Singing Retreats

Since 2007, Turtle Dove has been offering singing retreats throughout Europe and North America. Known for creating a safe and welcoming space for every voice, each Turtle Dove workshop brings together compelling leaders with different repertoire and a shared passion for community singing.

Upcoming retreats

October 15-17, 2021 

Singing Intensive with Moira Smiley and Brendan Taaffe
at Basin Farm Vernon, Vermont
Register here.

What to say about Moira Smiley? Amazing voice, fantastic arrangements, clear teaching, cool body percussion, a life dedicated to song. Moira is an inspiration, and you will love working with her.

This singing intensive will begin with a Friday evening social and two full rehearsal days (10-12:30, 2:30-5:00) on Saturday and Sunday.

Cost: $265

January 14-17, 2022 

Singing Intensive with  Brendan Taaffe
at Basin Farm Vernon, Vermont
Register here.

This intensive will focus on Brendan’s original compositions. We will begin with a Friday evening social and finish by 3:00 on Monday.

Cost: $265

A Word about COVID-19

Because of our concern for the health of our communities, we are requiring that all singers be fully vaccinated. You will be asked to email a photo of your vaccination card as proof.

We are also aware that the situation continues to change and that what feels safe now may not feel safe in three months time. If the program needs to be cancelled because of pandemic safety, or if you are unable to attend because of health concerns, tuition will be fully refundable.

More about Singing Intensives

Modeled on the Bright Wings Chorus approach, singing intensives are an opportunity for a group of 12-16 experienced singers to dig deep and work hard. We expect that each singer will be able to hold a harmony part on their own. Rehearsals take place at Brendan’s charming 1796 Vermont farmhouse, and we eat lunch and dinner together. These intensives are non-residential. There are many local options for accommodation. Feel free to ask for tips on places to stay.