SONAD 2018 GLEN BROOK WORKSHOP AUG 21 – 25

March 14th, 2017

“Never doubt the power of a small group of dedicated, committed citizens to change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”                              Margaret Mead              

Arrival at Glen Brook

Arrival at Glen Brook

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION HERE

WHEN

Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 3 PM – Saturday, August 25, 2018, 8 PM (optional alternate departure Sunday AM August 26 for those with long-distance travel)

WHERE

Camp Glen Brook (www.glenbrook.org), is located in Marlborough, NH, in the scenic Monadnock Region of Southwestern New Hampshire, a 2 hour drive from Boston and a 4 hour drive from New York City.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Use this address for GPS:

CORE GROUPS

I. Chamber Music Groups

  1. Brahms String Sextet in B-Flat Major, coached by Eric Stumacher
  2. Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings, movements 2 and 4, coached by Ilya Friedberg
  3.  Sedgwick: String Quartet No. 1, coached by Dan Sedgwick
  4.  Thomas: Wind Dectet (premiere), coached by Eric Thomas
  5. Schubert: Death and the Maiden String Quartet mvt 2, coached by Marji Gere
  6. LINKS FOR MUSIC DOWNLOAD AND LISTENING/STUDYING – COPY AND PASTE ON ADDRESS LINE OF YOUR BROWSER

    I. BRAHMS: STRING SEXTET IN B-FLAT MAJOR
    music download: http://imslp.org/wiki/String_Sextet_No.2%2C_Op.36_(Brahms%2C_Johannes)
    NOTE:Go to SHEET MUSIC and click on PARTS
    performance/study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkjeeW835QE&t=82s

    II. MENDELSSOHN: OCTET
    music download: http://imslp.org/wiki/String_Octet,_Op.20_(Mendelssohn,_Felix)
    NOTE: go to SHEET MUSIC and click on PARTS
    performance/study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgfeVaK0yeM&t=163s

    III. SEDGWICK: STRING QUARTET
    audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_rzCA6Vz4ppNm5Tck8tcGRDRWs/view
    NOTE: Dan will provide parts and score

    IV. THOMAS: WIND DECTET (PREMIERE)
    Eric Thomas will provide parts and a study/performance by the end of June

    V. SCHUBERT: “DEATH AND THE MAIDEN” STRING QUARTET MVT 2
    music download: http://imslp.org/wiki/String_Quartet_No.14,_D.810_(Schubert,_Franz)
    NOTE: Go to SHEET MUSIC and click on PARTS
    performance/study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os2z7akBVy4

II. Authors Group for Workshop Participants: coached by Tamara Plummer

III. Composers Group coached by Dr. Stamos Martin

THE SONAD GLEN BROOK WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE

All participants will have a focused and relaxed experience in their core group, culminating in a sharing performance/reading for the workshop community and invited guests. Participants will also participate in the other disciplines of the workshop. Community activities such as concerts, skit-night, parties, and abundant recreation, combined with excellent organic food, will round out the Sonad workshop experience. Glen Brook, with scenic views of Mt. Monadnock, offers dorm facilities, lodging for companions and families, bathrooms in close proximity to sleeping rooms, a large organic garden, and a pond with boats, hiking trails, and sports facilities. The participatory Sonad experience will include meal set up and clean up for and by all members of the workshop community.

COST

$745 per participant, plus $90 admin fee, $835 all-inclusive.

$350 for significant other/companion.

$100 surcharge for single room.

Reasonable family rate on case-by-case basis.

Upon acceptance, a deposit of $350 will hold your place.

Mendelssohn Octet for Strings performance, Sonad Aug 2011 Glen Brook Workshop Final Concert

Mendelssohn Octet for Strings performance, Sonad Glen Brook Workshop Final Concert

World Premier of Steinmetz Three Pieces for Wind Dectet (2013), Aug 25, 2013

World Premier of Steinmetz Three Pieces for Wind Dectet

 WORKSHOP GOALS

Sonad workshops aspire to the highest possible levels of artistic and expressive excellence. Further, we bring life to Sonad’s mission to use participatory arts projects to build community across lines of difference. The cornerstone of our belief system is that all life on our planet is of equal value, to be revered and cherished by each of us. Sonad aspires to make the experience of crossing human divides available to everyone, in a variety of disciplines.

“If we genuinely want the horrors of the world to cease, we must  fully commit ourselves to the concept that every voice, every life, is a treasure to be loved, revered, and protected.”            Eric Stumacher

Eric Stu greets the audience at end of Sonad Final Performance

Eric Stu greets the audience at end of Sonad Final Performance

At conclusion of Sonad 2013 Glen Brook Workshop

At conclusion of Sonad Glen Brook Workshop

PREVIOUS SONAD GLEN BROOK WORKSHOP MATERIALS

1) Please read about and peruse a previous Sonad Glen Brook Workshop, including photos, schedule, and other details, at:

http://sonadproject.org/2010/08/26/sonad-workshop-at-glen-brook-marlborough-nh/

2) The short stories created in a previous authors group at Glen Brook can be enjoyed at:

http://sonadproject.org/2010/10/15/sonad-glen-brook-authors-stories

3) A 2 MINUTE DOCUMENTARY BY EMILY FLEMMING

PLEASE EXPLORE THE  WEBSITE, sonadproject.org,  for further information about Sonad’s mission, goals, history, and worldwide activities.

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SONAD GLEN BROOK WORKSHOP PARTICIPANT COMMENTS

“Thank you for an absolutely incredible, incredible week. It was just fantastic – there are not even words I can use to describe it. I met such wonderful people, reconnected with friends from college, played amazing music  –just to spend four days surrounded by other talented artists, listening to incredibly beautiful music all day everywhere I walked — it was just phenomenal – and today, the Shostakovich was incredible—and I loved the Tetris, and the Brahms of course always makes me weep — and the readings were beautiful.“  ME

 “Basic friendliness. Good projects. Composer group had multiple good outcomes. Good food, facility contributed to good atmosphere and good working conditions. Nice combination of fun and work. Lots of wonderful people around, and an atmosphere that encouraged nourishing conversation as well as fun.” JS

 “The participants in the painting segment were BRAVE, enthusiastic and curious, like young children first discovering the glory of color. It was refreshing to watch these artists discover another venue for their voice.” JT

 “ I left feeling extremely in touch with who I was as a person.  I felt loved.  I felt appreciated. And, most importantly, I felt alive. This workshop awakened a spirit in me that was dead for so long; a spirit that will not be vanquished so easily anymore.  Thank you!” BP

” WHAAAT?!! LV Beethoven” — joke at Skit Night”

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GLEN BROOK AUGUST 2016 WORKSHOP COACHES

ERIC STUMACHER, piano/director

Eric and Kathy Stumacher with granddaughter Elsa Burrows

Eric and Kathy Stumacher with granddaughter Elsa Burrows

Eric Stumacher, founder and director of the Sonad Project, has performed concerti, solo recitals, and chamber music concerts worldwide to critical acclaim for over forty years. For thirty-five years, Eric served as founder, pianist, and executive and artistic director of the Apple Hill Chamber Players, Apple Hill, and the Apple Hill International Tour and Scholarship Project, before resigning in October 2007 to establish the Sonad Project. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and The Juilliard School. Eric also serves as music director and conductor of the Keene (NH/USA) Chamber Orchestra. He resides in Swanzey, NH with his wife Kathy, violist and Sonad administrator, and they have three amazing children and seven astonishing grandchildren.

TAMARA PLUMMER, author

TAMARA

 

Tamara is a story teller, facilitator, guide, communicator, daughter, aunt, friend, trainer and binge watcher. As the Asset Map Coordinator at Episcopal Relief & Development, she works with staff of The Episcopal Church to empower church communities to embrace, hone and share their stories of ministry, mission and faith. Her love for poetry and writing were developed and nurtured as a student at Bard College. She received a MA is Education from Bowling Green State University and worked with student leaders at The University of Vermont to plan and execute events. In addition to writing, Tamara plays bassoon and enjoys bringing together artistic expressions to create powerful expressions of human life. Her most recent collaboration with Dan Sedgwick and Marji Gere, Ride: For a lady wheeler, explores the intersections of race and gender in the 1890’s. She is excited to join Sonad this summer and support writers as they authentically express their history, hearts, and minds.

ERIC THOMAS, clarinet

ET and daughter Oliva with a special friend

ET and daughter Oliva with a special friend. Olivia is now president-elect of the student body at Wheaton (MA) College.

 

Praised as a virtuoso musician by Juilliard String Quartet founding member Robert Koff and cited as “the finest clarinetist in the world” by classical expert Gene Pack, Eric Thomas received the bulk of his training from Peter Hadcock during his studies at New England Conservatory of Music. He has received critical acclaim from the New York Times, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and Downbeat Magazine. Eric has served as assistant conductor to Ms. Sarah Caldwell of the Opera Company of Boston, assistant conductor of the Phillips Exeter Orchestra, Interim Conductor for the orchestras of Phillips Academy Andover and Colby College, and guest conductor of the Bangor Symphony. An active clarinet performer, he has appeared as guest artist with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, the Sylvan Winds of New York City, the Bravo Festival at Vail, the Moab Music Festival, the Boston Pops Traveling Ensemble, and the Cabtrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Eric is Director of Bands and Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Colby College. Eric is also the Director of Performance at the University of Maine Farmington, where he directs the Orchestra, Band, Jazz Band, and Chamber Music programs.

DR. STAMOS MARTIN, composer/cellist

Dr. Stamos Martin, composer/cellist

Stamos Martin was born in 1985 in Dallas Texas, where. at the age of 8, he became interested in music. Only a few years after beginning the cello, he began to write music. He is a graduate of Catholic University of America and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Martin was prize-winner in the NAACP National-AT-SO competition in 2004, he was awarded a commission for the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in 2006, and and he was awarded a commission by the Young Strings program of the Dallas Symphony Association in 2011.  Stamos has received several fellowships from Sonad and Apple Hill. In 2013, Dr. Martin received his Doctoral Degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studied with Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Paul Rudy, and James Mobberley.

ILYA FRIEDBERG, piano

Ilya Friedberg*

ILYA FRIEDBERG has been critically praised as a “poet of the piano with a magical touch that can bring a fresh view on much-played pieces.” At home on the stage as both a soloist and chamber musician, Ilya is an acclaimed piano performer, composer, and conductor, as well as a very active promoter of new music. A winner of multiple international competitions, Ilya has enjoyed collaborations with great artists such as the Pacifica Quartet, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Claude Baker, Mark Kaplan, Evelyne Brancart, Tim Noble, Carol Vaness, Uriel Segal, and Eric Stumacher. He has performed worldwide in concert halls such as Small Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Carnegie Hall, and other venues across Europe and the United States. Current a resident of Chicago, Ilya was a student of Menahem Pressler and served as his assistant for five years at Indiana University.

MARJI GERE, violin

Marji Gere, violinist

MARJI GERE lives and works in Somerville, MA, the city that gets adequate sleep. She plays violin in classical, pop, and experimental settings and maintains a private violin/piano studio. This past year, in partnership with the Mystic Learning Center, Mystic Tenant Association, and the Somerville Housing Authority, she and pianist/composer Dan Sedgwick founded Around Hear, a free chamber music series and artistic mentorship and exchange program based in the Mystic River Development, a public housing facility in their neighborhood. In support of this work, they have received grants from the Somerville Arts Council, St. Botolph Club Foundation, and Boston Foundation. Learn more at www.aroundhear.org!

DAN SEDGWICK, pianist/composer

Dan Sedgwick, pianist:composer

Pianist/composer DAN SEDGWICK lives in Somerville, MA. His current and recent composition projects include theatrical chamber music interwoven with spoken text (for the Sonad Project and Dilijan Chamber Music Series of L.A.), an assortment of rounds in experimental tunings (for the 2018 debut recording of music/puppetry collective An Exciting Event), and a sonata for violin and piano. In collaboration with violinist Marji Gere, he co-directs and performs for Around Hear, a free chamber music series and artistic mentorship/exchange project in the Mystic Activity Center of the Somerville Housing Authority.

DESCRIPTIONS OF WORKSHOPS/CLASSES BY THE COACHES

AUTHORS CLASS FOR WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS

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Gazebo classroom for the authors group

 Using the environmental and artistic energy all around us, we will create various experiences to engage in the word (written, experienced and unspoken). We will spend a good bit of timing exercising our writing muscles, while experiencing what these words feel like when we speak them out loud. This workshop will be an opportunity to integrate the performative and contemplative worlds of writing. Tamara Plummer: bassoon12@gmail.com

COMPOSERS GROUP 

The composition class offers an opportunity for participants to compose, rehearse, and perform new works written especially for the composers group. The goal is have your new work in hand well in advance of the workshop, so that your group colleagues can prepare their parts of your new work prior to the beginning of the workshop, and there is room and time at the workshop for edits and adjustments. For further details, please contact Dr. Stamos at stajama@gmail.com.                                                         

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APPLICATION AND REGISTRATION           

Submit your application here

                                                

Children's lego presentation

Children’s lego presentation as part of the Workshop Final Concert

 

Cecile and young friends

Palestinian-from-Israel pianist Cecile Khill and young friends at Sonad Glen Brook Workshop