Dance, Music & Songwriting

Gain inspiration and experience in courses designed for either those entering into the world of music or film, or those in pursuit of new opportunities and knowledge in their chosen field.

Registration for 2020 Workshops will open February 1st, 2020.

Piano Performance Workshop

In partnership with the California Piano Performance Workshop for Adults

Doug Ashcraft, Antoinette Perry, William Wellborn
June 14 -19  (Begins Sunday, June 14 at 3pm)

Designed for the serious adult student with the desire to improve or refresh knowledge and performance skills, this workshop will develop your piano performance skills at intermediate and advanced levels. You will work with professional piano instructors who are also performing artists. Students will learn music theory and take private lessons and Master Classes, with plenty of time set aside for practice.

Your workshop will begin with Orientation on Sunday afternoon, followed by a faculty recital on Sunday evening. Classes and lessons will begin on Monday, continuing throughout the week. Your experience will conclude with a performance recital open to the public in the beautiful Lowman Concert Hall; students will be expected to perform, but it is not required.

Skill level: Pianists age 25 or over at intermediate to advanced level (amateurs and professionals). You will submit a list of performance-ready repertoire.
Tuition: $1,275
Lab Fee: This workshop has no lab fee. You will be asked to bring all materials.

Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 14 students

Dr. Douglas Ashcraft has performed to acclaim in recitals and concerts throughout the US and Europe. He began his formal training as a student of Aldo Mancinelli. Graduate work with John Perry followed at USC. An active chamber musician, he has performed in recitals at the Concertgebeouw, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Wigmore Hall. His performing career has included radio broadcasts on New York’s WQXR and live chamber music recitals on KKGO, KMZT and KUSC in Los Angeles, and BBC Radio 3 in London.

Antoinette K. Perry has appeared throughout the US, Europe and China as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborating with many of the world’s greatest artists. Distinguishing herself also as a pedagogue, she served for 12 years on the UCLA piano faculty before joining the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in 1996. She frequently gives master classes and serves as an adjudicator. Former students are enjoying successful careers as performers and pedagogues throughout the US and Asia.

Website: music.usc.edu/antoinette-perry/

Dr. William Wellborn is the recipient of the CAPMT 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is also the 2019 MTNA Foundation Fellow. He has given concerts, lectures and masterclasses throughout the US and Europe, and has directed seventeen European musical tours, including this year’s Chopintour 2020. Bill is on the national board of the American Liszt Society, and founding president of the San Francisco Chapter.  A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1989, he teaches piano in the Pre-College division, and Piano Pedagogy in the Collegiate division. His students frequently win top prizes in state, national, and international piano competitions. 

Website: www.williamwellborn.com

Popular Songwriting

Don Reed & Kasaan Hammon
Special Guest Instructors: Andy Warren (The Mowgli’s)

June 15 – 19

This workshop explores development from start to finish of lyrics, melody, and music for popular music in all genres. You will work alongside professional mentors to strengthen your lyrical storytelling, concept development, hook and melody development, chording and arrangement skills. Over the course of the week, you will gain insight into key refinement skills that take a song from idea to masterpiece. You will practice writing alone and collaborating in groups, and will have the opportunity to showcase your new work in an evening performance with professional musicians backing you.

Days will consist of vocal exercises, writing prompts, multi-topic songwriting lectures with writing tips, applying fresh approaches and angles, refining existing songs, song critiques, one-on-one coaching on writing, vocals, and instruments, breakout sessions with special guest writers, and much more.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $755

Lab Fee: $75 – This workshop’s $75 lab fee includes sound support and use of equipment; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 15 students

Don Reed, an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, has been performing, composing, teaching, and recording music for over 40 years. Don’s multi-instrumental work and compositions have been featured in hundreds of recording projects, television and film soundtracks, and more. 

Kasaan Hammon is former Executive Director of the Association of Independent Music Publishers. She writes and records under the artist name RIGSI and has managed artists and songwriters including Hall of Fame songwriter Albert Hammond.

Guest Andy Warren is the percussionist/songwriter for LA’s premier alternative band, The Mowgli’s. His expertise is in percussion, songwriting, production, recording, teaching, merchandising, event organizing, TV and film composition, and tour management, but first and foremost, he is a musician and songwriter. Andy’s hands-on approach to the craft of teaching songwriting is not only effective, it’s fun. He has a simple approach that yields amazing results. 

Website: www.themowglis.net 

Facebook: Andy Warren

Exploring Dance & Movement

Ellen Rosa-Taylor & Hai Cohen
June 22 -26

This workshop is designed for dance teachers, former dancers, current dancers and those who love to move.  Each day we will cover a range of dance and conditioning techniques such as ballet, pilates, modern dance, belly dance, improvisation, and choreography/composition.  

Mornings will be dedicated to developing and refining the instrument of dance – the body, through dance technique classes. In the afternoon, you will explore the creative dance process using improvisation to generate movement ideas and then learn the craft of composition to put those ideas into a piece of dance art. 

Skill Level: All levels welcomed. A love of dance is most important.
Tuition: $755

Lab Fee: This workshop has no lab fee. You will be asked to bring all materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 15 students

Ellen Rosa-Taylor is the Chair of the Dance Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy. She received her BS in Ballet from Indiana University and her MFA in Dance from Florida State University where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship as well as a University Fellowship. Ellen is an ABT Affiliate Teacher and has received the distinction of ABT NTC Fellow.  She has performed as a ballerina with the Los Angeles Opera, New York City Opera, San Diego Opera, City Ballet of Los Angeles, Media City Ballet, and Chattanooga Ballet. She was also featured as the Bluebird in Disney’s Snow White, an Enchanting Musical at Disneyland.

Hai Cohen is a native of Beer-Sheva, Israel, and studied ballet at the Bat Dor Professional Dance School, where he was awarded the American-Israel Cultural Scholarship. Hai’s training continued with Bat-Sheva Dance Company. He toured internationally as a soloist with Aylot Anegov Israeli Folk Dance Company and was a member of Kamea Contemporary Dance Company. In 2007, Hai joined Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and was a member of the Los Angeles based BODYTRAFFIC.  In addition to teaching at Idyllwild Arts and LACHSA, Hai is featured regularly as guest faculty, choreographer and clinician at schools across America.

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