Please plan on arriving for check-in at Wright Hall between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm Friday, March 15th. Dinner is family-style and will be served promptly at 6:00 pm in the dining room at Wright Hall, followed by a tutti playing session in the Great Hall. Be prepared to enjoy various daytime and evening activities.
On Saturday and Sunday, there will be four class periods a day, with a shortened class on Monday. Just to spark your interest, here is a sampling of classes we had at one of our recent retreats (this year’s faculty has not yet revealed their current proposals, but we’ll let you know as soon as we know).
- “A Marvelous Pleasingness.” the music of Guillaume Du Fay
- “Florentine Festival Music”
- “Bach by Popular Demand”
- “From Adams to Zawinul: The Roots and Branches of Jazz”
- “An Abundance of Boismortier”
- “O magnum mysterium,” Music of Renaissance Spain
- “Caioni Connection,” Music of Early Transylvania
- “Antique Gold and Ancient Armor,” Music of Eric Satie
After your registration form and payment are received, a class selection form will be emailed to you when the faculty determines their topics. Ensemble classes will include a range of music from the renaissance and baroque eras to contemporary works. You will be asked to make a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice for each class period, taking into consideration your playing level and instruments. The faculty will do its best to use this information to select music that will create cohesive ensembles for a rewarding and enjoyable experience for all.
Friday evening at 7:30 there will be a large group playing session, led by Phil Neuman, in the Great Room of Wright Hall. Bring recorders of all sizes (especially the large ones if you have them), viols and other strings, and soft double reed instruments.
Saturday night we will enjoy an English Country Dance, led by a caller who knows how to make it fun for absolute beginners! Participants can dance, play in the dance band or watch the proceedings.
On Sunday night, we’ll be honored to hear our esteemed faculty in a concert just for us. This concert is always fun and some consider it the best they attend all year.
Saturday and Sunday we’ll also have optional opportunities for other musical activities and informal playing ensembles. Walks, wildlife observations and great views are always available for recreation. Maybe even a silent auction of interesting items or a raffle. You never know!
The retreat concludes at 3 pm on Monday.