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Faculty Members
12th Summer Toot - 2010

The Summer Toot is privileged to offer an outstanding faculty of both local and guest instructors for our participants. This section includes biographical information on each of the individuals or ensembles teaching at the Toot this year.

Faculty by Last Name: Faculty by Instrument:

Annette Bauer
Bruce Brogdon
James Brown
Jennifer Carpenter
Saskia Coolen
Therese Honey
Scott Horton
Jan Jackson
Daniel Johnson
Mary Springfels
Frank Shirley
Jenifer Thyssen
Robert Wiemken
Keith Womer

Recorders: Reeds, Ensemble: Voice: Viols and other Bowed Strings: Lute and Harp: Harpsichord / Continuo:

The class descriptions below are offered here for your perusal and consideration, even though we are not yet taking class selections. This year, we will arrange the classes into an actual schedule before letting you sign up, so that you can choose classes in a more predictable way.

The class schedule and selection form should be online by May 10 or so. In the meantime, take a look below and start dreaming!

Saskia Coolen — Recorders (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2010, Saskia Coolen will teach:

Recorder masterclass — For advanced and high intermediate players. Everybody should prepare at least one piece to work on, focusing on music from 17th-18th c. France & Italy. Open for active players and auditors as well.

Recorder technique — Come with all questions about use of breath, tongue and fingers! Lots of playful exercises. Limited to 12 participants. (Intermediate to Advanced)

Modern Recorder Ensemble — Exciting modern repertoire for 4, 5, up to 10 players. Good sight reading is very helpful, of course! (Intermediate to Advanced)

Siesta: Make your own diminutions — Learn to make diminutions on a simple melody. (Intermediate and up)

Annette Bauer — Recorders (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2010, Annette Bauer will teach:

"Petrucci's Prints" - music from the first music prints: Odhecaton A, Canti B and Canti C, published in the early 16th century in Venice. (Intermediate and up)

"Ground Basses Galore" - La Folia, Passamezzo Moderno and Antico, La Gamba etc... (all levels)

"Playing Away from the Page" — If you feel like you are stuck obsessively to the dots on the page in front of you when you are playing music, this class just might be for you. We will explore the process of memorization process of music, learn pieces by ear, and discover basic tools for improvisation. (all levels, all instruments)

Siesta: "Notation 101 - a first glimpse into 16th century mensural notation"- A plaine and easy introduction to the mysteries of reading early music from facsimile sources. (all levels)

Jennifer Carpenter — Recorders (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2010, Jennifer Carpenter will teach:

Music in Circles: We will explore the various forms of imitative writing, from Medieval caccias or catches to late Renaissance imitative polyphony. Extremely clever, frequently witty, and occasionally bawdy, these imitative songs will not fail to entertain! (Intermediate to Upper-intermediate viols and recorders)

Viva Vivaldi!: Ensemble sonatas and concerti by Vivaldi, Corelli, and Geminiani (Advanced recorders)

Cori spezzati recorders: Italian consort music for divided choirs (Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate recorders)

Jan Jackson — Recorders (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2010, Jan Jackson will teach:

Late Medieval Secular Trios — Tricky but fun repertoire from c.1400 for recorders. (Intermediate-Advanced)

Warm-up exercises to Make you Hot — with and without sound, and with/ without the recorder as well as with both. (all levels)

Ensemble class of Renaissance Sacred Music (Intermediate and up)

Frank Shirley — Recorders (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2010, Frank Shirley will teach:

French Music from the Renaissance (Sacred and Secular): We will play the music of Mouton, Le Jeune, Gombert and others. (Intermediate to Advanced)

"The William Tell Overture" and Other Fun Arrangements: Kick back and relax at the end of the day with some music to play just for fun -- Ragtime, Light Classical Works, and maybe a Sousa march or two. We will, however, work to play them well. (Intermediate and up)

"Madrigal Singing (Not just Fa-la-la's!)" — Not to replace the after-dinner sessions, but we will take the time to learn to sing some of the more difficult and expressive madrigals well. (all singers)

Mary Springfels — Viola da gamba (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2010, Mary Springfels will teach:

Portrait of a Renaissance City: Brughes, mostly Obrecht (Upper Intermediate — Advanced)

English Composers Abroad: also late 15th C; mostly Oporto ms (Upper Intermediate — Advanced)

Bonfire of the Vanities-Laude and motets based on texts by Savonarola. Neat stuff. (Intermediate)

Siesta: viol tablature made easy!

James Brown — Viols (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2010, James Brown will teach:

Cancionero Crawl - Explore the wealth of Spanish vocal and instrumental music suitable for viol contained in the copious extant Cancioneros (Palacio, Colombina, Calabria, Medinaceli). Tenors must be able to read alto clef and treble clef down the octave. (Upper Intermediate — Advanced)

Siesta: French consort music - A wide smorgasbord of fantasias, dances and chanson settings for four part viols - Geoffroy, Caurroy, Attaingnant, Jacques Moderne. tTTB and ttTB. Tenors must be able to read alto clef and treble clef down the octave. (Upper Intermediate — Advanced)

Robert Wiemken — Winds, Reeds, Ensemble (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2010, Bob Wiemken will teach:

Double-reed technique class — for players of shawms and dulcians (all levels)

Iberia Resplendens: Music from the Great Cathedrals of Spain, Portugal and the New World for Loud Band (high intermediate to advanced players of shawms, cornetti, sackbuts & dulcians)

Orphan to Queen: Music in Florence and Paris during the life and reign of Catherine de Medici, Patroness of the Arts (singers and loud band, preferably HI to Advanced)

Siesta: Poetry & Music: What is a 'dactyl' and why you should know! (all levels)

Bruce Brogdon — Lute (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2010, Bruce Brogdon will teach:

Harp and lute ensemble — some Spanish music covered in earlier Toots, plus some Italian music as well. (Lutes and harps, Lower intermediate and up)

Renaissance song class — some French literature as well as the English repertoire (with Danny Johnson) (Lutes: Intermediate — Advanced; Singers: Intermediate — Advanced )

Renaissance lute technique — focussing on treble/ground duets, as well as possible improvisation over grounds. (Lutes and harps, Intermediate — Advanced)

Scott Horton — Lute (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2010, Scott Horton will teach:

Baroque lute technique class (all levels)

Continuo song class — style and technique of 17th-18th century vocal rep (with Danny Johnson) (Lutes: Intermediate — Advanced; Singers: Intermediate — Advanced )

Therese Honey — Early Harps (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2010, Therese Honey will teach:

Harp technique class (All levels)

Estampie class for all instruments (Intermediate and up)

Melodies from the "Caledonian Pocket Companion" by James Oswald, issued in 12 books between c. 1745-1760 (for all instruments, all levels)

Siesta: harp petting zoo

Keith Womer — Harpsichord & Continuo (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2010, Keith Womer will teach:

Harpsichord technique class, featuring Couperin's Art of Playing the Harpsichord and the teaching pieces of Bach and Purcell (all levels)

Siesta: Deciphering the mysteries of keyboard temperament. (all levels)

Daniel Johnson — Voice and Ensemble (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2010, Danny Johnson will teach:

Continuo song class — style and technique of 17th-18th century vocal rep (with Scott Horton) (Lutes: Intermediate — Advanced; Singers: Intermediate — Advanced )

Renaissance song class — some French literature as well as the English repertoire (with Bruce Brogdon) (Lutes: Intermediate — Advanced; Singers: Intermediate — Advanced )

     
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