with Arta Jēkabsone


SATURDAY, May 18th, 2024

10:00am – 1:00pm


TICKET PRICE:                               

Members: $40

General Public: $45



Join internationally renowned vocalist and composer Arta Jēkabsone for an introductory workshop on the art and practice of songwriting! In this session, Jēkabsone will explore the improvisational nature of songwriting and discuss how simple melodies can transform into complex compositions when combined with the spoken word. Over the course of three hours, participants will be guided through a series of exercises and techniques designed to encourage creativity and embrace improvisation, allowing them to develop compositions of their own.

This workshop has been programmed as part of Jēkabsone’s 2024 residency at The Church.

For a full line-up and schedule for our upcoming artists-in-residence, visit our website HERE.



Rising star Arta Jēkabsone has won the prestigious Montreux Shure Jazz Voice Competition and has finished in the top three in multiple internationally renowned competitions. In 2021 she added 3rd prize at the Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Voice Competition to her long list of achievements. A New York City-based vocalist, her compositions are infused with the folk melodies of her homeland, Latvia. The music on her album, “Light” and “Reflections”, brims with intimacy, warmth, and crystal-clear focus. A vocal artist of the highest order, Arta regularly presents new works at the Jazz Gallery, one of New York City’s premier venues. She was awarded the Jazz Gallery Residency Commission Grant 2021. Recently, Jēkabsone received the highest form of state recognition in the field of music the Latvian Music Award “New Artist of the Year 2022”.


THE CHURCH was established in 2019 by artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik. Housed in a deconsecrated 19th-century church, its doors were opened in April 2021. Our mission is to foster creativity and to honor the living history of Sag Harbor as a maker village. The East End represents an exceptional artistic legacy, spanning the practices of indigenous art of several centuries ago, Abstract Expressionists of the mid-20th Century, and the many celebrated writers, makers, musicians, and visual artists of the recent past and current moment. Core programming includes visual art exhibitions, concerts and events, educational programming, workshops, lectures, and an artist’s residency.

The Church   
48 Madison Street   
Sag Harbor, NY 11963    




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