Friday, January 08, 2016

Summer Chant and Polyphony Institute at Eastman School of Music

Prof. Michael Alan Anderson of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester will offer a summer course called “Singing Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphony” from July 25-29 of this year. The course will balance exposure to the genres and styles of traditional Western plainchant with the study and execution of Renaissance vocal polyphony. Sessions will center not just on performance but also on historical background, notation, and contemporary theory and practice. In a short concert at week’s end, students will present – as an SATB choir – an unpublished sixteenth-century polyphonic Vespers, which incorporates both chant and polyphony. This course is appropriate for church music directors, choral directors, and singers wishing to gain a stronger foundation in early music.

Prof. Anderson is also the director of the professional early music ensemble Schola Antiqua of Chicago, which has been an artistic resident since 2007 at the Lumen Christi Institute, a center for Catholic social thought. For details about enrollment and tuition, please visit this link to the Eastman School of Music’s website.

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