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19th Summer Toot - 2018

Alison Melville, Héloïse Degrugillier, Therese Honey, and Brent Wissick

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:

Héloïse Degrugillier
Carol Deihl
Pedro Funes
Therese Honey
Scott Horton
Daniel Johnson
Alison Melville
Frank Shirley
Brent Wissick
... and more

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

Alison Melville — Recorders (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2018, Alison Melville will teach:
Studies for Alto Recorder: Studies aren't just for improving your technique - they can also be fun! In this class we'll find the musical expression in Baroque and modern studies, while also developing dexterity and tone, and untangling technical knots. Music by Braun, Quantz, Staeps, Linde, Melville and others. Intermediate to advanced recorders (bring your alto)
English Consort Music: 4- and 5-part music by Holborne, Tye, Dowland, Byrd and others. Intermediate to advanced recorders, viols, other instruments
Modern Consort for Recorders: A variety of modern-era music — mostly tonal! — by Staeps, Linde, Pärt, Fiala, Geysen and others. A great opportunity to explore and increase your appreciation of this underplayed, tuneful repertoire. Intermediate to advanced recorders
Siesta: A Musical Bestiary: a mixture of consort and other music from the 16th and 17th centuries, on the theme of our feathered and furry friends, plus some insects. Music from across western Europe. Intermediate recorders, viols, others also

Héloïse Degrugillier — Recorders (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2018, Héloïse Degrugillier will teach:
Giovanni Gabrieli — Student and master: Giovanni, before becoming one of the most influential musicians of his time, was taught by his uncle Andrea in Venice, and by Orlando de Lassus in Munich. Giovanni became famous for his innovating style, and musicians from all over Europe would come and study with him. Music from Giovanni and Andrea Gabrieli, Lassus, Hassler and others. Intermediate to High intermediate recorders and viols
Fantasias on recorders: Both William Byrd and John Jenkins were responsible for developing the viol consort fantasias. They used mild imitation, full on canons, already known material, all in order to create this very interesting genre. Music by Byrd and Jenkins. Advanced recorders
Dido and Aeneas: Henry Purcell had always written for voice: songs, anthems, plays. But his chamber opera Dido and Aeneas was his first and only all-sung opera, and it derives from the English masque tradition. We will explore some selected pieces from this monumental work, arranged for recorders. Intermediate recorders
Siesta: Folk music of various traditions — Argentinian, Irish, etc Intermediate to High intermediate players

Frank Shirley — Recorders (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2018, Frank Shirley will teach:
Music of J S Bach and composers Bach admired: Besides the lovely fugues, motets, and other counterpoint by Bach, we will play music by Dietrich Buxtehude and Antonio Vivaldi. Upper intermediate (and up) recorders
Three British masters: Music by William Byrd, Robert Parsons and Orlando Gibbons. We will play fantasias, consort songs, and sacred choral works by these three British masters of the polyphonic music. Intermediate (and up) recorders
Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and other Fun Arrangements: Kick back and relax with some music to play just for fun. Light Classical works, and maybe a Sousa march or two. Intermediate (and up) recorders
Siesta: Madrigal (and Motet) singing at a leisurely pace: For those who want more a cappella singing than the 20-minute (rushed) evening sessions, we will be able to enjoy more fa-la-la's in this siesta class. Please indicate which voice you sing when you register. For those who enjoy singing

Brent Wissick — Viola da gamba (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2018, Brent Wissick will teach:
Bowing Technique: basics for everyone but also good review for advanced players. All viols
Lupo Consorts: The Lupo family came from Italy and became court musicians in Tudor England. Thomas Lupo composed beautiful trios and quartets for viols that we will play with doubling; and more complex ones for 5-6 viols in madrigal style that we will play one on a part, or with some doubling. Upper intermediate to Advanced viols
French consort music: This class will explore the wonderful consort music that developed in 16th and 17th c. France, starting with LeJeune, DuCaurroy and Moulinie; culminating in the magnificent Charpentier Suite for Viols. Advanced viols
Siesta: Stay awake with two contrasting works by Senfl: his Ave Maria based on Josquin; and Das Glaut zu Speyer, a bell ringing song about life in a cathedral town. All instrumentalists

Pedro Funes — Viola da gamba (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2018, Pedro Funes will teach:
European Consort Music: exploring consort music from France, Germany, Spain and Italy. Low intermediate (and up) viols
The Dancing Viol: Pavans, Galliards and more. High intermediate viols
In Nomine: Use of the chant Gloria tibi trinitas in music from Taverner to Purcell. High Intermediate viols
Siesta: Chansons or Music from Spain (villancicos). Viols and Recorders

Carol Deihl — Viols (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2018, Carol Deihl will teach:
Beginning Viol: Learn to play the viola da gamba from the very beginning, hone your skills if you've already begun, try a new size or clef, or bring your questions and problems. Attend all week, or just drop in. Some viols will be available for loan; please email to inquire. All are welcome!
Tallis 5-part Motets from Cantiones Sacrae. Thomas Tallis managed to avoid the religious controversies that raged during the 16th century, working for both Catholic and Protestant monarchs; yet he remained, like his famous student William Byrd, an "unreformed Roman Catholic". In 1575, the "aged" Tallis and his young printing partner Byrd each selected 17 motets to pay tribute to Elizabeth I; their printing of Cantiones Sacrae was the first major collection of music to be printed in England. We'll look at six motets from this collection, sublimely composed by Tallis. Favorite clefs available. Intermediate and up, all instruments and voices welcome!
D'India Passionate Madrigals: 16th century - Italian - sweet kisses - cruels looks - tweeting birds - word painting - crashing dissonances: must be unrequited love! Sigismondo D'India published eight very popular books of madrigals, as well as a number of other songs and motets. His various books are in different styles; we'll look at polyphonic madrigals from Books 4 and 5. They remind me of Gesualdo, but not quite so far "out there"; beautiful, passionate, satisfying. Favorite clefs available. Intermediate and up, all instruments and voices welcome!

Scott Horton — Lute (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2018, Scott Horton will teach:
Lute song and Italian monody (with Danny Johnson) Lutes and voices, intermediate and up
Baroque continuo All continuo instruments
Continuo song class (with Danny Johnson or Jenifer Thyssen) Lutes and voices, intermediate and up

Therese Honey — Early Harps (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2018, Therese Honey will teach:
Playford Tunes by Ear: bring something to record tunes in class; music will be handed out at end of week. All instruments welcome
Early 17th c. English Court & Country Dances from a keyboard manuscript. Harps only
Renaissance Fake Book: learn to accompany Renaissance tunes. All instruments welcome
Siesta: "I've always wanted to play the harp" - petting zoo. All welcome (you know you want to!)

Daniel Johnson — Voice and Ensemble (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2018, Danny Johnson will teach:
Lute song and Italian monody (with Scott Horton) Lutes and voices, intermediate and up
Continuo song (with Scott Horton and Jenifer Thyssen) Lutes and voices, intermediate and up

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