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Class Descriptions

9:00-10:15

All-Camp Chorale – the singing staff

The morning chorale brings the entire camp together to start the day with a 75 minute singing session where our diverse singing staff take turns leading harmony songs both by ear and from written music. The material will range from easy and fun to more challenging (and still fun!) A big sing at the end of the week will be a review of the highlights of this session. The repertoire may include chorus songs, arranged folk songs, swing harmonies, world music, and more.

10:30-11:35

Contras and Cousins – Rick Mohr

Music by: Julie Vallimont, Corey DiMario, Betsy Branch: Enjoy first rate dances in fine company, with stellar music, in the fresh breezes of C#. A main course of contras -- spiced daily with a memorable square, triplet, grid, or jawn* -- accessible to newcomers and interesting to experienced dancers.
*A Philadelphia noun with no specific meaning.

ECD: Watermelon to Chocolate (Lyrical to Boisterous, Silly to Sublime) – Brooke Friendly

Music by: Matt Norman, Aaron Marcus, Anna Patton: Experience the variety of texture and mood as well as the qualities of movement and phrasing distinct to English country dances old and new: lyrical to boisterous, silly to sublime. We will focus on skill building, including interesting variations of basic figures, phrasing, and dancing in different ways, as well learning, recovering, and helping.

Intro to Contra and English Country Dancing! – Alex Deis-Lauby

Music by: Lissa Schneckenburger, Bruce Rosen: A class geared toward people who are: new to contra, English, or both; dancers who want to build their skills and become more comfortable on the dance floor; dancers of all levels who want to learn to better help new dancers succeed; and, dancers who want to share their love of dance with others!

1:00-1:40

Ukulele – Katie Martucci

Brush up on your ukulele skills as we learn folk songs and swing tunes. We'll review chords, and work on different strumming/fingerpicking patterns. Leave with a new set of songs to sing and play!

Singing on the Porch – Camper led

Come sing along or bring a song to share in this informal session of chorus songs, well-known folk and popular songs, rounds and who knows what else!

1:45-2:45

Appalachian Clogging – Suzannah Park

Music by: Aaron Marcus: Doing the TN walking step as we right hand star around and meet our partners with a twirl and and and... This is a good class for someone with little or no exposure to Appalachian clogging as well as those wanting to get more comfortable with the basics while expanding their clogging repertoire. All the steps will be broken down as we work them into a routine to be done within the form of a square dance. Come get your groove on to the yummy plunking of the banjo and dive into the sweet fun of percussive traditional dancing. Note: please bring hard-soled shoes.

New England Fiddle – Lissa Schneckenburger

This workshop is open to all intermediate-advanced fiddlers. We will start with a brief overview of New England fiddling, its stylistic elements, and its history with musical examples. The group will learn an average of 1 tune each day, from the traditional repertoire, by ear. When time allows, the group will go over specific ornaments, and chords. All participants are strongly encouraged to bring a recording device and a notebook.

Slow-Cooker Chorus – Rani Arbo

Bring your lung capacity and your love for slow-tempo, lusciously dissonant, sacred choral music to this class. We'll warm up with shorter pieces, including snippets of Hildegard's Gregorian chant (with drone) and Bobby McFerrrin's setting of the 23rd Psalm. Our deep dive will be Morten Lauridsen's gorgeous O Magnum Mysterium (for which we will need some high sopranos and low basses -- hint hint!). Ability to read music is a plus.

Harmony Singing by Ear – Betsy Branch

Learn tools to create your own harmonies. We will learn some basic music theory, and create lots of human chords. We will learn songs from a variety of traditions, and work as a class to come up with harmony ideas for the songs. We will also practice some different approaches to creating harmony. All are welcome -- no music reading or previous music theory knowledge required.

New Songs From Old Folk Tales – Laurel Swift

Laurel spent last year writing songs for a brand new folk musical, and she will share some of the engaging methods, starting points and techniques she discovered. We will look at some traditional stories and songs, explore their underlying themes, discuss their characters, then select great lines and lyrics to expand on and develop into a new cycle of songs. This will be a fun and accessible class, and you will have opportunities to choose to work alone or in groups.

Intermediate Guitar – Katie Martucci

Learn new chord shapes (swing/django voicings as well as inversions), as well as different fingerpicking and strumming patterns to vary your rhythmic comping. We'll also work on some tune melodies (folk songs, musettes and/or standards) as a way to get familiar with the neck and feel more comfortable playing lead and soloing.

The Art of Listening – Corey DiMario

The best musicians are the also the best listeners of music. So often we hear music around us but don't stop to really listen and focus on it. We will explore different musical themes in a focussed listening session. Using recorded examples across a wide variety of styles we'll listen and discuss the various elements of what we hear.

Basic Banjo for Singers – Bob Walser

This is a class for folks who want to accompany their voice with the 5-string banjo. We’ll focus on using the banjo’s character to enhance a song with basic chords, tunings and technique.

Harmony Arrangements of English Folk Songs – Matt Norman

Matt will teach English Folk songs that he has arranged in traditional style. We'll start the session with a warm up that gets us ready to sing and will also develop vocal technique. All of the songs will be taught by ear but music will be provided. The arrangements are rich and earthy harking back to pre-Victorian harmony singing, with a special effort made to give all parts something interesting to sing. The sessions will be relaxed and fun with an emphasis on style and musicality.

3:00-4:00

World Music Harmony – Suzannah Park

Enjoy the harmonic variety that is world polyphony through songs about love, loss and celebration from a collection of countries in 2, 3 & 4 part harmony. We'll sing songs from America, England, Bulgaria, Caucasus Republic of Georgia, South African and Columbia. All singing levels are welcome and all songs and parts will be taught by ear and no sight-reading skills are required.

Cotswold Landscape - Tradition and Innovation – Laurel Swift

Music by: Rick Mohr: A class for all levels - beginners and experienced dancers welcome. Laurel will teach some traditional and modern morris dances and figures, exploring why they work so well, and what potential they have for further development. Through the week you can expect to nail the basics; consider how technique and timing can make a figure fly; focus of the heart of a morris move, it's build up and release; and generally have fun dancing morris.

Going Solo - in Duets and Trios! – Rani Arbo

In this class, we'll explore how our unique voices combine and practice fine-tuning that amazing alchemy in a supportive setting. We'll sing in duos and trios throughout the week, switching singing partners and experimenting with tone, pitch, energy, rhythm, and phrasing. Be ready for lots of deep listening and courageous sharing with the group. Magic will happen! If you have a simple song to share with a duet or trio partner, please bring it -- we'll also learn a few simple songs together to start the week.

Swing Harmony Singing – Katie Martucci

Learn to sing in tight three part swing harmony, a la The Boswell Sisters and The Mills Brothers. We'll learn a few arrangements of swing standards and dive into some of the theory so students understand how to hear and sing their own harmonies.

Dance Musician's Workshop – Julie Vallimont

We'll explore the musical process of playing with other people, either in a band or in a one-time situation. Some things we might explore: How to be better listeners; how to generate ideas and hone them; different modes of creativity; saying "yes" to ideas; finding ways to interpret other people's ideas; and getting a tight sound and a deeper groove.

Sea song Celebration: A Soggy Sing 'round the World – Bob Walser

“A good song was worth 10 men on a rope” went the saying. We’ll explore and share the songs of square rig - shanties and forebitters - then venture into less familiar waters with stevedores’ songs, fishing shanties, the mysterious Dreg Songs of Scotland and shanties from outside the anglo-american canon. Come prepared to rant and roar!

4:30-5:30

Vocal Mini-Lessons – Rani Arbo

Enjoy 20-minutes of one-on-one attention to your singing voice. Whether you'd like to work on a particular song, dive into technique, or address a concern, these sessions are tailored to support you on your vocal path. They will be scheduled during 5th period or possibly at other times if mutually convenient. Campers are welcome to share a slot with a friend.

Pinewoods Botanical Bonanza – Aaron Marcus

Pinewoods Camp is situated in a special ecological hotspot -- a confluence of conditions result in an unusual number of rare and endangered species. With help from Aaron Marcus, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department's Assistant Botanist, we'll learn about the pink ladyslipper orchids, tiny mosses, majestic pitch pines, underwater ferns and ecology of Pinewoods, covering a different theme every day. This relaxing class is not cumulative, nor aerobic, and all are welcome to join for as few or as many sessions as desired. We will stick to trails around camp -- a different one each day. Please bring your curiosity and wonder.

Traditional Ballads – Suzannah Park

The rich a deep well of American and British Isles ballads is an important and powerful way that stories, lessons and life are sung about and shared. We will teach songs as well as have space for folks to share ballads they already know. We'll talk about the dynamic of how and when to share these songs and tricks for memorization. Join us and learn knee to knee as we share our stories and songs with each other.

Dance Party: Waltzes and other Dances of the Day

Music by: Julie Vallimont, Betsy Branch, Corey DiMario, Anna Patton, and guests: Relax your mind and move around to music in the late afternoon. We'll play waltzes for your dancing pleasure, and also feature an additional style of dance each day, including swing, French dances, Scandinavian dances, and more. There will be brief teaching appearances by guest dance teachers, and also plenty of uninterrupted dancing to Anna's Couple's Dance Dream Band.

Give us a Song – Bob Walser

Share your favorites with yer mates - anything goes as long as folks can join in.

Tune Jam With Lissand Matt – Lissa Schneckenburger, Matt Norman

A late afternoon tune session for all instruments: nothing too fast or notey, just solid, satisfying tunes to groove on or play around with, as you feel inclined.

One-shots with Rick – Rick Mohr

Each day, the versatile Rick Mohr will offer a different fun and edifying late-afternoon workshop, including Contra Choreography, Calling 101, Rounds, Turning Dances, and more.

     
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