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?
The seminary and Boston College ("BC") are easy to get to via public transportation. From Boston's Logan airport, take the free shuttle to the T (Boston's transit system), transfer to the B leg of the Green Line, and BC and the seminary are the last stop. By train: arrive at Back Bay Station, walk two blocks to Copley Square and take the B leg of the Green Line to the last stop. During the time of our course there will be a service disruption due to bridge repair, so part of the journey will involve transfer to and from a shuttle bus. If you don't want to drag your luggage from one vehicle to another, a taxi or ride-share would be another option.
Fares: One-way T fare: $2.75
Taxi from Logan Airport to Boston College: approximately $50.00
Taxi from Back Bay Amtrak station to Boston College: approximately $28.00
Lyft rideshare from Logan: $22.20 estimate
Lyft rideshare from Back Bay: $14.64 estimate
How many singers will there be?
About 40 to 50 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 should we wear?
Concert dress: Men - black shirt, black trousers; Women - black top and either below-the-knee black skirt or black trousers. For general rehearsals, casual warm weather attire is fine. Keep in mind that this course takes place in a seminary, so modesty should prevail (no short shorts, exercise attire, halter tops, bare backs, sleepwear, T-shirts with rude slogans, etc.) The seminary rehearsal rooms and chapel 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 the seminary is not permitted to charge admission to any of them; however, they 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 Boston College dorm rooms are not available until 3:00 pm Saturday July 29. We anticipate having a meet-and-greet late in the afternoon at the seminary and then commencing the course's activities. Most of the participants will be housed at 2000 Commonwealth, a former apartment building now functioning as a residence hall for Boston College. (The rooms are very nice!)
If you are travelling from the West Coast and cannot avoid arriving a day early, please let us know. No promises at this point, but we may be able to find a place for a group of you to stay Friday night.
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 Boston College dorm by 10:00 am on Saturday, August 5.