The Franco Codex of the Cathedral of Mexico, Villancicos of Guerrero, Italian laudae, and mass movements by Palestrina
Directed by Geoffrey Williams
Faculty: Geoffrey Williams, Anna Lenti, and Michael Barrett with Emily Eagen, Daniel Johnson, and Temmo Korisheli
Amherst Early Music Festival, June 30-July 7, 2024
Festival Theme: The Music of Spain & Italy
The Ensemble Singing Intensive is a high-level, auditioned program for pre-professional and advanced amateur singers with an interest in working in depth with repertoire from the 15th and 16th centuries.
ESI gives participants the opportunity to work closely with like-minded colleagues and professional coaches to refine their skill set for vocal chamber music performance. Students participate in daily rehearsals, ensemble coachings, discussions, and masterclass, working towards a performance at week's end. Along the way, special attention is given to issues such as vocal production and vocal health, approaches to language in singing including diction and rhetoric, as well as development of ensemble leadership skills, including conducting gesture, rehearsal preparation, and communication.
This year's Festival focuses on music of Italy and Spain and the New World. ESI will explore the Franco Codex of the Cathedral of Mexico, Villancicos of Guerrero, Italian laudae, and mass movements by Palestrina.