Winds, Harps, and Guitars
Every music student at Juilliard is required to fulfill a certain number of chamber music credits before they graduate since it is crucial part of a classical music curriculum. Chamber music is definitely one of the most important, if not the most important, aspects of music! This past semester I joined the marvelous Carol Wincenc’s chamber music class for Winds, Harps, and Guitars.
The name is slightly misleading because any instrument can join the class. We form a variety of different groups and play very varied repertoire. The class is fantastic because you can play any chamber piece you want to work on, you receive incredible instruction from Ms. Wincenc in coachings and in class performances, and you can work with colleagues you might not otherwise work with! Some of the works performed this semester were the Debussy Trio for Flute, Viola, Harp, Schubert Quartet, Ravel Sonatine, Jongen Concert a Cinq, Schulhoff Sonata, Villa-Lobos Sextet, and Bernard Andres’ Narthex for Flute and Harp.
The class meets on Wednesdays and usually different groups will perform their pieces, but in the last class we talked about how to perform! Ms. Wincenc had us all practice walking into the room, bowing, and speaking about a piece; I found this to be SO helpful. I think we are going to start have more classes like this because performing and public speaking is something everyone can work on! Carol Wincenc is truly the best teacher possible for this class, her energy is incredible and she has so many amazing and creative ideas. I highly recommend this class to everyone, it is so much fun and anything goes!
Ms. Wincenc always brings great food to eat too! Practicing the walk, bow and speech.
This is from my group’s performance of the Villa-Lobos Sexteto Mistico for Flute, Oboe, Alto Sax, Celeste, Harp, and Guitar!