Several workshops and seminars are available to area musicians and singers


The International Brass Quintet Festival holds Maryland Brass Days, a free weekend workshop for high school, college and adult amateur brass players, at the Peabody Conservatory Friday through Sunday.

The event ends with a free concert involving 60 players at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Friedberg Concert Hall. The workshop allows players to rehearse and learn with The Annapolis Brass Quintet. The quintet itself will play new works for brass at 2 p.m. Saturday in Peabody's North Hall. Interested players should call 235-4302 for information and registration.

* Samuel Gordon, choral conductor and head of the music department at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, conducts a workshop in choral technique Thursday, July 11, DTC through Saturday, July 13, at UMBC. The course from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. costs $150. Students may earn 1.8 continuing education units. Call 455-2336.

Gordon, director of the Maryland Camerata and active in other groups, invites conductors, voice teachers, singers and organists to the workshop. Participants can observe and sing and conduct. The sessions "will focus on identifying the sources of vocal problems and correcting them through imagery, gesture and body language as well as analyzing the dynamics between conductor and singer," UMBC said. A special choral reading session will be held July 20 at no additional cost.

* Area singers interested in singing Bach's Mass in B Minor may join Handel Choir members at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at First English Lutheran Church, 39th and Charles streets. Admission is $5. The program will run about two hours. Scores may be rented for $1 on July 16. T. Herbert Dimmock, Handel Choir director, will conduct. For more information call 366-6544.

* The Lute Society of America offers a Summer Lute Seminar at the College of Notre Dame on North Charles Street July 7-12 as "a concert series, a learning experience and performance opportunity for lutenists and singers of all abilities."

Tuition is $295, with room and board extra. Interested people are asked to contact the seminar director, A.J. Thieblot, at 539-4040 or 539-7680, or at 220 West Saratoga St., Baltimore, Md. 21201. The week includes five concerts Sunday-Friday except for Wednesday.

Internationally known lute players (lutenists) and singers are faculty members Julianne Baird, Joel Frederiksen, Gail Gillispie, Gregory Hamilton, Olav Chris Henriksen, Ronn McFarlane, Karen Meyers, Lyle Nordstrom, Ray Nurse, Patrick O'Brien, Paul O'Dette and Hopkinson Smith.

* The Columbia Festival of the Arts plans open rehearsals of the famed Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at 2 p.m. June 28, June 30, July 3 and July 6 in the Smith Theatre (concerts later those evenings), and at 6 p.m. July 2 at Oakland. Fred Sherry is artistic director. Tickets are $5. The rehearsalsessions are informal and allow listeners to meet the musicians. Call 381-0545 for information.

* The fourth annual National Orchestral Institute (NOI) is under way through June 29 at the University of Maryland, College Park, as a training program for aspiring orchestral musicians between academic training and the competitive professional world.

Some 105 members from 19 to 31 are taking part, including 13 from the Baltimore-Washington area. A majority are women. More than 740musicians applied this year. First-chair musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and other orchestras teach.

The institute's orchestra will end its program with a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Maximiano Valdes, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, will conduct Stavinsky's "Petrouchka," Bernstein's Symphony No. 2 and Ravel's "Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2." For $10 tickets, call 783-8000.

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