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Arrival at Glen Brook


Sunday, August 19, 2012, 3 PM – Thursday, August 23, 2012, 5 PM


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


1) Chamber Music Groups

Shostakovich Octet for Strings, Op. 11, coached by Eric Stumacher and Ilya Friedberg

Lior Navok: “Tetris” (2009) for Double Wind Quintet, coached by Eric Thomas

Chamber Music Composer/Performer Class, coached by John Steinmetz

Brahms String Sextet in G, coached by Ilya Friedberg and Eric Stumacher

2) Authors Group, coached by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

3) Theater Group, coached by Steven Ginsburg

4) Landscape Watercolor Group, coached by Jeanne Thieme


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, 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.


$680 per participant, all-inclusive

$320 for significant other/companion

Reasonable family rate on case-by-case basis

PLEASE NOTE: Watercolor group members will also pay an additional $60 materials fee

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


Sonad workshops use participatory arts projects to build community across lines of difference. Sonad Glen Brook workshops serve as part of Sonad’s ongoing research to learn how the music-coaching model is reflected in other arts disciplines. Sonad aspires to make the experience of crossing human divides available to everyone, in a variety of disciplines, regardless of previous experience.

At end of Sonad 2011 Glen Brook Workshop


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


2) The short stories created in the authors group at Glen Brook in August 2010 can be enjoyed at:


3) A short video teaser of the Sonad Glen Brook 2010 workshop can be found at:


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


ERIC STUMACHER, piano/conductor/Sonad Workshop Director, [email protected]

Eric Stumacher and Sonad administrator Kathy Stumacher

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 Nelson, NH with his wife Kathy, violist and administrator, and they have three amazing children and five astonishing grandchildren.


Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, author

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, author

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s play Lidless received the Yale Drama SeriesAward, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the Keene Prize forLiterature, and the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize.  It was produced by Trafalagar Studios 2 on the West End and Page 73 Productions in New York, among others. Her latest play, The World of Extreme Happiness, recipient of the 2011 Wasserstein Prize, will be produced by the Goodman Theatre in Chicago this December.

Frances was born in Philadelphia, and raised in Northern Virginia, Okinawa, Taipei and Beijing. Her fiction has been published by Glimmer Train and her plays by Methuen Drama and Yale University Press. Sheenjoys helping writers of diverse ages and backgrounds look inside and outside of themselves for inspiration and explore the multitude of voices and perspectives that already live inside them.

ERIC THOMAS, clarinet

Eric Thomas at end of Sonad August 2011 Glen Brook Workshop

Praised as a virtuoso musician by Juilliard String Quartet founding member Robert Koff and cited as “the finest clarinetist in the world” by classicalexpert 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. Presently Eric is Director of Bands and Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Colby College.

JOHN STEINMETZ, bassoonist/composer

John Steinmetz

John Steinmetz has long pursued technologies of learning, collaboration, and expression. He teaches bassoon at UCLA and plays concerts and soundtracks in Los Angeles and at summer festivals. His compositions have been released on CDs from Helicon, Crystal, Mark Masters, Pacific Serenades, and MSN Classics. His trio for oboes and English horns, “Common Ground,” premiered in January at the Bill Clinton Library in Little Rock. His “Polarazation Blues,” a comic piece for jazz ensemble, has its premiere in May at CalArts. For more information visit www.johnsteinmetz.org.


Ilya Friedberg

Ilya Friedberg gave his debut recital in the Jerusalem Theater Hall in 1999. In 2000, he was invited to St. Petersburg, where he appeared at the celebrated Small Philharmonic Recital Hall, the scene of recitals by many great pianists from Liszt to Richter.

Ilya has performed many solo and chamber music recitals, as well as concerti, in United States and worldwide. He has collaborated with violinist Mark Kaplan, soprano Carol Vaness,  baritone Tim Noble, and conductor Uriel Segal. He also was a multi-year recipient of an Apple Hill Playing for Peace Scholarship.

Currently Ilya lives in Bloomington, IN, where he is studying with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University.

Ilya loves playing and coaching chamber music, and especially values the intuitive understanding that can develop among the players.  He feels that the greatest moments in life are onstage, sharing inspiring music with colleagues and the audience.


Steve Ginsburg

Steven began his theater career at the groundbreaking New WORLD Theater, a landmark theater dedicated to new works that tell under-heard stories from overlooked peoples.  From there he went on to work with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Anna Deveare-Smith at the Institute for Arts and Civic Dialogue, Shakespeare and Company and The Civilians.  Since September 2001 Steven has been a co-founding member of HartBeat Ensemble, in Hartford CT, a company that has created over a dozen original socially pertinent works in varied aesthetic styles.  He was honored in American Theatre’s 25th anniversary issue celebrating 25 young theater artists who are most likely to influence American Theater in the next 25 years and he holds an MFA in Directing from Boston University.

JEANNE MAGUIRE  THIEME, watermedia artist

Jeanne Thieme

Jeanne Maguire Thieme graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. She began her art career in illustration and design as a production manager in a Stamford, Connecticut art studio. After moving to New Hampshire, Thieme freelanced with local art studios and eventually began teaching art at a local high school, where she was Fine Arts Department Chairperson.

Thieme left the teaching world to focus on her career as a professional artist painting in both oil and watermedia in her Pipe Dream Studio/Gallery in Swanzey, New Hampshire.  She is a member of New Hampshire Plein Air Painters, Southern Vermont Arts Center, New England Watercolor Society, Monadnock Art Association and a Signature Member of Vermont Watercolor Society. Thieme’s work is in private collections throughout the country and she continues to exhibit her work in juried venues. For a list of exhibits and to view her work, please visit ~ www.jmthiemefinearts.com



Authors class

The authors group at the 2012 Sonad Glen Brook Workshop will consist of 6-8 participants of various ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. This workshop will focus on Generating New Material, Narrative Techniques, and Strategies for Revision. Participants may choose to work in fiction or creative non-fiction. Explorations will focus on working in the ‘House of Memory’ – using the writer’s past, real orimagined, as raw material to harness and hone through craft. Participants will compose several short (1 to 2 page) pieces outside of class, in response to prompts.  We will workshop these pieces as a group, offering constructive feedback, and each participant will ultimately choose one piece to revise and present at the end of the workshop.


The 2012 Sonad Glen Brook Workshop will include a composers’ ensemble of up to six members. In advance of the workshop each ensemble member will compose a short piece (5 minutes or less) for the group. At the workshop the ensemble will rehearse and perform each other’s pieces. No previous composing experience is necessary. Compositions may be in any style.

During the workshop we will rehearse and revise, learning together how to make the notation, the compositions, and the performances as communicative and expressive as we can. Our purpose is to amplify the best qualities in every piece, guided by each composer’s ear and taste. In advance of the workshop, Sonad will contact each member with information about instrumentation and level of difficulty. Composers are encouraged to write for the full ensemble, but may choose to write for a subgroup.  Compositions may be in any style, and any length from 30 seconds to 5 minutes. The pieces don’t need to be perfect; at the workshop we will work with your questions about notations, instrumental techniques, and other choices.

Composers will need to bring clear, easy-to-read scores and parts. (As players, you know what it takes to make parts easy to read.) Music may be handwritten or computer printed; bring extra paper and/or your computer and printer so that you can make revisions.

SONAD 2012 GLEN BROOK THEATER GROUP  (note from Steve Ginsburg)


Conflicts arise throughout our lives, in the intimacies of our house, in the streets of our communities; wherever we are conflict might be there too.  Theater is the act of performing human stories of conflict.  You will learn techniques from methods such as docu-drama, investigative theater and theater of the oppressed to stage a conflict which is happening in the community where the workshop will take place.  Participants of the workshop will create and perform a text that is alive, important and needs to be told.  The text will be drawn from interviews with people involved in the conflict that represent a variety of perspectives.  When we listen to people’s stories, profound change is possible.  You will have the opportunity to listen and to tell the stories of injustice and inequality in order to strive to make equality and freedom achievable.

WORKSHOP TOPIC: The City Of Keene shut down an illegal homeless encampment.  Don Primrose, a community member, pledged that he would open a shelter for the homeless who were being evicted.  Two weeks later it was open.  After two years of operation there are many people who are loudly opposed to this shelter and want to stop the city from being able to contribute funds.  The shelter also has tremendous support from over a hundred local individuals who contribute time and money.

SONAD AUG 2012 GLEN BROOK WATERMEDIA CLASS (note from Jeanne Thieme)


Jeanne Thieme: “On the Horizon”, watermedia on paper

We all have an artist living inside of us. To give ourselves time, patience, and freedom to find it is a gift.  In this new session at Sonad ~ watercolor and nature will be our vehicles to experience the art of painting. The core watercolor workshop will include sessions of exploring the merging of these two elements, water and color. How can we find the balance between spontaneity and control using this elusive medium? What techniques allow us to make this happen? To begin, students will familiarize themselves with the medium through experiential exercises and “play”. Continued shared feedback, an integral part of an artist’s practice, will move artists forward in developing their own voice in their painting.

We will use the beautiful landscape that surrounds Glen Brook as our inspiration and teacher. When we step out into nature with paints and an easel, we are transformed. All our senses are heightened, and we will see how the outdoors can be a profound catalyst in our search for our inner artist.

This core workshop is for everyone. The group will be small, 6-8 artists. It is for the beginner who has never picked up a brush and for the seasoned painter. As a coach of many classes in watercolor, I find that a mix of painting experiences in a class is invaluable.


1) PLEASE SEND AN E-MAIL MESSAGE to [email protected] requesting application and registration forms.

2) Return the filled-out registration forms promptly via e-mail to [email protected]

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Once admitted, you must secure your place with a non-refundable deposit of $300, via check payable to Sonad, and mailed via surface mail to PO Box 88, Sullivan, NH 03445