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Workshop offers support for those wanting to try singing

Join Nancy Salwen in Fear of Singing Breakthrough Workshop, Sunday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Stone Church Center’s Currier Hall, 12 Church St., Bellows Falls. The workshop costs $145 with a catered lunch and $130 for the workshop only. Register in person at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls or Misty Valley Books in Chester, by phone at 802-460-0110, or online at

BELLOWS FALLS—Have you ever wanted to sing in a chorus, wished you could sing along with friends, wanted to feel more comfortable singing the Happy Birthday song, or even just get more out of singing by yourself?

On Sunday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., join others who wish to sing better at Stone Church Center’s Currier Hall for the Fear of Singing Breakthrough Workshop.

According to instructor Nancy Salwen, the workshop will “help students learn in a way that is supportive, comfortable, and fun; discover [their] own natural voice; become more confident by experiencing some singing success; and take new skills home to start [them] on [their] way.”

Through a combination of games, improvisation, and simple songs from around the world, students will explore different aspects of the voice.

Salwen is a longtime resident of Keene, N.H. She has sung with Animaterra, Halcyon ensemble, Keene World Harmony Chorus, and attends Village Harmony singing camps. Despite “a bit of lingering stage fright,” she is a lead singer of a small local band, Crabgrass.

She teaches singing to non-singers, beginners, and “anyone who wants to sing more comfortably and expressively,” and her love of community singing informs all of her teaching, she said.

Salwen, author of the book The Fear of Singing Breakthrough Program, also leads workshops, offers online programs, and teaches lessons in person and over Skype or FaceTime. In addition, she leads music-based workshops for team building, staff development, and personal growth for businesses and organizations.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #488 (Wednesday, December 5, 2018). This story appeared on page B4.

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