In addition to musical performances, I offer singing workshops for high school and college students, social justice organizations, LGBTQ groups , non-profits, youth groups, community organizations and more.
My workshops weave together group discussion, vocal exercises, and musical games to get participants using their voices consciously and joyfully. I draw on my 15 years of vocal training and facilitation experience, as well as my background in social justice organizing, to help groups connect more deeply to themselves and their communities through song.
The workshops I offer are always evolving, and all workshops are tailored to meet the needs of the groups attending and hosting them. I'm also happy to create new workshops for interested groups. My workshops generally run about 90 minutes, but can be adapted to fit into any setting.
Please contact me for more information, rates, or to set up a workshop.
Past Workshop Hosts
San Francisco State University - San Francisco, CA
Ithaca College - Ithaca, NY
Humboldt State University - Arcata, CA
Youth Service Project - Chicago, IL
The 1005 Wellness Center - Durham, NC
The Pacific Center - Berkeley, CA
The Lou Sullivan Society - San Francisco, CA
The Media Babies Collective - Danville, VA
Trans: THRIVE - San Francisco, CA
Second Story Arts Collective - Sacramento, CA
Hamlet Gramm's Drag Troupe - San Francisco, CA
Eli Conley is a touring singer-songwriter, voice teacher and social justice activist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a gay transgender man, Eli has a deep commitment to working within diverse LGBTQ communities to build up their collective power, creativity, and resilience. Eli is a certified teacher of Somatic Voicework - The LoVetri Method™ who continues to study to deepen his practice of this functional, body-based method of teaching singing. He has also studied classical singing at Oberlin Conservatory and jazz vocal performance at Berklee College of Music. Eli performs and tours as an indie folk artist, and is a former member of the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus. In addition to workshops, Eli also offers performances, groups classes for LGBTQ people and allies, and private voice lessons for people ages 13 and up.
Sample Workshop Descriptions
Singing is for Everyone: An Experiential Workshop
Your voice is the one instrument you have with you at all times. But how does it work? What can you do to find more freedom and power as you sing? Come to this workshop prepared to experiment with your voice and find out! We will use breathing and vocal exercises to explore the different parts of our voices and embody our bodies as instruments. We'll play musical games and do some singing together as a group, and there will also be time to ask those burning questions you have about singing. Beginners are welcome.
Instant Queer Choir: For First Timers, Chorus Kids and Everyone in Between
All too often, queer and transgender folks find spaces focused on singing lacking relevance to our lives, awareness of our needs, and commitment to collective liberation. I believe that it is a powerful act for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and allies to listen deeply to each other as singers and raise our voices together in song. Come explore your voice in a fun group setting by singing rounds, learning songs in simple two and three-part harmony, and playing group vocal improvisation games. Beginners to experienced singers are welcome. Though this workshop is centered in the LGBTQ community, straight and cisgender (non-transgender) allies are most welcome to join us. Come ready to experiment with your voice and enjoy yourself!