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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
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,299
California

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!
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,299
Program No. 6254 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & PRICES

PB On Campus
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Clean, comfortable, dormitory lodgings with access to a private bathroom.
Campus Upgraded
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Upgraded on-campus faculty housing. Accommodations are newly constructed and feature a large room, queen beds and a private bath.
Off Campus HTL
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Off Campus, private bath. Rustic mountain lodge. All rooms have private baths.
Oct 24 - Oct 30, 2021
On Campus Private Bath 1,299
On Campus Upgraded 1,699
Off Campus Hotel 1,749
Oct 31 - Nov 6, 2021
On Campus Private Bath 1,299
On Campus Upgraded 1,699
Off Campus Hotel 1,749
Itinerary Note

Includes dulcian and shawm.

Oct 23 - Oct 29, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,349
On Campus Upgraded 1,779
Off Campus Hotel 1,829
Oct 30 - Nov 5, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,349
On Campus Upgraded 1,779
Off Campus Hotel 1,829
Itinerary Note

Includes dulcian and shawm.

DATES & PRICES

PB On Campus
Details
Accommodation Details
Clean, comfortable, dormitory lodgings with access to a private bathroom.
Campus Upgraded
Details
Accommodation Details
Upgraded on-campus faculty housing. Accommodations are newly constructed and feature a large room, queen beds and a private bath.
Off Campus HTL
Details
Accommodation Details
Off Campus, private bath. Rustic mountain lodge. All rooms have private baths.
Oct 24 - Oct 30, 2021
On Campus Private Bath 1,679
On Campus Upgraded 2,079
Off Campus Hotel 2,249
Oct 31 - Nov 6, 2021
On Campus Private Bath 1,679
On Campus Upgraded 2,079
Off Campus Hotel 2,249
Itinerary Note

Includes dulcian and shawm.

Oct 23 - Oct 29, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,729
On Campus Upgraded 2,159
Off Campus Hotel 2,329
Oct 30 - Nov 5, 2022
On Campus Private Bath 1,729
On Campus Upgraded 2,159
Off Campus Hotel 2,329
Itinerary Note

Includes dulcian and shawm.

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 2021 & 2022 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 October 31, 2021 & October 30, 2022 programs 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, and a live performance or event.
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Letitia Berlin
Letitia Berlin has shared her talents with the recorder in ensembles and orchestras throughout the U.S. A member of the Farallon Recorder Quartet, Bertamo Trio, and Calextone, she teaches early music workshops and is the co-director of Tibia Adventures in Music. Letitia has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the Carmel Bach Festival and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, and her recordings include Ladino love songs with Yatan Atan on the New Albion label and two CDs with Farallon.

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

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Deanna Ross is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Born in California, she began her studies at age seven at the Redwood Empire Ballet in Santa Rosa, then spent 12 years at the San Francisco, Pennsylvania, and Milwaukee Ballet Schools, the HARID Conservatory, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Deanna lives in Monterey, Ca., where she has choreographed numerous works, and has served as Bay Area guest artist. She also teaches ballet, modern dance, dance improvisation, E-STRETCH, slow breathing and stretching.
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Letitia Berlin has shared her talents with the recorder in ensembles and orchestras throughout the U.S. A member of the Farallon Recorder Quartet, Bertamo Trio, and Calextone, she teaches early music workshops and is the co-director of Tibia Adventures in Music. Letitia has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the Carmel Bach Festival and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, and her recordings include Ladino love songs with Yatan Atan on the New Albion label and two CDs with Farallon.
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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.
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7 days
6 nights
16 meals
6 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Carmel Valley, CA
D
Waddell Center

Activity note: Check-in 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. When you arrive at Hidden Valley’s campus, come over to the main office next to the parking lot to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. At 5:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room, we’ll meet our fellow participants for a wine and cheese reception. We’ll enjoy some California wines and/or juices and savor cheese and crackers before dinner.

Dinner: In the Dining Room, like all meals at Hidden Valley, dinner will be a buffet. Dinners will feature local selections from the “salad bowl of the universe” and tastefully prepared entrées. All baked goods are also prepared on campus. Beverage choices include juices, coffee, tea, water, and California wines.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Retreats program. Our programming at Retreat locations includes opportunities for light morning exercise, interaction with members of the local community, locally sourced meals, and evening entertainment. Every day before breakfast, there will be a very popular class of long, slow stretching and breathing in the dance studio. Toast and juice will be available in the Dining Room before class. This is not an aerobics class and there is no need for special clothing or shoes and no need for a shower afterwards. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Public bus service will be available across from the campus driveway. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We will end the evening with an orchestra introduction where seats will be assigned and reviewed. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Music Classes with Expert Faculty
Carmel Valley, CA
B,L,D
Waddell Center

Activity note: Pre-breakfast class of long, slow stretching and breathing in the Dance Studio. Toast and juice will be available in the Dining Room before class. Sitting and playing your instrument during music classes.

Breakfast: In the Dining Room, the breakfast buffet is prepared fresh each day in the campus kitchen. Baked goods warm from the oven will accompany offerings such as oatmeal, eggs, grits, fruit, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Music class options are given in advance and are assigned based on preference and skill level. During each class period (A, B, C) there are several classes to choose from, divided by instrument, skill level, and/or subject matter. Your assigned classes remain the same throughout the program. Led by expert faculty, these small group classes will focus on areas of special interest and geared towards the application of technique — making music out of notes! Master classes and consort classes are also offered. A “consort” of instruments is an ensemble that may be all of the same instrument, e.g., a consort of recorders, or instruments from different families. Our expert faculty for this week are Letitia Berlin (recorder), Frances Blaker (recorder and orchestra), Lawrence Lipnik (recorder and viola da gamba), Joan Kimball (recorder, dulcian, and shawm), and Julie Jeffrey (viola da gamba). Assigned Classes A and B. Note: Our program was planned far in advance when class details were not available. They will be posted when released by the workshop director.

Lunch: In the Dining Room, we’ll have salad, soups and sandwich makings from the buffet, all prepared in our kitchen, and served by the staff that’s been with us for over 20 years. Beverage choices of coffee, tea (hot/iced), juice, and water.

Afternoon: Assigned Class C and Orchestra. All participants will come together to learn in an orchestra setting. We will learn how to play as an ensemble and learn the repertoire we will perform at the end of the week.

Dinner: Dining Room buffet.

Evening: Freelance Consorts. An opportunity to gather with fellow Road Scholar musicians to play the music you love. Time for creative music exploration, camaraderie, and sharpening our skills for the Friday night performance.

DAY
3
Early Music Classes with Expert Faculty
Carmel Valley, CA
B,L,D
Waddell Center

Activity note: Pre-breakfast class of long, slow stretching and breathing in the Dance Studio. Toast and juice will be available in the Dining Room before class. Sitting and playing your instrument during music classes.

Breakfast: Dining Room buffet.

Morning: Assigned Classes A and B. We will continue to learn and polish our techniques.

Lunch: Dining Room buffet.

Afternoon: Assigned Class C and Orchestra. We’ll continue learning and rehearsing the repertoire, developing as an ensemble.

Dinner: Dining Room buffet

Evening: Coached sight-reading and Freelance Consorts. Sign-up sheets for coached sight-reading with instructors will be posted in advance on the bulletin board outside the Dining Room.

DAY
4
Early Music Classes, Free Time
Carmel Valley, CA
B,L
Waddell Center

Activity note: Pre-breakfast class of long, slow stretching and breathing in the Dance Studio. Toast and juice will be available in the Dining Room before class. Sitting and playing your instrument during music classes.

Breakfast: Dining Room buffet.

Morning: Assigned Classes A, B, and C. This morning we will have shorter class times and all classes will be before lunch to give us time for our free afternoon.

Lunch: In the Dining Room, sack lunches with fresh greens, a protein, fruit, and water will be available for pick-up. You are welcome to eat on-campus or take it with you on an outing. Or, feel free to enjoy a local restaurant on your own.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you the most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Sightseeing, hiking, kayaking... or sign up for freelance consorts on campus this afternoon.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. This is also an opportunity for Freelance Consorts and gathering with fellow Road Scholar musicians to play the music you love. Time for creative music exploration, camaraderie, and sharpening our skills for the Friday night performance.

DAY
5
Early Music Classes, Faculty Concert
Carmel Valley, CA
B,L,D
Waddell Center

Activity note: Pre-breakfast class of long, slow stretching and breathing in the Dance Studio. Toast and juice will be available in the Dining Room before class. Sitting and playing your instrument during music classes.

Breakfast: Dining Room buffet.

Morning: Assigned Classes A and B.

Lunch: Dining Room buffet.

Afternoon: Assigned Class C and Orchestra.

Dinner: Dining Room buffet.

Evening: Faculty Concert. Our expert instructors have been rehearsing all week to present an Early Music concert to students and community members. As we enjoy the music, we will watch and learn as the masters perform repertoire that reflects the musical themes of the week’s workshop.

DAY
6
Road Scholar Concert, Open Mic Night
Carmel Valley, CA
B,L,D
Waddell Center

Activity note: Pre-breakfast class of long, slow stretching and breathing in the Dance Studio. Toast and juice will be available in the Dining Room before class. Sitting and playing your instrument during music classes and performance.

Breakfast: Dining Room buffet.

Morning: Assigned Classes A and B.

Lunch: Dining Room buffet.

Afternoon: Assigned Classes C and Orchestra. Road Scholar Concert. We will perform the orchestra repertoire we have been learning and rehearsing to a small audience of our teachers and Hidden Valley community members.

Dinner: Dining Room buffet.

Evening: Open Mic Night. We’ll end the program, celebrate the music, and new friends as we enjoy skits, solo and small group music pieces, limericks, and laughter! Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Carmel Valley, CA
B

Activity note: Check-out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Dining Room buffet. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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