Online Summerschool 2021

Josquin and the Art of Polyphony

Wed 25 Aug 2021 - 17:00 to Sun 29 Aug 2021 - 19:00
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What is polyphony and how did it develop? How do you best approach it as a performer in the modern day? What challenges and advantages does performing it from the original notation bring? What are the basics of improvising polyphony? These are just some of the questions that will be tackled in the 2021 edition of the annual Summerschool given by vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis.

Central to this exploration will be the music of Josquin des Prez, who we commemorate this year on the 500th anniversary of his death. In multiple in-depth sessions we explore the repertoire of Josquin and his contemporaries, complemented by lessons in the subtleties of mensural notation given by specialist Valerie Horst. 

Following the successful online Summerschool in 2020, we will once again host the Summerschool 2021 online. Teachers Andrew Hallock, Pieter De Moor and Stratton Bull will lead the sessions and are joined by two other singers from Cappella Pratensis. This is your chance to sing together with this renowned ensemble! There will also be Q&A sessions with the teachers, and together with the other participants we will create a virtual performance of a selection of the repertoire. In addition to the live lessons, short webinars will illustrate various aspects of the Art of Polyphony.

This year we’re also offering a parallel ‘starter course’ for singers with limited or no experience with old notation but lots of curiosity. This is your chance to get an introduction to the basics. As well as 1 live session with Valerie Horst, you will receive access to a series of online materials so that you can make a flying start in your polyphonic career! You will also get a look behind the scenes of the online Summerschool.

An initiative of Musica, Impulse Centre for Music and AMUZ, Festival of Flanders - Antwerp

Practical information

Online & interactive Summerschool: 25-29 August 2021

Coaching with 5 singers of Cappella Pratensis, lesson video’s and clips to sing along with. Notation tutorials by Valerie Horst. 

  • Beforehand: 3 videos on mensural notation with Valerie Horst on 9, 16 and 23 August & principles of notation, ligatures, triple mensuration. 
  • Wednesday 25 August, 17.00-20.00: live coaching, short teaching videos on various topics, live session on mensural notation.
  • Thursday 26 August, 17.00-20.00: live coaching, short teaching videos, live session on mensural notation. 
  • Friday 27 August, 17.00-20.00: everyone welcome for the activities in commemoration of Josquin des Prez during the Laus Polyphoniae festival. No online lessons this day. 
  • Saturday 28 August, 17.00-20.00: live coaching, short lesson videos, live session on mensural notation. 
  • Sunday 29 August, 17.00-19.00: live coaching, short teaching videos, recordings of a collective final concert with all participants (virtual choir). 

Online starter course Summerschool, 9-29 august 2021

Lesson video’s by Cappella Pratensis and Valerie Horst + 1 live Zoom session.  

  • Weekly new video lessons on mensural notation on 9, 16 and 23 August.
  • Additional teaching videos on 25, 26 and 28 August. 
  • A look behind the scenes: video with a few highlights of the online Summerschool for advanced students. 
  • Sunday 29 August, 16.00-17.00: live session with Valerie Horst for those who have questions about the notation lessons. 

Intended participants

The Summerschool is intended for professional, pre-professional singers and advanced amateurs.

The starter course is intended for singers with limited or no experience with old notation.


Summerschool: € 85 / $ 95

Summerschool starterscursus: € 25 / $ 30

For enrolment please fill in this form. Upon receipt of your application Musica will send a confirmation email with payment information.

Registration deadline

Summerschool: 15 June 2021 (places are limited)

Summerschool starter course: 1 August 2021 

Register here!