Teaching

Moira Smiley

Moira has taught extensively in the U.S., Europe, and England. Her subject is the singing voice, and its ability to encompass an astounding range of expressive, linguistic and stylistic “colors. Moira seeks to guide her students in the discovery and development of this flexibility within their own voice – both technically and artistically. She also works a lot with students on the skill and magic of creating a moving performance.

Moira has led vocal workshops and residencies at University of Birmingham (England), CalArts, Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music, Swannanoah Gathering, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, Northwestern University, Omega Institute, CA WorldFest, Virginia Waterfront Festival, Bishop-Auckland Early Music Festival, and many others.

Moira’s academic specialty is Early Music, and she has developed parallel experience with various folk traditions – especially early American, Irish and Balkan vocal styles. By exploring the particularity of a tradition, style or period – one finds something uniquely one’s own.

Moira also teaches with her primary ensemble, VOCO – a remarkable teaching team, specializing in improvisation, vocal technique and movement. See VOCO’s Residency Offerings.

Moira’s Teaching – Solo & with VOCO

• Vocal Workshops for groups of singers -and non “singers” too!

• Residencies with Choirs, Dance and Theater Companies

• Private Voice Lessons & Voice Coaching

• Performing Arts Camps for teens and adults that combine singing with the outdoors, percussion, dance, theatre, puppetry and poetry. Every summer she leads Ooolation! Outdoor Singing Camps with Malcolm Dalglish and other guest artist-teachers. She continues to develop new experiences for singers.

Links

SongRoots – harmony singing songroots.ca
Alasdair Fraser’s Folk Camps – all ages sierrafiddlecamp.org
Ooolation Outdoor Singing Camp – for singers 13-21 oooliticmusic.com
Zoukfest – one-week Irish/Balkan intensive (Moira=voice dept.) zoukfest.com
Augusta Heritage – summer-long folk school in Elkins, W. Virginia augustaheritage.com
Worldsongs Camp – Amherst Island, Ontario, Canada worldsongs.ca
Swannanoah Gathering – summer-long folk-school, Asheville, NC swangathering.org
Shakespeare Santa Cruz  shakespearesantacruz.org

Dream Outro // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears
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  1. Dream Outro // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears
  2. They’re Red Hot // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears
  3. Steam Engines // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears
  4. Whistle Daughter Whistle // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears
  5. Orphan Girl // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears
  6. Oh Winter // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears
  7. Oj Savice // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears
  8. Oj Jabuko // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears
  9. Deportee // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears
  10. Dream Dve Nevesti // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears
  11. Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears
  12. Mazurka // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears
  13. I Live in California // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears
  14. North Country // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears
  15. Chilly Winds // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears
  16. Visa Fran Jarna // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears
  17. Dream Intro // moira smiley & VOCO - Laughter Out of Tears