Mark Davenport: "The Art of the Netherlands: Dufay, Ockeghem and Josquin." (upper intermediate to advanced): Ensemble players in this class will have the opportunity to explore the glorious music by the central figures of the Franco-Flemish School: Guillaume Dufay (ca. 1397-1474); Johannes Ockeghem (ca. 1410-97); and Josquin des Prez (ca. 1450-1521). Participants will be introduced to editions that closely resemble the original manuscripts (individual partbooks in original note values with no bar lines).
James Chaudoir: "Nowell, Noël!" (Intermediate SATB) This session will focus on a type of music for the Christmas holiday season that, in many cases, has no more than a single word as a title, Nowell (Noël). We will play through music from the robust Nowell of medieval England through the delightful organ Noël of the French baroque.
While playing this music, we will focus on stylistic interpretation of each piece, and experiment with the use of percussion as accompaniment.
To quote LaNoue Davenport from the preface of his publication Seven Mediæval Carols, "It is hoped that these pieces will prove welcome to the musician and teacher searching for fresh and appealing material to supplement the badly over-worked traditional Christmas music."
Be aware that there may be some "tricky" rhythms, particularly in the Medieval English music, and a few "high" notes in parts of the organ Noëls.
Charles Fischer: Playing appoggiaturas and cadential trills in baroque music (alto recorders)
David Lee Echelard: Sublime, sumptuous, and superb sacred motets of the European Renaissance by Lassus, Palestrina, Byrd, Tallis, Mouton, and Goudimel, for voices or any instruments. We will musically explore the sacred motets of the European Renaissance masters, investigating the vocal and instrumental possibilities and intricacies of the works. Come experience these exquisitely constructed works as you reinvigorate and hone your vocal technique or play and think instrumentally like a singer sings. Singers of all voices and any instruments are welcome.
LINK TO MUSIC https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcUNXyYi2Gl_SdtHRMhxszeBal1M3LLee
Shelley Gruskin: "The Art of the Fugue: It isn't all about Bach" (Lower Intermediate) A survey of this form leading up to its great master, an analysis and execution of the machinery of these jewels of invention.
Eric Haas: "Extremely Colorful Language" (Advanced) Highly chromatic dances and madrigals of the late Renaissance, including pavan & galliard pairs by Peter Phillips and Johann Steffen, Carlo Gesualdo's 'Io pur respiro', and galliards by Gesualdo and Carlo Farina
Lisette Kielson: "A Study in Articulation" (intermediate) In this technique class, we will focus on developing and improving our "Tu's" and "Du's"-how "to do" them and how to recognize where "to do" them in "two to" five-part ensemble music. For SAT (and optional bass) recorders.
Class music: The Recorder Consort, Book 1 collected by Steve Rosenberg
Laura Kuhlman: "Turning a Phrase" (Lower Intermediate) Where do I take a breath? It is a question many of my students ask and myself included! We need to understand phrasing to help us tell our musical story. We will work on helping to establish good breath techniques and learn to hear phrases developing as we play. This is a good class to elevate your playing level as a soloist and ensemble player.
Dale Taylor:"Old Spain in a New World." The musical scene in Spain's New World empire was incredibly rich, bringing the finest in European music of the day to the Americas. Shawm bands played in Santa Fe. The New World's first operas were written in Peru and Mexico. Jannequin and Ureede were performed in missions and cathedrals. And native composers wrote new music which has survived. This class will survey some of the literature, taking the time to work up a few details as we go. Intermediate. Not all music will have parts for soprano, altos may have to read up, and basses are needed.
Holly Mauer: "Tenors Take the Lied: German Songs of the 16th Century" (Beginner Viols) We'll work on bow control, fingering issues and rhythmic accuracy as we play the songs of German composers like Senfl, Hofhaimer and Issac. Some of these melodies, like Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen, will be familiar while many may be new to the ensemble. We'll learn to sing with our viols!
Mona Mann: Do you need help 'feeling' simple and compound meter? Would you like reinforcement on rhythms, and how to practice effectively? Would you like time to work with C fingerings, and possibly start on F fingerings? In this class, we will work through small ensemble pieces while helping you feel secure as you progress on the recorder.
Gayle Neuman: "The Orchestral Music of J.S. Bach" (Advanced) Imagine being part of the orchestra at an 18th century garden party - play the exciting and challenging Orchestral Suite no. 4, also known as "the Joyful Suite", in a new arrangement for recorders, including the extensive ouverture and various dance movements. We'll also have some fun warming up with selected chorales. Join us to see why people have described this wonderful suite as "festive and fun" and having "the sweetest, loveliest qualities."
Phil Neuman: "Music of the Medici" (Recorders and strings, Intermediate Level) Music of the 15th and 16th centuries in the time of the Medici family influence in Florence. From Guillaume Du Fay's "Nuper rosarum" written for the dedication of Brunelleschi's dome at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (financed by Cosimo de' Medici), to the canti carnascialeschi (some of which were composed to texts by Lorenzo de' Medici), the Medici Codex of 1518 prepared for Pope Leo X (son of Lorenzo), and the elaborate music for the festivities surrounding the wedding of Cosimo I de' Medici and Leonora da Tolleto in 1539. Composers will include Guillaume Du Fay, Heinrich Isaac, Josquin des Prez, Jean Mouton, Francesco Corteccia, and more.
Patrick O'Malley: "A High and Flat Plateau" (Advanced) Seek adventure through Telemann's Duetti per due Flauti, set for pairs of altitude, er, alto recorders. These duets, from late in G.P.'s life, have many technical challenges. If you feel your alto playing is at a plateau, this class will push you to climb to the next level! Lots of high notes and keys with flats; hence the title. We'll cover trills and alternate fingerings as they appear on the trail. Dolce edition DOL 705.
Gail Ann Schroeder: "Gems of the Jacobean Era" (Intermediate Viol) A survey of vocal and instrumental works from the period of King James (1603-1625). Special emphasis will be on mastering bow technique: smooth bowing, controlling long and short bow strokes, as well as blending to create a good consort tone.
Katherine Shuldiner: "Warm up with Ward" (Advanced Viol) Start (and end) your class day by playing through as much of John Ward's music as you can. A few warm up and cool down stretches, focused on tension that can accumulate when playing the viola da gamba, will be led by Katherine at the opening and closing of each session. This will insure that you are primed to keep playing through the night! For this advanced class any tenor players will need to be able to read alto clef.
Karen Snowberg: "The Tools You Need to Improve Your Recorder Playing" (Lower Intermediate SAT) You'd be surprised to learn that in only a weekend, you will notice real improvement in your recorder playing. I have put together a collection of music for this class that will not only stress building technique, but also make reading in cut-time, playing heretofore difficult chromatic fingering, and confronting changing keys seem like second nature. I use a step-by step multifaceted approach that has shown provable effectiveness in my classes and workshops in the New York area. The class will give you specific direction of areas for you to work on during the year to continue to improve your playing. As your recorder technique improves your previous problems begin to melt away. Improved recorder playing will enable you to concentrate on making beautiful music.
Todd Wetherwax: "16th and 17th century music Sight-Reading" Basic consort practices (the usual musical things - rhythm, articulation, starts/stops)
Pam Wiese: "Technique" (Beginner Recorder) We will work through sections of the Recorder Guide in small groups.