Summer 2020 Online Courses

Westwinds is happy to announce a series of Online Courses for Summer 2020. Get ready to have some music and community spirit this summer! These courses are open to Everyone - you do not need to be a Westwinds member to participate!


A Comprehensive Approach to Time-Keeping and Rhythm  Hosted by Kevin Willms
Mondays 7-8pm              July 13 - August 17, 2020
6 one-hour sessions        $40/person
This 6-week program is appropriate for instrumentalists (concert and jazz) and choristers at all levels. We will approach time-keeping from a physical perspective while simultaneously approaching rhythmic precision on a multi-level basis structured to accommodate your level of experience and comfort with the approach. Materials will be provided This will be a “hands on”, active experience intended to provide you with the process to continue to develop musically in order to eliminate the “guessimissimos” and “approximaturas” from your performance skills. 

Exploring the Choral Art Form (when we miss it more than ever)  Hosted by Nicole Hounjet 
Tuesdays 7-9pm                July 14 - August 18, 2020
6 two-hour sessions          $80/person
Anyone who has ever sung in a choir knows its magic.  While we wait to return to singing with each other and interpreting the work of great artists, we can enjoy listening to and learning about this wonderful art form. Over the course of the summer we will spend time learning about the choral music/composers/ensembles, share in choral works and experiences that have been formative and inspirational, and discover the power of the vocal ensemble to move and transform. 

Participation in discussion and contribution to listening examples is encouraged.  
Playlists will be provided.  Come spend an evening a week with your like-minded Westwinds family and music community members. You're in charge of your own snack and beverage break. 😉

For our first session: Transformation Choral Works.  What pieces of music made you realize that you HAD to sing in a choir?  Was is something you sang early in your life?  Was it a piece of music you experienced as an audience member?  Or was it a piece of music you learned about in depth as a student or chorus member?  All of us come to our choirs with our own choral experiences.  To get the ball rolling, Nicole will share with you a few pieces that make up her choral history.
This course has been cancelled

Classical Music Greats Hosted by Jeremy Legault 
Wednesdays 7-8pm          July 15-August 19, 2020
6 one-hour sessions          $40/person
Come join us for a guided listening session on Wednesday nights for one hour while we celebrate epic symphonic, operatic and instrumental composition genius. This will be a classical music review, exploring the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern genres. We’ll look at some compositional techniques, genre qualities and composer scandals! 
Our listening sessions will be led with gentle and minimal interruption. It will be a sampling of music Jeremy loves, focusing primarily on the heavies like Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Wagner and Stravinski. Some of the lessons are for one piece, like Beethoven’s 9th, others are
more like collections of “heavy hitter” classics like Ride of the Valkyries, 1812 Overture and Rhapsody in Blue.  We’ll also breeze through The Four Seasons, as well as The Rite of Spring. Each lesson will be different in that they are either musically focused regarding the methods or techniques used (like John Williams) or social significance (like The Rite of Spring) among other aspects.
Hope to geek out and listen to some fantastic compositions and composers with you through the middle of summer!
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