Summerschool goes online!

Rhythms of Life: the 's-Hertogenbosch Choirbooks

Mon 24 Aug 2020 - 12:00 to Sat 29 Aug 2020 - 20:00

The corona crisis has changed all our lives over the past months. Unfortunately this includes the cancellation of many live events, amongst which our annual polyphony Summerschool. But all is not lost! Musica, Impulse Centre for Music is teaming up with AMUZ, Festival of Flanders - Antwerp and Cappella Pratensis to bring you an online version of the course this year. Taking place in the same week as originally planned, the Summerschool will still focus on the “Rhythms of Life” at the Confraternity of Our Illustrious Lady in the Dutch city of ’s-Hertogenbosch. We’ll work on the Missa Cum jocunditate (Credo) and look at other pieces from the rich collection of choirbooks still held by the Confraternity. As ever, we’ll sing “straight from the source”, working exclusively from facsimiles of the choirbooks.

Daily sessions will include a mix of live interaction and pre-recorded resources for home study. The course is designed to accommodate both the uninitiated and the more advanced, with the first days featuring tutorials ranging from basic notation to complex notational situations. The second half of the course will offer intensive sessions on the music itself, working on such issues as how to mould the polyphonic line, singing against other parts, and applying the system of solmization. We’ll round off the week by putting it all together in a virtual choir—all from the comfort of your own home!

An online edition offers the chance for a wider group to take part than in other years. If you’ve never sung from mensural notation before, this is your chance to try it out. And this year the distance and the timing will not be an obstacle (the live sessions will take place in the evening, European time). Singing experience is not mandatory, but a certain level of experience in choir singing will be in your advantage. 

We invite you to join us on this digital-polyphonic adventure!

Practical information


Registration deadline: 9 August 2020  

Summerschool online: Monday 24 to Saturday 29 August 2020


Notation tutorials: Valerie Horst

Singing sessions: Stratton Bull and Pieter De Moor

Cyber assistant (digital polyphony exercises): Andrew Hallock

Week outline

Monday 24 August (7pm-7:30pm): Livestream of Cappella Pratensis rehearsal and word of welcome from the teachers. Pre-recorded tutorial on basics of notation and on ligatures.

Tuesday 25 August: Pre-recorded tutorial on triple mensuration and more advanced notation.

Wednesday 26 August (7pm-8:30pm): Live-session on questions arising from the notation tutorials.

Thursday 27 and Friday 28 August (7pm-9pm): Live sessions focussing on part rehearsals of the Credo. Opportunities for feedback and questions. We’ll also look at other repertoire. Release of study-at-home materials to help learn the music.

Saturday 29 August (5pm-7pm): Final “tutti” session, working on the complete Credo and other works. As in other years we’ll create a final performance—this time a digital one.

Intended participants

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

Required IT setup 

Laptop or desktop computer (or tablet) with webcam and microphone (by preference an external microphone). High speed internet connection, if possible connected with an ethernet cable. Please be advised to choose a quiet surrounding with little background noise. 


85€ / 95$

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