Singers are invited to explore the joy of playful vocalizing Saturday, Nov. 20 with the skillful assist of ImproVox, a Maine vocal quintet that promises a musical cure for the spectator blues. ImproVox will lead offer an afternoon vocal exploration workshop in the large and resonant Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church, 23 Mill St., followed by an evening concert.

ImproVox will gently lead singers into an engaging variety of vocal forms during the workshop, which offers delicious melodies, surprising harmonies and percussive polyrhythms. The following ImproVox concert will include prepared music, improvisational songs and even lyrics written on the spot by audience.

ImproVox explores vocal sound and harmony like a dancer explores space and rhythm, like a painter explores color and form, like a songbird explores the sunrise— with joyful anticipation of something wonderful on the horizon. The a cappella quintet’s eclectic spirit reflects its membership. Dr. Fred White is a clinical psychologist who advocates singing as a healing activity. Deb Hensley is an early childhood consultant promoting the value of music and play in literacy development. Kathy Slack is a vocalist, humorist and teacher of communication, public speaking and voice, seeking to develop community with fellow musical souls. Martin Swinger is a music educator teaching songwriting to elementary and middle school students. Matt Loosigian is a children’s music teacher and family choir director.

ImproVox performs and presents workshops at festivals, conferences, private and corporate functions, colleges and universities throughout Maine and the Northeast. Highly spirited and versatile, this five-member ensemble liberates the voice and builds community through spontaneous vocal exploration — bringing singers of all levels together for uniquely freeing vocal experiences.

Spinning music on the spot, ImproVox creates an unparalleled context for connecting meaningfully with others in both performance and workshop settings.

Cost for the workshop is $25; cost for the concert is $10; and cost for both is $30. For more information or to sign up for the workshop, call 338-5575 or 382-6317.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to