Early Music Week at Pinewoods

Daily Schedule

7:00-7:30 Tai-Chi for all
7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
8:30-8:50 Morning Warmup: Heloise Degrugillier, Frances Fitch
12:00-12:30 Free time: Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
5:00-5:30 Tea
5:30-6:20 Free time: Informal camper readings, Swimming, Bookstore staffed
6:30 Dinner
7:45-8:15 Mini Presentations
8:15-10:00 All Camp Dance
10:15-11:00 Special Events

August 14 - 21, 2010

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Program Description

Venetian Glory

Benvenuti a Venezia, la città di canali, dogi e magnifica musica!

Welcome to Venice, the city of canals, doges and magnificent music!


Early Music Week at Pinewoods explores music from that vibrant musical center, the heartbeat of Italian polychoral music, home of famous music publishers, and inspiration to courts and chapels located far beyond the Veneto region. Watch a video about the Early Music Week experience!

Our program offers musical challenges and opportunities to players and singers at every level, from highly experienced to those who are just beginning. From morning technique and consort classes to afternoon special topic ensembles, we will play and sing music from the vibrant Middle Ages to the virtuosic Baroque. The magic of Monteverdi and glory of the Gabrielis, their predecessors and heirs will be ours to celebrate this summer.

  • If you've never played a musical instrument (but wish you could) or if you studied music years ago (and fear you've forgotten everything), there are classes to get you started or to help brush off the rust. Introductory classes are offered in recorder and viol.
  • Singers of all abilities will benefit from singing class, chorus and mixed ensembles with instruments.
  • Dancers and dance teachers can learn an instrument and participate in the daily dance classes and the nightly dance parties.

Advanced and intermediate players and singers have a wide array of classes from which to choose, led by an outstanding and dedicated performing faculty. Our staff features active professionals and acclaimed teachers of early winds (recorders, reeds and brass), strings (viols and violin), harpsichord and voice. Dancers will also find a wealth of activity, including high-level technique classes, challenging ensembles and historical dance. In addition to our music classes, we relax with two ponds for swimming or canoeing, a Camphouse deck for summer reading, afternoon tea and lots of wonderful dancing.

New staff faces this summer are Michael Barrett (voice and chorus), Douglas Kirk (cornetto) and Tim Rayborn (Medieval Music). Also new and offering special programs during Early Music Week are Jacqueline Schwab (English Dance Musicians Course) and Mary Springfels (Viol Intensive). Early Music Week continues its long tradition of superb teaching in a warm and welcoming community, enhanced by special events, presentations, concerts and -- of course -- dancing. Advanced musicians can work intensively, amateurs are engaged and challenged, and beginners are always made welcome.

Viol Intensive

This is a special focus group for six emerging professional viol players to work with Mary Springfels for almost 3 hours every day! The group meets for two sessions daily: a 90 minute class in the morning, to work on technique and consorts in Venetian and Venetian-influenced repertoire; a late afternoon class will explore special repertoire topics with Mary.  In addition to these two sessions, there are other afternoon classes in viols, mixed consorts and vocal/instrumental ensembles with other Early Music Week faculty. There is a surcharge for the Viol Intensive program.  Please ask for application materials for this class.

Please join us! -- Sheila Beardslee, Program Director

Scholarships are also offered by Early Music America, The Viola da Gamba Society of America, and the American Recorder Society. Deadline for both is April 15, 2010.