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Faculty Members
Saskia Coolen, Annette Bauer,
Jennifer Carpenter, Mary Springfels,
Hector Torres, and Therese Honey

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:

Annette Bauer
Jennifer Carpenter
Saskia Coolen
Carol Deihl
Therese Honey
Daniel Johnson
Susan Richter
Frank Shirley
Mary Springfels
Hector Torres

Recorders: Lute and Harp: Viols and other Bowed Strings: Voice: Madrigals:

Annette Bauer — Recorders, Ensemble (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2023, Annette Bauer will teach:
Vergine Bella - "I am earth and you the queen of heaven": Composers of the 15th-17th centuries were inspired by the poetic works of 14th c. Italian writer and humanist scholar Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374). This class explores various musical settings of Vergine Bella, the final poem in Petrarch's collection "Rerum vulgarium fragmenta" ("Fragments of common things"), also simply referred to as Il Canzionere ("The Song Book"). We will play settings of Vergine Bella in 2-5 parts by Guillaume Dufay, Vincenzo Ruffo, Palestrina, and Cipriano da Rore, among others. We will also explore a few analytical tools to help us understand what sets these different versions apart. Intermediate and up, recorders and other instruments/singers
Tylman Susato's Danserye (1551): Drawing from Tylman Susato's wonderful collection of 60 dances in 4 parts, this class will explore music for some of the standard dance forms of the 16th century, including Pavane, Bransle, Ronde, Allemand, Galliard, Saltarello, and Bassedanse. Lower intermediate and up, recorders and other instruments
Between Dusk and Dawn — Homage to the Night: Nights are filled with dreams; darkness reveals starry skies, moonlight drains the world of colors. Sweet lullabies and the stuff of nightmares can live side by side during this period of rest, while some don't sleep at all. Music inspired by the eternal dance of light and darkness, from day to night, and back again. Composers of all eras have been inspired by the themes of night, moon, dreams, and sleep (or lack thereof). Join in on this discovery, exploring music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and into the 20th century. Featuring compositions from medieval England, the 16th c. Spanish cancioneros, and music by composers such as Anonymous, Verdelot, Lasso, Vivaldi, and others. Lower intermediate and up, recorders and other instruments
(Siesta) Introduction to Early Notation: A hands-on exploration of some of the key concepts of 16th century mensural notation, including note shapes, clefs, and basic concept. You will successfully play music from facsimile by the end of this class! All levels, all welcome

Jennifer Carpenter — Recorders, Ensemble (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2023, Jennifer Carpenter will teach:
Musical Voyages - Songs of the Sea: Come aboard and enjoy music that celebrates the sea, those who navigate the seas, and the forces that guide sailors safely through the waters. We'll sail through music from the 15th century to delightful modern folk sea shanties. Dip your toes (or fingers!) into songs of the sea without getting seasick! Upper intermediate/advanced recorders/viols
Humorous motets and chansons of Lassus: Lassus frequently played with his music settings of texts, choosing playful, witty, and sometimes burlesque texts while sometimes matching the wit musically, and other times, cloaking these verbal jokes in exquisite musical settings. Come experience the humorous side of Orlande de Lassus. Lower intermediate and up recorders/viols
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Whether for a wedding or a workshop, this old English rhyme connotes the breadth of our ancestors, an optimism for what's to come, delight in sharing with others, and love for our ability to be involved with what we enjoy most. Join us as we discover musical gems that fit into each of these four categories. And you won't have to put a sixpence in your shoe! Upper intermediate/advanced recorders
(Siesta) Playing with Playford: Beat the after-lunch doldrums by playing through some arrangements of dances from Playford's The English Dancing Master. Open to all instruments, all levels

Saskia Coolen — Recorders (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2023, Saskia Coolen will teach:
Recorder technique: It is always helpful to get back the basics with a master teacher! All recorder players
Renaissance recorder consort: Experience music by Sweelinck, Scheidt, Praetorius, and others in the richness of the Renaissance recorder sound. Please bring your own Renaissance recorders to play. Upper intermediate and up recorder players, Renaissance recorders required.
Bach with a large ensemble: Play Bach's Orchestral Suite #1 (arr. Coolen/Hogt) with a large group of recorders. Low instruments (C bass, F contrabass, even lower if you have them) are needed for this class! Intermediate and up recorders
(Siesta) Pressure Cooker - Ground Workshop: We will create, as a group, a new arrangement of an existing ground. Come ready to play and experiment! Lower intermediate and up, all instruments.

Mary Springfels — Viola da gamba (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2023, Mary Springfels will teach:
Music to conquer the world: Spanish music, from the Colombina manuscript and others. Intermediate to upper intermediate, all instruments
Marenzio and John Ward: the two greatest madrigalists of all. Intermediate and up voices and viols
A geography of the fretboard: technique and analysis for all viol players. All levels, viols
(Siesta) My father was a farmer: Alexander Agricola's complex counterpoint. Upper intermediate to advanced, all instruments

Carol Deihl — Viols (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2023, Carol Deihl will teach:
Beginning viol: An introduction to all sizes of viols, open to all. You don't need any string instrument experience. Also good for rusty players to get back into the swing! Try a new size or clef, or bring your questions and problems. Various viols provided, or bring your own! All welcome
Music is Fractal!: An exploration of the structure of "our" music. From sections, to sub-sections, to phrases, to sub-phrases, to gestures, to individual notes - learn how to identify the larger and smaller bits of a composition, both visually and by ear. We'll play pieces from various early time periods, various countries, various composers, in varying numbers of parts, and discover what is common structurally that makes "our" music so appealing! Recognizing the "bits" allows us to play our music with style! All levels, all instruments and voices welcome
Tomkins, a complete banquet: Main course: Fantasias; Dessert: Pavan and Galliard. These delicious 6-part pieces by Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656) survived in partbooks, to our delight. Includes the famous squishy "exploding viol" Fantasia (full story in class!). Intermediate and up, viols (treble, tenor, bass)
(Siesta) Gabrieli "Jubilate Deo": This 8-part piece (not double-choir) is a gorgeous vocal piece, and works great on instruments as well. All levels, all instruments and singers.

Hector Torres — Lute (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2023, Hector Torres will teach:
Plucked ensemble Plus: 16th and 17th English consort music for a variety of instruments. A performance study in various dances, including masques, pavans, galliards, jiggs, and/or others. Intermediate and up lutes/harps, other instruments welcome!
Lute / theorbo / guitar master class: Seminar for plucked instruments, coachings on playing techniques, solo repertoire, and ensemble playing. Open to all levels of playing!
Lute song (with Danny Johnson) Lutes and voices, intermediate and up

Susan Richter — Ensemble, Reeds (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2023, Susan Richter will teach:
Loud band: Instrumental polyphony and dance music from the 15th and 16th centuries. Intermediate and up dulcians, sackbuts, shawms
Krummhorns and friends: Music for capped reeds and rackets. These limited-range instruments still offer a wealth of music to be played together. Come add your buzz to the sound! Intermediate and up krummhorns and other capped reeds, rackets
(Siesta) The glorious sound: Vocal music together with instruments. A fully texted composition by Cristóbal Morales or Adrian Willaert, sung and played with as many instruments and voices as we can muster. If you're a shower singer, this song's for you! Singers (all voices welcome), recorders, viols, dulcians, all instruments.
(Siesta) Gemshorn ensemble: Fingered somewhat like recorders, but with a hauntingly different sound, gemshorns offer a different playing experience. If you have your own instruments, please bring them to share, but some will be available. Intermediate and up wind players.

Therese Honey — Early Harps (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2023, Therese Honey will teach:
Beginning / intermediate harp technique Harps, all levels
Playing and arranging Susato dance tunes for the harp Harps, all levels
Playing and arranging tunes for the harp, from the Scottish 1615 Skene MS Harps, all levels

Daniel Johnson — Voice and Ensemble (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2023, Danny Johnson will teach:
Lute song (with Hector Torres) Lutes and voices, intermediate and up
Solo master class for singers Voices, intermediate and up

Frank Shirley — Madrigal Singing (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2023, Frank Shirley will teach:
Madrigal Singing All who sing are welcome!

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