National Road Scholar Recorder/Early Music Workshop

Heighten your recorder, viola da gamba or reeds talents in large and small ensembles with world-class instructors — and end your week with a concert in bucolic Carmel Valley!
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Program No. 6254RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

Revel in the lyrical sounds of the recorder, viola da gamba and harpsichord as you share your musical gifts during a week-long intensive early music workshop. Enhance your skills in small classes taught by expert instructors with emphasis on improving technique and playing with ensembles. At Hidden Valley Music Seminars, An Institute of the Arts, nestled amongst oak and buckeye trees below majestic hillsides, enjoy a serene and inspiring place for playing music.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking on flat terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Improve your musical talents with instruction from seasoned professional performers.
  • Rehearse for ensemble performances with your fellow musicians.
  • Delight in musical arrangements that include compositions from the medieval through baroque periods.

General Notes

Instructors and specific class offerings differ by date. Class offerings for 2020 will be published once they have been determined. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. This program is for intermediate to advanced recorder and viola da gamba players. The November 1 program includes dulcian and shawm. The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs).
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Frances Blaker
Frances Blaker performs on recorders of all types and sizes as a soloist and with Ensemble Vermillian, Farallon Recorder Quartet, Calextone, Sitka Trio and Tibia Recorder Duo. As a member of Ensemble Vermillian she performs and records chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries. She has performed throughout the U. S., Denmark, England, France, Italy and the Netherlands. She is conductor and music director of the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and of BABO (Bay Area Baroque Orchestra), a community orchestra for accomplished amateur players.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Frances Blaker
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