Welcome to CAMMAC ONLINE!

Join us as we explore new ways to connect, to learn, to be inspired and to make music together.

Choose from our great selection of masterclasses, workshops, lectures and group classes.

RATES

Rates and class duration are as follows unless otherwise indicated.

 

LECTURES MASTERCLASSES, WORKSHOPS, GROUP CLASSES
MEMBERS  $30 $30
NON-MEMBERS  $40  N/A (membership required)

To find out more about registration, payment, cancellations, how to access your class, CAMMAC membership and for any other question you may have, please refer to our FAQ page:

OCTOBER 2020: 

MASTERCLASSES, WORKSHOPS, LECTURES AND GROUP CLASSES

RACHEL BEAUSOLEIL

Friday October 23, 5 p.m.

THE VOCAL PALETTE: A WORKSHOP

WORKSHOP for all (Bilingual)

 

Practice the themes from last week’s conference on the same topic: the resonance of your voice; speaking versus singing; marrying the head voice with the chest voice, and the transition between the two. Be prepared to sing scales and arpeggios, and also to sing a short musical excerpt of your choice. It can be a single chorus or verse, or both, depending on the length.

 

Advance preparation: Vocal warm-up; a short (less than a minute) excerpt of a song that forces you to switch from the head voice to the chest voice, or vice versa.

 

If this workshop interests you, sign up for the introductory conference taking place on October 16th, “Discover Your Vocal Palette”.

 

You must be a CAMMAC member to participate in this workshop.

RACHEL BEAUSOLEIL

Friday October 30, 5 p.m.

ACTIVE LISTENING: CANADIAN INDIGENOUS MUSICS OF THE EASTERN WOODLANDS

LECTURE for all (Bilingual)

 

An audio-visual presentation on Canadian Indigenous traditional and modern musical styles. This session will focus on the music of the peoples of the Eastern Woodlands regions of Canada. You will hear about social context and be guided through listening and video samples.

No advance preparation is required.

NOVEMBER 2020: 

MASTERCLASSES, WORKSHOPS, LECTURES AND GROUP CLASSES

THE GESUALDO SIX

Sunday November 1, 11 a.m. EST 

Workshop: Come sing with The Gesualdo Six!
RHEINBERGER: ABENDLIED (EVENING SONG)

 

Come sing and learn with The Gesualdo Six! For this live workshop, The Gesualdo Six have chosen one of their favourite pieces: a sacred motet by Josef Rheinberger, entitled Abendlied (Evening Song). Rheinberger first penned this work in 1855 at the age of 15. It is perhaps his most famous choral work, which looks backward to the great sacred music of the Renaissance.

Since the fourth century, the service of Compline has marked the end of the day, ushering in the darkness of the night. Abendlied is a beautiful example of this ancient tradition of evening songs, which inspired The Gesualdo Six’ most recent album, Fading. If you would like to hear more works inspired by dusk, we invite you to listen to their album: https://www.thegesualdosix.co.uk/shop/fading-2020/

 

Format of the workshop: 

The workshop will begin with one of the singers leading a warm-up, focusing on the connection between the body and the breath.

A video of The Gesualdo Six perfoming Abendlied will then be played, and instruction will be given by the G6 on aspects of the music (phrasing, technique to sustain long lines, tessitura), as well as on the interpretation and pronunciation of the German text.

The workshop will conclude with everyone singing through to the G6 video of Abendlied.

 

Read more about Joseph Rheinberger:
http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/acc/rheinberger.php

 

Listen to The Gesualdo Six singing Abendlied:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCKCpr7vCsE

 

This workshop is open to members of CAMMAC and to non-members. Available in English only. The sheet music will be sent to you along with the Zoom link the day before the workshop. No advance preparation is required. Duration: 45 minutes.

CAMMAC MEMBERS – WORKSHOP ONLY: $30

NON-MEMBERS – WORKSHOP ONLY : $40

A special package is available for CAMMAC members only:
Concert: In Heaven It Is Always Autumn (available on demand until October 25, 2020) + Abendlied Workshop: $45

RACHEL BEAUSOLEIL

Friday November 6, 5 p.m.

INTERPRETATION AND IMPROVISATION, FOR JAZZ AND BEYOND: A WORKSHOP

WORKSHOP / MASTERCLASS for all levels (Bilingual)

 

Practice tools of improvisation and interpretation without fear! This session is a laboratory of small steps in improvisation and interpretation. Try out techniques suggested by Rachel and let yourself experiment in a warm and encouraging environment.

Advance preparation – Vocal warm-up: one short song or excerpt in any style (approximately one minute).

You must be a CAMMAC member to participate in this workshop.

VERONIQUE BROUILLETTE

Wednesday November 11, 7:30 p.m.

PLAYING IN COMFORT – A PRACTICAL GUIDE

LECTURE/WORKSHOP (Bilingual)

 

In this hour-long workshop, you will discover several techniques and exercises to help you to feel good in your body while playing music. What you will learn:

  • A practice guide to optimize your energy and time.
  • Tips on how to play music while being comfortable in your body
  • Gain a greater understanding of the parts of your body involved in playing music, through your feelings and by understanding your body’s potential movements.
  • To be aware of the impact on your posture of adopting certain positions with your instrument.
  • To be able to understand your posture and then adjust it according to your needs:
    • ↓ discomfort, tension or pain
    • ↑ the time spent playing your instrument, etc.
  • Experiment with exercises to learn with pleasure and comfort.

For instrumentalists and vocalists.

ANDRÉE DAGENAIS

Thursday November 12, 7:30 p.m.

BEETHOVEN @250! DISCOVER BEETHOVEN’S MASS IN C MAJOR

WORKSHOP / CONFERENCE (Bilingual)

 

Make the leap into Beethoven’s C Major Mass: historical context, targeted listening with fun applied sign-reading and theory of the movements of this Mass.

RACHEL BEAUSOLEIL

Friday November 13, 5 p.m.

ACTIVE LISTENING: CANADIAN INDIGENOUS MUSICS OF THE PLAINS

LECTURE for all (Bilingual)

 

An audio-visual presentation on Canadian Indigenous traditional and modern musical styles. This session will focus on the music of the peoples of the Canadian plains. You will hear about social context and be guided through listening and video samples. You might not be able to stay seated for this one!

No advance preparation is required.

SONIA JOHNSON

Wednesday November 18, 7:30 p.m.

BILLIE HOLIDAY: AUTHENTICITY + EMOTION

CONFERENCE for all (Bilingual)

 

Jazz singer Billie Holiday brought emotion to every note she sang. Widely considered to be the greatest jazz vocalist of all time, Holiday excelled at expressing an unparalleled depth of emotion that spoke of both hardship and triumph. Despite a relatively brief career punctuated by great personal difficulties, she left behind an extensive body of work that remains relevant today.

Join Sonia Johnson as she presents a conference on the career of Billie Holiday, illustrated with images and audio exerpts from the great singer’s career.

Participants are invited to submit requests for their favourite Billie Holiday songs, and a lucky few will be chosen to sing their own renditions. (Please submit your request and whether you would like to sing during the class in the registration form.)

VINCENT LAUZER

Tuesday November 19, 7:30 p.m.

PLAY A DUET WITH VINCENT LAUZER: TELEMANN

WORKSHOP (Bilingual)

 

An hour of music during which you will be able to play a duet with recorder player Vincent Lauzer. Whether you are a recorder player, flutist, oboist or violinist: this workshop is for you!

On the program: Two movements of the Duet in B flat major by Georg Philipp Telemann. The work studied is written for two recorders but can be played on other melodic instruments. Practice the first voice (first line of the duet) in advance in order to be ready to play in duet during the course.

In addition to having the chance to explore a Telemann work, you will have the chance to learn more about the composer being studied and the style and articulation required to interpret the piece.

This course is open to intermediate and advanced instrumentalists who have a good reading.

Metronomic indications:

– Movement 1 – Affettuoso (p. 1 of the document): quarter note = 50

– Movement 2 – Allegro (p. 2 and 3 of the document): black = 120

 

You must be a CAMMAC member to participate in this workshop.

RACHEL BEAUSOLEIL

Friday November 20, 5 p.m.

SINGING IN OTHER LANGUAGES – SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE

LECTURE for all (Bilingual)

 

Rachel will present a pronunciation guide for non-native speakers of Spanish and Portuguese. You will receive practical advice on translations, as well as on interpretation.

No advance preparation is required, but you may choose to bring a song in Spanish or Portuguese to feed the discussion.

SONIA JOHNSON

Saturday November 21, 9:30 a.m.

GARAGE BAND FOR BEGINNERS

WORKSHOP (Bilingual)

 

Learn how to use GarageBand, the Apple music and podcast creation software that enables users to create multiple tracks with pre-made MIDI keyboards, pre-made loops, various instrumental effects, and voice recordings. Get a head start on learning the basics of this easy-to-use software – arranging, editing, mixing and exporting – and share your music with the world!

Pre-requisite: you must have the Garage Band software to take this workshop.

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: $45

You must be a CAMMAC member to participate in this workshop.

SONIA JOHNSON

Saturday November 21, 11 a.m.

JAZZ VOCALS AND IMPROVISATION

MASTERCLASS for all (Bilingual)

 

Improve your vocal skill with the help of experienced professional jazz singer Sonia Johnson! In this masterclass, you will learn vocal techniques for interpretation and improvisation that will help you to develop your ability to deliver lyrics in your own unique way.

You will prepare a song of your choice to sing at the workshop: each participant will interpret his or her song in front of the other participants, and Sonia will then offer guidance and comments on the performance.

You must be a CAMMAC member to participate in this masterclass.

SONIA JOHNSON

Sunday November 22, 4 p.m.

JAZZ CONFERENCE SERIES – PART 1
THE PRECURSERS OF JAZZ: SWING & BEBOP

LECTURE for all (Bilingual)

 

In the first of a four-part series, Sonia Johnson will discuss the roots of jazz through an overview of the swing era and bebop, and how these stylistic shifts played a role in the evolution of jazz.

MATTHIAS MAUTE

Tuesday November 24, 7:30 p.m.

THE QUEST FOR FREEDOM: SOLO MUSIC FOR RECORDER WITH MATTHIAS MAUTE

WORKSHOP for intermediate to advanced players, and auditors of all levels. (Bilingue)

 

The beauty of the solo repertoire for the recorder lies in the musical freedom the player can explore. What might feel like solitude to some turns out to be a kingdom of liberty for others. In this class we get a peek into what it means to be bound by musical parameters on the one hand while pursuing the quest for freedom on the other. Exercises and play-along moments will provide the opportunity to try musical techniques that help us keep our sense of orientation in the endless sea of possibilities. While both the Maute and the Duke of Norfolk are written for more than one instrument, they also work very well as solo pieces. If you’d like to be considered for one of the demonstration spots, please indicate which piece you’d like to demonstrate when you register. Matthias will choose one person for each piece.

  • Van Eyck Engels Nachtegaeltje for C recorder (New Vellekoop Edition)
  • Anonymous/ Division Violin – Duke of Norfolk for C recorder with some octave transpositions necessary (Allen Garvin edition, Duke of Norfolk)
  • M Maute Don’t You Cry, from It’s Summertime for F recorder (Carus 11.6060)
  • JS Bach Sarabande and Bourrée anglaise from the Flute Partita for F recorder (www.gardane.info • 27-07-2016; also available in The Baroque Solo Book)

 

Pitch: A=440

You must be a CAMMAC member to participate in this workshop.

The music will be sent to you following your registration.

ANDREW MCANERNEY

Wednesday November 25 & Thursday November 26, 7:30 p.m.

THE SIX MOTETS OF BACH

LECTURE AND CONCERT, presented in collaboration with the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal (SMAM)

 

The six motets are exceptional works, they kept Bach’s legacy alive and inspired composers from Mozart to Mendelssohn.

Wednesday November 25, 7:30 p.m.
Andrew McAnerney, Artistic Director of the Studio de musique anciennne de Montréal will join us on Wednesday evening to explore the history of the motets and discuss some of the challenges they present to performers. Bring your questions to this fun and informative Bach Zoom lecture!

Thursday November 26, 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday evening, you can watch and listen online to a live stream of SMAM’s performance of the Bach motets direct from the Salle Bourgie, at the Montréal Bach Festival. If you’re not available to watch the live performance, this concert will be available to watch on demand until December 2nd.

 

Conference: $30

Concert: $10

RACHEL BEAUSOLEIL

Friday November 27 5 p.m.

ACTIVE LISTENING: MUSICS OF LATIN AMERICA – MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA

LECTURE for all (Bilingual)

 

An audio-visual presentation on Musical styles of Latin America. This session will focus on Mexico and Central America. You will hear about social context and be guided through listening and video samples. Dance if you feel like it!

No advance preparation is required.

SONIA JOHNSON

Saturday November 28, 9:30 a.m.

LOGIC PRO FOR BEGINNERS

WORKSHOP (Bilingual)

 

Faites passer votre créativité musicale au prochain niveau en apprenant les bases de la production à l’aide du logiciel Logic Pro. Sonia vous fera découvrir cette puissante station de travail audionumérique (DAW) et logiciel de séquencement MIDI, afin que vous puissiez commencer à produire des mixages de qualité professionnelle en un rien de temps !

Pre-requisite: you must have the Logic Pro software to take this workshop.

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: $45

You must be a CAMMAC member to participate in this workshop.

SONIA JOHNSON

Saturday November 28, 11 a.m.

JAZZ VOCALS AND IMPROVISATION

MASTERCLASS for all (Bilingual)

 

Improve your vocal skill with the help of experienced professional jazz singer Sonia Johnson! In this masterclass, you will learn vocal techniques for interpretation and improvisation that will help you to develop your ability to deliver lyrics in your own unique way.

You will prepare a song of your choice to sing at the workshop: each participant will interpret his or her song in front of the other participants, and Sonia will then offer guidance and comments on the performance.

You must be a CAMMAC member to participate in this masterclass.

SONIA JOHNSON

Sunday November 29, 4 p.m.

JAZZ CONFERENCE SERIES – PART 2
COOL JAZZ, MODAL CONCEPTS & MORE

LECTURE for all (Bilingual)

 

In the second of a four-part series, Sonia will cover the mesmerizing sounds of Cool Jazz, John Lewis, Gunther Schuller, the “Modern Jazz Society”, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and John Coltrane.