his criminals.

We will sing, enjoy our own chef, eat Venetian food, share conversation with each other and explore the art, architecture, musical and cultural history Venice as well as the walks of Brunetti. We will learn and sing new and old unison and part songs, with special emphasis on Italian favorites. We may share stories and speak real or pretend Italian to the locals.

I want to keep the cost down so that you can take this trip. Comparable trips cost around $3,800.00. This trip costs approximately $1,700 (pending a contract with the chef), and includes accommodation, food and tuition. Your airfare, rental vehicles, gondola or vaporetto trips and other costs will be your own.

Dates: September 13 - 20, 2014

Accommodations (included in cost):

Services provided:
Choral workshop by Lauren Carley. This will include 4 morning and 4 afternoon teaching sessions. Our schedule will be to sing together at least twice daily: once after our breakfast and morning walk, and afternoons after siesta. We will sing new and old unison and part songs, with special emphasis on Italian favorites.

Casual performances of our week's music will be in churches, church porches and impromptu choral blasts.

Two excursions in Venice will be included in the event. We hope to travel some of the paths taken by Detective Brunetti (from Donna Leon's novels) and to learn about the unique art and architecture of Venice.

Independent Activities (not included in cost):
Your airfare, rental vehicles and other costs will be your own.

You are responsible for your own travel arrangements, including getting to and from Venice.

You are responsible for personal walking tours, visiting islands by vaporetto, gondola rides, and any other personal activities. All such activities are up to you and will not be organized or underwritten as part of the trip.

Cost covers accommodation, food and choral tuition: U.S. $1700 (Checks only please)

Deposit of $680 due by December 1, 2014.

Deposit is refundable minus $150 administrative fee up until March 30, 2014.

Remainder $1,020 is due by April 1, 2014.

You may register your interest by sending me your deposit of $680 on your double occupancy Palazzo degli Angeli room. Your deposit must arrive at 858 56 St. Oakland, CA, 94608 by December 1, 2013. This deposit is refundable minus $150 administrative fee up until March 30, 2014.

The remainder of $1,020 is due at the above address on April 1, 2014. Checks only please. Please see full cancellation policy on page 3.

The workshop is dependent on a minimum of 12 participants. If the workshop doesn't fill, your deposit will be refunded in its entirety.

Payment is based on November 1, 2013 exchange rates. If the exchange rate changes significantly the rate will be adjusted accordingly.

If you wish to cancel your booking for Sine Musica Nulla Vita retreat in Venice, Italy from September 13 - 20, 2014, you must notify me in writing (by email or letter) prior to August 31, 2014. Your cancellation is effective on the date I receive your written notice. Workshop fees can be refunded as follows:

Upon receipt of your deposit: I will provide you with directions, suggestions for travel, and copies of the music for you to carry to Italy. You will arrange your own travel. Please let me know if I may share your email with other participants. I suggest you get together with each other to share information about travel.

Release from liability: Lauren Carley shall not be held responsible for personal injury, illness or theft of belongings, to anyone attending this workshop. Each participant will provide and pay for any medical treatment that may occur during their stay.

Contact Lauren with any questions: (510) 652-1298 or e-mail: lacarley@gmail.com

Come prepared to sing and enjoy yourself!

Lauren Carley has years of teaching and performing experience

Lauren Carley provides teaching and performance support for opening your voice to the world and ownership of your stage, from the boardroom to the back yard, the elementary school classroom to the Metropolitan Opera.

Lauren teaches young through older adults who want to bring voice back into their life, students embarking on voice-over careers, young professionals, bookkeepers, architects, writers, elementary school music teachers, conservatory students, nuclear medicine technicians, editors, burlesque dancer/singers, clowns, and actors.

If you have come to learn how to nurture and grow a powerful, nuanced, sensual voice, then you have come to the right place.

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Lauren has taught and performed all over the country. Find out more about her story…

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