Online Starter Course in Polyphony

Wed 25 Aug 2021 - 17:00 to Sun 29 Aug 2021 - 19:00
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This year we’re offering an online starter course in polyphony 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. 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? 

Central to this exploration will be the music of Josquin des Prez, who we commemorate this year on the 500th anniversary of his death. The course will be taught in English. Besides a live session with Valerie Horst, you will receive access to a series of online materials, provided by vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis. You will also get a look behind the scenes of the parallel Online Summerschool for professionals. By following this course, you will make a flying start in your polyphonic career!

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

Practical information


25-29 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. 
  • A live session with Valerie Horst on Sunday afternoon 29 August, for those who have questions about the notation lessons. 

We are working on an online learning platform on which participants can log in. The content of the platform will remain available for a longer period of time and additional content will be added throughout the year. 

Intended participants

The starter course is intended for polyphony enthusiasts wishing to deepen their practical understanding and abilities.

Are you a (pre-)professional singer or an advanced amateur? Then you are eligible to enter the Online Summerschool.


€ 25 / $ 30

Choirs can register for this Starter Course in Polyphony from a minimum of 12 participants at € 15 per person.


For enrolment please fill in this form and select ‘Online Summerschool Starter Course’. Upon receipt of your application Musica will send a confirmation email with payment information.

Registration deadline

1 August 2021

Register here!