As part of our commissioning of Requiem Mass: LGBT / Working Title, a new project by renowned Portland-based musician, composer, and performance artist Holcombe Waller, PICA will present a range of public programs in 2015 that more deeply explore the project’s core themes, ideas, and artistic forms. Building on a think tank and symposium presented last year, these participatory workshops, discussions, and community conversations will culminate in the September premiere of Requiem at the 2015 TBA Festival.

Launching these programs is a series of  vocal workshops in which Waller and musical director Ben Landsverk will teach sections of Requiem, an evening length oratorio invoking the peaceful repose of people who have suffered persecution for their gender and sexual diversity.” These workshops are intended for singers of all experience levels.

Requiem workshops are an opportunity to create complex and beautiful choral music together, but the primary focus will be the experience of singing itself, particularly around issues of mourning and longing. Waller will share his own perspective on singing as a channel for collective catharsis, and invite engagement in conversation and reflection on the role of choral music in community ceremony and ritual. All participants will be highly encouraged to participate in the premiere of Requiem Mass: LGBT / Working Title in September as part of PICA’s 2015 TBA Festival.

All workshops (90 minutes to 2 hours each) are free and open to the public on a drop-in basis, but pre-registration is highly recommended, as space is limited to 40 participants per session. It is suggested to attend the full workshop series if possible, as each session will build upon the previous. Warm-ups will include casual movement exercises; comfortable clothes are recommended.

To register, email Roya Amirsoleymani at [email protected] with your name, phone number, and the dates of sessions you wish to attend.

PICA and the artist acknowledge the generosity and support of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Creative Capital, Equity Foundation, Autzen Foundation, and the Pride Foundation for their support of this artistic project and its public programs.