CLASS MINI-SERIES—Adam Gilbert: Songs and Symbols That Know Each Other

Fridays, October 2–30: 5:00 p.m. PT

Participants are invited to sing and play music that reflects discoveries based on Adam Gilbert’s research. Music for each class will be provided as pdfs and on the screen.

Pitch will be A=440 

Singers and instrumentalists are all welcome, though a few of the works no longer have their original text.


CONCERT PRESENTATION—Severall Friends: Le Roman de Fauvel

Saturday, October 24: 4:00 p.m. PT

Join early music legend Mary Springfels and Severall Friends on a musical excursion into a poem that illuminates all-too-human foibles and vices.


CLASS MINI-SERIES—Peter Maund: 13th and 14th Century Instrumental Dance Music

Sundays, October 4–November 1: 1:00 p.m. PT

Music is percussion-friendly and monophonic, allowing us to create accompaniments and our own additions to the repertoire. Some of the melodies require Intermediate+ capabilities, but participants can always try their hand at percussion. If a drum isn't available, use an (empty) pot, cardboard box or trash can!

All levels and instruments are welcome.


CLASS MINI-SERIES—Anna Marsh: Music for Winds (Late Renaissance through Baroque)

Sundays, October 4–November 1: 3:00 p.m. PT

From wind band music from Guatemala and Ecuador to holiday music from across the world, explore the diverse and wonderful repertoire of late Renaissance and Baroque winds.

Pitch will be A=415 or A=440, depending on the individual class


CLASS MINI-SERIES—David Wilson: Fundamentals of the Baroque Violin & Viola

Sundays, October 4–November 1: 5:00 p.m. PT

In this five-part set of classes we will consider and practice the fundamental building blocks of playing the baroque violin and viola, and build on them to practice more advanced techniques. We will reacquaint ourselves with those primary principles and use them to solve technical problems in the baroque repertoire.

Pitch will be A=415

Gut strings and baroque bow encouraged but not essential.


CLASS MINI-SERIES—Rotem Gilbert: Polyphonic Settings in Italian Sources 1400–1600

Fridays, November 6–December 11: 5:00 p.m. PT

In this series of five classes, Rotem Gilbert will present musical settings found in Italian sources from the 1400s to 1600. Explore Italian manuscripts and prints traditions, while discovering the beauty of intricate polyphony.

A=440; This class is geared towards Renaissance music lovers—wind players, bowed strings, pluckies of all kinds and voices.


CLASS MINI-SERIES—Daphna Mor: Ottoman-Turkish and Arabic Music from the 18th–20th century

Sundays, November 8–December 13: 1:00 p.m. PT

Dive into the gorgeous instrumental music of the Ottoman Court and 20th century Turkey, as well as Classical Arabic music!

In this 5-class course we will explore three basic elements of this monophonic music that are still the base for contemporary compositions in an unbroken tradition spanning for centuries: forms, rhythms, and the unique scales.


CLASS MINI-SERIES—Seeing Renaissance Music through the Eyes of Renaissance Musicians

Sundays, November 8–December 13: 3:00 p.m. PT

This five-week course will take participants through the main aspects of late Medieval and Renaissance "practical music" in order to develop a better understanding of the way that fourteenth-, fifteenth-, and sixteenth-century musicians approached the music they performed. Topics will include muisca recta, solmization, and intervallic relationships, cadences and musica ficta, the musical modes (tones), mensuration, and proportion.


CLASS—Miyo Aoki: Mirth and Melancholy in Elizabethan England

Saturday, November 14: 3:00 p.m. PT

Melancholy was a fashionable affliction in Elizabethan England, as is apparent from the number of morose, lamenting songs that were popular during that time. On the other end of the spectrum, and no less beloved, were lighter songs full of fa-la-la’s and silly love lyrics. We will explore the harmonious opposites of mirth and melancholy in the music of Thomas Morley and one or two selections by other composers.


CONCERT PRESENTATION—Tabea Debus and Alon Sariel: Ohrwurm

Saturday, November 21: 1:00 p.m. PT

Rising early music stars Tabea Debus (recorder) and Alon Sariel (lute) join together for a scintillating program of Ohrwürmer (or as we say in the United States, earworms)!


CLASS—Nigel North: La Rhètorique des Dieux

Saturday, December 5: 1:00 pm PT

”The rhetoric of the Gods”: the world, music, style, and performance practice of the French Lute c. 1630-c.1680.


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