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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.

Faculty by Last Name: Faculty by Instrument:

Frances Blaker
Jennifer Carpenter
Therese Honey
Jan Jackson (adjunct)
Daniel Johnson
Lenora McCroskey
Alison Melville
Frank Shirley (adjunct)
Susan Scheib
Mary Springfels
Daniel Stillman

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

Alison Melville — Recorders and Flutes (back to top)

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

Frances Blaker — Recorders (back to top)

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)

Jennifer Carpenter — Recorders (back to top)

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)

Mary Springfels — Viola da gamba (back to top)

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)

Daniel Stillman — Winds, Reeds, Brass (back to top)

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 higher.

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.

Therese Honey — Early Harps (back to top)

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)

Susan Scheib — Beginning Viols (back to top)

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.

Lenora McCroskey — Harpsichord, Continuo (back to top)

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.

Daniel Johnson — Voice and Ensemble (back to top)

This Summer, Daniel Johnson will be teaching:

TBD, as arranged.

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