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Friday Night Classes
Miyo Aoki: "Mirth and Melancholy in Elizabethan England"  (Intermediate)
Melancholy was a fashionable affliction in Elizabethan England, as is apparent from the number of morose, lamenting songs that were popular during that time. On the other end of the spectrum, and no less beloved, were lighter songs full of fa-la-la's and silly love lyrics. We will explore mirth and melancholy in music of the time through songs by Thomas Morley, John Dowland, William Byrd, and others. SATB recorders, with a few tricky Renaissance rhythms and hemiolas. Being able to beat half notes is helpful for this class.
Mark Davenport:  "Dances and Aires: English Music from the Courts of Queen Elizabeth to Charles I." (upper  intermediate to advanced): This class will look at secular dances by some of the leading composers working in the English courts between 1550 and 1650 (William Byrd, John Dowland, Giovanni Coprario and William Lawes). Drawing on Davenport's doctoral work the  group will play through some of Lawes's most astonishing and inventive compositions with  newly transcribed arrangements for recorders.
2023 A Classes
Charles Fischer: Haydn & Mozart music for quartet and quintet
David Echelard: "Marathon of Marian Motets in honor of the BVM "
We will survey Composers of the High Renaissance and their settings of Ave Maria by Victoria, Lassus, Palestrina, Willaert, Josquin and others.
We will explore 4 part polyphonic sacred settings of  Marian texts by some of the ultimate Renaissance composers.  We will experience a musical marathon of compositions in praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary with Latin texts enriched with flowery reverences and Marian praises about the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Come musically indulge  in both words and melodies of Marian chants which are enveloped in rich polyphony by the Crème de la crème of Renaissance composers.
All voices are welcome.  All instrumentation is welcome.
Come play any instrument, sing, or feel free to go back and forth from singing to playing your instruments. 
Music is provided.
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Shelley Gruskin: Late baroque concertos for multiple recorders and bass. (Advanced)  Expect to play lots and lots and lots of notes. Practice up on your scales and arpeggios for maximum razzle-dazzle in the allegros against the pathos of the adagios.
Lisette Kielson: "Flora and Fauna: a field trip for advanced recorder players"
In this playing session we will explore the intricacies of nature and the beckoning calls of the wild. We will admire the leafy colors, take no cat naps as we escape from swarming insects, and make time to smell the flowers and go to the beach! On our journey, we'll meet up with exotic chromaticism, great leaps of fun, and high notes and low notes and tempos, oh my!
Class music:
William Byrd: The Five-part Consort Music (Volume 1: the Fantasies), London Pro Musica LPM EM21
Steve Marshall's The Leaves be Blue (SATTBB), May Hill Edition 20706
Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers (A/nino, A,T,B), Polyphonic Publications 44
Domenico Scarlatti's Cat's Fugue (SATB), Loux Music Publishing 122
Lance Eccles' Swarms (ATB), Walhall Edition / FEM335
Lance Eccles' On the Seashore (ATB), Orpheus Music Publishing 321
Laura Kuhlman: "Ye Sacred Muses" (Intermediate)
We probably all have had a song remind us of someone in our life we loved or admired. Sometimes those feeling are put down on paper in the form of a poem or a song. Sometimes a composer even writes about themselves, right? It is an age-old tradition that continues to this day.
In this class we will learn tunes written in memoriam of teachers (William Byrd's Ye Sacred Muses), of friends Josquin's His Nymphes de Bois, of the death of a Queen (Henry Purcell's Funeral Sentences), or even oneself (DuFay's Ave Regina Coelorum) to name a few.
Recorders, strings and voices invited to explore this lush music.
Laura Kuhlman: "Songs of Solomon, Music of Salamone Rossi"  We are lucky enough that Salamone Rossi lived in the progressive town of Mantua, Italy during the reign of the Gonzaga family. A talented violinist, Rossi worked alongside such illuminaries as Montiverdi, Gastoldi and Wert at the ducal court. Rossi was so highly regarded for his music talents that he was excused from wearing the badge that all Jews of Mantua were required to wear.  Although his vast library consists of music written for the Catholic Church, he is also known for his remarkable psalm settings intended for Hebrew services. Recorders, voices, strings are welcome to join in as we discover the beauty and elegeance of Salamone Rossi.

Liza Malamut  "Profane Polyphony and Modest Motets!"  (Advanced)
This class explores the extremes of the sacred and the secular! We'll plumb the delightful depths of bawdy songs and dirty ditties juxtaposed with serene and spiritual Renaissance motets! From Ludwig Senfl's naughty Im Maien to Andreas Pevernage's sublime Pater Noster, these pieces all have something in common: they're stunningly beautiful and great fun to play! And let's not forget the composers who combine the two, such as "Lassus's Missa super Frère Thibault". Come have a literal blast in this class! Open to all advanced players and singers.
Mona Mann:  "Advanced Beginner Consort"
Mrs. Mann's "A" session is a prerequisite for this "B" session.
The Advanced Beginner group will provide a supportive environment for participants to focus on basics such as rhythms, time signatures, key signatures, and fingerings for C and F recorders.  We will explore pleasing duets and trios of dances, working to improve our music reading and recorder playing skills at a manageable pace.  We will also discuss techniques and strategies for practicing effectively.
Patrick O'Malley:  "Take a Chanson Me"  (Intermediate)
Claudin de Sermisy was one of the most important composers of Renaissance chansons lovely song with French texts. On recorders, these work well with alto (reading up an octave), two tenors, and bass. The parts are accessible, allowing us to focus on creating lyrical phrases. We will use London Pro Musica LPM PC4, Claudin de Sermisy, 15 Chansons. 
John Mark Rozendaal:  "Playing from Original Notation"
Favorite chansons and dances are a great way to get started or to work up skills in playing from original notation. Working from the same unbarred parts that musicians of the 16th century gives access and insight into the process of music making in the Renaissance.  Tune to A440.
Katherine Shuldiner:  "Love's Lament"  What's love without a little sorrow? In this class we'll explore the themes of love and some of the inevitable feelings that accompany it. We will lament with Morley, have lots of regrets with the likes of Josquin, and shed a few tears with Dowland; all in the name of love!
Anne Timberlake:  "King Hal: Henry VIII had six wives- and 49 recorders!"(Lower  Intermediate)  If that isn't a  sign of which category he valued more, it's at least a testament to his love for, and support of, music.  We'll explore musical gems from Henry's era, including a few penned by the monarch himself.
Pam Wiese:  "Beginning Ensemble"  (Beginner Recorder)
Depending on student level, we will work through some of the duets in the Recorder Guide or I will provide you with some simple SA and SAT ensemble pieces.  We will work on facility of reading, confidence in playing and listening to the other parts.