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10th Summer Toot - 2008
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.
At the Texas Toot Summer 2008, Alison Melville will teach:
Baroque Caledonia (and Hibernia): exploring Scottish and Irish 'art'
and traditional music — for ensemble, duo, solo. (Upper Intermediate)
Improvisation class: broaden your horizons (and challenge your
worries!) as we explore various improvisation techniques, including
'divisions on a ground'. (Intermediate & Higher)
20th-century All sorts: consort music in various styles.
(Intermediate & Higher)
Flute class: Sampler class offered during the "siesta" period:
On Monday: Medieval/Renaissance flute; Wednesday: Baroque
flute; on Friday: Caledonian flute
At the Texas Toot Summer 2008, Frances Blaker will teach:
Technique: get those fingers moving, get that air flowing,
articulate up a storm! (All levels)
French Polyphony: a taste of Burgundian chansons, moving forward in
time with chansons and motets by Mouton, Sermisy and other French super
stars. (All levels)
Bach and Blaker: work on master works from Bach's Art of the Fugue
and other fugues along with humble efforts by yours truly. (Advanced)
At the Toot this Summer, Jennifer Carpenter will teach:
T'Andernakens!: Explore polyphonic compositions based on popular
tunes. Upper intermediate-advanced players.
Music of the Medicis: Florentine Renaissance consort music.
Intermediate recorder players.
Low Pressure Recorder Consort: a class designed to help you feel
comfortable playing with others and to help you overcome technical and
interpretive barriers. (Low-intermediate level)
At the Texas Toot Summer 2008, Mary Springfels will teach:
Viol Bootcamp: Get your mornings off to a strong start with proper
technique! Bowing, articulation, posture: the works! (All levels)
"On the Plainsong": All kinds of pieces built on chant, including
'In Nomine' and others! (Upper Intermediate)
Mixed Ensemble: French Theatrical Chansons!: For strings and winds
(and voices!) (Intermediate and Above)
Italian Madrigals: Four and five voice madrigals for viols. (Upper
Intermediate and Above)
At the Texas Toot Summer 2008, Daniel Stillman will teach:
Loud band: Music for alta capella from 15th and 16th century wind
band/instrumental sources. Shawms and dulcians, intermediate and above.
Sackbut primer: Sackbut technique and approach; Intermediate and
More from Petrucci: Instrumental music from the first published
collections ever. Different selections from those used at the Fall 2007
Toot. Mixed ensemble, Intermediate and higher.
Krummhorn Nation!: Preparation for the Konklave, and
post-Konklave nostalgia. Krummhorns, cornemusen,
rackets; intermediate and higher.
At the Texas Toot Summer 2008, Therese Honey will teach:
Harp Technique: for all levels.
Arranging Renaissance dances for harp: What do you do with that
Renaissance dance music arranged for six recorders? Learn how to make your
arrangement danceable, with variations that you create. Discover
Renaissance ground basses and the opportunities for improvisation with
them. (Intermediate & Higher)
Harp ensemble: for harps (All levels)
Traditional Irish and Scottish dance music and ornamentation: Know
the difference between a reel, jig, hornpipe, slide and polka. Learn how to
add ornamentation and subtle variations to the music. We will discuss how
to accompany other melodic instruments, too. (Intermediate & Higher)
This Summer, Susan Scheib will be teaching:
Beginning Viols: For those who have never played a viol and for
those who have played one or two (or three or four) times. We'll explore
basic playing position, bowing, and fingering techniques, and we'll play
actual ensemble music. I guarantee class members will feel competent on the
viol by the end of the week. Beginner level.
Fiddle Band: 4-, 5-, and 6-part music for fiddles, viols, violas;
examples of the repertoire from varied sources! (Intermediate & Higher)
Introduction to Renaissance Viols: This class will have the
opportunity to play on a quartet of Vancouver luthier Ray Nurse's
Renaissance (as opposed to Baroque) viols — a tenor, two basses, and
a great bass — concentrating on music from composers like Ludwig
Senfl, Adrian Willaert, Antoine Brumel, and others of the 14th and 15th
centuries. We may very well venture into the viola bastarda repertoire,
with one of us playing divisions while the others play the remaining three
parts of a chanson. Upper intermediate-Advanced levels. Limit 4 players.
This Summer, Lenora McCroskey will be teaching:
Baroque performance practice: master class, coaching and information
about any and all aspects of Baroque performance, for any instrument (solo
or continuo) or voice.
Continuo for Trebles: what every solo instrument player needs to
know about continuo. Any level.
This Summer, Daniel Johnson will be teaching:
TBD, as arranged.