Chicago Songsalive! June Workshop


Songsalive! holds monthly workshops where songwriters gather to share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the songwriting communities we have created around the world. The first half is solely dedicated to an in-the-round workshop, where writers present one song each - either on tape, CD or live, followed by a guest speaker/industry discussion in the second half and plenty of time to talk and network. Moderated by Mary Lemanski.

Details: For more info: - go to CHAPTERS & EVENTS - Chicago.

WHEN: Saturday, June 27, 2009

TIME: Starts 11:30AM SHARP. Ends at 2PM. Please be on time.

WHERE: Beat Kitchen
2100 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60618

Directions: Located one block block west from the Damen/Belmont intersection.

Below are ways to reach the Beat Kitchen through public transportation.

Blue Line to Damen Stop - Take 50 Damen Bus North to Belmont.
Blue line to Belmont Stop - Take 77 Belmont Bus East to 2100 W. Belmont
Red Line / Brown Line / Purple Line to Belmont Stop - Take 77 Belmont Bus West to 2100 W. Belmont.

COST: $5 donation for non-members, free to Songsalive! members.
You can join Songsalive! to participate in the workshops at go JOIN.

REGISTER: Pre-registrations helpful but not necessary. Register your attendance by emailing or phone.
You will be automatically registered by contacting us. Or just turn up, but get there early to be considered for song critique.

FIRST HALF SONG CRITIQUE - RULES & WHAT TO BRING: 1 song either on tape, CD or live (bring own guitar or keyboard) and 20 copies of your typed lyric sheet with contact details clearly displayed. Read the RULES at go PROGRAMS / WORKSHOPS



John Stafford II, is originally from Danville, Illinois. He is currently appointed at Millikin University teaching music theory, composition, and vocal jazz. His music has been performed throughout North America and Europe. He has earned commissions from the Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano in the Dominican Republic, the New York Treble Singers, the Prairieland Voices Choral Ensemble, and Millikin University. The University of Oregons Waging Peace Through Singing, an international competition for choral music on the theme of peace sponsored by the Carlton Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace, has recognized his work. He has also received recognition from other organizations such as American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, the Society of Composers Inc. (both national and regional conferences), the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, the Sandusky New Music Festival, the North American Music Festival at Lynn University, the Otterbein Festival of Contemporary Music at Otterbein College and Primavera En La Habana 2004 (Spring in Havana 2004) International Electroacoustic Music Festival in Havana, Cuba. Also, he was recently selected as a finalist for the IV Edition of Pierre Schaeffer International Competition of Computer Music in Italy. In addition, such artists as Velvet Brown, Marilyn Shrude, members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Hradec Kralove Mens Chorus, the Gregg Smith Singers, Chicago A cappella, the New York Treble Singers, the Millikin University Choir, Millikin University Childrens Choir, the Prairieland Voices, the University of Northern Colorado Womens Glee Club, the Anti-Social Music Ensemble (based out of NYC), and the Arkansas State University Faculty Brass Quintet had performed his music. Stafford is or has been a member of the Society of Composers Inc., American Choral Directors Association, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He holds degrees from Millikin University (B.M.) and Bowling Green State University (M.M.) and will begin his DMA in choral conducting at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign in August 2006. His teachers have included Marilyn Shrude, Elainie Lillios, Burton Beerman, and David Burdick. Staffords music is published through First Step Publishing. Website:

TOPIC: Arranging for Songwriters

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