em cover

August 12 - 19, 2017



Masters and Mentors Through the Ages

Early Music Week 2017 offers joyful opportunities and challenges to players, singers and dancers of every level, from beginners to the highly experienced. Classes will explore the innovation and creativity that lie behind some of the world’s most vibrant and compelling music while strengthening technique and musicianship skills.

The week also offers Accademia, an intensive program of High Renaissance Ensembles for advanced voices, viol and wind players with strong sight-reading skills (16th c. viols and recorders provided for student use).

Less experienced recorder players who want to focus on improving their technique and rhythmic skills can opt for Recorder Boot Camp classes.

14EMcovInstrumentalists may focus intensively on their primary instruments, enjoying the opportunity to play with others in mixed ensembles and find time to explore something completely new. Singers can delve into early music repertoire in small groups and sing in a chorus and/or a mixed consort, and try an introductory instrumental class. Dancers (and those interested in dance) will find classes in English country dancing and historic dance. 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 (see daily schedule for details):

  • Each day will begin with Tai-Chi (pre-breakfast) and vocal and stretching warm-ups for those who wish immediately after breakfast.
  • Morning ensembles are grouped by instrument and level and will also include a Baroque master class for more advanced players.
  • English Country dancing instruction by level follows.
  • Break for swimming/relaxing before lunch
  • Afternoon offerings include:
    • Collegium, open to intermediate level and up singers and players.
    • Recorder Orchestra for high intermediate and up players (with wide range of repertoire)
    • Recorder Boot Camp for upper beginner to Intermediate players
    • Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque ensembles
    • Loud Band
    • Balkan and Mediterranean music class
    • Playing for English Country Dance
    • Body Mapping Class
    • Introductory instrumental classes in flute, bagpipe, and *viola da gamba). Instruments are provided.
    • Historic Dance
  • *(offered in AM only)
  • Tea
  • Dinner followed by special events and dancing for all

Our outstanding faculty includes active professionals and acclaimed teachers and coaches of early winds (recorder, flute, capped reed/bagpipe, shawm, dulcian, sacbut, cornetto) strings (viola da gamba, Baroque violin, vielle, rebec), voice, chorus, harp, lute, and keyboard. The program also includes mini lecture/recitals by faculty as well as 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!

Once again, we will be joined by the Sierra Club, with 20 people using camp as their home base while they do service work with the Wildlands Trust. They will eat with us and, during their off hours, they will join us for dancing, swimming and socializing.

Go To Top