New class, online of course, being offered on Tuesday evenings beginning October 6 (we will skip Election Day). Read all about it, and sign up before the last 3 spaces are taken…

Make the Song your Own

A voice class on Zoom.

8 weeks, Tuesday evenings 7-8:30pm (Eastern) starting October 6 (no class November 3).

$300.  8 folks maximum—only 3 spaces left!

Make your version of a song sound believable, as if you wrote it yourself.  You will learn to make the phrasing, dynamics, timing and other important factors in a magical, musical performance.  And of course, you will learn to expand your range, sing more clearly and beautifully and feel confident you are keeping your voice healthy.

Taught by Elizabeth Anker, who sings, plays piano, and writes arrangements for her choir.  Liz believes folks thrive when given permission to be their best musical selves.

Each class will include group warm ups during which the class will be muted.  Students will receive coaching on their songs (a cappella) many of the 8 weeks, and benefit from observing their classmates improve as well as experiencing their own solo time.  There will be exercises to do in and out of class.

In past classes, one person worked on one song the entire time (finding and choosing verses of John Henry); another wrote some of her own verses to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.  You may choose a few songs to work on, but the purpose of this class is to go deep with one or two songs.   All styles and songwriters are welcome!  

More information/contact the teacher at http://www.ElizabethAnker.com

I’m happily purring along on a short set I’ll be doing with Fran Trester and Lisa DeSiro on Saturday March 21. Packing a cool little concert into 10-12 minutes is a fun project and I’m so happy it’s on the first day of Spring AND Bach’s birthday. So come down and hear a gaggle of poets, a dancer and my student In Paik (also singing with Lisa). Lisa organizes the Solidarity Salons, which are fabulous responses to these “interesting” times.

across from Trinity Church in Copley Square

Free workshop at NEC this Friday, January 31 at 7:00-8:15pm

Pierce Hall, New England Conservatory of Music, 241 St Botolph Street, Boston.

“Vocal health through the ages: strategies for choristers, soloists, and singers of all stripes”

Take care of your (built-in) Stradivarius!

Learn strategies for taking care of your voice through concert weeks, avoiding/dealing with colds and allergies, and maintaining vocal health as you age.

An informative and interactive workshop. 

Free to all, no NEC affiliation necessary. 

Enter through 241 St. Botolph Street, sign in at desk and you will be directed to Pierce Hall.

New semester at New England Conservatory, School of Continuing Education! Starting Wednesday, January 22, 7:00-8:00, a wonderful new take on the Bach Arias class I’ve taught there. Focusing on small chamber pieces that one can perform in a recital or church, we will also include works by Heinrich Schuetz and G.P. Telemann, as well as JSB.

https://necmusic.edu/courses/bach-arias-singers-instrumentalists

Heinrich Schütz
Heinrich Schuetz

JP_Jubilee_Logo_AI’m so delighted that we keep growing and getting better together.  Our concerts are short and really fun.  Lots of different kinds of songs about light.  And many opportunities for the audience to join in.

Solidarity Salon 8-24-19What do Emma Lazarus, Paul Simon, Emily Dickinson and Sully Prudhomme have in common?  They all wrote poetry I am singing at the Solidarity Salon on August 24.  My colleague Lisa DeSiro creates these, with lots of poets and few musicians.  We each do a short set.  I make my own mix of singing the “regular tune” and having my way with the compositions.  Info in the flyer, above.

george-frideric-handel-3“Hey, nice trill!”

It’s Handel and his world this semester, Wednesday evenings at New England Conservatory in their School of Continuing Education.  We begin January 23 at 7:00.

Come and learn to:

  • Sing stylishly
  • Make your recitatives into a great story
  • Create your own ornaments

https://necmusic.edu/courses/handel-singers-instrumentalists

 

 Sunday, January 27 at 3:30; Slosberg Auditorium, Brandeis University

What a pleasure to come back to a piece after some years and find deeper understanding as I rework it.  Dana Maiben wrote “The Green House” and recently won the Miriam Gideon Prize for it, so we get to do it again.  The poem, by Martha Collins of Cambridge, is a dreamscape in which one goes on over time, much as one would fall back asleep and return to the (somewhat) same dream.  One of  my favorite lines:

It wouldn’t be true.  The orphan in the story                                                           

is only a sign of trying to start things over,                                                             

as if you could do it yourself, without a mother.

         by Martha Collins, “The Green House”

Full info:

Music Composed by Women Past and Present 

The Annual Alfredo and Demitra DiLuzio Concert at the Slosberg Music Center, Brandeis University.  Presented by the Women and Music Mix of the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center. 

This year’s concert will be curated by composer, violinist and conductor Dana Maiben, a WSRC Scholar and winner of the 2018 Miriam Gideon Prize for her composition “The Green House.” The concert will feature the Mockingbird Trio and guests performing the prize-winning composition along with new work by Maiben and other Boston area women. 

This concert is made possible thanks to the generous support of WSRC board co-chair Rosalie Ripaldi Shane, ’66, in honor of her uncle and aunt, Alfredo and Demitra DiLuzio. 

When: Sunday, January 27 at 3:30

Where: Slosberg Auditorium, Brandeis University

Admission: Pay What You Decide

Contact: Dana Maiben, danamaiben@gmail.com

The 2019 Alfredo and Demitra DiLuzio Concert, “Composing Women,” will be performed on Sunday, January 27 at 3:30 at Brandeis University’s Slosberg Music Center, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA. The concert is curated by composer, violinist and conductor Dana Maiben, winner of the 2018 Miriam Gideon Prize for her composition The Green House. The concert will feature the Mockingbird Trio – Elizabeth Anker, Contralto, Scott Woolweaver, viola, and John McDonald, piano – and guests Deborah Boldin, flute, and Tracy McGinnis, bassoon, performing the prize-winning composition and Rebecca Clarke’s viola sonata, as well Concerto Incognito and La Donna Musicale performing earlier works. 

Dana Maiben is a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center of Brandeis University, where The Green House was premiered in 2013.  The work is scored for Contralto, flute, bassoon, viola, and piano, and sets a group of poems by Cambridge-based poet Martha Collins. Woolweaver and McDonald will perform the monumental early 20th century Viola Sonata by Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979) in its 100th anniversary year. A concertizing violist herself, Clarke entered the Sonata in a contest sponsored by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge in 1919. It tied for first place (with a work by Ernest Bloch) but the judges found it hard to believe it was written by a woman. The concert will also feature members of two other notable Boston-based ensembles, Concerto Incognito and La Donna Musicale, performing works by two 17th-century nuns, the Violin Sonata by Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704) and poetry by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695). Sor Juana was a self-educated poet, philosopher, and polymath of New Spain whose criticisms of the misogyny of the Church brought her great troubles. A substantial body of her poetry and prose but no musical compositions survive; Maiben’s Canciones de Amor, new settings of some of Sor Juana’s love poetry, will be premiered by Soprano Camila Paria and viola da gambist and WSRC Resident Scholar Laury Gutierrez on January 27. Maiben herself will take the stage alongside cellist Christien Beeuwkes and harpsichordist Frances Conover Fitch to perform the Violin Sonata by Isabella Leonarda. Leonarda rose to the position of Superiore in the Ursuline Convent in Novarre, and composed prolifically at least from age 50. The Violin Sonata has the distinction of being the first of its genre to be published by a woman. 

Admission to the concert is by donation to support the Music Programs of the WSRC: pay what you decide, no-one will be turned away. This concert, presented by the Women and Music Mix of the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center, is made possible thanks to the generous support of WSRC board co-chair Rosalie Ripaldi Shane, ’66, in honor of her uncle and aunt, Alfredo and Demitra DiLuzio. The Women and Music Mix was founded at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center to study the contributions of women to the field of music as composers, performers, conductors, teachers, scholars, and sponsors. The Women and Music Mix consists of acclaimed music Scholars who have committed themselves to advancing and advocating for women in music. Members bring their pioneering work to the University and the wider public through lectures, concerts, conferences, publications, and recordings that highlight and explore issues of women and gender.

Composer, conductor, medieval fiddler, keyboardist, violinist and violist Dana Maiben, winner of the 2018 Miriam Gideon Prize, is a Resident Scholar of the Women’s Studies Research Center of Brandeis University, where her prize-winning composition The Green House was premiered in 2013. Her compositions include a chamber opera, Look and Long, based on the play by Gertrude Stein, instrumental chamber music, and music for dance and theater, for solo voice(s) and instrument(s), and for a capella voices. Maiben holds degrees from Smith College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with additional studies at Oberlin College Conservatory and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. She counts medievalist Thomas Binkley, violinist Jaap Schroeder, choreographer Paula Josa Jones, and composers Ron Perera and Lou Harrison as important mentors. Hailed by the Boston Globe for her “supremely joyous artistry,” Maiben performs music from the 12th century to the 21st, conducts opera and oratorio, and has earned international recognition for her performances of 17th-century music. Her discography as a violinist includes sonatas by Francesca Danzi Lebrun (Dorian) and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (forthcoming). A dedicated teacher, Maiben serves on the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is Artistic Director of the ensemble for 17th century music, Concerto Incognito.

 

No one will accuse me of programming too much “holiday music” this December for JP Jubilee.  We’re talking about DESPAIR!  The 7th Deadly Sin.  Fun and funny song; we’ll also sing Never Never Land to keep you weepin’ in a sweet way.

We’ve had a couple of terrific outreach concerts this Fall–a Thanksgiving lunch for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, at a senior/disabled housing in my neighborhood, and the 150th anniversary of Curtis Hall.  Now we’re ready for our short and sweet final concert, Saturday December 8 at 2:00.  You’ll be done singing along (and clapping) by 3.

2018w concert flyer sm color

On another note, save the date for a performance by the Mockingbird Trio plus a few wind players:  Sunday January 27 at 3:30pm at Brandeis, we’ll be reprising Dana Maiben’s The Green House.  Details below:


The Annual Alfredo and Demitra DiLuzio Concert at the Slosberg Music Center, Brandeis University
Music Composed by Women Past and Present
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.
Presented by the Women and Music Mix of the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center
This year’s concert will be curated by composer, violinist and conductor Dana Maiben, a WSRC Scholar and winner of the 2018 Miriam Gideon Prize for her composition “The Green House.” The concert will feature the Mockingbird Trio and guests performing the prize-winning composition along with new work by Maiben and other Boston area women.