Class Descriptions

Class schedule and quick-reference list

Quick Reference List

Complete class descriptions available below, or click on the class time segment (Early morning, Mid morning, etc.) to be directed there.
*Classes marked with asterisk are part of the Advanced Loud Band Intensive and the Baroque Opera Workshop and are by audition only.

Early morning

Sunday-Thursday 9:00 – 10:00 am
Friday 9:00 – 9:30 am

  • Baroque Cello Class (STEINHOFF)
  • Bowed Strings: Vielle, Violin & Rebec (WATSON)
  • Care and Feeding of the Voice (BOERGER)
  • Harpsichord Touch and Texture (KATAYAMA)
  • Mensural Notation Class (WEAVER)
  • Recorder (Adv.): Old and new/Czech Republic (MOR)
  • Recorder (Int.): Frische Teutsche Liedlein (P. HERREID)
  • Sackbut Techniques (INGLES)
  • *Shawm and Dulcian Advanced Technique (WIEMKEN)
  • Virtuoso Violin (BERRY)
  • Wake-Up Bagpipes! (KIMBALL)


Sunday-Thursday 10:15 – 11:15 am
Friday 9:45 – 10:15 am

  • *Advanced Loud Band: Rep. and Technique (WIEMKEN)
  • Great Polish Instrumental Sonatas (INGLES)
  • *Monteverdi in Budapest (PATTON & P. ROWE)
  • Polyphony for three, four and more (ZAJAC)
  • Recorder (Int.): Motets & Madrigals of Handl (KIMBALL)
  • Renaissance Lute Class (WEAVER)
  • Vernacular Spiritual Songs (SRAMEK)
  • Viol Consorts (STEINHOFF)
  • Violin Band Canzonas (BERRY)

Late morning

Sunday-Thursday 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

  • Beginning Recorder (WINES)
  • Beginning Viol (LODICO)
  • Beginning Voice (PROPST)
  • Lecture Series
  • *Monteverdi in Budapest (PATTON, ROWE & STOWE)
  • Individual Practice Time

Early afternoon

Small Ensembles
Sunday-Thursday 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Friday 10:30 – 11:30 am

  • *Advanced Loud Band (WIEMKEN)
  • Balkan Blast! (MOR)
  • Distinctly Polish (KATAYAMA)
  • Intermediate Loud Band (HERREID)
  • *Monteverdi in Budapest (PATTON, ROWE & STOWE)
  • *Monteverdi in Budapest Strings (BERRY)
  • Sine Nomine (WATSON)
  • Speciálník Codex (SRAMEK)
  • Polish Motets (ZAJAC)

Mid afternoon

All- Festival Rehearsal (BOERGER / ZAJAC)
Saturday-Friday 3:15 – 5:00 pm
Saturday 7/18 9:00 am – Noon | Dress Rehearsal

Late afternoon

Sunday-Thursday 5:15 – 6:00 pm


Sunday-Thursday 9:00 – 10:00 am
Friday 9:00 – 9:30 am

Baroque Cello Class (ANNA STEINHOFF)
In this class we will work on both right and left hand technique. We will work on bow control so that we can make all of the shapes and colors necessary to create beautiful and creative bass lines and phrases, and we will apply these skills to both bass lines and solo repertoire. We will also discuss and practice the art of intonation, as being able to play perfectly in tune with your harpsichord players is a must for every baroque cellist.

Bowed Strings: Vielle, Rebec, and Early Violin (GINNA WATSON)
Intermediate to advanced string players
Play and study the similarities and differences of the bowed string instruments of the 15th century. Repertoire will fit the theme of the workshop.

Care and Feeding of the Voice (KRISTINA BOERGER)
Open to all
Vocal concepts, techniques, and exercises for a lifetime of healthy, happy singing. This morning class will prepare your instrument for the day's challenges and keep you in optimal readiness for the heavy festival week of singing. The experiences and observations shared will serve you for continued vocal health and hygiene throughout the year(s). Class members will receive individual attention to their vocal techniques. Group exercises will include chantings and improvisations. Bring a hand-held mirror.

Polish Chant: 13th-15th centuries (KELLY LANDERKIN & Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett)
Open to all singers / 2 Sections
A workshop dedicated to the chant from Polish sources of the medieval era. We’ll study hymns and sequences for St. Claire of Assisi, the patroness of Poor Clares’ convents in Lesser Poland (Stary Sącz and Cracow) and the two most important bishop saints of the country: St. Adalbert (Wojciech) and St. Stanislaus. Some of the pieces are still resounding in Polish churches.

Harpsichord Touch and Texture (EMILY JANE KATAYAMA)
Keyboard players, intermediate to advanced
Learn to enhance your overall solo and continuo sound, and to realize your instrument's full potential by improving touch and approaching texture with creativity.

Mensural Notation Class (CHARLES WEAVER)
Open to all. Must be able to read music.
This class will examine 16th century notation. Topics covered include mensuration, proportion, musica ficta, and ligatures. The class will use examples from the prints of Petrucci and contemporary sources.

Recorder: Frische Teutsche Liedlein of Georg Forster (PRISCILLA HERREID)
Low intermediate recorders
Forster, an important composer from Bohemian-ruled Germany, compiled 380 secular German songs into one of the most important publications of the day – his Frische Teutsche Liedlein. We won’t play all 380, but will cover plenty of the hits!

Recorder Class: Old and new from the Czech Republic (DAPHNA MOR)
Advanced recorders
Beautiful Czech 2-4 part Medieval (perfect for working on intonation) and 20th century (perfect for working on rhythms, fingerings and ensemble work) music.

Sackbut Techniques (GREG INGLES)
Intermediate and advanced sackbuts
This technique class is suitable for sackbut players of all levels. Topics of discussion will include articulation, tone production and quality, breathing techniques and exercises, phrasing and warm-up routines specifically for the sackbut. Daily group reading sessions will be included as well as an option for some assigned work to be developed the individually.

*Shawm and Dulcian Advanced Technique and Repertoire (BOB WIEMKEN)
Open to maximum of 8 advanced players by adution/permission of the instructor only.
See Advanced Renaissance Loud Band Intensive for more information.

Virtuoso Violin (BRANDI BERRY)
Intermediate to advanced violins
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber and Pavel Vejvanovský were close associates and great writers and players of the violin. This class explores more closely the works of these two composers, in addition to their ornamentation and extended techniques of the violin.

Wake-up Bagpipes! (JOAN KIMBALL)
Pipes provide by instructor. Class size limited to 6.
Ah, the sounds of buzzing bagpipes so early in the morning! Come learn how to blow and squeeze and play simple tunes in harmony with your fellow pipers. Beginners welcome, and pipes will be available for the week.


Sunday-Thursday 10:15 – 11:15 am
Friday 9:45 – 10:15am

*Advanced Loud Band: Repertoire and Technique (BOB WIEMKEN)
Advanced cornetto, dulcian, shawm, sackbut. Maximum of 8 participants by audition/permission of the instructor only.
See Advanced Renaissance Loud Band Intensive for more information.

Great Polish Instrumental Sonatas and Canzoni (GREG INGLES)
Intermediate and advanced recorders, strings, sackbuts, dulcians, and keyboard instruments.
Have you always wanted to try the instrumental chamber music of Mielczewski, Jarzebski, and Zielenski but been too afraid to try? Fear not, and join our marry band in discovering the richness of these Polish gems. Their Italianate style is easily likable, containing both highly expressive melodic lines and episodes of virtuosic fantasy. This class is available to players of all string instruments, recorders, sackbuts, dulcians and keyboard instruments.

*Monteverdi in Budapest (CHRISTA PATTON & PAUL ROWE)
Open to 10 singers by audition only
See Baroque Opera Workshop for more information.

Polyphony for three, four, and more! (TOM ZAJAC)
Open to singers of all levels
Polyphonic vocal pieces from across Eastern Europe to be performed by instrumental ensemble, including sweet Ukrainian kanty, tight Bulgarian Lazarice harmonies, passionate Georgian table songs, mysterious Albanian dissonances and more.

Recorder Class: Motets and Madrigals of Handl (JOAN KIMBALL)
High intermediate recorder players
Motets and Madrigals of Jacobus Gallus Carniolus (a.k.a. Jacob Handl)
His name Gallus or Handl means rooster, he was born in Carniola (in Slovenia), lived in Austria for part of his professional life, and spent his last decade in Moravia and Bohemia. While eastern European by birth, his compositions are a mixture of high Renaissance Franco-Flemish style and the Venetian School. We will explore both his sacred and secular works, enjoying the sonorous Venetian-style motets and the intricate polyphony of his madrigals.

Renaissance Lute Class (CHARLES WEAVER)
Open to all levels.
Concentrated individual or group sessions for high-intermediate and advanced players on lute. Focusing on expression, performance practice musicianship, basso continuo, improvisation and ornamentation. Group instruction for beginners and intermediate players, including working from tablature, sources, forms, improvisation, and ensemble playing.

Vernacular Spiritual songs and Latin chant from Bohemia and Poland (JORDAN SRAMEK)
Open to singers of all levels.
A wonderful opportunity to explore a wide range of hagiographic monophonic repertoire, manuscript sources from Prague, Krakow and Hradec Kralove serve as the narrators. Features liturgical and para-liturgical chants, songs and legends concerning Wenceslaus I (Duke of Bohemia), Adalbert (Patron of Poland and Hungary), and others.

Viol Consorts (ANNA STEINHOFF)
Intermediate to advanced viols
This is a class for enthusiastic viol players of all levels who wish to explore new repertoire and dissect the art of consort playing from both a musical and technical angle. In this class we will learn a variety of repertoire, focusing on but not limited to composers from Eastern Germany and the Austrian court including Fux, Schutz, Reutter.

Violin Band Canzonas (BRANDI BERRY)
Intermediate and advanced
This class focuses on early violin band canzonas and other instrumental pieces by composers such as Adam Jarzębski, Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, and others. We will explore down-the-arm technique, early phrasing/rhetoric, and a closer look at the emerging early 17th century style.



Sunday-Thursday 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Please inquire about rental instruments.

  • Beginning Recorder (CHARLES WINES)
  • Beginning Viol (SARAH LODICO)
  • Beginning Voice (CHELSIE PROPST)

(Note: The lectures in the series presented on SUNDAY and TUESDAY will be repeated as shortened pre-concert lectures those same evenings at 6:30 pm. The pre-concert lectures for the SATURDAY [7/11], THURSDAY. and FRIDAY evening concerts can be heard only before the concerts.

  • Sunday, July 12
  • Tuesday, July 14
  • Wednesday, July 15
  • Thursday, July 16
  • Thursday, July 17

Continuo Rehearsals with Singers (PATTON, ROWE, STOWE)
Open to 10 singers by audition only
See Baroque Opera Workshop for more information.



Sunday-Thursday 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Friday 10:30 – 11:30 am

*Advanced Loud Band: Repertoire and Technique (BOB WIEMKEN)
Advanced cornetto, dulcian, shawm, sackbut; maximum of 8 participants by audition/permission of the instructor only.
See Advanced Renaissance Loud Band Intensive for more information.

Balkan Blast! (and peaking east…) (DAPHNA MOR)
Intermediate to advanced recorder and string players.
Open for Intermediate to Advanced recorder and string players.( Bring your percussion instruments as well!) Traditional circle dances from Bulgaria, Macedonia and Greece, as well as beautiful folk songs of the Balkans. Paired with haunting ancient and newer Armenian chants and dances and Turkish instrumental music. We will learn some basic appropriate ornamentations as well as common compound rhythm patterns of the region.

Distinctly Polish: Instrumental Idioms (EMILY JANE KATAYAMA)
Open to all instruments.
Polish art music was highly influenced by Italian guests at the royal courts in the early 17th century, and yet a distinct Polish idiom emerged. Explore the crossroads of folk music and art music, especially in the development of the polonaise and mazurka.

Intermediate Loud Band (PRISCILLA HERREID)
For players of shawm, cornetto, dulcian, and sackbut.
Much of 15th-16th century eastern Germany was under Bohemian rule. Come explore the rich sound-world of the alta capella with the music of Finck, Othmayr, Stoltzer, and other composers who lived or worked in this part of the world. If you’re a newcomer to the festival, please be in touch with me directly about what instrument(s) you’ll be bringing.

Latin Songs of the 11th-12th Centuries (Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett & Kelly Landerkin)
Intermediate to advanced singers / 2 Sections
Explore the performance of one of the most important monophonic and polyphonic repertoires from the famous cloister St. Martial. These so-called ‘new songs’ (‘nova cantica’), which took their place alongside tropes, proses, and ritual plays, explored and exploited the new possibilities of rhymed, accentual verse, the subtle recalibration of the relationship between text and music, and new conceptions of polyphonic performance. We will sample Latin songs from both manuscripts and transcriptions and taste the poetical and musical innovations that flourished in the Duchy of Aquitaine in the 11th and 13th centuries.

Open to 10 singers by audition only
Staging rehersal for singers and continuo instruments. See Baroque Opera Workshop for more information

Monteverdi in Budapest String Ensemble (BRANDI BERRY)
All continuo and string instruments welcome.

Polish Motets (TOM ZAJAC)
Advanced singers and instrumentalists.
Beautiful 15th and 16th-century Polish motets in Latin by Petrus Wilhelmi de Grudencz, Nicholas of Radom, Wacław z Szamotuł, Mikołaj z Krakowa and others. For advanced singers and instrumentalists.

Sine Nomine: Medieval music (GINNA WATSON)
Open to all instrumentalists
How do you take a vocal piece and turn it into an instrumental one? Learn to make appropriate idiomatic and stylistic decisions. We instrumentalists end up doing this frequently, in large part because we have such a dearth of medieval instrumental material.

Speciálník Codex (CZ-HKm MS II.A.7) (JORDAN SRAMEK)
Intermediate to advanced singers.
Codex Speciálník is a 15th-century “songbook” originating from a monastery in the region of Prague, in the Utraquist protestant congregations of around 1500. Its eclectic mix of Medieval and Renaissance sacred music is matched only by its brilliant juxtapositions of well-known and obscure pieces and composers. Containing works for two, three, and four voices, the Codex is one of the oldest surviving collections of Czech/Bohemian Renaissance polyphony.



Saturday-Friday 3:15 – 5:00 pm

Note: Rehearsal for the final All-Festival Concert is on Saturday, July 18

SLAVIC DISCOVERIES: Early Music from Eastern Europe
The closing All-Festival Concert will feature instrumental and choral works by composers of the 16th through 18th centuries from the courts of Warsaw and Cracow, including a triple choir Magnificat by Mikołaj Zieleński , and movements from Missa La Lombardesca by Bartołomiej Pękiel for double choir and instruments, and excerpts from Harmonia Caelestis (1711) from Hungarian composer Pál Eszterházy’s Harmonia Caelestis for choir and orchestra. Plus a stunning a cappella Choral Concerto by Ukrainian composer Dmitri Bortniansky from the Imperial Court in St. Petersburg.



Sunday–Thursday 5:15 – 6:00 pm

No previous dance experience is necessary for this class.
Please wear clothing that is comfortable to dance in, and shoes that are flexible.

Advanced Loud Band Intensive, with Bob Wiemken

Participation is by audition or by permission of the instructor. Maximum of 8 participants. For further information, contact Bob Wiemken at Do not fill in the “regular” Class Preference Form. If you are accepted into the Intensive, Bob will send a form to you to accompany your Registration Form.

This program will allow a select group of advanced players of cornetto, shawm, sackbut and dulcian the opportunity to focus their entire week at the Madison Festival on forming and polishing a historically-based reed and brass ensemble such as existed in the major towns and courts of Europe from the late 15th through the 16th centuries. The program will consist of three sessions a day.


Saturday, July 11
3:15 – 5:00 pm All-Festival Rehearsal
9:00 – 10:00 am

A - Shawm and Dulcian Technique and Repertoire (BOB WIEMKEN)

B - Sackbut Technique (GREG INGLES)

10:15 – 11:15 am

Technique and Repertoire

(Polish Instrumental Canzoni also meets at this time [INGLES])

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Polyphonic works of Jakob Handl, Thomas Stoltzer and others.

(Intermediate Loud Band Class will also meet at this time [PRISCILLIA HERREID])

3:15 – 5:00 pm All-Festival Rehearsal
Friday, July 17
10:00 am – noon Dress Rehearsal
3:30 – 5:15 pm All-Festival Rehearsal
Saturday, July 18
9:00 am – noon All-Festival Rehearsal
2:00 pm Performance
7:30 pm All-Festival Concert

Emphasis will be placed on the polyphonic works of the Slovenian Jakob Handl, various Eastern and Western composers who worked at Eastern courts, including Thomas Stoltzer. Some of the music in the Intensive will be read from original notation, requiring a comfortable facility in various clefs. The exclusive use of D & G shawms will also necessitate reading up a step for tenor and bass players. Pitch will be A=440.

Baroque Opera Workshop, with
Christa Patton, Music Director and Paul Rowe, Stage Director,
Brandi Berry, Baroque Strings,
John Chappell Stowe, Harpsichord

Monteverdi in Budapest and the Madrigals of Love and War

This session of the MEMF Baroque Opera Workshop will focus on songs of Love and War from Monteverdi’s Eighth Book of Madrigals. Claudio Monteverdi and a small ensemble of musicians accompanied Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga, to Hungary to fight the Turks in 1595. The seriousness of the venture in a military sense is doubtful but Monteverdi’s compositions began to reveal a fascination with the realistic sounds of battle.
stile concitato "... the harmony that would fittingly imitate the utterances and accents of a brave man in battle."
- Monteverdi, Book VIII, introduction


Saturday, July 11
3:15 – 5:00 pm All-Festival Rehearsal
Sunday – Thursday
10:15 – 11:15 am Music Rehersal
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Continuo Rehearsal with Singers
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Staging Rehearsal with Continuo

Strings Rehearsal

Friday, July 17
10:00 am – noon Dress Rehearsal
3:30 – 5:15 pm All-Festival Rehearsal
Saturday, July 18
9:00 am – noon All-Festival Rehearsal
2:00 pm Monteverdi Performance
7:30 pm All-Festival Concert

Participation is by audition or by permission by the instructors. Application deadline is May 1, 2015. Music will be sent out by May 15, 2015. Limited to 10 singers.
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