Workshop Series

Medieval Music Workshop — Vocals and Instruments


In conjunction with Early Music America’s celebration of “Early Music Month,” Danbury Music Centre is offering a Medieval Day!

In the afternoon, choose between an instrumental and a vocal workshop.  In the evening, enjoy a concert performed by medieval ensemble Marginalia, with the afternoon’s participants featured in a few selections!


Vocalists: Come learn some beautiful and delightful 13th-century vocal music, including songs from the collection, Cantigas de Sancta Maria.  Music will be provided, but those who prefer to learn by ear are also welcome.  We will team up with the instrumental workshop for performance of some of these unique songs.  The vocal workshop is led by Mary E. Larew.

Instrumentalists: Bring your instrument (modern instruments welcome!) to learn about the variety of types of music instruments played in the middle ages.  In the workshop, we will explore such tune types as estampies, troubadour/trouvere song tunes, and simple dances.  We will share a selection of what we’ve learned on the evening program.  The instrumental workshop is led by Peter Walker.

More information and registration here.


Handbells Workshop

Join us for Danbury Music Centre’s second Handbell workshop, led by Fiona Smith Sutherland.


This workshop will take place at Danbury United Methodist Church.  We are grateful to them for lending us the use of their bells — five octaves, plus three octaves of tone chimes.

Don’t miss this delightful afternoon of bell-ringing!  Experienced and new ringers most welcome.

Your registration is requested by October 10th to enable appropriate repertoire preparation. The participation fee, $10, can be paid in advance or at the door.

Register here

Singing Workshop with Patty Cuyler,  Village Harmonies:

Traditional Folk Songs from South Africa, Georgia and Corsica
October 3 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm | $15
Village Harmonies: Traditional Folk Songs from South Africa, Georgia and Corsica

Location: Danbury Music Centre, Marion Anderson, Recital Hall, 256 Main St. Danbury, CT

Date: October 3, 2-5 PM

Join Vermont-based Village Harmony co-director Patty Cuyler in a three-hour hands-on sampling of harmony singing deliberately chosen from among some of the world’s most powerful community singing traditions, with three- and four part songs from South Africa, the Republic of Georgia and the island of Corsica. Wordsheets, diagrams and musical notation will be supplied as appropriate to each genre of music.

More information here

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Workshop: Anna & Elizabeth


July 21 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm

| $10.00


Tuesday, July 21, 2-4 pm; Marian Anderson Recital Hall; $10



Singing Hildegard Workshop

July 30 @ 7:00 pm9:30 pm

| $15

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One of the earliest composers to sign their names to their music was the abbess Hildegard von Bingen, who, in the 12th century, wrote some of the most beautiful chant surviving today.  Each of Hildegard’s chants consists of a single, florid melody that can be sung on its own, or accompanied by a simple drone.

In this workshop, led by Dr. Mary E. Larew, we will explore several pieces of Hildegard’s music.  We will learn the melodies, then experiment with some simple harmony.  By the end of the evening, participants will be familiar with several of Hildegard’s chants and will know some of the key qualities that make Hildegard’s compositions unique among the wider repertoire of chant.





Danbury Music Centre Vocal Workshop: “Healthy Vocalism for Lifelong Singing”

August 18 @ 7:00 pm9:30 pm


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Led by Paul M Speiser

This workshop will demonstrate aspects of vocal technique, including awareness of alignment, use of air, and resonance, that will benefit singers of all ages.



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