ART SONGS BY WOMEN COMPOSERS: REPERTOIRE AND HISTORICAL CONTEXT

A six-week comprehensive study of vocal literature by women composers through the centuries. This course explores the music of composers such as Francesca Caccini, Clara Schumann, Maria Malibran, Cécile Chaminade, Amy Beach, Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, and Grace Williams, including biographical information combined with cultural history. The influence of these women on their female and male contemporaries rounds out this course of rich (sometimes obscure) art songs to bring them to the forefront of vocal repertoire. Weekly lectures as well as performance of the literature by participants make this a very engaging, interactive course for singers, pedagogues, and vocal coaches.

EASTMAN CLARINET ONLINE WORKSHOP

The Eastman Clarinet Online Workshop is an intensive, informative and supportive environment for advanced high school clarinet players who are looking to continue their studies at the collegiate level. Each day will include 3 hours of interactive instruction, including faculty-led warm-up classes, masterclasses, two 30-minute lessons with faculty during the week (performer participants only), and special-topic discussions (college audition preparation, admissions guidance, ensemble playing). Performer participants will be chosen by audition. Participants may also attend as auditors (no audition required); auditors pay a reduced tuition fee and will receive access to the special topic discussions, masterclasses, and faculty-led warm-up classes, but will not perform in masterclasses or receive private lessons.

ENGLISH LYRIC DICTION & INTRODUCTION TO IPA

This class will familiarize the student with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), and to understand its application to Standard American English within a lyric setting. Application of that knowledge will be proven through written IPA, reading, listening and performance assignments.

This class will be beneficial not only to singers, but also to speakers who wish to improve their understanding of the pronunciation of American English. Additionally, choral directors will benefit greatly from an understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet and how to apply it when working with blending sound within their choral groups.

GERMAN LYRIC DICTION

If you have never studied German before, this course will help you to develop a sense of how the language sounds and a sense of its wonderful expressive possibilities, as well as to learn as much as possible about the individual sounds and their corresponding symbols in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

If you have studied German before, I will help you to expand your appreciation for the beauty and the expressive possibilities of the language, as well as your knowledge of the IPA symbols corresponding to the sounds of the language.

This course is beneficial for anyone who works with the German language in an expressive capacity—collaborative pianists, singers, choral conductors, and instrumental conductors, as well as for anyone who wishes to improve their pronunciation of spoken German.

LA CANCIÓN LÍRICA: A SURVEY OF SPANISH ART SONG REPERTOIRE

La Canción Lírica: A Survey of Spanish Art Song Repertoire delves into the evolution of the Spanish Art Song genre from the 17th through the 21st centuries. Weekly lectures, as well as score study, reading, and listening assignments will help participants expand the scope of their knowledge of this repertoire for recital and/or pedagogical use. This course is geared toward singers, coaches, pianists, voice teachers and all enthusiasts of La Canción Lírica!

MUSIC PRESERVATION WORKSHOP FOR LIBRARIANS

The focus of the course is hands-on experience in repair techniques and preservation strategies for musical scores, with particular emphasis on matching preservation decisions to library mission. A combination of instructional videos made in the Sibley Conservation lab and Zoom conferencing provides demonstrations you can refer to over and over, lectures on administration, workflow organization, digitization, and special materials, and one-on-one questions and answers about dealing with your particular collection and its issues. The course is intended for professional and support staff; private collectors also welcome. It may be taken as noncredit or for 1 credit with added written assignments and a graded exam.

SILENT FILM ACCOMPANIMENT

In 1921, George Eastman started a school of music, in part to legitimize the new art of silent film by raising the standard of musical accompaniment. With the rapid advent of sound film in the late 1920s, in 1930 the Eastman School of Music ceased silent film accompaniment training entirely – until now. In the summer of 2021, Philip Carli, a world-renowned accompanist and composer for silent films and the house musician for the George Eastman Museum’s Dryden Theatre since 1989, will teach this resurging art at the Eastman School. The six-week, one-credit course will cover the essential techniques of improvised film accompaniment – analyzing the editing rhythm and narrative line of a film so as not merely to follow the action but to lead the expectations and emotional response of the audience, always in service of the film. Students will also be introduced to the other two historical forms of film accompaniment, cue sheet compilation and through-composition of notated scores. The course will be taught virtually, and balance study of film history and construction with compositional assignments. The class is limited to eight students, who are expected to have professional experience or course work with either composition or improvisation. Keyboard is the normal medium of accompaniment, but other instruments may be used if approved by the instructor. This opportunity to study under a master motion picture accompanist is not to be missed.

SUMMER ORGAN ONLINE WORKSHOP

Join us online for this three-day workshop for young organists exploring the fascinating landscape of the organ in the United States. Eastman faculty and students will introduce this topic utilizing Rochester’s impressive collection of instruments as case studies. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in panel discussions with faculty, receive feedback on prerecorded performances and improvisations in a masterclass setting, and gain access to materials for further study. The course is open to both pre-college and undergraduate organists.

VOCAL PEDAGOGY FOR CHORAL CONDUCTORS & VOICE TEACHERS

This class will provide an introductory or refresher course focusing on the training and development of the voice. Classroom and private voice teachers, collaborative pianists, and choral directors alike will benefit from discussions on a variety of topics, including the structure and function of the vocal mechanism and health, managing the passaggi, musical theater style, age-appropriate classical and Broadway repertoire, and challenges through the “ages” of singing.

YOU ARE YOUR INSTRUMENT: LEVEL 2 - ACTING THE ART SONG

When performing an aria (or musical theater selection), singers are provided “road maps” for creating characters and expressing their desires through the libretto of the opera. What about working with the poetic texts of art songs where “characters” are not as clearly defined? “You Are Your Instrument: Level 2” explores how to more effectively perform art song through the analysis of text, music, and the application of acting techniques.