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Texas Toot Schedule - Fall 2003

The Toot reserves the right to modify programs and faculty rosters in response to enrollment, playing levels, and student preferences. Though the Toot tradition of being able to choose your classes at the last minute will continue, we wish to give the Faculty an estimate of the number of students to prepare for. The list of classes below is not a complete list and if another class that appeals to you is announced at a later date you are not "bound" to your choices below. When you register, please list the class and instrument choices accordingly, but feel free to attend the classes spontaneously.

For background information about our distinguished faculty members, see the Featured Faculty section.

Susan Barton (viol)

Susan will be teaching beginning viol as well as a technique class on "shaping lines with the bow"; on Sunday she'll offer a class in the "classic viol consort" with music by Byrd & Gibbons.

Becky Baxter (historical harp)

Becky Baxter will be teaching two classes in historical harp technique: one for those with absolutely no harp experience and one for intermediate level harpists. She will also teach two ensemble classes TBA.

Tish Berlin (recorder)

Tish Berlin be teaching "Ricercars & Fugues" and "20th Century music for recorder ensembles", both for upper intermediate to advanced players; technique for intermediate players; "Secular & Sacred songs by Willaert" for intermediate players (singers and viols also welcome); and "Baroque ripieni concerti" for advanced players (on the upper parts) and intermediate players (on the tenor and bass parts).

Frances Blaker (recorder)

Ms. Blaker will be teaching two masterclasses, one for virtuosic Renaissance music (solo pieces such as Ortiz divisions, Van Eyck, or Italian diminution), and one for Baroque repertoire (for advanced recorder players -- perform a sonata movement and receive kind yet demanding critiques); recorder technique for all level with tips and tricks for continual improvement, a class for intermediate recorder and viols to play music from the high Baroque, and a consort class for upper intermediate to advanced recorder and viol players playing examples with exquisite polyphony from the Bologna MS Q18 (all parts are interesting and challenging).

James Brown (viol)

James will be teaching a class delving into laments from the high Baroque by Bach, etc., for viols and singers. He will also offer a classes for viol consorts and a rousing class for 'violin band'.

Bruce Brogdon (lute)

Bruce will be teaching lute technique, lute song class (in conjunction with Danny Johnson) and beginning lute.

Therese Honey (harps)

Therese Honey will teach a class in Irish music, especially that of O'Carolan -- chordal instruments are welcome (and a few melodic instruments would be nice!)

Jan Jackson (recorder)

Jan will teach a class on "Canzonas and Chaconnes" for mixed consort (lower intermediate to intemediate trios, quartets, quintets); a class on articulation ("Developing a flashy tongue"); and beginning recorder.

Danny Johnson (voice and workshop director)

Danny will share a lute song class with Bruce Brogdon; a solo masterclass for advanced singers; and a class exploring Josquin chansons and madrigals.

Susan Richter (ensemble)

Susan will be teaching "Leading an Ensemble": how to lead an ensemble in rehearsal and performance; choosing a tempo, getting started, handling tempo changes, when to stop and restart, leading cutoffs ... and more! Communicating with words, body language, eye contact, gesture, breathing.

Dr. Frank Shirley (recorder)

Frank's class on Saturday will be "Music from Terpsichore" for recorders, viols, lutes, and percussion; on Sunday he will offer "Sacred music by Palestrina and Lassus for recorders"; and he'll be leading the madrigal sing-a-long on Saturday evening.

Dan Stillman (reeds)

Dan will be offering a shawm and sackbut ensemble using repertoire from the newly published "Music for the Duke of Lerma" from Amherst Early Music Edtions; he will also offer a capped reeds ensemble (intermediate), a class in beginning double reeds and one for intermediate level players, and a Renaissance consort for intermediate-advanced winds.

Dale Taylor (winds)

Mr. Taylor's class, "Solving Hemiola-like changes", will address many of the most common problems in Renaissance meter shifts. All instrumentalists and singers are invited. His second class will be a follow-up, in which examples from rhythmically tricky Dufay pieces are played by the class.

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