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Winds and Waves: Recorder Workshop

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Winds and Waves: Recorder Workshop
Letitia Berlin, Cléa Galhano, Frances Blaker and Janet Beazley
Date and Time:
Saturday & Sunday 9am - 5:15pm, Monday 9am - 3pm
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Minimum Age Level:
Skill Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
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January 16, 2018
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Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

***Scholarship Available for Winds and Waves students.*** Scroll down for details.

***All classes will be held on campus this year. No more trudging down the hill with instruments.***

The theme of the workshop this year will be "20th Anniversary Celebration” taught by Frances Blaker, Letitia Berlin, Cléa Galhano and Janet Beazley.

Come work on a wide variety of recorder music from the past and present under the guidance of an internationally renowned faculty. Winds and Waves offers graded technique and repertoire classes, plus general “grand consort” sessions—all in a spruce-hemlock forest perched above the Salmon River estuary. Take a break for three days and open yourself up to inspiration from the setting, the teaching, and the music. Classes will be announced in February and are divided into three skill levels: intermediate, upper-intermediate and advanced. The hours of this workshop are Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5:15pm and Monday 9am to 3pm. Catered lunches and a ticket to the faculty concert are included in your tuition fee.


A faculty concert will be held on Friday, May 4th, 2018 at 8pm at St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church located at 1226 SW 13th St., Lincoln City. Admission is included in the tuition. For additional tickets ($15 for adult, $5 for youth), purchase online or by calling the Sitka Center at 541.994.5485.


The fourth annual Jeanne Lynch Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to two deserving applicants. The scholarship will fund tuition and provide a $150 travel stipend. To apply, please write a letter to the Oregon Coast Recorder Society, c/o Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, 56605 Sitka Drive, Otis, Oregon 97368 or email to In addition to your name, postal and email addresses and telephone number, tell us why you would like to attend this workshop, what recorders you play and how long you have played. The letter should be postmarked by March 15 and a decision will be made by March 20.


Workshop Schedule

Saturday, May 5

8:30-9am Check-in, coffee and announcements.

9-9:20am All Workshop Playing Session. Please be in a seat with instrument unpacked at 9am sharp

9:30-10:45am Class Period A - Technique Class

10:45-11:15am Break

11:15 am-12:30pm Class Period B

12:30-2:15pm Lunch

2:15-3:30pm Class Period C

3:30-4pm Break

4-5:15pm Class Period D

6pm: Optional simple supper (included in registration) and casual group playing and open mic

Sunday, May 6

Same schedule as Saturday but no supper and open mic

Monday, May 7

9-10:15am Class Period B (there is no Class Period A on Monday)

10:15-10:45am Break

10:45am-12pm Class Period C

12-1pm Lunch

1-2pm Class Period D

2:15-2:30pm Break

2:30-3pm Final All Workshop Playing Session. Farewell.

Workshop pitch: A=440

A Period Classes (9:30-10:45) 

All participants will be placed in technique classes according to level

 B Period Classes (11:15-12:30) 

 B1. Byrd and Ferrabosco I – Birth Brothers  

Both Byrd and the elder Ferrabosco were born in 1543, which makes 2018 the 475th anniversary of their births. Both men were adept at writing for voices as well as for instruments. We will focus on instrumental fantasias, interspersed with sorbet-like palate cleanser in the form of short vocal compositions that sound great on recorders.

Advanced- Frances Blaker


B2. Celebrating Frances Blaker

We will work on the compositions that Frances, one of the founders of Winds and Waves, wrote during her residencies at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology throughout the years of the workshop. We will play  trios, quartets,  and more.

Upper Intermediate - Cléa Galhano


B3. Bon Anniversaire Roi Soleil

One of the longest-reigning monarchs in modern European history, Louis XIV was king of France for over 72 years. His reign began 375 years ago, and what better way to celebrate the Sun King’s anniversary than to enjoy the music of his most famous court composer, Jean-Baptiste Lully. We will focus primarily on his 5-part overture and dances for Molière’s comedy ballet, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, first performed at court in 1670.

Upper Intermediate- Janet Beazley


B4. The Beginnings of the 16th Century Italian Madrigal

The madrigal in 16th-century Italy became one of the primary vehicles for dramatic text expression. Petrarch's poetry had re-surged in popularity and was much used for madrigal texts. Philippe Verdelot (1480/1485–c. 1530/1532) and Jacques Arcadelt (c. 1507-1568) were some of the first oltremontani, or Northerners who came to Italy.  Their Franco-Flemish chanson and motet styles infused the Italian frottola with gravitas, leading to the first of the 16th century Italian madrigals. We'll also look at the madrigals of Costanzo Festa, a native Italian contemporary of Verdelot and Arcadelt.

 Intermediate - Upper Intermediate- Tish Berlin


C Period Classes (2:15-3:30)   

C1. 20th Century Music for Recorder Ensemble by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Paul Hindemith

To remember Vaughan Williams on the 60th anniversary of his death, and Hindemith on the 55th anniversary of his, we'll work on two of the seminal works for recorder consort from the mid-20th century: Vaughan Williams' Suite for Pipes, and Hindemith's Trio “Plöner Musiktag”.

Advanced- Tish Berlin


C2. Got Rhythm?

For those players who wish to focus on improving their counting skills, timing, rhythm sight reading and precision, we will look at a variety of interesting music to practice  syncopations, hemiolas and interlocking rhythms. We will also brainstorm different ways we can turn that annoying metronome into a friendly tool for better musicianship.

Intermediate – Upper Intermediate  - Janet Beazley


C 3. Per molts anys, Joan Cererols (1618-1676)

Joan Cererols was a Catalan composer and monk in the 17th century. He is perhaps best known for his villancico Serafin, but he wrote other music too. We will delve into a handful of his compositions that show his lovely melodies, graceful ornament and rich harmonies.

Intermediate - Upper Intermediate (some basses needed)- Frances Blaker


C 4. Still Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

In 2017 Protestant churches celebrated the 500th anniversary of  Martin Luther's Ninety-five Theses, a protest against the sale of indulgences. In October 1517 Martin Luther wrote to his bishop with his complaints, and by some accounts ended up nailing his theses to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg later that month. His actions mushroomed into a rebellion against the authority of the Catholic Church. The liturgical changes that eventually ensued naturally brought about changes seen in the music of Germany, France, the Low Countries, and Switzerland, and Henry VIII in England. One year is just not enough to celebrate these momentous changes and the composers affected by them.  The class will focus on some of the Reformation's composers such as Hofhaimer, Isaac,  Ludwig Senfl and Tallis.

Intermediate- Cléa Galhano


D  Period Classes (4:00-5:15 p.m.)   

D1 Winds and Waves 20th Anniversary Celebration

We will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Winds and Waves by working on two great pieces: Celebration by Soren Siege, and Clea's Super Bowl 2018 Halftime Show by Glen Shannon. The Sieg is an advanced piece with a variety of rhythm patterns composed for twelve recorders. It has European and African influence. As Sieg writes, “Celebration expresses feelings of expectation, overwhelming exuberance and woefulness”. Clea's Super Bowl 2018 Halftime Show is a new piece for thirteen recorders and three percussion instruments written by Shannon to celebrate the Super Bowl in 2018 which will be in Minneapolis.

Advanced- Cléa Galhano


D2 Scotland in the 16th Century

John Knox, born c. 1513, studied with John Calvin in Geneva and then brought the Reformation home to Scotland. His preaching led to Catholics being burnt at the stake and destruction of churches and organs, but music in Scotland persisted. We'll work on mass movements, motets and anthems by composers in Scotland who moved with the times, including Robert Carver, Robert Johnson (not the English lutenist), and John Fethy. Every kirk needs a nearby inn so we'll lighten the mood with some traditional music found in collections of the 18th century.

Upper Intermediate - Advanced- Tish Berlin


D3 Fast, Faster, and Fastest!

Learn how to let the musical wind blow your hair back! Speed is a stumbling block for many players. How do you learn to play FAST?! We will work on vigorous, joyful, and just plain scary passage-work from Renaissance and Baroque music. But never fear – we will begin slowly. By the end of the workshop you will surprise yourself with your zippiness!

Upper Intermediate- Frances Blaker


D4 Music of Loyset Compère and Pierre de la Rue

We remember Renaissance composers Compère and de la Rue, who both died in 1518, with an exploration of their chansons, motets and mass movements. Contemporaries of Josquin des Prez, they were among a group of composers known as the Franco-Flemish School, developing and disseminating an equal-voiced, polyphonic style which would become the international musical language of 16th-century Europe.

Intermediate – Upper Intermediate- Janet Beazley

About the Instructor(s)

Faculty includes Frances Blaker, Letitia Berlin and Cléa Galhano all of whom perform, record and teach workshops in the United States and abroad. Frances (a composer for recorder and other instruments) and Letitia are based in the San Francisco Bay area. Together, they form the duo Tibia ( Cléa, originally from Brazil, lives and teaches in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is on the faculty of Macalester College and other Twin Cities institutions. Guest instructor Janet Beazley has a master’s in Music History and a doctorate in Early Music from USC. She directs the Collegium Musicum (early music ensemble) and the Bluegrass Ensemble at UC Riverside. She teaches traditional and baroque flutes, recorders and whistles, beginning mandolin, beginning dobro, as well as viola da gamba. Janet Beazley plays banjo and sings with the California bluegrass band Chris Stuart & Backcountry and in the duo Chris Stuart & Janet Beazley.

Materials List: Students Bring

• Instruments and music stand

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)

• Music
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