Nota Bene Baroque Players

NBBP Mentorship Program

Contributed by Admin on Jul 28, 2014

Mentorship Program Mission Statement

Providing performance and learning opportunities
for serious students of early music

History

NBBP Mentorship Program Outline
In the Fall of 2013, Nota Bene Baroque Players launched the NBBP Mentorship Program. This program offers aspiring young music students, interested in baroque performance practice, the opportunity to learn period performance techniques in a professional ensemble setting. Successful candidates are invited to join NBBP’s rehearsals and concerts, and if they choose, study privately with a baroque specialist. In the inaugural season our two mentored students, violinist Victoria Melik and traversist Anthea Conway-White studied with Jeanne Lamon, past Artistic Director (AD) of Tafelmusik and Alison Melville well known to the Canadian Early Music scene as traversist, recorder player and educator.

This unique Mentorship Program not only offers students valuable ensemble experience, but also provides the setting of a Baroque orchestra which many post-secondary institutions in Canada do not offer. The potential candidate need only  travel to Kitchener for rehearsals and performances. The NBBP Mentorship Program can be adapted to each institution’s needs.

In the 2014-15 season, the NBBP Mentorship programme welcomes Wilfrid Laurier University students, Joe Sharp (horn), Michaela Parker (viola), Thera Barclay (soprano) and Blair Spry (tenor). Hornist Joe Sharp’s participation will be integrated into a special applied lesson syllabus by his WLU horn professors Nina Brickman and Derek Conrod, and singers Thera Barclay and Blair Spry will be participating in the program as part of their Wilfrid Laurier University studies with Professor Daniel Lichti. Michaela will receive coaching independently from NBBP AD Julie Baumgartel. Students and teachers work together with the NBBP AD on a repertoire list along with concert dates appropriate to to the level and schedule of the student.

2014-15 Mentorship Dates

A Cup of Jo, a Cup of Bach
The classic generational battle of wills is played out in JS Bach's Coffee Cantata, a light hearted look at the relationship between a stern, out-dated father and his entitled, sneaky daughter who insists on drinking - in his opinion - too much coffee.  

Sept. 16th 7:30-8:30 Zion United Church New Hamburg  
Sept. 17th 12:15 St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church lunch series, Kitchener
Sept. 18th noon WLU Faculty series Maureen Forrester Recital Hall
Sept 19th 1pm outreach concert at local high school tba

Derek Conrod and Joe Sharp will feature the natural horn on the following dates:

Jan. 18th 2015 3pm  St. John’s Anglican Church, Kitchener
Jan. 16th  outreach concert with horn demo school at local high school tba

Previous NBBP Mentorship Program Seasons

2013-2014 NBBP Mentorship Program

NBBP is excited and pleased to welcome violinist Victoria Melik and traversist Anthea Conway-White into the 2013-2014 NBBP Mentorship Program in its inaugural year. Both students performed alongside the NBBP Ensemble at an outreach concert in New Hamburg (September 15, 2013), a noon hour concert at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (September 19, 2013)  and also at the NBBP-WLU Mentorship Inaugural Noon Hour Concert of September 19th in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall. Audience feedback of the performances were both very positive and encouraging. This year's NBBP Mentorship Program communal effort is lead by Julie Baumgartel (NBBP Concert Master ~ violin) and Heather Carruthers (NBBP ~bassoon (winds)).

Daniel Lichti writes: “I'm delighted to be a part of the mentorship program with Nota Bene Baroque Players.  I know that the concert this semester was very well received by my students...many wrote concert reports, with lots of admiration for the orchestra and especially for the students who for them exhibited such a high level of professionalism.....This is a terrific project!”

Alison Melville: “By the end of the year (Anthea Conway White) will already…. have had much more orchestral playing experience than half the undergrad baroque flute majors in North America (seriously), thanks to this mentorship program!”

Jeanne Lamon: “I think this is a great programme.... It's very valuable for Victoria (Melik).”

[NBBP Mentorship Program ~ Academic Details]


NBBP Mentorship Programme ~ Academic Details

Contributed by Admin on Jul 28, 2014

NBBP Mentorship Program Term

For practical reasons, the term for all NBBP Mentorship Program dates run from July 1-June 30 of each year (identical to the NBBP concert season dates). As such, the mentees will start work on repertoire to be performed in the Fall of 2014 concerts during the Summer months of 2014.

NBBP Mentorship Program Components

The NBBP Mentorship Program may be broken down into the following 2 components: Artistic/Academic Component and Outreach Component.

Artistic/Academic Goals

  • To expand the range of instrumentation available (for instance, if a student traversist were not in the program we would not program music involving a traverso)
  • To provide aspiring young musicians the opportunity to get experience playing period instruments in in a professional ensemble
  • To have the opportunity to give back to the music community and to mentor as we were once mentored.
The NBBP mentorship process will assess participants through meetings with mentor/mentee to discuss a student's progress of preparedness for performance and of regular/intervalled rehearsals with the NBBP players." The record keeping method of this assessment would be up to the mentor's discretion but would have to be made available to the NBBP board of directors (BoD) and NBBP Artistic Director (AD) for examination
  
If the mentee shows that they are at a suitable level, they may be invited to curate and play a concert the year following their mentorship program participation.

Disclaimer
Students participating in the mentorship program will be part of news releases of such and of any ensuing concert performances where performing for NBBP Mentorship Program purposes.

Artistic/Academic Expectations
  • Mentees are to come prepared to 1st rehearsals prepared having worked on the music with their respective applied teacher
  • Mentees are to attend planned rehearsals (as per NBBP rehearsal schedules) and allowed to miss only upon agreed to reasons
  
A final NBBP mentee/student year-end performance concert MAY be arranged where the mentee MAY participate as highlighted artist in at least one programmed work; this dependent entirely on the student performance level. For example: in its inaugural year,  (2013) the NBBP mentee-students were able to handle the level of performance as featured guests in a formal concert; however, there may be times when enrolled mentees are assessed and accepted who MAY want to participate at the highest levels but of performance level good enough to perform tutti but of not of a performance level of quality to perform as “mentee featured guests”. Even if not of the highest level of solo featured guest quality, mentees would still learn plenty at the tutti level.

Artistic/Academic Assessment and Evaluation
The NBBP mentorship process will assess participants through meetings with mentor/mentee as well as any other partnered stakeholders to discuss a student's progress of preparedness for performance and of regular/intervalled rehearsals with the NBBP players.

Graduation of the NBBP Mentorship Program will take form of a self-accredited NBBP Mentorship Program diploma conferred to participants upon successful completion of the requirements of expectations as agreed at the start of the mentorship year.

NBBP Mentorship Outreach

Outreach Goals
  • To collaborate with local community institutions/organizations
  • To expand audience base through community partnered stakeholders
  • To grow NBBP audience base through community partnerships.
  • To market NBBP to potential new markets
  • To expand NBBP community media coverage

NBBP 2013-2014 inaugural year community Impact

Media coverage:

In its first inaugural season (2013-2014), the NBBP Mentorship Program received coverage in local media, “The Record”[1] where it was re-posted locally on the Wilfrid Laurier University - Faculty of Music website as well as on Twitter. In addition, Twitter coverage from the Faculty of Music has been quite strong with a considerably high amount of “Twitter reach” on its Twitter channel.

Posters and concert programs:

The list of mentee participation is always noted in NBBP Posters as well as concert program notes, and, where applicable, when performing as “mentee guest soloists”, mentees take a place of prominence on NBBP marketing materials[2].

Audience growth:

Community support of the NBBP Mentorship Program participants has proven quite strong, with a noticeable increase in audience size, which may be in part attributable to supporters of the mentees.

Community feedback:

Community feedback has been quite positive of the performances where the mentees were either performing as “featured guests” or as part of tutti.

Additional feedback from local community professional performers was gauged and noted:

Daniel Lichti writes: “I'm delighted to be a part of the mentorship program with Nota Bene Baroque Players.  I know that the concert this semester was very well received by my students...many wrote concert reports, with lots of admiration for the orchestra and especially for the students who for them exhibited such a high level of professionalism.....This is a terrific project!”

Alison Melville: “By the end of the year (Anthea Conway White) will already…. have had much more orchestral playing experience than half the undergrad baroque flute majors in North America (seriously), thanks to this mentorship program!”

Jeanne Lamon: “I think this is a great programme.... It's very valuable for Victoria (Melik).”

 

[1] [ http://www.therecord.com/whatson-story/4235782-wlu-music-students-chosen-for-new-baroque-mentorship-program/  ]


[2] [ http://notabenebaroque.ca/images/Concerts/2013-2014/Seasons/09Feb2014-TheFourSeasons-Poster.pdf ]


Artistic Director's Message

Contributed by Admin on Jul 21, 2014

 
When I first moved to KW in 1999 I felt immediately at home as a musician and could not believe what a vibrant music community I had lucked into!  In 2014 it’s still true and it is really exciting to be given the opportunity to bring my favourite type of music to anyone who wants to listen - and to some of those who did not even know that they were Baroque music fans! NBBP is a pocket sized ensemble dedicated to bringing the incredible wealth and range of Baroque music played on period instruments to the KW community. Our tiny size gives us portability and flexibility, two hallmarks  of the upcoming season.  

As I move into my role as AD I would like to thank the outgoing AD, Borys Medicky, for his many years of hard work. The board, musicians and NBBP audience have all appreciated his encyclopedic knowledge, his thoughtful programming, and his musicianship. I am so pleased that he will continue on as a very important part of the group.

Last season saw a lot of growth and I plan to see it continue. The 2014-2015 season promises to be an even busier one than last. We are delighted to present our regular three concert season at the Registry Theatre. In addition to this regular season, we have planned a number of exciting collaborations. The NBBP Mentorship Program will continue for a second year, in conjunction with Wilfrid Laurier University. As well, the recently launched outreach program NBBP: The Lumina Project will continue to bring Baroque music to members of the community that are unable to attend our regular concerts. Howard Dyck will repeat the immensely popular Palm Sunday Messiah, with a community sing-along the previous day (start practising!) In December, Howard will also lead the NBBPlayers and NBBSingers in an all-Bach program, Christmas in Leipzig, featuring singers who either live in KW or trained here before pursuing international careers. Lastly, speaking of Bach, stay tuned for Bach All Around Us (our city's version of BachInTheSubways.com ) on our favourite composer’s 350th birthday next March 21st, all day long and all over KW.

I am very excited about this hugely varied upcoming season, and hope to see you and your friends at some (or all!) of our concerts.

Julie Baumgartel
NBBP Artistic Director


Message from the NBBP Chair

Contributed by Admin on Jul 21, 2014

Dear Friends,                                                                  July, 2014


Boyd McDonaldIt’s time to celebrate as we approach a new season with the Nota Bene Baroque Players. The continuing Mentorship Program will feature horn, viola & vocal students from WLU; the Lumina Project will continue to deliver music to shut-ins throughout the year, and Choral Concerts with Howard Dyck will present Bach in December and Handel in March, 2015.


Julie Baumgartel, our new Artistic Director
, has taken over from Borys Medicky who graciously stepped aside while pursuing his involvement with Opera Atelier in Versailles and Tafelmusik in Toronto. We deeply appreciate Borys’ long term commitment to NBBP and we are grateful that he will continue with us as harpsichordist.


Doug Roberts
, a newcomer to the Board, has replaced Brian McLean who finished a very supportive role as Director of Marketing. We have benefited greatly from Brian’s expertise in grant writing and his knowledge of constitutional details. Continuing Directors include Secretary - Deborah Wills, Vice Chair and Executive Member - Ray McLenaghan, Legal Advisor - Phil Hiebert, and Marc Pare - our Treasurer, General Manager and Website Guru and Executive Member all-in-one. We are currently seeking new Board Directors to take some weight off Marc’s shoulders and to replace yours truly as I shall be retiring in 2015 after completing my sixth year as Chair.


Our opening concert at The Registry Theatre features
“Ships in the Night - Handel and Vivaldi” with players from Stratford. The remaining two concerts at the Registry are “La Serenissima” curated by Valerie Sylvester and Sheila Smyth and “For Two to Play” curated by Borys Medicky with Cynthia Hiebert, guest harpsichordist.


Outreach concerts take NBBP to Kincardine in August and to New Hamburg in September. Free Noon Concerts are offered at St Andrew’s Presbyterian and WLU in September. By joining our online Newsletter you can stay informed about all dates and locations.


Fund-raising opportunities will be announced on our web site. I hope you can join us as we celebrate a rich diversity of programs and Baroque composers.


Yours sincerely,

Boyd McDonald, Chair
Nota Bene Baroque Players

 

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