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Texas Toot, Inc.
(formerly known as The Texas Early Music Festival)

Who We Are

 
The Texas Toot is a Texas-based non-profit devoted to early music education and performance, presenting two workshops each year. The Fall Texas Toot is a short weekend workshop with instruction in recorders, viols, early reeds, harp, lute, voice, and more. The Summer Texas Toot offers a one-week program of classes at all levels, focusing on Renaissance and Baroque music, but with offerings for Medieval and 21st century enthusiasts as well. Expert instructors in recorder, viol, early reeds, lute, harp, and voice will tend to young professionals, seasoned amateurs, and eager beginners with equal care.

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47th Annual Fall Texas Toot
Nov 18 - 20, 2022
featuring
Miyo Aoki, recorders —— Jennifer Carpenter, recorders
Mary Springfels, viols —— Therese Honey, harp

We hope you will join us for the 2022 Fall Toot, with our usual excellent lineup of all-star faculty!

Our classes include an array of introductory and technique classes, small, one-on-a-part ensembles and larger mixed vocal and instrumental groups. The size of the workshop enables us to create classes for all levels of students, from those of modest skills to advanced players and singers.

The Toot once again takes place at the beautiful Lakeview Methodist Conference Center in East Texas. See the maps and directions page to learn more about where we'll be, how to get there, and so on.

In addition to classes, there will be a faculty concert, refreshments, and more.

Full faculty bios, as well as pricing information and other details, can be seen (when available, in September) by clicking on the Fall Toot link on the left.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 information for all registrants:

While it is exciting to return to playing together in person at chapter meetings and workshops, we must do this in a manner that is as safe as possible. For that reason, the Fall Texas Toot requires the following of all students, staff, and faculty, regarding Covid-19:

Vaccination status

All attendees, at registration, must show proof of vaccination (photo of official vaccination card) with a minimum of the primary series and one booster. The primary series is as defined by your choice of vaccine (for example, the first two shots of Pfizer or Moderna, or one shot of Johnson&Johnson). Two booster shots are encouraged but not required.

Covid test status

Attendees must also present a negative Covid test result (a digital photo is adequate) obtained within the 72 hours prior to the start of the Fall Toot. If testing was done at a medical facility, the test result must show the person's name and the date of the test. If a home test was used, a date-stamped photo of the result is adequate. At-home tests are available at many locations such as CVS and Walgreens and are usually covered by one's health insurance.

Indoor masking as feasible

Face masks are strongly encouraged in indoor group settings where it is possible to wear it while playing one's instrument.

Come to the Toot for a great, affordable early music workshop experience! We look forward to welcoming you to our Texas Tradition!

Fond Farewell to Renaissance Polyphony Weekend

It's been an historic run! The very first Renaissance Polyphony Weekend was in April 1991 with a Mass by Victoria. We continued for 30 years, up to when Covid shut us down, as it did so many other important parts of our lives.

Those of you who joined us in 2020 attended the last RPW weekend, though we certainly didn't know that at the time. I know we all have special memories of those years that we will continue to treasure.

We trust that each of you will continue to hold music and choral singing close to your heart.


About the 23rd Summer Texas Toot

May 28 - Jun 3, 2023
featuring

Saskia Coolen, Annette Bauer,
and many more!

Our first Summer Toot at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas was a rousing success! We are ready to make it happen again, and hope that you will join us.

Nestled in the beauty of the Texas Hill Country, Schreiner's campus provides all the classrooms, concert spaces, housing, and meals that you expect as part of the Toot experience. But there is much more!

Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, in this small city right on the Guadalupe River. For walkers, the 5-mile public River Trail has a trailhead right at the university, with a lovely beer garden! For the non-walkers among us, freely available parking lots around the campus make it easier to move from housing to dining to classrooms.

Although it's a little too early to post full information on the 2023 Summer Toot, please check out last year's Toot. Just click on the Summer Toot link on the left. And save the dates: May 29 - June 4, 2023!

The Toot requires that all faculty, staff, and participants be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.



Here are two easy ways to support the Texas Toot, any time of year!

(1) If you are an Amazon or Amazon Prime shopper: click here to sign up for Amazon Smile. Then, just start your shopping from https://smile.amazon.com/, and the Toot will benefit from almost everything you buy — at no extra cost to you!

(2) Donate to the Texas Toot quickly and easily through PayPal. You need not have a PayPal account; they will securely process a payment from your own credit card.

Press the Donate button below to go to the Paypal site; enter your payment information and the amount to give once you are on their secure site (look for a Lock symbol, or the URL starting "https" to see that it is secured).

The Texas Toot is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, organized "to promote the preservation and performance of early music by amateur musicians with voice and reproductions of period instruments". Donations to the Texas Toot are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, and you will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

     
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