For Pennsic 40
- First - I am SO excited about having Jocelyn direct this choir. I remember some of my first singing experiences with her and it was great. I really think this year is going to be spectacular.
Now, for the non-choir times. I took an idea (singing at noon) that was given to the Directors at our post meeting at war last year.
I have registered 5 classes to be held at... NOON...
2 of them will repeat.
One class is a basic choral director master class. We discussed this last year. All the details are to be worked out but I wanted to get them registered. It's geared for those who have some interested people in their local area, how to get started and some tips for repetoir (YEAH TOP 10 SONGS) and methods. Sort of a step by step. That class will be done twice. I'm hoping that the KWC Directors will be able to find time in their schedules to attend!
The second class is an extension of this one... more detailed instruction and I hope to have an actual "test choir" who will sing under the direction of our students. Each class will be an hour or two, depends on how much time they can give us.
I am also doing 2 reading sessions, much like Robyn did last year. Both of them are at noon. Same/different music for each session - madrigals, motets, etc, just singing for fun. An hour each.
In the descriptions I put "sponsored by the Known World Choir"
As we discussed doing these types of classes for our populace and getting more involved with the over all instruction and practice of renaissance vocal music.
Since I'm the Director lucky enough to be held with performance practice... I think that these are a few ways of getting people involved AND working on performance practice.
So basically it's "Sing along with Erlan" at Noon this war.
Hope I'm up.
- Erlan, these are GREAT ideas!! And I love the directing classes--lets people try and learn without having the pressure of directing their own choir and often singing at the same time. Plus you can direct people with whom you don't normally sing.
- Hi all
As many of you know, there will be a Knowne world dance (and music) symposium in Bloomington Indiana on the weekend just before the 4th of July. I was considering doing a vocal class. So, I thought before I propsed the class officially, I check to see here if there was any interest. This would be specifically songs about dancing. Not intended for performance per se but I thought I'd pick 4 songs that everyone can try and learn before hand and then we can put it together at the event.
So far I've come up with these:
William Byrd "Though Amaryllis Dance" (SATB)
Thomas Morley "Ho Who Comes Here" (SSAA)
Thomas Weelkes "Sing we at Pleasure" (SSATB)
Thomas Weelkes "Since Robin Hood (SAA/T)
So what do you think? These are not necessarily easy pieces, the Byrd being particularly tricky rhythmically but well worth the effort. There wouldn't be lots of time to get together but they are all interesting if a bit later than my usual preferences. I do not have the computer savvy needed to try and provide music or recordings but if someone did and would like to help, that would be great.
On a final note most of you probably do not know who am becuase my energies at Pennsic are usually focused elsewhere (loud band) but I like to sing and there it is.
Deonna von Aachen
- I would be very interested in your class and willing to learn the songs for it in advance--as long as it's not scheduled up against my early music overview class when they make the schedule.