[Please repost to your kingdom and local bardic lists.]
I was hornswoggled by Garraed Galbraith into "provosting" a Bardic Collegium
at Pennsic this year. Okay, I didn't put up all *that* much resistance, but
since I've never done this before, Master Garraed has agreed to mentor me.
There will be five two-hour sessions, Monday-Friday of War Week, at 4pm.
The sessions will include both open forum discussions and practical training
sessions. Garraed and others I have consulted with have come up with a
wealth of topics. These are not written in stone, by any means, but this is
how the sessions seem to be shaping up:
- Passing the torch to the next generation (combined with the initial
- Preparing to perform: Performance anxiety, rehearsal technique, warms ups
- Working the room: selecting appropriate material, reading your audience,
- Building community: patronage, venues, bardic community, bards in the SCA.
The topics, as I said, are not set in stone. I'd be happy to entertain
discussion on this, either on- or off-list.
We are also planning a master class session, based on the theme "Period,
Perioid, Modern". Students will be asked to apply in advance, and will be
selected at least partly to demonstrate the breadth of the topic styles.
Instructors will be selected based on their appropriateness to the chosen
students and material.
We've lined up a few session leaders already, and will be signing up more in
the coming weeks. We have many people in mind already, but if you or someone
you know would work well with any of the topics above (or would be a
candidate as a master class instructor) please let me know.
After the idea has had a chance to ripen a bit, we'll release a web site
with more details.
Llywelyn Glyndwr (Mark Cipra)
"When in doubt, end with a jig" - Robin McCauley