Classical Winds and Harmonie Ensemble Workshop

Aston Magna and Brandeis University are pleased to announce their sixth annual Classical Winds and Harmonie Ensemble Workshop with Stephen Hammer, oboes; Eric Hoeprich, clarinets; Andrew Schwartz, bassoons, and Todd Williams, horn. The workshop will be held June 28-July 3, 2015 at the Slosberg Music Center at Brandeis University, supplementing the Aston Magna festival concerts.

About the Classical Winds and Harmonie Ensemble Workshop

The workshop is a five-day, hands-on laboratory in historical woodwind techniques and practices, led by leading performers and teachers. Topics covered will include instrument setup, reed-making and adjustment, playing techniques and performance styles. Participants may be either experienced early wind players or advanced modern instrumentalists who want to expand their horizons. 

Daily activities will include group master classes, private lessons, small ensemble coaching, auditing Aston Magna rehearsals, communal lunches at the Brandeis faculty club, and visits to important instrument collections in the Boston area. There will be a participants’ concert at week’s end.

A few historical models will be available to borrow during the workshop.

Participant testimonials

“It is really amazing how much we did in one week: a museum, collection, workshop, watched rehearsals, student concert as well as a faculty concert, and of course group and private lessons.”

-- Elise B., emerging  professional clarinetist

“The standard of participants was high… and overall it was an excellent learning experience for me.”

-- Wai Kit L., computer programmer and avid amateur oboist

“The Brandeis campus provided a perfect venue for the workshop. There was ample parking and the music building had excellent practice and performance facilities. It was also a much appreciated bonus to have lunch provided in the faculty club – this was a great time to meet other students and faculty. All in all it was a great week and I look forward to more in the future.”

-- Owen W., professional oboist, clarinetist, and instrument builder

About the Instructors:

Clarinetist Eric Hoeprich

Eric Hoeprich

Eric Hoeprich has specialized in performing on historical clarinets for three decades. Educated at Harvard University and the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. He is currently on the faculties of the Paris Conservatoire, the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, and Indiana University, Bloomington. He is a founding member of Frans Brüggen’s Orchestra of the 18th Century, and he also founded two ensembles, the Staedler Trio and NACHTMUSIQUE, which have toured around the world. He has recorded many chamber works and concerti for major labels, and collaborates regularly with string quartets, chamber ensembles and vocal soloists. The recent release of clarinet quintets (Mozart, Brahms) with the London Haydn Quartet (Glossa), the three clarinet concertos by Bernhard Crusell with Kölner Akademie (ARS Production) and “Sei Sinfonia” by J.C. Bach with Nachtmusique (Glossa) have received wide critical acclaim. Mr. Hoeprich’s book “The Clarinet,” an exhaustive history, was published by Yale U. Press in 2008.

He has contributed articles to the New Grove Dictionary, and recently prepared the entry for “Clarinet” in Oxford Bibliographies Online. Over many years, he has amassed a collection of more than a hundred antique clarinets, which has also led to restoration and construction of replicas of period originals. He maintains a workshop for instrument making at his home near London.

Oboist Stephen Hammer

Stephen Hammer

Stephen Hammer is principal oboist of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, the Bach Ensemble, Concert Royal, the Clarion Music Society, the Arcadia Players and the Aston Magna festival; he also plays recorder with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra and serves as artistic director of the Blue Hill Bach Festival in Maine. He has been featured soloist with Great Performers at Lincoln Center and the Academy of Ancient Music and at the Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Blossom, Bruges, Regensburg, Bach-Sommer (Arnstadt), City of London, and BBC Proms festivals.

His more than 200 solo, chamber, obligato, and orchestral recordings appear on Decca l’Oiseau-lyre, EMI, Sony, CBS, Pro Arte, Dorian, Smithsonian, and many other labels. He teaches oboe, chamber music, and performance practice at the Bard College Conservatory of Music and has given courses in early woodwinds at Brandeis University and the rhetoric of Baroque performance at the Longy School of Music; Mr. Hammer collaborates with the instrument maker Joel Robinson in building replicas of historical oboes, their "Saxon" model oboe is one of the most popular designs in the world. He has also designed early oboes and shawms in collaboration with Jonathan Bosworth, has designed staples for historical oboes for the Chiarugi firm in Italy, and has worked with the machinist Robert Hubbard in California in designing shaper tips for Baroque and classical oboe.

Bassoonist Andrew Schwartz

Bassoonist Andrew Schwartz

Bassoonist Andrew Schwartz has appeared throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. His intriguing career spans from frequent appearances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, to jazz recordings with Winton Marsalis, and special children’s concerts as the principal bassoonist of the Little Orchestra Society. He has also appeared with New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Orpeheus and the New York Pops. Mr.Schwartz is a member of the New York Chamber Soloists.

Mr. Schwartz has appeared as a soloist at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, The Morgan Library, New York; the Musikverien, in Vienna, Austria; Jordan Hall, Boston, Mass. He has recorded extensively, including the entire chamber music works for winds and the late Operas of Mozart for Decca/ L’Oiseau Lyre.Additionally, Mr. Schwartz is one of the most sought after musicians on Historical instruments. He is principal bassoon with The Handel & Hadyn Society, Boston Baroque, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and The American Classical Orchestra. He has performed with many of the world’s premiere period instrument organizations that include Philharmonia Baroque, The Aulos Ensemble, Wiener Akademie, The Age of Enlightment, Tafelmusic and Rebel. He was principal bassoon of the Royal Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra in Stockholm Sweden for fourteen summers.

A native of Chicago, Mr. Schwartz received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. His wife, Jill LeVine, a professional photographer, and two teenage daughters, Hannah and Lena, spend summers at their home in Vermont.

Horn Player Todd Williams

Horn Player Todd Williams

Versatile as an interpreter of the modern and natural horn, Todd Williams is an active performer and educator based in Philadelphia. He regularly performs with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Opera Philadelphia, the Academy of Vocal Arts, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Philly Pops. Since 2003, he has served as solo horn of the opera festival Lyrique-en-Mer, France. Natural horn engagements have seen him as solo/principal horn of the Cambini Quintet, Tempesta di Mare, Bach Collegium Philadelphia, Washington Bach Consort, Bach Collegium San Diego, Madison Bach Musicians, Four Nations Ensemble, Arys Lyrica, NYS Baroque, Trinity Wall Street Baroque, Concert Royal, Clarion Music Society, Apollo’s Fire, and Opera Lafayette, where he recently made a return appearance to the Opéra Royal as part of the Château de Versailles Spectacles performing Mozart’s Così fan Tutte and Philidor’s Les Femmes Vengées. In 2014, he was appointed principal horn of the Handel & Haydn Society.

Past summer festival appearances have included the Early Music Festivals of Boston (fringe), Connecticut, and Bloomington. This summer, his participation in music festivals will include performances and lectures at Aston Magna, Blue Hill Bach, Kingston Festival, and the Hawaii Festival for the Performing Arts.

On the subject of the natural horn, Mr. Williams has appeared as a guest artist/lecturer at the Curtis Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, University of Wisconsin (Madison), and the University of Texas (Austin). He has recorded for Musica Omnia, Naxos, Chandos/Chaconne, New World Records, and Warner Brothers. Radio broadcasts including live performances and recordings have aired on Radio France (france musique), WQXR (New York), WETA (Washington, D.C.), WWFM (New Jersey), and WRTI and WHYY (Philadelphia). Todd is a graduate of Indiana University.

Registration Information

2015 Tuition and Fees

Registration Fee $50
Workshop Tuition      
Optional Housing $250

Some limited financial aid is available, based on need.

As part of the application process, participants should submit a CD, DVD, or Web link featuring two contrasting short pieces or excerpts of a one's choice.

Submit your performance recording to:

Summer School, MS 085
Brandeis University
P.O. Box 549110
Waltham, MA  02454-9110

Optional On-Campus Housing and Dining

Residence halls open for the Classical Winds and Harmonie Ensemble Workshop at noon on Fri., June 26, 2015 and close at 5:00pm on Fri., July 3, 2015.

Summer students who choose to live on campus during the music workshop are usually housed in Ziv Quad in single, air-conditioned rooms. For those new to Brandeis during the summer, Ziv Quad has a suite-style design. Up to six students per suite are housed in individual bedrooms with two shared bathrooms and a large common room. All suites are designated as single gender. Coin operated laundry facilities can be found on the first floor. The building is elevator-equipped.

Student rooms are furnished with a bed, mattress, desk, and bureau. Personal essentials like bed linens (twin extra long), blankets, pillows, towels, waste baskets, alarm clocks, desk lamps, etc. are not provided. A shower caddy, shower shoes and bathrobe are also recommended.

Please note that the housing fee is for accommodations only and participants are responsible for their own meals. Campus accommodations do not have kitchen facilities, so please plan accordingly. Also, we are unable to offer accomodations to minors.

Waltham has many fine restaurants that will fit a variety of budgets and tastes. Additionally, all-you-care-to-eat dining is available in the Sherman Dining Hall. Sherman Dining Hall prices are approximately: $8.50 for breakfast, $10.90 for lunch and $14.69 for dinner. Prices subject to change without notice.

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