Electives

Chamber Music & Electives

During the afternoon and evening, MMR singers and instrumentalists broaden their musical experience by participating in a wide variety of small chamber ensembles and elective classes. Registered participants will be sent an Afternoon Activities Preference form to indicate their choices. A typical program would be one Chamber Ensemble, and one Elective or Free Time.  Ensembles and Electives are scheduled in the same time slots. Experienced campers reserve some time each day for FREE TIME, practice, rest or recreation.

Campers may also request chamber ensembles using a secondary instrument or voice.  eg.  singers may request an instrumental ensemble; instrumentalists  may request a vocal group; wind or brass players may request a string group; etc.  

Electives change each year. Electives for 2018: 

Free Time  An unscheduled hour for relaxation or personal practice.  HIghly recommended!

And the Beat Goes On... Before Melody and Harmony came Rhythm. Immerse yourself in the  fundamental tool of the singer or instrumentalist.  Michael Burch-Pesses

Gentle Yoga is a slow, relaxing yoga asana (posture) practice, suitable for all body types and all levels of experience. Focus is on connecting the breath with movement and down-regulating the body’s nervous system. Like other styles of yoga, gentle yoga can relieve stress, increases flexibility, calm the mind, and strengthen the body. Gentle yoga, in particular, can be relaxing and help enhance the range of motion. Students interested in this course should bring comfortable clothing for stretching, and a yoga mat. Lydia Van Dreel

Drum Circle, You do not have to be a master drummer to succeed in this class. After learning the basic technique for hand drumming we will learn African and Latin drumming patterns. Through these patterns we practice our ensemble skills of listening, feeling the internal pulse and fitting our rhythm into the pattern. Past students have said that transferring what they learn in this class to their other instruments helps them in rehearsal and performance settings. Patrick Roulet

Brass Ensemble, Open to all brass: uses standard, modern instruments. Directed by William Berry

Jazz Big Band, An ideal group for all who enjoy performing large ensemble jazz. The group features traditional big band instrumentation: saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm section players — piano, bass and drums. Repertoire is drawn from a mix of unique arrangements of jazz standards and originals. The band performs at Skit Night. Jim Sisko

Afternoon Elective Orchestra An afternoon ensemble for strings and classical brass, winds. Repertoire drawn from all eras. Lots of sight reading; low key performance. Very fun! Roger Nelson.

Bowing Mastery 101. Delve into the language and technique of your magic wand.  Add style and color to your playing as you become a Bow Whisperer. For all strings.   Cecilia Archuleta.

Saxophone Ensemble, Patrick Sheng

Introduction to the Alexander Technique, Adam Burdick. The Alexander Technique offers principles that help us to understand our body’s structure and workings and uncover how our habits of movement and misconceptions of form can work against our best use of our selves. Using these principles, we can clarify and refine our movements in any activity, from the seemingly simple – like getting out of a chair – to the undoubtedly complex, like playing a musical instrument. Join Adam as he shares some favorite insights to help you explore more nuanced ways to think about your body and your movement. Open to all; no experience necessary.

Medieval Women’s Choir, Lisa Cardwell Pontén. A class for all levels that includes singing “by ear” as well as reading chant and monophonic songs by Hildegard of Bingen. Learn the unique challenges and empowering sound of unison singing!

 

Women’s Barbershop HarmonyJason Anderson – Explore the unaccompanied close harmony of women’s Barbershop music and gain knowledge and insight into this unique American musical tradition including voice classifications, terminology, tags, swipes, chord ringing, overtones, and stage presentation with a bit of history mixed in for good measure. Participants in this elective will sing at one or more of the various camp performing opportunities. Open to all interested women. To ensure you are appropriately assigned for this elective, select voicing as follows:

  • high sopranos choose Voice – Soprano
  • strong voices who prefer to sing melody choose Voice – Alto
  • mid- to low range voices choose Voice – Tenor
  • low to exceptionally low range should choose Voice – Bass
  • If you are unsure about what to choose, contact Jason Anderson, vocal coordinator.

 

Men’s Barbershop Harmony Loren Pontén – Explore the unaccompanied close harmony of men’s Barbershop music and gain knowledge and insight into this unique American musical tradition including voice classifications, terminology, tags, swipes, chord ringing, overtones, and stage presentation with a bit of history mixed in for good measure. Participants in this elective will sing at one or more of the various camp performing opportunities. Open to all interested men. To ensure you are appropriately assigned for this elective, select voicing as follows:

  • men comfortable singing falsetto choose Voice – Alto
  • strong voices who prefer to sing the melody choose Voice – Tenor
  • mid- to low range voices (baritones) choose Voice – Bass and note ‘bari’ in the vocal evaluation
  • low to exceptionally low range voices choose Voice – Bass and note ‘low bass’ in the vocal evaluation
  • If you are unsure about what to choose, contact Jason Anderson, vocal coordinator.

 

Choral Composers: The Young and The RestlessScott Kovacs – This course will survey the class of young, upcoming, and talented choral composers advancing the choral art in the 21st Century. Composers are presented through a discussion of their biographies, influences, styles, and genres in which they compose. Participants will listen to recordings of composers’ works, sight-sing examples, and discussing several of the composer’s work life with them via Skype! Please note, participants may sing at one of the various camp performing opportunities.

[[Open to all campers; must select Voice – Soprano, Voice – Alto, Voice – Tenor, or Voice – Bass and complete the vocal evaluation]]

 

La Voce Drammatico: Opera ScenesKathryn Weld – Looking for adventures in singing and acting too? Come explore this group which will include both solo and ensemble singing, and dramatic coaching/staging as well! Scenes under consideration include: Sextets/Septet from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni (to be sung in English and/or Italian) and ‘The Ice Cream Sextet’ by Kurt Weill from Street Scene. Parts may be double-cast with two or more singers per part. Links to music and YouTube clips will be sent to participants in advance of camp to aid in preparation. The Walla Walla Goodwill will serve as our principal costume shop. 

Flute Choir, faculty

Clarinet Choir, faculty

Percussion Ensemble, faculty

Jazz Improvisation, Open to instrumentalists and vocalists, this class will cover the basics of improvising: chord progressions, what scales to use with what chords, articulation styles, and how to develop a melody. Jim Sisko