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Winds & Waves: Recorder Workshop - Entire Workshop

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May 1, 2021
May 3, 2021

Workshop Overview

The Sitka team has been looking forward to helping Winds and Waves participants make music together again this coming Spring. This year due to state guided health and safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Winds and Waves will take place virtually. Connect with us online for three wonderful days of "Music by the Sea" with instructors Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, Vicki Boeckman and Clea Galhano. Join us as we celebrate the 22nd anniversary of Winds and Waves through glorious music. Clea, Vicki, Tish and Frances will lead you through all manners of music from Medieval to Modern. Two daily class periods offer choices of topics to suit recorder players from intermediate to advanced levels. Each topic will meet all three days, enabling musical development for each participant. Each session will be followed by a Special Event each day: "Happy Hour" and "Large Group Playing Session";  a "Faculty Concert"; and lastly the "Winds and Waves Open Mic" - play a tune, recite a poem or showcase original music. These events will enable us all to enjoy our collective company, reminisce over past Winds and Waves workshops, and share ideas for when we can all be together in the future!Morning session (3 days, 3 classes): $75Afternoon session (3 days, 3 classes): $75Special events (3 days, 3 events): $50Concert only: $15Entire workshop: $180 (10% discount for entire workshop)There are two Jeanne Lynch Memorial Scholarships available to assist those who need assistance with workshop tuition. For information about how to apply please click here.

About the Instructor(s)

Letitia Berlin teaches recorder and coaches ensembles in California and at workshops around the country, including the Amherst Early Music Festival, and the Oregon Coast Winds and Waves recorder workshop. She is the director of the Hidden Valley Early Music Road Scholar program (Carmel Valley, CA) and directed the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Music Discovery Workshop for young children for ten years. Ms. Berlin performs regularly with the Farallon Recorder Quartet, Calextone, Bertamo Trio, and the recorder duo Tibia. She has performed with the Carmel Bach Festival and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra as well as other ensembles. Recordings include Motets, Lieder, and Instrumental Works of Ludwig Senfl with the Farallon Recorder Quartet, Ladino love songs with Yatan Atan on the New Albion label and the second edition of the Disc Continuo play-along CD on the Katastrophe label. Ms. Berlin received a master’s degree in early music performance practices from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her mentors and teachers have included Inga Morgan, Saskia Coolen, Marion Verbruggen, Carol Marsh and Ross Duffin. She is a past Sitka Recorder Resident.

Frances Blaker received her Music Pedagogical and Performance degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen where she studied with Eva Legêne. She also studied with Marion Verbruggen in the Netherlands. In addition to regular appearances with Tibia, the Farallon Recorder Quartet, and Ensemble Vermillian, Ms. Blaker has performed as a soloist and with various ensembles in the United States, Denmark, England and the Netherlands. She teaches privately and at workshops throughout the United States, including the Oregon Coast Winds and Waves Recorder workshop and the Hidden Valley Early Music Road Scholar program. She is the Director of the Amherst Early Music Summer Festival; she was co-director of the SFEMS Medieval and Renaissance workshop from 1996-2001. Ms. Blaker is the author of the acclaimed Recorder Player’s Companion and a collaborator and performer on the Disc Continuo series of recordings.

Brazilian recorder player Cléa Galhano is an internationally renowned performer of early, contemporary and Brazilian music. Galhano has performed in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe as a chamber musician. Venues at which she has performed include Wigmore Hall in London, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York, and Palazzo Santa Croce in Rome, always receiving acclaimed reviews. Galhano studied at Faculdade Santa Marcelina in Brazil, the Royal Conservatory (The Hague), and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, earning a LASPAU, Fulbright Scholarship and support from the Dutch government. As an advocate of recorder music and educational initiatives, she served for six years on the national board of the American Recorder Society. Currently, she is the Executive Artistic Director of the St. Paul Conservatory of Music and a faculty member at Macalester College, Music Director of the Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest, and has recently been appointed Adjunct Lecturer in Music, Recorder at HPI, Jacobs School of Music, IU.

Guest instructor Vicki Boeckman has been performing and teaching since the 1980s. She is thrilled to return and teach at the Winds and Waves workshop. She is embracing the new virtual world with enthusiasm, curiosity, and a sense of awe, finding it to be positive and rewarding amidst the challenges. Pre pandemic she was an internationally acclaimed performing and recording artist who traveled all over the US and to many other countries to perform and teach. She adores playing chamber music of all styles in various configurations, collaborating with new projects and ideas with like-minded colleagues. Locally in the PNW Vicki has been a featured soloist with Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, The Oregon Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Portland Opera, Medieval Women's Choir, Gallery Concerts, Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra, and the Skagit Symphony. Currently she is Music Director for the Seattle Recorder Society, co-director of the Recorder Orchestra of Puget Sound (ROPS) with colleague Charles Coldwell, and Artistic Director for the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop, (now held at UPS in Tacoma). She dearly hopes these organizations can withstand the challenges of separation and continue to thrive. This will be Vicki’s third recorder residency at Sitka.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Instruments and music stand

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

How do these online classes work?

Good question! If you’ve never taken an online class before, it can seem impossible compared to an in-person workshop or private lesson. But it works!

Unlike our in-person workshop classes, you will be logged into a website in a virtual classroom with the teacher, the class host, and anywhere from 5 to 50 fellow students - you will be a square on "The Brady Bunch" or "Hollywood Squares"! You can see and hear, just like in an in-person class - except you didn't have to drag your instruments across town (or the country) to get there! You can ask the teacher a question by typing it into the chat feature, and you can say a quick "hi" to individual friends you see using this same feature before class starts. You can even get the handouts digitally in advance, so you can look them over and practice.

One limitation of this is a slight time delay between participants, very much like a long-distance satellite call from the 70's. It's really just a split second, but it makes it hard to play in rhythm as a group. Therefore, all students will be muted during most of the class, unless the teacher asks for a volunteer or calls for questions. When you are muted, you will hear only the teacher; you can play along with the teacher this way, and the delay won't be a problem. Many people find this incredibly liberating!

We have made up some guides for how to use this website and join the right class, how to mute yourself, and so forth so that you can have the best experience. We look forward to making music with you in a Zoom window at Winds and Waves

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