2020 Online Summer Music Workshops
Stay connected and learn about music while Berkshire Lyric's concerts and rehearsals are on hiatus.
Three separate online courses (via Zoom) starting the first week of July and running for six weeks total. Each of the 3 courses meets for 1 hour a week, with each course on a different night.
Free to current donors and all Berkshire Lyric Singers (Berkshire Lyric Chorus, Lyric Children's Chorus. Melodious Accord, Ubi Caritas,
OR, free if you become a new Berkshire Lyric member now with a donation of $50 (Friend) for any one workshop or
$100 (Contributor) for all three courses.
The History and Development of Western Choral Music, Palestrina to Whitacre.
Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, starting July 6
led by Lyric's Artistic Director Jack Brown
July 6 Renaissance: Palestrina & Byrd
July 13 Baroque: Bach & Handel
July 20 Classical: Haydn & Mozart
July 27 Romantic: Schubert & Brahms
August 3 20th Century: Vaughan Williams & Ives
August 10 21st Century: Arvo Part, John Tavener & Eric Whitacre
Music Theory Fundamentals and Sight Singing Workshop
Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, starting July 7
led by Lyric's young Composer in Residence, Anson Olds
July 7 Music Fundamentals
July 14 Foundations of Western Harmony
July 21 Intervals
July 28 Diatonic Harmony
August 4 Cadences, Secondary Dominants, and Modulations
August 11 Review / Q&A
The Home Music Studio: Using the New Technologies for Teaching, Practicing and Recording
Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, starting July 15
led by Lyric's long-time accompanist/arranger and jazz pianist Joe Rose
July 15 Course Overview and focus on software applications applied to teaching and practicing (Audacity and Transcribe)
July 22 Audio recording basics — microphone selection and placement, “gain staging” , computer audio interface use
July 29 My favorite DAWs (digital audio workstations), using the main features of Studio One and Reason
August 5 Introduction to classic electronic sound synthesis. Basic history and concepts of subtractive synthesis; hardware and software synthesizers
August 12 My home instrument menagerie, from harpsichord to theremin. Basic demos and brief histories.
August 19 The studio in action: multitrack recording of an original etude.