The Instrumental Program at TBSI is designed to offer experienced period players an opportunity for in-depth study of their instruments in a variety of solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. The program also offers players new to period instruments an introduction to the instruments, their technique, and the repertoire. Masterclasses, rehearsals, and lessons are supported by lectures and workshops on a range of topics. The various components of the Instrumental Program are outlined below.
Instrumentalists are generally not required to audition: eligibility is determined by the applicant's education and experience as outlined in the applicant's CV. If the CV does not provide adequate information, the applicant may be asked to play an audition or submit a recording.
Instruments offered are flute, oboe, bassoon, violin, viola, viola d'amore*, cello, bass, harpsichord, and lute/guitar. The availability of specific instrumental programmes is subject to sufficient enrolment.
Note that a number of baroque flutes, oboes, bassoons, string instruments, and a theorbo are available for use by participants. String players new to period instruments may also use their modern instruments, re-tuned to a’=415 hz and strung with gut. We are able to loan baroque bows, and we stock gut strings for purchase. Bass players may borrow a set of gut strings for the duration of the Institute.
*Visit the Viola d'Amore Workshop tab for details of the concurrent Viola d’amore Workshop being offered June 11-17, in conjunction with TBSI. Note that there will be opportunities for TBSI participants interested in being introduced to the instrument to sit in on some workshop activities.
Faculty members lead daily masterclasses in solo repertoire and technique. Repertoire guidelines for each class will be sent to participants prior to the Institute.
All TBSI instrumentalists participate in daily orchestra rehearsals led by Jeanne Lamon and Elisa Citterio, with additional sectional coaching by members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
All instrumentalists play in one of two chamber-sized orchestras – these orchestras will perform at a public concert on Wednesday, June 20.
All instrumentalists also play in the full orchestra, which joins forces with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra for the Grand Finale on Saturday, June 23.
Click here to see a list of TBSI Orchestra repertoire from previous institutes [repertoire for TBSI 2018 tba].
Chamber Ensembles details
Instrumentalists participate in instrumental chamber ensembles, coached by members of the faculty. They also participate in mixed vocal/instrumental ensembles to explore the wealth of baroque repertoire for solo voice with instruments. Click here to see a list of repertoire from previous institutes [repertoire for TBSI 2018 tba].
All chamber ensembles will have the opportunity to perform for other participants, faculty, friends and family at an informal in-house concert on Thursday, June 21.
Private Lessons details
One private lesson is included in tuition. Extra lessons can be arranged for an additional fee.
Baroque Dance details
Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, Co-Artistic Director of Opera Atelier, will lead classes in baroque dance for musicians. All participants are encouraged to join in.
Continuo Classes details
Charlotte Nediger, Olivier Fortin, and Lucas Harris lead daily continuo classes for keyboard players and lutenists/guitarists. Classes will include work on issues of style, technique, and sound production in chamber, orchestral, and vocal continuo repertoire on harpsichord, organ, and lute/guitar. Classes are divided according to the participants’ level of experience, so that we can accommodate both those who are new to continuo playing and those who have a range of experience.
Participants will attend a concert by the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir on Monday, June 11, as well as a Faculty Chamber Recital on Saturday, June 16.
There will be a public concert by the TBSI Orchestras and Choirs on Wednesday June 20.
Chamber ensembles will have the opportunity to perform for other participants, faculty, friends and family at an informal in-house concert on Thursday June 21.
Opera workshop scenes will be showcased for other participants and faculty at the end of the Institute.
TBSI participants will attend the final concert of the Viola d’Amore Concert on Sunday, June 17.
The Institute ends with a public concert by all participants and faculty: the combined forces of the TBSI Orchestra, TBSI Choir, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. This concert is held in the resplendent acoustics of Grace Church on-the-Hill on the final evening of the Institute, Saturday June 23.
All TBSI participants will have the opportunity to hear the participants in the concurrent Viola d’amore Workshop at a concert on Sunday, June 17.
Annual Bach Bash details
All participants are invited to join in a spirited reading of one of Bach’s large-scale choral works, directed by Ivars Taurins, assisted by various faculty members. Past ‘bashes’ have traditionally featured the St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion.
Lectures will be offered by faculty members and guests on various aspects of baroque music, performance practice, theatre, and art.
Instrument Demonstration and Workshops details
These will include displays and demonstrations by bowmakers and instrument makers as well as classes in harpsichord tuning and maintenance.
Social Events details
Music Sales details
On concert days, Early Music Imports will be on site selling facsimiles and reputable editions of baroque music, as well as tuning forks in various pitches.
The TBSI Library includes a range of books and articles on baroque repertoire, performance practice, instruments, and iconography, as well as a selection of chamber music. In addition, the Faculty of Music Library has an extensive collection of scores and research material.
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