Archive Class Descriptions

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All-Camp Chorale – Keith Murphy and the singing staff

The morning chorale brings the entire camp together to start the day with a 75 minute singing session where our diverse singing staff take turns leading harmony songs both by ear and from written music. The material will range from easy and fun to more challenging (and still fun!) A big sing at the end of the week will be a review of the highlights of this session. The repertoire may include American country harmony, sea songs, shape note and gospel, contemporary a cappella, and new arrangements of traditional songs from the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and beyond.


Contras and Squares – Lisa Greenleaf

Music by: Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy: What could be better than dancing to great music in a beautiful open air pavilion? This workshop features a fine selection of contras and squares with an emphasis on good connection and skillful style.

English Dance – Susan Kevra

Music by: Karen Axelrod, Shira Kammen: Join us each morning for English Country Dancing, with a full palate of musical colors and dance styles. We’ll look at ways to make you a better dancer, whatever your level. And with Karen at the keyboard, Shira on the fiddle and a bit of Susan’s clarinet (once the calling is done), you’ll be in for quite the musical treat!

Intro to American & English Dance – Peter Amidon

Music by: Rachel Bell, Mary Alice Amidon: We will do a succession of dances that teach the fundamentals of contra and English country dancing so that you can enjoy more deeply the evening dances and dancing in your community. The focus is always on musicality, flow, and good choreography. This is a great class both for beginning dancers, and for experienced dancers interested in a feast of tips, techniques and repertoire for teaching dance.


Singing on the Porch – Alistair Brown

Think Kingston Trio, Peter Paul & Mary, Watersons, etc. for a mix of songs people are likely to know, and even know the verses of as well as the chorus. Bring a guitar. Nothing is too corny. It's 'Rise Up Singing' WITHOUT THE BOOKS.


Singing with Rhythm – Rani Arbo, Scott Kessel

Pinewoods, we know you can dance and sing! In this session, we'll create rhythms and sing at the same time. We'll try it a capella, with hands and feet, and with percussion instruments. In particular, we'll explore the clave rhythm as it shows up in music from Ghana, Cuba, and New Orleans.

Harmony of Song and Dance in 3/4 Time – Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy

Part band class, part pub sing, part dance class. We'll sing through songs in waltz time and work on quick band arrangements: "We'll start this one by playing the last 8 bars of the chorus; play the break after the third verse; double chorus at the end" If that doesn't make sense, it will at the end of the week. Might include a little waltz step tutorial, too. The songs we work on will be the basis for an all camp singing-dancing-waltz party at the end of the week. For singers and instrumentalists.

Harmony Singing – Roots to Reinterpretations – Peter Amidon, Mary Alice Amidon

Peter & Mary Alice will explore a wide range of interpretations, harmonisations and arrangements of great American folk songs, hymns and ballads from the oral tradition, from the Sacred Harp, and from songwriters steeped in the oral tradition (Pete Seeger, Jean Ritchie, Si Kahn). The group will sing the same songs both in their ‘original’ state and in arrangements that take the songs somewhere else while still maintaining their essential integrity.

Morris Dance – Alistair Brown

Music by: John Roberts: We'll work on one, and maybe two newer eight person stick dances based on the border tradition. No previous experience is necessary.

French Canadian Songs – Pascal Gemme

Come and sing your favorite French Canadian songs as well as learn a few new ones. Pascal will guide you through the most common forms of call and answer songs that we usually hear at a Quebecois veillée. Focus will be given to delivering good unison réponses to songs you've never heard before. We will also work on pronunciation, style and some harmonies that have been incorporated in the style by modern bands.

Classic Country Duets – Emily Miller, Jesse Milnes

Learn to sing in close harmony. We’ll work on some great country songs with a goal of singing them the way they are meant to be sung -- in small groups, knee-to-knee (one of the world’s great pleasures!). We’ll work on making up harmonies, country vocal stylings and some fundamental music theory as well as just having fun singing close harmonies. This class is recommended for singers who have some experience holding their own parts.


Small Group Harmony – Rani Arbo

Explore how your unique voice combines with others and fine-tune that exciting alchemy in a supportive setting. We’ll sing in duos, trios and quartets, using very simple repertoire. We’ll experiment with leading and following, energy, tone, rhythm, and phrasing, using different prompts each day. Be ready for deep listening and courageous sharing with the group!

Sea Songs – John Roberts

Sea Songs have enjoyed a growing popularity over the last few years, with the Rogue’s Gallery CDs, inspired by “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and even a sea shanty edition of the “Assassin’s Creed” video game. Sea Chanteys make for great chorus singing, and are an ideal place to try out extemporaneous harmony. We’ll mix them up with other songs of the sea, old and new, for a grand mélange.

Collaborative Choral Arranging – Peter Amidon, Emily Miller

Emily & Peter are both gifted choral arrangers deeply steeped in traditional song. We will harmonize spontaneously by ear, collaborate on harmonizations that we work out and teach by ear, and work as a group on creating composed and written harmonizations with a range of songs from American (including African American) singing traditions.

Rapper Sword Dance – Alistair Brown

Music by: Shira Kammen: If you've ever watched a rapper set and wondered what is going on in there, then this class is for you. Everyone is welcome, even if you've never seen, let alone held a rapper sword before. You'll learn how to perform these seemingly impossible interweavings and how to unravel them at the end. Amaze your friends as you effortlessly hold up the lock. Amaze yourself.

Singing Squares Chorale – Susan Kevra

Music by: Jesse Milnes: In this class, we’ll work on arrangements of singing squares with three part harmonies. Either come and be part of the chorale or step up to the mic as the lead singer. We’ll work on some classic singing squares and maybe even write one of our own! We will try to pull some of these arrangements together to do at one of the evening dances during the week.

French Canadian Dance Tunes – Pascal Gemme

Learn all kinds of square Quebecois repertoire including Brandys (3/4), Galops, Jigs, Marches and straight reels with even or odd number of parts. Repertoire will be chosen according to participants interests from modern and traditional sources. Bowing and ornamentation will also be discussed and thought as well as how to incorporate the music in your own personal style.


Social Songs – Alistair Brown, John Roberts

If there's one thing that defines folk songs above all others, it's that they're meant for sharing. So come and spend an hour each day with songs that go well with social gatherings and celebrations, and are often an important part of them: songs that are sung for the sheer enjoyment of the music and the company.

The Delights of Playing English Country Dance Music – Shira Kammen

English Country dance music can use skills and stylings from a variety of musical backgrounds—contra, classical, early music, jazz, choral part singing, and more. In this course we’ll explore the tools to transform these ideas and techniques into music that enhances English dancing. We'll use exercises in musicianship, harmonizing, ornamenting or changing melodies, playing rhythmic backup, determining how to know when to do what, as well as practice ensemble skills and deep listening. Required is basic proficiency on your instrument and a sense of musical adventure!

Repertoire from the Great Appalachian Women Singers – Emily Miller

This class will focus on learning traditional songs from the Appalachian region and other southern American styles. Especially, we will listen to and learn from the singing of traditional women singers (Ola Belle Reed, Hazel Dickens, Maggie Hammons, Texas Gladden, Almeda Riddle, Addie Graham and more). The goal of this class will be learning repertoire and delving into the singing styles of these powerful women musicians. It is open to folks of all skill levels who are interested in the subject.

Tune into Your Voice – Rani Arbo

Gentle stretches, breath and mindfulness exercises, and simple vocalization practice combine in this quiet, internal, end-of-the-day group session. Our aim is to relax, listen, and tune in to the ways that body and mind collaborate on our experience of singing and being.


Contra Caller Course Dance Party – Lisa Greenleaf and Course Callers

Music by: Becky Tracy, Karen Axelrod: Come get your groove on at our dance party, featuring the calling of the callers course participants. These callers will energize the dance floor and get folks moving to the beat of our fabulous musicians.


Open Sessions

Some space in the day for spontaneous events - perhaps a staff member is motivated to offer a 'one-off'. Campers are also welcome to organize an event during this time.

French Canadian Jam – Pascal Gemme

In Quebec, people often enjoy a 'Cinq a Sept' before dinner. This is a French/ French Canadian themed daily party. This will be a very fun but informal party to which all are invited. A French dance might happen, perhaps a song. Enjoy playing tunes with Pascal, one of the great fiddlers from Quebec. BYOB. Also bring your own joie de vivre.

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Morning Stretching – Joel Rosen

Start your day with a set of gentle Tai Chi stretches and warmups to relax the body and calm the mind. You'll have more energy for a full day of dancing and music, and more appetite for breakfast!


Contras and Squares – Gaye Fifer

Music by: Julie Metcalf, Sam Bartlett, Ann Percival: Wake up gently with smooth, fun dances and wonderful music. We will spend some time on perfecting our skill at being the best dance partner around.

Turn On Your Ears (Int-Adv players) – Paul Brown, Terri McMurray

This proven, highly participatory class gives you skills to exponentially raise your understanding of melody, rhythm and phrasing. In a totally safe and encouraging setting, you'll get to play with the instructors and other students in duos and small ensembles - for many players a rare treat. We'll all critique together, and you will be amazed at the improvements that occur in your musicianship in just a few minutes. Students frequently say this class has changed their musical lives for the better. Don't miss it if you can make it. Intermediate and above, all instruments welcome.

Shape Note Singing – Sasha Hsuczyk

The Sacred Harp, continuously in print since 1844, is the backbone of one of this country's oldest, most vital, and soul-stirring musical traditions. You have to sing it to believe it! Join shape note singing teacher Sasha Hsuczyk for an opportunity to learn the tools for how to sing out of the Sacred Harp. Don't be intimidated by the shape note system; it was designed to make sight-singing easier - and once you understand it, you will find this to be true! Even if you cannot read music at all, you can sing this music. We will cover the fundamentals of how to sing using the shape note system, and then as the week progresses we will build on that foundation with information about the history of the Sacred Harp through stories and old field recordings. Each day will include opportunities to explore the book together and sing lots of songs.


Waltz – Gaye Fifer

Music by: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, David Cantieni, Ann Percival: Waltzing is not only about fancy moves and twirls, but first and foremost, about connecting with the music and with your partner. We will focus on the skills and nuances of aware, timely leading and following. What we do will apply to other couple dances as well, and to life in general!

Square Dance Callers Class – Larry Edelman

Music by: Julie Metcalf, Bruce Rosen: This hands-on workshop will focus on building our square dance calling skills. We'll explore and practice a variety of skills including regional calling styles, patter calling, phrasing, vocal presentation, teaching, working with musicians, collecting, and more.

Soul of Southern Traditional Fiddle (Int-Adv players) – Paul Brown

Learn some interesting repertoire as you discover how the fiddle fits into the main components of southern traditional music: melody, drone, rhythm and backup. In this class we'll try some techniques, tunings and bowing styles from archaic mountain musical cultures through blues to some of the more modern fiddling from the Arthur Smith era and bluegrass. The class will give you historical and aural context within which to further develop as a fiddler. It's structured so that players of varying levels, learning styles and learning speeds will have plenty to work on. Intermediate students should know how to tune the fiddle and play a number of tunes comfortably. Students are encouraged to bring recording devices and be prepared to learn by ear.


A Travelogue of Square Dance Styles – Larry Edelman

Music by: Paul Brown, Terri McMurray, Sam Bartlett, Bruce Rosen: During these daily sessions we'll hone our dancing skills and have a ton of fun dancing traditional square dances from a variety of places and a variety of time periods.

Ear Training for Everyone – Anna Patton

For instrumentalists, singers, and curious listeners; a class to sharpen the musical ears. We'll practice aural detective work: the most basic skill behind harmonizing, improvising, composing, and finding chord progressions. The class will be taught entirely by ear, though singing, playing, and listening to recordings. It will incorporate an intuitive, applicable approach to basic music theory. We will practice hearing and reproducing intervals, chords, bass lines, and rhythmic nuances. We'll investigate popular, folk, and jazz idioms - whatever intrigues us, and we'll dabble in the art of stealing musical ideas for our own compositions and improvisations.

Drawing Pinewoods! – Will Mentor

A relaxed gathering to draw different scenes from Pinewoods Camp. You are welcome to bring your own supplies or use basic drawing materials that I will provide.


English Country Dancing for All – Sue Rosen

Music by: Anna Patton, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Karen Axelrod: We'll explore the wide range of wonderful English country dances from the traditional barn dance to the treasured Playford repertoire and the latest gems from both sides of the pond. With glorious music, we'll have fun and dance beautifully.

Southwestern Tunes Workshop – Larry Edelman, Sam Bartlett

We will learn tunes traditionally played in harmony by fiddles and accompanied by guitars, but all instruments are most welcome. Those who participate should be comfortable on their instrument and able to learn tunes by ear. We'll learn two "family" of tunes, the Spanish Colonial dance music of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado, featuring waltzes, polkas, schottisches, and more, and the fiddle music of the Gu-achi Fiddle Band of the Tohono O'odham tribe from Arizona. These beautiful, catchy, and quirky tunes will haunt you forever!

Singing – Ann Percival

Swing, Pop, Trad, Blues, Mo-Town and Gospel with some dance moves thrown in. We will learn some harmonies by ear. The ability to read music is not a requirement for this class. Come ready to have fun with your voice! No experience necessary.


Advanced Contras – Will Mentor

Music by: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Anna Patton, Bruce Rosen: A selection of new and old contra dances that survey different ways a contra dance can be challenging.

Sean-nós Irish Dance – Rebecca McGowan

Music by: Sasha Hsuczyk: Sean-nós ("old style") Irish dance is improvised, rhythmic, and expressive step dancing, closely tied to traditional music. The footwork is low to the ground. We will learn basic steps and also improvise and create - the focus is on making great rhythm. This class is open to dancers of all backgrounds: we will explore movement and rhythm basics, and more experienced dancers will develop fluidity and fine-tune their ear. Bring a pair of flat hard-soled shoes.

Old Time Jam – Julie Metcalf, Terri McMurray

Come learn some new tunes and wail away on old favorites, while working on some stylistic points of old-time and string band music.

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ECD (adv) A Look Back and a Look Around – Beverly Francis

Music by: Rebecca King, Daniel Beerbohm, Barbara Greenberg: How has English Country Dance changed over the last 40 or so years to arrive at its current state? We’ll look at some old favorites, particularly dances that are the legacy of the great New York City callers like May Gadd, Genny Shimer, and Christine Helwig. The current dance scene will take on new meaning as we explore the old and the new.

ECD (for all) Eloquence and Revelation – Anna Rain

Music by: Aaron Marcus, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins: How do we express our unique selves to best effect in the dance? Regardless of your dancing level, how do you find ways to improve your own dancing experience? Come explore options! The dance does not exist unless we dance it: with this class’s refinements, our individual offerings reveal the beauty of each dance.

Rapper (adv) – Tom Besford

Music by: Rob Rohr: We will take a detailed look at probably the most complex and influential dance to come from the traditional repertoire, the dance made famous by the Royal Earsdon Sword Dancers. One of the lesser performed dances, we will be going through the original notations with the class to recreate a selection of some of the figures from the performance. For the more advanced participants, there will be an opportunity to explore how these figures were developed into the Swearsdell dance, as notated in Phil Heaton's book on Rapper Sword Dancing. Participants should have danced rapper regularly before and have a strong understanding of the basic structures of a rapper dance. For example, they must be able to adequately understand how to tie and untie a lock from any position, have a grasp of basic terminology (coach and horses, walk round, open ring, curly, etc.) and should be relatively agile with a basic ability in stepping.


ECD (for all) Open Mic – Robin Hayden

Music by: Jonathan Jensen, Barbara Greenberg: Come one and all! Callers and dancers are all welcome to play their part in this network of mutual support for dance leaders of *all* levels of experience, including anyone wishing to step up to the mic for the first time. Our focus will be on striving for a satisfying experience for all -- success for the caller, comfort for the musicians, joy for the dancers, and pride among assembled leaders at each other's accomplishments and growth. This is decidedly not a forum for trying out challenging or new-to-you-and-us repertoire: we will instead work towards the best possible presentation of dances we know well. Callers will receive structured feedback in a supportive environment.

Morris (for all) – Stefan Read

Music by: Gus Voorhees: This class will use a set of activities to explore three 'guiding principles' for Morris dancing. First, that it's an inherently athletic activity and we need to understand how our bodies move to jump higher, move more smoothly, and most importantly avoid injury. Second, that it's a team dance so moving with our partner, corner, or lines is key to a polished aesthetic. Last, that it's a performance and what matters most is what the audience sees and how we connect with them. The class is open to dancers of all ages and experiences from absolute beginners to those with a lifetime of Morris experience.

English Clog (adv) Bert Bowden's Hornpipe – Stephanie Besford West

Music by: Doug Creighton: The hornpipe steps of Bert Bowden are performed in a very different style to the more well-known Lancashire styles of Sam Sherry and Pat Tracey. Bert Bowden was a Liverpudlian dancer who learnt from his father, who used to dance in the pubs of Liverpool. Bert's style was also influenced by music hall performers, such as Dan Leno.

English Jam and Delicious Harmonies (for all) – Rebecca King

Come with your instruments to play beautiful English Country Dance tunes. We will learn a little music theory to create improvised harmonies and solos with ample time to try them out. Loosen up your playing in a supportive atmosphere, and work at your own level. All are welcome.


Gathering – Alistair Brown


ECD (adv) Mastering Challenging Repertoire – Robin Hayden

Music by: Jonathan Jensen, Daniel Beerbohm: Over the course of the week we'll work on a select few of the most challenging dances in the English Country Dance repertoire, those that reward the hard work of truly learning them, with an eye to performance-level mastery. An aspiration towards that level of mastery and achievement, as well as respect for and commitment to such aspirations among one's set-mates, is an absolute prerequisite.

ECD (for all) Dance for Joy! – Beverly Francis

Music by: Rebecca King, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins: Dances to bring a smile to your face and a lilt to your step. Revel in the glorious variety of English country dance from centuries ago to right now. Dances will be accessible to all, with no lack of fascination and fun for even the most experienced dancers.

Scottish Singalong (for all) – Alistair Brown

All the Scottish songs you wanted to sing, but were afraid to try, or couldn't make sense of. We all get to sing a wide variety of songs together; traditional and recent, dramatic and humorous, sentimental and scathing. Everyone gets a copy of the words, and plenty of social, historical and linguistic background will be provided. If you have a favourite, bring it along, and we'll all have a go at it.


Because CONTRA! – Anna Rain

Music by: Aaron Marcus, Daniel Beerbohm, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins: English dancers and ritual dancers make the *best* contra dancers! The poise, the timing, the flow! Come enjoy contras picked to delight those who thrill to a fine figure and embrace community interaction.

Longsword (for All) – Tom Besford

Music by: Stefan Read: Arguably the northernmost recording of a longsword dance in England is from the village of Penshaw in County Durham, seen in a wood engraving from the 18th century. It has been argued that this tradition was the basis of what later developed into rapper. Tom will teach a recreated version of this four man longsword dance, as researched by Julian Whybra in 2007. The four person dance is a simple set of figures which would have been performed locally to Penshaw and is a great beginner dance. For those with a more experienced interest in Longsword dancing, there will be an opportunity to develop the ideas in the Penshaw dance into a more complex four dancer performance.

English Clog (for all) Ossie Jig – Stephanie Besford West

Music by: Doug Creighton: This workshop will provide an introduction to many of the basic steps that form the building blocks for much of the English clog repertoire. Using the 'Ossie Jig' steps written by the Oswaldtwistle Cloggers from Lancashire, we will learn each of the steps and then look at choreographing the dance for a group performance.


North West Morris (for all) – Tom Besford

Music by: Doug Creighton: North West morris demonstrates the regimented precision of a group performing individually simple movements to create an impressive display as a team. In the 40th year of the Horwich Prize Medal Morris Men, Tom (their current Foreman) will be teaching a selection of simple yet intricate dances from Lancashire. North West morris is historically easy to pick up the basics, yet tricky to perfect, and always great fun!

ECD (for all) For Those Who Want to Know – Beverly Francis

Music by: Jonathan Jensen, Aaron Marcus: These are the dances you know you want to know: the gems of our repertoire. Attend class, and you’ll be ready for the “for those who know” dances at the start of each evening. Beginners will learn the dance patterns and more experienced dancers will work on some of the subtle refinements that make these dances so beloved.

ECD:TNG (Discussion/Practicum) – Louise Siddons

How do we know what we love and value about English Country Dance? How, as the emerging callers and leaders of The Next Generation, do we share that with other dancers in order to grow our communities? Workshop participants will derive answers to these questions from dancing and calling, as well as discussion. Over the course of the week we will create a set of shared goals for our home communities, a strategy for meeting those goals together, and a network for sharing our evolving ideas and discoveries about the shape of ECD's future.

Songs on the Porch (for all) – Alistair Brown

Here's a chance to share all your favourite songs, and maybe learn a few others. Join us on the Camphouse porch every afternoon for an open sing. Alistair Brown will moderate the proceedings with creativity and humour and set a good example. There will be a daily theme - it will be your job to provide a song or two to suit the topic, however tenuous the connection.

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Instrumental and vocal consorts are assigned by level, B (Beginner) to A (Advanced): recorder, viol, voice, string, harp, and the following specialized ensembles:

Advanced Recorder ensemble – Bob Wiemken

Using Renaissance recorders that will be provided (suggested option for Accademia participants).

Advanced Viol consort – Sarah Mead

Using a set of Renaissance viols by Ray Nurse (suggested option for Accademia participants).

Advanced Voice consort – Michael Barret

Focus on Italian and English madrigal, French chanson and German Lied.

The Really Old-Time Fiddle ensemble (Violin, Viola, Cello) – Brandi Berry

We will explore dances and tunes of the 17th century (Biber, Buonamente, and John Playford)

Advanced Baroque Master Class (Recorders, Flutes, Singers, Cellos, Gambas and Keyboard Players) – Héloïse Degrugillier, Frances Fitch

Participants will be asked to bring two solo pieces they know well in order to receive coaching in a master class setting.


English Country Dance classes, by level

Absolute Beginner's Class (B) – Jan Elliott

This will be offered the first couple of days to learn basic steps. The class will then join the English Country Dance Class for All.

English Country Dance for All (B and up) – Barbara Finney

Music by: Frances Fitch, Brandi Berry: Connecting with the Music and with your Community. We'll dance favorites from the canon, recent classics, joyous romps, elegant gems, and stately pavanes, while learning good dancing practices that benefit everyone. All are welcome, from new dancers to seasoned dancers!

Advanced English Country Dance (A) – Gene Murrow

Music by: Cynthia Shaw, Emily O'Brien: For dancers thoroughly comfortable with English country dance figures. Bring your brain, as we'll learn some of the more complicated dances in the repertoire, both old and new (and we may do some dances without walk-throughs). And bring your dancing body, as we'll also spend time on how we dance - the style points that increase your enjoyment and that of your fellow dancers.


Collegium "Heavenly and Earthly Delights" (Voices, recorders, flutes, strings, I-A) – Larry Zukof, Alexa Raine-Wright

From the sublime to the earthy, we will explore gorgeous sacred and secular settings of texts of love and loss. Works will include settings by Arcadelt, Marenzio, Lassus, Byrd and Victoria of biblical and poetic texts of Petrarch and Guarini, There will be some break-out sessions for the singers and for more advanced instrumentalists.

The French Estampie (Singers & instrumentalists, I-A) – Christa Patton

These finely crafted and timeless dances originating in the 12th and 13th centuries, evoke a full range of scenarios from an intimate dance of veils to an earthy and exquisite celebration of movement. They are made up of verses and refrains that make it easy to play solos, improvise, or just play together with everyone in the group on the refrains. Bring percussion and any instrument that you think might like to "wail on."

Baroque Ensemble (Recorders, flutes HI-A) – Héloïse Degrugillier

This ensemble will focus on various arrangements of dance movements from the High Baroque including works by Telemann and from the Bach Orchestral Suites.

Terpsichore: Baroque Dance and Dance Music (Musicians & dancers; All) – Barbara Finney, Francie Fitch

We will explore the various steps and other movements that are the building blocks of Baroque dance. These movements relate to music in different ways and we'll look at different types including bourées, sarabandes, gigues, menuets and gavottes. The steps will be put together into sequences and we will work on a complete choreography from the period. All levels of dance ability are welcome. Participants who wish to may also bring their instruments and do a little playing with the band.

Adventures in the Pinewoods Instrumentarium – (for absolute Beginners)

-- Hark the Lark: An Introduction to the Baroque Flute (Instruments provided for the week, B) – Emily O'Brien

Have you always wanted to try the Baroque flute? With an easeir embouchure than the Renaissance flute, this could be your entry into expanding your musical horizons. By the week's end we will be playing beautiful and lively melodies, duets, and maybe even trios.

-- Strike the Viol: An Introduction to the Viola da Gamba (Instruments provided for the week, B) – Lisa Terry

Whether you have a background playing a bowed string instrument or none at all, this is the perfect time to experience the pleasurable sound of vibrating strings!

-- Follow the Piper: An Introduction to the Renaissance Bagpipe (Instruments provided for the week, B) – Joan Kimball

Strains of bagpipes will waft once again through the pines of camp this August. Come all ye hearty players, strong of lip and lung, and learn the secrets of this delightful instrument. Can you pat your stomach and rub your head at the same time? Then this class is made for you! Pipe sets will be available for loan throughout the week (if you already have a pipe, contact the instructor in advance).

-- The Celestial Harp: An Introduction to the Harp (Instruments provided for the week, B)

Offered second afternoon period (see below).

Accademia: Instruments and Voices (Pre-registration) – Sarah Mead, Michael Barrett

Explore the world of late 16th-century Europe, where music, poetry, and drama combined to create the fertile ground that would give rise to opera. A matched set of viols (based on Italian instruments of the 1580's) along with a set of Renaissance recorders will form the core of an ensemble which will also welcome lute, keyboard, cornetto, dulcian, violins, and a small ensemble of skilled singers. Singers must be strong sight-readers experienced with singing one-on-a-part. Instrumentalists should be advanced ensemble players comfortable on multiple instruments and clefs.

English Dance Leaders Training in Music (Pre-registration) – Gene Murrow

An intensive course (two afternoon periods) designed to meet the needs of English Country Dance teachers who feel constrained by their lack of formal musical training.


Chorus: Singing the Classics (Singers, All) – Michael Barrett

We will work with choral music with texts and themes from ancient Rome. Most Latin vocal music from the Renaissance has a sacred theme. Many composers, however, also set texts from Classical authors, including Virgil, Ovid, and Horace. Still other works of the time have contemporary texts, often celebrating a noble or special occasion, that make reference to the Classical world or Greco-Roman mythology. This year the chorus at Pinewoods will explore some of this fascinating and under-performed repertory, including several settings of Queen Dido's tragic final monologue from Virgil's Aeneid.

Les Caracteres de la Danse: a Baroque ensemble (String and wind players, HI-A) – Brandi Berry

This ensemble will explore the gestures and rhythmic characteristics of French dance music. Repertoire to include Rebel's Les Caracteres de la Danse (a through-composed piece that morphs from one dance into another) and Lully's Concert donné au soupé du roy (suite of dances).

Renaissance Loud Bands: Musicque de Joye! Or in the words of David Bowie, "Let's Dance!" (Shawm, cornetto, sackbut and dulcian, I-HI, HI-A) – Joan Kimball, Bob Wiemken

What says "dactyl" better than a good French pavane or German Allemande? Or how about those "tribrachs" and "trochees" in the lively gaillard! Is that "choriamb" in the bassus of that tourdion a hemiola or not? And what about those lilting "iambs" in that basse dance? There's plenty of poetry in those wordless workhorses of the renaissance dance floor, if we know how to look for it. The loud band class will explore the motion of poetry and the poetry of motion through the dance repertoire of the late 15 and 16 centuries, with a glimpse back to the medieval rhythmic modes that underlay it all. Consorts will be divided by ability, depending on the number and variety of instrumentation.

Recorder Orchestras: Banchetto Musicale (Recorders, LI-I, HI-A) – Eric Haas, Larry Zukof

Colorful and expressive vocal and instrumental works in 4-8 parts with emphasis on phrasing, articulation and rhetoric. The orchestra/consort will be divided by ability, depending on the number and sizes of instruments.

The Celestial Harp: An Introduction to the Harp (Harps available for rent, B) – Christa Patton

Have you always wanted to try out the harp? One of the world's oldest instruments, the harp, was ever useful on the middle ages. Medieval music is a wonderful repertoire with which to begin learning the harp. Learn the basic techniques of harp playing and enjoy the celestial harmonies they can produce.

Balkan and Beyond: Ethnic Folk Music for Playing and Dancing (Recorders, strings, and other instruments, including chordal instruments and percussion, I-A) – Jan Elliott, David Schonfeld

A class for those who like to dance as well as play, or enjoy playing for dancers. Both David and Jan are experienced dance leaders and dance musicians who love sharing music in a wide variety of scales, styles, and rhythms. The class will explore mainly traditional music and dance from the Balkans and Middle East. The focus will be on developing a familiarity with non-Western modes and meters. The associated dances are accessible and will be taught; participants are welcome to play and/or dance as they choose.

English Country Dancing Through the Ages (All) – English Dance Leaders Training Participants, Gene Murrow

Music by: Cynthia Shaw: This class will include a variety of English country dances for all levels of dancers. We'll focus on early repertoire (pre-twentieth century).

Accademia: Instruments only (Pre-registration) – Sarah Mead, Lisa Terry

Singers in Accademia will choose another class; loud winds may choose Loud Band.

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