Summertrios

inspire and transform musicians of all levels

Virtual  Workshops for

Strings, Winds, Piano, & Voice

of all levels

Possible In-person workshops

June 2021

Franklin & Marshall College

Lancaster, PA

Watch for an announcement of the fall festival & registration

Scroll down for more info about Summer 2020

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Summertrios

inspire and transform musicians of all levels

Welcome to Virtual Summertrios 2020

June 21 – 25, 2020

Join us as we Zoom into June for 4 days of interactive sessions for strings, winds, and piano. Scroll down to explore the wide range of options from favorites adapted to our circumstances like Piano Night and Receptions to inventive new choices. The talented (and adaptable!) Summertrios Faculty share useful, interesting information to enrich your music-making despite the limitations of distance learning. All sessions will take place on Zoom, so they are interactive in real time.

While Summertrios will be a virtual experience this year, our community can remain connected and energized as we celebrate and support the Summertrios Faculty.

ABOUT

Summertrios offers Workshops for adult string, wind, piano instrumentalists, and vocalists of all levels in an array of styles from chamber music to Tango. Whether you are an advanced player, are returning to your instrument, or are a diligent late starter, we invite you to join the Summertrios community. 

Each workshop is designed to inspire and transform a musical journey. Participants immerse themselves in music, receive coaching, and play with the world-class Summertrios faculty. They attend daily Lab Sessions,  have ample chances for sight reading and a variety of performance opportunities and Faculty concerts to attend. Everything happens in an atmosphere of camaraderie and fun. Please scroll down to learn more about Summertrios 2020.

"...the whole experience was amazing. Really transformative. Count me in as a regular from here on out! Just want to say thank you again! I loved every minute of it".

 

​Step up to your absolute best and play chamber music with Summertrios' world-class faculty! Choose  two works to rehearse and perform with the gifted and caring concertizing teachers. Receive daily coachings, rehearsals, and Lab Sessions. There are ample opportunities to sight read with fellow participants. 

ProAm WEEK
 
JUNE 6-13, 2020
Play with Summertrios faculty.
STRINGS, WINDS, PIANO
APPROACHING CHAMBER MUSIC
 
JUNE 12-14, 2020
 
Supportive exploration of chamber music.
STRING, PIANO

Summertrios welcomes you to delve further into the chamber music you have always wanted to play, or try it for the very first time. Approaching Chamber Music is a Workshop designed for both pianists and string players with previous chamber music experience AND those who are curious but have yet to give it a try. This immersive  three-day program welcomes instrumentalists into a supported learning experience

IMPROV ACROSS MUSIC
 
JUNE 13-20, 2020
Anyone can improvise.
ALL INSTRUMENTS

Anyone can improvise! Join expert bassist/composer/educator Mark Helias in an inspiring exploration of ensemble improvisation. Winds, strings, pianists, composers, and percussionists of all levels and musical backgrounds work together in small groups to discover the joy of improvising in a collegial, supportive setting.   

 
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JUNE 2020 OFFERINGS

Come see what Play in the Key of Rhythm is all about. Shem meets with those who are curious about this offering to explain how this virtual version will work. Free and fun.

See the session here

PLAY IN THE KEY OF RHYTHM
INTRO SESSION
WITH SHEM GUIBBORY 
All Instruments
1 Session    |     Free

Make your rehearsal preparation and practice skills more effective in these sessions where participants play, listen and give feedback to one another as peers. Think of this as your first rehearsal. Is there a passage that you are really not sure how to approach?  Submit it to us in advance and get ready to have some fun. Faculty members Sara, Linda and Shem gently guide the conversation, focusing on how to communicate constructively to others - and to yourself. Bring excerpts from the chamber music repertoire whether familiar to you or brand new. Members of pre-formed groups are invited to choose a section of their piece 

to play individually.

COMMUNICATION AND TRUST: HOW TO GIVE AND RECEIVE IN REHEARSAL AND PRACTICE
WITH SHEM GUIBBORY, SARA MALE, AND LINDA ROSENTHAL
All Instruments
SOLD OUT

Shem guides participants through Steve Reich’s exciting, iconic Music for Pieces of Wood in a session designed to develop your feeling for rhythm, listening, and ensemble. Play on tuned claves (if available) or drumsticks and breakthrough musical barriers as Shem shows you “how rhythm sings”. An original member of “Steve Reich and Musicians” Shem performed the work many times with the ensemble’s master percussionists. Format: Participants must buy the music at their earliest convenience here

Participants have access to practice tracks and additional free sessions for practice help will meet

Friday June 12, 11am ET

Wednesday June 17, 11am ET

6 sessions 

PLAY IN THE KEY OF RHYTHM
WITH SHEM GUIBBORY
All Instruments
SOLD OUT

Join the discussion with faculty and participants to share solutions to the challenges of virtual teaching, learning and playing. Topics include: about microphones and their sound quality, pricing and technical “difficulty”; Ethernet; tools for recording and sharing files, editing, all about lag time. Kate Dillingham moderates

HOW TO SOUND YOUR BEST, VIRTUALLY
MODERATED BY KATE DILLINGHAM
All Instruments
1 Session   |   Free

By separating rhythm from pitch in notation, Kim helps you lay the steady foundation needed to understand the reading and execution of rhythm as a separate skill or task from producing a pitch. These sessions give precise guidelines for developing your sense of inner pulse, and show you how to divide each beat internally to form the rhythms in the music you play. Learn to practice these elements in chamber music settings or solo settings, complete with online rhythm and pulse training resources and connection to Kim's Facebook page for personalized practice support.
Also included are written rhythm and pulse exercises for your use at home with a metronome or even together in a group setting .

FEELING INNER PULSE AND RHYTHM
WITH KIM FOSTER
All Instruments
1 Session   |   $30

Join Doris as she explores the many practices involved in playing a wind instrument as part of a mixed instrument chamber ensemble. She’ll address the unique issues facing musicians including cuing and breath, intonation between winds, strings and piano, and the blending of instruments with differing timbres.
This session is open to all instruments.

THE MINDSET OF A MIXED CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
WITH DORIS HALL-GULIATI
All Instruments
1 Session   |   $30

Jan continues her immensely popular exploration of the solo piano repertoire in this format adapted for virtual Summertrios. Through her inspiring blend of biography, musical examples and master class, Jan focuses this year on the short works of Brahms Op. 76, 116,117,118, 119. Piano Night will be divided into 2-3 sessions to accommodate time for performers’ technical set up. Pianists please indicate which pieces you’d like to play on the registration form.

PIANO NIGHT
WITH JAN DEATS
 
Piano & All Instruments Listening
2 Sessions   |   $30/$10

In this interactive 2-session workshop, Adrienne shares techniques for learning a piece of chamber music so you feel ready to engage with your ensemble at the first session. Topics include practicing, score study and how to learn tons of notes. Please bring in 1 or 2 movements of a piece on which you would like to focus. It needn't be brand new.

HOW TO LEARN A PIECE SO YOU CAN ENJOY THE FIRST REHEARSAL
WITH ADRIENNE KIM
 
Piano
2 Sessions    |    $60

Adrienne works with participants on the nuances of the piano texture in a chamber ensemble. In this interactive 2-session workshop, learn how to approach voicing, touch and pedaling as they relate to the ensemble sound as a whole. Please bring in 1 or 2 movements of a piece on which you would like to focus.

PIANO TEXTURE IN CHAMBER MUSIC
WITH ADRIENNE KIM
 
Piano
2 Sessions  |  $60

Play with a faculty pianist, ProAm style in 2-3 virtual session. On your registration, indicate the piece and which 2 movements you’d like to work on. Then receive a recording of the piano part by a Faculty pianist to work with. In the next meeting, receive coaching on playing with the track. Record a final live play-through together (you are muted) and discuss the results.

PROAM EXPERIENCE WITH A FACULTY PIANIST
 
Strings
Registration Closed

Sign up for an individual lesson with a Summertrios Faculty Member. Please indicate your preferred instructor on the registration form.

1 ON 1 STRING LESSON
1 Session  |  $105

Join Andy for a discussion of all things viola, including solo and chamber repertoire, set-up, technical questions, effective practice techniques, performance preparation or anything that you’ve always wanted to ask!

VIOLA MASTER CLASS
WITH  ANDY KNEBEL
1 Session   |   $30
  • An introduction to period instruments and basic concepts of historical performance-practices including bowing vocabulary, and commonly found elements of 18th-century expression. For upper string players, an introduction on how to play 'chinless'. (Bonus: learning 18th-century string technique can help alleviate shoulder and neck tension.)

  • A look at 18th-century notation: An examination of standard notations which can have surprising possibilities.

  • Baroque dance rhythms and gestures: A brief overview of phrase structure, inflection points, and general relationship to instrumental music of basic baroque dances.

  • Playing The Score: Participants are invited to submit pre-chosen excerpts for a discussion of issues concerning execution and/or expression. (Please choose a passage or phrase, and if possible, please have a specific question.)

    For more info about this course please visit: here 

    and: Classical Breakdown Podcast (WETA): Reading between the notes - making a score come alive:

DEMYSTIFYING 18TH-CENTURY PERFORMANCE-PRACTICES
WITH LIZ FIELD
 
Strings & Winds
Sold Out

Lisa guides you through the making of a virtual performance of the Reicha Quintet in A minor, op. 91, no. 2, movement I, Beethoven Octet 1st movement, and Taffanel 1st movement. Begin with one-on-one coaching to learn how to practice and record your part with the click-track” or “music-minus-one” track Lisa has provided in advance. Then, your recording is combined with those of the other ensemble members. Finally, your ensemble gathers to listen to the composite virtual performance as Lisa expands your understanding of playing in a wind chamber ensemble.

Technical requirements: You will need a smartphone, tablet or computer, or another recording device with a microphone to make a high-quality mp3 of your part, and the ability to upload your part (via Dropbox, Google Drive, or other file-sharing services) to be shared with other members of the group. A pair of headphones is required to record your part to the track.

A final recordinng is included

VIRTUAL WOODWIND QUINTET
PERFORMANCE AND DISCUSSION
WITH LISA KOZENKO
 
Winds
SOLD OUT

Anyone can improvise! Mark Helias gives a taste of his Summertrios workshop Improv Across Music sharing his monumental skill as a jazz musician and skilled educator. Participants have a chance to improvise live with Mark and learn tools to bring them further into Improv in a supportive, fun environment. 1-2 sessions depending on sign-ups. There will be some technical support to participants in advance of the session.

IMPROV ACROSS MUSIC WITH MARK HELIAS
All Instruments
SOLD OUT

For pianists, playing four-hand repertoire can range widely from a merry social event to attempting of one of the most physically challenging forms of chamber music to coordinate and perform. Regardless of the circumstances, the intimacy of music-making in four-hand music is one of the factors that make it so addictive to duettists.
In these discussion/demonstrations, Oxana and Vassily share some of the secrets to their virtuoso 4-hand playing including

 

  • Differences of playing two pianos and one piano four hands

  • Historic overview of the repertoire and how to make appropriate selections

  • Embodied aspects of duo playing: middle-hand interchanges

  • Other challenges and rewards of playing one piano four hands

ONE PIANO, FOUR HANDS
WITH OXANA MIKHAILOFF AND
VASSILY PRIMAKOV
 
Piano
2 Sessions  |   $60

Sign up for an individual lesson with a Summertrios Faculty Member. Please indicate your preferred instructor on the registration form.

1 ON 1 PIANO LESSON
1 Session  |  $105

Play duets with a Summertrios String Faculty member. On your registration form indicate which duets you would like to play and which part. In the session, the Faculty member lays it down and you play along. Discussion will follow. A final play thru may be recorded if desired. Repertoire will be confirmed after registration.

STRING DUETS
 
Strings
Registration Closed

Kate addresses some of the most asked questions she receives from students including bow grip, how to sit at the cello, vibrato, bow strokes.

CELLO SPECIFICS
WITH KATE DILLINGHAM
1 Session   |   Free

Have you ever dreamed of playing some of Bach's most beloved keyboard music on your own instrument? Tom leads a collective exploration of several 2-part Inventions and selections from the Well-Tempered Clavier. First get to know the individual parts as Tom leads the group in unison playing, 1 part at a time. The hour culminates in a final tutti play-through to a recording of Tom’s choosing.
Repertoire to be chosen from:
Invention 1 in C Major
Invention 3 in D Major
Invention 4 in d minor
Invention 8 in F Major
Invention 13 in a minor
Invention 15 in b minor
Prelude No.2 in c minor ( Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
Fugue No.11 in F Major (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)

ALL BACH ALL THE TIME WITH TOM CHIU
 
For violin, flute, clarinetists who read concert-pitch treble clef, and cello
1 Session