Musc 208/408

Opera Workshop

Term: Spring 2007

 

Instructors:

Christopher Swanson

Office: Wygal 226

Office Phone: (434) 395-2496

Email: swansoncl@longwood.edu

Office hour: Thursday, 1:00 p. m. – 2:00 p. m.

 

Gene Muto

Office: Jarman 023

Office phone: 395-2761

Email: mutoet@longwood.edu

Office hour:

 

Class Accompanist:

Carole Harper

Office: Wygal 225

Office phone:

Email: 1337harper@earthlink.net

 

Class Meeting Time & Place:

                  Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00-12:15

026 Jarman (other locations will be used and announced during the semester)

  

Textbook and other materials:

                  No required textbook. Students may be required to purchase music.

                 

Suggested reading: Brel and Chanson: A Critical Appreciation, by Sara Poole. Dallas: University Press of America, 2004. [ML 410.B8433 P66 2004] On reserve in the Library.

 

                  Ticket cost to Virginia Opera production of Cavellaria Rusticana and I pagliacci (Friday, March 23).

More details to follow.             

 

Other required materials:

                  Appropriate clothing and footwear for rehearsals.

 

Course objectives:

 

Course Requirements:

 

 

 

 

Grading Policy:

At the end of each semester, you will receive a letter grade that will reflect your participation, achievement, ability, improvement, and final performance.

 

In class participation:                                 50%

Assignments/Quizzes                                 20%

Final Exam/Performances:                       30%

 

Once all factors are tallied, your grade will be based on a 100 point system:

 

A - 100-90                (A 100-93, A- 92-90)

B – 89-80                                    (B+ 89-88, B 86-83, B- 82-80)

C – 79-70                 (same)

F – 69-0

 

 Assignments:

 

  1. Learn, memorize and be able to recite one verse of the aria “Modern Major General” from The Pirates of Penzance.
  2. All music majors will perform a song or aria in English for the rest of the class from memory paying special attention to the communication of the text. All theater majors will perform a short monologue (2-4 minutes) for the rest of the class from memory. This will take place over two class periods and the order of performances will be chosen randomly, beginning with MUSC 408 students.
  3. All theater majors will perform a song or aria in English for the rest of the class from memory paying special attention to the communication of the text. All music majors will perform a short monologue (2-4 minutes) for the rest of the class from memory. This will take place over two class periods and the order of performances will be chosen randomly, beginning with MUSC 408 students.
  4. All students will learn and memorize the patter-song “Modern Major General” from The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan. All students will be required to perform the song for the class.

 

Attendance Policy: 

You are expected to attend all classes.  Daily in-class assignments, quizzes, exercises, and rehearsals cannot be made up for unexcused absences and you will receive an F for such assignments.  Your grade will be lowered by one letter grade if you miss 10% of the scheduled classes.  If you miss a total (excused or unexcused) of 25% of the scheduled classes you will fail the course. 

 

“Students must assume full responsibility for any loss incurred because of absence, whether excused or unexcused…. Excused absences are those resulting from the student’s participation in a university sponsored activity, from recognizable emergencies, or from serious illness.”

                                    (from the Faculty Manual: Policies and Procedures)

 

Honor Code Statement:

“We will not lie, cheat, steal, or plagiarize, nor will we tolerate those who do.”

 

“I, having a clear understanding of the basis and spirit of the Honor Code created and accepted by the students of Longwood, Farmville, Virginia, pledge myself to govern my life at Longwood according to its standards and to accept my responsibility for helping others to do so, and with sensitive regard for my institution, to live by the Honor Code at all times and to see that others do likewise.”

 

Course Content Outline:

In each class we will do warm-ups, dramatic exercises, and rehearsals.  Class content will vary from day to day. The first several weeks will be spent with acting exercises while the students are learning and memorizing music. Schedules for rehearsals will be given out a week before rehearsals begin.

 


 

Class schedule as of January 18, 2007. SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

 

 

Date

location

topic

Personnel

1

Thursday, January 18

Jarman 026

  

Tutti

2

Tuesday, January 23

Jarman 026

11:00-11:30 – Physical warm-ups

11:30-11:35 – Vocal warm-ups

11:35-12:00 – Assignment 1

12:00-12:15 – Concentration exercises

Tutti

Thursday, January 25

Jarman 026

11:00-11:30 – Physical warm-ups

11:30-11:35 – Vocal warm-ups

11:35-12:00 – Assignment 1

12:00-12:15 – Concentration exercises

Tutti

3

Tuesday, January 30

Jarman 026

11:00-11:15 – Physical warm-ups

11:15-11:20 – Vocal Warm-ups

11:15-12:15 – Assignment 2

Tutti

Thursday, February 1

Jarman 026

11:00-11:15 – Physical warm-ups

11:15-11:20 – Vocal Warm-ups

11:15-12:15 – Assignment 2

Tutti

4

Tuesday, February 6

Jarman 026

 

Tutti

Thursday, February 8

Jarman 026

 

Tutti

5

Tuesday, February 13

Jarman 026

Assignment 2

Tutti

Thursday, February 15

Jarman 026

Assignment 2

Tutti

6

Tuesday, February 20

Jarman 026

 

Tutti

Thursday, February 22

Jarman 026

 

Tutti

7

Tuesday, February 27

Jarman 026

 

Tutti

Thursday, March 1

Jarman 026

 

Tutti

8

Tuesday, March 6

Jarman 026

Assignment 3

Tutti

Thursday, March 8

Jarman 026

Assignment 3

Tutti

9

Spring Break, March 12-16

10

Tuesday, March 20

Jarman 026

 

Tutti

Thursday, March 22

Jarman 026

 

Tutti

Friday, March 23

Landmark Theater, Richmond VA

Tutti

11

Tuesday, March 27

Jarman 026

 

Tutti

Thursday, March 29

Jarman 026

 

Tutti

12

Monday, April 2 (pm)

TBA

Dress rehearsal: TBA

 

Tuesday, April 3 (11 am)

TBA

Dress rehearsal: TBA

 

Tuesday, April 3 (pm)

TBA

Dress rehearsal: TBA

 

Wednesday, April 4 (pm)

TBA

Dress rehearsal: TBA

  

Thursday, April 5 (11 am)

TBA

Dress rehearsal: TBA

 

Thursday, April 5 (pm)

TBA

Dress rehearsal: TBA

 

Friday, April 6 (pm)

TBA

Dress rehearsal: TBA

 

Saturday, April 7 (pm)

TBA

Dress rehearsal: TBA

 

13

Monday, April 9 (pm)

TBA

Dress rehearsal: TBA

 

Tuesday, April 10, 11 am

TBA

Dress rehearsal: TBA

 

Tuesday, April 10 (pm)

TBA

Dress rehearsal: TBA

 

Wednesday, April 11 (pm)

 

No rehearsal

 

Thursday, April 12 (11 am)

TBA

Dress rehearsal: TBA

 

Thursday, April 12 (pm)

TBA

Dress rehearsal: TBA

 

Friday, April 13 (pm)

TBA

Dress rehearsal: TBA

 

Saturday, April 14 (pm)

TBA

Dress rehearsal: TBA

 

Sunday, April 15 (pm)

TBA

Dress rehearsal: TBA

 

14

Tuesday, April 17, 11 am

TBA

 

 

Wednesday, April 18, 7 pm

Jarman

Opening Night: Jacques Brel

All

Thursday, April 19, 7 pm

Jarman

Jacques Brel

All

Friday, April 20, 7 pm

Jarman

Jacques Brel

All

Saturday, April 21, 7 pm

Jarman

Jacques Brel

All

Sunday, April 22, 4 pm

Jarman

Jacques Brel

All

15

Tuesday, April 24

 

 

 

Thursday, April 26

 

 

 

 

No Exam

 

 We may do some off-campus performances in local areas. These are not yet scheduled. Most will be in the immediate area (public schools, nursing home, etc.), will not require participation of the entire class, and will only require a few hours.