are an integral part of the CCMC experience. Students will spend almost
four hours of the weekend in ensemble rehearsals, followed by a
performance on the Grange Hall stage early Sunday afternoon.
may wait until the camp to choose an ensemble, or they may choose in
advance. Some ensembles will rely on students' advance preparation,
while others will not. Both reading and non-reading approaches will be
used. For students who do not read standard notation or tablature,
"by-ear-only" ensembles are offered -- although these ensembles may
also appeal to readers.
are interested in advance preparation of written music should
email the instructor. Ensembles directed toward these students
will be of varying levels. All of the written arrangements will
contain easy parts as well as more difficult parts -- so don't
hesitate to choose the ensemble that interests you most! Once
you've chosen an ensemble you'll receive more music, in standard
notation and/or tablature (if you've chosen a reading ensemble!).
CCMC 2013 Ensembles
Classical Mandolin Orchestra
Leader: Annika Hinsche
(with Fabian Hinsche)
Mandolin Orchestra will explore the
major genres of mandolin ensemble music, from classical and romantic to
the "golden era" heyday of American music, as well as new compositions
extending the mandolin orchestra tradition into the next century. The
conductor is among Germany's finest classical mandolinists, and
conducts the prestigious orchestra Jugendzupforchester NorthRhein
Westfalia. Sheet music will
be available several weeks in advance.
Jazz Mandolin Ensemble
Leader: August Watters
Jazz Mandolin Ensemble is open to all mandolinists who can read
standard notation, regardless of jazz experience or soloing ability.
We'll perform original works and arrangements of jazz standards
arranged for mandolin ensemble: mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin,
mandocello, guitar, and bass. There will be opportunities to play
improvised solos for those who are interested, but the ensemble is
primarily oriented toward interpretation and performance of jazz
Written parts will be made available in standard notation and tablature well in advance.
Traditional Music Ensemble
(taught by-ear only)
Leader: Shana Aisenberg
Shana Aisenberg will lead
a multi-genre by-ear ensemble this year. Styles could include Appalachian old
time, Celtic, contradance, blues, bluegrass, klezmer, Balkan and more. We'll
work on melody, harmony parts, improvisation, and ensemble playing skills.
All pieces will be taught and arranged by ear, no notation will be available in advance.
Guitar, banjo, fiddle and bass players are welcome in this ensemble (and some others, just ask).
By-Ear Ensemble for Beginners
Leader: Beverly Woods
will learn to play tunes and songs in various styles by ear,
with each participant taking an active role in creating their
own parts, as is typically done in performing acoustic bands.
There will be plenty of guidance and coaching from the instructor
on how to come up with your own parts, improvisation, creating
solo breaks, fills, harmonies, bass lines and chordal accompaniments;
how to listen and respond to what everyone else is playing, and
how to blend in effectively as a band. Repertoire may include
Appalachian, Celtic, bluegrass, blues, klezmer, Scandinavian,
Balkan, etc., depending on interest of the participants. Previous
experience or expertise in playing by ear isn't required to take
part in these ensembles, just a willingness to try.
A Note about Guitar
(and other instruments):
is some room in most of these ensembles for guitarists. Other
instruments such as fiddle, banjo, dulcimer, autoharp, pennywhistle and
bass are also welcome in some ensembles. Not all the workshops are
mandolin-specific, so these other instrumentalists will find
opportunities to study theory and style. In addition, many of our
faculty are multi-instrumentalists, and can help with fitting these
instruments into the ensembles. If you have questions, please