The week begins on Sunday afternoon with registration
and continues into the evening at the Stevenson Event Center, Stevenson Campus, UCSC, where you will meet
many of our 2011 instructors and guests. They will share with you
their plans for the week and tell you about their classes. It is
here that you will make some important decisions about your course
of study during the week. We urge you to experience all of our instructors.
Our program this year will consist of four main daily
sessions and some new things as well:
- MUSIC APPRECIATION – Each
morning we will explore different aspects of mandolin music by
listening to (and viewing) historic performances that our faculty
has selected. Learning to listen and being exposed to great music
is one of the most valuable lessons any musician can learn. Our
instructors will host these sessions.
- ELECTIVES-1 – Daily elective
classes will explore different aspects of mandolin technique,
through the unique approach of each of our instructors. Each class
will be open to all, though some will be designated Beginners,
and others Advanced.
- ELECTIVES-2 – There will
be a 2nd elective class every day during the afternoon that will
give students opportunities to practice learned skills in repertoire
sessions or participate in specialized small groups.
- REHEARSAL – We will also
create ensembles for you to practice in on a daily basis. Our
instructors will coach these ensembles and they will be based
upon different styles of Mandolin Music. These ensembles will
rehearse pieces that will be performed sometime during the week.
A single piece will be learned by all students and performed at
the Friday nite concert at the Stevenson Event Center by the staff and students of the Symposium.
This is your opportunity to put all your latest skills to work
by playing together.
Every evening students will attend a special performance/workshop
after which organized jams will commence around 10pm.
Some of the organized jam sessions that may be taking
place in the evenings are:
- Slow Jam
- Bluegrass Jam
- Swing Jam
- Choro Jam
We believe that we have provided a well-rounded program
for all styles, levels and interests. If you have any questions
or concerns during the week, please talk to our administrative staff,
as we are always available to help you out. Enjoy your week with