Each virtual course provides an in-depth examination of a specific topic. Examples of previous classes include a retrospective of Sondheim musicals, the history of hip-hop, and conversations with opera heroines.
Classes meet on weekly basis for one hour on the Zoom platform. The tuition is $120.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee.
Fall 2022 – First Session: Tuesday, September 13 – Thursday, October 20
The Revolution and Evolution of Piano Technique – From the Harpsichord to the Fortepiano, then to the Modern Grand Piano
Teacher: Dalia Sakas
The piano came into being in 1709 and initiated a revolution in keyboard technique. The new instrument demanded a new way of playing. This fostered the creation of “schools” or “methods” as well as new exercises and technical studies. Learn about the developers and codifiers of the art of piano-playing: C.P.E. Bach, Muzio Clementi, Henri Bertini, Hummel, Dussek, Beethoven, culminating with the amazing etudes of Chopin, Liszt, Bartok, and Ligeti.
Women Composers – From the Parlor to Broadway
Teacher: Charlotte Surkin
Day/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 PM (EDT)
Historically it was perfectly acceptable for women to be prima donnas on the operatic stage, but to find their place as composers alongside their male counterparts was not acceptable.
Listen to some of the most beautiful songs composed by female composers who often had to struggle to get their works published. We will hear music by Amy Beach, Nadia Boulanger, Fanny Mendelssohn, Liza Lehman, Alma Mahler, Clara Schumann, and Tony award winner Jeanine Tesori.