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August 13 - 20, 2016



Ars Musica, Poetica, & Chorea: Matches Made in Heaven

Imagine the stunningly beautiful setting of Pinewoods Camp as a base for exploring the inter-connections of poetic texts, dance rhythms, and various musical forms in early music coupled with a variety of dancing, English country, Baroque, and International folk.

Early Music Week 2016 offers joyful opportunities and challenges to players, singers and dancers of every level, from beginners to the highly experienced. As classes unfold through the week, we will explore and discover the innovation and creativity that lie behind some of the world’s most vibrant and compelling music, listening and playing with deeper understanding, as well as dancing together and enjoying all that the Pinewoods community has to offer. The week also offers two intensives: English Dance Leaders Training in Music and Accademia, a program for advanced singers and players focusing on repertoire from the late Renaissance and early Baroque..

14EMcovInstrumentalists may focus intensively on their primary instruments, enjoying the opportunity to play or sing with others in mixed ensembles and find time to explore something completely new. Singers can delve into early music repertoire in small groups, sing in a chorus and/or collegium, and try an introductory instrumental class. Dancers and ALL will find classes in English country dancing, Baroque dance, and International dance/music. And those wishing to expand their musical horizons are invited to take instrumental or vocal classes. Everyone is invited to enjoy English country dancing, with instruction during the day for all levels. This elegant, low-impact, fun and welcoming style of participatory dance is the highlight of every evening. Dances are led by expert callers with music played by an elegant live band. All are warmly encouraged to participate.

The Week at a glance:

  • Each day will begin with Tai-Chi and vocal and stretching warm-ups.
  • First period morning ensembles are grouped by instrument and level and will also include a Baroque master class for advanced players and singers.
  • English Country dancing instruction by level follows.
  • After lunch, there are two periods, and offerings include:
    • Accademia, a select program for advanced players and singers, (by application)
    • Collegium, open to all intermediate level and up singers and players.
  • Other afternoon classes include:
    • Chorus
    • Introductory instrumental classes (viola, da gamba, harp, flute, bagpipe). Instruments are provided (nominal rental charge for harp).
    • Recorder Orchestra (with wide range of repertoire)
    • Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque ensembles
    • Loud Band
    • International Folk Dance/Music class
    • Baroque Dance
    • English Country Dance
  • Our outstanding faculty includes active professionals and acclaimed teachers and coaches of early winds (recorder, flute, capped reed, shawm, dulcian, sacbut, cornetto) strings (viola da gamba, Baroque violin, cello, vielle, rebec), voice, chorus, harp, keyboard. The program will also include mini lecture/recitals by faculty and side-by-side play/sing-ins, with more advanced participants assisting those less experienced. The week closes with a faculty concert and student performances before a final banquet and celebration.

Experience this in-depth music and dance week surrounded by exceptional natural beauty, with time for relaxation, swimming, hiking, canoeing and delicious home-cooked meals in the open-air dining hall. What better way to get inside music, and to bond with others of like mind, than to play, sing, dance, and learn together in this magical environment?

~ Larry Zukof, 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!

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