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Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle
The 2014 Accademia d'Amore will offer 30 advanced singers, nine continuo players and four dancers the opportunity to work on musical and dramatic aspects of 17th century vocal repertoire with a faculty of world-renowned specialists. Founded in 1995 by Seattle native Stephen Stubbs, the Accademia has helped many singers and instrumentalists go on to successful careers in Baroque opera in Europe, the US, and Canada. This 10-day workshop will include movement/gesture classes, Baroque dance, group and solo work on operatic scenes as well as private coachings. The week's activities will lead up to two fully-staged, public performances at Cornish College of the Arts. Repertoire will be chosen based on the applications submitted.
Stephen Stubbs (musical director) Nancy Zylstra (vocal coach), Elizabeth CD Brown (lute, guitar and continuo) , Maxine Eilander (harp and continuo), Jillon Stoppels Dupree (harpsichord and continuo) , Hanneke Van Proosdij( harpsichord and continuo), Margriet Tindemans (viola da gamba and continuo)
Stage directors: Grant Herreid , Roger Hyams, Anna Mansbridge
Choreography/Dance: Anna Mansbridge
There is a maximum enrolment of 30 singers, nine instrumentalists, and four dancers. Spots fill up quickly so apply early! Notification of acceptance will be given within two weeks of receipt of audition materials.
Tuition: Tuition amounts will be announced in 2013.
Applicants will be required to submit the following materials online:
- Two mp3 audio selections of 17th century repertoire (one in English and one in Italian)
- A summary of experience
- Your height
- A recent photo
- Two mp3s of 17th century repertoire
- A summary of experience
- A short 5-minute video
- A summary of experience
- A recent photo
Once you have been accepted you can register at one of the following links.
Is available through Cornish at very reasonable rates.
In 1997,Stephen Stubbs founded the Accademia d’Amore to help educate singers and players in the subtle art of 17th century musical performance.
His 2010-2011 season includes directing a new production of Steffani’s Niobe for the Boston Early Music Festival, Handel’s Agrippina for the UCLA Opera department and Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers in Seattle. In March 2011 the American Handel Society will hold its bi-annual Handel Festival in Seattle where Stephen will direct a new Pacific MusicWorks production of Handel’s Esther as well as a revival of Acis and Galatea.
Since 1997 Stephen has co-directed the bi-annual Boston Early Music Festival opera and is the permanent artistic co-director. BEMF’s recordings of Conradi’s Ariadne, Lully’s Thesee, and Psyché were nominated for Grammy awards in, respectively, 2005, 2007, and 2009. 2011 will see his debut conducting the Seattle Symphony Orchestra performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. As a conductor, he is represented by Schwalbe and Partners.
Elizabeth CD Brown
Elizabeth C. D. Brown is a very active performer throughout the Pacific Northwest. Highlights from recent seasons included solo recitals at Early Music Festivals in Berkeley and Cleveland and performing in Pacific Musicworks production of Ulysses. She has just released her second solo recording, In Her Honor, which includes music from the Princess [Queen] Anne Guitarbook and the Elisabeth of Hesse Lutebook, as well as her own arrangements of works by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. Elizabeth is head of the Guitar and Lute program at Pacific Lutheran University. For more information visit: www.ElizabethCDBrown.com and www.youtube.com/user/ElizabethCDBrown
Jillon Stoppels Dupree
Described as "a baroque star" (Seattle Times), Jillon Stoppels Dupree has captivated audiences in cities ranging from Amsterdam to New York. Her recording of Philip Glass’s Concerto for Harpsichord was released to high acclaim ("superb!" New York Times) in 2006. She can be heard on the Meridian, Wild Boar, Decca and Delos record labels. A Fulbright and NEA grantee, Ms. Dupree has taught at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of Washington, and the University of Michigan. She is currently on the early music faculty at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts and is the founding director of the Gallery Concerts early music series.
Maxine Eilander has appeared as a baroque harpist with many leading ensembles and festivals throughout Europe, Canada and the USA, including Pacific MusicWorks, Boston Early Music Festival, Netherlands Opera and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. She has recently completed recording Handel's Harp, released on ATMA in 2009, with all of Handel's obligato music written for the harp, including his famous harp concerto. She has made many other recordings including William Lawes Harp Consorts, Sonata al Pizzico (duos for harp and baroque guitar with Stephen Stubbs). Maxine is the Director of Education for Pacific MusicWorks and is on the early music faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle.
Grant Herreid is a versatile musician/director/teacher on the early music scene. As a multi-instrumentalist and singer he performs frequently with Hesperus, Piffaro, My Lord Chamberland's Consort and the Folger Consort, and New York City Opera. A noted early music educator, Grant conducts classes in Renaissance music and 17th century song at Mannes College of Music in New York, and directs the New York Continuo Collective. He has created and directed several theatrical early music shows, but mostly he devotes his time to exploring the esoteric unwritten traditions of early music with the groups Ex Umbris and Visceral Reaction. He has recorded for Archiv, Dorian, Lyrichord, Musical Heritage Society, Newport Classics and others.
Roger worked as an actor (RSC and elsewhere) for twelve years; then as a script editor in television drama at the BBC. He is now a freelance writer, director and teacher. Current projects include a novel and the book/lyrics for two musicals. His short film Sunday was screened in London in 2010. He is a visiting tutor at the London Film School.
Roger co-directed acclaimed productions of Monteverdi's Orfeo and L’Incoronazione di Poppea at Festival Vancouver in 2000 and 2003 respectively. He has directed for the Accademia since its inaugural in the late 1990s.
Anna Mansbridge, Stage Director and Choreographer, has been working in the field of Early Dance for over 20 years. She has been on the faculty of the Accademia d’Amore since 2005, and has worked with Steve Stubbs and Maxine Eilander on a number of professional projects, including Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorindo by Monteverdi. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Seattle Early Dance, which specializes in recreating European court dances from the 16th through 18th centuries. She recently released a DVD on Baroque Dance titled Baroque Basics: An introduction to the dance and the Music of the Baroque Period, featuring Stubbs and Eilander.
Margriet Tindemans has performed, recorded, and taught early music on four continents. She has been called a rare combination of charismatic performing and inspiring teaching - “a national treasure”. As a student of Wieland Kuyken she was awarded the Prix d'Excellence with honor. A player of early stringed instruments, from the medieval fiddle and rebec to baroque viola and viola da gamba, she performs and records as a duo with Shira Kammen, and with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra and Pacific Music Works. She directs the Medieval Women’s Choir of Seattle. Margriet works closely with the Northwest Puppet Center, for whom she has arranged and directed many operas.
In great demand as a voice teacher and historical performance coach, soprano Nancy Zylstra has been on the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute since 1979. She also taught at the Kitchener-Waterloo Baroque and Classical Workshop and the Vancouver Early Music Workshop. She has taught studio voice at the University of Washington and is currently teaching at Pacific Lutheran University and Cornish College of the Arts. Her 20-year career as a soloist included performances with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Portland Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists. Zylstra served for 6 years on the board of Early Music America.
Hanneke van Proosdij
Hanneke van Proosdij is renowned for the elegance, virtuosity, and expressiveness of her playing. She performs regularly as soloist and continuo specialist with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Festspiel Orchester Goettingen, Voices of Music, Concerto Palatino, Magnificat and American Bach Soloists. She has appeared as a guest artist with Hesperion XX, Concerto Koln, Chanticleer, Orchestre dAmbronnay, Gewandhaus Orchester and the Arcadian Academy. She received her solo and teaching diplomas from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she studied recorder, harpsichord and composition. Together with her husband David Tayler, Hanneke cofounded and codirects Voices of Music. Hanneke is a cofounder of the Junior Recorder Society in the East Bay and was the director of the SFEMS Medieval Renaissance Workshop for seven years and now directs, together with Rotem Gilbert, the SFEMS Recorder Workshop. She has recorded over forty discs for Magnatune, BIS, Koch, Musica Omnia, Carus, AVIE and Delos. Hanneke enjoys reading books, downhill skiing and hiking.
Photos Taken by Laura Sindell