Frequently Asked Questions
We will add more questions and answers to this page as they evolve!
Who comes to this course?
People from all walks of life who share an enthusiasm for sacred Renaissance choral music and want to learn from recognized professionals in the field. In the past, participants have included recent high school graduates to retired folks, choir directors, choir members, graduate students pursuing music as a career, and amateurs outside of the musical profession who love singing and want to immerse themselves in a week of glorious music. Lasting friendships are formed through a mutual love of the repertoire.
How do I get there?
An e-mail was sent to all participants with this information. Boston’s Logan Airport is the closest major airport. There are several limo-for-hire services available for the trip to Worcester.
How many singers will there be?
About 40 to 45 singers is the ideal number. There will be a variety of configurations, from full group to 1/3 group (each working with one of the tutors) to optional and free-form small groups you may put together on your own.
What music should I bring?
An e-mail will be sent to accepted applicants with a list of downloadable scores. Please print these out double-sided and bring them with you.
Small groups: If you want to free-form a small group, you need not restrict yourself to our 2019 theme. Please bring scores of anything you would like to work on, presumably Medieval, Renaissance, or Early Baroque. Please bring enough copies with you, as our access to copying facilities will be limited (and not free.)
What exactly is a "small group"?
A small group is an ad-hoc ensemble you form on your own to work on repertoire you select/bring with you. Time will be set aside each day for small group get-togethers. You are not required to take part; if you prefer to rest or do something else during that time, that's fine. If you want to be in a small group but don't know how to go about it, we will help you either form one or find you a spot in someone's group.
What should we wear?
Friday Evening Concert dress: Men - black shirt, black trousers; Women - black top and either below-the-knee black skirt or black trousers. The Wednesday informal half-hour concert takes place in a historic church, so no shorts, halter tops, bare backs, etc. For general rehearsals, casual warm weather attire is fine. The weather will probably be hot and humid, but please keep in mind that we frequently rehearse in a Catholic chapel, so modesty should prevail (no short shorts, exercise attire, halter tops, bare backs, sleepwear, T-shirts with rude slogans, etc.) The rehearsal rooms and chapel are air-conditioned. Dorm rooms are air-conditioned.
The "Events" page lists some concerts with the designation "Suggested donation". What's that about?
Participants in the course are admitted to all events free of charge. These events are also open to the public, and we are not permitted to charge admission to any of them; however, we may "suggest" donations. Donations will go toward a scholarship fund for this course in subsequent years.
I've been accepted; when should I arrive?
The dorm rooms are available any time Saturday July 27. Our first meal is not until Saturday evening, though, and there is no shopping or dining opportunity within walking distance, so keep that in mind.
Go the Public Safety Department in Kennedy Hall to pick up your room key. We anticipate having a meet-and-greet late in the afternoon at the Performance Center and then will commence the course's activities.
I have services to play/sing for the following weekend. When is the course over?
The last event will be the Friday night post-concert party, which you won't want to miss! We must vacate the dorm by 10:00 am on Saturday, August 3.