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“Fabulous music and dance in a magical setting.”

–Lorraine Graves

Postponed to 2021 // Plymouth, MA

Epics and Odysseys

Unfortunately, Early Music Week 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. If you are registered for this week, please log in to CDSS Commons to access the cancellation & refunds form. You can defer your registration to 2021, or claim a full refund. We also ask you to consider donating to CDSS in support of our camp staff and future camp programs.

Campers performing at Early Music Week

Program Description

Journey to another time with music that tells a story and evokes distant lands in a universal language. Our epic will explore music with mythological connections; travel the different regional styles of the Renaissance and Baroque; and bring us together through music and dance. We offer coached consorts at all levels for recorders, viols, voices, louds (Renaissance reeds and brass); plus flute, harp, and of course English Country Dance for everyone.

Early Music Week offers joyful opportunities and challenges to players, singers and dancers of every level, from beginners to the highly experienced. As classes unfold through the week, we will explore and discover the innovation and creativity that lie behind some of the world’s most vibrant and compelling music, listening and playing with deeper understanding, as well as dancing together and enjoying all that the Pinewoods community has to offer.

Instrumentalists may focus intensively on their primary instruments, enjoying the opportunity to play or sing with others in mixed ensembles and find time to explore something completely new. Singers can delve into early music repertoire in small groups, sing in a chorus and/or collegium, and try an introductory instrumental class. Everyone is invited to enjoy English country dancing, with instruction during the day for all levels. This elegant, low-impact, fun and welcoming style of participatory dance is the highlight of every evening. Dances are led by expert callers with music played by an elegant live band. All are warmly encouraged to participate.

A bagpipe workshop at Early Music Week

The week also offers Accademia, an intensive program of High Renaissance Ensembles for advanced voices, viol and wind players with strong sight-reading skills (16th c. viols and recorders provided for student use).

Less experienced recorder players who want to focus on improving their technique and rhythmic skills can opt for Recorder Boot Camp classes.

Our outstanding faculty includes active professionals and acclaimed teachers and coaches of early winds (recorder, flute, capped reed/bagpipe, shawm, dulcian, sacbut, cornetto) strings (viola da gamba, Baroque violin, vielle, rebec), voice, chorus, harp, lute, and keyboard. The program also includes mini lecture/recitals by faculty as well as side-by-side play/sing-ins, with more advanced participants assisting those less experienced. The week closes with a faculty concert and student performances before a final banquet and celebration.

Experience this in-depth music and dance week surrounded by exceptional natural beauty, with time for relaxation — swimming, hiking, canoeing — and delicious home-cooked meals in the open-air dining hall. What better way to get inside music, and to bond with others of like mind, than to play, sing, dance, and learn together in this magical environment?

Emily O’Brien – Program Director

We will be joined by the Sierra Club, with 20 people using camp as their home base while they do service work with the Wildlands Trust. They will eat with us and, during their off hours, they will join us for dancing, swimming and socializing.

Lisa Terry will be the Viol Maven for Early Music Week this summer. She’ll have a supply of nylon strings to sell, a few Sensicore strings to lend, and the expertise to get your pegs turning and your soundposts upright. See the Viol Maven each day during breakfast and lunch to make an appointment before first morning or afternoon class. Please read Viol Survival Tips, and put them in practice BEFORE camp!

Schedule

Full class schedule coming soon!

7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
8:15-8:25Vocal warm-ups For All
8:30-8:50Stretches and warm-ups For All
9:00-10:25Period 1
Instrumental and vocal consorts grouped by level
10:45-11:45Period 2
English Country Dance classes, by level
11:45-12:30 Free time: Swimming, Bookstore staffed, play-ins
12:30Lunch
1:45-3:00Period 3
3:20-4:35Period 4
4:45-5:15Tea
5:15-6:15Free time: Informal camper music making, Swimming, Bookstore staffed
6:30Dinner
7:45-8:15Faculty Lecture/Presentations
8:15-9:45English Country Dancing For All
9:45Special Events: madrigal sing, skit night, auction, parties

Class Descriptions

Class Descriptions coming soon!

Registration and Fees

To register for this week, please log into CDSS Commons. You can find more information about the registration process here. If you need financial assistance in order to attend, please go to our scholarships page.

The registration fee for Early Music Week is $950.

Staff

Michael Barrett

Early Music Week
Michael Barrett

Héloïse Degrugillier

Early Music Week
Héloïse Degrugillier

Frances Fitch

Early Music Week
Frances Fitch

Sarah Mead

Early Music Week
Sarah Mead

Dan Meyers

Early Music Week
Dan Meyers

Emily O’Brien

Early Music Week, Program Directors
Emily O’Brien

Ellen Tepper

Early Music Week
Ellen Tepper

Lisa Terry

Early Music Week
Lisa Terry

Jacqueline Schwab

Early Music Week, English Dance Week
Jacqueline Schwab

Anne Timberlake

Early Music Week
Anne Timberlake

Bruce Hamilton

Early Music Week
Bruce Hamilton

Daphna Mor

Early Music Week
Daphna Mor

Christine Robb

Early Music Week
Christine Robb

Larry Zukof

Early Music Week
Larry Zukof

Eric Haas

Early Music Week
Eric Haas

Jan Elliott

Early Music Week
Jan Elliott

Karen Burciaga

Early Music Week
Karen Burciaga

Anney Barrett

Early Music Week
Anney Barrett