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Interim 2012


MUSC W40 Opera and Musical Theater Workshop. Opera and Musical Theater have evolved into an impressive business and art, which encompasses a vast array of participants.  Opera and Musical Theatre are the most collaborative of all arts, which include directors, choreographers, dancers, singers, actors, technicians, designers, musicians and the like.  This course will incorporate students in these roles with supervision. The goal of the course is to educate and give students the opportunity to exhibit their musical and technical skills in a performance practicum, which will culminate into a
musical/opera review.  They will be coached on their music individually and collectively depending on their assignment(s). The methods of evaluation will include attendance, participation, creativity and performance.  A production notebook will be required that will include research, character development, staging, choreography, costume/set designs, rehearsal schedules and score.  This course may fulfill an elective in the Music major/minor. Prerequisite: basic music and acting knowledge.  C. Sawyer.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

MUSC W80 The Songs of South Africa. (MAY) In this course members of the Calvin Women’s Chorale participate in worship services, present concerts,  participate in workshops in the area of choral music in various cities in South Africa, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Soweto and Pretoria. The course is taught by the instructor through performance and by being a clinician in workshop settings. The instructor also leads group discussions with the ensemble and facilitates interaction with local students and church members. Students experience worship in a cross-cultural context and communion with other members of the Body of Christ through fellowship and song, as well as learn about South Africa’s freedom movement and the role of songs in the movement. The choir visits high schools to interact with students through music as well as visit important sites of the freedom movement.  Evaluations will be based on daily participation through performances, group discussions, individual presentations and a daily journal. The course will begin with
intensive rehearsals and lectures on campus, followed by a twelve-day trip to South Africa. The sessions prior to the trip will include lectures on worship and choral music of South Africa, including its role in their freedom movement. This course may fulfill an elective in the Music major and minor. Prerequisites: Enrollment in MUSC 191.  Course dates: May 25 - June 4. Fee: $4000.  P. Shangkuan.  Off campus.

MUSC W81 Instrumental Worship Music.  This course will include a combined performance preparation and historical study of instrumental music written specifically for the liturgical context. Designed for student orchestra, band and keyboard (piano/organ) performers, this course will consider the historical contexts, liturgical traditions, composers and application of instrumental music written for Christian worship from ancient to modern times. Students will develop an understanding of the history of instrumental music used in worship and develop the skills to apply what they learn in a live worship context. Class sessions will be divided between lecture and instrumental rehearsal. Student performers will be organized into an ensemble to prepare specific works for inclusion in the Calvin Worship Symposium. Participation in the symposium is required.  Evaluation will be based on reading notes, a test, a research project and presentation and class participation.  This course may fulfill an elective in the Music majors.  Prerequisite: solid high school level performance level on orchestral or band instrument or keyboard (piano/organ), participation in a Calvin instrumental ensemble or the permission of the instructor.  R. Nordling.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W80 Performing Asian Choral Music. Course dates: January 3-25.  Fee: $3870.  J. Navarro.  Off campus.