After enthusiastic student responses in 2016, Mountainside Baroque’s Summer Academy will return in June 2017. This year’s workshop, unique for its offerings and age group, will take place from June 19 – 23, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, located on Washington Streets in Cumberland. Aimed at talented middle, high school and entering college students throughout the region, the workshop will provide instruction on string instruments, flutes, keyboards, lute (guitar) and voice.
Auditions will be held in three different locations: from 10am-12pm on April 1 at the Church of Christ (361 Scott Avenue) in Morgantown, WV; from 5:30pm-7:30pm on April 5 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (400 Arch Street) in Cumberland; from 5pm-7pm on April 10 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (corner of Smallwood and Washington) in Cumberland; and, from 10am-12pm on April 15 at the Barbara Ingram School (38 S. Potomac Street, Suite 305) in Hagerstown. (Application forms and further details are available on the Mountainside Baroque website. A special preview of the Mountainside Baroque Summer Academy is also on the Mountainside Facebook page.)
According to Jeff Avey, Academy Administrator, and Coordinator of Fine Arts for Allegany County Public Schools, “the Mountainside Baroque Summer Academy, in addition to fundamentals that would be expected to be a part of any other music camp, will provide area youth with the background and tools that will enable them to understand how and why Baroque music was originally performed, making this timeless style relevant in the 21st century.” Though students will play primarily on modern instruments, historical replicas will be available for examination and trial as well as for use performance by more advanced players. In addition to the availability of several historical keyboard instruments, plans are being made to issue Baroque bows to all string players for use throughout the week of instruction. Evening events will include concerts by the faculty and students as well as social activities. Housing will be made available for out of town students this year.
Faculty will include specialists from around North America: Brandi Berry from DePaul University in Chicago will head the strings; Marc Bellassai from Towson University in Baltimore will work with keyboard players; Sarah Lynn from Baltimore will teach flutes; and Arnie Tanimoto from New York City will teach cello and viola da gamba students. Mountainside Co-Director Ryan Mullaney will work with voices and fellow Co-Director Lyle Nordstrom will give classes on Baroque performance and lute and guitar.
Thanks to grants from the Allegany Arts Council and the Naylor Family Trust Fund of The Community Trust Foundation, a variety of scholarships will be available for applicants. For registration and more information on the Academy, visit the Mountainside website, www.mountainsidebaroque.org, and/or email MountainsideBaroque@yahoo.com.
Additionally, in June 2018, the Mountainside Baroque Academy will be the first event in “Early Music in the Mountains,” a brand-new festival for the Cumberland area. Dovetailing into the end of the Academy will be 4 days of performances by top-flight groups from around the country and special lectures and other events throughout the day from Thursday through Sunday.