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15th Summer Toot - 2013

The Summer Toot is privileged to offer an outstanding faculty of both local and guest instructors for our participants. This section includes biographical information for each of the individuals or ensembles teaching at the Toot this year. We also show the classes that each instructor will teach, with a brief description of the material and class level.

Faculty by Last Name: Faculty by Instrument:

Saskia Coolen
Carol Deihl
Becky Baxter
Scott Horton
Daniel Johnson
Brady Lanier
Peter Maund
Susan Richter
Frank Shirley
Mary Springfels
Robert Wiemken
Tom Zajac

Recorders: Reeds, Ensemble: Percussion: Voice: Viols and other Bowed Strings: Lute and Harp:

Saskia Coolen — Recorders (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2013, Saskia Coolen will teach:
Fool for Follia: Playing and listening to original compositions on the popular ground and making own variations. Recorders, upper intermediate to advanced
20th century class: works by Willem Wander van Nieuwkerk: Theater Tango (1996), The Bridal Kiss (2013). Music written for the Brisk Recorder Quartet, of which Saskia is a part. Recorders, upper intermediate to advanced
Les goûts réünies: Masterclass for advanced recorder players on the differences and similarities in French & Italian Baroque music. For advanced recorder players

Frank Shirley — Recorders (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2013, Frank Shirley will teach:
Sacred and Secular: Music of Orlando di Lasso and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Recorders, intermediate to advanced
Renaissance Canzonas, Sonatas and Ricercari, for single choir and for multiple choirs: music by Giovanni Gabrieli, Andrea Gabrieli, Giuseppe Guami, and others. Recorders, 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 recorders
Monday Siesta: Early Renaissance Exports to Italy from Flanders: Music of Josquin, Isaac and Obrecht. Recorders, intermediate to advanced

Susan Richter — Recorders (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2013, Susan Richter will teach:
Beginning recorder: welcoming those who are coming from another instrument, starting from scratch, or wanting to learn those mysterious "C fingerings" (or "F fingerings", as the case may be). All welcome!
Swing time for recorders: playing a lot of good recorder arrangements of Tin Pan Alley tunes, jazz standards, golden swing era tunes, and jazz-influenced modern compositions. Learn how to phrase and shape jazz rhythms, get comfortable with syncopation, and discover that "swing rhythm" is a very old concept. Recorder, intermediate and up. Adventuresome strings also welcome.

Mary Springfels — Viola da gamba (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2013, Mary Springfels will teach:
The Wild Ouest: Late medieval music from Southwest France and Aragon. Not for tenderfeet. Advanced voices and instruments
Giaches de Wert: The greatest composer you've never heard of. Explore the works of the great Mantuan musician. Viols, upper-intermediate to advanced
The Cloister Imagined: Renaissance music from the nunneries of Bologna by Banchieri and others. (With Brady Lanier) Voices and viols, upper intermediate
Tuesday Siesta: Tapas: Villancicos and Ensaladas of the 16th Century. (With Brady Lanier) Voices and instruments, upper intermediate

Carol Deihl — Beginning viols (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2013, Carol Deihl will teach:
Duke, Duke, Duke, Duke of Lerma: Selections from the manuscripts of the San Pedro church in Lerma, Spain. Orlando de Lassus, Morales, Guerrero, and more! Viols, lower-intermediate and up
Beginning (and Confused) Viols: Learn to play the viola da gamba from the very beginning, hone your skills if you've already begun, or bring your questions and problems. Some viols will be available for loan; please email info@toot.org to inquire. All welcome! Attend all week, or just drop in.
Quintessential Italian - Double Choir: Gabrielli, Canali, Bonelli, and more! Need 8 (at least) instruments; Louds welcome too! All instruments, lower-intermediate and up.

Brady Lanier — Viols (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2013, Brady Lanier will teach:
In Nomine: 6 & 7 part pieces by Purcell, Parsons, etc. Intermediate viols
Beginnings and Endings: focusing on ensemble work, mostly homophonic music Lower to intermediate viols
The Cloister Imagined: Renaissance music from the nunneries of Bologna by Banchieri and others. (With Mary Springfels) Voices and viols, upper intermediate
Tuesday Siesta: Tapas: Villancicos and Ensaladas of the 16th Century. (With Mary Springfels) Voices and instruments, upper intermediate
Wednesday Siesta: 20th Century Viol Presents -- Transcriptions/arrangements of Shostakovich, Ligeti, Piazzola, Sheryl Crow, etc. UI/advanced viols

Robert Wiemken — Renaissance Double Reeds (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2013, Bob Wiemken will teach:
A Florentine Carnival: Music for Alta Capella that decorated festival occasions at the court of the Medici family in Florence from the late 15th through the mid 16th centuries Intermediate to advanced players of shawms, cornetti, sackbuts & dulcians
Musique de Joye: Ricercar, Canzona and Dance from Renaissance Lyons - a tour of the famous printed edition of Jacques Modernes for mixed instrumental ensemble, with some reading from the original notation Intermediate to advanced instruments (recorders, viols, sackbuts and dulcians)
Double-reed technique class: brushing up on embouchure, breathing, articulation, reeds, intonation. For players of shawms and dulcians, intermediate to advanced
Thursday Siesta: So you want to play a shawm! Introduction to early double reeds for interested beginners, with chance to play the full shawm consort All welcome

Tom Zajac — Louds, Ensemble (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2013, Tom Zajac will teach:
Cabinet of Curiosities: The Renaissance phenomenon of the Cabinet of Curiosities. Upper intermediate to advanced instrumentalists only
Spain in Italy: Music from 15th and 16th-century Naples while under Aragonese rule; will include songs from the Montecassino MS, villanelle, Diego Ortiz sacred works, Gesualdo motets and madrigals and lots more. For advanced recorder players
Llibre Vermell: The Llibre Vermell (the Red Book) is a collection of devotional materials including ten songs, mostly in praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was produced for the use of pilgrims while visiting the sacred site of the Black Madonna at Montserrat (the serrated mountain) in Catalonia. The collection of dance songs, virelais and one motet has an immediacy and popular appeal rare in 14th-century musical literature. All levels, instruments and voices.
Friday Siesta: Dreamland: meditative music appropriate for the siesta period. Easy to read, beautiful and languid music to restore and revive before the rest of your day. Instruments, all levels

Peter Maund — Percussion (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2013, Peter Maund will teach:
Songs, dances, and instrumental music from the middle ages and beyond: we'll play percussion-friendly medieval and renaissance music from europe as well as traditional, folk, and classical music from around the world. We will stretch our concepts of rhythm and meter while exploring typical (and atypical!) dance rhythms. All instruments, all levels.
Instrumental and vocal music of the Middle Ages: We'll prepare and perform vocal music and instrumental arrangements of music from the Cantigas de Santa Maria, Llivre Vermell, and the Sephardic repertoire. Intermediate and advanced players and singers
Beat Generation: An introduction to playing hand drums and other percussion instruments. We'll learn basic playing techniques for percussion instruments commonly used in medieval and Renaissance music. We'll explore rhythms, improvise pieces, and accompany music from the Mediterranean to the British Isles. Some instruments will be provided but, if possible, please bring a hand drum or tambourine. No experience necessary —all levels welcome.
Monday Siesta: Drum Circle For All!

JiMin Kim — Harpsichord (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2013, JiMin Kim will teach:
Harpsichord. Intermediate to advanced players.

Scott Horton — Lute (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2013, Scott Horton will teach:
Lute Ensemble Lutes, all levels
17th century continuo: Must have at least intermediate playing ability but no previous experience in continuo is fine. For lutes, harps, keyboards!
Lute and harp ensemble Lute and harp players, intermediate and up, must have some fundamental sight reading skills.
Airs and solo madrigals and more from France, Spain, & Italy for voice and lute. Intermediate to advanced singers. Lutenists may audit and might play as well.

Becky Baxter — Early Harps (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2013, Becky Baxter will teach:
Grounds From Ortiz On the Harp: This class will explore various dance grounds using the Diego Ortiz publication "Tratado de Glosas" from 1553. We will break down various possibilities on how to improvise these grounds at any level of technical ability on the harp. Harps, all levels
Troubador Music: Medieval French vocal music as harp solo or to accompany a singer. This class will involve discussion, analysis, historically informed decision making and playing. Harps, all levels
Buon Natale: This class will involve playing through numerous early music examples of Christmas music from Italy, Spain and France for harp solo or harp plus friend(s). Harps, all levels
Tuesday Siesta: Harp Technique Review: Using a lovely piece "L'anglaise Nouvelle" from a French harp method book published by Francois Vincent Corbelin in 1779, in this class we will brush up on fingering, playing intervals of thirds, sixths and octaves, arpeggios and chord inversions. By the end of the class, we will have all of the preparations underway for playing a lovely 18th century French harp solo. Harps, intermediate and above

Daniel Johnson — Voice and Ensemble (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2013, Danny Johnson will teach:
The Solo song: Technique and performance practice in 17th & 18th century vocal works from France, Spain, & Italy for voice and continuo. Singers, upper-intermediate to advanced
Airs and solo madrigals and more from France, Spain, & Italy for voice and lute. Intermediate to advanced singers. Lutenists may audit and might play as well.

     
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