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.”


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:


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  


🎶 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! 


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



$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

March 7, 2020

“March Winds Gonna Blow My Blues All Away”

~ a singing workshop for all ~

March brings the spring, and spring brings
so many offerings. Let’s sing seasonal songs
about weather, nature, farmers and food, and
celebrate the beautiful, abundant, and often
unpredictable world we live in. Music makes
sense of things like nothing else can.
We hope you will join us in our circle to sing
our hearts out on and for the Earth.
Our Schedule
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

hosted by Claudia Fulshaw at The Stable in Durham, NC


$95 Includes: Delicious lunch, beverages, compilation CD and lyric sheet packet


May 22-24, 2020

Be Here Now @ Big Creek


A weekend of Spring Singing and Songwriting 

with Laurelyn Dossett 

~Women AND Men are welcomed ~

We began at, and as, Polecat Creek, and we have now graduated to 38 acres on Big Creek, which Laurelyn calls home ~ 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 and wonder around us. 

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 

$350 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.

SUNDAY bonus add-ons: 

Banjo Workshop with Riley Baugus 2 – 4pm

PICNIC CONCERT with Laurelyn, Kari, and Riley 5 – 7pm (hotdogs and beer included)

Contact Laurelyn or Kari with questions and/or registration information

Payment via Paypal (to Laurelyn AS A FRIEND ONLY)  or mailed check

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 

Hosted and lovingly catered by Stephanie Wolf