June 26 - July 3, 2014


Fairest Isle: Music and Dance of Great Britain and Beyond

em14image 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


Peter Barnes
Anney Barrett
Michael Barrett
Sheila Beardslee
Graham Christian
Saskia Coolen
Jan Elliott
Eric Haas
Joan Kimball
Judith Linsenberg
Dana Maiben
Patricia Ann Neely
Anna Rain
Ellen Tepper
Lisa Terry
Bob Wiemken


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)
Baroque Chamber Ensembles (HI-A)
Shakespeare’s Songbook (all levels; instruments and voices)
Advanced English Country Dance (A)
Intermediate English Country Dance (I and up)
English Country Dance Essentials (B and up)
Introduction to Renaissance Dance (All levels)
12:00-12:30 Free time: Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body (All)
La Contenance Angloise (I-A, voices and instruments)
Beginning Consort Skills (LI-HI)
Masque Scenes (I-A voices, strings and winds, keyboard)
The Music of Purcell (HI-A)
Longsword (All)
The English Waites: Loud Band at the Tudor Court (I-A reeds and brass)
Madrigals from the Triumphs of Oriana (All voices and instruments)
Performance Dance Ensemble (HI-A)
The English Verse Anthem (voices, keyboard or lute, strings & winds)
Recorder Orchestra (I-A recorders)
Apt for Voices and Viols and More! (Advanced strings, winds, voices, keyboard, lute)
Make Your Own Harp and Learn to Play It (all levels)
Arcadian Madrigals (recorders, voices and strings I-A)
Make Your Own Divisions (All soft instruments, all levels)
5:00-5:30 Tea
5:30-6:20 Free time: Informal camper readings, Swimming, Bookstore staffed, Side-by-Side Readings
  Faculty rehearsals
6:30 Dinner
7:45 Mini Presentations
8:15 All Camp Dance
9:45-10:45 Special Events
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