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Classes at Early Music Week

 


" Splendid mix of hard work and utter hilarity!"

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Daily classes form the heart of the Early Music Week experience. You can look forward to:

A variety of classes from beginning to advanced levels, taught by an experienced faculty of teacher/performers

When registering, the participants indicate their level of playing through answering a questionnaire. This information helps the faculty to form classes with compatible players. One of the advantages of our small program is that the participants get to be well known, and the class registration can be flexible. Our main goal is to create an optimal experience for each participant.

Our faculty are experienced teachers of voice, recorder, viol, lute, guitar, harpsichord, cello, and violin, and these are the instruments which our participants generally play. This is not to say that we will not also welcome other early winds, strings and keyboard players! Our morning classes are mostly small mixed ensembles and unmixed consorts of less than 8. Larger groups may form in the afternoon for as many as will.

The classes generally focus on the theme of the week, though Jay Rosenberg also often teaches his specialty, Sephardic music. Voice classes by Pamela Dellal focus on helping singers to make their voices more responsive as instruments, and bringing expression to each type of repertoire. Singers may expect to have an opportunity to work with basso continuo and instrumental consorts in solo and ensemble repertoire.baroque ensemble In the viol classes Jane Hershey, Anne Legêne and Josh Schreiber Shalem may touch on technique and practice bowing styles where needed, but mostly delve into the repertoire and explore expressive and accurate ensemble playing. More advanced viol players may have an opportunity to play in mixed baroque chamber ensemble with Larry Wallach, or in mixed ensemble with voices and viols, usually taught by Pamela Dellal and Jane Hershey.  Recorder classes by Roy Sansom involve a fair amount of technique, and a clear focus on acquiring accuracy in part playing. Jay Rosenberg's recorder classes focus primarily on musicianship. Advanced recorder players may expect to be placed in mixed ensemble with viols and voices, or in mixed baroque chamber ensemble with Larry Wallach. Larry's baroque chamber music classes usually employ three to four parts plus continuo. The focus here is on stylistic interpretation and musical expression. Some years Larry Wallach also teaches English Country Dance Band for a mixed group of instruments.

Students and younger children are most warmly welcomed at World Fellowship Early Music Week. In former years older students with appropriate musical experience have been integrated in the regular classes, making for a delightful mix of ages. If there are a number of young musicians signed up with their parents or other family members, we are very happy to create a class for them. We cannot emphasize enough that this camp is very family friendly. We would love to expand the younger and youngest segment of our participants.

In the later afternoons and evenings our participants often organize informal reading sessions, sometimes with faculty participation. So bring your repertoire or enjoy the faculty's choices! These times are also sometimes used for private lessons with faculty members, for an extra fee.