Summer Ensembles and Listening Clubs for Adults

ADULT ENSEMBLES ARE BEING OFFERED ONLINE via ZOOM

 

Music Institute Virtual Chorale

$60 • 6 weeks (June 30-August 4, 2020)

 

If you need financial assistance, please contact Guinevere Grimstad at 847.905.1500, ext. 133.

 

Join the Music Institute Chorale for six virtual meetings under the leadership of conductor Daniel Wallenberg. Each meeting will include sectional work where participants see the other singers, hear an audio recording of the group, and sing their part. Participants will actively participate in 75 minutes of staggered rehearsals between 7:00 and 9:30 p.m. Singers have the option of contributing an audio recording of themselves singing their part. This recording will be mixed with the other parts, including the piano part, and used during weekly meetings. A culminating final performance will be produced where participants will sing all the pieces. This performance will include special additions by Rae-Myra Hilliard, lyric soprano and Gregory Shifrin, piano.

 

Conductor: Daniel Wallenberg  |  Pianist: Gregory Shifrin 

Guest Soloist: Rae-Myra Hilliard, Lyric Soprano

 

Summer repertoire will include the following works:

“Va, Pensiero” from the opera Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi
“Laudate Dominum” from Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K. 339 by W.A. Mozart
“Los Pescadores” by Daniel Wallenberg
“Baptism” by Nathaniel Dett
“Duerme Negrito” by Atahualpa Yupanqui
“Bells” by Adrian Dunn 
“Cantique de Jean Racine” by Gabriel Fauré

 

Tuesdays          7:00-9:30 pm          Online          Daniel Wallenberg

 

Questions?  Please contact Daniel Wallenberg
or call Guinevere Grimstad at 847.905.1500, ext. 133.

 


New Horizons Band

$110 • 6 weeks (Summer Session: June 9 - July 16, 2020)

We are excited to announce the New Horizons Band, an educational program founded at the Eastman School of Music and designed for adults ages 50 and up, will continue its traditional summer session and will be conducted online via Zoom videoconference. Members will receive weekly practice videos they can play along with, as well as have the opportunity to participate in a virtual performance at the end of the summer session. The virtual performance will be a multi-layered video of the ensemble they can share with family and friends. Our weekly Zoom meetings and practice videos will help individual progress, culminating in the multi-layered video. This class offers an opportunity for beginners through advanced students to take their instrumental skill and passion for music to the next level while staying in the comfort and safety of their home!

 

If you played an instrument earlier in life and are ready to take it up again, MIC can help you get back in shape quickly and recapture the excitement of playing music. If you have never played an instrument before, it's never too late to give it a try. MIC's highly experienced staff of professional musicians/teachers will guide you every step of the way from producing your first sounds, through learning to read music, to developing your technical skills to the very best of your ability.

 

The New Horizons Band provides adults older that 50 with an opportunity to learn to play a band instrument with their peers. The ensemble is open to those who already play an instrument but may have been away from music-making for many years, as well as those with no previous musical experience. Since 1995, band members have presented hundreds of free performances at area retirement homes, festivals and community centers, bringing music to those who might not otherwise have access to such performances. 

 

Please contact New Horizons Band Director, Paul Hefner at phefner@musicinst.org for more information.

Band Meetings
Tuesday - whole ensemble                 10:00 – 11:00 AM     Online       Paul Hefner  

Thursday - individual assistance         10:00 – 11:00 AM     Online       Paul Hefner  

Sectionals
Tuesday or Thursday                            9:30 – 10:00 AM     Online       Instructors:  Various

 


Swing Band (ages 16 – adult)

60 minutes • $75  •  6 weeks

We are excited to announce the Play it Again Swing Band will continue its traditional summer session and will be conducted online via Zoom videoconference. The Play it Again Swing Band gives musicians of all levels the opportunity to play and perform jazz standards. Focusing on different styles and periods of jazz, members will play and analyze songs based on their current skill level and achievable goals.

 

Members will receive weekly practice videos they can play along with, as well as the opportunity to participate in a virtual performance at the end of the summer session. The virtual performance will be a multi-layered video of the ensemble they can share with family and friends. Weekly Zoom meetings and practice videos will help individual progress, culminating in the multi-layered video. This class offers an opportunity for beginners through advanced students to take their instrumental skill and passion for music to the next level while staying in the comfort and safety of their home!


Tuesday - whole ensemble              12:00 – 1:00 pm    Online             Paul Hefner  

Thursday - individual assistance      12:00 – 1:00 pm    Online             Paul Hefner  


Virtual Listening Club: Orchestral Music

60 minutes • $40 • 7 weeks

You’ve heard of Book Clubs where everyone reads a designated book on their own, and then they come to the club to discuss the book?  The Listening Club (Orchestral Music) works the same way, except it’s listening to music!  Each week, one week in advance, you will receive a link to a YouTube Performance that you will watch and listen to on your own. The class will then assemble as an online virtual class via Zoom. Instructor Lawrence Eckerling will offer insights, with examples, and facilitate a discussion of the assigned works.  This class will be a great way to become acquainted with the great orchestral literature and share insights about these monumental works.


Friday            10:00 am – 11:00 am    Online            Larry Eckerling            


Virtual Listening Club: Chamber Music for Strings

60 minutes • $50 • 7 weeks   
You’ve heard of book clubs where everyone reads a designated book on their own, and then they come to the club to discuss the book?  The Listening Club: Chamber Music for Strings works the same way, except participants listen to music!  Each week, one week in advance, participants receive a link to a YouTube performance to listen to. Then the class assembles on Zoom for an online virtual class where instructor Lawrence Eckerling offers insights, with examples, and facilitates a discussion of the assigned works. This class is a great way to become acquainted with great string quartet literature, including some chamber music with both strings and piano, and share insights about these monumental works.


Wednesday        1:00 – 2:00 pm        Online            Larry Eckerling    


Viola da Gamba Repertory & Technique

60 minutes • $145 • 7 weeks   

For the experienced player who wishes to explore the vast ensemble and solo music of the Viola da Gamba. With the move to online instruction, the summer viola da gamba class will look at a variety of technical work & viola consort repertoire incorporating pre-recorded materials to be utilized in-between sessions to maximize in-class time & experience in-depth exploration into our literature. Players will be encouraged to work on small ensemble & solo repertoire.


Tuesday        7:30 – 8:30 pm        Online        Phillip Serna    


Introduction to the String Quartet – Online • Class 60 minutes • $220 • 6 weeks  June 10 – July 22

Gather together with other passionate adult amateur musicians for a curated tour of the great string quartet repertoire from Haydn to Ligeti. Participants will listen to beloved pieces of the chamber music canon, and learn about the historical context, style, musical form, and lore of the works. Participants will have an opportunity for conversation and discussion about the music. This class is intended for adult amateur players of any instrument, or audience members eager to revel in a love and appreciation for string quartets.

The ability to read music and a basic knowledge of music theory is recommended, but not required. Taught by MIC chamber music program director Kyra Saltman.

 

Mondays from 7:00 – 8:00 pm via Zoom taught by Kyra Saltman

First class is Monday June 15, 2020