We promote the playing of the recorder among amateurs and professionals, and also encourage the playing of all early instruments such as viols, capped and open reeds, historical flute, lute and harpsichord.
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Course Offerings

Friday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm:

JT-004. Big Bash 1. John Tyson: The Renaissance Dance Band. Catchy rhythms and flowing melodies. Great ensemble and rhythm experience—and lots of fun!

Saturday, 8:45 - 11:45 am:

JC-101. Jennifer Carpenter: Ockeghem’s Razor: Sometimes, the simpler the music the more beautifully expressive it is. We’ll explore how this Franco-Flemish composer’s imitative and contrapuntal writing bestows simply divine musical moments. Intermediate recorders.

MD-101. Mark Davenport: Music of the Spanish Renaissance: This class will focus on a variety of Spanish Renaissance genres from the fun and popular Spanish villancicos to the more complex and challenging sacred works of Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599), Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) and Alonso Lobo (1555-1617). New transcriptions of Guerrero and Victoria, set and edited for recorders by Davenport, will be featured. Intermediate to advanced.

JT-101. John Tyson: Free and Easy–Playing by Ear: A fun, easy class for enjoying our natural musicianship and discovering how easy it is to explore a multitude of sounds and expressions available to recorder players of all levels. Great ear training and liberating musical practice. This class will include: learning melodies by ear and making our own music quickly and easily. Everyone will receive a CD/link to recorded accompaniments for the melodies we learn and accompaniments for improvising their own music. All levels.

Saturday, 1:30 - 4:30 pm:

JC-102. Jennifer Carpenter: Quixotic Telemann: Like Cervantes’s Don Quixote, we can let our imaginations run wild as we play through selected movements of Telemann’s Burlesque de Quixotte, an orchestral suite that humorously follows some of Quixote’s and his sidekick Panza’s harrowing adventures. Upper-intermediate to advanced recorders.

MD-102. Mark Davenport: The Music of William Byrd: This class will explore music by the brilliant English Renaissance composer William Byrd (1543–1623). Playing through newly edited transcriptions by the conductor, participants will explore some of Byrd’s most famous works, including his beautiful 6-part motet O Lord, make thy servant, Elizabeth. Intermediate.

JT-102. John Tyson: English Madrigals: Understanding the synthesis of beautiful poetry and music. Works of Pilkington, Dowland, and others. Intermediate.

Saturday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm:

MD-103. Big Bash 2. Mark Davenport: Monuments of the Renaissance: Major works by some of the most beloved Renaissance composers will be played. Viols, sackbuts as well as full family of recorders welcome.

Sunday, 8:45 - 11:45 am:

JC-201. Jennifer Carpenter: The Englishman Abroad: Late Renaissance composer Peter Philips’ Catholicism forced him to flee England, yet he continued to identify as “Inglese” or “Anglo” in his publications, even after a spurious accusation of plotting to kill the queen. Come explore some of Philips’ diverse output that reflects both his English origins and his many posts abroad. Lower-intermediate-intermediate recorders.

MD-201. Mark Davenport: Bach by Popular Demand: J.S. Bach Fugues and Double Choir Motets: This class will experience some of the fun and aesthetically satisfying motets and fugues of J.S. Bach (1685–1750), transcribed and set for recorder quartet and double choir by both Mark and his father LaNoue. Designed for the advanced player who is fluent on all SATB recorders and a strong sight-reader. Advanced.

JT-201. John Tyson: African Music for Recorders. Music of Sören Seig and Henry Leck, which melds southern African melodies and rhythms with beautiful chamber music. Great rhythm practice. Advanced. S-A (at pitch and octave-up)-T-B

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