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:

“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.”

June 14 – 16, 2019

Laurelyn Dossett and I are cooking up something special for this weekend, and here it is:

Be Here Now @ Big Creek

~ A weekend of a capella singing AND songwriting

with Laurelyn Dossett and Kari Sickenberger 

We began at, and as, Polecat Creek, and we have now graduated to 38 acres on Big Creek ~ a beautiful, woodsy and watery spot in Stokes County adjacent to Hanging Rock State Park where nature and comfort combine to create a perfect workshop space. Emphasis will be on the voice and its connection to ourselves, each other, and the natural world.

Songwriting incorporated into the weekend will be inspired by nature, IN nature. We plan to call upon the Mary Oliver muse from time to time 🙂

 No singing or songwriting experience required ~ this is a workshop for ALL (women 🙂 

$325 Includes compilation CD, lyric sheet packet, a bed (or you may pitch a tent), and all meals. Just BYOB, some paper for songwriting, and your sense of adventure and play.

Contact Laurelyn or Kari with questions and/or registration information

$150 downpayment due by Friday May 31… SAVE YOUR SPOT!

(Payment via paypal or mailed check)

 

June 24 – 28

Pick & Bow Youth Summer Camp in Dahlonega GA

 

July 21 – 26, 2019

The Swannanoa Gathering Old-Time Week

I’ll be co-teaching a Country Harmony class with my buddy, Vollie, McKenzie, and also teaching Carter Family songs.

 

August 31, 2019

O Brother! O Sister! 

~ a singing workshop for ALL ~

Saturday August 31, 2019 10am-6pm

Led by Kari Sickenberger, hosted by Catherine Shreve, delicious lunch included

♫♫    In this workshop we will explore the harmony sounds of some of the best brother and/or sister duets (and maybe some trios) ever recorded.

Think Stanley, Everly, and Davis, (NOT Osmond) and you’ll get the idea.   ♫♫

We’ll figure out some of the secrets (beyond genetics) that made them sound so good, and we’ll make our own harmonies with our own voices, the siblings leading the way.

$85 All-inclusive 

To register contact Durham host

Catherine Shreve: CatherinewithC@gmail.com

 

September 11-15, 2019

Announcing…..

New and Improved! MountainMamaMadness

~~An extended mountain singing experience with benefits~~

Wednesday Sept 11 – Sunday Sept 15, 2019 on Tray Mountain near Helen, GA

Hosted by Kathy Scott, Led by Kari Sickenberger

Some of the benefits include:

-fully catered meals (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, snacks)

-12 hours of group singing workshops with Kari (themes will include harmony, traditional songs and ballads, and getting the most out of your voice)

-private singing or songwriting sessions with Kari

-yoga and hiking excursions with Kari

-guitar workshops with Kathy

-jam sessions with Kathy

-free time to enjoy all the mountain has to offer

-Saturday night CONCERT

(some details subject to change)

All inclusive – $525 includes all of the above

$250 non-refundable deposit saves your spot

Balance due August 1, 2019

Contact Kathy cbscott59@gmail.com or Kari rosasmom@gmail.com with questions

 

September 27 – 29, 2019

APPLES IN THE FALL

a singing workshop at MayBelle’s Guest House

a weekend of CARTER FAMILY SONGS & the celebration of our voices & community

September 27-29, 2019 in Beautiful Floyd County Virginia

Hosted and catered by Stephanie Wolf Led by Kari Sickenberger

Weekend includes all meals, accommodations, and singing workshops Friday – Sunday. Meals will be organic and locally based. Special diets happily accommodated.

~ Apple-Themed event…. expect Apple Pies! ~

How the Weekend Goes:

Friday Sept 27: Dinner will be ready at 6pm, rooms ready and open at 4pm. Come early and settle in on the back porch….and the singing begins at 7:30!

Saturday Sept 28: 8:30-9:30 Breakfast, 10-12 singing workshop, Lunch, then relax, practice your new songs, or take a nap. 3-5 singing workshop, 6:30pm Dinner,

8pm Concert, then more  singing!

Sunday Sept 29: 8:30-9:30 Brunch  10-12pm Gospel singing (BYOG).

After that, the Floyd Country Store hosts an Old Time Jam from 1:30-3:30.

We have space for 6-8 to stay in the house, and/or there is space to camp.

Spaces are available for local folks to join as well !!!

**This weekend is open to Women AND Men. Come sing with us!

Bring a friend!**

Cost for weekend is $290 PP for a shared room, $260 camping and $240 for commuters

Please email Stephanie at 333stephaniewolf@gmail.com to register or if you have questions. Space is limited.

$145 deposit holds your spot. Remainder due September 1st.

Kari’s contact info: rosasmom@gmail.com

October 11 – 13, 2019

Be Here Now @ Big Creek

~ A weekend of autmnal a capella singing AND songwriting

with Laurelyn Dossett and Kari Sickenberger 

We began at, and as, Polecat Creek, and we have now graduated to 38 acres on Big Creek ~ a beautiful, woodsy and watery spot in Stokes County adjacent to Hanging Rock State Park where nature and comfort combine to create a perfect workshop space. Emphasis will be on the voice and its connection to ourselves, each other, and the natural world.

Songwriting incorporated into the weekend will be inspired by nature, IN nature. We plan to call upon the Mary Oliver muse from time to time 🙂

 No singing or songwriting experience required ~ this is a workshop for ALL (women 🙂 

$325 Includes compilation CD, lyric sheet packet, a bed (or you may pitch a tent), and all meals. Just BYOB, some paper for songwriting, and your sense of adventure and play.

Contact Laurelyn or Kari with questions and/or registration information

$150 downpayment due by Monday Sept 30 … SAVE YOUR SPOT!

(Payment via paypal or mailed check)

December 14, 2019

Solstice Singing and Songwriting Workshop + house concert

with Laurelyn Dossett and Kari Sickenberger

Durham, NC 10am – 5pm

Do you enjoy singing? Have you ever entertained the idea of writing your own song? In this workshop, we will sing some great songs with good harmonies, and for those who are interested, play with the idea of writing one of your own songs. All levels of singing and/or songwriting welcomed; there are no prerequisites except a love of songs. 

Not interested in songwriting? Great! You can just sing all day!

Here’s how it goes:

10:00-12:30  

Laurelyn and Kari singing workshop ~ We’ll teach 2 – 3 songs that we love and their harmony parts, weaving in discussion of songwriting craft (we will be teaching some of our original songs.)

12:30 – 1:30  Lunch

1:30 – 3:00  Singing with Kari and Songwriting with Laurelyn

3:00 – 4:00  Woodshedding/practicing while L & K walk around and answer questions, play guitar for folks, help with harmonies, lyrics, etc. If people just want to sing, that’s great, too. If people want to take a walk or just take a break, that’s fine.

4:00 – 5:00  Sharing circle/Participant Performances (with or without microphone)

$100 for workshop, includes lunch

House Concert

doors open @7 Concert 7:30 – 9 with Laurelyn and Kari (donation)


Hosts: Matt Velkey & Susan Johnson matt.velkey@duke.edu  

Laurelyn  lgdossett@gmail.com

Kari  rosasmom@gmail.com

 

January 12 – 19, 2020

Sing San Miguel presents:

 2nd annual ¡Canto del Corazón! 

~ Singing from the Heart ~

A homestay & workshop in the beautiful town of

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Hosted by Stephanie Wolf ~ Singing &  Spanish by Kari Sickenberger

January 12-19, 2020

Join us for a week of heart-centered singing in traditional Mexican and American genres – Conjunto, Mariachi, Polka, Norteño…. And Country and Folk from north of the border too! 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? NO Spanish language aptitude or singing expertise required….only a willingness to try, and an open heart. Some songs will be in Spanish and some in English, but ALL will be achievable, meaningful, and fun to sing. CD and lyric sheets provided.

The week will be peppered with lots of free time to explore San Miguel, a World Heritage Site and a culturally and historically rich gem of a city in Central Mexico. We will share 3 neighboring homes and hold workshop/classes on the rooftop terraces, or in the beautiful, sunny living rooms, offer optional excursions, yoga, and Spanish Classes, and provide many fabulous meals (see schedule below) – subject to slight changes.

Stephanie will serve not only as caterer for most meals but also as all-around host and facilitator of activities with many ideas and suggestions for those who want to venture out on their own or as a group.

Sunday ~ Arrive and settle in – 6pm welcome dinner with margaritas and cerveza provided

Evening song circle on the rooftop!

Monday ~ Full Breakfast provided 8-9, 9:30-11am walking tour of our neighborhood, parks, and other places of interest to help you get oriented in San Miguel.

Lunch and further exploration on your own.  Singing 2:30-4:30 & optional Spanish class 4:45-5:45

Sunset Dinner reservation for the group (pay individually)

Tuesday ~ Full Breakfast provided 8-9am. Singing 9:30-11:30. Spanish class 11:30-12:30. Free afternoon~ flea market? Fabrica Aurora, Botanical Gardens etc..

Sunset dinner reservation at the Rosewood Hotel (pay individually)

Wednesday ~ Full Breakfast  8-9 optional Spanish class 9:30-10:30  FREE DAY!! (Galleries? Hot springs?) Sunset party at Grace and Franks house!! Dinner provided and song circle 6pm until…

Thursday ~ Full Breakfast 8-9~ Singing 9:30-11:30. 12:00/1pm Lunch at Cafe Eluney (self pay)

Big Fancy Dinner and Music on the town (included)!!

Friday ~ Breakfast on your own (several great breakfast places will be recommended)

Optional Spanish class 2:30-3:30pm~  Singing 3:30-5:30pm

6:15pm Sunset Group dinner reservation in Centro (self pay) Mariachi bands/karaoke?..

Saturday ~ Breakfast provided 8-9. Song refresher 9:30-11. Free day~art in the park, trolley tours…

Concert 5:30-7:30, Dinner provided at the house, Song sharing after dinner until…

Sunday ~ Breakfast provided 8-9am Sunday Gospel 9-10:30am  ¡Adios, Amigos!

 We will have one or two (depending on interest to stay longer) of the houses until Tuesday 1/21/20.  If you would like to stay an extra night or two, there will be a few rooms available. (Talk to Stephanie for details)

$1075 for a shared room, $1350 for a single, and $775 commuter price

      Optional Spanish Classes (4 hours) $50

$250 non-refundable deposit saves your spot. ½ remaining balance due October 1st and Balance due December 15. (payment plans available!) Cancellation policy: All payments non-refundable but YES-transferrable!

Contact Stephanie for registration information  333stephaniewolf@gmail.com

Contact Kari with questions about workshops  rosasmom@gmail.com

 

January 21 – 28, 2020

Sing San Miguel presents:

¡Canto del Corazón! (2020 Week #2)

~ Singing from the Heart ~

A homestay & workshop in the beautiful town of

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Hosted by Stephanie Wolf ~ Singing &  Spanish by Kari Sickenberger

(We have added a second week in Mexico! See above for details)

February 7 – 9, 2020

MOUNTAINS 2C  Singing Workshops  

presents:

🎶 Love Notes 🎶

 Hosted by Leigh Pettus; Led by Kari Sickenberger; Catered by Stephanie Wolf

February 7 – 9, 2020 at 510 West Ashley Folly Beach, SC 

Join us for a weekend of singing LOVE NOTES! We will put them together in a big, beautiful, Deltec beach home just across the street from the ocean to form SONGS of LOVE. No voice training or experience necessary to participate in this circle of song – just a desire to sing and share with kindred spirits and loving hearts. 

We will learn new songs, work on harmonies (if you’d like to) eat good food, and meet new friends. We’d love to have you! 

Schedule:

FRIDAY: Come! – Any time after noon. 

You are on your own for dinner. (Great restaurants abound – or BYO)

Evening workshop from 8 – 10pm

SATURDAY: Breakfast 8-10

Morning workshop 10-12:30

Lunchtime 12:30-2:30

Afternoon workshop 2:30 – 5, and Sunset at 5:30

Dinnertime 7-8:30

Concert (workshop participants only) at 8:30pm 

SUNDAY: Breakfast 8-10

Gospel/Group singing 10-12 noon

Good-bye 

 Cost: 

$280 per person*** includes shared room lodging with linens (2-3 people per room,) 2 breakfasts, lunch and dinner Saturday, all workshops with lyric sheets, compilation CD including the songs we learn, and new friends.

 To Save Your Spot:

Send non-refundable $60 check to Kari Sickenberger 133 Louisiana Ave Asheville NC 28806.. Non-refundable but YES-transferrable balance of $220 due by January 2, 2020. 

Space is limited, and we fill up quickly every year, so come on and say yes!

Include with your deposit the following information: 

1.Your name and address 2.Your email address 3.Your cell phone number 4.Your food restrictions/roommate preferences, if any 

***Commuter option – All workshops, all meals, no lodging – $220 Contact Leigh for alternate housing suggestions

June 7 – 13, 2020

Mars Hill Fiddle Camp

June 14 – 20, 2020

Kaufman Camp

Maryville, TN

I’ll be teaching singing classes TBA

June 22 – 26, 2020

Georgia Pick & Bow Camp

Traditional Songs ~ Singing Classes for kids

July 6 – 10, 2020

Augusta Heritage Classic Country Week

    Country Duets class with GINNY HAWKER 

 Singing Lead in a Country Band class

September 16 – 20, 2020 

Mountain Mama Madness Camp

October 2 – 4, 2020

Apples in the Fall

A Co-Ed Carter Family Singing Workshop in Floyd, VA

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PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS:

July 6-8, 2018:

Mountain Mama Madness #40

“Country Harmonies”

(SOLD OUT – but contact Kathy Scott cbscott59@gmail.com for waiting list info)

 

July 21-28, 2018:

Pinewoods

Harmony of Song and Dance Week

 

September 1, 2018

Songs from the Piedmont

~ a singing workshop for ALL ~

Saturday September 1, 2018 10am-6pm

Hosted by Catherine Shreve, Led by Kari Sickenberger, delicious lunch included

Join us for a day of singing songs from the Piedmont – IN the Piedmont. This culturally diverse region of NC has produced an array of traditional music, from Blues to Bluegrass, and much in between. We will explore some of these styles and sing some great songs from our very own stomping grounds (Kari resides in Asheville but is originally from Greensboro).

Harmonies will be developed. Voices will be honed. Good food will be eaten.

Friends will be found.

Lunch, compilation CD and lyric sheet packet included

10:00 – 12:30  Workshop

12:30 – 1:30  Lunch

1:30 – 3:30  Workshop

3:30 – 5:00  Free time (practice time)

5:00 – 6:00  Concert

Cost: $85

To register contact Durham host Catherine Shreve: CatherinewithC@gmail.com

 

September 28-30, 2018:

Apples in the Fall

Carter Family & Traditional songs in Floyd, VA

ALL meals by Stephanie Wolf are included $270

Host: Stephanie Wolf  333stephaniewolf@gmail.com

 

October 19-21, 2018:

LEAF Festival

in Black Mountain NC

 

January 13-20, 2019

Sing San Miguel presents: ¡Canto del Corazón!

~ Singing from the Heart ~

A homestay & workshop in the beautiful town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Hosted by Stephanie Wolf ~ Singing, Spanish, and Yoga by Kari Sickenberger

Join us for a week of heart-centered singing in traditional Mexican and American genres – Conjunto, Mariachi, Polka, Norteño…. And Country and Folk from north of the border too! 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? NO Spanish language aptitude or singing expertise required….only a willingness to try, and an open heart. Some songs will be in Spanish and some in English, but ALL will be achievable, meaningful, and fun to sing. CD and lyric sheets provided.

The week will be peppered with lots of free time to explore San Miguel, a World Heritage Site and a culturally and historically rich gem of a city in Central Mexico. We will share 2 large, neighboring homes and hold workshop/classes on the rooftop terrace or beautiful, sunny living room, offer optional excursions, yoga, and Spanish Classes, and provide most meals (see schedule below) – subject to slight changes.

Stephanie will serve not only as caterer for most meals but also as all-around host and facilitator of activities with many ideas and suggestions for those who want to venture out on their own or as a group.

Sunday ~ Arrive and settle in – welcome snacks and beverages provided

Monday ~ Breakfast provided, walking tour of San Miguel, Singing 3-5,

optional Sunset Spanish class 5:30-6:30, Dinner provided

Tuesday ~ Breakfast provided, free day, Singing 3-5, optional Spanish class 5:30-6:30, free evening

Wednesday ~ Breakfast provided, Singing 10-12, free afternoon (Galleries? Hot springs?), Yoga class provided 3-4, optional Spanish class 4-5, free evening (sunset reservations as a group?)

Thursday ~ Breakfast provided, free day (Botanical gardens? Shopping?), Singing 3-5, optional Spanish class 5-6, Big Fancy Dinner and Music on the town included

Friday ~ Continental breakfast provided, optional excursions – mountain biking, art class, horseback riding, city tour, etc., Dinner provided, GROUP CONCERT 8pm

Saturday ~ Continental breakfast provided, Free day (again – Stephanie is happy to help you plan)

Sunday ~ ¡Adios, Amigos! (option to stay at the house a little longer; talk to Stephanie)

All-inclusive costs: $925 per person, shared bedroom OR $975 pp, shared master suite

OR $1275 private room (limited number)

OR Workshop and meals only (find your own accomodations in San Miguel): $725 pp.

Optional Spanish Classes (4 hours) $50

$150 non-refundable deposit saves your spot. (payment plans available!) Cancellation policy: All payments non-refundable but YES-transferrable!

Contact Stephanie for registration information  333stephaniewolf@gmail.com

Contact Kari with questions about workshops  rosasmom@gmail.com

 

February 15-17, 2019

Mountains 2C presents: More Love

A singing weekend at Folly Beach, SC (google: 510 West Ashley) hosted by Leigh Pettus and Catered by Stephanie Wolf.

Join us for a weekend of singing more songs of love, and songs of more love, in a big, beautiful, Deltec beach home just across the street from the Ocean. No voice training or experience necessary to participate in this circle of song – just a desire to sing and share with kindred spirits and loving hearts. We will learn new songs, work on harmonies (if you’d like to) eat good food, and meet new friends.

We’d love to have you!

Schedule:

FRIDAY

Come! – any time after noon. You are on your own for dinner.

Evening workshop from 8 – 10pm

SATURDAY

Breakfast provided

Morning workshop 10-12:30

Catered lunch

Afternoon workshop 2:30 – 5

Sunset 5:30

Catered dinner

Concert (workshop participants only) at 8:30pm

SUNDAY

Breakfast provided

Gospel/Group singing 10-12 noon

Good-bye

Cost: $270 per person includes shared room lodging with linens (2-3 people per room,) 2 breakfasts, catered lunch and dinner Saturday, all workshops with lyric sheets, compilation CD including the songs we learn, and new friends.

To Save Your Spot:

Send non-refundable $50 check to Leigh Pettus 143 Avondale Ridge Road AVL, NC 28803. Non-refundable but yes-transferrable balance of $220 due by January 2.

Space is limited, and we expect to fill up quickly (maximum 12.)

Include with your deposit the following information:

1.Your name and address 2.Your email address 3.Your cell phone number 4.Your food restrictions/roommate preferences, if any

contacts: Leigh pettus57@gmail.com and Kari rosasmom@gmail.com