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Searching for Early Music Workshop for small vocal ensemble

Hello All,
 
Does anyone know of an early music workshop for choral ensembles? I founded and direct a 14-voice ensemble and I'd like for us to participate in something this summer. All I have found is either entry level amateur, focuses on the solo voice, or instrumental.  Are there any that provide opportunities for coaching as an ensemble? FYI this group specializes in early music, so they are neither amateur nor entry level. 
 
Best Wishes,
 
William
 
Replies (11): Threaded | Chronological
on December 14, 2015 5:34am
Schola Cantorum of Syracuse (scholacantorumofsyracuse.org) has run a summer workshop for many years, originally planned to enhance the skills of the regular singers of that organization. I don't know that they have ever offered coaching for another organization, as most who attend do so as individuals, but it wouldn't hurt to inquire. Their website doesn't give information for 2016, but you could learn about last year's program there.
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on December 14, 2015 7:12am
William,
 
You might try bringing in a coach for your group and other early music singers in your area.  Start your own!  Early Music Academy in Uppingham, England is a week of early music for singers and it's almost all choral.  You could try it.  I went last year and loved it; going again this year.
 
Good luck!
Lenora
on December 14, 2015 11:11am
Dear William,
 
Where are you located? I live in the Boston area and would be happy to offer an early music workshop for your choral ensemble. Ideally, if you live near, I could find a location in the Boston  area, or I could fly out to where you are.
 
Cordially,
Jim Marvin
on December 14, 2015 4:29pm
Early music for choral ensembles never exceeded 4 or 5 voices even if they were about 50 singers. (most of them singing in unison in groups of 5-10 singers. That was not "pure unison" only because various tembres of voices united in the same tone gave spectacular feeling for listeners. It was and is a great feeling! 
Wishing you a success.
 
on December 17, 2015 4:38pm
Spem In Alium?
on December 20, 2015 4:23am
Simon, I could translate your Latin phrase into English: "Rely on your aide!" But this is not what I meant. I meant that timbre of any voice is unique, so uniting various timbres in unison we create beautiful colors of choir sound (in the same time keeping the tune).
Best regards.
on December 16, 2015 9:13am
 
Otherwise, check with Early Music America. Either contact them, or find a group near you.
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on December 17, 2015 2:39pm
Hi William,
 
Congratulations on founding your own ensemble! As someone who founded and directed two 14-20 voice advanced amateur Early Music ensembles (at Harvard University in this case), I definitely appreciate your desire for ensemble coaching. You might consider the Ensemble Singing Intensive Program offered by the Amherst Early Music Festival in New London, CT, USA.
Further information is available here: 
 
It is true that this program focuses on ensemble singing skills for singers, not for choirs. However, if some of your singers are able to attend this festival, it would definitely raise the musicianship within the group and the resultant skills be transferred to other singers through facilitated musical osmosis. I'm happy to answer questions offline about the program if you like.
 
Tanmoy Laskar
UC Berkeley
laskar(a)berkeley.edu
scholar.harvard.edu/laskar/music
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on December 17, 2015 5:12pm
The Tallis Scholars run an annual summer workshop in the UK. A friend and colleague who founded Hong Kong's premiere early-music choir attended it a couple of summers ago and found it thoroughly worthwhile and inspiring.
 
Jerome Hoberman
Music Director/Conductor, The Hong Kong Bach Choir & Orchestra
on December 18, 2015 6:11am
Jerome, et al,
Tallis Scholars no longer run that summer workshop.  It's now the Early Music Academy (Uppingham) I was referring to in the second post above.  It is run by some of the same people that ran the Tallis Scholars one without Peter Phillips.  The folks who were there last summer, which was my first, said it was just as good if not better.  I loved it.
 
Merry Christmas, Happy Hollidays, etc.,
Lenora
on December 19, 2015 6:12am
I have been happy to attend this workshop, one of several conducted by Philip Cave with Sally Dunkley here in the USA;
lovely people and nice venues and - with the greatest music studied.
SIR
 
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