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Faculty Members
20th Summer Toot - 2019

Saskia Coolen, Therese Honey, Héloïse Degrugillier, and Mary Springfels

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:

Bruce Brogdon
Saskia Coolen
Héloïse Degrugillier
Carol Deihl
Therese Honey
Scott Horton
Jan Jackson
Daniel Johnson
Donald Livingston
Stephanie Raby
Susan Richter
Frank Shirley
Mary Springfels
Jenifer Thyssen
... and more

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

Saskia Coolen — Recorders (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2019, Saskia Coolen will teach:
Recorder technique: Bring all your technical problems and improve your technique through awareness exercises. The motto is: Nothing is difficult! Recorders, all levels.
Fool for Follia: Playing and listening to original compositions on the popular ground and making your own variations. Recorders, upper intermediate to advanced
Jacob van Eyck: Dutch tunes and the art of variation Recorders, upper intermediate to advanced
Siesta: La Tempesta di Mare (an own arrangement of Vivaldi's storm concerto, so no siesta at all!) Recorders, upper intermediate or higher

Héloïse Degrugillier — Recorders (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2019, Héloïse Degrugillier will teach:
Chansons/madrigals: diminutions, too. We look at some madrigals that have been ornamented by famous composers; one of the best known tunes is Ancor Che Col Partire. And then you'll get a chance to write your own! Recorders, upper int and higher
Barsanti: His violin trio sonatas arranged for recorders, very galante style. Recorders, upper int to advanced
Modern/folk music: Modern and folk music! Need large recorders, c-bass and contrabass Intermediate level and higher.
Siesta: Rhythm class For anyone, all instruments and levels

Frank Shirley — Recorders (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2019, Frank Shirley will teach:
Music of Bach and Handel: Repertoire will include challenging fugues by Bach, and "The Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah". We will also play some works by J S Bach's son, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. Upper int to advanced recorders
Fun Arrangements for Recorders: Enjoyable arrangements for recorders of pieces by Beethoven, Mozart, John Philip Sousa, Rossini ("William Tell", of course), and others. Lower int to advanced recorders
Renaissance Music of Italy: Music by Michele Pesenti, Palestrina, Andrea and Giovani Gabrieli, Gioseffo Guami and others. Intermediate to advanced recorders
Siesta: Madrigal Singing: Sing madrigals and motets 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.

Jan Jackson — Recorders (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2019, Jan Jackson will teach:
Secular small ensemble gems of the Early Renaissance (1400's). Intermediate recorders
Ensemble skills with Renaissance music. Lower intermediate recorders.
Siesta: Ragtime Recorders: Sound like a little calliope going down the Mississippi River! Upper intermediate to advanced.

Susan Richter — Ensemble, Louds (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2019, Susan Richter will teach:
Capped-reed ensemble: polyphonic music for capped-reed instruments such as krummhorns, cornemuses, kortholts. This is not just German drinking songs! Serious music can sound beautiful with a choir of these instruments. Intermediate and up reed players.
The Play's the Thing! an ensemble class for lower intermediate to intermediate level recorder players. We will work on a variety of 2- to 5- part music that will be accessible for less experienced players, while also providing challenges and musical satisfaction. Lower intermediate level recorders.
Siesta: Music for gemshorns. Learn to play these hauntingly lovely instruments, which are really a kind of ocarina. Similar to recorder fingerings, but with a limited range of an octave plus one step. All welcome.

Mary Springfels — Viola da gamba (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2019, Mary Springfels will teach:
Viol technique. All viols.
Ciao, Bella: A lover's departing words. Luca Marenzio's monumental, highly experimental 12-part Madrigal cycle. Viols, advanced
Robert Parsons: Byrd's nemesis, this gifted Tudor composer wrote wonderful music for voices and strings. Viols and voices
Siesta: music of Hugh Ashton. Viols, recorders

Carol Deihl — Viols (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2019, Carol Deihl will teach:
Beginning Viol, of course! All welcome
Dancing the Terpsichore: Michael Praetorius published a huge collection of dances in 1612. The tunes themselves were mostly by French violinists and dancing-masters, although the collection includes English ballads, Spanish dances, and Italian repertoire too. Praetorius masterfully composed the additional parts to produce delightful arrangements. Intermediate and up, all instruments.
A Gift of Madrigals: The Newberry Library holds a multi-volume manuscript of madrigal and motet partbooks that were assembled in Florence and sent as a gift - or "musical embassy" - to Henry VIII. We'll look at some of the beautiful madrigals from this collection. Intermediate and up, all instruments, including voices!

Stephanie Raby — Viols (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2019, Stephanie Raby will teach:
A Little Bit of Tom-Foolery: A pupil of William Byrd, Thomas Tomkins was a prolific English composer and organist. Viol players are likely familiar with his consort music, and his madrigals rank among the some of the best produced by the English madrigal school. Join us for the week as we explore this wonderful repertoire! Viola da Gamba all sizes, violin, voices; all levels
Flying By the Seat of Your Pants: Have you ever heard people improvise and thought "I could never do that! Too complex... too much to learn... I don't even understand how it works really!" I'm here to tell you that you can improvise, and we will spend the week giving you the tools to start! This is part of the fun of playing music and apparently many early composers and players thought so too! Come have fun and learn a new skill! Open to all instruments, all levels
Hear Me Oh God. With text by Ben Johnson and music set to a pavan on 4 notes, Alfonso Ferrabosco's Hear Me Oh God is a glorious piece of writing that will quickly become an earworm (in the best way!). Originally for viol consort, it also accommodates recorders and other consorts of instruments. Viols, voices, recorders
Siesta: New Music for Viols: Lots of time is spent, rightly so, playing the wonderful music of prolific viol composers from Jenkins to Marais. But have you explored what is being composed and arranged more recently? Be part of putting the viol into new settings; come learn some new music for old instruments! Viola da Gamba all sizes, all levels

Donald Livingston — Harpsichord (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2019, Donald Livingston will teach:
Title: Description Level and notes
Title: Description Level and notes

Bruce Brogdon — Lute (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2019, Bruce Brogdon will teach:
Harp and lute ensemble All harps and lutes
Lute ensemble All lutes
Lute song and Italian monody (with D Johnson and J Thyssen) Lutenists and vocalists, intermediate level and higher

Scott Horton — Lute (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2019, Scott Horton will teach:
Continuo Song (with Danny Johnson and Jenifer Thyssen): Focusing on 17th and 18th century vocal music in conjunction with the vocal class. Open to chordal players of moderate and higher ability.
Baroque lute: Masterclass setting for solo repertory and some ensemble playing. Open to all lutenists having lutes from the baroque period. Also open to those wishing to learn baroque lute. Permission of instructor.
Baroque continuo class: Open to all chordal instrument players — harps, lutes, keyboards. Focusing on early 17th century repertory. Intermediate level and higher.

Therese Honey — Early Harps (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2019, Therese Honey will teach:
Spanish Renaissance dance tunes for the harp. All harps
Welsh Harp Airs from 18th c. collections. All harps
Learn Skene MS tunes by ear. 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 2019, Danny Johnson will teach:
Lute song and Italian monody (with Bruce Brogdon and Jenifer Thyssen) Vocalists, intermediate level and higher
Continuo Song (with Scott Horton and Jenifer Thyssen): Focusing on 17th and 18th century vocal music. Vocalists, intermediate level and higher

Jenifer Thyssen — Voice (back to top)

At the Texas Toot Summer 2019, Jenifer Thyssen will teach:
Lute song and Italian monody (with Bruce Brogdon and Danny Johnson) Vocalists, intermediate level and higher
Continuo Song (with Scott Horton and Danny Johnson): Focusing on 17th and 18th century vocal music. Vocalists, intermediate level and higher

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