Early Music Week at Pinewoods
June 26 - July 3, 2014
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This week starts and ends on Thursdays.
Is there still room?
For up-to-date info about availability and wait lists,
see our Dance & Music Camps page.
Program Description: a 1 page version of this page
Daily Schedule: a 1 page daily timetable
Description of Classes: a 2 page description of the classes
For accepted campers: Links to a few important pages and surveys.
Fairest Isle: Music and Dance of Great Britain and Beyond
Enjoy the fun of playing rollicking English dance music, or the beautiful polyphony of composers like Byrd, Gibbons, Dowland, Jenkins, the lively rhythms of Holborne, the poignant harmonies of Purcell, pungent Scottish tunes, the intricacies of high Baroque composers like Handel, and so much more.
In this idyllic and restful setting, you'll be treated to fabulous food, wonderful people, plenty of opportunity to carouse and have fun, as well as to play great music together, and to dance to the music of some of the best English country dance musicians around. The fun is what distinguishes this from a lot of other workshops. And yet the teachers are also highly accomplished renowned experts in the field of early music.
Come and feel the special magic of CDSS Early Music Week at Pinewoods, no matter your age or level of ability. Discover why people return year after year and why others wish they’d found out about it earlier!
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.
Advanced and intermediate players have a wide array of classes from which to choose.
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 nightly dance parties and the daily dance classes, including high-level technique classes, challenging ensembles and historical dance.
All classes are led by the outstanding and dedicated performing faculty. Our staff features active professionals and acclaimed teachers of early winds (recorders, reeds and brass), strings (viols and violin), harp, harpsichord, voice and dance.
This year, we are offering a class called What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body. This class (sometimes called Body Mapping) leads musicians to play and sing with greater ease, to avoid injury, and even heal from injury. It's eye-opening, relaxing, practical and fun.
-- Frances Fitch, Program Director
Lisa Terry will be the Viol Maven for Early Music Week this summer. She'll have a supply of nylon strings to sell, a few Sensicore strings to lend, and the expertise to get your pegs turning and your soundposts upright. See the Viol Maven each day during breakfast and lunch to make an appointment before first morning or afternoon class. Please read Viol Survival Tips, and put them in practice BEFORE camp!
Comments from some recent participants:
- Outstanding! Sang things I never knew I was capable of.
- So amazing what we learned and accomplished.
- This was the most I have ever learned in a dance class.
- It was as close to perfect as I can think of.
- Great positive energy. Had a great time!
- Loved my week here. Will be back next year!
Printable Information for Accepted Campers
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Here are links to further details:
The Program: one page Program Description
- Daily Schedule
- Class Descriptions
- More Information
- Class Questionnaire: Please give us an idea of the classes you will take. Also available online.
Getting Ready: Details for being at camp.
Getting to Camp: Driving Directions
- [Public Transportation] Coming soon
- Van seats between Boston's Logan Airport and Pinewoods [available at $30 each] - Contact us!
- [Rides]: Do you need or can you offer a ride? Coming Soon
|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|
Technique classes: Recorders, Viols, Harps, Voices, Krumhorns & Other Capped Reeds (All levels)
with Michael Barrett, Sheila Beardslee, Saskia Coolen, Bob Weimken, Joan Kimball, Anney Barrett, Daniel Meyers, Eric Haas, Patricia Neely & Ellen Tepper
The first session of the day is devoted to technique and repertoire in whole consorts grouped by level.
Baroque Chamber Ensembles (HI-A)
with Judy Linsenberg or Frances Fitch
Work on expression of character and affekt through an understanding of rhetoric while you address issues of ensemble etiquette and technique with peers.
Shakespeare’s Songbook (all levels; instruments and voices)
with Dana Maiben
Come prepared to PLAY!!! We’ll look at scenes and songs from the Bard’s great comedies, work out our own musical arrangements, and steep ourselves in the wit and wonder of the World of Will. If music be the food of love, play on!
Advanced English Country Dance (A)
with Graham Christian, Music by: Peter Barnes
We will explore some of the social dance masterpieces of the period 1650-1750 to be featured in the forthcoming book, The Playford Assembly, as well as thinking about timing and phrasing in dance together. For those with thorough familiarity with English Country Dance figures.
Intermediate English Country Dance (I and up)
with Anna Rain, Music by: Francie Fitch, Judith Linsenberg
Dance with fullness and joy, moving in communion to yourself, to the music, with your partner, with the community. We'll push the boundaries of what we already know, and polish some old favorites. For those with some familiarity of English Country Dance figures.
English Country Dance Essentials (B and up)
with Jan Elliott, Music by: Michael Barrett, Ellen Tepper
Prepares newcomers to enjoy the patterns and pleasures of each of the evening dances. Also an enjoyable refresher course.
Introduction to Renaissance Dance (All levels)
with Sheila Beardslee, Music by: Dana Maiben, Bob Wiemken, Eric Haas
Learn dances from the Inns of Court, with a look at the Gresley MS and other English sources. Please bring soft-soled dance shoes (e.g. a jazz dance shoe).
|12:00-12:30||Free time: Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body (All)
with Frances Fitch
This very practical class will help you understand exactly how movement of the whole body is involved in making music. From that understanding come freedom, ease, and healthy playing. If you have ever experienced discomfort while making music, if you use a computer, or are just curious about body mapping, this is for you!
La Contenance Angloise (I-A, voices and instruments)
with Dana Maiben
Make a musical tour of the Plantagenet Dynasty and sample the songs of the troubadour Bernart de Ventadorn, anonymous carols celebrating Henry V’s victory at Agincourt in 1415, the polyphony of John Dunstaple, and the influence of all these styles on continental composers.
Beginning Consort Skills (LI-HI)
with Lisa Terry
Join the Early Music Week “Viol Maven” and explore the consort repertoire, with lots of useful tips and techniques to take home.
Masque Scenes (I-A voices, strings and winds, keyboard)
with Michael Barrett
Join us as we prepare a pastiche of scenes - with music and a little staging too! - from English masques by Purcell, Blow and their contemporaries.
The Music of Purcell (HI-A)
with Judy Linsenberg
Henry Purcell is one of the greatest and most individual of all English composers. We’ll play some of his glorious fantasias—true masterpieces of Renaissance polyphony - as well as dances and songs from his theatrical works, in the more forward-looking Baroque style, along with one of his signature ground bass compositions and a majestic chaconne.
with Jan Elliott
This ancient, elegant dance from Northern England uses long, sword-like implements to connect dancers in a ring. Moving under and leaping over these in a variety of ways, they finish with the swords woven into a star or other shape. The class is open to all flexible enough to leap (or at least step) over a low sword in rhythm. We’ll learn basic figures from several traditions, examine the roles of set captain and musician, and create a unique dance for performance.
The English Waites: Loud Band at the Tudor Court (I-A reeds and brass)
with Joan Kimball, Bob Wiemken
Music from the courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII for a Renaissance loud band. For players of cornetto, shawm, sackbut and dulcian – intermediate level or above required.
Madrigals from the Triumphs of Oriana (All voices and instruments)
with Eric Haas
Thomas Morley’s 1601 collection of madrigals in honor of Queen Elizabeth I. Each of the 25 madrigals (representing 23 different composers) ends with the words: “Long live fair Oriana.”
Performance Dance Ensemble (HI-A)
with Graham Christian, music by
We will explore some wonderful dances from the turn of the 18th century: English minuet-step dances for small groups, and a lively cotillon from France.
The English Verse Anthem (voices, keyboard or lute, strings & winds)
with Michael Barrett
Sing and play music from the rich tradition of the English verse anthem, a style of church music where soloists and chorus participate in equal measure, accompanied by instruments.
Recorder Orchestra (I-A recorders)
with Sheila Beardslee
Explore English works by Handel, Purcell, Holst, and others. At least one of our pieces will feature a vocal soloist.
Apt for Voices and Viols and More! (Advanced strings, winds, voices, keyboard, lute)
with Lisa Terry, Patricia Neely
Anthems, ayres, madrigals and songs from England’s Golden Age. Works by Michael East, John Dowland, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Tomkins, Robert Parsons (and more) for 4 to 7 parts. This is a performance class – we will read a lot of repertoire, and polish something grand for the student concert.
Make Your Own Harp and Learn to Play It (all levels)
with Ellen Tepper
This class will involve putting together a lap harp kit using glue, sandpaper and wood oil. The cost for each kit will be under $150. When your harp is playing, there will be instruction in basic harp technique. If you have a harp, instruction appropriate to your level will be available while others build their harps.
Arcadian Madrigals (recorders, voices and strings I-A)
with Joan Kimball
Music by Weelkes, Ward, Wilby, East et al. Enter the world of nymphs, shepherds, gods and goddesses in the music of the English madrigalists as they paint pictures in music and words of the magical realm of these sylvan beings.
Make Your Own Divisions (All soft instruments, all levels)
with Saskia Coolen
La Folia, Passamezzo, La gamba, Greensleeves, etc.; The masters of the 16/17th century not only provided us with written-out variations on grounds, but also with 'recipes' on how to make them. Studying both is a good way to learn how to make a nice set of one’s own variations.
|5:30-6:20||Free time: Informal camper readings, Swimming, Bookstore staffed, Side-by-Side Readings|
|8:15||All Camp Dance|