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Class Descriptions and Schedule
for the 2nd Summer Texas Toot

June 4 - 10, 2000

Classes will be held Monday - Friday, two classes in the morning, and three classes in the afternoon. Saturday morning will have a truncated class schedule to accommodate the Student Concert after lunch. On the registration form you should indicate your choice of classes for each class period. Additional details, including your class assignments, campus maps, etc., will be included in your registration packet.

This online version of the Class Descriptions contains the most up-to-date version of the class schedule. It also includes descriptions of the Third Afternoon Session that were inadvertently omitted from the printed brochure.

Please note that The Texas Toot reserves the right to substitute faculty or to change classes or scheduling due to extenuating circumstances.

Overview of the Week
  • 4:00 pm Sunday, June 4     On campus check-in begins.
  • 7:30 pm Sunday, June 4     Large group playing, led by David Barton

  • 9:00 am - 5:20 pm Monday through Friday     Daily classes (see descriptions below), with breaks and lunch
  • 7:30 pm Monday through Friday     Special Evening Events (see descriptions below)

  • Saturday morning     Truncated classes, schedule to be announced
  • Saturday after lunch     Student Recital, schedule to be announced
  • Saturday after Student Recital     depart, and start planning to attend the Fall Toot!
First Morning Session 9:00-10:20 am

English Consort Music
(four concurrent ensembles)
Instructors: Flanders Recorder Quartet
This class consists of four concurrent running ensembles of different technical levels of ability. Each group will be led by one member of the Flanders Recorder Quartet. The repertoire to be played and studied is: the music of Holborne, Byrd, Dowland, Tye, Brade, and other composers of the Golden Age in England.

Viola da Gamba Technique
Instructor: Harriet Woldt
Bowing and shifting is the focus of this year's technique class for viol players.

Beginning Historical Harp Technique
Instructor: Becky Baxter
This class is for students with absolutely no harp experience and for lever or pedal harpists who want an introduction to various historical harp techniques and considerations, such as: pinching/fretting for making chromatic pitch alterations, scordatura tunings, adaptation/modification of modern pedal harp position, and playing multi-row instruments. It will include a survey and comparison of early harps (12th through 17th centuries) and a brief overview of early harp repertoire. There will be many different historical harps available to use in the class.

Beginning Recorder
Instructor: Jan Jackson
This class is for those who have no recorder-playing experience whatsoever - NONE. We will start with the first three notes on the instrucment. The class is free for spouses and children of workshop participants.

Renaissance Violin Band
Instructor: Susan Barton
The Renaissance Violin Band was the primary instrumental ensemble for dancing in the courts of Europe. We'll find that the dance music many of us are accustomed to playing on recorders or viols sounds fresh and lively on violin family instruments. Repertoire will be selected from editions by Attaignant, Brade, Simpson, Holborne, and Scheidt. Violinists, violists, and cellists needed - either baroque or modern instruments acceptable. Early bows provided.

Beginning Lute
Instructor: Bruce Brogdon
Students will work on mastering the fundamentals of Renaissance lute technique. No prior knowledge of plucked string instruments is required. There will be at least three lutes available for load during the workshop.

Second Morning Session 10:30-11:50 am

Avant Garde Recorder Music
Instructor: Paul Van Loey of the Flanders Recorder Quartet

Recorder Technique
Instructor: Joris Van Goethem of the Flanders Recorder Quartet

Mixed Ensemble with Lutes
Instructor: Bruce Brogdon
Viol players, recorder players, and singers are welcome in this class. We will explore 16th century ensemble repertoire, including dance music and chanson, which lends itself to plucked, bowed, and blown instruments (although shawms and krummhorns need not apply). All music will be provided. Moderate sight reading experience is all that is necessary.

Krummhorns Class
Instructor: Sara Funkhouser or David Barton
For the serious krummhorn player (or is this an oxymoron?). A class to explore the literature and to work on technique.

Vielles and Rebecs
Instructor: Susan Barton
We will explore Medieval and early Renaissance repertoire for vielles and rebecs, including music from the Musica Britannica Henry VIII book, music by Dufay, and/or part music by Hans Gerle and others. Problems in vielle/rebec technique and tuning will be studied and practiced in the context of the repertoire.

Lunch Break Noon-1:00 pm

First Afternoon Session 1:00-2:20 pm

Coaching for Recorder Ensembles
Instructor: Han Tol of Flanders Recorder Quartet
Bring your own ensemble or we'll form one from class registrants.

Renaissance Recorder Class
Instructor: Bart Spanhove of the Flanders Recorder Quartet
Play the big recorders and learn historical fingerings. Eight-foot and four-foot ensemble.

Extending Your Repertoire
Instructor: Harriet Woldt
Viol players will study madrigals, dances, and collections of music from the Danish court.

Beginning Viol
Instructor: Susan Barton
This class is for all who want to try the viola da gamba for the first time, or have played just a little bit and want to get a solid start on the viol. We'll learn where the strings are, what many of the notes are, and practice basic bowing and fingering techniques. Simple part-music will be attempted as we explore the resources of early music's most accessible bowed string instrument. Treble, tenor, and bass viols are available to use for the week.

Music of the Spanish Golden Age
Instructor: Becky Baxter
This class is open for a mixed ensemble of bowed and plucked strings and soft wind instruments. Percussion players are also welcome. Harps will provide the foundation for the music to be studied. We will examine ways to arrange for instrumental ensemble and sometimes improvise on harp/keyboard and vihuela intabulations of vocal music and dance variations. The Spanish had a taste for popular Franco-Flemish chanson as well as Italian dances, in addition to their own cancions and danzas. We will explore a wide variety of music styles from the Spanish perspective.

Renaissance Beginning Double Reeds
Instructor: Sara Funkhouser
Experience the joys of the double reed ensemble. Enhance your lung capacity and vent your frustrations. The class will focus on basic literature, tone production and technique. Instruments provided.

Second Afternoon Session 2:30-3:50 pm

Medieval and Early Renaissance English Music
Instructor: Danny Johnson
This class is for voices, plucked strings, drones, bowed instruments, recorders and flutes; much of the repertoire is of intermediate to difficult range, some sight-reading ability is suggested. All voice ranges are applicable.

Brady Dances and Deering Fantasias
Instructor: Harriet Woldt >Viol players will examine this repertoire from the German and English Renaissance.

Loud Band
Instructor: Sara Funkhouser
For experienced double reed and sackbut players. Your chance to revel in the advanced literature and to get assistance with problems you may have - such as reeds, technique, and tone production.

Third Afternoon Session 4:00-5:20 pm

Singing for the Non-Singer
Instructor: Danny Johnson
Singing should be fun for all musicians but it can be more fun if you do it correctly and know how to use your body efficiently. If you like to sing in your car or in the shower or hidden in a vast choir, pluck up your courage and come work on breathing, releasing tension, comfortable dynamics, pleasing timbre in a completely non-threatening atmosphere ... we'll go as far as you want.

Recorder Orchestra (large ensemble-all levels combined)
Instructors: Flanders Recorder Quartet

Hurdy Gurdy Class
Instructor: Dave Barton

Gibbons, Byrd, and Lawes for Gamba Players
Instructor: Harriet Woldt
Viol players take a close look at this lovely English music.

Making Percussion Instruments
Instructor: Peggy Sexton
This class will consist of converting modern percussion instruments to renaissance instruments and making instruments from commonly available products. There will be extra fees involved for this course, payable to the instructor. Persons signing up for this class will be contacted.

Evening Events 7:30 pm

Sunday Large group playing, led by David Barton
Monday The Great Texas Krummhorn Konklave
Tuesday Concert by the Flanders Recorder Quartet
Wednesday Large group playing, with double choir, led by David Barton
Thursday Masterclass session coached by members of the Flanders Recorder Quartet
Friday Short faculty recital and night on the town
     
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