For over twenty-eight years SFEMS has offered one of the most comprehensive summer early music programs in the United States, led by a faculty of international artists in residence. The program offers instrumental and vocal master classes, lectures, coached ensembles, and recitals that provide an opportunity for musicians and dancers at a variety of levels to improve their ensemble skills, performance techniques, and teaching abilities.
Full days of classes, coaching, and rehearsals are followed by optional evening events, including faculty concerts and lecture-demonstrations, plus more light-hearted activities, from Morris and Renaissance dancing to croquet or poetry readings.
The Baroque and Medieval/Renaissance workshops are held at Sonoma State University, an hour north of San Francisco. Surrounded by hills and vineyards, Sonoma State offers several performance halls, a small theater, large classrooms, and new, single-room dorms. Nearby are wineries and historic towns in the Napa and Sonoma valleys, Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Bodega Bay, and the Russian River.
The Recorder Workshop is held at St. Albert’s Priory, a peaceful ivy-covered brick oasis one block from an upscale boutique-and-restaurant district in Oakland, California. All the single dorm rooms overlook a serene courtyard garden. The beautiful chapel that houses performances and orchestra rehearsals has wonderful acoustics. St. Albert’s is two blocks from the Rockridge BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station, putting the entire San Francisco Bay Area and its many attractions within reach by public transit.
For young people between the ages of seven and fifteen, SFEMS offers the fourteenth annual Music Discovery Workshop, located at the Crowden School in Berkeley.
Financial aid, based on need, is available from SFEMS in the form of tuition scholarships or work/study arrangements. College credit is also available from Sonoma State University (two semester units of academic credit per week, or three continuing education units). "
See workshop links for more details and online registration. SFEMS 2008 Summer Early Music and Dance Workshop
August 21-31, 2008
Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington
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
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.
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
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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! ... "
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