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Open Your Heart and Sing

Week of February 17, 2024

The Spirit of Yes:  A Concert to Open the Heart and Awaken Delight
Barbara will offer a concert of smart, soul-stirring music to celebrate the gifts of being alive. Her songs encompass the full human experience – from the sublime to the hilarious. Oh – and we might sing a few songs together as well….

Opening Your Full Voice in Everyday Life
“The voice is the muscle of the soul.”  Alfred Wolfsohn
What gifts reside deep inside you that are yearning for expression? How would your life be different if you were “unsilenced?” If your voice was alive, expressive, powerful, and clear? Playful, pragmatic, transformational, and enlivening — the Five Elements Framework is at the heart of Barbara’s work with voice. Through playful exercises, this work will stretch your voice in the same way yoga stretches your body. You’ll learn how to shift your voice to express authority, passion, empathy, and inspiration – and how to listen more keenly to what people are saying underneath their words.

A Circle of Song – Community Singing for Everyone
When was the last time you sang with other human beings? How hungry are you for the experience of harmony? What essential food does singing together bring to our souls? Barbara will prepare a feast of simple, oral tradition songs from around the world. Then we’ll devour them, astonished at the beauty that we can create together. No talent, training, or singing experience needed. None. Zero. Zilch. All are warmly welcomed!


Barbara McAfee uses voice to awaken and nourish the human spirit. Her book, Full Voice: The Art and Practice of Vocal Presence, is based on her 30+ years as a voice coach guiding people to find their voice, whatever that means to them.  A prolific singer/songwriter, Barbara has released eight CDs of smart, soulful acoustic music.  She is founder of the Morning Star Singers, a volunteer choir that sings for people facing health challenges.  She lives in the St. Croix River Valley an hour outside of the Twin Cities where she enjoys morning hikes and plunges in the cool – or freezing cold! — river.