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38th Fall Toot - 2013

The Fall Toot 2013 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:

Frances Blaker
Bruce Brogdon
Al Cofrin
Carol Deihl
Therese Honey
Jan Jackson
Daniel Johnson
Jane Leggiero
Susan Richter
Frank Shirley
Ros Morley
Tom Zajac

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

Frances Blaker — Recorders (back to top)

At the Fall Toot this year, Frances Blaker will teach:

Technique Clinic: your chance to learn better recorder techniques for breathing, blowing, fingering and tonguing and to solve problems that have been holding you back. All recorder players
Chanson and Madrigal: an exploration of these two vocal forms from the 16th century. Lassus, Rore, Sermisy and others. Intermediate & up recorder, strings, voices.
14th and 15th Century: French and Franco-Flemish as well as Italian composers: Dufay, Landini and others. For recorders, viols who like treble clef, singers. Upper Intermediate-Advanced players
The Serious Side of Mr Purcell: dig in to the four-part fantasies: the full decadent flowering of renaissance counterpoint by that Baroque favorite, Henry Purcell. Intermediate & up players
The Lighter Side of Mr Purcell: set aside that heavy counterpoint and play choice gems from Purcell's theater music and that of his contemporaries. Intermediate & up players

Ros Morley — Viols (back to top)

At this year's Fall Toot, Ros Morley will teach:

"If you like Jenkins, you'll love Lupo!" Viol consorts in 5 or 6 parts. Needs 2 treble viols at least. Upper Intermediate-Advanced viols
"If you like Lupo, you'll love Coprario!" Viol consorts in 5 or 6 parts. Intermediate & up viols
Soothe the Soul: a trek through some of the ayres of Dowland's last book, A Pilgrimes Solace, 1612. Intermediate but tricky; viols & lutes, 4-part singers
An Englishman Abroad: Dances from Thomas Simpson's Taffel-Consort of 1621 (Top parts high-intermediate to advanced, lower parts intermediate) Intermediate & up viols & recorders
Music from the Mellon Chansonnier. This 15th century French songbook offers complex rhythms and fabulous playing opportunities.) Upper Intermediate viols, low recorders, mezzo-soprano singers

Therese Honey — Historical Harps (back to top)

This Fall, Therese Honey will be teaching:

Harp technique All harps.
Canarios: play several composer's versions & adapt them for harp Harps, intermediate and up.
Bicinia: 15th c. duos playable on the harp; other instruments welcome. Open to all.
Playford tunes Open to all.
Estampie: Create an estampie based on one of the Cantigas de Santa Maria Open to all.

Tom Zajac — Reeds, Ensemble (back to top)

This Fall, Tom Zajac will be teaching:

Ren Hit Parade, part 1. The top 10 (or 12 or 15 or 20) most beautiful love songs of the Renaissance. We will play through a bunch of songs selected by the teacher, and then vote at the end; we can then post on YouTube when we have decided the order. Open to all
Ren Hit Parade, part 2: See description of part 1. Please do not sign up for both sections. Open to all
Medieval avant garde: Experimentation in polyphonic music from 1200 to 1400. Upper Intermediate-Advanced players
Fernandes consort: The music of 17th-C Mexican composer Gaspar Fernandes. Advanced players - need at least 6
Scottish Renaissance: Music of the Scottish Renaissance, sacred works and secular songs. Open to all

Bruce Brogdon — Lute (back to top)

This Fall, Bruce Brogdon will be teaching:

Lute Ensemble All lutes
Lute and harp ensemble All lutes & harps
Lute petting zoo: Lute technique for beginners. Open to all
Lute song class: Elizabethan lute songs, team taught with Danny Johnson. Intermediate & up players and singers
Early 17th continuo song and airs de cour: From England, France, & Italy. Purcell, Caccini, Lambert, and more (team taught with Danny Johnson). Intermediate & up players and singers

Jan Jackson — Recorders (back to top)

This Fall, Jan Jackson will teach:

Beginning recorder: Learn to play the recorder before playing written music! All the bad habits to avoid on recorder---and good ones to develop! Open to all
Now we are Three: Playing ensemble music for beginning recorderists. Simple trios to tempt and attempt. Lower Intermediate & up recorders
Medieval Motets: for Mid-level, Wannabe Medievalists. Sightreading and polishing as much as possible. Intermediate Recorders

Frank Shirley — Recorders (back to top)

This Fall, Frank Shirley will teach:

Music of Josquin des Prez (c. 1455 - 1521), trendsetter of Renaissance polyphony at the turn of the 16th century. Intermediate Recorders
Priuli, Guami, and Gabrieli -- Masters of the Italian Canzona. Intermediate Recorders
Gems of J. S. Bach: Some fantastic fugues and the beautiful Motet #6. Intermediate-Advanced Recorders
The Fantasia in England of the 16th and 17th Centuries: Music of Byrd, Gibbons and Purcell. Intermediate-Advanced Recorders

Carol Deihl — Beginning Viols (back to top)

At the Toot this Fall, Carol Deihl will teach:

Alas and Alack in Henry VIII's court: Alas, alack, we sigh for these lovely songs from the court of Henry VIII. Open to all, including singers
Beginning viol, Session 1 Learn to hold and play viol, from the very beginning - open to all. Open to all
Beginning viol Session 2 Open only to those who were in Session 1, or who already play a bit on the viol. Open to almost all

Jane Leggiero — Viols (back to top)

At the Toot this Fall, Jane Leggiero will teach:

Memento Mei: Josquin's beloved four voice Ave Maria, complemented by a stunning reworking by Ludwig Senfl. Open to all
Ride 'em, Cowboy: We'll explore the genius of Orlando di Lasso through of his motets. By turns stunningly gorgeous, harmonically adventurous, deeply reflective, and joyously exuberant, Lasso will rope you in like no other. [Get it? Because Texas.] Open to all
Semper Dowland, sed non Semper Dolens: We all love the lachrimae, but Dowland wrote some pretty rollicking dance tunes as well. We'll play some of these and get a feel for the dance forms. Ornamentation appropriate to this era and kind of music will be introduced as well. Open to all viols, lutes
Take a Bow: Singers have breath, we have the bow. Learn to use every inch of playable hair to your advantage to unlock the true voice of your instrument. We will talk about bow control as a means to an end of greater expression and rhythmic clarity. Viols only, all levels

Al Cofrin — Reeds, Ensemble (back to top)

At the Toot this Fall, Al Cofrin will teach:

Modal Improvisation, part 1: Free Form. This class will explore the 8 "church"modes that were the backbone of pre 15th c. music and how to utilize these "scales" into improvisational tunes that do not require any music to perform. Open to all
Modal Improvisation, part 2: Rhythmic. This class is a continuation of Modal Improvisation, part 1 wherein the students will utilize their newfound skills to create short melodies applied to a meter. Open to all
Exploring the Cantigas de Santa Maria. Who does not love the songs from the Cantigas de Santa Maria, with their delightful spiritual irreverence and catchy tunes? The class will address 3 tunes from this massive codex Open to all
Renaissance Dance music in support of dance performances. So much 16th c. dance music is published, but very little information is provided on how to perform them except in a concert setting. This class will address the tunes with respect to their original purpose and context: to support a choreographed dance. Open to all
Medieval instrumentalist: The illiterate virtuoso (ear training games). This is the final chapter of Improvisation classes that will challenge the students to apply their melodic-on-the-spot creations by playing musical games with the entire class. The games include: The Ever Changing Rumor, The Estampie, The Chase, and Point/counterpoint. (theorized medieval music drinking games) Open to all

Susan Richter — Reeds, Ensemble (back to top)

At the Toot this Fall, Susan Richter will teach:

Recorders in Swing: Learn about 20th century swing phrasing and style, while playing through recorder settings of popular swing-era tunes. Intermediate & up recorders
Double Reed Petting Zoo: try out a shawm, dulcian, kortholt or krummhorn. And I have a brand new instrument, a tenor douçaine, to try! Anyone welcome!

Daniel Johnson — Voice and Ensemble (back to top)

This Fall, Daniel Johnson will be teaching:

Lute song class: Elizabethan lute songs, team taught with Bruce Brogdon. Intermediate & up players and singers
Early 17th continuo song and airs de cour: From England, France, & Italy. Purcell, Caccini, Lambert, and more (team taught with Bruce Brogdon). Intermediate & up players and singers

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