Kari has been leading singing classes and workshops for more than a decade. Kari draws on her vast experience as a Spanish and English teacher and her lifelong love for and experience with music to create a safe and encouraging environment for new and experienced singers alike. Just bring along your love for singing, and everything will fall into place in our safe and supportive circle of song.

Testimonials from workshop participants:

“I was a green horn, never having been to a singing workshop before, I had some trepidation. Kari and my fellow singers made it great – very supportive atmosphere – lovely songs w lovely people!”
“Kari is a true professional and an expert at what she does.  She is a very skilled teacher.  Music lessons with her exceed  my expectations.  And, for the icing on the cake, she makes learning fun.”
“A special thanks to Kari for so humbly sharing your incredible talent and for being so patient and encouraging as we all seek our own voice.”
“Kari is a wonderful teacher, singer, songwriter . . . person! I feel blessed to have had this opportunity.” 
“We, Jeanie and Walter Daves, give our highest and most enthusiastic recommendation for the teaching skills of Kari.”
“Kari Sickenberger is the most engaging teacher I’ve come across in a long time. Even though she is smart and thoroughly prepared and organized, what students pick up on immediately is her warm and inclusive personality. They feel safe to try new things and rewarded for their first efforts in a class.  Kari knows a lot about music and singing in particular and is confident in her experience, and she brings the entire class along on her fun journey.  Along the way they learn much more than they expected, whether the class is for one hour or a week.  She always leaves them wanting more.”  -Ginny Hawker

2022 WORKSHOPS:

April 8-10, 2022

Joy Joy Joy! 

~ A singing workshop for all at Big Creek in Stokes County neighboring Hanging Rock State Park ~

Theme: Songs of the Carter Family

Hosted and led by Laurelyn Dossett and Kari Sickenberger

Click HERE for detailed information

 

May 18-22, 2022

Mountain Mama Madness #42

This event is sold out

 

June 12-17, 2022

Kaufman Kamp!

Excited to be BACK at this wonderful Old-Time music camp this summer!

 

June 24-26, 2022

Be Here Now

~ a summer singing and (optional) songwriting workshop with Laurelyn Dossett at Big Creek, Stokes County ~

Click here for details!

 

August 27, 2022

HUMmingbird

10am ~ 6pm

A day-long singing workshop with an afternoon stroll to the top of the world! Join us in Wolf Laurel, NC! Click here for details.

 

September 17, 2022

Together Again (Again)

Songs of friendship and reunification in Durham, NC

Buck Owens’ 1964 song title says it all – We’ll be TOGETHER AGAIN! There are rays of light shining through these “long lonely nights” we have been living, friends! Let’s celebrate by singing songs of friendship and reunification. We will explore our voices within some various singing styles from folk and country traditions, work on harmonies and stylistic tricks, and most importantly, have a lot of fun.
It’s been a while for some of us, and it is a big wonderful deal to be able to sing together again. Let’s enjoy and appreciate this renewed privilege. We will learn a lot while NOT taking ourselves or our voices too seriously.
There is no singing prerequisite for these workshops; they are for everyone. If you love to sing, we’d love tohave you – together again!

Hosted by Catherine Shreve and led by yours truly

$95 10am-6pm Lunch, CD and Lyric Sheets included

October 8, 2022

The Birds Were Singing of You

A Saturday Harmony Singing Workshop with Laurelyn Dossett and Kari Sickenberger

Detailed flyer HERE

The only thing better than singing out loud is singing in harmony with someone else!  It is a sound and a connection that is beyond compare.  Kari and Laurelyn have been doing it a long time, and are excited to share their secrets with you.  We will cover a capella songs, brother duets, descants and rounds, and perhaps even move into 3 and 4 part harmony. This workshop is for EVERYONE, no experience or expertise required, no ability to read music required.  All you need is an open heart, open mind, and your voice! 
The workshop will happen at the Ramble on Big Creek, Laurelyn’s place in Stokes County, NC.  About an hour from the Triad, 2 hours from the Triangle, and less than 3 hours from Asheville.
Ramble on Big Creek photos

December 10, 2022

Solstice Singing in Durham, NC

Laurelyn Dossett and I are excited to announce a winter workshop all day on Saturday and a house concert with Riley Baugus in the evening. Lots of food and fellowship in between. 

See detailed flyer HERE ~ Hope to circle up with you soon!

March 12 – 17, 2021

Spring Sing! at Edisto Beach

Join host Stephanie Wolf and myself for 5 nights of beachy singing, play, and delicious food. Check out details and photos on this flyer: Spring Sing!

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Previous, Canceled, and Rescheduled Workshops:

June 6 – 12, 2021

Mars Hill Old-Time Week

I’ll be teaching Old-Time Harmonies with Laurelyn Dossett!

June 13 – 19, 2021

Kaufman Camp

I’ll be teaching Old-Time Singing and Harmony class during Old-Time and Traditional Week!

July 5 – 11, 2021

Augusta Classic Country Week

I’ll be teaching a Zoom class and a video class on How to Sing Lead in a Country Band!

September 4, 2021

Together Again

Songs of Friendship and Reunification in Durham, NC

Your host: Catherine Shreve

10am – 6pm Lunch included $85

 *** Cancelled due to Covid ***

 

September 15 – 19, 2021

 

Mountain Mama Madness Camp

*** Cancelled due to COVID ~ rescheduled for May 18 – 22, 2022 ***

 

October 1 – 3, 2021

Joy Joy Joy! 

~ A singing workshop for all at Big Creek in Stokes County neighboring Hanging Rock State Park ~

Theme: Songs of the Carter Family

Hosted and led by Laurelyn Dossett and Kari Sickenberger

3-day workshop includes all meals, accommodations, and loads of singing with lyric packets, Friday evening till 11am Sunday Oct 1-3.

 Homemade and home grown meals are are locally based and made with Love by Laurelyn. 

Contact Kari or Laurelyn for more details

Click HERE to see detailed flyer

***Cancelled due to Covid – will be rescheduled for 2022***

October 31 – November 5, 2021

Remember Me 

~ Songs of Joy and Sorrow ~

During Halloween and Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos)

Join us for a 5 night workshop/playshop/vacation where we will gather to sing and celebrate our friends, relatives and ancestors both here and elsewhere.

click here to see detailed flyer

***Cancelled due to Covid – will be rescheduled for 2022***

December 18, 2021

Holiday Not Holiday Songs

A Singing Workshop, Hosted and led by Kari Sickenberger
Saturday December 18, 10am-12pm and 1-3pm on ZOOM 
12-1 break for lunch, but I’ll keep the Zoom running so we can visit, just like a real live workshop!
Join me for a day of holiday season singing without the holiday theme! Let’s sing songs that bring us together in spirit – the Holiday Not Holiday Spirit! This will be an all-inclusive, non-secular day of singing songs about the sun (think solstice), maybe about friendship, peace, celebration, family, food, or snow, and definitely some LOVE
For this workshop, I will provide vocal warm-ups, vocal health tips, and lyrics to all songs. I’ll guide everyone through stylistic expressions and tricks as well as harmonies! Invite a friend or two, and you can harmonize together from one location, and/or, you can practice harmony parts with me and my guitar – it works!  
Drawing from country, folk, and other traditional genres, all the songs are guaranteed to be fun, achievable, and interesting songs to sing. No singing experience necessary!
It’s been a minute, and I can’t wait to see you and sing with you!
Ask your doctor if music is right for you 🙂 
To register: Sliding scale; Pay what you can ($60 suggested)
Paypal (as a FRIEND only please – my email) or Venmo (my name) or contact me!
Make sure you indicate HOLIDAY NOT on your payment or registration request, and I’ll need your email address to send materials and the zoom link.
If you have Suggestions, Questions or Salutations, feel free to contact me here:

rosasmom@gmail.com

828.301.7502

Happy Holidays!

~ Kari

January 8 – 17 AND January 20 – 29, 2022

¡Cantamos México!

*** Cancelled due to COVID ***

~ We Sing Mexico ~

A homestay, singing and creativity workshop in the beautiful Colonial town of 

San Miguel de Allende, México 

Hosted and Led by Kari Sickenberger and Laurelyn Dossett

 Workshop 1 ~ January 8th – 17th , 2022 (all songs focus)

Workshop 2 ~ January 20 – 29, 2022  (songs by women focus) 

Join us for 10 days of exploration, fellowship, music and creativity in what Travel and Leisure as well as Condé Nast Traveler have named the “Best City in the World.” 

Come for one or both workshops ~ Different offerings each session

¡Viva México! We share much in common with our southern neighbors, and while visiting their beautiful country, why not learn and sing some of their beautiful songs – and share some of our own? Tejano, Conjunto, Country, and Folk music explored. NO Spanish language aptitude or singing expertise required….only a willingness to try, and an open heart. Most of the songs will be in English, but some will be in Spanish or in both languages, and ALL will be achievable, meaningful, and fun to sing. Lyric packet provided.

 The workshops will be peppered with lots of free time to explore San Miguel de Allende, a World Heritage Site and a culturally and historically rich gem of a city in Central Mexico. We will share 2 beautiful, large, neighboring homes and hold workshops/classes on the rooftop terraces, gardens, or living rooms. In addition, we will offer optional excursions, Spanish with Kari, and Creativity/[Song] writing classes with Laurelyn, in addition to providing many of the meals.

 

 Schedule for Workshop 1, January 8-17, (subject to slight changes)

Saturday ~ Arrive and settle in ~ afternoon snacks, beverages

6:00 Sunset Supper provided

Evening song circle

Sunday ~ Full Breakfast provided 8:30-9:30

All Sing 9:30-11:30

11:45  Walking tour of our neighborhood in San Miguel and into El Centro!

Lunch as a group or on your own  (self pay)

Creativity with Laurelyn 4:00-5:00

Sunset Spanish with Kari 5:00-6:00

Simple Sunset Supper provided

Monday ~ Full breakfast provided 8:30-9:30

Musical Walking Tour with Pascal 10:30-1:30 (Tour & Lunch included)

Creativity 4:00-5:00

Sunset Spanish 5:00-6:00

Dinner on your own (as a group, or on your own-suggestions will be made)

 Tuesday ~ Full breakfast provided 8:30-9:30

Spanish Class 9:30-10:30

Lunch and afternoon on your own (Tianguis Market – Tuesday only)

All Sing 3:00-5:00

Sunset Supper provided

 Wednesday ~ Continental breakfast provided 8:30-9:30

Free Day! La Gruta Hot Springs and Nirvana for lunch suggested, or take a walk in the Botanical Gardens, galleries galore, Mask Museum….

5:30 Sunset Supper and Concert with Laurelyn, Kari, and Pascal

 Thursday ~ 8:30-9:30 Breakfast provided

Spanish 9:30-10:30

Creativity 10:30-11:30

All Sing 3:30-5:30

Big Fancy Dinner and music at Bistro Mi Casa  6:30 – 10 (included)

 Friday  ~ Continental breakfast provided 8:30-9:30

Creativity 1:30-2:30

All Sing 3:00-5:00

Sunset drinks at the Rosewood (self pay) & dinner on your own

 Saturday ~ Breakfast on your own Mercado Sano/Organic Market- Saturdays only- suggested

Also on Saturdays – Art Market in the Park

Creativity and Spanish presentations

 Sunday ~ 8:30-9:30 Breakfast provided

9:30-11:30 All Sing Song Refresher

Lunch provided

Practice for the big concert!

5:00-6:30 Concert!

Big Dinner to follow (included)

 Monday ~ 8:30-9:30 Continental Breakfast  ¡Adios, Amigos!

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$1675 per person, shared room, per workshop. $500 upcharge for a single room, per workshop

$400 deposit, per workshop holds your spot, fully refundable only if we have to cancel. 50% refundable if you have to cancel by Oct 7 (3 months prior)

Balance due October 7 

Extra nights between workshops available for $50/person/night 

Stay for both workshops, and extra nights are included!

Flight information and travel tips: Easiest way is to fly into León (BJX) or Querétaro (QRO) and take a $25 shared shuttle van (bajigo.com) from there to your door in San Miguel.

 Internet tells me to start watching flight price trends ASAP but recommends buying tickets 1 – 4 months prior to your flight.

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Schedule for Workshop 2, January 20 – 29 (subject to slight changes) 

Thursday ~ Arrive and settle in ~ afternoon snacks, beverages

6:00 Sunset Supper provided

Evening song circle

Friday ~ Full Breakfast provided 8:30-9:30

All Sing 9:30-11:30

11:45  Walking tour of our neighborhood in San Miguel and into El Centro!

Lunch as a group or on your own  (self pay)

Creativity with Laurelyn 4:00-5:00

Sunset Spanish with Kari 5:00-6:00

Check out the action en El Centro – Mariachi Music and More!

Saturday ~ Mercado Sano/Organic Market Saturday only recommended

All sing 2:00-4:00

Creativity 4:00-5:00

Sunset Spanish 5:00-6:00

Dinner provided

 Sunday ~ Breakfast provided 8:30-9:30

Zangunda Ranch Concert, Meal, transportation provided 12:00-5:00 

 Monday ~ Continental breakfast provided 8:30-9:30

Musical Walking Tour with Pascal 10:30-1:30 (Tour & Lunch included)

5:30 Sunset Supper and Concert with Laurelyn, Kari, and Pascal

 Tuesday ~ 8:30-9:30 Breakfast provided

Free Day! Tianguis Market (Tuesdays only), La Gruta Hot Springs and Nirvana for lunch suggested, or take a walk in the Botanical Gardens, galleries galore, Mask Museum….

 Wednesday  ~ Continental breakfast provided 8:30-9:30

All Sing 9:30-10:30

Creativity 1:00-2:00

Spanish 2:00-3:00

Sunset drinks at the Rosewood (self pay) & dinner on your own

 Thursday ~ Breakfast provided 8:30-9:30

Spanish 9:30-10:30

Creativity 10:30-11:30

All Sing 3:00-5:00

Dinner on your own

 Friday ~ 8:30-9:30 Breakfast provided

9:30-11:30 All Sing Song Refresher

Lunch provided

Practice for the big concert!

5:00-6:30 Concert!

Big Dinner to follow (included)

Saturday ~ 8:30-9:30 Continental Breakfast  ¡Adios, Amigos!

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