Berkshire Lyric offers online courses

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Berkshire Lyric will offer a series of online summer music workshops beginning July 6 and running for six weeks.

On Monday nights, Lyric's Artistic Director Jack Brown, will present "The History and Development of Western Choral Music, Palestrina to Whitacre." On Tuesday nights, Lyric's composer in residence, Anson Olds, will be teaching "Music Theory Fundamentals and Sight Singing." Joe Rose, Berkshire Lyric's long-time accompanist and arranger, will present "The Home Music Studio: Using the New Technologies for Teaching, Practicing and Recording." Each course will run for one hour each week and be led live via Zoom. The interactive classes will include lecture, demonstration and detailed listening.

These summer music workshops are an opportunity for the wider music community to stay connected and learn about music while Berkshire Lyric's regular schedule of rehearsals and concerts have been put on hold due to the pandemic. This past spring marked the first time since 1963 that Berkshire Lyric was unable to present its annual spring concerts, having to cancel a program of Brahms and Bruckner with orchestra at Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall. The annual free summer choral music camp for kids was also cancelled, as well as the annual August concerts by Lyric's young chamber chorus "Ubi Caritas."

The workshops are free to current singing-members of Berkshire Lyric's four choruses, and also free to Berkshire Lyric's current donors. Others are welcome to participate by first becoming a new donor; a donation of $50 (Friend) for any one workshop or $100 (Contributor) for all three courses. All participants will need to register in advance through the Berkshire Lyric website, BerkshireLyric.org. For more details about each course, to become a new donor or to register, please visit BerkshireLyric.org/classes.

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