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Crescendo: Summer Choral Singing Sessions Led by Christine Gevert

Crescendo: Summer Choral Singing Sessions Led by Christine Gevert
Date(s) - 07/17/2024 - 08/21/2024
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Crescendo’s Summer 2024 Choral Singing Sessions are an opportunity to sing with a small group, explore the repertoire, understand what is behind the music, how the composition is conceived, and what it means. In each session Crescendo’s artistic director Christine Gevert will offer some tools of vocal technique, and also brief exercises to build or develop your practical musical skills. All will be very tailored to the repertoire. There is no public performance planned.

Sessions will be weekly, for five weeks between mid July and mid August 2024. Each session lasts about an hour and a half. For a group to constitute, there must be a minimum of two to three singers per section (for the Advanced group it can be one singer per section). One session ‘theme’ could run in different levels, as the pieces will be chosen depending on the group level. More experienced singers are also welcome to join other groups, if they are interested in that repertoire.

Session Dates

Wednesdays, July 17, 24, 31 and August 14, 21; 2:00pm to 3:30 pm, and 3:30pm to 5 pm.

Session Themes

1. Broadway Showtunes. Easy or Intermediate or Advanced.

2. Irish and English Folksongs. Easy or Intermediate or Advanced.

3. Latin American Music – Works from Chile, Peru and Bolivia – Renaissance to Modern (Spanish Language). Easy or Intermediate or Advanced.

4. Baroque Opera Choruses – Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Purcell’s King Arthur, Handel’s Theodora, and others. Intermediate or Advanced.
5. Lesser known works by Johann Sebastian Bach – Mass in F major (233), Markuspassion (Koolstra, 2017 version). Intermediate or Advanced.
6. Renaissance motets by Vicente Lusitano. Intermediate or Advanced.
7. Johann Sebastian Bach motets BWV 225–230. Advanced.
Inquiries and registration before July 10 at [email protected]

Christine Gevert holds a master’s degree in organ and early music performance from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg, Germany. After earning a bachelor’s degree in music theory from the Conservatorio Nacional de Chile, she studied choral and orchestral conducting in Berlin and harpsichord in London. She has taught at the Berliner Kirchenmusikschule, the Universidad de Chile, and the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile.

Ms. Gevert has led master classes and workshops in early music and vocal technique at music festivals in Germany, Chile and the U.S., including the Amherst Early Music Festival. She has taught historic keyboards and basso continuo at the Berlin Church Music School in Germany, and Music Theory locally at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. She has authored and published more than eighty historical basso continuo realizations with the Swiss music publisher, Amadeus Verlag.

Ms. Gevert has performed in Europe, South America, and the U.S., appearing at the Washington Early Music Festival, the Berkshire Choral Festival, the Fringe concerts of the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Amherst Early Music Festival, the Early Music Festival in Narol, Poland, the Auditorium Wanda Landowska in Paris, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She also performed at the International Festival of American Renaissance & Baroque Music at the Chiquitan Missions in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She has recorded for Carpe Diem and Alerce records. The founder and artistic director of Crescendo and her own baroque ensemble Les Inégales, Ms. Gevert is currently music director at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lime Rock, CT.