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Accademia d'Amore -- August 21-31, 2008 (Seattle, Washington, US)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 26, 2008
Accademia d'Amore: Workshop and Performance of Opera Scenes from the 17th century
August 21-31, 2008

Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington

Faculty:

Musical coaching:
Stephen Stubbs, musical director
Nancy Zylstra, vocal coach
Maxine Eilander, harps and continuo
Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord and continuo
George Shangrow, stage accompanist and musical coach
Margriet Tindemans, viola da gamba

Stage directors:
Roger Hyams
Anna Mansbridge
Theodore Deacon

This workshop offers advanced singers and continuo players (keyboards, harps, lutes, bowed bass) the opportunity to work on all the musical and dramatic aspects of the 17th-century opera repertoire with a faculty of specialists. Founded by Seattle native Stephen Stubbs eight years ago in Bremen, Germany, Accademia d’Amore has an established track record for training musicians in the subtle art of 17th-century vocal performance and instrumental accompaniment. Its attendees have gone on to successful careers in baroque opera in Europe, the US, and Canada. Stubbs relocated his successful workshop to Seattle in 2005. 2006 will see the second season of this workshop as well as the opening of an ongoing graduate program for singers and continuo players called the Seattle Academy of Baroque Opera.

Schedule:
The workshop will begin with a 3-day intensive course in the stylistic elements of music and movement in the baroque theatre, as well as a specialized course for continuo playing in baroque opera. This will be followed by a week of musical and scenic rehearsals in preparation for a staged performance of all the scenes worked on during the week.

In the middle of the workshop, there will be an informal student concert with music of the students’ choice. This is a very important part of the week where students have an opportunity to show other sides of their musicianship.

Location: Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA.
See website for more information: Accademia d'Amore Workshop

Baroque Flute & Continuo Player Boot Camp - July 27 to August 2 2008 (US)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 26, 2008

In 2008 the Baroque Flute & Continuo Player Boot Camp (BF&CPBC) takes place from July 27 to August 2. The BF&CPBC is open to baroque flute players of all levels, and intermediate-to-advanced viola da gamba, baroque cello, and lute/baroque guitar players looking to improve their technique and continuo playing skills. We are very supportive and encouraging to those new to the baroque flute. For the advanced players of all instruments, we offer a stimulating and challenging environment (we throw down the gauntlet and challenge you to pick it up).

The BF&CPBC offers predominantly flute and continuo instruction and technique by day, with smaller group classes, large and small ensemble playing, and technical clinics by night. Participants also have time to meet in smaller groups o­n their own to work o­n various types of ensembles, with and without coaching. Enrollment is limited to 16 flute players, 8 bowed-string players, and 4 lute/guitar players.

Our faculty this year--
Kim Pineda (Director), Janet See, and Ingrid Crozman, flute
David Morris, cello and viola da gamba
Ronnee Fullerton, viola da gamba
Elizabeth Brown, lute and baroque guitar

The BF&CPBC gives you the chance to work hard under close supervision. What to expect at the Boot Camp:

  • Your instructors will push you out of your comfort zone to improve your playing technique.
  • Expand your knowledge of baroque style and interpretation.
  • Integrate this by playing in small groups, large groups, and in the class recital.
  • Learn how to lead, accompany, play together, and learn the difference.
  • Gain confidence in a non-competitive environment.
  • Group classes in Alexander Technique as it relates to playing your instrument
  • Applied music theory (it comes in handy!)
  • Have fun in the process.
All you need is a positive attitude and a baroque flute or continuo instrument that plays at a=415 Hz.

See website for more information:
Baroque Flute & Continuo Player Boot Camp

10th Annual Summer Toot (Texas, US)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 24, 2008
"Please join us for the 2008 Summer Toot, with our featured faculty Alison Melville and Frances Blaker (recorder) Mary Springfels (viols) and Dan Stillman (louds)! In conjunction with the Toot, there will be several concerts open to the public. Our world-class faculty this year includes:
  • Recorder:
    Alison Melville
    Frances Blaker
    Jennifer Carpenter
  • Viols and other bowed strings:
    Mary Springfels
    Susan Scheib
  • Reeds and brass:
    Daniel Stillman
  • Harp & lute:
    Bruce Brogdon
    Therese Honey
  • Voice:
    Daniel Johnson
Our classes include an array of small, o­ne-on-a-part Renaissance and Baroque ensembles and larger mixed vocal and instrumental groups. The size of the workshop enables us to create classes for all levels of students, from those of modest skills to advanced players and singers.This year's Summer Texas Toot is held at Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas. "

Visit the Toot website for more information. (ed.)

Zuckermann Harpsichords International June 13-16 2008 Workshop (US)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 18, 2008
"Focusing o­n the works of J. S. Bach and his sons

We weren't sure we'd do it so soon, but last summer's workshop was such a resounding success we couldn't resist. So o­nce again, players, owners, builders, enthusiasts and aficionados of early keyboard instruments will gather in the beautiful seaside village of Stonington, CT for three-and-a-half days of immersion in the wondrous world of the harpsichord and clavichord -- and this time, we're including the fortepiano! Musically, we're focusing o­n Bach and his sons.

We've changed the format somewhat from last year. The first full day (June 14, 2008) will be composed of introductory sessions in building and playing. The next two days will mostly follow two tracks, allowing participants to concentrate more o­n either the "hardware" (building and maintenance) of the instruments, or the "software" (performance and performance practice) of the music. We've worked hard to devise sessions that will interest everyone, but o­ne thing we haven't changed: Zack will supply the meals, including two dinners in his restaurant across the street from the shop! ... "

Viols in Our Schools (US)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 16, 2008
"Focusing o­n Music, History (European History) and English (Music of Shakespeare’s time) classes. A pilot program for the Viola da Gamba Society of America and the Spirit of Gambo, a Chicago Consort of Viols, ‘Viols in Our Schools’ focuses o­n bringing early strings to the classroom setting. With the viola da gamba/ viol’s connection to the evolution of the guitar (via the lute), it is an ideal instrument to introduce earlier repertoire to guitar classes, while it’s frequent use in the madrigal repertoire and use as a continuo instrument makes the viol an ideal for demonstrating to choral classes as well as to music theory and history classes. In addition to music programs, ‘Viols in Our Schools’ demonstrates early European music to European history classes, as well as English/ Literature classes focusing o­n Elizabethan/ Shakespearen England. You can visit 'Viols in Our Schools' at http://www.violsinourschools.org . "