Online Summerschool 2021

For many years Cappella Pratensis has been providing an advanced summer course together with Musica and AMUZ. As a result of the pandemic, 2020 became the first online edition, and with success! This year we are continuing this with TWO online courses: one for beginners and one for advanced! Choose the course that suits you best and sign up!


Josquin and the Art of Polyphony
For professional, pre-professional singers and advanced amateurs

What is polyphony and how did it develop? How do you best approach it as a performer in the modern day? What challenges and advantages does performing it from the original notation bring? What are the basics of improvising polyphony? These are just some of the questions that will be tackled in the 2021 edition of the annual Summerschool given by vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis.

Central to this exploration will be the music of Josquin des Prez, who we commemorate this year on the 500th anniversary of his death. In multiple in-depth sessions we explore the repertoire of Josquin and his contemporaries, complemented by lessons in the subtleties of mensural notation given by specialist Valerie Horst. The course will be taught in English.

Following the successful online Summerschool in 2020, we will once again host the Summerschool 2021 online. Teachers Andrew Hallock, Pieter De Moor and Stratton Bull will lead the sessions and are joined by two other singers from Cappella Pratensis. This is your chance to sing together with a specialized professional ensemble! There will also be Q&A sessions with the teachers, and together with the other participants we will create a virtual performance of a selection of the repertoire. In addition to the live lessons, short webinars will illustrate various aspects of the Art of Polyphony.

25-29 August 2021 | € 85 / $ 95 | more info and registration


Online starter course in polyphony
For singers with little or no experience in old notation | August 25 to 29, 2021

This year we’re offering an online starter course in polyphony for singers with limited or no experience with old notation but lots of curiosity. This is your chance to get an introduction to the basics. What is polyphony and how did it develop? How do you best approach it as a performer in the modern day? What challenges and advantages does performing it from the original notation bring? What are the basics of improvising polyphony?

Central to this exploration will be the music of Josquin des Prez, who we commemorate this year on the 500th anniversary of his death. The course will be taught in English. Besides a live session with Valerie Horst, you will receive access to a series of online materials, provided by vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis. You will also get a look behind the scenes of the parallel Online Summerschool for professionals. By following this course, you will make a flying start in your polyphonic career!

25-29 August 2021 | € 25 / $ 30 | more info and registration

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