The Juno Award winning duo Jason and Pharis Romero make banjos and music together at their home in Horsefly. On March 11 Pharis will be teaching a singing workshop at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre. As seating is limited people interested in taking the workshop are advised to register early.

The Juno Award winning duo Jason and Pharis Romero make banjos and music together at their home in Horsefly. On March 11 Pharis will be teaching a singing workshop at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre. As seating is limited people interested in taking the workshop are advised to register early.

Pharis Romero hosts singing workshop

The Cariboo’s own Juno award winner Pharis Romero will teach a singing workshop at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre on March 11.

The Cariboo’s own Juno award winner Pharis Romero will teach a singing workshop at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre on March 11.

The Community Arts Council of Williams Lake is presenting the workshop.

Pharis will guide workshop participants towards finding freedom in their voices, breath-work, projection and range, while also developing the ability to sing well with others, says arts council co-ordinator Venta Rutkauskus.

“Pharis promises to draw from a reservoir of techniques for her March 11 workshop with the CACWL Soundscapes Project at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre,” says Rutkauskus.

For Pharis, singing is more than just an occupation, it is away of life, Rutkauskus said.

She discovers ways to use it as a tool for personal expression, processing emotions and deep relaxation.

“All of the aspects of your life can really affect your singing,” Pharis said in a recent interview with Rutkauskus.

“So I’ve learned ways to relax and let go when I hear or feel that tension.”

“Everything from formal training to sitting in the kitchen singing,” Pharis said.

“I love teaching singing, and to share the joy in the art of singing.”

Pharis and her husband Jason Romero of Horsefly both sing and write songs. Their album A Wanderer I’ll Stay won the Traditional Roots Juno Award in 2016.

Pharis finds inspiration for her songs in the outdoors, quite often discovering rhythms and lyric patterns through her movement.

“I’m more practiced at it now,” Pharis said of her songwriting. “And I like more of the songs I’m writing.”

The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 11.

The fee is $50. People interested in participating should contact Sharon Hoffman at 250-392-5671, or email williamslakearts@gmail.com to register, as space is limited.