CANCELLED: Public Speaking for the Terrified

Claudia Quintero

Trainer: Claudia Quintero is a Los Angeles native who, as an attorney, represents migrant and seasonal farm workers in Massachusetts. Claudia grew up in the performing arts playing the piano and is a trained classical dancer. She is excited to be a part of the Truth School and to return to her roots as a teacher, as she has taught communication studies, music, and dance in the past.

Class Description: If we are going to stand up for truth, we need to be ready to speak up for truths. But for many of us, the prospect of public speaking is terrifying. Join Claudia Quintero for a workshop exploring our fear, and working in a safe, supportive environment to overcome it together. With the right tools, encouragement, and experience, we can equip one another to make a difference.

CANCELLED: Songs for Social Justice Movements

Evelyn Harris

Trainer: Evelyn Harris, a powerhouse vocalist and former member of Sweet Honey In the Rock, is a Grammy‐nominated composer whose remarkable instrument creates stirring interpretations of the traditional African‐American song canon. Her performances encompass spirituals, freedom songs, jazz, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, and the blues. A remarkable teacher, song‐leader, and leader in movements for equity and social justice, Evelyn brings her amazing gifts and talents to the Truth School to help individuals and groups find their voice and express their power.

Class Description: Borrowing from the American Civil Rights Movement, I will teach old and new songs used in the struggle for freedom and justice. Since many songs come from the spiritual canon, created by slaves, and have familiar melodies, we will add harmony lines above and below the melody. I am asking those with strong voices to be song leaders and soloists so please let me know upon arrival if you fit that category. No one has to “audition” but if I know the strong voices up front, it will save time so we get more songs done. All vocal levels, vocal ranges and formal or informal vocal experiences – sopranos, altos, tenors and basses – are welcome to participate in this class.

ZOOM CLASS: The Art of Songwriting, Recording and Performing

Tem Blessed

Trainer: Tem Blessed is a socially conscious Hip-Hop Artist that has been making relevant music with a message for over a decade. My music and message is about social justice and sustainability and is designed to inspire the audience towards positive change and global responsibility. He has shared the stage with national recording artist Common, KRS-1, Dead Prez and Smif-N-Wessun. He is part of Blest Energy band. Find him online at www.temblessed.com

Class Description: Students will focus on the foundations of songwriting, recording, and the art of performance with instruction from international recording Hip Hop artist Tem Blessed. This class will focus on all the steps necessary to complete and perform an original song: song concept, messaging, song lyrics, music composition, production, recording and performance (including stage techniques). Students will get a well‐rounded experience whether they are beginning or continuing their passion towards a career in the music industry.

Songs for Social Justice Movements

Evelyn Harris

Trainer: Evelyn Harris, a powerhouse vocalist and former member of Sweet Honey In the Rock, is a Grammy‐nominated composer whose remarkable instrument creates stirring interpretations of the traditional African‐American song canon. Her performances encompass spirituals, freedom songs, jazz, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, and the blues. A remarkable teacher, song‐leader, and leader in movements for equity and social justice, Evelyn brings her amazing gifts and talents to the Truth School to help individuals and groups find their voice and express their power.

Class Description: Borrowing from the American Civil Rights Movement, I will teach old and new songs used in the struggle for freedom and justice. Since many songs come from the spiritual canon, created by slaves, and have familiar melodies, we will add harmony lines above and below the melody. I am asking those with strong voices to be song leaders and soloists so please let me know upon arrival if you fit that category. No one has to “audition” but if I know the strong voices up front, it will save time so we get more songs done. All vocal levels, vocal ranges and formal or informal vocal experiences – sopranos, altos, tenors and basses – are welcome to participate in this class.