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June 2008 Workshop
Focusing on the works of J. S. Bach and his sons
We weren't sure we'd do it so soon, but last summer's workshop was such a resounding success we couldn't resist. So once again, players, owners, builders, enthusiasts and aficionados of early keyboard instruments will gather in the beautiful seaside village of Stonington, CT for three-and-a-half days of immersion in the wondrous world of the harpsichord and clavichord -- and this time, we're including the fortepiano! Musically, we're focusing on Bach and his sons.
We've changed the format somewhat from last year. The first full day (June 14, 2008) will be composed of introductory sessions in building and playing. The next two days will mostly follow two tracks, allowing participants to concentrate more on either the "hardware" (building and maintenance) of the instruments, or the "software" (performance and performance practice) of the music. We've worked hard to devise sessions that will interest everyone, but one thing we haven't changed: Zack will supply the meals, including two dinners in his restaurant across the street from the shop!
As it was last year, the Workshop will be an informal affair. We were a little surprised at the number of people who requested tutelage in stringing, voicing, tuning, fingering, touch, etc., so this year we are providing more time for private sessions with our expert faculty. And again, there will be plenty of opportunity between the various events to talk to our faculty about the finer points of voicing, tuning problems, sticking jacks, keyboard dip, performance practices, keyboard literature, kit building, soundboard decoration and painting techniques; or, you can use the time to get to know your fellow early keyboard enthusiasts better, or to explore picturesque Stonington borough.
Finally, to help round out our ability to serve you in a variety of ways, we have asked the distinguished harpsichordist Peter Watchorn to join our faculty. And Janet Smith, who is once again assisting with publicity and logistics for the workshop, will dip into her area of expertise and give a talk on publicizing yourself and/or your early music group.
Use the "Workshop" menu on the left side of these web pages to learn all about the Workshop. An register early!