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San Francisco Early Music Society's Baroque Workshop

Location: California, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Voicing: Mixed
SFEMS's Baroque Workshop 2014 - June 22-28 at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA.
Open to all levels of experience - Supportive, collegial atmosphere - Intensive, individual attention - Distinguished faculty - Perform in an ensemble at week's end - Enjoy evening concerts, sherry hours, jamming, and dancing!
This year's theme: “Venetian Influences—France, Germany, Italy.”
Venice was a leading center for the dramatic musical developments at the turn of the 17th century. Its relative independence of the Catholic church in Rome, its cosmopolitan economic and social life, and the affluence of its private citizens and churches created the perfect environment for engagement with the “modern” style. The developments in dramatic music were paralleled in the instrumental idiom—the specification of instruments, the development of virtuosic writing, and the search for expression led to the creation of stunning works for the concerted forces of voices and instruments and for instruments alone. This dominant style spread throughout Europe before giving way to the development of National styles later in the century. Come and explore this influence and the contrasts in styles that later emerged. You will perform and listen to music from the French masters (double-reeds and viols), the Venetian school (particularly on sackbut and cornetto), German arias, and composers like Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Bach, and Schütz.
Daily master classes offer each participant the opportunity to hone skills both technical and musical and to explore new modes of expression in prepared pieces. Instrumental and vocal techniques will be addressed by each instructor. We offer classes for recorder, baroque oboe, baroque flute, bassoon, violin/viola, cello, baroque trombone, viola da gamba, harpsichord/organ, and voice. Elective classes include Orchestra, Chorus, Oboe Band, Performance Practice in Action, Continuo. Each participant will have the opportunity to work in a small ensemble with a coach, exploring repertoire and interpretation with the goal of performance at the end of the week. Faculty performances, lecture-demonstrations, and Concerto Evening (in which participants perform a concerto movement with orchestra) round out a week of inspiring music making and learning. Our workshop provides a friendly and supportive atmosphere for both the dedicated amateur and the professional musician. Our faculty of specialists in the field of early music is internationally known performers as well as gifted teachers.
Orchestra performers at SFEMS's 2013 Baroque Workshop.
Orchestral performers at SFEMS's 2013 Baroque Workshop.
DIRECTOR: Linda Pearse (, 506-364-2585)
FACULTY: Sand Dalton, baroque oboe; Yonit Kosovske, harpsichord; Kathleen Kraft, baroque flute; Kati Kyme, baroque violin (and orchestra); Eva Legêne, recorder; Rita Lilly, voice; Anna Marsh, baroque bassoon; Linda Pearse, baroque trombone; William Skeen, baroque cello; Mary Springfels, viola da gamba
For more information and to register, please call 510-528-1725 or visit
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