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Creative Writing & Songwriting Sessions at Cappella!

Cappella offers workshop style group sessions in Creative Writing and Songwriting, designed to engage participants, honing their artistry as fiction writers and songwriters, and leading them into new ways of thinking about and approaching their craft.

 

Two Eight Week Workshops for Writers!

Creative Writing: Fiction

 

Our creative writing group in fiction will be offered on eight Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30pm

 

Stories, short or long, are the signposts of humanity.  They tell us where we have been and show us where we are going, demarcating the roads not taken, along the way.  The odyssey of a single life has within it the potential to inform the consciousness of each and every one of us. As such, our words, our imagery and our stories often have meaning beyond what we might originally think or intend. For the writer then, it is key to develop his or her craft with a deeper understanding of the stories we continue to tell and why we continue to tell them.

 

To that end, we will explore the interwoven nature of culture, and how it is reflective of psychology, anthropology, philosophy, and our continuously evolving mythology.  As we come to a deeper understanding of how people think and why they think what they think, we will also learn how to construct our stories, not just for their ability to engage our readers, but also for their ability to reveal to our readers a deeper understanding of themselves.

 

Leading the Creative Writing: Fiction group is Geoff Hansplant, who holds an MA in English from Trenton Sate College and has taught previously at the high school and junior college levels.  His BA from Temple University in Communications was accompanied by a minor in Philosophy.  He is a published poet, author of two stage plays and a novella, and is best known as a songwriter, with two internationally released albums to his credit (a third on the way) and numerous awards in music.  Geoff is passionate about writing and the role each of us plays in continuing the story of humanity.

 

Meets Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm: Sept., 11, 18, 25, and Oct 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

 

The class is geared toward an adult audience (18+).

 

Space is limited so pre-registration is required.  You can register here.

 

The tuition for the class is $200, due by September 9th.  Because we are limiting the number of participants and expect to be turning some people away, there can be no refunds, either full or partial.  Registration is secured with your prompt payment of the invoiced tuition.  Once we have met the maximum enrollment, no further tuition payments will be accepted.

Songwriting

 

Our Songwriting Sessions will be offered on eight Mondays, from 8:00-9:30pm

 

Music is the pulse of the world.  Since the invention of radio, music has not just been available to everyone, it has become almost unavoidable.  It is literally, the soundtrack to our lives.  It is the force that unites us and the wedge that splits us apart.  It can be a call to all that is good in us and simultaneously, the clarion of rebellion.  It is a reflection of the standards of society and it is at the vanguard of all the change to come.  And magically, music has the ability to say the things for which there are no words.  It reaches us consciously, subconsciously and even unconsciously.  And it is as natural to us as breathing, itself.

 

At the heart of popular music is the song: the words, the melodies, harmonies, rhythms and arrangement.  These are the tools of the songwriter, used to define the infinity of the moment or a pebble on a mountain.  They are what allow us to convey the meaning and emotional weight of a lifetime in under four minutes.  They are what allow us to touch the heart of another human being in ways otherwise impossible.  The song is here, now and of the moment.  But it also speaks to people we will never meet and calls to us across generations.

 

In our Songwriter Sessions, we will deepen our understanding of the language of music, its component parts and how we build them into the art form of the popular song.  We’ll set the hooks, slant the rhymes, get in the pocket and drive the groove.  We’ll come to see how the simple song can be made complex and how the complexities of music can be understood simply.  We will explore the language of the song lyric and how to refine it to most precisely convey the truth of our stories.  We will share our songs and hone them.  Time permitting, we will also learn about the recording process and how to create a strong demo of our work.

 

Leading the Songwriting Sessions is Geoff Hansplant, who has been writing songs for almost forty years and releasing his music internationally for the past decade.  As a solo artist and as a member of Dirt Track Racer, Geoff’s music has been heard all over the world and has charted here in the United States.  DTR’s first album, Kick Off Your Muddy Boots, hit number four in the country on the Roots music charts, and a single from the album, “Bucket Full of Rain,” spent two weeks at number two.  Kick Off Your Muddy Boots was named Album of the Month on a number of stations in Europe and America, as well as on the Akademia Music Awards out of Hollywood.  DTR’s second album, Something’s Gotta Give, is set for release later this year.

 

Geoff composes in many different styles, including: folk, rock, jazz, blues, power pop, r&b and Bossa nova.  If you are a songwriter in one or more of these idioms, this is an opportunity for musical growth which you should not miss!

 

Meets Mondays 8:00-9:30pm: Sept 9, 16, 23, 30 and Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28

 

The class is geared toward an adult audience (18+).

 

Space is limited so pre-registration is required.  You can register here.

 

The tuition for the class is $200, due by September 7th.  Because we are limiting the number of participants and expect to be turning some people away, there can be no refunds, either full or partial.  Registration is secured with your prompt payment of the invoiced tuition.  Once we have met the maximum enrollment, no further tuition payments will be accepted.

You can find us here:

Cappella School of Music
317 Oreland Mill Road
Oreland, PA 19075

Phone:  215 233-8933

info@cappellaschoolofmusic.com

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    Featured Students

Congratulations to Erin Jolly, who will be appearing as Mrs MacAfee in Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School's staging of Bye, Bye Birdie.  The show will be staged in November on the 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th and 18th, 2018.  Well done, Erin!

Congratulations to Corrine and Olivia Smith, who have landed the roles of Gigi and Lisa in Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School's production of Bye Bye Birdie, which will be performed on November 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th & 18th, 2018.  Up with the curtain!

Congratulations to Cappella's Samantha Klein, who will be starring as Amahl in the Delaware Valley Opera Company's production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, Saturday, January 6th, 2018, in two shows, at 4:00 and 7:00p.m.  The performance will be staged at the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center, 7 Lock Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19127.  Great job, Samantha!

Congratulations to Cappella's Grace Stancavage on her winning of the role of Morticia in the Abington Junior High School production of The Addams Family!  Just another day of living the dream, for Grace.

And Congratulations go out as well to Gwen Nolan, who has won the role of Wednesday Addams in the Abington Junior High School production of The Addams Family.  Gwen is yet another of our outstanding young vocalists, poised for much bigger things with each new adventure.  Well done, Gwen!

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