Workshops, Coaching: Specific Offerings
wanted to thank you again for your visit to Point Counterpoint -
the students were very excited to play for you, and you left them
with a sense of new possibilities. Your approach was perfect for
these talented young musicians: your humor and encouragement helped
them to relax, and your insistence on defining musical character
challenged them to move beyond accuracy to real interpretation.
The process was so much fun, and the way it transformed their performances
was inspiring to players and listeners alike!"
-Anne Tyson, Music Director, Point Counterpoint
Camp, Leicester VT
Below are suggestions for workshops,
masterclasses and coaching offerings from Gillian Rogell. We look
forward to working with you to fit the event to your specific group
Please contact Gillian for more
information, or to book a workshop with your group: Gillian@MusicAlchemy.net
Sessions in Gillian's Brookline, MA Chamber Music Studio
In her own chamber music studio in Brookline,
Gillian coaches groups of all ages and abilities. Advance students
perform in annual concerts. Click here
to see a review of the lastest Chamber Music Studio concert.
Contact Gillian to get
more info, or book to visit the studio.
for All Ages and All Stages
Gillian's masterclasses are lively
interactions between the players, the audience, and herself. She
works with the musicians on many issues, which may include breathing,
techniques of playing musically, untying knotty passages, finding
the character of the music, and plain old playing in tune. At whatever
level, players can be distracted by their own technical demands
and perceived limitations, and this may result in their becoming
glued to the music and trying not to be "distracted" by the sounds
and players around them. While careful technical preparation is
essential for each player, it is through breaching the boundaries
between the players that true music-making is achieved. Gillian's
approach allows players to hear the music around them, to become
part of that music even during "rests," and to connect through their
own voice to that of the whole. At the same time, she introduces
techniques of playing musically through articulation, use of the
bow, and breathing, that palpably change the experience and give
the music life. Players and audience experience the transformations
that occur and enjoy the dynamic changes that take place. Contact
Gillian to get more info, or book this masterclass.
Day Workshop: The Techniques of Playing Chamber Music Musically
For music schools with student players,
ages 14-22 (highschool to college), and pre-formed ensembles. A
full day of activities.
Gillian introduces this workshop
with a morning discussion about chamber music, its biological basis,
what players need to bring from their lives to the rehearsal room
and what they should leave at home. The discussion is followed by
an "open coaching" as Gillian coaches the onlookers as well as the
ensemble in the middle of the room. After a lunch break, the ensembles
will rehearse in separate rooms, with Gillian rotating between groups,
as they prepare for a performance that evening. Dinner will be followed
by a concert and party. Gillian will introduce the audience to the
day's concepts in her introductory remarks. Contact
Gillian to get more info, or to book this workshop.
"I Love Chamber Music, but I Don't Understand It."
For music lovers, audience attendees, and community members of all
ages. Appropriate for those with little to no formal musical training
(first-time concert goers are welcome!). 30-60 minutes.
This workshop is designed for music
lovers who have little no playing experience and is presented with
an amateur or student chamber music group. This can be presented
as a pre-concert lecture, or as a stand-alone workshop for audiences.
In this lecture/demonstration, Gillian invites audience members
to reach beyond basic 'music appreciation' to develop a deep and
personal understanding of chamber music. Using a live chamber music
ensemble from the community, Gillian provides a window into what
musicians experience as they create music. Contact
Gillian to get more info, or book this workshop.
Teachers' Workshop: Transforming Your Students
For music teachers of all styles
and ensembles. 90-120 minutes.
In this presentation, Gillian coaches
teachers how to apply the principles of her unique coaching style
to their specific student groups (orchestral players, choral groups,
jazz band, etc.). Through group discussion and DVD examples, Gillian
reviews the techniques of playing musically:
the transition from seeing
music with all its straight lines to creating musical lines and
the shift from thinking to absorbing and responding
the ability for kids to become an important part of the melody
and inner voices around them when faced (and probably bored) with
a whole page of quarter notes on a few different pitches
Gillian finishes by working with
an ensemble of the music teachers, illustrating these techniques.
Participants are invited to bring their instruments. Contact
Gillian to get more info, or book this workshop.