Early Music Week at Pinewoods

June 27 - July 4, 2013

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This week starts and ends on Thursdays in 2013 and 2014.

Is there still room?
For up-to-date info about availability and wait lists,
see our main Dance & Music Camps page.



Printable information

Description of Classes: a 2 page description of the classes

Daily Schedule: a 1 page daily timetable

For accepted campers: Links to a few important pages and surveys.

The Rose and the Thorn: Contrasts in Music and Dance of Earlier Times.

tl_files/cdss/images/camp general/em13image.jpgFree or measured? Monophonic or polyphonic? Improvised or written? Medieval or Renaissance? Treble or Contrabass? Dance music or concert music? High pitch or low pitch?

Explore these questions and many more in a friendly, magical place between two ponds with world-class faculty where music and dancing abound among the trees.

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Program Description


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.

  • 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, viol, and harp.
  • 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.

Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to the scholarships available through CDSS, summer scholarships are offered by Early Music America (deadline: April 15) and The Viola da Gamba Society of America (deadline: April 15).

Special Courses


Also offered during this week:Viol Intensive Course with Sarah Mead and Lisa Terry, and English Dance Musicians Course with Peter Barnes. Separate registration is required for each of these.

Printable Information for Accepted Campers

Acceptance Information: Details for getting to and being at camp

Daily Schedule: a 1 page daily timetable

Description of Classes: a 2 page description of the classes

More Information and self-rating guide

Class Questionnaire: Please give us an idea of the classes you will take. Also available online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/empw13

Rides: Do you need or can you offer a ride? Also available online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PWrides13

Special Diet: Please let us know if you have dietary concerns. Also available online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PWDiets

If you have not already, please do sign the Waiver.

To pay any camp Balance Due

Tentative Schedule

7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
8:30-8:50 General Morning Warmup and Recorder Warm-up
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, Side-by-Side Readings
6:30 Dinner
7:45 Mini Presentations
8:15 All Camp Dance
9:45-10:45 Special Events