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Join Holcombe Waller in a series of workshops for singers of all abilities, which will culminate in the San Francisco premiere of his piece, REQUIEM MASS: A QUEER DIVINE RITE on November 16-17, 2018 at Grace Cathedral as part of YBCA’s Performing Arts season.

Waller, one of America’s most unique voices in music theater and a 2011 United States Artists Berresford Fellow in Music, has organized community chorale workshops in various cities around the world, from Sydney, Australia to Portland, Oregon. Now in San Francisco, the workshops will encourage participants of all levels to self-direct, listen and create complex and beautiful choral music. The focus will primarily be on the experience of singing itself, particularly around issues of mourning and longing. The final performance, Requiem Mass is an emotional piece that is informed by pivotal gay history from the 1980s through present day, and remembers those who suffered persecution for their sexual orientation and gender expression.

Don’t miss the chance to collaborate with Holcombe Waller and be part of this wide-reaching yet intimate project.

For questions and more information please contact us.

Workshop Details:

All workshops are 90 minutes to 2 hours each and are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is highly encouraged, as space is limited to 40 participants per session. Drop-ins are welcome space permitting.

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Each session will build upon the previous, so consecutive attendance is helpful, but not required—attending the workshop dates that work for you is welcome. Warm-ups will include some casual movement exercises; comfortable clothes are recommended. Please bring your own bottled water.

June Workshop Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 5, 7, 12, 14
July Workshop Dates: Tuesday and Thursday, July 3, 5
*July workshops will be located at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
September Workshop Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 18, 20, 25, 27


Grace Cathedral is at the top of Nob Hill in San Francisco and is most accessible by Muni 1 California bus or any Cable Car live. Visit their website for comprehensive driving or public transit directions to the Cathedral.

All workshops at Grace Cathedral will convene in Gresham Hall or Wilsey Conference Center, both below the cathedral. Go down the ramp or stairs located in the middle of California Street between Jones and Taylor, through the red doors. Gresham is directly across from the entrance. Wilsey Conference Center is down the hallway to the right, next to the restrooms. You may also enter via the glass doors on Taylor Street next to the garage entrance, or if parked in the garage, via the door between the G1 and G2 levels of the garage. Look for the sign that says “Grace Cathedral entrance.” Signs will guide you to either Wilsey or Gresham.

Holcombe Waller is one of America’s most unique voices in music theater. He is a 2011 United States Artists Berresford Fellow in Music, an award that noted his mournful, folk-inflected style as well as his approach to music “as total theater.” He is a Creative Capital artist, a four-time recipient of the MAP Fund grant, and a Joan Shipley Fellow of the Regional Arts and Culture Council of his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Waller has authored and produced scores of evening length theater-based interdisciplinary music performances, and he has been presented and commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music, Under the Radar Festival at the New York Public Theater, On the Boards, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Centre Pompidou, Fusebox Festival, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, and many others. Waller’s collaboration with choreography includes work with Joe Goode Performance Group (SF), Zoe|Juniper (Seattle), and Miguel Gutierrez (New York), and his film score work includes music for the Sundance-premiered documentary, We Were Here, and the two-part short film series, Dare. He has also appeared as an actor in multiple films by artist Ryan Trecartin. He recently completed a Northwest regional tour of “Notes from the Riverkeepers,” an elaborate sung history of the high-risk transportation of fracked crude oil by cargo trains through the Columbia River Gorge. In addition to his interdisciplinary work, he has self-released five albums on his own label, Napoleon Records.


Photo: Brittney Valdez.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Programs are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation, with additional funding by National Endowment for the Arts, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Engagement and Education Programs are made possible in part by: Institute of Museum and Library Services, the California Arts Council, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, The Kimball Foundation, Anonymous, Verizon, Koret Foundation, The Sato Foundation, Macy’s, and The MCJ Amelior Foundation.

Any views, finding, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.